355 Tasting Notes
I think I’m going to have to try this in a mug just to see if there’s any difference between that and travel mug prep. I made this to take to work with me this morning. I’m trying to get back in the habit of taking tea to work with me instead of just drinking the coffee that’s constantly available in the cafeteria. My fiance has pointed out that I’m much more anxious/panicky on days when I drink coffee and that I seem to be calmer when I have tea instead. So, waking up earlier to make tea it is.
This one smells tropical – banana and coconut. It even tastes tropical, but I get the feeling that’s a scent-influencing-perceived-taste thing. As the tea cools, I’m picking up baked goods notes from the coconut with maybe the slightest sour edge. The banana adds creaminess.
I added some rock sugar in an effort to make the toffee element of this pop, but I don’t think the sugar actually did anything. Maybe tomorrow I’ll add more or just have it plain. Overall, I’m enjoying this one!
Flavors: Creamy, Pastries
My local Target never has tea.
Before I moved, Target was a great source of bagged tea. They had nice quality bagged teas for less than what the grocery store charged. After I moved in with my fiance, however, I got a different local Target that did not sell tea.
I ended up at this tea-shirking store earlier today in search of light bulbs, and, to my surprise, there was a whole display of Tazo teas. Around the corner from that was a stack of Harney & Sons and Tiesta loose leaf! Apparently, Target is breaking into tea loose leaf style – woo hoo!
This is the tea I picked out today. I really want a great blueberry tea and this fits the bill nicely. It’s tart and sweet and very very blueberry. I normally associate tart with strawberries, but this tea feels very accurate to the blueberries I picked as a kid.
I love it. I can’t wait to see how it is with a little bit of sugar. Yay, blueberries!
I was hoping for something sweeter with this tea. I don’t get a lot of flavor beyond smooth, though this tea does have a silky mouthfeel that follows each sip. As it cools, it gets a bit bitter — I think this is the hazelnut coming out. At room temperature, the black base is astringent but pleasantly so.
I’ll have to try this with sugar next time and see if I get more of a candy taste.
I’m not digging this one lately. The first time I had it, it was really enjoyable, especially when it cooled down. Fruity, oaty, delicous tea. Over the past two days, it’s gotten sour as it cools. It’s still fruity … but almost off-putting because of the sour/bitter element. I have enough leaf left for two more cups and I think I’m going to try to sip this one down today or tomorrow just to get it out of the way. The good part is that, if I finish it off, it will be my fourth sipdown of the week. The bad news is that this is another tea that I loved up front and then was disappointed by subsequent cups.
On the bright side, even a disappointing cup of this one is still somewhat enjoyable?
Unexpected sipdown! Just in time for me to add a bunch of Boxing Day sale teas to my cupboard…
This is a finicky tea for me. I tend to think of black tea as being more flexible just because the ones I have on hand can typically be steeped in boiling water with no problems. This one, however, steeped in boiling water for 3 minutes is beyond bitter. Two minutes at 200F seems to be the sweet spot.
The first steep of this is smooth and lacking in astringency. I don’t get fruit or vanilla notes, but I think that’s what’s cutting the astringency of the black base. Upon the second steeping, the tea gets a little bitter, but still a decent, drinkable tea.
So this is my first Moroccan Mint, and I really like it. I could smell the dry leaf all day long – so minty and fresh! I brewed it in my Kati cup and, I gotta say, the infuser sure lets a lot of little tea pieces through. Despite the fact that I’ve got a lot of tea dust in the bottom of my cup, this isn’t bitter. I think the mint keeps it from getting bitter.
I only have two more sample packets of this on hand, so I think I’ll look for other Moroccan Mints to try out.
Progress! I think I’ve figured out how I like this one. I tried it before with some dulce de leche creamer I had and it was wonderful … but I ran out. So today, I added a splash of the cinnamon creamer I had on hand.
With cinnamon creamer, this tea tastes like a chewy chocolate/coconut/granola? bar. It is awesome!
For a second I thought that I hadn’t added this one to my cupboard…
I like this one but don’t know how to describe the taste of it. I remember the description saying something about champagne and strawberries, and, honestly, the intended taste of this one is probably lost on me. I’ve never had champagne and strawberries taste mostly tart to me.
The most I can say about this one is that it’s sweet and mild and I like it. See? Such a disservice.
Had some of this as my morning tea. Wow! The tea leaves are all long and twisty and fuzzy! Dry, it smells like a homemade lemon bar. Steeped, it’s all sweet, soft lemon. I’m not getting any cookie flavor, which is disappointing, but otherwise this is one of the best lemon teas I’ve had.
And maybe if I add some rock sugar, I can get the missing cookie flavor…
I’ve had this a lot but never seem to get around to logging it. My tea drinking has dwindled lately to after dinner, so caffeine-free options work the best for me and this was an open packet of rooibos. Easy choice.
Honestly? It’s not my favorite tea. I don’t taste either orange or banana, and the rooibos is particularly woody. I think the fruit flavors that are supposed to be in this sweeten the whole thing up, but sweet wood that gets oddly slick as it cools just doesn’t do it for me.
I won’t be sad to see this one go.
Off-topic to this tea: does anyone have a 52Teas subscription? It’s something I’ve debated getting in the new year, but I’m not sure about. If you do have a subscription, how do you like it?