200 Tasting Notes
Tea #14 from Traveling Tea Box C
When I first made this up it had a slightly bitter hint, but adding a dash of milk made it completely vanish. This is a good one! Not something I’m going to go out of my way to purchase, but fun to try!
Lucky tea #13 from Traveling Tea Box C
This is a fun and very sweet way to kick off another day of tea box sampling! I get the candy corn flavor in a mild way – it’s not in your face, but it does make its presence known.
Tea #12 from Traveling Tea Box C
This tea was a little frustrating, because I was not able to find steeping directions anywhere – not even on the vendor’s site. I had to average out the different steep times and water temperatures that other Steepsterites had used to make this.
I’m not getting s’mores (no chocolate and no graham cracker), but I am getting very tasty caramel rice cakes with a burnt marshmallow aftertaste that is spot-on. Now, I have absolutely no idea what the best way to make this is for the s’mores effect but what I did was this:
Measured dry: 1tsp/8oz (gotta start somewhere)
Water temperature: 175°F (a guess because of the green tea)
Steeping time: 3min at first, then 5min
I may come back to this another time before I ship the box back off, because I would like to get that effect, but I just really hate guessing games.
Tea #11 from Traveling Tea Box C
We seem to be on a roll tonight! My husband did hog the first cup of this – he loved it so much he wouldn’t share! – so this is actually a re-steep. With that in mind, this is absolutely delightful. The fruit and citrus blend wonderfully, and there’s just a perfect bite of ginger.
This tea has also come to the end of its travels, and will be making one last trip into our cupboard!
Tea #10 from Traveling Tea Box C
This one took a little while to warm up to, but once I realized all the sugar had settled to the bottom (I usually use an infuser mug, and it’s been that kind of a day) it improved markedly. Actually, I really like this one! I don’t really get Nutella, but it does taste deliciously chocolatey!
Okay, this one is staying here! :)
Tea #9 from Traveling Tea Box C
This tea was added to the box by BrewTEAlly Sweet, but I wasn’t able to find anything about it online except for an expired Etsy page. All the information on here came from the baggie she sent it in.
My nose has been acting up, so I can’t be exact, but to me this smells vaguely chocolatey. As you can tell from the picture I took, it’s obviously a black tea with some very pretty rose petals that add dimension and color.
After I steeped it, I was surprised to find the vanilla was so prominent. The black tea plays second fiddle to it, and the rose petals make only a slight appearance. That said, I can easily picture a pot of this sitting happily with a nice scone or two.
This was fun to try, but I think it will also be moving on to the traveling tea box’s next destination.
Tea #8 from Traveling Tea Box C
I have to admit, I’m a bit of a cilantro fiend. Love the stuff. In fact, I made a batch of pico de gallo only last weekend! When I saw the pineapple and cilantro combination, I have to admit I was more than a little intrigued.
Dry, this blend looks fantastic and fresh. I can’t pick up any pineapple from the smell, but the white tea and a little hint of the cilantro peeks through.
As soon as this steeped up, I could tell I made a mistake in the preparation. I usually add 2tsp of raw sugar to my teas (well, everything except the unflavored greens) but this… wowza. That’s a lot of in-your-face sweetness!
At this point, I’m only getting pineapple. Little to none of the white tea flavors are coming out, and definitely no cilantro. I tried a re-steep, to see if I could find a better balance, but I think this might be a single-steeper.
While it was very much pineapple, it was a sweet way to wind up the day’s tea drinking. I want to be able to pass on as much of this as possible, so I don’t think I’ll be making another cup. It was fun to try, though!
Tea #7 from Traveling Tea Box C
Oh my goodness – someone dipped Monty Python’s wafer-thin-mint into a cup of tea! Take cover!!!
Okay, since no one seems about to explode, this is a surprisingly enjoyable cup. It really does taste like a thin mint, complete with the minty-fresh aftertaste to finish it off. The little red lips didn’t seem to do anything (they’re still mixed in with the steeped leaves) but those little dollhouse-sized kisses are long gone. This is a really nice change after the last firey chocolate tea, and it really seems like I’ve just finished off dessert.
Tea #6 from Traveling Tea Box C
Mmm… creamy pumpkin. Now this one I like! It’s very laid back, sort of how you feel when you get to the pumpkin pie stage of your evening, but has enough presence to suggest a pumpkiny dessert. One of the few teas I’ve tried that actually tastes a little like the inspiration!
Tea #5 from Traveling Tea Box C
My husband warned me.
He know’s I’m a wuss when it comes to spicy stuff.
Did I listen?