553 Tasting Notes
Wow, I am really not used to having any sort of time like this on my hands. I got let go from first work early because of labor times and I just wanted something strong, sweet, and milky. This fits the bill perfectly.
I did try it by itself since I haven’t had it in a while. It is fine. Just not something I would drink all the time. I only have two bags of this right now since I got it with a teapot as a gift. So it isn’t bad with milk and sugar.
Did I really just drink a whole box of this and didn’t write any tea notes for it at all? Hmmm. Too busy drinking tea to write about them it seems. Lately it doesn’t feel like I’ve had time at all.
This is a really yummy chai. Slightly spicy. I just take mine with a little milk and no sugar. A perfect substitute for my hot chocolate cravings.
I think I have been trying to drink down some of my teas and I have been hitting my teabags really hard recently.
It is important, even with teabags, to maintain a proper water temperature to steep times to any additives you put in or else your tea just won’t taste the way you remember it tasting. I apparently have not been heating my water to boiling and the quality of even this tea suffered. Bad me for being impatient.
I don’t think I’ll be picking up this tea again, but it was pretty tasty for a lemon tea. Definitely worth a try if you think that you are stuck in a rut with your teas.
Hello there Steepster! I missed you too. Crazy things happening with my work schedule with the upside that I’m going to have more time for my tasty teas.
So, I basically squealed when I saw a tin of this tea in Target. I just had to pick it up. I was expecting it to be loose leaf, but it was in sachets. Not that sachets are bad and I really should have been expecting that. After all, it is a Target. Not exactly the best demographic group for loose leaf teas.
This smells heavenly. Very minty with a hint of black tea.
With no additions added, it was mostly mint. A nice pleasant mint. Not a candy flavored whoah this is way too much mint type of deal. But a nice crisp and refreshing sort of mint that is very pleasant to have on a cold winter morning. But there wasn’t a strong taste of chocolate. If I concentrated I could pick out a hint of bittersweet chocolate, but nothing more.
With two teaspoons of sugar there was no change to the chocolate note. You could taste that it was sweetened. So it really doesn’t need sugar. Doesn’t change a thing.
I was reluctant to add milk to it because in my experience, milk often dulls down the flavor of some teas. So I added just a drop. Just enough to turn the tea color from a rich dark brown to a milk chocolate brown. Luckily, that brought out the chocolate note how I wanted it to. It is now a milky chocolate with a light bright peppermint note on the finish all dancing around on a subtle black tea base.
So, I’ve woken up this morning to a little lesson. Don’t drink wine before bed and then be surprised if you wake up with a headache when you also stay up late because of your paranoia over spiders.
At least this morning will get a cup of tea. Hot with milk and it is comforting. Good way to start my day before work.
Thanks to Teavivre I have a lot of new samples and a lovely little gaiwan to try out. I figured I would try it on something that I know first.
Wow! Bitter! Either I used way too much leaf or this was not a good first tea to try with this method. Or a little of both. I tried five steeps of this, each with a shorter and shorter steep time getting down to pouring out the steeps as soon as I got the little bowl covered. Still bitter, bitter, bitter.
Not the teas fault, just my inexperience.
On the other hand, the gaiwan was really easy to use. It is the perfect size for my hands and it wasn’t awkward at all to use. And it is amazingly fast to clean up. I didn’t even spill any water anywhere. As soon as I figure out the right tea to use and the right steeping times, this little thing might be my new best friend.
I’m going to try an oolong next as soon as I research a little bit about leaf amounts and steeping times. The bigger leaves should be easier to handle in the gaiwan than the small leaves in this green. (I thought the leaves were bigger, but no! They are small.)
I really, really like this one. Just sweetened enough for my taste and the spearmint is wonderful. It goes well with everything I’ve eaten as well, so there are bonus points for that. I also like that it is packaged in a glass bottle. It helps hold the temperature of the tea even though it is sitting for me out in my car.