1485 Tasting Notes
I’ve grown tired of drinking this one as it’s not my favorite so I decided today to use the rest of my box in a batch of chai ice cream. Dirty chai, actually, which I just learned is chai with a shot of espresso mixed in. I followed this recipe:
I tweaked it a little based on what I had in the kitchen (no ginger, cloves, or orange zest) and it turned out amazing! It’s spicy and creamy with a bold punch from the coffee. I don’t plan on purchasing another box of this tea, but I will be trying this recipe again in the future. It’s wonderful!
This one is spicy today but definitely in a good way. I left this to steep on my desk this morning and completely forgot about it. It must have been on my desk for at least 4 hours (!) so I warmed it, added cream & honey, and it tasted just fine. I love the creamy spiciness – it’s just right.
Today’s cup is bitter for some reason. Perhaps I should drop the temperature back to my regular 200 degrees next time. I’m not sure that it’s the tea, but I’m also getting a headache since I started drinking this. Maybe it’s the caffeine?
Today is my first day back to work after a long weekend full of wedding festivities. I was in the bridal party so I decided I needed an extra day to relax yesterday. It was a beautiful day and definitely one of the most fun weddings I’ve been to. I’ve realized only recently that I don’t really enjoy most weddings for some reason so I’m glad this was an exception to that rule. Now the lovebirds are off honeymooning and the rest of us are back to the daily grind. I only wish I could be somewhere tropical too. Maybe soon!
I breezed right through this one without a second thought. Only after I finished my cup did I realize that I hadn’t written my note yet.
This was a little bitter today, but nothing that some extra honey couldn’t fix. Actually, I’m not sure bitter is the best word to describe it. It just seemed a bit off. Maybe not even off, but sharp. Yes, it tasted sharp. But the honey did help to round it out.
I guess because of the warmer temperatures and transition to spring I’m wanting something a little lighter these days. Not cold, not yet. But not the deep, dark, creamy teas I usually crave. Green teas, I’m thinking. And maybe this is the year I learn to love white teas as well. I know there must be some good ones out there. I just have to find them.
I’ve had a ton of black teas lately and am really in the mood for something lighter today so here we are. I’m really enjoying this – it’s light and fragrant with sweet coconut. I added a little honey and can really taste the coconut now. I think it may also be taming the usual tartness of the hibiscus.
I started this one right before leaving work, probably too late in the afternoon, so by the time it was ready to drink I had just five minutes before I had to leave for my chiropractor appointment. I was steeping this while talking to a coworker and actually forgot it was chai until I caught the scent of the spices coming from my cup. I couldn’t say with certainty the exact spice, but I’m thinking ginger. It’s definitely not a sweeter spice like cinnamon.
It’s not the best this tea has been, certainly. By the end of the cup, even before, I was pretty much done. It was a good thing since I had to pour it in a cup to go in order to make the short drive to the chiropractor. I’ve been toying around with the idea of making a chai ice cream. I would like to try it so maybe that would be the best use of this tea since it’s so hit or miss to drink.
Flavors: Ginger, Spices
I got caught up in a conversation with a coworker this morning so I’m not really sure how long this cup actually steeped. Maybe 7-8 minutes? It’s the best part of my breakfast since the other half is a burnt banana muffin.
It’s the slightest bit bitter today but otherwise just fine.