389 Tasting Notes
Backlogging – my aunt had a box of this in her cupboard, and no idea how to steep it, so she pulled it out when I was visiting. I used 2 bags for ~8oz water, heated on the stovetop so I could see when bubbles were just starting to form.
The color is a bright yellow/amber, rather like I get from mint tea. The taste does have the sweet/umami/smooth characteristics I expect from white tea, but there weren’t any other flavors to distinguish it. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not great. I would accept it if offered, but not recommend or offer it myself.
A very pleasant, well-blended vanilla tea (though I confess, I can’t really taste the Chrysanthemum). The Assam base means there’s a bit of astringency to this if drunk plain. I thought it was fine with just a bit of honey, but G found it a little too harsh, so added some milk.
I find that good vanilla teas have a very different character with milk than without. Without, they’re fruity and complex, making me think of the tropics vanilla comes from. With, they become sweet, creamy, and dessert-y (even with no extra sugar).
I think this was the tea that convinced me Earl Grey’s could be tasty; it was certainly the first creamy one I had. It also made a tea convert of G. Having it with a bit of honey today as well as milk – which is totally cheating – but hey, I’m sick. And it is delicious. Also, as always for LoD, 100% organic.
Sweet, creamy vanilla and a mild black tea make a base for the tang of bergamot (and a dash of lavender). I already wish I’d bought more.
2.15 g to 8oz water, 2nd steep at 5:00 also good
I think I like Traditional Medicinals’ better, but this is a perfectly good herbal medicinal tea. Primary flavors are lemon and mint, with a bit of cinnamon spice. Not overly bitter, but I added honey anyway.
This is the cinnamon tea that begat all cinnamon teas for me. With just cinnamon, cloves, apple and orange pieces and rooibos as ingredients, the taste is simple and clean but delightfully spicy. If you like Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, or Celestial Seasonings’ Cinnamon Apple Spice, you should really try this. It’s easily sweet enough to drink plain, and caffeine-free, so makes me a nice bedtime tea.
At around $6/oz, it’s a more than I’d usually pay, and sadly not for everyday drinking (for me), but considering it’s
*locally blended by hand (local to my hometown in Michigan, that is ;)
*100% organic (and I’ve spoken with the owner and know just how careful she is about organic sourcing)
it’s money I’m happy to spend when I can.
I usually steep 1tsp/8oz water twice, the first steep 4-5 minutes, the second around 10.
This is interesting, but not for me I think. I can smell the sandalwood, and there is an oddly sweet honey aftertaste, but it’s still too bitter in the mouth – too much like a Darjeeling – for me. Milk helps a little, but it still tastes kind of weak and bitter to me at the same time.
If I wanted a smooth honey-like black tea, I’d go for either GM’s Honey Pear or Life in Teacup’s Yunnan Golden Buds over this.
4oz boiling water
1st infusion: 3 minutes
2nd infusion: 5 minutes, noticeably weaker
I tried a dash of sugar in this today, and… it was TOO SWEET. I’m not sure I’ve ever had that happen with a black tea before. It turned into this weird sickly-sweet artificial flavor. Lesson learned :(
The second steep was still good though!