347 Tasting Notes
Quick sipdown (113/395) before work.
Today is the first day of my new diet, so I’m trying to drink a lot of my teas with no additives, particularly ones I think will make a good dessert replacement. This falls into that bracket and also happens to be one of the oldest in my cupboard, acquired in the early days from my mystery box from MissB . So last summer I was doing really well on Weight Watchers, and had lost almost 3 stone which was my goal. I was 36 lbs down with only 6 to go (though it had slowed down significantly) when I met my wonderful boyfriend. Since then, 10 months have passed and I’ve gained back 18 lb through a mix of a more active job (I’ve gained significant muscle mass in my calves), takeaways, restaurant dates and happiness. Even though I’m happier than I’ve ever been, I would like to get back to the weight I was last summer, as I was a lot healthier then and had worked so hard for it. It’s two months until my birthday now, and I’m aiming to lose 12 lbs by then. Hopefully by documenting that here I will hold myself more accountable!
Anyway, all of that to say that I’m really enjoying this more than I had on previous occasions. The flavour has held up well over time, and the rooibos base adds a kind of burnt caramel note to the orange which makes me think of marmalade. It is fulfilling its role of desert substitute nicely.
Thanks so much for sharing your creation, KittyLovesTea ! As a rule green tea isn’t really my favourite, and genmaicha has always kinda confused me, but this is one that I really enjoyed to the end! Including this last cup, which I have been hoarding for the best part of four years… It’s finally time to let go of that one last cup I’ve hoarded of all my teas since my interest began. I have far too many of them and a good few are 4 years old (yikes!) so to say they’ve seen better days is an understatement. I can happily say, though, that this tea was deliciously nutty to the end! A lovely tea to warm up with at work in the rotten weather. The water in the boiler at work is roughly 90 degrees, but there was no astringency to suggest the tea was burnt, and the flavour was not too savoury, which is something that I’ve found with other genmaichas. I don’t think a genmaicha is something I’m ever going to gravitate towards on a regular basis, but even as someone who doesn’t often drink these teas, I happily drank each and every cup.
Metallic. Musty metallic grossness. Nope. There is a pretty decent fruitiness which comes out more with sugar, but the weird metallic note – which I think probably comes from hibiscus – it the first and last thing I taste.
Another tea I put off drinking because I remembered not liking it. I thought I’d already wrote a note for this tea the first time, saying as much, but I can’t find it anywhere. I remember it tasting and smelling a bit sicky (sorry), and this tea was in fact the first step in my discovery that I don’t usually like pineapple teas. I decided to bite the bullet and drink it now before my taste comes back, and I must say that it is a lot better than I remembered it. Still has a faint sicky aroma while brewing, but no sour sick taste, just a sweet candied pineapple fruitiness. I suspect the ‘candied’ aspect comes from the little candy heart pieces, which I must admit are very pretty. It is rather a nondescript kind of flavour, but ‘nondescript’ is much better than ‘sicky’ in my book.
Thank you Hapatite for sending this to me in my first ever tea swap! It started something pretty huge.
Cheating again, but I haven’t actually owned these teabags personally in a really long time. I’ve gone through hundreds and hundreds of teabags, but I haven’t bought them for a while now. I always left them in my cupboard because they’re never out of my house for long – my parents or myself usually buy more whenever we’re out. However, since I don’t really drink them any more it’s more my parents’ tea than mine, so I am removing it from my cupboard, though I might still have a cup once or twice a month. Still my favourite plain bagged black tea, and probably always will be. I’ve gotten my boyfriend into drinking these, too.
I’m cheating a bit since I didn’t actually drink this recently, but I did go through the entire pack of teabags and I have no idea where my last one went. Maybe I drank it and forgot to say, or maybe it’ll turn up one day and then I’ll give it a proper write up. For now I’m just updating my cupboard to say I don’t have this any more. My dad bought me these for Christmas back when I was first getting into tea, and it was probably one of the first of these types of herbals I tried. I remember it being fairly heavy on the lemongrass and pepper, with some sweetness from the liquorice. It would probably be great for me right now getting over this cold…
Sample from Janelle ‘s mystery box. Not my favourite almond green tea. It’s not bad, but the green base is a little more astringent than I’d like, the almond isn’t the most authentic nor is it particularly biscotti-like, and I get no coconut at all. Perhaps the coconut pieces are just for aesthetics, but I was expecting coconut flavour and as a coconut lover I was disappointed. Oh, well. Another one down! Thanks Janelle for letting me try this.
Another from the EU TTB. I was super excited about this one when I first picked it out, because I’d heard so many good things about it. I remember being really disappointed when I tried it and couldn’t taste any vanilla or rum, so I held onto the last cup of my sample as it never really grabbed me, expecting it to be as lacklustre as the first time. This made it a good candidate to drink while my tastebuds were on strike, though, so I brewed it up and was surprised when I took my first sip and BOOM flavour. I drank the whole cup plain, no additives, and got it all – rum, vanilla, and some dark rich frutiness which was hard to place. I owe you an apology, Mariage Freres; I never should have underestimated you.
Okay I swear I’d reviewed this tea before… I’m pretty sure I even remember mentioning how I don’t usually like green teas all that much but could drink this one all day… What’s going on with Steepster eating my notes??
I snagged this from the EU TTB round 2 after trying it on a whim and finding to my surprise that I actually really enjoyed it. It’s not as vegetal or astringent as many of the green teas I’ve tried in the past, and has more of a buttery, smooth and mild flavour. I would actually pick this one up!
As a side note, I apologise for how brief and vague my recent tasting notes have been/are going to be. A lot of these are backlog from the past few days when I haven’t felt like coming on here, as well as old teas (I’m focusing on trying to sip down all of the teas I’ve had the longest and as a result many of them have lost some of their former glory). I’ve also been getting over a cold, and still don’t have all of my taste fully back yet, so all of this combined means my tasting notes are not exactly thrilling right now. I can’t bring myself to not drink any tea until I’m feeling better, so I thought I may as well drink some that have already lost flavour while my taste is not 100% anyway. Plus, I really want to break my no-buy and pick up the sampler of Bluebird Tea Co.’s spring selection, so I think if I manage to get myself to 125 sipdowns I will allow myself to buy that as a treat. Motivation, right?
Another of the oldest teas in my collection, acquired some years ago now from a mystery box I bought from MissB. Drank after receiving some bad news, and while coming down with a cold. I barely tasted it. Some maybe-pineapple fruitiness. I was surprised to find it was a green tea.