184 Tasting Notes
My husband and I just recently got a van, so now I can get out of the house when he’s at work! Today I went to the mother’s group I’ve been eyeing in the church bulletin for the last several months. I really enjoyed it and the boys wore themselves out playing and are both taking naps now : ). I made a travel mug of tea to take along. I threw in some cacao tea – both vanilla and plain, cream and vanilla black teas, hazelnut honeybush, a bit of chai spices and some sweetener. It steeped for a couple of hours, but it was quite good. A bit bitter, but it had a rich dark chocolate taste, with hints of black tea and cream. I definitely count it as a win!
Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.
It’s my birthday today, so I decided to have something a bit indulgent. I tried this tea twice. The first time I used 2 tsp./8oz. and brewed it for about 10 minutes. It tasted rather watery even with a bit of milk and sweetener. I looked at the reviews here, and tried again. It looked like 3 tsp of leaf for 30 min. was the way to go, so I added 2 tsp to my used leaves, wrapped my cup in a kitchen towel to keep it warm, and added a touch of sweetener. That is quite good! I don’t think it will replace hot chocolate for me, but this is definitely what a chocolate tea should taste like! It’s definitely something I would reach for to satisfy a milk chocolate craving without a bunch of sugar. I’m not sure whether or not it was the vanilla, but I didn’t feel the need to add milk.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Vanilla
Sample from Inkling. Thank you!
I’ve heard barley tea compared both to grains and to coffee. I don’t like coffee, but I do like grains and bread, and I’m a big fan of herbal tea, so I really wanted to try this. It definitely smelled like burnt coffee when I brewed it, so I was a bit dubious. But I gave it a taste and the delicious flavor of hearty whole-grain bread toasted ever so slightly darker than I prefer it filled my mouth. This one is definitely a winner. I’ll have to try it again with honey or maple syrup, and I’m definitely going to check out the flavored varieties, too!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Grain, Toast
I never used to like earl grey, but I think I’ve changed my mind. I’ve started to like it with milk and sugar. I had this with french vanilla creamer and milk while running the first session of my tabletop game. It was pleasant, but maybe just a tiny bit more floral than I’d prefer. I don’t think I really care for too much of a floral taste with black tea, and I wish it had been just a touch more citrusy. I think I am realizing that I really like teas that have both a fruity and floral flavor, so I’ll have to look around for more like that.
Sample from Ost. Thank you!
Opening this bag, I was hit by the delicious smell of chocolate. It made me really hope that this was a tea that lived up to its smell. I threw in the whole sample (about a teaspoon) and brewed it in about 4 oz of water. This tastes sooooo good. The mint hits my mouth first, followed closely by the taste of chocolate. It’s a tiny bit artificial, but not unpleasantly so – it makes it taste more like highly processed candy or hot chocolate. I’m definitely going to need to look into more of Della Terra’s chocolate teas, since while I tend to prefer the taste of dark chocolate these days, I do sometimes still crave milk chocolate for the creaminess. This delivers on the creamy milk chocolate taste without all the sugar. I am a fan!
In other news, had a fun weekend at my in-laws. Ran the first session of the tabletop roleplaying game I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. I tried to get it started last spring, but everyone else was really busy, so it had to wait. It was fun to finally be able to play. My players seemed to enjoy it too. And it inspired me to get cracking on future encounters.
Ended up being snowed in on Monday night, so stayed an extra day. Tuesday was Car Lord’s first real experience with snow. He didn’t seem to really know what to make of it, although he did enjoy the sledding. All in all, a long and eventful weekend, and now I need to catch up on dishes and laundry, but can get back to trying new tea : )
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Mint
I got this in Ost’s stash sale. I was a little uncertain about it since it contains Rooibos which I don’t really care for, but I’ve been looking for more floral herbals so I decided to give it a try. It’s certainly an appropriate tea for St. Valentine’s Day. It smelled overwhelmingly floral in a way that reminded me of soap, but it tastes really good. It’s sweet, with a prominent rose flavor, and a lingering aftertaste of rose and honeybush. I’m not sure why, but I’m often surprised when I find a flavor that works really well with honeybush. This certainly does. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good rose herbal tea!
Flavors: Rose, Sweet, Wood