1798 Tasting Notes
I mixed the last of my Almond Plum Perfection with Teavana’s Imperial Acai Blueberry a couple of days ago and stuck it in the fridge for later. Drinking it now, I can see that I put way too much sweetener in this cup. Not only that, the taste and smell remind me of the inside of a home decor store. There is definitely something here that reminds me of potpourri. Not sure yet if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Let’s just say it’s fragrant.
This tea is noticeably pale in color so I am thinking that it shouldn’t be too bitter.
Nope, it’s still bitter. Even at this lower temperature. I guess I’ll try dropping the temperature further, but what else can I do? You know, I’ve always been in the habit of dunking or dipping my tea bag (or tea ball) a few times at the end of the steep time. I’m wondering now with this white tea if that’s such a good idea. Does it even offer any benefits? Is that why mine is coming out bitter in this instance?
No dunking and a low, low temperature next time. This is just way too bitter to be enjoyable.
I was craving something heavier and a bit savory today as the weather is starting to get cooler here. I bumped around the kitchen all morning looking for the perfect snack and just realized that what I really wanted was this deep, rich tea. This one has become my favorite – I love everything about it.
I’m not sure the pu-erh taste comes out like it’s supposed to. I had the chance to visit a tea shop in Georgia recently that carried a straight pu-erh, and I noticed it had a fishiness to it that others here have commented on. I don’t get that with the Strawberry Slender at all. It really just tastes like a black tea to me. And I’m okay with that.
I can smell the bergamot in the dry blend but am not able to distinguish a difference between this and Teavana’s Earl Grey Black tea. Once brewed, it is very pale in color and smells almost fruity.
When I’m at work, I use the hot water dispenser on the coffee maker which shows the temperature when it’s between 195 and 200 degrees. It doesn’t go higher than 200 and any lower than 195 just says “heating” so it’s often hard to get an exact temperature this way. Because of this, I think I may have steeped this tea at too high a temperature – it definitely came out bitter. I used honey to sweeten, which has helped a little, and am able to taste the bergamot slightly. I still taste something fruity though – maybe peach? This just doesn’t feel like an Earl Grey to me.
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Fruity, Peach
This has been the most delightful Saturday. I woke up early to run some errands and was back home by 8am to work on some packages I’ve been meaning to send off via snail mail. I’m not at all a crafty person by nature, but I’ve been trying to push myself to be a little more creative. So the majority of my morning was spent putting together little handmade trinkets for a few friends. I surprised myself by loving every minute of it!
As the sun was going down and the evening air began to grow colder, I thought to myself that tea would be the perfect end to an already good day. I’ve been traveling this past week so this is the first cup of tea I’ve had in several days. What a comfort.
After reading some of the tasting notes for this one, I decided to double the amount of tea leaves and brew for a full four minutes with boiling water. I have to say, this cup is very strong. I think maybe even a little too strong for me. Next time, I’ll probably go back to using one teaspoon of tea and/or cutting the steep time to two or three minutes. I don’t taste any of the bergamot in this cup – only tea. I will say, however, that the cooler it gets, the more mellow it feels.
Sitting by the kitchen window with tea in hand is such a satisfying place to be.
It’s Halloween so a pumpkin-flavored tea seemed to be the perfect choice today. As is expected with this blend (and some others from Teavana) there was an oily sheen that rose to the top. There were also pieces of tea and/or spice floating in my cup and lots of tea bits in the bottom of my mug. It may be time to find a new tea ball. I steeped this a little too long but with a little honey it was still good.
My stomach has been a little sensitive today so I needed something light and mild this morning. This tea always seems to do the trick. I used a slight amount of honey to sweeten and sipped for a couple of hours. It was cold by the time I made it through half the cup, but I finished it all the same.
Backlog from October 29th:
This is my first time trying green tea pearls, and I am amazed at how beautiful they are – like miniature brussels sprouts, compact and perfectly round. Alongside the pearls were bits of unidentifiable fruit – I’m guessing peach. The dry mix smells just like the peach gummy rings my grandmother used to eat when I was a kid so I was a little worried about the way this would taste. Those were never my favorite and I couldn’t imagine that flavor working in a hot tea. As it began steeping, the color moved from a steely grey to a berry red as bits of pink started seeping out to color the tea. The aroma also changed, going from sweet peach candy to fragrant blossoms. I’ve never before experienced a floral tea so I was quite surprised (and delighted) to find that the flavor matched the floral scent I caught while steeping.
This is a unique tea, at least compared to those I’ve tried. I am really enjoying it. Since it’s also one of my husband’s favorite teas we’ll likely be keeping this one well stocked in the pantry.
Flavors: Candy, Floral, Fruity, Peach, Rose