381 Tasting Notes
So, I’m in the habit of making tea packages for people at work who express interest in tea. Mainly because I don’t have many real life tea friends and I aim to convert as many as possible. One of the recipients recently gifted me with samples of tea he’d picked up at Teavana. None of the teas he picked out are ones I would have chosen for myself so hooray on that front!
This is my second time having this tea. First impression was that it was all mint, some green tea, and I couldn’t find the citrus. Seriously, the mint is strong in this one. The tea itself really light, which is perfect for the warmer weather we’ve been having.
I reached for this tonight because I’m feeling terrible. I haven’t had the energy for tea all week, finally felt up to making some today, and then I couldn’t finish the cup. I kept wanting to make the Strawberry Grapefruit Xue Long I was drinking into a tea soda, then it was making me feel nauseous, so I reached for some stomach-soothing mint. Here’s hoping it works on headaches, too.
I really like this one. It’s smooth and very minty. It’s unexpectedly sweet, too. The whole combination is quite soothing. I’m also getting some citrus (faint lemon?) this time around too, which makes me think this would be an awesome sick tea. With some actual lemon slices, maybe some sweetener, I can see this making a kick-ass iced summer treat as well! Nice!
Flavors: Lemon, Mint
We had Pre-Cana yesterday, which went well and was very informative … but also lasted about 12 hours. Lucky me, this came in Friday so I was able to make up a cup before we headed out. I used the electric whisk I have and was so surprised that the matcha blended in and frothed! I’ve only had matcha once before and that didn’t happen, so yay!
Dry, this is very vegetal and unappealing. Frothed up, it’s ridiculously thick, tasting of cheap coffee mixes and maybe hot cocoa. Close enough?
This should be easy enough to finish off (50g is not much – wow!). Now I just wish I’d picked up vanilla and mint matcha too, and I think I’m going to need some Red Leaf Tea flavored matcha too. Hehehehehe.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee
I was so excited when I first saw this. I actually waited through it going out of stock twice so I could order it. And … I sort of forgot that I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin flavored things. I always do this – fall comes, there’s pumpkin everything, and I buy it thinking it will be delicious.
This isn’t a bad tea. The scent of the dry leaf is kind of musty and harsh to me. Brewed and with some creamer added, it’s vaguely pumpkin and smooth. A decent, zone-out-and-drink-me tea.
And of an older tea that I had purchased in relatively large quantity, too!
I probably wouldn’t have logged this sipdown if not for the fact that today’s cup is very sweet and cinnamony. I upped the amount of leaf I was using to correct for the tea’s age and we’re back to fantastic on the flavor front. Yay!
I’ve had this a few times now. First with sugar, then without, then with less sugar. It definitely needs sugar and 1tsp/16oz cup seems to be the perfect ratio to get chocolate covered strawberry sweetness. Anything else and the duskiness of the espresso-chocolate mix is at the forefront. Not bad!
So, more of this one as a work tea. Made in the Breville, transferred to a tumbler, but consumed at home (in a real mug!) because the roads sucked too much for driving to work to have been a safe endeavor.
Yeah … so this one has not aged well at all. It’s still cinnamon spiciness, but the cinnamon also builds up on the tongue in the most unpleasant way. I’m really not enjoying this one as it it right now. At least I’m close to a sipdown?
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy
I’ve had this tea for about a year now, and it’s lost some of its original flavor. Time for a sipdown. Lucky me, this is a good breakfast tea and is cheap enough/loses enough flavor on the first steep that I don’t have to feel bad about not resteeping it.
Also lucky for me, this one does WELL in the travel mug! I’ve had such bad luck with that lately I was expecting something truly gross when I got to work this morning, but nope! Hello Cinnamon! It goes flat about halfway through the sip, probably due to its age, but it’s good enough.