152 Tasting Notes
the last Tea of the Week for the month of January (I still have a featured reblend coming though) – this candy scared me just a little because the name made it sound like it was going to be super sour. I’m not a big fan of super sour flavors – but I was pleasantly surprised because it really isn’t sour – a bit acidic, yes – but not sour. It has a strong citrus-y flavor that is mostly grapefruit, but it is really more ‘citrus’ to me than strictly grapefruit so I used more than just grapefruit in the blend. This has a base of Chun Mee, a bunch of grapefruit as well as lemon, lime and a few oranges. I also added some lime leaves for an added punch of citrus flavor and a little bit of lemongrass to smooth out the flavor just a little.
This is really good – very citrus-y as you might imagine – but if you like citrus, then you will really enjoy this one.
I hope that you are all keeping warm – especially those in the polar vortex areas where they’re experiencing below 0 weather! Stay warm and stay safe, please!
About this tea: we only have one pouch of this tea left – so I decided to go ahead and brew what I had of this tea in my pantry and write a tasting note for it. This was a tea of the week in November – A green tea blend of Chun Mee & Gunpowder, blended with orange and warm spice.
A really nice, winter-ish blend.
This is the Tea of the Week for January 21 – and to continue the theme of “Retro Candy Shop” I chose to create a tea inspired by my favorite candy from my Handy Candy haul – Licorice Rockies! I wasn’t at all surprised that I loved the candy since I love black licorice. But I do know that it’s a somewhat polarizing flavor, most people either love it or hate it. So I’m careful not to go crazy making licorice flavored teas but the candy that inspires this tea is a bit different from most licorice candy because the black licorice rope is filled with a sweet fruit and cream filling that softens that sharp edge that is usually present with most licorice candy. So while it does have a taste of licorice, it also has the taste of fruit (the flavor I noticed most was raspberry) and sweet vanilla cream and since it was a bit softer than most licorice candy, I thought this would be a safe inspiration to draw upon and that even those who might not be terribly fond of licorice might like this.
This has a licorice presence but I also taste a note of raspberry which is particularly noticeable in the aftertaste. In the aftertaste, it comes out as a distinct raspberry flavor while through the sip, I get more of berry-ish fruit notes. It doesn’t come across as strongly raspberry. When I taste tested it, I didn’t want to play around with that a lot to make it taste more raspberry because this isn’t specifically a raspberry candy, it’s licorice with a few different fruit flavors with raspberry the most distinct flavor I noticed. So I decided to have raspberry play the role of “fruit” in this blend. The cream is also not strongly “vanilla” but more of a smooth, sweet cream note that does more to soften the licorice than it does to offer a stand-out flavor of its own.
I absolutely love this tea.
Hello Everybody! This is another Tea of the Week for January (Retro Candy Shop Month!) – this tea was inspired by a candy called (interestingly enough) “Grays Teacake” which really doesn’t taste much like a teacake at all – but more like a sweet, toasted coconut-y, chewy candy with hints of caramel.
I must admit that as far as candy goes, this wasn’t my favorite in the box but I did enjoy it (I placed an order with “Handy Candy” for some old fashioned British candies – for research purposes only, you understand). I decided to craft this tea primarily because of the name of the tea – I mean, how could I NOT craft a Grays Teacake blend for Retro Candy Shop month?
And I’m glad I decided to go with this blend, because even though the candy wasn’t my favorite, the tea is fantastic. Oh, I enjoyed the candy well enough, but I certainly had a few favorites in my box – this one was yummy but not one of those favorites. But this is a lovely tea: it has a lovely roasty-toasty flavor, a sweet, creamy coconut note and a touch of caramel in the background.
This is the Tea of the Week for January 7, 2019. The theme for this month is “Retro Candy Shop” – inspired by old fashioned candies (mostly British Candies but also one of my favorites from my childhood). This is the one from my childhood favorites. Remember those little strawberry candies – the hard candies that were wrapped in the shiny strawberry wrapper? This tea was inspired by those candies.
It has a really nice strawberry flavor – and the lighter base of Ceylon and Nilgiri allow the strawberry to shine through. It’s a little sweeter than true-to-the-fruit (because, you know, it’s a candy-like version) but certainly not as sweet as the candy – the tea cuts through that a bit.
I’m happy with how this one turned out. (Oh – and the boxes are going out over the course of the next three days!)
I just got back from the Tea Studio and decided to brew a cup of this – and I’m hoping that the caffeine won’t affect my sleep. Caffeine from tea doesn’t usually affect my sleep, the only real effect I get from caffeine is a severe withdrawal headache when I don’t have caffeine for 12 hours or so. In other words, I quite often wake up with a caffeine withdrawal headache that is soothed by my morning cuppa.
While in the tea studio, I managed to do restock the root beer float (November’s Featured Reblend) – I know that somebody had asked be about it – but I’m not sure who (or even where) so if YOU are the one who wanted some of that tea – please stop by the website and grab some before it sells out again because I won’t be restocking this one again for a while (unless it happens to get reblended for the Holiday box this year).
Anyway, back to this tea! This was the first tea that I grabbed from my pantry. I am still loving this tea – I love the sage with the apple and spices. Everything works really well for me.
This tea was a tea of the week for November, but since I was so behind, it’s one that was only recently released. I am slowly getting caught up – all of December’s teas are now up on the website (except for those that have sold out already!) and I’m working to get January’s teas finished. It’s still astonishing to me how far behind that stay in the hospital put me. But I will get caught up!
I like this – the carrot spice muffin element is definitely there, and the cranberry adds a pop of bright flavor to the cup that I pick up on towards the end of the sip and the tartness of cranberry lingers in the aftertaste.
I just finished adding all the teas from the 12Teas of Christmas box to the website, so I decided I deserved a tea break. Well, I don’t know if I actually deserve one but I’m taking one nonetheless.
And this is the tea I grabbed. This was the 4th Tea of Christmas and I was really glad that it got the votes to make it into the box because it’s one of my favorites. Actually, a couple of my all-time favorites made it into the box this year (Foggy Coconut and this one) so it was a happy way to finish up this year in tea.
This tea is a little different from the original because I wasn’t able to get a shipment from China in time, so I had to go with my distributors in the states and they didn’t have the same teas that I used in that original batch. To make up for that, I added a little more Assam to the mix, deciding that the Assam would deliver some malty notes that would work well in the cola’s favor.
And despite the changes, I think that this is still quite good – I’m drinking it warm now but I think this one is much better iced because – cola. I still like it warm but I think I’ll save the remaining amount that I have for my pantry to use as iced tea.
Nice ginger notes – I tried to go a little heavier on the ginger this time but I didn’t want to go too heavy because the cola that I loved so much (that inspired this tea) wasn’t all that heavy on ginger, there was a balance between the two elements of cola and ginger – so I still wanted some sort of balance between the two – but I did hear a few comments saying that there should be more ginger so I also tried to accommodate that.
Overall, I’m very happy with how this turned out. And it’s now on the website!
This is our 2nd Tea of Christmas and it’s a brand new blend! Last year, I crafted a Candy Cane White tea, and this year, I wanted another candy cane blend – so I decided to combine candy cane with a tried and true favorite – the Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha.
This has a nice minty note to it without being TOO minty – the vanilla and marshmallow notes curb the pepperminty edge to it just enough so that it doesn’t take over. It’s sweet, it’s cool and crisp – and I love the roasty-toasty notes of the genmaicha. YUM!
Today is the first day of our 12 Teas of Christmas countdown – and this tea is our 1st Tea of Christmas! This tea won it’s way into our box with a very comfortable number of votes which made me quite happy because in October, I happened to finish off the last of my stash of this tea – so I was ready for more!
This tea is definitely one of my favorites that I’ve ever created – and it was inspired by a London Fog made with coconut milk – a favorite coffee shop drink of mine … and we have a lot of coffee shops up here in the Pacific NorthWET!
So this isn’t exactly like a London Fog made with Coconut milk, because I decided a few tweaks were in order: I wanted a stronger coconut flavor and I wanted the vanilla a little softer. I wanted the bergamot to be more of an accent, something that peeks through – but doesn’t overwhelm the cup (which bergamot can do if it’s overdone). I wanted the coconut to be the star of the show but not the only thing going on with the tea.
And I think I managed to achieve that. The coconut is sweet and smooth – as is the vanilla. The bergamot adds a tangy note for some contrast. The black tea is strong enough for a morning cuppa when you need something that will shake you gently awake (I’m not into a coffee jolt) but it would also be good for afternoon too. As it’s 1 am now, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it NOW for just anybody, but as this is kind of my afternoon right now – I think I’m alright with it. That’s the story I’m sticking to, anyway. I might regret it in a couple of hours though, when I want to sleep. We shall see.
Anyway – this tea – it’s delightful . . . and for those of you who did not order our 12 Teas of Christmas box, there will be some of these available posted on the website at some point on the 26th of December. If you want it sooner than that, there are still 2 Christmas boxes available. PM me if you’re interested!