552 Tasting Notes
The first time I tried a rooibos tea, I didn’t like it. I thought it was tasteless and not strong and it wasn’t very good. That is why I have been putting off trying this tea. But tonight, I finally broke down and made myself a small pot of this with boiling water.
The liquid was a darker brown with a light tan color around the rim of my glass. It looked very pretty. The smell was dark and spicy. It smelled good in my cup. Then I took the plunge and tried it. It was pretty good. I really didn’t taste that much besides cinnamon and another unidentified spice. It was also mellow, which was nice. Overall, it was much better than I expected.
Since it was chai, I wanted to try some of it with a bit of milk. On the half of my second cup, I poured a little Silk Vanilla Soy in my cup. It didn’t bring out any flavors in the tea itself, but it made it smoother. It would have been good if it was boiled with milk at a stronger flavor with just a dash of honey over the stove. If I ever get a chance to try it again, I might try it like that. Or I just might drink it straight since it is very good straight.
My 100th Tea Post.
Just finishing up my tumbler of cold brewed tea. I’ve been calling it my own “flavored water” because it truly does taste like water with spice flavors. It does wake you up and give you more energy which must come from the ginger in the tea. Very nice. This will probably be my branch into discovering teas with just ginger in them.
This is another one of my tea tin finds. I went through it this afternoon and took one of each teabag that I wanted to try. I was craving the Earl today, so here he is.
The liquor is very dark and you can smell the tea very well. The tea itself is tasty. It is a little less smooth than Numi’s Aged Earl Grey. The bergamot isn’t overwhelming. I just like the Aged Earl better than this one. That being said, this is still a tasty cup and lands itself on the light green smiley on my rating.
I haven’t met an Earl I didn’t like yet and Numi rarely disappoints.
My other roommate (not grayfoxgirl) has a box of tea bags that she either bought or got from other friends. I found this one and decided to try it because it is a Numi Teas and I like most of their teas.
I have never really tried a straight chamomile tea before. I have tried it in blends but that was about it, so I was glad to find a plain chamomile tea. I was pleasantly surprised when the tea was a very nice golden yellow color. It tasted very delicate and floral and strong. It was a nice strong. It announced itself without being overbearing. The big surprise was that this tea tasted sweet. Almost like I had added honey in it even though I didn’t. I really liked that sweetness.
I don’t think that there is another bag in the tea box, but I would be willing to go through and try to find another one. If I ran into this tea again, I would gladly drink it.
I have been sipping on a tumbler full of this that I have cold brewed all day. It is interesting. It really feels like you are sipping on water and then the spices hit you in the back of the throat. At first, I didn’t like it. I thought it was far too weak even though I brewed it with two bags and for a good 18 hours or so. But it grew on me when I was studying. It gave me a little more energy with the spices and rejuvenated me. It was a better version of a flavored water.
I don’t know if I would ever have this cold brewed again. I might try it brewed hot and then iced and see how that tastes. It was an interesting experiment. Better yet, I still like this tea and will be drinking it hot throughout the semester.
My roommate bought this tea during the summer before our sophmore year of college. She brought it with her this year for us to try.
The liquid was very dark and it smelled earthy. The tea leaves smelled a little bit like damp dirt. The tea itself tasted very woody to me. It was interesting. I never really had a tea that tasted like wood. It wasn’t a bad taste. Just unexpected.
I’m leaving this unrated for now until I try another cup or two. Then I will know how I like it.
My roommate has had this tea sitting around unopened for about ten years now. She got it from her time in Scotland. She finally decided that she wanted to start drinking it now. I showed her how to warm up her tea pot and we let the leaves float loose in the pot. The leaves were surprisingly short. We boiled water in my new kettle too.
The liquid was a dark amber color with a hint of red to it. It was very pretty. The smell was nice and a little earthy. The taste was light, but it had a bitter kick at the end of it. I think we might have brewed it a little too long though, so the bitterness could be user error.
We are going to try this again soon and either use slightly less leaf or steep it for a little shorter to see if we can get the bitterness down. I’m not going to rate it until I get a couple of cups of this tea, so I can tell if I am going to really like it or not. I do like it enough to drink another few cups of this.
I had this foul tasting honey at school. It came in a packet and it was awful. The honey was so bad that I had to put milk in it just so I could drink the tea. I was not wasting a cup and I really wanted tea this morning.
Note to self: don’t try anything different about this cup in the morning.
I am beginning to appreciate the low key mint to this tea. I brewed this at a slightly lower temperature this time. I’m getting used to being at college again and I was going through major tea withdraw. Unlike my roommate, I will microwave my water for my tea. I still steep my herbal teas like crazy though. I like a stronger herbal tea.
This is exactly what I needed after my first day of classes. Something with little to no caffeine and something that would make me relax. I just need to remember to bring my own tea bags to breakfast with me and everything will be good.