502 Tasting Notes
I found this at Shaw’s last night!! I couldn’t believe they had it— I thought sure I was going to have to order it online.
It’s a chai latte concentrate, and it is every bit as amazing as it sounds.
I will admit to having fallen off the wagon lately with my coffee addiction. I started grad school at the end of September, and it’s very different than what I’m used to— online vs traditional classroom setting, APA style vs MLA, and so on. I don’t handle making mistakes and learning curves very well when it comes to school, because for my whole life, that is what I’ve been good at. So I have been procrastinating on assignments and wasting a whole lot of time telling myself that it’s no use and I’m stupid for even doing this, and so I wind up needing coffee to get my butt in gear in the mornings.
My guilt from forsaking tea has been pretty strong, so what a relief that products like this exist! The sweetness from the cane sugar, cinnamon , and cocoa make this a treat, not a staple, but what a treat it is! The espresso and black tea play surprisingly well together, neither overpowering the other, and the cocoa augments the chocolatey notes from the tea and the coffee. Plus, you still get all of the cinnamon-y, gingery, clove-aliciousness that we know and love from chai!
My boyfriend and I made it cold, with skim milk, and we both sucked it down . I’m going to play with it some more and try making it hot next.
I’ll be purchasing this again whenever I feel my spirit getting low!!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coffee, Spices, Sweet, Tea
Mmmm, I like this a lot! English breakfast teas tend to be almost floral, which is not a quality I enjoy in black tea (although I adore floral greens) and Scottish breakfast tea is so astringent and malty and tough to take. This strikes a nice balance between the two. Nicely blended, no floral quality, strong and malty without feeling like an assault on the senses. Also takes milk rather nicely — maintained a lovely ambery color and strong flavor even after a splash was added.
The lemon flavoring is a little fake-tasting, but the honey flavoring makes it bearable. The green/ white combo base is smooth and light. The ginseng and eleuthero are very calming to me, and the little tiny punch of caffeine balances everything out nicely.
Celestial Seasonings recently redesigned their packaging, making the box art more minimalist and dull, not unlike Google’s recent logo “update.” That’s a bit of a bummer, but won’t deter me from purchasing CS products in the future. Or from using Google, for that matter.
Flavors: Green, Honey, Lemon, Sweet
“This is my fight [tea]
Take back my life [tea]
Prove I’m all right [tea]”
The busy-ness of my work these past few weeks has been out of control. Thank goodness for good ol’ earthy, chocolatey, slightly-burnt and energizing Morning Thunder to get me motivated to work through today and tomorrow before my glorious weekend.
Flavors: Burnt, Chocolate, Earth
Phew… after that nightmarish work week, I got a nice three-day weekend. Back in the saddle tomorrow, although I get to work my regular hours instead of being strong-armed into working overtime and giving up my weekend.
Picked this up because the flavor combo is fairly unique and I haven’t had oolong in a while.
It’s fairly unimpressive. The mango totally overpowers everything else. I may be wrong (both blends say that it’s wuyi oolong) but I still think this oolong leans more toward the green side than the black, so the flavor is much lighter and more subtle than Stash’s Chocolate Mint Oolong blend.
Not bad, not wonderful.
Steeped it with a bag of Higher Living’s Ginger Kick. It transforms this tea from being just meh to being absolutely delish.
This tea is icky plain and hot. I’ve had the best luck either cold-steeping it plain or steeping it with something else hot.
I won’t be restocking when I’m out of it. It was too expensive and too underwhelming. If a bagged tea forces the drinker to get creative in order to make it drinkable, it’s officially not worth its asking price.
Flavors: Bitter, Pastries, Peach
Made this English style with milk, and very strong on the leafing. It’s very smoky but also slightly floral in the aftertaste. Has a nice brisk bite of bitterness too. It’s the consummate breakfast tea, really— the kind of tea that you’d drink whilst preparing yourself for a busy or potentially stressful day. It’s reassuring and bracing and no-nonsense.
Making this one at work because I have 8 oz of it and it will never get drunk otherwise.
I recently had a lateral move at work, so I’m in a new location, and of course not even a week into it, I get sick with a nasty cold. I’m in the “recovery” stage now, but I’m still congested and I can’t really taste this as well as I usually can.
I took it black, as usual, and steeped it Western style.
I can still taste the nuttiness of the base tea and the perfume from the calendula, and I can still appreciate the beauty of the CTC leaf pellets opening in the water, though, so that’s something! This is such a lovely blend.