144 Tasting Notes
Sipdown!!! Finished our tin of this one this morning. I love this tea, but after 4 oz. of the stuff, I think I’m ready to replace it with something new. I’ll definitely buy it again sometime, though, because it’s divinely fruity, and brilliant when iced. :3
I didn’t think this tea was old enough to have lost that much of it’s flavor, but I suppose it wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) surprise me to learn that Lupicia’s fruit flavored teas, which are masterfully and tastily blended, have a bit shorter shelf life than their more inferior contemporaries. That kind of fruit flavor is rare and hard to come by. (By the way, I’ve only had the tea for seven months, which I would consider not that old.)
Anyway, I’ve decided to start testing the waters, so to speak, regarding my caffeine intake. I’m still nursing, but with my little one a bit older now, I wonder if her system has developed enough to be able to handle introducing small amounts of caffeine back into my diet (say, one caffeinated drink per day, and not that much). It seems to be working so far, as she’s shown no trouble with this tea (this is actually a back logged note). I will keep trying! There may be hope!
My husband reminded me that this tea has been naturally decaffeinated (if any process to decaffeinate a tea can be called “natural,” theirs can), so I can have it while I’m nursing and it won’t affect my little girl. :) For a bagged white tea, it’s pretty tasty. I wouldn’t rank it above some of our other white teas, but it’s certainly drinkable. I didn’t sweeten it, which I think helped it. Not sure I wanna know what this tea is like sweetened. >.o
In other news, the hubby and I went on a tour of the Celestial Seasonings factory while we were in Colorado on vacation. :) It was a pretty fun tour, and just what we were looking for—something interesting but not too time-consuming. I’d never been in a tea factory before, and the gift shop afterward was really nice, too.
… How has this not been in my cupboard? I’ve had it for ages.
Anyway, I brewed this the other day, even though it’s so stupidly hot outside (and in my apartment too, with temps getting as high as 84 degrees, according to my atomic clock). Still can’t have caffeine, but this worked very nicely with my biscuit at breakfast. :) I can definitely taste the black cherry as well as the other vaguely fruity notes of “berry.” There’s almost a metallic quality to the aftertaste, which may be the hibiscus and rosehips. Anyway, not bad, if you don’t mind hibiscus (though I’ve noticed a lot of people on here do mind it).
… And today it tastes like raisins? What gives, taste buds? I fixed it almost the exact same way I did the other day, except I maybe let it steep a little longer. Le sigh.
In other news, this is my 100th tasting review!
Dude. If someone would have told me that this tea smells and tastes just like those Little Debbie individually wrapped iced gingerbread men, I would have tried it ages ago! Okay, I’ll be honest, it is a TEENSY bit bland, to call itself Gingerbread SPICE, but I’m enjoying it anyway, because it makes me think of those cookies. My box is also a bit on the old side, so it might be a little spicier if it was fresher (although some of the other comments seem to indicate maybe not).
In other sad news, I have had to cut ALL caffeine out of my diet because it gives my little girl really bad colic. So that means no black, mate, or oolong tea at the very least. I want to try green and white teas, but I just haven’t yet, partially because I’m scared (it’s REALLY bad colic) and partially because I just haven’t gotten a craving for one yet. It won’t last forever, but it makes me very sad. I just don’t get as excited about herbals, and rooibos and I are not on great terms at the moment. :(
I keep going back to this one. It seems to be my go-to blending green tea. Usually, the dialogue (or monologue?) in my head goes like this: “Hmm, I’d like a green tea with X flavor, but we don’t have a green tea like that. However, I could blend the Emerald Buds with _________ tea and get the same effect. Let’s do it!”
So today, it’s Sunny Slopes, a decadent fruity concoction, with this tea. Not sure I’m as fond of this blend as I am of blending this with other things. Like spearmint (yummm). But I wasn’t feeling the mint tonight. I think, though, if I’m going to go fruity with this, I need to choose a simpler fruit profile to blend. The flavors just didn’t mesh quite right. Meh, oh well. I’ll probably still do a second steep. It fits the mood for now.
I really truly forgot I had this tea. Even though it’s been on my tea shelf, with all the other teas. I guess it just went into ninja mode… or I was wearing blinders. Anyway, I was craving a tea with chocolate in it one day, but I didn’t finally remember about this tea until the following day, when I was craving a raspberry tea. For some reason, my spacey brain remembered that this tea had raspberry, but not CHOCOLATE. (Shakes head at self)
Anyway, I wishI’d looked on here and seen the brown sugar recommendation before I made it, because the flavors just weren’t quite as present as I thought I remembered them being. I think this bears a do-over. But that is for a later post, because right now I’m holding a sleeping baby. :D
I had this tea this morning with my hospital cafeteria breakfast (which was filling and delicious, despite the fact that the cook seemed to think that a cabbage leaf was an appropriate garnish for a plate of pancakes). Anyway, I had to make do with ordering a cup of hot water to use for tea, so I have no idea what temperature it was steeped at, although it couldn’t have been more than about 180° F. Anyway, it turned out to be a wonderfully light complement to my bagel and strawberries (the hubby ended up eating the pancakes).
As a side note, the reason I’m in the hospital is because I now have a brand spanking new little girl named Charlotte! We’re both doing fine, and will probably go home tomorrow. :)
So, the hubby and I finally tried this one last night. I was in the mood for green tea, but I was despairing that our green tea stash is so low on variety… and then I remembered that we had gotten this one in the “happy bag!” It smelled so grassy/grainy, very hay- or wheat-like, that we just had to try it.
So glad we did! It steeped a wonderful lime-y green color (the hubby likened it to lime Kool-Aid), and it smelled of popcorn and matcha and wheatgrass. The taste was just what I wanted—fresh, light, and savory, like a smoothie made with green vegetables. Yum!