2201 Tasting Notes
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #13
I used two of these teabags, but somehow the flavors that were supposed to be here were still pretty weak. I would have no idea what the flavor even was. The green tea wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t the best. I don’t think any spices could really shine in a green tea anyway. I love how the description says “rich plum”… I don’t think there was any plum here. I was going to try some of the Perennial Plum but upon looking at the blend, it looks like the Della Terra plum blend, which I have a ton of… so I’ll leave that one for others to try!
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #12
This was a cute tea to find in the teabox, with the little picture of Buddy from Elf on the tea! (And ANOTHER small tea company.) I expected magic like Buddy is magic but this blend is hardly even spicy. Hmm. Buddy needs a special tea! At least the black tea was nice and dark. It COULD be the fault of the thin baggie it is in, but there is one serving left so I will let someone else try it.
Tasting note written a couple nights ago: This was in a mini-box of gift teas that Bluebird was selling during their sale. I was happy I get to try it! It’s a different play on their Mulled Wine that I tried ONCE before and was one of my favorite herbal teas. (Mulled wine was also included in the gift box even though they barely had it for sale this year!) I always get worried when I see hibiscus listed in ingredients, but I should always remember that Bluebird always uses the perfect amount of hibiscus. Their blends never overdue the stuff, or maybe I always get the perfect little teaspoon. The flavor here is perfectly balanced between fruit and spice, with hints of tartness from the hibiscus. The brew is only light pink and NOT a murder of dark red hibiscus. I actually steeped for three minutes but on noticing that the brew was pink, went on for another three minutes because I knew the hibiscus wouldn’t be overdone. (I must use this rule for other hibiscus blends.) The main fruit note is apple, so mulled cider it is! I need to save this tea for when I know I’ll want to guzzle TWO steeps of no-caff at night. I’m happy with Bluebird’s herbals! This is about the highest rating I’ll give for any tea with hibiscus though, even if done well. Steepsterers really need to be drinking Bluebird’s teas more!
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // couple minutes after boiling // 6 minute steep
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #11
This is solid sweet green tea with subtle hints of fruit flavor. The dry leaves look like a sencha. Possibly peach, but it’s subtle enough that it isn’t cloying. This never was overboiled or astringent — just sweetness all around! Another little company that is fun to find in the teabox!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #10
This one has some punch! It is a very smoky blend and a nice dark tea (probably because the base is somewhat Assam). Caffeine for a rainy day. The most astringent teas are the ones that work best as smoky teas for me. I was only tasting hints of the cinnamon, none of the cloves or orange but that’s fine with me. I love the lingering flavor. Another smoky cinnamon tea like Liquid Proust’s Smoked Breakfast I had the other day!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 14 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #9
Teas like this are why I love teaboxes! It’s a little tea company not on Steepster yet but this blend is wonderful. A nice hot comforting cup of no-caff tulsi chai while watching a harrowing Sherlock episode a couple days ago (second steep was last night — just posting this tasting note now.) I love tulsi and it isn’t overpowering here with the lovely spices in the mix. The tulsi has a mild vegetal flavor while maintaining some sweetness. I think even people who don’t usually like tulsi might like this one. There is also vanilla…not sure if I can tell. The website for this company doesn’t really list their teas since they’re seasonal… it says to e-mail them about it. Thanks to whomever included this one in the box! Just a perfect tasty cup of tea.
Steep #1 // 1 3/4 teaspoons for a full mug// couple minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5+ minute steep
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #8
Another from Liquid Proust! The name of this one made me a little wary, but it wasn’t anything too bad. The smokiness was more woodsiness to me, so that wasn’t a problem. But any tea with hibiscus MIGHT be a problem for me. It wasn’t too overpowering here but it was an odd combination! Smoky hibiscus…. and then there was supposed to be marshmallow root but that was a little indistinguishable. At least LP’s going for some pretty unique blends. Plenty left to try in the teabox!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 16 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #7
Here is an odd one I get to try from Davids. It’s also a teabox sipdown. I thought it was an interesting mix of ingredients but I swear I could only taste splenda. Yuck. Maybe hints of odd fruit here and there. I think the yerba mate at least helped my brain though… I was able to get some focused power reading done yesterday.
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #6
I like this one. I can see the idea was like a smoky cinnamon roll? This one is smoky but not TOO smoky. With cinnamon that really makes an appearance on the second steep. The base is smoky enough for me, but I wish the tea itself had a darker flavor. I like the idea of a smoky cinnamon roll tea. It reminds me of my much loved cinnamon bread pu-erh that I only have a little of. OR that lovely Butiki Cinnamon bread tea.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for a full mug// 14 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
Additional notes: Had to drink a Sherlock tea today as I was planning on watching the last episode of this season (or was it forever?) today. This season was cray cray. I just loved how the seasons were each set up, very well done overall, even the adrift Abominable Bride episode tried to solve Moriarty’s return while still leaving a question. It’s been a fun ride all these years. I NEVER usually sit in front of TV and flip through channels randomly (I usually know what I’ll be watching) but I think it was very much fate when I found the very first airing of the very first episode all those years ago. I know Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson have bigger careers now, but I wish they would keep the show going for a few more years. It’s something special. I remember hearing that Cumberbatch never wanted to be on lunchboxes, so I hope he doesn’t let those lunchbox projects stop Sherlock. (Though isn’t Sherlock probably on a lunchbox by now? Should be!)
This tea is better than I remembered, it’s a little syrupy now, unlike Mrs. Hudson’s badass middle episode of the season this year. I’ll raise the rating from a 68. Next time this will be a sipdown, but I’m hoping Sherlock the show isn’t a “sipdown”!!