28 Tasting Notes
I am enjoying a hot cuppa in my winter china tea cup. It’s just fun. It’s warming me heart and body. I went home for the weekend and had very little tea. It’s always good to go home, but it’s nice to be home. Now, if only the cleaning fairy had come whilst I was away.
Oh, yea, the tea. Besides the fact that I think it’s about time for a new steeper as I continue to get far more leaves in my cup than I prefer. The smell of both the dry leaves and the steeped cup is well, wintery spicy. The smell and taste that is the strongest is cinnamon, which I love and the tea’s taste is mild. It’s a nice way to finish off the day.
The aroma of this tisane in dry leaf, wet leaf and tea is undeniably one of my faves. It is like walking down the sidewalk and having a bakery around the corner leading you towards moist, sweet, delectable cinnamon cookies.
This cuppa is a second steeping, I made a pot at lunch for friends. It is a wonderfully sweet (not in the sugary sense, but the ahhh, the warmth of memories of home and family and friends) way to warm up on a cold winter evening. Especially when I’m procrastinating doing dishes from lunch.
(Seriously, this tea smells so delicious that I sorta wanna save it and put it in a dish on my table like potpourri.)
I simply love this tea. I had no idea how much I enjoyed a good cuppa Earl Grey until I visited London this past May. I especially love the creme, or cream, whichever you prefer. My first was from Tea, there in London, but found the only thing positive about a layover in O’Hare was Argo Tea (gate G, I think). This is my second bag and I have a third of this little loose leaf treasure awaiting my use in the cupboard.
It’s strong and creamy and stands alone quite well, which is why I like it. The creamy sweetness makes it my choice over plain Earl Grey, which I will drink if I’m out and about and it’s the only tasty thing on the menu.
I meant to write this earlier this morning as I enjoyed the delight that is my first cuppa the day being this tea. However, I’m finished and have now already brushed my teeth so any more drinking will be tainted by Tom’s of Maine, and let’s face it, this tea deserves better.
UPDATE: I couldn’t stand it, the site says TERMINAL 3 MEZZANINE LEVEL, really, this is the only good thing about O’Hare in my opinion.
This must be a much older tea than I remembered. I’m down to maybe only 2-3 cups left in the bag. The big clue, however, is that I cannot find it listed on Tea Embassy’s site. It’s a nice herbal to warm me up this evening as I continue to procrastinate taking all the Christmas decorations down.
OH sweet mercy this tea smells deleesh (as a friend’s husband would say)! You can smell the cookie in your cup. I have never enjoyed biscotti, not once. I’ve tried. They look so good and have such wonderful sounding names but I prefer my cookies MUCH softer (I know you’re supposed to dunk it in your coffee but I don’t drink coffee and would rather just have a chocolate chip cookie from my Aunt Sue).
Anyway, this tea does not have an overpowering smell at all, which is a little disappointing. I cannot smell it wafting from the cup unless I have the cup ready to take a sip. Speaking of sip – four minutes may be a scootch too long to steep on first tast. However, upon second sip, it’s just wonderful. I’ve added nothing yet but will try a bit of sugar and milk next time around. It really is a delightful tea, probably for all day but it certainly makes me happy as the first cuppa the day when my brain is not yet fully functioning. ahhhhhh, deleesh!
UPDATE: alright with a spoon of sugar, better with spoon of sugar AND milk, but still stands alone in a mighty fine way
I enjoy this tea quite a bit. The flavors are a swirling combination that stand well on their own. I also like it with a tad bit of milk but the sugar seems a bit much to me. That surprises me, actually. I love sugar but am finding myself adding less and less to teas the longer I drink them.
I’m on the second steeping, the first was 4 minutes and this one is 5.
I love that I’ve found a peppermint tea that has a black tea base instead of herbal. There was a piece of candy cane in my steeping about an inch long, which is why I opted for a second steeping.
The aroma is very strong. I have it sitting on the floor while I write on the couch and it’s still a delightfully strong smell. I can’t actually see the color since I’m using a dark mug (just trying to cover all the tasting basics;)).
While the second steeping is still quite minty, it’s not worth it except for that. Not much tea flavor leftover. It also appears to be a bit oily in my cup – is this the tea or something I’m doing wrong, you can see it on the side of the cup as I drink it down, too.
The tea is good though, regardless of the other stuff. I enjoy it and have given it as a gift, too. Regarding the note someone mentioned earlier (forgive me for not remembering) mine does not have a name attached to it but I do also have the peppermint candy blend which does have a name attached which I do not remember at the moment).
I concur with most of my fellow tasters on this one. It looks and smells lovely as a dry tea. However, once the water steeps through it’s a bit flat (a good word for this flavor). It’s not awful and I won’t pitch it. I hate to waste anything (this has been said more than once in my tasting notes, perhaps I’m picking the wrong teas) so I’m drinking it and not suffering and a it of caffeine in the morning is never a bad thing, especially when it comes as hot tea on a cold winter morning.