I decided I’d go ahead and do my tasting note, even though like I said before, I diluted it on accident. As it cooled, it got sweet enough for me to taste it enough to up the rating, and be able to give a decent review. (I’ll still put in another one tomorrow, after I taste it again, just to be doubly sure!)
Smell: Dry, in the bag. OH MY GOODNESS BLACKBERRIES! But creamy blackberries. And I think I could smell a hint of vanilla. It almost smelled like a blackberry dessert of some kind, cobbler or something. Either way, a good aroma. Steeping it was about the same, but more blackberry and less of everything else. Still yummy, and exciting!
Taste: At first, I couldn’t taste a lot, and it was a bit astringent, and had a sour mouthfeel (anything bitter leaves a sour aftertaste for me.) BUT—I could taste a hint of the blackberry as I swallowed, on the back of my tongue, and as it cooled and finally accepted the two packs of raw cane sugar I added, the blackberry came out, very smooth, really sweet, a bit tart (good tart) and the vanilla came out in a creamy note. When it finally got really cold, it sucked and tasted really bitter, but I don’t like any tea cold unless it is iced and mean to be iced, and this tea I don’t think is. It is VERY good, VERY yummy, I cannot WAIT to try cream in it, and it will make an EXCELLENT desssert tea, as well as a pick me up! Yay!
Unfortunately, I have yet to fully read and finish anything Jane Austen wrote. :( As I dig deeper into this tea, I need to go pull out some of my Austen novels to enjoy with it…
Last log. Got the water right, steeped 4 minutes again. It was much better. :-) I also added a bit of cream and let it cool just slightly. So, the flavors came out again and really were yummy. :-)