854 Tasting Notes
“What are you brewing that late (8 pm)?” my dad asked me.
“A black tea.” I have answered
_"A black, you don’t plan going to bed?"
“It’s decaffeined. I don’t know, nor want to know how it’s made. They write they used ethyl acetate.”
“Oh… chemical. I wouldn’t drink that.”
“I will give it a try.”
It steeps super fast. I used boiling water and after two minutes it seems being brewed completely. It’s OP? Nah, it’s fannings. Just a dust. One of the smallest particles in. Not really looking forward.
Brew is copper. Pretty much common descriptor of blacks. But that smell. Blergh. Super tannic and somehow chemical as well. Burnt notes as well. Like the tea “leaves” were put in fire and took away. Not smoky!
The taste is very tannic (oh, how far-sighted doing short steep!) and pretty much bland. Pretty much expected. There isn’t autumn leaf pile note :D
Overall; glad to have another tea bag in collection. Tea is okay considering caffeine-free, but I will rather drink some fruit/rooibos blends than DECAF tea.
Flavors: Tannic, Tea
Another Advent Tea session brought to you by CuppaGeek!
Ah well. Not in mood for trying being funny.
This tea is tasty. I noticed apple must, orange zests, raisins… such a good combo of all fruits that come to mind. There is little of clove and cinnamon making me feel it’s bit like a pie/cake, but missing the pastry part a bit.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Raisins
Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR, December 5
Where to start? I am writing this note about 3 hours after finishing my cup. I was in hurry making a picture, so it’s pretty much simple (I like it anyway), but there isn’t any view of blend today. The official image is right though!
I read a note from Shae it’s great iced/cold. I was quite confused as I preapred cold brewed tea once adn well, it was pretty much okay.
It’s not plain tea which is a plus and honestly it surprsied me how many notes are already here on Steepster. It seems quite average, so let’s see. The aroma of dry leaf indeed reminded me iced teas available here (read: sugary drinks which aren’t with tea at all, I wonder if it is different over there). On sweet side. But I really like blue cornflowers in the tea. They made me smile right in the morning.
I have used only one teaspoon, to avoid bitterness and too much tannic note.
I think it went great and after 3-4 minutes steep (till I finished the photo session) it was just right. The aroma was same, just stronger and taste was indeed like iced teas! I really think it can work perfectly as iced/cold brewed tea. It was mellow, yet brisk, like with added sugar/stevia maybe and bit citrusy. Not really sure about the bergamot (it wasn’t calling me I am like an Earl Grey), but it was nice. The mint didn’t get any cooling effect for me, but maybe it was too little for me or just not that prominent. I didn’t get any jasmine.
Notes to self: To re-try iced/cold brewed. Keep an eye on clock more carefully.
Song pairing: https://www.jamendo.com/track/896970/reality-bites
Flavors: Citrus, Sweet, Tannic, Tea
As I need to keep up with the date, I decided to brew two CuppaGeek teas. I have to admit, i was bit cheating today as well, as I needed a caffeine-free blend as… it’s evening again.
Anyway to the tea… I was quite afraid being hibiscus heavy (so, maybe a cup for Mastress Alita?) The brew is having deep red colour and aroma? I think I notice cherries and strawberries; that is probably the expected flavour profile. Yep, it’s pretty strawberry/cherry forward in taste as well. Hibiscus was strong too. !EXCEPTION AHEAD! I did an exception and added a teaspoon of sugar. I think I get more from cherry.
Now I am confused. My blend is having a lemongrass in. Fruit salad lemonade doesn’t contain lemongrass on CuppaGeek website. Other tea called “something” (scratched original label by tearing off the silver one) lemonade is Rose Lemonade and that one includes the lemongrass, but I don’t think it’s only rose and lemongrass. The image on the label looks like Fruit salad lemonade one. Mislabeled? No, taste is indeed bit more on cherry than on rose. Holds on rating
Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4BBQ6Pni7c — you never heard about Publisher? Well, I found him approx. 6 years ago. I was browsing through Jamendo for some free songs, easy-listening genre. I listened to one, two (of four) from him and I knew I wanted to download them. So I did. And to be honest, I prefer bit more his Never Wanted track :) .
PS: Those silver labels aren’t scratchable, are they?
Received my second ADVENT CALENDAR today and, as you can see, it’s from CuppaGeek. 4 days late isn’t that bad at all, especially when I have ordered it 17th November.
I like the idea of teas not being numbered. I get as well one reusuable tea bag with Nichole’s business card in. And tea!
I just randomly picked the one from quite small, but very cute paper bag and my hand selected this tea.
I used whole small pouch in a mug. Mug of 400 ml volume and let it steep for maybe five minutes. The aroma of prepared tea was quite on chamomile, but taste was certainly apple-y, pie-y and overall cozy and enjoyable. There is slight hint of rum indeed, but I am glad it isn’t boozy.
Enjoyable simple cuppa which delivers what is expected from it. Apple pie.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Pastries
Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR December 4
I hope there will be some warming, festive blend today. While the previous ones weren’t bad, the winter-y ones were lacking so far. Oh, another Cup of Té blend. And it’s Cha Cha Chai which I saw when browsing their website. I look forward already.
The blend doesn’t look that great; mostly CTC black tea with some bright spheres. I took a teaspoon and decided to put tea on the saucer and… there are some cardamom pods. That looks quite pretty.
I decided to brew four grams. I thought it is maybe quite a little, but it seems it was just right for my 300 ml. Aroma was mostly cinnamony but the cardomom hits my nose quite well as well and yep, there is some vanilla sweetness as well.
How ironic I used star anise and allspice on the photo, but they aren’t in blend at all!
The taste is very mellow and I really liked it. It’s very smooth and cardamom heavy in taste with some creamy-vanilla aftertaste. Smooth and not harsh at all, that’s something I am always afraid of in Chais. I think I will finish this pouch quite fast as it is mellow and cozy. The warming element is present as well, though it is the primary element.
Thank you Shae, I really liked this one :)
Photo: https://flic.kr/p/2kdhoQB (I don’t like the pouch on top, it is bit irritating)
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Creamy, Smooth, Vanilla
I got a sample offical packed by Basilur itself and it’s from Izzy again. The sample has BB date 22/02/2020 (DD/MM/YYYY) which is almost 10 months past, but I think there is nothing what could go wrong in sealed small sample and leaves and everything seemed okay, so I decided to brew it.
I am pretty much sure I tried moringa before, but can’t recall, moreover it seems this is a blend. I don’t see any rusty rooibos pieces, so maybe they used green one? I see lemongrass and leaves, not sure if only moringa, or as well blackberry which should be in. Also not sure about ginger in, but I just don’t think it’s pure moringa.
The aroma of dry stuff is mostly on orange/herbal note. I used approximately bit over the half, so I think it could be around 3 grams. They recommend 2 grams, and 5-7 minutes long steep. I thought that four would be just right, as it got correct colour in my opinion and smell was already quite heavy.
In the aroma I do notice the orange quite clearly. Then some herbal and musty note, but certainly not awful. There is a lemongrass for sure as well I think!
Oh my… the orange is even in the flavour! It’s not even much musty as I was afraid of. Actually not at all, at least in taste! There is another citrusy feel from lemongrass. There is as well aftertaste of Jaffa cakes with orange flavour, and I can’t really find out why. The cup was cleaned. I had used that strainer for Passion Fruit (Advent tea) before, but was washed afterwards and I make sure there is not single forgetten leaf that would contamine the flavour.
There is not a mouth-coating quality. There is not long aftertaste. But flavour itself? Wow! I wasn’t expecting that. I just hope that pyramid sachets (available on Amazon btw) are in same great quality as my loose leaf sample.
Flavors: Citrus, Herbs, Musty, Orange, Orange Zest
Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR December 3
Oh, another black tea? But the name seems promising. Yes, I know, we got first snow here, and I was wearing sneakers… and while I went downtown to get some stuff I fell and now my hip hurts badly! I massaged it and used some salve and it seems it helps a bit, but it is still not that great.
Anyway, I decided for two changes today. First of all, I changed bit a scene for my photo. This time I went to our living room and my father helped me with the light (Thank you daddy!). At second, I did not brewed Advent Calendar tea as first tea in the day. I just didn’t wanted a tropical fruit punch few minutes after I woke up.
To the tea…
I have overleafed it badly I think. I used 4 grams in strainer (see photo) and a mug which have volume around 330 ml. Company says using 2 grams per 8 oz, which I wasn’t really observing.
And oversteeped as well. My brother returned from his 14 days in work (he lives with his girlfriend as well, during those times); so we talked and talked and bang… 5 minute mark hit. So I took it out after 5 minutes! I wanted actually making it less, around 2 or 3.
I was drinking it warm-lukewarm and honestly, not that impressed as I was when sniffing the dry leaf. The tea was mellow and smooth, but the taste was somehow simply fruity, not really note of Passion Fruit. Truth is I wouldn’t recognize it in pouch as well, it reminds me more opuncia.
I am holding on rating, as I think I haven’t prepared it a good way; but although the base is good, maybe well-chosen and blended, the passion fruits are missing a bit!
What have you done to me?… 57 notices? Haha!
Today I haven’t started with Shae’s ADVENT CALENDAR but took the loose leaf sample from Izzy and let my brother select me one of three chais.
I just filled the tea spoon with the blend, haven’t weighted nor used tea spoons today; so I don’t know the amount of tea used.
Well, this is cinnamon heavy chai. I don’t mind cinnamon, but after yesterday’s Tim Hortons, I wasn’t expecting trying another cinnamon tea.
It was cozy, but quite simple cinnamon tea. I don’t really notice oolong base (something that tells me, ohh — nice oolong), and other spices were bit muted. It’s not bad, but I was expecting bit more spicy flavour, not just plain cinnamon with quite nice base, but nothing exceptional.
Another tea from Izzy, another SIPDOWN; and this tea a family-tea.
I got two bags, both used in our family pot of… unknown volume.
My mother loves this style of blend. For me, it depends. Sometimes they are great, sometimes they are okay. I haven’t got any bad one as I recall.
But to the Tim Hortons — a fastfood restaurant chain I never heard of before, are having their teas as well. Interesting that I am able to taste them and I am very grateful for that!
The tea, as another evening and caffeine-free blend, smells wonderfully, maybe on the sweet cinnamon side and with some cider notes there as well.
The taste is pretty strongly apple-like! I am impressed, as I was afraid being bland and weak, but it is quite strongly in red apple flavours! And that warming up cinnamon! And then, in behind, there are two remaining spices — nutmeg and allsipice.
It’s not watery at all! Hibiscus and rosehips, as typical representative in fruit teas are almost non-detecable for me. Yummy!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Red Apple, Sweet