2327 Tasting Notes
I ventured into this sample with some trepidation. I have an iffy relationship with both green and white tea. I’ve got two samples of this, and I’m feeling brave today, so I am giving it a whirl.
And I don’t care for it. Its just not the soft dream I always expect with white tea, and I’m feeling my classic slightly ill sensation that happens when I have a green tea blend.
Bleh. Oh well.
I like bananas, but I do not like banana flavored things. That probably explains why this has been sitting in my sample bowl for so long, untouched.
But I am being brave, this November, and am drinking things that have been untasted. Plus, samples are easy sipdowns.
I am relieved to say that this isn’t too banana-y. Its a bit like banana bread, not my favorite, but not as bad as, say, banana taffy.
I’m not going to get any more of this, but it was harmless enough.
I didn’t sleep well, and I woke too early.
The world is different today, and I am apprehensive. So a regimen of self care is called for, and what better way to start that than with tea?
This is one of my favorite blends, autumn in a cup, soothing almond and cranberry, its a good fuel to start this day.
When I saw that Smith had their Silent Night, one of my favorite mint blend, back on the market, I hit “add to cart” so fast that my computer probably felt it. And it has arrived!
It has also come with a packet of this, which they’ve sent me samples of before. They really want me to like it!
And I generally do. Its a very light and refreshing green tea, with hints of mint and citrus, which always makes an enjoyable sipping experience.
I am glad to have had another sample of this, but also glad that it was just a sample. And now I can say Sipdown again!
I’m coming to the conclusion that the base used for Mountain Witch teas is just not for me. I find it bitter in each of the blends I’ve tried so far, which is really too bad.
This particular blend, in addition to the faint bitterness of the base, has a curiously candy like aftertaste. I don’t get the sweet cherry flavor until after the sip, which makes me feel like I must have eaten a jelly belly, and forgotten all about it.
The rose petals, while present in the tea, don’t really impact the flavor, but I’m not quite sure how much a rose “presence” in this tea would really heighten the flavors.
My new resolution to try one new thing or sip things down every day is turning out to be fun! I’m getting to know my cupboard much better, and when I put my mind to it, the samples just go right on by.
This is of the “tea I havn’t tried yet” school of thought, and its high time. Its been on my radar for years, as I have actually read Malachi McCormick’s book, a Decent Cup of Tea, which is a charming little read. So I’ve been wanting to get this tea, and try it, in the name of everyone who is grumpy because they cannot get a proper drink in this country.
Its quite strong, and somewhat malty. I found it a little bitter, but I also steeped it just a bit too long, I’m afraid.
Its a robust blend, one that I imagine would stand up quite strongly to a breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast. (In fact, I should have some toast and jam the next time I brew this,)
My flavored tea palette rebelled a bit against this, but I’m willing to give it more goes. I bet, when I’m used to its strength, that it is a decent cup of tea.
Part of my Tea Spot set of sachets.
Theres rooibos here, but also a decent amount of ginger in this. I don’t quite know that I get “cookie” out of this, but it is gingery.
ETA, I was only going to have one cup of this today, but then my boss turned on the air conditioner. In November! (We live in a warm climate, but still….)
So a cup of warmth was needed STAT.
Disclaimer- I do not have a hangover. In fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a proper hangover. (I’m not broken up about that).
So this can be no review of the benefits in healing a hangover, and will just be on the merits of this alone.
Its a very mild tea, with a slightly herbal/medicinal quality to it. That’s not unpleasant. I actually think this could be good if I had a cold or something like that.
I bet it would help with a hangover, as theres a juicy, hydrating quality to it, and the soothing herb-y-ness.
I don’t think I’ll buy any of this, but it was fun to try.
I recently got a little kit of Tea Spot sachets, a holiday kit. This, a gingerbread rooibos, and a white tea with chestnut are now all in my possession.
Its a little early for the holiday flavors for me, but I’ll make an exception.
This is more minty than chocolate-y, and that’s alright with me. I like a peppermint black a lot.
This is a little weak, so I might try two sachets next time, and see what I come up with.