642 Tasting Notes
Passover left me too cranky and tired to write tasting notes. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, though.
This is one of my caffeine-free afternoon office teas. It’s rather meh. There’s a good amount of spice here, but it’s mostly clove. The rooibos base just doesn’t stand up to the spice. Meanwhile the smell sticks to my travel mug long after the tea is gone. Once I brew this up, I can’t make any other kind of tea until I wash the mug out quite thoroughly. And the bags have an unfortunate habit of breaking open if left in the mug too long. Boo.
This might be better iced/cold steeped (if the bag doesn’t disintegrate). Maybe I’ll try a cold steep if I have any of this tea left when the weather gets warmer.
Sipdown. I tried the last of this iced. The cherry notes really come out. Tart and sweet. I’m not getting much cakiness. Maybe a hint of pineapple, but that might be power of suggestion. Oh so slightly creamy. Mostly this tastes like a cherry iced rooibos. Yummy. Still nothing like the original upside down tea, though.
This is just the kind of perfection I’ve come to expect from Stacy. The base really shines here, with the lychee flavor coming in at the end of the sip and lingering long after. I’m having trouble describing the base right now, but it’s sweet and grassy. It makes me think of rolling hills in springtime (in the idealized tv way, not the “my allergies make that experience torture” way). On the second steep, the juicy lychee flavor comes to the fore. Weirdly, I’m getting a lot of mintiness. It’s great, but unexpected. The third steep is very similar and super tasty iced. By the fourth steep, the lychee flavor fades and leaves just a hint of sweetness. The base comes out and makes for a bright, grassy drink. Lovely.
Thanks so much for the taste, teamore!
Sad sad sipdown. I still really like the rose-candy aspect of this tea. But it’s quite finicky. A 3-min steep at 190f today came out astringent. It was still good, but when I get a cup of this tea right it can be great. It’s really hard to get right though. So probably not a restock despite its tastiness.
Sipdown! Sadly, I oversteeped my very last cup of this. I forgot about it for 10+ minutes and it got bitter. Still drinkable, but bitter is not a flavor I want in a chamomile tea. The bitterness mellowed out as the tea cooled though. Tasty and convenient, but not a restock because the packaging is weird (the teabags are just loose in a cardboard box).
Sipdown! I’m not really up for writing a detailed tasting note, but I want to remember for the future that I really didn’t like this one. The clove is too heavy, the rooibos is too weak a base for the spices, and the coconut is doing something weird. It’s not totally gross but it is not pleasant either. Good riddance.
I’m drinking a locally purchased lemongrass/ginger herbal blend that comes to me courtesy of Stephanie. Thanks! Most of this actually went to my brother, since he loves lemongrass. But I made sure to keep a good cup’s worth for myself to try.
This is pretty darned good! It’s simple, straightforward, and elegant. The flavor is lemongrass up front. It gently transitions into a nice ginger flavor mid-sip. The ginger comes out fully at the end and lingers pleasantly. I added a big teaspoon of manuka honey to see how it would impact the flavor. It definitely softened it. The beginning of the sip is now more honey than lemongrass. The ginger flavor is also tempered by sweetness, leaving a lingering taste of ginger candy. Yum! I liked it better without the honey, but it’s delicious with honey too.
The breakfast place across the street from work makes decent breakfast sandwiches. Inanely, their breakfast special makes it cheaper to get a sandwich and coffee than just a sandwich. Thankfully, they let me sub out tea for coffee.
This is my current favorite breakfast special tea. The flavor is creamy and dead-on for its name. As the brew cools, the flavor turns to more of a generic stone fruit – peach or maybe apricot. Still enjoyable, just different. I can’t quite get over how creamy this one is. It’s like the herbal tea version of a smoothie. Nom nom nom.
Eep! I have the bagged version of this and managed to get through the whole box without a chance to write a tasting note! That’s because this has been my go-to afternoon tea at work and i rarely write tasting notes at work.
I quite enjoy this tea. It’s great for a caffeine-free afternoon lift. The chamomile hits up front and transitions smoothly into a pleasantly tart citrus. I could swear there was a lingering hint of ginger at the end of the sip today, but there’s no ginger in the blend. The hibiscus supports the flavor rather than getting in the way. I’m hoping to restock this one fairly soon. Meanwhile, sipdown!
ETA: This blend does best with a really long steep time. Like 10+ minutes.