1303 Tasting Notes
Having this with spiced mashed sweet potatoes and red grapes for a mid-morning snack. The dry leaf is long and dark with large chunks of apple thrown in. This does smell spiced, but not as much like cinnamon to me. I can’t place what it is exactly. I didn’t steep this according to the package directions (accidentally) so I’m not sure if it tastes as good as it should.
Flavors: Astringent, Spices
I’m glad to be finishing this one off today. It’s not one I’ve been enjoying lately. Thankfully, this cup is much more enjoyable than recent cups of this same tea. I steeped it longer and added some cream at the end. I can taste both the chocolate and the caramel this time around. I will say that the tea and the liquid both look pretty unappetizing after steeping. The liquid is dark, murky, and oily, while the steeped blend is mush with a few coconut slivers thrown in. I noticed that my rating is at 84 on this one which is not at all how I feel about it anymore, so I’ll be dropping it to better reflect my current opinion. That is far too high.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate
I’m steeping this longer today than I normally would. I want to try it with cream to see if it tastes similar to Starbucks’ Vanilla Rooibos latte (but with honey instead of sugar syrup and no steamed milk). I’m enjoying the creaminess and light sweetness. The flavor is good, but I think next time I’ll use more than a teaspoon of tea to make it a little stronger. I don’t taste any of the chai spices or even the vanilla really.
I’m feeling motivated today and am trying to push forward from the momentum I have from earlier this week. I’m moving a little more, taking care of myself a little better, trying to keep things clean and organized. I’m trying to keep the positivity. One breath at a time. Each moment a new chance.
Chamomile isn’t exactly my go-to, but every now and then it’s nice to have. Today’s cup turned out better than expected. It’s sweet and takes the honey so well. I don’t taste the honey flavor, but it really brings out the taste of the chamomile. Honeysuckle comes to mind.
Flavors: Honeysuckle, Sweet
Backlog from December 7th:
Something is up with the MateVana page – it never loads properly so I haven’t been able to log a note when I drink it. Today I want something dark and chocolaty. This is indeed dark, as dark as coffee or more so even. It’s perfectly chocolaty, just as I was hoping. It’s not like a hot chocolate but more like a chocolate coffee.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee
Backlog from December 1st:
There isn’t really anything new I can say about this tea. It’s always bitter and tastes like peach candy instead of roses. It’s surprisingly not as bitter today, even with the longer steep.
Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Peach
Backlog from November 17th:
I’m trying this today with Teavana’s new steeping recommendations from their website. Three scoops to my normal one scoop. It does seem a little thicker than usual, but the flavor isn’t that much stronger.
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 15 minutes
A relaxing start to what will soon become a busy day of shopping, cleaning, and prepping for tomorrow’s belated Easter brunch. I absolutely love this tea, a gift from my dear tea friend Plunkybug, and will be checking the website soon to see if Janet’s Special Teas will ship to the US now that my prized stash is gone. This is perfect for breakfast, in my opinion; a solid black tea that hits the spot every single time.
Out for lunch with my brother today. Vacation tomorrow. Strong cup of black tea for breakfast. I’m feeling positive about this day. I love the smoky aroma coming from this tea. I don’t smell the coriander, but I’m okay with that.
8 ounces water + 205 degrees + 1 minute, 15 seconds