550 Tasting Notes
I saw a recipe for lemonade terere recently, which is simply brewed mate, agave, and lemons. I must try this soon!
For today, I made a quick cup of this, straight, because I had to get up brutally early and didn’t have time to make anything nice out of it. It’s smoky and exotic, and it gets the job done caffeine wise, so that’s why I always seem to have a handful of these tea bags tucked into my enormous tea collection.
An excellent blend for bedtime. I taste cake notes alongside the honey and vanilla, which is impressive, considering that this is a bagged tea. Twinings runs a tight ship.
This is my go-to chamomile blend these days. Plain chamomile is just too boring, and I enjoy both vanilla teas and teas that have honey notes without my needing to put actual honey in them. Plus, I can let it steep for as long as I want without ruining it, and I can use any water temp that I want without ruining it, so it’s truly an ideal blend to prepare before bed, when there are a million things on my mind and exhaustion has set in.
My new gaiwan arrived in the mail yesterday (the glass one, inevitably, shattered). This one is just plain white porcelain, is much sturdier, has a good lid for pouring, and it’s beautiful. I chose the perfect tea to try it out with, too, because this particular tea is known for its leaves that “dance” in the water. Seeing these tea leaves steeping in this gaiwan filled me with a sense of beauty and calm. This tea is very fragrant while it steeps, releasing a floral, springy scent.
It tastes like asparagus and something else that I can’t quite identify. It’s like a light perfume. Lovely, calming tea.
I haven’t had kombucha in a long time, so I decided to stop after work today to grab one. I’ve had this flavor before and enjoyed it a lot. I think the sweetness of the pear works really well with the taste of fermented tea, and it smooths out the sharpness of the ginger. It’s a bottle of fizzy, fruity, happy buzz. I think oolong tea works the best with the SCOBY process, because it’s already such a complex tea type. You can mix almost anything with it once it’s fermented and it will taste good.
I haven’t been very healthy lately with my eating habits. In between hunting for a “real” job and finally spending time with my boyfriend after I graduated from my college, which was hours away from where he lives, my diet just hasn’t been a priority. As a result, my pants are a little tight these days. I want to do something about that before my eating gets too out-of-control, and I’m thinking tea is going to figure heavily into my new regimen. I started with kombucha today because I know it’s good for the digestion and full of all kinds of other goodies.
The first tea with pomegranate that I legitimately enjoyed! Oooo, this is a tasty tea. The green base gives it a bite of earth, and the lemongrass and fruit make it walk the line between sweet and tart without being cloying. Usually pomegranate takes over, but not in this blend! It tastes almost like cranberry. Very very good!
Got a 3 oz bag of this tea on my last trip to Dobra as a college student…
It’s lovely. Very light and refreshing. I haven’t had much experience with yellow teas, so this was an adventure. It’s vegetal and subtle, like most white teas. I’m trying to get more into them because they’re the least processed.
I get a sweet, almost floral finish. Very nice!
Sipdown! Oh, I love this tea so very, very much.
The drunk idiots next door woke me and my housemates up at 4:00 am with their bass-blaring. Our walls were shaking, for God’s sake. One of my housemates had to be up two hours later to get to work.I’m all for partying it up one last time before graduation, but the people who don’t want to still have the right to peace and quiet in the wee hours of the morning! I called campus security on them, and they got them to knock it off.
Needless to say, I was unable to fall asleep after that little incident. So here I sit, with my second steaming Mason jarful of this, and sadly, it’s the last of the box. I find the combination of lavender, vanilla, and bergamot very comforting and delicate, and at the same time revitalizing. It’s the perfect tea for a morning like this.
I will most certainly be restocking this the next time I’m at the grocery store!
I really like this tea… It’s a nice mild black, perfect as a breakfast tea. There is no astringency to speak of, and I find that the longer I steep it, the better the flavor. I definitely got notes of grape, almost like wine. It’s good for when you’re in a rush, or when you just want a nice, agreeable tea with low demand on your attention.
Flavors: Grapes, Raisins