108 Tasting Notes
I had this yesterday afternoon with my daughters for a tea party, and it was delightful. Easily one of the better bagged chais I’ve ever had. I’m having it this morning with breakfast, and it tastes really different. I don’t like it nearly ass much. What happened? Luck of the draw?
I picked this one out of the three available in my local store because the pieces were whole, rather than … well, pieces. It’s a little bitter, so would probably go really well with some sugar and milk (or, as suggested, sweetened condensed milk). Having just added that, I like it more, but I’m going to experiment with the steeping time. It still seems a little too thick.
I don’t usually buy flavoured tea. I don’t know why this one caught my fancy – the dry leaves smell like chewable vitamin C tablets. Fortunately it doesn’t taste that way! I think it’s a little too herbal for me – I prefer my tea to taste like tea. Still, pleasant.
Treated myself to three new teas from DAVIDsTEA yesterday. Starting the morning with the high mountain oolong, and am pleased. The instructions say to steep for 4-7 minutes, but I was sceptical, so I checked in at 2, 2.5 and 3 minutes, which is where I stopped and poured my cup. I can already feel more centred, calm and energized.
I’ve been enjoying nourishtea’s Canadian Breakfast, so when I found myself at the grocery store again I decided to give their green tea a try. Emerald Path is surprisingly good. I’m honestly surprised to find such a lovely tea not only in a grocery store, but in a pre-packaged presentation. I would normally have to go to a fancy speciality tea shop to find a green tea that’s sweet, delicate and re-steepable, but hey, I’m not complaining.
I met friends at the King’s Cafe recently and shared a pot of this tea. It was quite lovely! I’m not sure everything that was in it, but the centre of the bloom looked a little like a red clover. I could easily taste the jasmine, and enjoyed it very much. The second steeping wasn’t as nice, but still tasty.
Out of morbid curiosity, I decided to try this this morning in place of the bag of Stash chai that I have some mornings. Mediocre at best. You know it’s not fantastic when your first sip tells you to do everything you can to cover up the taste of the tea so that you can drink it. Every bagged chai I’ve ever had is better than this.
Inspired by a review of another K-cup beverage, I decided to open one up to see what it’s made of. There’s a little paper liner on the inside of the cup, like a tiny paper garbage bag. The tea (1tsp!) sits inside, with a gap between the bottom of the liner and the bottom of the cup. The leaves look like granules of coffee, rather than leaves of tea.
Out of even more morbid curiosity, I decided to brew the leaves in my tea pot, to see if I could improve the taste by removing the packaging. I only let it brew for just over a minute, since the K-cup system doesn’t really have long brewing time and it looked very dark quite soon after adding water. The results are, shockingly, better, but not enough that I would go out of my way to open up a K-cup every time I wanted a cup of this.