1459 Tasting Notes
Advent Day 5
Green tea sounded good, then I poured the tea into my steeping basket to find it is a mate. Aw. Mates aren’t often my thing. They end up tasting like ash to me, which is always a disappointment. Fortunately this has enough mint to mask the ash! I sipped through most of this cup when eating breakfast. Mint is the main flavor, but the finish has a slight licorice sweetness and feel to it. It’s subtle. Another acceptable tea that I wouldn’t rush out to buy.
Advent from AJRimmer day 3
Been hesitating to post this because of user error. I steeped this up and poured it into my travel mug, then headed out to check on a friend and grocery shop, not really having time for this cup until I made it back home. By then, I think the time in my travel mug altered the taste of this. I feel like it’s been doing that lately and I did a peroxide baking soda soak in it not that long ago. It’s been holding onto a soapy flavor when I wash it out after drinking teas out of it that are oily. This smells warm and spicy, but the flavor coming through is light spice and soap. NOOOOOO! I hate messing up a good tea, especially a pumpkin tea. I have a second serving worth, so I get one more chance!
Advent Day 3
Missed drinking this yesterday. I was saving it for the evening then got too tired and went to bed early. I started thinking I’d do the same tonight, then pushed through the sleepiness in the hopes that I don’t wake up super early again tomorrow morning.
I was pleasantly surprised when I sniffed and then sipped this tea! The vanilla is very soothing with a little bit of malt behind it. Similar to my memory of Harney and Son’s decaf vanilla. It looses a little of it’s magic as it cools and takes on a flatter taste. It would be nice to have more evening decaf teas to choose from, but I’m not totally swayed on this one. Maybe I’ll make up my mind when I finish the sample.
AJRimmer Advent Day 4
It was suggested I have this tea cold, so I cold steeped it! This reminds me of 52teas Graveyard Mist, which I enjoyed. Lighter on the spearmint and with lemon! I didn’t pick out that there was fruit in it until reading the description, but I feel like I get hints of it now. This is a nice cup and I’m glad I refilled the steeping jar with fresh water for a second steeping tomorrow!
Also, I think I just figured out AJRimmer’s handle! Red Dwarf?
Advent Day 4
These portions are TINY. It’s barely enough for one cup. I weighed it this morning and I think it was only 2 grams. Being hibiscus adverse, I decided to dump it into some cold water and come back to it later. I’m not getting pomegranate at all. To be fair it’s probably a really hard flavor to capture in something like tea. MAYBE it smells like pom a little, but it tastes like I melted a tube of cherry Chapstik in a cup of water and let it cool. And then added insult to injury by throwing in some hibiscus. This one is a hard no.
A couple of my advent teas for the day need to be cold steeped, so I found myself tealess and I randomly craving this tea. Sometimes I get a tea craving based on the memory of a flavor I’ve had in tea, but can’t latch onto it enough to figure out which tea I was recalling. It’s kind of frustrating. My normal preference is towards dessert type teas, so it’s a little unusual that I long for something more savory. Maybe it’s because I’ve been overdoing it with holiday treats? This makes me think of a walk I took on a trip last year around this time. We went to New Mexico and went on a hike through the snow among the junipers. I picked some berries (which are featured in this tea) and the whole car was filled with the scent. There were also some pines (also in this tea) and I was trying to forage for pine nuts… unsuccessfully. Ended up buying some pine nuts from a vendor and discovered how big a pain it is to crack those things for the tiniest bit of nutty reward. Makes more sense why the prices are so high for shelled pine nuts. That walk was freezing and half our party had to abort the walk because a tiny roommate was exhausted and needed a nap in the car. I’m glad I can experience scent memories of the cold with a warming cup in my hand in the comfort of my heated home.
Advent day 4
I keep reading the name Fog Cutter and thinking Toe Cutter, which is fresh on my mind since the actor that played that roll in Mad Max died.I used about half of this serving which I think weighted in at 5g and it feels like the right choice. I have a remarkably smooth cup with breakfasty features. It’s a little on the light side, but it’s missing that astringency that makes me reach for a creamer. I’ve been sipping through it as I start my morning, waiting for it to cut through the fog while keeping my toes intact. Not one that I’d keep in stock, but one I’d happily take another cup of.
Advent day….. ? It’s 2020 so I’ve lost count already. We are in December and I can tell that because it’s advent month. :P
Breakfasty, hearty and malty! I tried taking a few sips of this plain and it was a little too much tannin. Adding the soy creamer made it a little too sweet, but drinkable. A lot of the flavor gets muted by the creamer, but I still get a little taste of the tea if I focus. This first cup of the day slid down before I knew it. Hopefully it packs the caffeine punch that I need this morning and expect with a name like Morning Sunshine!
The sachet wrapper says raspberry and rose. Rose is definitely prominent. It has a light perfumy scent and flavor with a bit of fruit. I don’t know that I’d recognize this as raspberry if I hadn’t read it, but I could pick out that there was some sort of fruit which becomes more bold at the end of the sip. This tea is light and airy, which isn’t really my thing.