1220 Tasting Notes
From last night but I was too lazy to post.
Ok so the first time I’d ordered this for myself, I was not really a fan because it tasted mostly like cinnamon. But I got some again now from KeenTeaThyme and I think the problem was not using enough tea. BECAUSE THIS IS SO GOOD.
It’s really sweet, which I think I’d expect with strawberry pie (also honeybush). The strawberry flavor I can actually get this time, almost like a strawberry jam flavor. It’s creamy and the spices are more under control. I need to remind myself to use 2 tsp for honeybush.
This has to be the weakest blooming tea I’ve ever had, on multiple levels.
It has less flavor than the jasmine green ones I have from Teavivre. They make me feel like this is a tea I can drink and not just look at. You’d think with adding pineapple flavoring, there might be something here.
And the second weak note, this isn’t even a flowering tea I want to look at. It was very unimpressive. And this comes from someone who absolutely loves lilies, that’s the reason I picked this up (beyond that it was on sale).
I steeped it for far longer than they suggest. It’s faintly pineapple, but that’s it. Four different flowers in here, including jasmine, and I got nothing.
I can’t believe they sell you 7 of these for $18 normally. Good god.
Are you only supposed to use 8 oz of water for theirs for some reason? I have no idea since not a single blooming tea is on the website anymore. The back of the package indicates that…what a waste.
Resteeped with just 8 oz of water it isn’t any better.
Well at least they have lilies.
No just kidding this is a waste of lilies >:[
I actually got distracted drinking this because someone was interested in buying my Keurig brewer from me. I listed it last night around 9 and had it gone at 7 tonight. Only got $90 with all the cups I had but whatever, COUNTER SPACE!!!!
Even now when it’s cold, it smells like cinnamon raisin bagels in the cup. I don’t want to dump it just because of that.
This is really cinnamony, that’s what I taste overall. There’s a hint of sweetness that I suppose is raisin, not strongly, and it keeps the cinnamon from being too spicy.
Actually I’m still drinking it even though it’s cold. I can taste the toast, cold toast might be weird but it’s working for me! And it’s pretty buttery too.
Next time I won’t get distracted. I think I’m done selling stuff for the time being.
I think I converted a Facebook friend to a tea drinker last night LOL
Thank you for this tea, Jackie T! I think I should have stuck with my initial thought to steep it for 3 minutes because 3 1/2 was a bit astringent.
This is definitely banana, not really cakey at all but still definitely feels like a caffeinated kick. It does have yerba mate in there too so that’ll help.
The banana flavor is pretty subtle, and a little sweet. I left a bit in my cup and now it’s cooled off. At first it diddn’t taste like banana at all but it’s very sweet in the aftertaste, and almost tastes more like pancakes this way.
I meant to take this one with me to Tennessee for Christmas but I completely forgot it. I’ve been thinking about it since then especially because I thought maybe there might be coconut milk nog still at the grocery store…nope :(
The first steep kind of got ruined by me eating super spicy salsa right before making this tea but I couldn’t resist. I added agave to this cup and it became really vanilla tasting.
So I had to make a second steep! But I don’t think it worked at all because it tastes like hot water. Well crap. I’m sorry for not doing you justice today, Creamy Eggnog.
First tea of 2013…woooo.
I’m still afraid of being food poisoned, I can’t tell what’s due to last night’s champagne or what could be a result of the bad fajitas so I am erring on the side of caution and not drinking any caffeine.
Spearmint seemed like the obvious herbal to go to. Hasn’t really helped but it’s something that isn’t gatorade.
Also I diluted a little bit and offered it up to Sebastian. He didn’t drink any at first but I did get a drop on his beak, which he ended up tasting. His reaction to that was to close his eyes and make sure he got all of it in his little beak, so I offered it to him again and he drank a bit himself then. I don’t think I have many good bird-friendly herbals but hey, if he likes spearmint then we’re set.
We decided we’d try a new-to-us place for lunch today, and got fajitas there. I did not realize until I was nearly done eating that some of my chicken was massively undercooked. They comped it and apologized profusely but my stomach really, really hurts. So if this doesn’t take care of it, I’m going to cry because we have my favorite “champagne” for tonight and I got the awesome avocado kale salad Whole Foods has and I WANT TO EAT IT.
Well if there was any further sign that I should try eating mostly ovo-vegetarian like I was thinking about in the new year, being served undercooked chicken did it for me. BLEH.
This one will always and forever be my favorite flavor. I considered getting the new earth one but when watermelon and blueberry are involved I really can’t change.
I wish they had this one on tap at my Whole Foods but then I’d probably drink the entire growler in a day.
Starting to like this a bit better, though for some reason it’s almost too sweet to me. And I love love love marshmallows so that’s kind of silly.
I’m not sure what to continue to adjust to get it to taste better to me. At 3 1/2 min, that melted down the marshmallows entirely so it did taste more of marshmallow, but I wasn’t really getting caramel and that almost creme brûlée flavor from last time. I like 200 instead of boiling water for sure for the tea itself. Just not sure if I should go to 4 minutes or what.
My electric kettle is still set up next to my bed from the shu nuggets the other day. I almost don’t want to move it to the kitchen because Sebastian loves the thing. When the kettle starts to make that “whoooooosh” kind of noise, he starts chirping. Every time. Sorry, Sebastian, you can’t have chocolate or caffeine.
I started on my gingerbread house (yeah I know) and so this is my cup of tea while it dries, as I get together all my Black Bear Lab orders from the past couple of days (almost $40! yay)
So this is from last year’s 12 teas of Christmas and it’s still pretty cashew and caramel tasting, not so much chocolate. I possibly should have added a bit more tea to it, but I’m quite impressed with the flavor anyway since it hasn’t been kept in the best container.
It’s still pretty good but it also wasn’t really a favorite to begin with. I’ll finish everything I have of it though!