3294 Tasting Notes
How old is this tea Sarah? I can’t believe I’m even drinking it.
It might have been good 3 years ago, but bletch…
As a person who doesn’t usually care for flavored teas, I find this one to be bitter & kind of cloying.
And of course, it’s no longer available, unless someone wants this last tablespoon ?
Enjoying a cup of my homemade roasted dandelion root tea. I love it. The dandelion roots came from my own garden. I scrubbed & trimmed them, ground them up in my food processor, and then slow roasted for about 3 hours. My garden is big, with an unlimited supply of dandelions, and in the spring I eat the greens daily, because they are so good for my liver. I roast at least one batch of roots every year in the fall, because it’s a great tea for me in the evening: all the depth and boldness of a black tea, none of the caffeine.
Over the last few years I’ve been adding more herbs to my garden for evening tisanes, for medicinal brews, and for the bees & other insects to enjoy. I don’t plan on starting a business, I just love gardening and I love tea. :)
In general, I prefer my tea unadorned, but like all chai’s, I don’t care much for it unless I add a little maple syrup and some form of creamer/milk (in my case, coconut milk. It’s not pretty, but it tastes good). With these additions, this tea is mighty tasty, and definitely has an authentic pumpkin taste & enough spice to make it a chai. Some Chai’s have one overpowering spice or another, but this is a nicely balanced cup, maybe just a little heavy on the cinnamon, but I like that.
I don’t drink chai often, because I have a reaction to some of the spices: my cheeks turn red & blotchy, and my face gets a burning sensation, and if I drink too much it irritates my guts… Sadly, I have the same problem with curry, which is a real bummer, because I love a good curry! I feel that reaction coming on, So this is going into the box for Sil, and there is plenty to share with the Canadian Crew! Enjoy!
I got this tea, along with several others, a year or so ago as part of a Kickstarter thing.
When I first opened it, it had an alcoholic aroma, which is pretty unappealing for me. Some of the other teas in this collection also had that vibe. So I let them sit for awhile, quite a while!
So now I’ve been sampling these teas, finally! The alcohol aroma is long gone, and the dry tea has a honey aroma that is pleasant enough. I brewed a cup, and it is a solid and bold black tea, a little on the bitter side, with a honeyish ambiance. I suspect that if I sweetened it, I’d like it even more, but as I’m not in the habit of sweetening my tea, I’ll pass.
I probably shouldn’t be drinking any more caffeine at the point, but what’s one more cup?
This is a tasty and potent assam, with the addition of Calendula flowers, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, although there is probably not enough flowers in there to be medicinal, and it doesn’t taste medicinal either, or floral, for that matter.
It is a hand blended tea with all organic ingredients. Honestly, it’s a solid cuppa!
Yes, I’m just drinking one cup of tea after another…nothing new there…
I used to drink a lot of chai, but honestly, I don’t drink it much anymore, because sometimes some of the spices disagree with my system, and chai is best, IMO, if it is sweetened with some coconut milk in it. I usually prefer my tea straight up, but I did make an exception for this cup, just to sample it. It’s a solid blend of all the usual spices, hand made from all organic ingredients. That works for me :)
A few years ago I went on a Kickstarter Binge, and one of the projects I supported was Winterwoods Tea Company. Their teas are lovingly hand made from organic ingredients, and I got a box full of them. I have to confess, when I first opened each package, most of them smelled like alcohol to me, and being a recovery person, that wasn’t very appealing. So I let them age for awhile, and gratefully the alcohol aroma seems to have departed!
So this is a classic licorice tea, naturally sweet because licorice is so, a little little spicy in a mild chai like way, and a little medicinal, because it is. I’m feeling a little under the weather, as if I’m either coming down with something, or having the start of spring allergies (which is what I suspect). Either way, warm tea always helps, and since I’ve already drank my fill of both Elderberry (anti viral) and Nettles (for allergies), I decided to go with a small pot of this one. Licorice root has a balancing effect on my adrenals, the marshmallow, ginger, and fennel are all soothing, and the orange peel and cinnamon add some nice flavor.