51 Tasting Notes
Been enjoying this for the last couple of days. With Teaopia gone, I’m sad that I won’t be able to get more of this tea. Hoping I can find a replacement for it. I know Teavana kept some of the Teaopia blends, but for some reason I didn’t think this was on the list of ‘keepers’
What a beautiful tea! Dry, it’s a medley of green goodness, with chunks of pineapple and papaya as well as little red candy hearts. Just adorable. It smells wonderful – tropical, sweet, and refreshing. Tastes sweet, but not sickeningly so. Just enough to dance on your tongue and bring a smile to your face. I find it has a gentle coconut aftertaste, which is quite nice.
I’m happy to hear that Teavana is keeping this one, because I will definitely be purchasing more of this tea. It is aptly named, because you do fall under its spell ;)
Well, this one is tolerable once you add some honey and milk to it. I’m not really pleased with it and I’m very glad I only have a small bag of it. Without the additives, I can smell the spices – really getting the cardamon, clove and pepper, although it is quite…earthy? Not sure if that’s the word, but it has a earthy/dirt road smell to it. Not really sure how to describe it. Anyway, I tossed some honey into it, milk and have been sipping on it. To be honest, I was only drinking it because it was there, and I was in the middle of the gold medal match for fencing. Well, the match is over, and the mug is still half full of this stuff. I’m looking at it warily, not really sure I want to even bother with the rest of it. I guess that would mean it’s a fail. Ok, onwards to something else.
Still on my chai kick lol. Ok, so I tried this one again, except I added another spoonful of tea (I used 4 scoops for 2 cups of water) and I also brewed it for only 3mins 45seconds. One of the things I noticed and forgot to mention in the last brew was that I think I might have over brewed it a tiny bit. It was just slightly bitter tasting.
This next brew was even better. I tasted the brew prior to adding anything to it, and found it to be quite nice. I only added a tiny bit of honey to compliment it, and of course lots of milk – so it’s similar to a latte. Really good! In fact, I’m raising my rating of it too. My partner tried a sip of it and he thought it was good too (he’s not really into flavoured teas, so I guess this is a good sign) The only kicker in all of this? When I bought this, I only went with a small bag of it. Whoops. Anyone have any other good chai recommendations for me? ;)
More Olympics watching, and apparently I’m really craving chai at the moment lol. So I went for Teaopia’s (RIP) Masala Chai. I like my tea pretty strong, and so I added extra tea as I’m making a pail of this stuff again in my big pottery tea/beer stein. I brewed it for 4mins, and the result is a sweet spicy brew. I wish now I had tried a sip prior to drenching it all in milk, but I can do that next time. Anyway, it was a nice balance of spices I thought – cloves and cinnamon really came up for me, which is quite nice. I think next time I will add a bit more tea, as it was a bit on the mild side for my taste, once I added a wee bit of honey and a healthy splash of milk to it. Regardless, it’s still sweet and yummy and I think a bit of adjustment will make it even that much more enjoyable.
Tea backlog from last night: I was watching the Olympics late last night and wanted something spicy. I was feeling lazy and just wanted to use a bagged version of anything I had in my cupboard. So I grabbed one of these and then decided that 2 teabags would really spice things up. It was pretty peppery. I should add that I was using a pottery mug that was intended as a beer stein, so I suppose 2 teabags wasn’t that over the top. I added a big clump of honey and a whole lot of milk, and it was good enough. It’s not the best, but not the worst either.
I have been woefully absent from Steepster (and Twitter) as of late. Goodness, I can’t even think about how long it’s been since I’ve updated my blog. My tea drinking has suffered tremendously too – which we all know is a VERY. BAD. THING. ;) I hadn’t abandoned my tea entirely, it’s just that with all the stress and whatnot, I was reaching for some old favourites, and more recently, a new favourite as well. While my all time favourite has been Yorkshire Gold, a tea that I reach for during times of illness, stress, heartache, or (dare I say it?) sheer laziness – ok, is laziness really the right word? Maybe yes, maybe no. It isn’t wrong to want a tea that is no fuss, no muss, and will bring you the happy, soothing feelings, right?Anyway, a couple of months ago, (perhaps less than that – my concept of time tends to vary wildly lol) I discovered Glengettie tea from Wales. I purchased it at the time because I love all things Welsh, (and I was absolutely charmed by the fact that the writing on the box is in both English and Welsh – yay!) but after the first cup, I was sold! Pretty much every cup that I’ve ingested since my absence from Steepster has been Glengettie. I’ve been brewing it strong, and adding massive wallops of honey in it (see my Yorkshire Gold brewing scale based on emotional/physical need review) and it has been just what I have needed.
I confess that over the past months, I haven’t been paying too close attention to the notes of it, other than it’s got a nice kick when you brew it for a long time, and is on the malty side – similar to Irish breakfast, which I love. Honestly, with the amount of honey that I’ve been adding to the brew, it’s a wonder I can taste anything at all – but I can, and the overall effect is hearty, and comforting – just what I need. I can see why it has been a favourite of the Welsh for so long – it brews up dark, rich and hale.
This tea is evoking some lovely memories – I just love when that happens. There used to be these amazing cookies called Coconut Cream Cookies by McCormicks – sadly, the brand was bought out by Dare, and they discontinued this amazing cookie, because, they felt their own version was better (they are sadly mistaken. I have never forgiven Dare for this or for what they did to our Girl Guide cookies, but that is a rant for another day)
Well, I never thought I would smell that cookie again. This evening, I did smell it and when I closed my eyes, I really thought I was going to chomp into that crunchy biscuit once more.
I am even more thrilled to report that the tea brews up to smell very nearly the same as it does when dry – another pleasant surprise. The liquor is very light, the colour of a fair, white wine.
First taste – oh, the raptures. Tastes just as it smells, light and dancing on my tongue. Has a sweet coconut finish, and really reminds of me of how my beloved cookie would taste after I nibbled on it. I think I’m in love.
I believe this lovely tea will be happily ensconced in my cupboard for some time. And I guess one small comfort is that, unlike the cookies, this will be one treat I can indulge in without worrying about the calorie content.
Damn, I am sure missing those cookies right now. ;)
I’ve tried this a couple of times now. Sorry, forgot to log it ;)
Dry, this smells AMAZING! Super buttery and softly sweet, very similar to caramel popcorn.
I was pretty excited to try this. I don’t normally drink my black teas straight up, but I thought I would try it this way first and see if I liked it. I wasn’t thrilled with the first batch, which I think I oversteeped (4.5mins) as I found it quite bitter. That being said, my friend quite liked his cup, (his was steeped 4mins) and said it was only slightly bitter. He doesn’t normally drink tea, and he quite liked it, so go figure ;)
Today, I decided to brew it for 3minutes, and add a few pieces of rock sugar to see if that would help bring out the caramel. Huge improvement. Only very slightly bitter,yet has a mildly sweet, caramel finish.
I’m enjoying it enough on it’s own now, so I think I’ll hold off on adding milk until another time and see how that tastes.