440 Tasting Notes
Okay. After drinking this there is no way I can ever say that bagged tea is tasteless. This one definitely has a strong strong flavour. Just, not one I am enjoying right now. If I was a wandering zombie who needed to do a presentation that morning? Definitely the tea for me. But for three in the afternoon while I’m reclining and relaxing? Not so much.
Not rating it right now, but yeah . . . not for me. Cup six of tea bag sipdown is a bust.
Cup five of tea bag sipdown day. This one is the first of the day I actually bought myself, on a whim one day at Denningers in Hamilton, Ontario. The smell of cinnamon and nutmeg was strong and fresh enough to escape the saran around the box, and since it made my tummy rumble, it had to come home with me.
Like the other reviewers, I don’t get pumpkin from this one. Which since I don’t like pumpkin itself, but love the spices surrounding it, means it’s kinda perfect for me. There is cinnamon and nutmeg and maybe a dash of allspice here, all blending in with a heavy clove. If you aren’t a clove fan, avoid this one.
The spices are strong, but the tea itself is weak. If you aren’t a fan of herbals, and want your black teas to taste like tea, again, avoid this one. But if you are just looking for a spiced hot cup of something, you will definitely enjoy this one.
Am tempted to see what it does as a latte . . . maybe later today!
Fourth tea bag in today’s sipdown. Vastly unimpressed with this one. Dry, the bag smelled of paper. The cup when brewed had some slight scent that was nice but overly mild. First sip I got cloves and orange, but not in large quantities. Now I’m about ten sips in and am getting . . . spiced paper. Also the more I smell the mug, the more I’m getting a pu’erh smell from the tea. This is definitely not a tea I’ll be craving next Christmas. :(
My second Earl Grey of the day, and third in my tea bag sipdown today. I’m not sure, but I feel like this one is suffering in my rating because of how much I enjoyed my cup before (Charleston Plantation’s). There is a unique black tea base to this one, and while I do enjoy it, I’m not loving it the way I did the other. When I added a half teaspoon of sugar the lemon flavour came to the forefront, making it a much lovelier cup, however it still isn’t perfect to me. Sippers who like unique mild twists to the classics should definitely look into this one. I do like it, but as I said, I just liked my cup before more.
What I do like about this one though is how quality the tea is for a bagged tea. I am seriously enjoying the quality that Teatulia puts into their teas!
Tea bag sipdown day tea number 2! Like most of the other teas I still have in bagged form, this one was also a gift. I suspect after sipping this one, that I have become a true Earl Grey fan. Between this and the ones I’ve tried at David’s Tea, I’ve yet to find one I didn’t like. This one, however, is definitely a favourite. Smooth, light, and a lovely blend of tea and bergamot, I am definitely enjoying this cup. If all bagged teas were like this, I wouldn’t have abandoned them for my looseleaf.
I got this from a friend in a tea exchange a while back (sorry JC that I just got to it now!). Since I’ve decided today is teabag sipdown day, this one called out to me to be tried first. (Probably my guilt of having so much Teatulia tea sitting waiting for me, being neglected by my looseleaf obsession.)
I brewed it according to package directions, giving it a short but hot steep. Black, I wasn’t sure what I thought of it. The tea flavour was pure, which I appreciated, with just a hint of something more. Curious, I added sugar, and that’s when the tulsi leaf came out to play, adding a lovely note of a spice I’d never had before and would never be able to adequately describe. The cup went down nicely, and I’m now looking forward to trying my other types from Teatulia!
Another mystery tea! I can’t figure out if I like it or not. I don’t dislike it, I do know that. I like the berry and the current and the rooibos all blending together, but I almost want more current flavour . . . it needs raisins. To me that’s what is missing, that raisin flavour. Maybe I’m crazy, but I think that’d make this tea amazing. Not rating yet . . . we’ll see what a second cup brings first.
Finally I have managed to find a tea at David’s with lemongrass that doesn’t just taste like that ingredient. I’m not a huge fan of the overall flavour, but it is enough proof to give me hope that it is possible for future teas to not just be one note.
I can see how I would really like this one when I’m sick, it has that “get all better” feel to it. I suspect that’s why it isn’t vowing me right now, I’m in decent health. On the fence with this one. I don’t hate it, but it isn’t telling me I like it, either.
For the first time I think I’ve found a dessert tea I’ll be keeping as a dessert. Normally I just drink ’em anyway since I love sweet things, but dang, is this one caramel sweet.
I really enjoyed this one, but I’m going to have to remember to drink it hot. Hot, absolutely delish. I got distracted reviewing a few other teas as I drank, though, and the last few sips were cold and not as delightful. So yes, drink fast, and drink often I think with this one!