3217 Tasting Notes
Wow, just one tasting note? Really? Hmm. Anyways, my foray into plain tulsi begins now, thanks to massive anxiety and LiberTEAS (who provided the sample, she is not responsible for the anxiety, haha, we can blame my Masters project for that…)
Sooooo. Brewed, it smells… oddly familiar. I wonder if this is because it was in a blend I had from Verdant… although my initial thought was that it reminded me of guayusa or perhaps green mate. Kind of vegetal-y, but not in a pleasant green tea sort of way. More like… green leaves. Mixed with some mint, and some spicy. Yes, generic… “spicy”. Hrm. Hrrrrrrrrrmmmmm.
Oh, interesting – there’s a clovey note in here… in addition to the slight mint, and odd vegetal. Yes, definitely clove. Wondering if this picked up additional flavour from something else in my big box of teas…. though I have to say that it’s really not a bad addition here, if it is an addition.
So, more sipping and it’s really making me think of Good Morning Sunshine (Butiki), which leads me to think that tulsi is similar to guayusa. Of course, there’s no clovey flavour in there. But… you know. It still tastes similar.
I suppose I could add this up farther, but I’m thinking it now… I thought tulsi would taste more like regular basil. Clearly not.
Anyways, an interesting cup of tea. Probably not something I’d pick out often, but not too bad either. Here’s hoping it will calm me down at least a little…
To be fair, I’m only drinking this because I wanted to have a sipdown. However, it’s actually pretty tasty, so I’m certainly not regretting finishing off the last of it! It smells deliciously sweet and almost raisiny, and tastes chocolatey and banana-y and pretty good. A teensy bit astringent, but considering that I’m comparing it to the remarkably smooth Premium Taiwanese Assam from Butiki… that’s not surprising.
Definitely not a bad choice for tonight! Although I think I’m going to have to stop with the caffeine after three 12+ oz. mugs of black teas…
Drinking this delicious tea, made strong with milk and sugar, and trying to stop having panic attacks about school. The odds of me finishing up by May are slim to none, and I just found out that if I don’t convocate in the summer, I’ll be convocating in October… while my mother is on the west coast for a school reunion (so pretty much, she’d kill me if I convocated in October). Yes, world, I needed more stress. Because stress is incredibly effective in making progress on said thing that is causing the stress….
It’s probably a good thing that I haven’t picked up the two tablets of Ativan my doctor prescribed me so I can handle having my tetanus/Hep A immunizations in the near future… because I think I’d pop one now in an attempt to calm myself down.
Any calming tea suggestions, guys? I’m guessing chamomile would be a good option; I probably don’t have much else that’s good for that sort of thing as I seem to dislike such tea ingredients (e.g. mints, etc.) :/
Brewed up a big mug of this last night. One thing I have to admit is that it spreads around quite the delicious chocolatey aroma. Mmmmmm. Flavourwise, it’s not too bad. Chocolatey and somewhat fruity. I am strangely reminded of one LipSmackers flavours I used to have though, Chocolate Raspberry, because the chocolate and fruitiness in here are coming off the way they used to in that lip balm.
Anyways, I took a quick glance through my previous notes for this tea, and see that I wasn’t the hugest fan before. I think that sometimes, DavidsTeas get a little broken up and need to be brewed with a very fine infuser in order to prevent bitterness from little bits getting into the cup. As well, their blacks often require a bit of overleafing to reach my desired flavour level, in addition to a medium-length infusion (the black tea isn’t as finicky as say, 52teas’ blends, but going over a 5-minute infusion introduces bitterness, in general).
Anyhow, this was sadly not quite a sipdown last night – I think I have a cup’s worth left that I’ll finish off sometime later.
Thanks to Azzrian for a sample of this tea!
Unfortunately, we had another case of flavourless tea this morning… Again, I swear I didn’t underleaf, but the result doesn’t taste like much (except there’s some astringency with this one). I really don’t know what I did wrong. Luckily, I have enough of this to try and fix my obvious mistake(s)! Putting this in the travel mug may have been mistake #1…
Made some of this to take to work today, and it was nearly devoid of flavour. I did note that the instructions indicated to use 2 tsp of leaf per cup, which I swear I doubled (as I was making it for my travel mug), but I could really barely taste anything. It was quite odd. Just kind of a bland, smooth black. My score on here indicates that I liked it (also, I bought it, heh) so not sure what went wrong! My best guess is that I somehow did underleaf it….