1272 Tasting Notes
A sad sipdown. :(
This is my late (again) entry for National Unicorn Day. This blend not only has a magical name, it also tastes pretty magical (to me, at least). It may be my favorite herbal to date. A gift from amandastory516 for Advent 2019, I have hoarded the last little teaspoon and a half since then. There’s just something about it I can’t place. It’s definitely minty. Spearmint, I think? But there is something else that makes it a little extra. Maybe some of the fruit pieces? There were definitely some little cubes in the dry blend, but I don’t have a clue what they are. It’s just really unique but also familiar at the same time.
I’ll be repurchasing when this comes available again, though I don’t know when that might be. The Grimoire Tea website only has gift cards available at the moment, no teas, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for a restock.
Flavors: Mint, Spearmint
H is for… Herbal Citrus.
My husband says this is cheating, using Herbal for my ‘H’ with this blend, but it’s the actual name of the tea so I say it goes! I’ve honestly been avoiding this one because it has several ingredients I don’t really like in tea – hibiscus, lemongrass, citrus/lemon. It’s one that he picked out from a local tea company at the market a few months ago, so I know he’ll love it at least. It’s one I haven’t tried yet though, so I feel like I should at least give it a shot. What better time to do that than with this month’s sipdown theme, even though it won’t be a sipdown.
I really was not looking forward to this, so I just kept avoiding eye contact with the cup until the brew got cold. Which is probably (almost certainly!) for the better. I finally took my first sip and (surprise!) I like it. I do like hibiscus when it’s cold, so it probably shouldn’t be all that surprising. I really expected to hate this one though. I’m on a mission to try all of our teas at least once, even the ones James has picked out for himself, so I can now mark this one from my list. I would even say I’d try it again, but most definitely cold. The cinnamon and lemon came through most when steeping, reminding me of a dish my dad makes with lemon, cinnamon, and rice. Now that I’m drinking it, there’s mostly the hibiscus with a hint of lemon. Of course, I added honey to tame the tartness from the hib so it’s very sweet. A good choice for a warm spring day, so I’d say it would be a really nice summery iced tea as well. It does have a bit of dryness that lingers after the sip, but I’m okay with it. Overall, I’d say this one was a success (based entirely on my anticipated loathing).
Flavors: Cinnamon, Drying, Lemon
F is for… Full Moon.
Okay, okay, not bad. Honestly, this is pretty good. Certainly not what I was expecting with the huge pieces of hibiscus flower in the blend. I received this as a free sample with my most recent order from Gnat & Bee. It has a juicy, fruity flavor. I’d drink this again willingly, sure!
E is for… Edgar Allen Poe’s Black Tea Blend.
I really loved this one! It’s been on my wishlist for a while, and Michelle kindly sent some for me to try. It turned a fun pink color from the beet cubes, but I couldn’t taste any earthiness from them. It’s really a lightly smoked EG and I’m here for it.
Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Smoke
D is for… Dragonwell & Spearmint.
A blend from Michelle that she included in the tea box. It says SF Herb on the package so I’m assuming both were from San Francisco Herb Co. I don’t turn to green tea often, but I enjoy it from time to time. I am enjoying this one now and taste mostly the mint. I like the combination of the two.
My late entry for National Find a Rainbow Day. It probably seems like cheating to just pick matcha, but I really thought this one was going to be blue. Turns out it’s a beautiful and vibrant green, so basically the color of a typical matcha. It still works for today’s theme. Or rather Saturday’s theme. I really wanted a latte but all I had was coconut milk and I think it’s overtaking the other flavors. I’m pretty confident I tasted some blueberry though before I added the milk.
C is for… Caribbean Splash.
This steeped up a deep, dark red wine color and I knew my husband would love it and I would not. It was very tart, even with the added honey, and had the flavor of bitter orange peel. With the name, I might have expected pineapple or something similarly juicy. It would have worked a little better for me if the flavor had been more orange juice and less orange zest/pith.
Flavors: Bitter, Hibiscus, Orange Zest, Tart
B is for… Bai Lin Congfu.
I rated this really highly last time I had it, but I can’t say I would give it the same rating today. I’m leaving my previous rating, because I’m sure it has something to do with the age of the sample, but I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this one as much today as I expected to. It tastes like dark chocolate but the flavor has faded over time. I’m guessing Joseph Wesley is no longer open, so I won’t be getting more of this one. I’ve enjoyed it though, so I’m glad I got to try it when I had the chance.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate
A is for… Apple Lemon Pomegranate Rooibos.
I haven’t had a cup of this in a while and I’m surprised I rated it so low before. Sure, it’s a little dusty like some herbals tend to be, but it has a great juicy flavor. It was really very refreshing and even though I don’t always love lemongrass, I have to say that it was delicious here. Bumping A LOT. 57 → 82.
An Ode to Tea sipdown theme created by Mastress Alita.
Adorable letter introductions inspired by VariaTEA and Kittenna.
Flavors: Dust, Lemongrass