60 Tasting Notes
Smooth, creamy, sweet cocconutty goodness. My first honeybush tea and I am enjoying it with Ruth this evening. It is really very good.
Breakfast with the family back in Texas today. I don’t normally drink this as a breakfast tea but it’d what I wanted this morning. I took it black and drank it along side my banana smoothie. They went very well together. I think the subtle chocolate and hazelnut taste of this tea would go well with anything creamy.
I have brewed this one a couple times now. I have really enjoyed. it. It has an oolong base and you can definitely taste the smoothness of it after the leading edge of pineapple and coconut. I find the orange a little mure subtle in this tea. It smells like a mixture of tropical fruit. I haven’t tried it iced yet. Maybe I’ll ice what’s left of this pot if I can stop myself from drinking it.
Another virtual tea party with Ashmanra. I am trying this oolonh for this first time. The dry leaves smell faintly floral to me. It has nice full leaves when brewed and the wet leaves smell a little floral and a little like butternut squash to me. The tea has a mouth filling creaminess that gets more hints of floral notes as it cools.
I did a second steep for 7 minutes with about the same temp water. The leaves are now even bigger & more vegetal smelling. The tea itself still smells lightly floral, like jasmine. It isn’t as creamy and has more vegetal notes. But still more creamy than vegetal.
Backlog from a couple days ago…I just got this tea and was recovering from a cold. So I thought Organic Lemon Aid would be just the thing for my poor scratchy throat. It is a tisane of lemon grass, ginger and some lemony herbs. The dry leaves look mostly like lemon grass and ginger and smell of lemon and ginger. It brews up to a well balanced lemony gingery goodness that I would love even if I wasn’t nursing a sore throat. It was great plain with it’s own sweetness but when I added a bit of manuka honey it was heaven. If Mary Poppins were to lone me her special magic tonic/medicine bottle this is exactly the flavor it would give me. I can’t wait to try it iced.
This is actually my last pot of this tea. Dry it has nice dark leaves with large pieces of clove, whole cardamom pods and star anise. It smells spicy. The wet leaves take on more of an anise (licorice) smell. When tasting no particular spice stands out, I personally think it could use a little more ginger. For me it is a good chai but not a stand out.
I was in the ED today and found a box of this in the breakroom. It swells smoky dry. I used water from the zip kettle so it was boiling and maybe even a little superheated. I brewed it for probably over 5 minutes while I was talking to Orthopaedics in Townsville. It has a pretty mild smoky flavour, just detectable. It is also on the sweet side without any additions. While it wasn’t the most interesting Russian Caravan, it is a nice changed from the bagged ceylon I have been drinking at work.
I found this one at Wooly’s here in Mount Isa. I brewed it with half a cup of milk and half a cup of water for 2 tsp as directed. It is a pretty well balanced chai and the licorice adds enough sweetness that I didn’t feel the need for any other sweetner. I think I’ll cut back on the milk next time I brew it though. Even leaving it to steep for a longer time the tea itself was weak. I have high hopes for this chai, we’ll see how it goes.
I also found this one at the T2 store. This tea smells like Big Red but not quite at powerful smelling as Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon spice. The box recommends brewing 2-3 min at 95C. This is actually a pretty good but doesn’t have the punch of the aforemention H&S tea. It does tase of cinnamon and has some low background heat.
I found the T2 shop while I was in Brisbane for the day. The box recommends 2 tsp per medium teapot and to brew 2-4 min at 100 C. The dry leaves are mixture of darker CTC leaves and some lighter larger leaves. The dry smell is of blended black tea, I couldn’t really pick out any specific scents. The wet leaves aren’t that different. I have brewed this one 3 or 4 times now cutting back on the brew time, tea amount and water temp. There is too heavy an astrigency from the assam in the blend for me for a higher temp or longer brew time. After all the experimentation, I am left with an adequate tea. It is fine but doesn’t have enough complexity to elevate it above most bagged teas from the grocery.