721 Tasting Notes
LIVE TASTING TIME. Or umm… live noting? I DON’T EVEN KNOW.
Okay. So. This is the last tea that I have from the 4 samples that Harney gave me from my last order. The packaging for the sample packs are quite cute. This is pink aaand yeah. I was scared to try this tea at first because I wasn’t the biggest fan of rooibos, and at the time, I’ve never had chai. Now that I’ve had some rooibos teas and now that I know that I actually really like chai, I’m not as scared to try this tea! But I did read some reviews on their site and it tasted like medicine. Ummm yeah. Don’t know what to expect from this tea.
Opening the sachet aaand it smells like a spicy rooibos blend. Just what I was expecting. It kinda smells like it would have some refreshing undertones? I don’t even know. It’s like a dark burgundy in colour.
Steeping time! Oh gosh I don’t even know what temp to do this for. Okay, I’m just doing it in slightly less than boiling water. WHOA IT GOT DARK REALLY QUICKLY. It was an amber colour at first, then I bobbed the sachet up and down and now it’s like… darker.
Tasting and it smells okay? I don’t really know what to expect from it. Oh. I don’t know if I like it. Like the first two sips were decent, but now I have to finish the whole mug? This is a very bad sign. Like it was good at first! But I don’t think that rooibos and chai works well together. Well, this blend doesn’t really work. Oh whoa this is weird. Even though I know this sachet will probably steep another 2 or 3 times, I think I’ll just try to finish this mugful and then I’m done.
It’s pretty good! Marks & Spencer doesn’t exist where I live, but I did manage to get my hands on some when I visited the Philippines and I brought it back home with me.
I actually really like this. Out of all the tea bags I’ve tried, this would be my favourite. Between this and the Lupicia chamomile one… hmm.. I don’t know! They’re both pretty good :)
Oh my gosh so I found this in the pantry at my cousins and I’ve never had Thai Chai before sooo I wanted to try it out!
So I did and it was good, but it needed milk. I looked in the fridge and THERE’S NO MILK TO BE FOUND. But… I did find a can of whipped cream… yeah I just put whipped cream in my tea.
Oh gosh. I’d rather have my milk, but I have to say, this isn’t too bad! I’ve never had whipped cream in tea before, and I don’t know anyone who puts whipped cream in their tea so I have no idea if this is totally normal.
BUT ONTO THE TEA.
So I saw it had coconut, and I absolutely DESPISE coconut. But I smelled the tea bags and I didn’t really smell any coconut so I thought I would be safe. Brewing the tea, OH HELLO COCONUT. Drinking the tea (without the whipped cream), the coconut wasn’t as strong as I thought it would be. Then adding the whipped cream, ahhh not too bad :)
Definitely one of the better tea bags I’ve had.
Okay I’m drinking this from one of those Keurig coffee maker machine things.
Spending the weekend at my cousins again and the only tea they have are ones for the coffee maker! They just got a package of Tazo Awake and thought I’d try it.
Ehh still not a fan of this… powder. It doesn’t taste like the English Breakfast teas that I’ve had. It’s just… no it’s not okay. This is definitely one of the worst teas I’ve ever had.
Oh dang. I just looked in my cousins pantry and the Earl Grey is gone! Looks like I’m spending a tealess weekend :/
Well I’m being productive because I have a bunch of projects and papers to finish before the weekend soooo yeah. My Lupica Jasmin tea bag lasted me a good hour and a half? Resteeped it 4 times and now it tastes like butt becauseeee no more flavour :(
Okay. Time for some Harney because I loooove my Jasmine :)
Funny how they spell Jasmine differently.
This is the only Jasmin they have at the Lupica in SF. I haven’t seen like the regular, non-special grade Jasmin teas there?
Well, I always make sure to grab a bag of this whenever I visit the city because it’s definitely one of my favourites! It re-steeps really well also. I think I’m on my third or fourth cup? I like my green teas with a very veeeery light flavour so I guess that’s why..
I’m never going to shut up about this, I am always amazed with how clear white teas turn out after steeping. IT’S SO CLEAR LIKE WHAT.
I think after tasting snowbud, I kinda gave up on white teas. They’re just super grassy all the time and… it’s an acquired taste, I know, and I haven’t acquired that taste yet.
I’ll just… keep drinking it until I start to enjoy more grassier teas.
I also realized that white teas don’t re-steep very well. They lose flavour after the second time; it’s quite disappointing.