1029 Tasting Notes
Wow! It looks like I’ve had this tea for 6 years now! Time to work on a sipdown.
The name of this tea is tripping me out. It’s a tea they only sell in Hawaii and they give most of them Hawaiian names. I never knew Hanalei was a real place. One of the few songs my father could sing and play on the guitar when I was little was Puff the Magic Dragon…. who frolics in the autumn mist in a land called Hanalei. I guess I always assumed it was a made up place, but it was probably some hippie getting high in Hawaii and writing some lyrics about smoke dragons on tropical islands. *shrug
My first few sips were quite soapy and it was distracting. It looks like I have always found it soapy, but with aged coconut in it, it’s likely to be even soapier that before. Adding creamer really helps mute that and brings out the banana. I do so love banana teas and the combo of banana with coconut is nice. I don’t even mind the rooibos so much! It seems a little on the light side flavor wise. I should add extra tea to my steeper next time to strengthen the flavor and get me closer to a sipdown.
This tisane puzzles me! I could feel myself making the weirdest face when I first sipped it, confused by the mix of flavors. It is strange how the flavors all work together so well! There is the sweetness of the anise, the deeper notes of the barley, the chocolate flavor tying everything together… I really like it!
I love banana teas and smokey banana teas at that, so I was super excited to try this! It steeped up pretty strong and I see that the recommended temp is a little lower than what I used. I’ll have to try a lower temp or 3m next time. It took a few sips to get used to the flavor and have the initial bite fade. Once it does, the sip is filled with sweetened smoke. The banana comes in on the finish and the flavor is complex and rich. Adding cream tempers the smoke and lets the banana come out a little sooner. There is a depth in the finish now, but the banana is still on the lighter side of what I’d hoped for in flavor intensity. I’d like to get to know this tea a little better in future steepings!
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I’m enjoying a cup of this tonight, but I’m not sure it is exactly what I am in the mood for. I don’t precisely know what that thing is, so this will have to do! It is pretty full on with the flavor, so much so that I don’t need to add any sweeteners or cream. The rose is powerful, but well balanced with other things so it doesn’t end up tasting like a mouth full of perfume and high notes. This may be slowly growing on me.
It took several sips to get used to how strong this is. I’d like to try steeping it for 3m instead of 4 next time. There is first a strong bright citrus bite that lingers through the whole sip. At the end the smoke that had been laying low comes out in the finish. Adding cream mutes the citrus and it’s strength. It blends the citrus with the smoke throughout the sip and finish. I like this tea, but I’m not sure if I prefer it straight or with cream. It is similar to another Russian type tea that I like and I think I prefer the other, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy this bag too.
What a strange tea! I bought this because I was intrigued by the juniper berries and pine. It smelled very bright and sharp. Brewed, it definitely has a pine flavor at the front of the sip, which morphs into juniper with some floral notes in there. It is a very crisp but smooth taste. It’s so strange and I like that! I’m surprised at how well balanced it is, that is isn’t overpowering and how well the flavors work together. It is very woody and savory, unlike any other tea I have.
I got this in a variety pack of B&J tea bags. There aren’t many B&J teas listed here which means more work adding tea profiles if I want to leave notes. :/
This is a little malty with a slight bitterness to it mid sip and in the finish. Seems hearty, but not like anything special. Adding creamer to it really changes the cup. The bitter edge is gone, replaced by a creamy roundness. The end of the sip is still hearty, but also rich. I’m liking it, but not enough to stock it.
I made the mistake of leaving the house today and trying to adult (while hungry) in a world full of inconsiderate a-holes. It’s one of the downsides to living in a heavily populated area. People feel cramped by each other and take out their frustrations on whoever is nearby. To top it off it’s a sad anniversary for my family, so now I’m back at home hiding and trying to find comfort in a cup of tea.
I made this cup first thing this morning, put it in a thermos, wasn’t very impressed with it and moved on to two other mediocre cups of tea. I opened one of the Fauchon teas I recently bought and it isn’t what I thought it was. The samples they had out to smell weren’t labeled and someone must have switched the placement, leading me to buy a black tea with chamomile. Not my thing.
Much later in the day I find myself picking up my thermos and trying this tea again. Not bad. Much better than this morning. Maybe it just needed to cool a little? It smells like caramel and butterscotch candies and has a soft flavor of them too. The finish is nice as well. I imagine this would be good sweetened and maybe with some creamer to amp up the flavors. I’ll have to try to remember that for the next cup.
Finishing up my second cup of this today. Took a few sips of the first cup and didn’t like it until I added creamer. Once that modification was made, it was pretty delicious, creamy and smooth! It reminds me of those malty chocolate nutty teas like Lupicia’s Cookies. I can pick up on the pistachios when I think about it. Overall it’s lovely and I’m enjoying it.