2245 Tasting Notes
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This one seems so intriguing to me, so I was so thankful to get a few bags in a swap! I love pine and juniper, so I’m always happy to try more teas with those notes.
Unfortunately, this is not for me. It’s mostly honey, and the flavoring is fairly artificial-tasting. There’s also a sort of cloying floral note that I assume is part of the honey. I do get a bit of mint, and it’s nice and cooling and refreshing. Juniper? Nah, not really. There’s a weird bitterness in the aftertaste as well.
So mostly it’s artificial floral honey. Womp womp.
Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Floral, Honey, Mint, Perfume, Sweet
“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – N
I was looking through my (physical) cupboard for some milk tea candidates, and realized I hadn’t tried this one from the group order yet. And how perfect for ‘N’ day!
This is a strange one. If I didn’t know better, I would swear it was a rooibos blend, because it has that medicinal taste that I sometimes find with red rooibos. Woody, medicinal, maybe slightly fruity in a fig jam sort of way? I don’t really get honey per se, more of a jammy dried fruit sweetness. I almost taste a hint of lavender as well, but maybe I’m just making that association because of the similarity to Dammann’s Noël en Provence. Okay, now I’m getting a hint of wildflower honey in the aftertaste.
Anyway, it’s fine. There’s less honey than I would expect from the description, but I do get the dried fruit part and the flowers. Certainly not a favorite!
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Fig, Floral, Jam, Lavender, Medicinal, Sweet, Wood
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Finishing what’s left of this as a giant iced milk tea in one of my pretty DAVIDsTEA tumblers!
I definitely added just a touch too much sweetener, but it’s delicious, hah. I can taste more of the peach than the mango with this preparation, and it reminds me of peach ice cream. The mango comes in a bit more near the end and adds a nice tropical hit that keeps it from being too much of peaches & cream and takes it more into smoothie territory. Also I think I taste coconut, which I don’t remember being there before.
Very yummy! And hooray sipdown!
Flavors: Coconut, Mango, Peach, Sweet, Tropical
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Another swap sample!
To me, this tea tastes very similar to a tippy Yunnan black tea. It’s smooth, malty, a touch earthy, and has a lovely fuzzy apricot note at the end of the sip. Perhaps there’s some extra nuttiness? There’s also a touch of floral, which is maybe less common in my experience.
Anyway, it’s good! I’m just not sure I would know it’s a yellow tea. It’s interesting because I’ve had some yellow teas from Teavivre that were much closer to green tea (in my opinion), and this one is quite different. It’s tasty, but not terribly special.
Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Earth, Floral, Malt, Nectar, Savory, Smoke, Smooth, Thick
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Since I enjoyed this one so much last time, my friend on Insta sent another sample of this in our recent swap. :3
So fresh and yummy! This is very different from any other peppermint tisane I’ve ever had – it has such a clean peppermint flavor, almost like a mint or candy cane, while others are usually more herbaceous. It’s like a milder peppermint Altoid, ha ha.
I’m planning to order some herbal tisanes from Harts of America to see how they are, but first I’m making myself finish a couple of the ones I already have…
Flavors: Honey, Menthol, Mint, Sweet
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This one is just a bit blah for me. Which is a shame, because the name sounds so yummy.
But I don’t really get any apple, and only a hint of orange. Mostly this is just a clove rooibos. And I guess the spicing does, in a way, remind me of apple butter, which I guess means apple butter has cloves in it.
But it’s not apple butter, it’s just the “spiced” part ha ha. Bye-bye, tea!
Flavors: Clove, Rooibos, Spices, Wood
I picked this up on a whim at Whole Foods, because I love pear and a pear green tea sounded just lovely!
Honestly, it’s pretty good for a teabag. The pear is a bit candylike, but it does taste crisp and pear-like to me, maybe teetering on the edge of apple. For some reason I’m getting banana though? And not actual banana, but Laffy Taffy banana. So that’s a bit distracting, ha ha! The base is actually quite nice, mellow and nutty without any bitterness.
Quite good! And I can imagine it being delicious as an iced tea… Ironically, I just received another pear green tea today, in the form of B&B’s Jasmine Poached Pears. So that’ll be interesting to compare!
Flavors: Apple, Banana, Candy, Grass, Hay, Nuts, Pear, Smooth, Sweet
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“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – M
I actually have samples of this tea from two different swaps, so I’m counting them as separate sipdowns. And there’s nothing you can do to stop me, nyah! :P
Anyway, this is okay. I will say I’m pleased that the maple flavoring is more on the subtle side, after that New England Breakfast I tried the other day, I was a bit nervous. The base is quite brisk at a 3-minute steep, next time I would go shorter. But overall, it’s flavorful enough with some nice malt and almost vegetal tones, I assume from the green tea.
It’s fine, but not quite good.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Malt, Maple, Metallic, Sweet, Tannic, Vegetal
“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – L
Yay, caught up! This is another one from the last Lupicia group order that I haven’t tried yet.
Apparently this is supposed to be peach, mango, and orange. Mostly I get a generic tropical flavor, which could be mango-esque. There is also something that reminds me of Peachy-O’s, so I suppose that would be the peach.
Overall, it’s a muddled sweet tropical fruit sort of tea. The base is partially CTC, so it’s a bit too brisk for me. I’ll have to try it as a milk tea though!
Flavors: Astringent, Candy, Fruity, Peach, Sweet, Tannic, Tropical
“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – K
Ughhhh so tired. I started making bento for lunch again this week, and I feel like I’m spending so much time in the kitchen. I guess I just haven’t gotten into the groove yet.
Anyway! This is a tea that I randomly picked up in Osaka. Karigane is essentially just kukicha, but made from gyokuro stems. It has a lovely smooth and sweet flavor, with some nice pops of vegetal intensity that remind me of kabocha. There are also some light grassy notes that are very refreshing.
Overall, very mellow and gentle, but also with elements of gyokuro. And quite lovely for when you want a lower maintenance Japanese green! :)
Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Kabocha, Smooth, Spinach, Squash, Sweet, Thick, Umami, Vegetal