1389 Tasting Notes
This one has a couple extra ingredients thrown in – blackberry leaf and stevia leaf. Not sure what benefit or flavor the blackberry leaf offers, and I’m not really tasting any sweetness from the stevia. Of course, that means no weird aftertaste either. Maybe because it’s stevia leaf and not the processed powder. Hibiscus isn’t my favorite, but I wanted something without caffeine this afternoon and I hadn’t tried this one yet. It’s cooled off now, so I’m enjoying it.
I signed up for a free virtual assistant training (?) this afternoon. It’s just a little five-day video series, though I’m sure they’ll be asking me for money at the end. Maybe if I like it, I’ll sign up. We’ll see. I’m hoping to narrow down my focus with some of the provided worksheets as the week goes on. I’m working as an administrative assistant now in a semi-large department, but I’d love to break into the world of virtual assistant work. September is approaching quickly and with it our official return to work. Being an assistant was never the plan (I wanted to be an Anthropologist…), but it pays the bills and I’m good at it so here we are. Working from home these last 18 months has really put things into perspective for me though, especially thinking about all that time wasted on long commutes. That, plus some somewhat recent health issues, has me reconsidering if the corporate world is really worth it. Some people live to climb that corporate ladder, but I’ve never been one of them. It’s just so hard for me to step away from my comfort zone. I guess it’s probably like that for most people. Anyway, if you’ve read this far, thanks for letting me ramble on. It’s been heavy on my mind lately. How’s everyone else adjusting to this “new normal” we’re moving into? I’m still nervous about leaving my house, to be honest. I’ve been lucky to be able to stay home through all of this, that’s for sure. I wonder sometimes how this will affect all of us long-term. It’s been quite a year+ and it’s still not even over.
Flavors: Astringent, Hibiscus
This one is a forever favorite. I bought a fairly large bag of this blend several years back and still have plenty left. It’s the mix with the sunflower seeds, but I don’t notice anything stale about it even though my batch is an older one. This was a delicious cup today, mostly nutty but the raspberry is definitely there.
Flavors: Nutty, Raspberry
This one is smokier in the bag than in the cup, but I do taste a hint of peach underneath the astringent taste. That is likely my fault, as I had just over one serving of leaves left and decided to dump them all in the basket and add a little extra water to make up for it.
Flavors: Astringent, Peach, Smoke
It’s later in the afternoon now, I guess it’s evening really, but I feel like I’ve been moving at a slow pace all day and really wanted something that would help me focus without the added caffeine. Even if all I get from this is the comfort of a warm mug on my hands, I’ll be glad for it.
Herbals aren’t always for me, especially ones without fruit, so I wasn’t sure if I’d end up liking the taste of this blend. Lucky me, I do! Without looking at the ingredients, I can taste licorice root and I can feel (more than taste) the cooling effect of some type of mint. Mountain mint, according to the package.
Whether this helps with brain fog, I don’t know. I wasn’t experiencing any brain fog before I started drinking it. I may try it one day when I am, to see if it helps. At least I’ll know then that the flavor is a pleasant one.
Flavors: Licorice, Mint
For National Lottery Day.
I’m in the minority here, I think. I’ve had this tea a few times now, and I never really enjoy it. Not sure if I’m doing something wrong or if it’s just a preference. I like all the individual flavors, but I don’t taste any of them specifically. I’ll keep trying. I bought a tin of this since they never seemed to have the sample size in stock around the time I placed my order, so hopefully one day I’ll come to enjoy it. :o
Looking back at my notes, I marked this tea as fruity, so I’m having it today as one of my fruity July teas. This one seems to be more flavorful with a shorter steep at a higher temperature, so I went back to my original steeping parameters. I was interested to see in the description that this tea also has other ingredients aside from the jasmine and black tea – vanilla, saffron, and blue lotus. What does blue lotus taste like? Or even saffron? I can’t say I’ve ever had either, or at least not the real thing (saffron).
Flavors: Chocolate, Floral
A tasty cup, maybe a little astringent. This might be representative of the cranberries, though I don’t specifically taste cranberry. It’s a general fruitiness. James hates cranberries, but I made him a cup of this tea and he enjoyed it.
Don’t worry, I wouldn’t have given it to him if it tasted like liquid cranberry. :D
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity
If I remember correctly, this tea tends to come out bitter most times I make it. I dropped the tea amount and steep time today, so hopefully that helps.
The liquid is very light. I thought the flavor would be light as well but it’s not. A very nice fruity black tea but not anything special.