Featured & New Tasting Notes
yum. cold tea. not. I made this morning after getting woken up early for issues…that are still not resolved, which has caused me to get no work done today outside of this issue. It also means i don’t have a whole lot of time for tea. I brewed this one up right away and got to drink most of it warm..but now it’s cold and sad. I also have no water in my house until they do whatever they’re doing with the water mains today so i’m trying to stretch out the water that i put in the kettle and the brita and a couple uh pots so that i could have tea today lol.
Still like this one, so it appears my tastebuds are only on strike when it comes to 49. :(
Day 10 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.
First of all, I am really surprised there are not more reviews on this one.
This one is quite well done. It smells similar to other 52 teas chai blends. But after brewing it smells like a delicious gingerbread cookie. No jokes here. The chai spices mix with the popcorn flavours and you get a delicious cake like drink. There is a slightly salty, seaweedy green tea base, but it is also sweet, not overpowering, and works really well with the chai spices. I would describe this as a very “light” genmaicha. I think anyone interested in trying genmaicha should try this one. It’s definitely a winner.
On a side note, I hope that there is lemon merengue chai in the last of these 12 days of Christmas. Fingers crossed.
Buying a Breville tea maker was the best thing I ever did. Then I got lazy, and stopped using it to steep my teas. Instead, I now make one cup at a time using a teabag, and use the Breville to boil the water to the perfect temperature. I think I need to go back to Breville-making tea, and just accepting I’ll have to brew up 4 cups at a time. Wow. First world problems.
What all this means is that I grossly oversteeped this tea as well – by 20 minutes. It got a bit bitter when I finally got to it, however sweetening it helped dramatically. It does taste like a sweet cupcake. Red velvet? Perhaps, more raspberry cake, but I’m okay with that.
2nd bubble bath tea. This is so good. I can’t remember if I bought more on Black Friday weekend, but I hope I did cuz this one’s a sipdown.
I’m so glad my schedule has become so empty, cuz I have tons of things to do. First up will be moving the dining room table into the kitchen. Next my office moves from the 2nd floor to the the dining room, putting it right next to my studio. Then my former office becomes my grandson’s bedroom.
And my entire tea collection gets re-organized & documented.
Oh…& my sunroom…all of my plants need to be repotted & divided as needed, with the babies being potted as New Year gifts to my students, along with a few tea samplers too.
And my bedroom…well, I probably won’t ever get to that…
Might as well get out of the tub…I’m out of tea :(
I should probably backlog (not bacon, Autocorrect!) the other teas I had today but for the last few hours the power has been off more than on.
It went off just as I decided I needed more tea. Yep. So I started cold new wrong a resteep of Nutmeg Cream because I just love it.
The power jumped back on an hour ago so I jumped on it immediately to make tea
That only lasted half an hour, but I’ve got this to sip on so I quite happy.
Oh this is why having an ereader with a light built in it is AMAZING. I always keep it on the lowest setting and in a pitch black room I can read perfectly. For hours. Maybe a few says straight? I don’t have to charge it very often. I started reading Alice in Wonderland to my daughter but she for bored if tha and is now watching Blues Clues on my tablet. Technology us pretty great. (She loves books, but they need pictures. I can accept that!)
Anyway, I’m happy Sil let me scoop some of this from her. I really like it. I couldn’t find an orange chocolate tea that really gelled for me – often the flavours weren’t strong enough – but this is pure win.
So I bought this to blend with another tea. But I thought I better try it by itself before its all gone and blended away. This one smells sweet, not too smokey. There is a light sweetness to the tea, also a little but of malt. Hardley any smoke, but there is some there. The liquor is thick but the flavour is very light and basic. I feel like there is some vegetal flavour to this like it is almost a black tea but not quite. Just the slightest metallic tinge in the aftertaste. No astringency or bitterness. I love keemun. I am kind of sad I blended it all away, but I know where I can get more :)
So on a sidenote, I have found my favorite tea blend. It is this tea, mixed half and half with lapsang (also from Cuppa T, although it really doesn’t matter where the tea is from) mixed with two fresh slices of ginger, and a slice of naval orange. Brewed for 1 minute at just less than boiling. The orange and ginger stay in the cup. It is delicious. It is like Sunday breakfast, when you stuff your face with bacon, pancakes, milk and orange juice. And then lay on the couch the rest of the day. So good.
Sipdown! (161) and on to the shopping list is goes. I’m supposed to be drinking down things this week but all i want to do today is look at placing orders. I blame terri – she has me looking at TTC and YS today…and then of course i’m also busy looking at MF, DF and theodor. Not to mention needing to place an order to restock this one…though i may try to hold out for a bit until i’ve got a few more teas to pick up form teavivre.
This tea is GINGERBREAD.
Delicious without sugar or milk, even. The base is nice and strong, and a good backbone for the flavours, but it’s not bitter or too astringent.
Then I added some milk and a small bit of sugar, and OMG, it’s even better.
The flavouring is super duper strong, and I can definitely tell it’s flavoured, but somehow I just don’t care.
I’m drinking it out of a fancy tea cup, too. And setting up my new metallic red ereader, that I got by pre-spending Christmas money. Yep.
I think that this tea needs to air out for a week or two for optimum breadiness.
Thank you SO MUCH, MissB, for functioning as a tea mule. It was lovely to meet you today (we need to go have tea!), and I really appreciate the work you put in to organize all this!
This is one of my guilty pleasure teas.
Like, I know objectively it’s not much better than mediocre. But it was part of my first order to Adagio ever, and it’s had a place in my cupboard ever since.
The blueberry taste is subtle, and the white tea very lightly straw-like and flowery. Overall, it’s crisp and refreshing and definitely best iced.
So I think this was one of the ones I bought from Sil! She went out on a fancy tea shopping trip when she found out they were available locally, and lazy me just said I’d buy some off you. :P
So I’m enjoying this. It’s a nice brisk black tea, malty and not too sweet. To be honest, it’s nice, but not as knock-my-socks-off as I had hoped for, especially when compared to Bolder Breakfast, or Laoshan Black.
But that’s ok. I can’t afford to buy a tin of this and every tea out there. :) I’ll enjoy this while I can.
This one intrigued me so i asked Garret to send a sample my way in my last order. I try not to buy oolongs until i’ve sampled them because i’m so picky about the ones i like or don’t. While this one is certainly interesting – it’s still not quite up my alley. It’s a roasted oolong and has cinnamon and sweet notes to it but i can’t quite get behind it. That being said though, it’s a taste preference thing rather than this being a bad tea. :) I’d recommend others give this a shot :)
(also this is really tasty as the “water” to instant oatmeal lol)
Noooooo, SIPDOWN. (114)
You guys know what this means? I have ZERO Butiki teas in my cupboard. Zilch. Nada. Nothing…
But… the upshot is my Butiki order will be in TO-MOR-ROW!
ETA: Or… maybe not. It was supposed to be here today, according to Canada Post, but it’s in Brampton with a delivery date of tomorrow. And now it says: "Canada Post processing error; item re-routed. Possible delay " AAARGh. So, I’m out of Butiki for longer than I’d hoped.
ETAA Oh wait. :P I forgot I had my Butiki teas from Amoda. /sheepishgrin
Was reading Cavocorax note and all the comments about this one. Based on her comments I had to try it. Went rummaging through my huge pile of BF teas that I haven’t put away yet, and pulled it out.
Hazelnut/chocolate/coffee – I’m not getting tea, not much if any coconut. It’s just a little thin mouth feel, but WOW is it good!!!
You have to like coffee to like this, this is hazelnut coffee. Awesome.
This will likely find a permanent place in my cupboard.
Edit OMG – I dumped the last half of the cup over ice – cooled it off. WOW Iced coffee. This is FANTASTIC cold. It’s like hazelnut Kahlua in iced coffee.
This is my first Herbal Infusions blend that I’ve tried, and I am just pleased as punch!
It’s dark and rich and sweet and makes me think I don’t need H&S’s SoHo or Florence because the coconut and hazelnut in this are fantastic, and I love the coffee beans and chocolate for the mocha effect, all swirled around an almondy black base.
The only downshot is that the sample bags AREN’T resealable so I’ll probably make this again tomorrow as my go-cup for my transit adventure to see Sil. I suspect it’ll make a great timolino brew too.
And I just had one cup and I’m looking at the website and thinking… hmmm. $6.50 for 50g is pretty good, add to cart, no wait – close it! (I need to try more of their teas)
ETA: By the way, this is also much better than the H&S teas I’ve mentioned above because all the flavours come across as completely natural. I’m happy Courtney reviewed this and got em excited enough to sample it.
I super love mountain dew. Almost as much as I love root beer. So I had to jump on this one. In saying that, I did leave it sitting in my cupboard for quite a while because I am trying to finish the teas that are open first before opening everything else.
The smell of this dry tea is dead on mountain dew. Delicious. I almost wanted to crack open a can of the real stuff.
I brewed this 1.5 tsp, 10 oz, and about a 1/4 tsp of rock sugar. I normally don’t add sugar right off the bat, but I figured since it was based on the soda, I would add some sugar. The smell of the brewed tea is what I would guess hot mountain dew smelled like.
The taste is a bit different. My immediate reaction was jelly beans. Like a red fruit flavoured jelly belly. Towards the end of the sip there is a mountain dew flavour. I would like to try this one without the sugar, but also as an iced tea/cold brew. I think the sugar may be giving it more of that jelly bean flavour.
Also a very important note, this is a 52 teas honeybush blend and I am getting NO pepper, this is historic for me!
Edit: Made another cup, same specifications, but this time with no sugar. The smell of the brewed tea is still the same but the taste is quite different and not as good. There is a vegetal astringency. I can definitely tell it is missing something, specifically the sweetener. I feel like there is a lot of mint in this blend, but it is too much, giving it a bit of a spice. Not sure what the ingredients in this blend are, but this is what I am tasting. I definitely prefer with sugar.
This is my lazy breakfast beverage because it’s easier to reach into the fridge and grab a jug of cold brew awesomeness than stand around wondering what to make hot. Oddly enough, this is common practice for me. I tend to work on a jug of cold brew throughout the day, especially when I’m at home for most of it, then switch over to caffeinated, hot stuff later. I’m strange, I know.
As raved about before, this is all full of berries and hibiscus. The hibiscus here is nice though. Really blends in with the melange of tart berries.
I’m off to visit Heather soon to pick up the presumably scary amount of tea that Sil and OMGsrsly sent to me. I already know that I owe them big time. Also, thanks to ShayneBear for distributing the
Oh Special Dark. I really owe you today. I must be older than I thought because I had a few beers last night and am really hurting today. You, Special Dark, have brought be back to life. Somehow I knew you would help, and you really did. In appreciation of your awesomeness, I will break my post black friday resolution and purchase some more of you right now. I have a feeling over the course of the next 2 weeks I’ll be relying on you a lot. Thanks for being strong and reliable. Cheers- Amy
A tea from VariaTea. Thank you. :)
I like this tea. It’s gone REALLY well with my oaty jammy crumble (I forgot to put sugar into the oat part of my oat bars, which results in everything falling apart, although it’s sweet enough from the jam) due to the cakey flavour.
It’s like a mix of Naissance and Evening in France. Almond cake and citrus. Really interesting. Definitely something I would consider getting in the future, if I could get it loose. It doesn’t really taste like Christmas to me though. Christmas is more spiced apple juice and shortbread, as those are the flavours we had in the house when I was growing up. Also eggnog made with raw eggs. Heh. Not something that is “done” so much anymore.
It’s nice to sit here and contemplate what I’m going to bring camping this weekend. Yes, camping in December. It’s my brother’s birthday this week, and he had no one to go out with. So we’re taking the ferry and riding our bikes to a campground, building a fire so I can roast myself warm, spending the night, then getting up early the next day to come back. Now, this is within my fitness level, but he is what I’d call athletic to my slow turtle. The only way I’ll beat him there is if he decides to stop for a nap…