10 Tasting Notes
I am a fan of Numi tea, and this is another one to add to my favourites list. I got this in a university dining hall, so it was steeped in a small paper cup and thus turned out quite strong. While my first impression was that it didn’t taste at all like roses (which was a shame since I love floral teas), a second steeping yielded a lighter liquid and better flavour. The smell emanating from the cup smells just like fresh-cut roses, and it comes out in the tea as well. It’s like drinking a bouquet! Mmmm. This white tea doesn’t beat my Kusmi Rose, but if I do run out of that I will grab some of this!
Oy vey. I did not like this one. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood for tart, but this just tasted like sour water to me (and I was looking forward to the raspberry!) Felt bad about wasting the water, but had to pour this down the drain after a couple sips. First time I’ve done that in a very long time.
A basic black tea with a hint of cardamom, to my palate. I am a fan of Indian spices and would have liked to be able to taste a lot more cardamom in this — carrot halwa, anyone? — but still, I quite like this tea. I usually drink it when I don’t feel like drinking anything else, as the flavour isn’t too strong, and I drink it black, especially on colder days. Seeing as I have a big box set of this, Ahmad Cardamon is the tea that is often found in my travel mug. Ahh.
I bought this because I was craving pumpkin pie (or a pumpkin spice latte) but didn’t want to consume the extra calories. First impression: Mmmmmmm, this is reaaaaally good! I keep getting whiffs of pumpkin spice from my cup, and can actually taste it in the tea. I’m also picking up some pepper and vanilla notes — this one’s both spicy and mellow. My sister and I are drinking this at two in the morning while we’re both working on essays, and it’s going really well with the colder post-Canadian Thanksgiving October night. Great that it’s decaf, too!
A tea I save for cloudy days, when I’d rather stay indoors. Bought originally because of the description (Amour!) and notes (rose and lavender — I’m a fan of floral teas), but didn’t turn out to be a favourite (I’m not too fond of the taste of chamomile, and it’s the strongest one here). Be careful not to oversteep! Otherwise, a lovely companion for a grey day and a book. A clear, soothing tea, it’s best when you can see the steam rising from your mug.
Ooooh is this one sour tea! It reminds me of the chewable Vitamin C tablet I had this morning. I chose this during my Starbucks run because the name sounded exotic and appealing, but I don’t taste any of the notes it says it has, just boiled orange juice, hot and acidic. Smells like the orange popsicles I loved as a kid, though. Maybe I’ve kept the teabag in for too long?
Not a huge fan of this, especially considering that I paid $2 for it, but given that I’m sitting in a library typing an essay on a cold October night, this is exactly what I need to keep going…
This is my comfort cup of tea. I swing by Timmy’s to pick up some Earl Grey whenever I have long study sessions or am rushing to work, and it never fails to calm and energize me at the same time. Fair enough to those who say it’s nothing special; it’s not the best I’ve had, but it’s definitely a favourite, kind of like an old knit sweater or a frayed pair of jeans. Timmy’s Earl Grey makes for an excellent double-double if you buy it large (my dad was the one who pointed this out to me) and most definitely a latte. But be careful not to oversteep it! That being said, you can most certainly use the teabag to brew another cup. Bravo Timmy’s for this one!
I am a big fan of flowering teas, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Teaopia sells a box of 8 for $5 (presumably because they need to change stock now that they’re owned by Teavana).
Anyway, this tea is gorgeous! It’s hand-rolled into a hard little ball, but when dropped into boiling water, it blooms into a delicate orange and pale yellow bouquet. (Now that I learned to keep the lid on the teapot while brewing, this took me all of 4 minutes.) The description says “lemon essence”, but I’m also picking up a bit of mint — perfect, really. It’s calming and energizing, and best of all, steepable up to 4 times (I’m on my second teapotful)!
Forever Nuts brews to a bright pink, and gives off a nutty aroma (as the name suggests). It contains almonds, apple bits, cinnamon, and beetroot, which makes it a “warm” tea. Although I did enjoy several cups, I couldn’t shake off the feeling that the flavour was mostly artificial. It wasn’t complex or clean enough, and it just didn’t taste real to me. Wouldn’t try again!