289 Tasting Notes
Let me preface this by saying I know I like this tea.
My fiance and I were away this weekend for a freshwater fish convention — three days of aquarium/fish vendors and lots (and lots and lots) of seminars on different kinds of freshwater fish. My aquarium-obsessed significant other was in his glory. As a concession to me, I was encouraged to bring along my kettle and tea so I’d have something tasty to drink while we were away. Kiwi’s Big Adventure was one of my travel teas because I like it and because (historically) oversteeping doesn’t lead to bitterness. What better tea to bring, right?
The hotel water and the convention center water both tasted strongly of chlorine. I brewed this tea in a travel mug at our hotel, brought it with me, and the first taste was pure bleach. Absolutely foul and it lingered — don’t know if that one was the tea or a sensory memory, but this was so unpleasant. Going to try again tonight now that I’m home and, hopefully, get a good cup out of my remaining leaf so that I can actually rate this one appropriately.
(While we were at the convention, my fiance bought a bunch of aquarium supplies as well as some fish. So now, the 25 gallon tank he put in our bedroom has been set up and contains fish. This would be happy news — that tank has been sitting empty for a while now — if not for the fact that he’s now talking about doing a small saltwater tank. We agreed to stop at three tanks! Aghhh!)
All right, I’m off the fence — I don’t care for this one. It’s not bad and it’s not off putting, it’s just very weak apple cinnamon. I expected something with a thicker mouthfeel and more of a sticky-sweet caramel flavor from a tea called Caramel Corn.
I’d happily accept a cup if offered, but I’m really glad I only have enough leaf left for one much of this. :-/
This tea smells like a delicious strawberry milkshake! Unfortunately, the smell is where the enjoyment begins and ends. I really don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or if I just hate honeybush.
This tea tastes like steeped dirt to me, maybe there’s a hint of fruit thrown in. I can’t stand it. I’ve had honeybush before and, while it wasn’t my favorite flavor, it certainly never approached soil as far as taste went.
I’m splitting this one up into samples for some friends — here’s hoping they’ll like this one where I can’t.
Today is a mini road trip kind of day; my fiance and I are going to visit his parents who live a few hours away from us. My fiance is also working this morning and, since his workplace is on the way to his parents’ house, I got woken up at an ungodly hour so I could accompany him.
I’m at Panera Bread, enjoying an early breakfast, while waiting for him to finish up. Lucky for me, Panera has a little selection of Republic of Teas, so I don’t have to wait in tea-less agony. I chose this one because I didn’t realize they had a caffeinated version … > . >
I added some milk and honey, because breakfast teas scream for sweetener and some dairy to me. It’s really good! I get an almost chocolatey taste from this tea. Sweet, warm comfort.
Another sample from months ago, possibly poorly stored.
I had this last night while cleaning and it’s delicious. It’s very creamy with hints of cinnamon and caramel; easily one of the more dessert-like teas I’ve had from DavidsTea.
I can’t decide if this is something worth having around or not.
Another that I’ve run out of and forgot to log… I really ought to pay more attention to what’s in my Steepster cupboard. >.>
I liked this one, but found it a bit biting. It’s a good apple tea with a hint of cinnamon. Enjoyable and very appropriate for the winter holiday season.
Dry, this one smells like the scented markers they gave us in Kindergarten. I thoroughly confused my fiance last night when I held the bag of this under his nose and demanded, “Doesn’t it smell like a magic marker?” If he didn’t think I was crazy before, he probably does now… (That IS what this tea smells like though. It’s not my fault if his elementary school wasn’t as awesome as mine.)
I steeped this one for 7 minutes and got a VERY minty tea; after I’d finished the cup, the cooling sensation from the mint lingered in the back of my throat. The fruit flavor is reminiscent of watermelon and very light. It’s more of an accent to the mint flavor if anything.
Overall, this is an enjoyable tea, but I’m not sure I’d want it in anything other than a sample package.