5 Tasting Notes
This is really good!
I first tried 1 bag in 6oz, steeped for about 5 minutes.
It smelled EXACTLY like lemon cake-and tasted good, but not really cake like. Just smelling the nearby teabag made me SO HUNGRY though…and a rumbly belly isn’t the best when it’s bedtime. It was also good with a little honey, but again not quite cake.
Tonight I tried two bags in 8oz, also steeped for 5 minutes. Same yummy smell-added 1/2 tsp of sugar and was honestly surprised by how cake like it suddenly tasted! Like, exactly like lemon cake! I then added a tiny bit of milk, but I’d skip it next time since it took a bit of the flavor down. Some benefiber, however, seemed to help it feel more satisfying, adding to the “cake” effect (without changing the flavor or texture) so I was left actually relaxed & not hungry like last time.
And now I’m super sleepy. Long day, nummy drink. I think I’m gonna go to bed early.
Flavors: Butter, Cake, Citrusy, Creamy, Lemon, Pastries, Sugar, Sweet, Tangy
An Ode to Lavender Rose:
A scent divine, both dry and steeped,
With flavor fresh, gentle and sweet;
Simple, smooth, well-balanced too,
True lavender & rose shine through!
Tis light, yet still so satisfying,
A true treat needs no complifying!
Magic moments, golden brew,
Can you feel the lifting mood?
I dance, I dream, I’m feeling swell
Partake this airy fairytale!
Oh lavender, oh rose, oh my,
This is a cup I shan’t deny!
For when my weary heart or soul,
Needs respite, to this I’ll hold-
I’ll take a breath, I’ll take a sip
Let stardust rest upon my lips!
For restful nights, and gentle days,
I suggest you tread this way;
Wher’ere you may find thy abode,
Remember, lavender and rose!
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Herbs, Lavender, Rose, Sweet
Picked this up at world market yesterday-love the fun, happy packaging! Didn’t know what to expect beyond that. Hoped it could be a nice relaxing before-bed drink.
I really like roses, so that’s a plus.
Looked up what Passion flower tastes like-earthy.
Looked up Mamaki (Hawaiian Nettle) -earthy.
Opened the bag, smells…unpleasantly musty.
Now I’m kinda worried.
It’s a nylon pyramid teabag, but there’s no string & tag. The dry herbs look bright and fresh. The bag actually may be a bit too full for the leaves to expand much.
Steep a cup for about 6 minutes; ends up a orange-red honey color…smells earthy. Kinda like seaweed.
Tastes…kinda earthy. Kinda like seaweed without the saltiness. Way more savory and vegetable broth like than I was expecting….Bleh. I like vegetables but I don’t want to drink them. My first thought was honestly “…this is gross.”
Tried a little lemon juice.
Now it’s tangy gross.
Determined to finish a cup, so I pull out the honey even though I’m trying not to add anything since it’s right before bed.
It’s actually decent with honey, since it then basically tastes like honey-not even like herbal tea with honey. Just honey. It’s smooth. I can handle this now if I try not to smell it.
Is it relaxing? Maybe. It’s warm. I don’t mind it after some honey, but I’m not gonna slowly sip it, I wanna get it over with. The plain taste especially is not relaxing to me-I find it distractingly unpleasant.
The passionflower is supposedly a mild seductive though, and I did feel sleepy afterwards. (No, autocorrect! I meant sensitive. ARGH SEDATIVE. THERE IS NOTHING SEDUCTIVE OR SENSITIVE ABOUT THIS DRINK. I DON’T WANT TO TAKE THIS TEA ON A DATE.)
Overall, I don’t think this is necessarily a bad tea. It just has a distinct earthy vegetal flavor that is not my personal cup of tea…tisane.
Haha. I’m so lame.
Flavors: Broth, Earth, Moss, Musty, Peas, Seaweed, Smooth, Umami, Vegetable Broth, Vegetables, Vegetal
I’m still really new to teas (well, tisanes technically) but this was the first chamomile I’ve actually liked…though I admittedly have only tried chamomile maybe a handful of times before.
First of all, this smells SO SO SO GOOD, especially while dry. I just wanna sniff it all the time! ALL THE TIME!
Though I don’t think it tastes quite as good as it smells, I do like the taste & the more often I have it, the more flavors I start to notice. Last night I finally could detect the apple-like flavor chamomile supposedly has…and somehow even a little cinnamony note (the lavender?) Sort of a light apple pie filling? It surprised me a bit, since I hadn’t noticed anything but “herbal tea type flavoring” the first few times. Maybe my “palette is developing”…I’m pretty sure that means I’m becoming a grand & elegant lady.
I have anxiety and adhd, this does seem to help me to relax before bed without completely knocking me out. I also tend to feel more rested the next morning, and have had a few more vivid dreams, so it possibly helps me get better sleep-I don’t know if it’s really an effect of the herbs or just the warm drink, but either way, I’m hoping a nightly cup of tea might become a cue telling my brain it’s time to wind down.
I also really like to mix about 1/2 tsp of this with 1/2 tsp of the Lavender Rose Tea from the same brand, and sometimes an extra pinch of lavender; steeped for about 5 minutes. It’s a soothing blend, and at that steeping time none of the flavors overwhelm each other or fall flat.
Oh, a dash of edible shimmer dust for beverages turns it into a lovely golden potion! :)
Flavors: Apple, Floral, Flowers, Honey, Lavender, Pastries, Smooth, Sweet