304 Tasting Notes
Since Blueberry Jam was so good as a latte, I thought I’d try this one out like that. Unfortunately, where Blueberry Jam is delicious pancakes, Cranberry Pear tastes strongly of hay. It’s not bad, but it is weirdly unpleasant to have fruit and hay notes duking it out with creamy milk. It feels discordant, even if it is drinkable. Oh well, they can’t all be amazing, right?
NaNoWriMo tea of the day!
My friend and I are both doing NaNo this year and have decided on daily check ins to keep motivated. This tea is actually from her, and I’ve been sipping away at it as I try to make today’s word count. It’s smooth without being sweet, nicely rounded out with the addition of some creamer. I wonder how this would be as a latte.
My new job doesn’t offer free coffee and tea like my last one.This has been good in two ways: 1) I’m no longer anxiety-riddled to a non-functional state by coffee and 2) I’m bringing in lots of tea to drink up. I’m loving fillable tea bags because then I can package up a week’s worth of tea for work all at once and prepare it with no mess. Win win win.
Because this one has been hanging around forever, I packed up the rest of it as a work tea. Shamelessly gunning for a sipdown. It’s way more tea than I expected (and I gave so much away!) and it’s … well, let’s just say I’ve got a bad habit of oversteeping my work teas and this one does not go gently into the night.
When I oversteep, it tastes like old lady perfume. Literally, like drinking a bottle of perfume. The floral from the rose is gross and overwhelming. Steeped for two minutes (and when there’s fewer chunks of flower in the tea), it’s smooth and has a tolerable background of rose.
I know I liked this one originally, but I’m not really enjoying it. I don’t think floral is for me and I can’t wait to be done with this one. Dropping my rating accordingly. :-/
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Perfume
This turned out to be an excellent work tea, even doing well when I (repeatedly) let it oversteep (oops!). It’s shocking how quickly it went too – even if I did give a bunch to our tea-loving neighbors. The last time I got a 4oz tin from Harney & Sons it took me over a year to finish it off.
I think I prefer this one with creamer, but it’s not bad straight if brewed in cooler water. I don’t get a lot of berry flavor (if any) but I think it’s working to tone down the astringency to a pleasant level. The one time I did get berry from this tea, it was blackberry pie. Yum.
Sipdown! And what a happy sipdown it is!
When I was first getting into tea, a friend of mine made me a cup of key lime pie flavored tea. I hadn’t heard of novelty tea flavors at this point, and this blend was fantastic. Limey and creamy and just scrumptious. So, when I bought DavidsTea’s Key Lime I was expecting a similar reaction.
How can I say this nicely? I dread this tea. It’s not that it tastes particularly bad, it’s just not key lime and I don’t enjoy the tart cinnamon flavor that is there. Made today at work, the sour edge was the closest to lime it’s ever been and it wasn’t bad “cold steeped” (read: left in a mug of cold water while I went to a meeting). But yeah. Soooo happy to be done with this one and feeling just the tiniest bit proud that I finished it off myself and didn’t pawn it off on a friend.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Sour, Tart
And too bad because I really like this one. It’s like the syrup they can peaches in without the cloying sweetness! Yum!
(The only downside is this is super dusty and really needs to be brewed in a sachet to avoid a layer of dust at the bottom of the cup. Hmm.)
I hate how much this one has increased in cost since I first bought it. I don’t know what it is, but $10/50g feels excessive to me. So I may have steeped the leaves from my original latte six times so I wouldn’t feel so extravagant. It worked nicely in that I ended up with a bunch of latte concentrate in my fridge which makes these little beauties so easy after work. Hopefully it helps with the migraine I’ve got after grinding my teeth all night and spending all day in training – ugh.
I need to try this with Cranberry Pear next…