2815 Tasting Notes
Tisane of the afternoon here from Spicely, this was one I bought last week after my acupuncture appointment.
Although this says it’s a rooibos chai, it is lacking in flavors you would normally associate with a chai, such as ginger, cloves and black pepper, etc. Instead it has cinnamon, vanilla, cacao nibs and cardamom. This makes for a very mellow concoction that’s a decent dessert tea. I guess I was hoping for something slightly spicier and could definitely add my own ingredients if I wanted to to sort of perk it up a bit. This isn’t a bad rooibos blend it just doesn’t seem that much like a chai to me. It’s fairly tasty though, I like this one with soymilk and it doesn’t really need sugar.
Thanks to Carol Who for this one, I haven’t always been a big fan of Teavana blends in the past, but it’s always fun to try something new. :)
I liked this a little bit better when the tisane was hot because then I got more of the cinnamom/chocolate-y notes, actually I was thinking carob. Now that it’s cooled off a bit I get a lot of the orange coming up very strongly. Overall I think this is okay but probably not something I would keep around on a regular basis…
now I’m off to do my physical therapy exercises!
Good afternoon/early afternoon Steepster!
I haven’t had much time to write tea tasting notes recently, but I thought I’d brew up some of this blend I haven’t had in a while. I think I put this at a ‘65’ the first time I drank it, the licorice is very strong but maybe licorice teas are growing on me a bit because I raised the rating on this one today. Work was a bit better today, at least not as stressful, but there hasn’t been much down time for tea drinking.
Good morning Steepster!
I am so happy to be at home today, I can’t even tell you. My workplace is incredibly hostile to someone with a disability which is sad for me but maybe they’ll fire me soon and I can look for a nicer place to work. :(
This is one of the teas from the Steepster select box that came in while I was gone. Normally I’m not a big fan of keemuns as they can seem a bit harsh but I really like the cacao and pine notes of this, it reminds me a bit of an Imperial Bohea that I already have from Upton Tea. This is a nice one to sip on plain, it also is good with soymilk but doesn’t really need any additions.
All I want to do is stay at home all day and drink tea :)
Good morning Steepster,
I had a few cups of this yesterday at the office. It’s good as an iced tea and pretty good as a hot tea, though I’ve noticed it tastes better if you add about a tsp. of sugar to it. The base tea looks like a dragonwell or something similar. This is growing on me a bit but is one of those teas I’ll be glad when the sipdown day approaches so I can get rid of it. Working is not as much fun at typing tea notes on Steepster all day – lolol
Good afternoon Steepster!
Ugh, I have been out on disability for almost 3 months and I got back to the office today, working part time until June. I don’t know why but sitting at my desk is causing me some incredible pain. I am definitely more comfortable at my desk at home but they won’t let me work at home. I think because here I have a drafting table and a drafting chair and it seems more comfortable than being all scrunched up at a short desk.
Anyhoo, I got two Steepster select boxes while I was gone and decided to open them both up today. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a buckwheat tisane before. This smells really good, very nutty and bready. The flavor is nice and sweet. I am getting a grainy sweetness and even though this is a dark roast, it doesn’t taste like something that’s been dark roasted. I like this fairly well but maybe not enough to actually run out and buy any. It’s nice that I survived my day but I wonder if anyone around me noticed how I was so whiny and grumpy. Harumph!
I picked this tea up after my acupuncture appt. today at the Spicely store on Market Street. They have some unique blends and I don’t think I’ve ever had a blended kukicha before so I thought I would give this one a try.
Instructions say to steep this at 180 f for 2 minutes. This is the roasted kukicha and I definitely think this could be steeped at a much hotter temperature. It’s a light mix of green tea, orange and fennel and it’s pleasant for the afternoon I am having. I ended up doing a second steep with boiling water and it seemed fine that way. This is a very pleasant cuppa though it isn’t destined to be a huge favorite of mine.
It looks like I am going back to work on Monday part time! I hope I manage to survive it. I am still not sleeping very much… :(
I ended up going for a walk to Whole Foods today and spending money on things I didn’t really need. Well, I did get food but I didn’t need more tea that’s for sure. ;-)
It’s strange that the Whole Foods near my work does not have any Pukka teas at all, but the one closer to my house has a smaller assortment of teas and a lot of the Pukkas. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. It’s definitely gingery and intense. I’m sure I must have had galangal before in Thai food but I couldn’t really tell you how the flavor is different than ginger. There’s licorice in here too, the tea doesn’t really need it but it provides a bit of sweetness. Also this has a bit of turmeric in it, not enough to really make the tea yellow however. This is definitely a warming and spicy tea! I wish Pukka had a variety pack so I could try some of the individual offerings without having to buy an entire box.
I don’t love it, but I think it will be good to have this one around for my achy body which still feels like that of a 90 yr. old arthritic woman. I am healing a bit more every day!
This tea ended up being my cold brew experiment of the day. It makes a pretty good cold brew but I think I prefer it hot. Cold, the papaya and green tea notes really seem to pop out and I don’t get a lot of strawberry. Definitely serves the purpose of refreshing me on this sunny day and maybe will wake me up gently (as I just got up from a nap!)
Good morning Steepster. I was up early and I’ve already had a pot of Kangaita OP and a fruit smoothie with cheesecake matcha in it. I thought I’d revisit the rest of this sample I got a few months ago from H & S but first I had to use a nasal spray and now I cannot taste anything.
I am sorry Stanley — whoever you are — I guess my previous tasting note will have to suffice.