72 Tasting Notes
Meh, just not my thing I guess. I did my first gong fu styled brewing with my new tiny teapot and my new teacups. I tried three steepings of it and every one tasted the same… vegetal, almost flavorless. Maybe my pallet is just too unrefined but it tasted like grass-water.
Flavors: Grass, Mineral, Vegetal
Update on me
Nothing but the regular stuff lately. I have been on a decline again and my health has been keeping me out of the kitchen. Hoping to be better again soon, but my finances are in shambles and stuff just doesn’t seem to want to work out for me. I try to keep busy and keep positive but sometimes it’s so hard.
I did find that antique tea set at a yard sale the other day that I posted about on the forum. (http://steepster.com/discuss/8144-antique-tea-set-find) And that cheered me up a bit. But lately has been so hard. I want to start tasting the free teas I got from … Oh now I can’t remember. A company sent free tees for reviews. I’m going to start tasting them and reviewing them soon. I just haven’t had energy the last few days.
Regarding that, I’m hesitant about posting this here, but I really have to try to get the word out and I don’t have a lot of channels. I started a fundraising campaign over at YouCaring.com with the hope of managing to raise the funds I need to actually receive the medical treatments I need. I’ve been hesitant about doing this for a long time, but I’ve exhausted other options. With my health getting worse, it’s become less and less possible for me to make the money in other ways and now I need treatment badly.
So if anyone here is interested in donating to help a fellow tea-lover who has been through hell, or if you can’t donate, if you could at least share my campaign, I’d really appreciate it. Regardless, thank you for reading this, and sorry for bothering you here.
A sample from a friend, his own blend.
First thoughts: Black and white tea don’t usually go together very well because of their basic brewing requirements. Black tea is best brewed at 212 degrees for 2-3 minutes while White tea must be brewed at lower temperatures for less time. Typically white tea is brewed for 1-2 minutes at 180 degrees F.
So that said, I went ahead and brewed it according to the recommended time on the custom blend’s page at the recommended temperature.
The smell is sweet, slightly floral with a hint of bergamot.
The taste is interesting. I don’t get much of the bergamot from the Earl Grey. I do get the cream and a little floral note in there. I’m not sure I can really name the rest. It’s a sweet, round flavor and the bergamot kinda sneaks its way in on the tail. Not bad at all.
I tried it hot and then drank some more after it was cooled off. Both ways it’s pretty nice. It’s not a bad flavor at all.
I guess if anything it has too many flavors for me to be sure what to make of it.
The rose hip is mild but still I don’t like rose hips personally and would probably like it better without them.
I’m not sure it’s a tea I’d particularly go looking for, but it’s certainly a tea I wouldn’t turn down if offered a cup.
Thank you very much for the sample, Robert. ^^
Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Floral, Fruity
From Stephen Hockman.
No… This is tangy, berry-fruity, sour to me. It’s a fruit tea that isn’t sweet which almost always means I hate it. I don’t like Rosehips, so I expected this to be a no. The Rosehips are what really kill it. I think it smells amazing, but that sour tang just ruins it for me.
I tried it warm. Tried it sweet. Tried it iced. It’s not for me.
I do love how it smells tho. I wonder how it’d be without the Rosehips. As always, Rosehips is my arch nemesis!
Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity, Sour, Tangy
From Carol Who.
When I found this tea I was very, very surprised. A spicy tea? What’s that? :D Being terrified of spiciness, I avoided it for a while. But tonight being another tasting night, I decided to give it a go. With much trepidation, I brewed my cup, sat it on the table and began tasting with my sister. Meanly, I handed this cup to her first. I didn’t warn her. I’m a terrible person.
But her face was priceless.
After she finished beating me, I tried it. It was spicy water with no flavor to me. She got her husband who is the one we nicknamed “Dragon” for reasons not entirely unrelated to his spicy eating habits. He almost liked it. Almost. But to him, the afterburn was just an annoyance. It didn’t provide a nice enough burn on the tongue and there was no good flavor surrounding the burn. We sweetened and cooled it next and he said maybe if it were “Southern-style sweet tea” (read: Iced and way too much sugar) it might be good. But as it was, it was the wrong kind of spicy for him.
And if you want proof that I’m a terrible person… next I let my 7 year old daughter try it.
… I am a terrible, terrible person.
(No children were harmed in the making of this review. She giggled after she finished washing the taste out.)
That said, no. Just no. Not for me. Thank you Carol Who.. .for the most entertaining “NO” I’ve had yet in a tea. :)
Flavors: Pepper, Spicy
Another from Cameron B.
This tea was so bland I could barely taste any flavor at all. I guessed maybe a hint of bergamot but mostly just tannic tea. I didn’t get anything more from it. It wasn’t what I’d want in a tea. Smelled nice tho.
Again, thanks for the experience Cameron! :)
Flavors: Bergamot, Tannin, Tea
I think Cameron B sent this one. This had a nice floral taste on top of a tannic tea.
I don’t think I can say I love this tea, but it wasn’t bad. It just tasted like tea and flowers. The smell was mild, but the flower taste was stronger with a bit of sugar.
Overall not bad? But not something I’d go hunting for. Thanks for the taste Cam!
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Tannin, Tea
After a long night of tasting teas that mostly weren’t my cuppa, this felt like a reward for all my bravery and perseverance. :) A sample from my friend Becky who isn’t on Steepster as of yet. Her custom blend from Adagio. All I can say is: Yes! This is a good tea. I would drink this again and again. I found it delightful with just a little sugar. It tasted just how I wanted it to from a smell of the leaves. It was strong enough in every department: Sweet, spices, minty.
It was so good last night I had to have it for my cuppa this morning. Today I decided to try it with some cream. All I have is vanilla and hazelnut at the moment, so it got vanilla. As it turns out, vanilla is right at home with this set of flavors. Like a mix of a candy cane and a chai, so it goes very well with creamy vanilla. I imagine it’d be delectable as a solid latte with foam and all. :)
So props to my dear Becky. It’s the best of the blends you sent in my opinion. Much love for this one. :)
Flavors: Candy, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Spices, Sweet, Tea
What tea. So campfire. Wow. Much smokey. Many burning.
I am … floored. By the incredible similarity between taking a whiff of this tea and standing by a campfire. It’s incredibly evocative of a campfire. I mean, I feel I need a shower because obviously if I’m smelling this, I smell of smoke. Right?
I had to try this. I saw so many people talking about Lapsang Souchong and it sounded like something people really inflate with their descriptions because how could tea smell like a campfire? Well guess what. It does. It’s a freaking pouch of campfire. And I brewed it and tasted it. I was very brave.
It was not a bad taste. I mean, I didn’t expect it to be so… not-bad. I smelled it and thought “This will make me lose my lunch.” It didn’t. The warm flavor was smoky and strong, but not bad.
I can’t figure out why anyone would want to drink it tho. I mean, I can see how it smells amazing and reminds me of beef jerky that I used to get when I was a kid… but I don’t see how it would be something you’d think “Man I really want a cup of that right now.” Maybe in blends. But… straight? No. Not for me.
It wasn’t bad tho. It just … wasn’t something I see myself wanting to drink.
So I have tried Lapsang Souchong. I have done it. Now I know. That is all.
Flavors: Campfire, Fireplace, Smoke, Smoked
Got this sample with my last Adagio order. I liked the almond oolong enough to buy a pouch so I wanted to see if another oolong was any good from them.
I’m disappointed with this one. It tastes vaguely of vanilla, but I wouldn’t know it’s oolong. I mean, I don’t know Oolong super well but I didn’t specifically notice the oolong, and yet the the vanilla wasn’t overpowering either. Maybe it needed different temp or longer steep. I’m not sure. This just wasn’t a night for amazing tea I guess haha. :)