129 Tasting Notes
Sipdown Theme #1: a Chai
I have so many chai tea variants in my tea cabinet right now that I will definitely need to work on some sipdown for this one this month. Other than that, on my breaks, I have been playing a new game that came out on switch today called ooblets. It is really cozy and great. Kind of like animal crossing or stardew Valley but with a simple card game thrown in the mix. Would highly recommend if you are into cozy switch games.
Tasting Note: I got this as a sample from deb. It surprised me. I didn’t think I would like a christmas, thanksgiving cranberry salad chai type tea and I was really wrong. It isn’t very strong hibiscus or cranberry so if that sort of tartness throws you off this will be ok. The spicing is good and isn’t overpowering but is still there. It smells like this cranberry christmas mead I bought from a local meadery in MN not too long ago and it really scratches that itch of having that again. I might change my mind on this tea in the future but I think it is certainly worth a try if you want some lighter christmas vibes in September.
It feels like one of those “Not quite fall but close enough” days. Was rumaging through my herbal tea cabinet and I found this little guy hiding away. ;)
Tasting Note: The smell of this tea is wonderful, its like vanilla icing with cinnamon and the slight apple juiciness. Taste is still really good just not as strong as a real cider with vanilla whip cream but still good. I would say that the cinnamon is a sweeter lighter cinnamon which doesn’t overpower the apples. In all, its a really nice drink that definitely conjures apple dessert vibes. I will continue to purchase this as long as I can.
Tasting Note: I was surprised by the robustness of this base. I kind of went in thinking “3 tsps for an 8-10 oz mug is good, right?” since my last few DBD blacks are light tasting. It was much bolder than expected, almost enough to overwhelm the other notes of the tea. I still got a little sweet peach and a slightly different sweetness from the almond (an aftertaste or maybe I am imagining it? haha).
In short, I am glad this isn’t overwhelmingly peachy or perfumey. It is a nice brisk cuppa.
Sipdown: Indian tea- a chai
Second to last sipdown for this month’s sipdown themes. I am not sure if i will be able to finish my 100 g bag of watermelon sorbet from dessert by deb in time so I may just switch over to 52teas watermelon raspberry. Then i can enjoy some more cold brews from deb for a little longer.
I just went to a japanese market called ebisu that opened in the Mall of America recently. I found out that they were selling a small amount of lupicia tea there. The line was pretty long for this market so i didn’t buy anything yet but i am excited to get to try some lupicia more locally. Such a cool find for the midwest.
Tasting note: I really like this chai, it still has this slightly sweet, slightly smoked flavor to it. Like a really good vanilla liquor. (Bourbon, whiskey?) It’s been pretty good on my stomach too.
Sipdown theme: Ingredient of a trail mix: Raisin
Been a little while since I have wrote a tasting note. Wedding crunch time
Tasting note: I have a sample of this one so I don’t have brewing instructions readily available on the package. I brewed at 209F for about 3-4 minutes. Tastes lightly of vanilla and delicate sweetness. I have never had a Panettone cake so I am not a good judge whether there is a likeness to the real thing. I didn’t get a lot of raisiny taste from this tea so I am not sure this is accurate. It’s not bad just not enough distinct flavors to be great.
So a couple weeks ago I finally got my large order of Dessert by Deb teas, I have been actually rather slowly getting through these as I was trying to finish some other teas off.
This is one of the first green ones, I got to.
Tasting Note: I went over some of the notes that were posted for this blend to see if I had any differing tasting notes about this blend. I have realized that I don’t have a whole lot else to say about this tea that hasn’t been said already. That being said here are my top three thoughts: 1) I think this is a good floral strawberry tea, the green base is buttery and the fruits blend really nicely to mimic a sweet mild strawberry 2) I don’t think it reminds me of a sakura blossom tea (I have had a couple imported ones and if memory serves they were a little more plum-y tasting), but it isn’t a cloyingly sweet rose tea. 3) This tea is really similar to strawberry jam and toast because of the base but I prefer the strawberry jam and toast because the toasted rice really rounded the tea off nicely. I think if you really like rose florals though this blend might be for you.
Sipdown July theme: a mango tea
I spilled probably a cups worth of this one on floor just right after i opened the bag. Stupid exertion based clumsiness. :( I really liked it too.
Tasting Note: I sipped this one down pretty quick after first trying it. Its pretty much like orange mango juice but that is really nice. No stevia or caffeine so a nice afternoon drink (if you need to stop drinkint caffeine at a certain point that is.) I will probably order this one again at some point.
Preparation: Western with oatly
Tasting Note: I wanted to try this one as a latte as Deb notes her preferred brewing method for some of her teas. The first time around, I had it straight and I thought it was really nice like that.
So looking at the dry leaf of my current blend, the matcha looks a little dull (I may have waited on opening this bag a little long- about 4 months). The are slices of lime in the blend so that bodes well for the lime flavor. Coconut chips are large which I like.
Brewed as a latte. Matcha and sencha gives the tea a little grassy flavor. The lime is very much present as a flavor but I think that it is the lime flavoring that is giving it that sweet sort of taste as opposed to a pithy lime bitterness. The coconut feels a little lost this way as it competes with the oatly. I don’t know if I am getting key lime pie from this blend as there isn’t really a nutty pie crust element that I am getting with these flavors. I am definitely getting like a matcha key lime ice cream or yogurt though . I definitely prefer this tea brewed with out the oatly though.