557 Tasting Notes
I may have been off of Steepster for a while, but I haven’t left my teas behind! I actually had to go out and buy a second tin of this and it is almost halfway gone now because of my not so secret obsession this winter: chai!
Yes, I’ve been perfecting my own dry chai spice mix to make an easy and quick stovetop chai for the mornings to try to get myself off of coffee. I have found out that the reason I keep slipping back to coffee is because of the overall savory feel-good mouthfeel I believed is also referred to as umami.
So far I have figured out the spices that I want: cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger being the top three players with nutmeg, pepper, and occasionally clove playing a part depending on what I want for the day. And fresh farmer’s market local honey being the sweetener instead of plain ol’ white sugar.
Normally I don’t have anything against coffee, but I have discovered that when I drink it in the morning, I don’t have any types of tea at all and I am less likely to drink water throughout the day. I have a theory that this is a hold over from when I worked at McDonalds and didn’t have time to drink anything else. So, that is why I’m trying to kick the morning coffee. Besides, chai tastes a whole lot better on the cooler autumn mornings than hot coffee for some reason.
This one jumped into my grocery cart while shopping for the fourth of July. I have tried it several ways since then and I’ve settled on my favorite so far: two spoonfuls of sugar and some milk. There was already a lightness to the tea that the sugar helps bring out and the milk helps tone down the harsher element that the tea has without covering it up completely. So the additives in this case help blend the flavors of the tea together smoothly and it makes for a pleasant cup.
As compared to Twinings English Breakfast, English Afternoon is a much bolder tea. In fact, I would more likely have the afternoon tea for breakfast and the breakfast tea for afternoon!
I would recommend this tea to coffee people to help them get into tea and to tea people who are returning to tea from coffee. (like myself)
And now we have caught up to real time. I normally drink this with milk and sugar, but I now only have it with sugar. The caramel and creme still come out nicely. Because I am using less sugar now (one to two level spoonfuls as opposed to heaping spoonfuls), I get the creamy mouthfeel and a nice caramel finish.
I only have it with milk when I want it to taste more heavy cream and desert-y.
Flavors: Caramel, Cream
Backlog #3: This is another one I made during the weekend that my aunt and uncle stayed. I don’t drink this often because I don’t want to run out of it. I need to stop doing that because I shouldn’t “save the china for when the King visits”. I deserve good things and this is a good tea. I brewed it a little strong this time. I should really stop at three minutes.
Backlog #2: Creme Caramel has to be my favorite tea at the moment. Not too sweet and not too boring. I tried this one iced because I really wanted to drink this tea, but I didn’t want a hot tea because it was so hot and humid the other day. I put three spoonfuls of sugar with a double strength cup of tea.
It was so refreshing! I have three more teabags left and I am so tempted to make a gallon of iced tea out of it, but I’m afraid my family would drink it up before me. I must have sharing issues.
Flavors: Caramel, Creamy
Backlog #1: I have a big backlog today because I have been bad about logging teas. I’ve actually been drinking them again! Yay!
I had this one when my aunt and uncle came to visit. I brewed it too strong by accident (curse you perfume lavender!) and then let it sit to get too cool before drinking. Note to self: don’t try to make a cake and brew tea at the same time.
The cake was good though. White vanilla cake with orange icing. Yum.
Flavors: Lavender, Perfume
Note to self: Don’t drink tea while listening to the Young Turks.
I had to pick up some black tea that wasn’t an Earl Grey. Don’t get me wrong, I love Earl Grey. I just got tired of it. I am cutting down on my milk and sugar on it though. One spoonful of sugar and just a little splash of milk. Still lovely and creamy with just a touch of sweet that helps the caramel comes out.
Mini rant: Guys! Please hide the coffee from me so I’ll go back to drinking tea more often. Stupid rough job making me get bad habits for a multi-cup coffee habit that I do not need.
Stash Down: I have been going through my tea and seeing what tea I would actually drink or not because I need to drink more of my teas so I can get some shiny new teas eventually and I found this one. It is really tasty and I am so glad I found that I had a bag of this left to drink. Just a splash of milk and one spoonful of sugar.
So, I needed to deep clean my french press to keep it working really well, but I was impatient and went out and grabbed a box of tea. I have been drinking nothing else since. I have two teabags left and I only got it (maybe) a week and a half ago.
On a scale from blech to yum! this tea rates in at the yummy factor. I drink it hot with a splash of milk and it is so comforting. There is this slight caramel undertone to the tea and it is never bitter. I accidentally overbrewed it one time and it still tasted like I steeped it for four minutes, so this tea is pretty forgiving. Nice when you have limited brain space after working two jobs or first thing in the morning.
I wouldn’t seek this tea out again, but I might grab it if it was on the shelves and I wanted a break from my fancier teas.