104 Tasting Notes
Leaves: very tiny golden brown buckwheat
Aroma: Sweet & Wheaty
Color: bright yellow
Taste: With this tea i decided to go by my own brewing technique instead of following the direct instructions. Using 8oz of water & 1tsp of buckwheat. The aroma shined once i opened the packet it was sweet & wheaty. I’ve been curious about buckwheat but never tried it till now. I also read else where you can eat them when your finish brewing tea. Pouring it in my cup it was nice i didn’t need a strainer because the tea gather in its own little cluster not moving as i poured. Only 2 pieces escaped the cluster falling into my cup. The color was bright yellow with a hit of cloudiness but i could see the bottom of my cup completely. Overall i found this to be not too surprising taste wise, just a nice simple cup of tea. I can see myself having it again.
Thank you Teasenz for this sample!
Leaves: very tiny fuzzy purple flower buds + a bit of green
Aroma: Lovely & Relaxing, classic lavender
Color: clear grey
Taste: I tore away the silver tab at the top of the tea, not even opening the package i could smell the scent of lavender when i brought it to my nose! It one of my favorite scents so opening the packet completely i got the full aroma. Such a nice pleasant aroma having that relaxing feel to it. I noticed the directions on the website were different from my usual tea making calling for 500ml/17oz of water & 2-5grams of tea which i googled 5g and found it to be equal to 1tsp which is what i went with. I also read that this tea is sometimes too strong on it’s own so i might try my 2nd cup with a touch of honey. It’s also 1am when i decided to brew this i wasn’t ready for bed just yet so i thought why not make a cup of tea. When finish brewing (some of the buds had also bloomed) & poured in my cup I noticed that instead of a purple hue i was expecting the tea was a clear grey color. The aroma before steeping remained even after brewing. As for taste i find it to be very light not too strong on its own. Overall i found this to be a nice tea, i’m going to try brewing it again to see if i can achieve a purple tone using less water but the same amount of leaves.
Thank you Teasenz for this sample!
Leaves: tea bag
Aroma: peppermint, spearmint
Color: light olive green to copper brown color
Taste: I’ve actually had this tea in my collection for a while now and thought why not go ahead and review it. It’s your classic grab and go just add hot water & since it’s an herbal boiled water is used. The aroma from the teabag was that of peppermint & spearmint i don’t know what tarragon smells like so i can’t speak on that part. It’s also a color changer from a light olive green when the water is just poured over to a copper brown color once steeped for the time recommended. The aroma it gives off is more spearmint when brewed. As far as taste it can be a hit or miss depending on the packet, sometimes you get the minty-ness you want other times it’s light and bland. sometimes i tend to let the teabag sit in my cup as i drink to allow the flavor to intensify. As for clarity it’s a cloudy which may be off putting to some. I could still faintly see the bottom of my cup where a bit of the micro tea particles collect. Overall this is an okay tea, also i will mention it does help if you have any stomach discomfort after a meal which is a plus!
Leaves: tiny curled glossy leaves
Amount:1.5 tsp (light) 2 tsp (strong)
Aroma: Classic black tea
Color: golden yellow, copper (light), red copper (strong)
Taste: The really cool thing about this tea are the leaves they had a glossy finish to them. I haven’t encountered this with any other teas. I decided to do something different with this tea brewing it using two different methods dealing with light & strong flavors. Reverse method the first cup i went with a strong brew using the information i found on the Steepster blog “Tips for Measuring Dry Tea Leaf” which stated using 1.5tsp or 2tsp for 10/12oz. As stated i went with 12oz the cups was a red copper color, the texture was was very smooth mouth feel. The flavor was light but a bit bitter. On to the light brew the color was brighter it starts off as a golden yellow then deepens as more tea enters the cup. Tast wise it was the same as the previous cup but with no bitterness. It was fun trying out a different method with this tea. which lead to a more in-depth review.
Here is a mini behind the scenes story that took place as i was making the second brew:
I already had added my 1tsp into my french press then i measured out my 1/2tsp. once done i was about to add the leaves into the press when some how my left hand bumped the spoon sending tea all over the kitchen counter. so i had to clean up then re-measure it.
Leaves: green tightly rolled balls
Steep: rinse, 5m
Aroma: classic oolong
Color: golden yellow
Taste:It’s been a long time since i had my last cup of oolong tea so this will be almost like a fresh start. To begin i gave the leaves a 10s rinse as i do with all oolong teas because of what i read online. the aroma was that off the classic oolong scent your used to. Steeped for 5m the flavor was nice with no bitterness. Overall i found this to be a great cup & can see myself drinking again. What makes this cup special is that this marks my 100th tea review! I’ve been writing reviews for 3 years & i plan to continue because this is something i enjoy doing. Thank you everyone for your continued support & answering my questions when i stepped into the world of tea :)
Leaves: white/black small twisted leaves
Aroma: sweet,citrus, orange
Taste:The aroma of this tea is great upon opening the packet i noticed a huge piece of tangerine peel surrounded by the white tea leaves. Although i can say these looked different from other leaves i seen in the past they were much darker. As with the last tea this time i used the whole packet. Once brewed it was now time for a taste this is where i probably went wrong b/c I found this tea to be bitter & lacking flavor. Maybe i used too many leaves? After a few more sips the bitterness fades & i can’t pinpoint the flavor. There is also a bitter after taste left on the tongue when finish. Over all didn’t like this tea.
Leaves: medium size rose buds w/ purple & beige petals
Aroma: floral rose
Color: medium yellow
Taste:For this tea it’s stated to use 5Tbs/7g but for this batch since i had a sample packet i decided to use the whole pack instead. The rose buds had a pretty color to them a beige base w/ purple tips. Once the tea had been done steeping i noticed much of the color has faded. The rose aroma remained present all during the process. With this tea in terms of flavor it was light & smooth, I didn’t really get a floral taste. Overall i found this to be an okay tea with a heavy rose scent. I might try to mix it with another tea or try some coconut sugar next time. I normally drink my teas without adding anything.
Leaves: 1 medium flower
Aroma: floral spice
Color: light yellow/green
Taste: I want to start off with saying how pretty the packaging was for this a yellow packet w/ a clear view decorated circle featuring the flower in the middle. when picking this tea apparently i didn’t look at the packaging online since i had no idea it would look like this lol. This was the first time i had brewed just one flower for a cup of tea, although in the past i have tried the larger blooming flowers balls which are huge in comparison. As for taste it was a very light. Overall not a bad intro back into tea after not drinking any for a little while.
Leaves: rose petals, chamomile & more
Color: dark yellow
Taste: The first thing i noticed about this tea is how pretty the colors are the the magenta colored rose petals with a splash of yellow due to the chrysanthemum & chamomile followed by a background of pale green. The aroma was difficult to distinguish dry leaf maybe a floral w/something extra? The wet leaf made the aroma come out even more. For the steep i went with 17oz for a whole sample tea packet. As for the taste i was surprised as the first sip was followed by a slight sweetness which faintly remained as i continued to drink which went nicely w/ the floral taste. Overall I can say i enjoyed this tea quite different from others in my collection.
As for a music pairing I’m listing to Cherry Pie by Lotus it a favorite track of mine to listen to these days for when i want to unwind. Created by my friend I highly recommend listing to it as you go for your next cup of tea.
This brings me to my last review of 2015! I hope all of you have a wonderful NYE!
Lotus – Cherry Pie
Leaves: small green & white leaves w/ jasmine flower petals
Aroma: Honeysuckle & Jasmine
Color: Dark Yellow
Taste: Upon opening the package the immediate aroma reminded me honeysuckles you see as a kid, sweet & floral. As i measured and put the leave in the pot the jasmine aroma was more present. I also came across a few flower petals which is a nice touch. The first steep had great clarity w/ quite a bit of small leaf particles that escaped my strainer.The jasmine aroma remained through out the brewing process. As for taste i found this tea to be very bitter & couldn’t finish my cup.