972 Tasting Notes
Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2
This is it, the very last one. I enjoy chamomile and some bedtime blends, so I pulled this sample out of the box to try later. I’ve seen Zhena’s teas before at TJ Maxx and wondered whether they were any good or not, I guess it’s time to find out! I can’t really see what’s inside the bags (they’re the round style, like Republic of Tea) but I can tell there’s chamomile for sure. Dry scent is chamomile with a touch of mint and some sweetness. After looking at the description, I think it was the coconut I was smelling. Once I poured the water over, I could see that there’s green rooibos in there as well. I used two bags for my 10-ounce cup.
The steeped tea has a pleasant herbal scent, and I can definitely smell the chamomile as well as the mint and a bit of coconut. Yum, I actually quite like this. It certainly has a very herbal flavor, there’s something in here that’s reminding me of dill perhaps? The mint and coconut work nicely in balancing that herbal taste with some sweetness. Nothing overpowers anything else, making this a nicely balanced sleepytime blend. Nice.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Hay, Herbs, Mint, Sweet
Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2
Even though the box is on its merry way to the next person in line, I still have this and one more tea to try (they were single servings so I just kept them to try later). I really like the idea of a mint chocolate rooibos, but this is actually the first one I’ve tried. Mighty Leaf has pretty cool sachets, the actual sachet part is made of the usual silky plastic material, but the edges are actually sewn with thread and so is the string. Interesting! Okay, so I took one whiff of this and thought why would anyone use spearmint in a mint chocolate tea…? Weird.
The steeped tea smells like spearmint gum, I don’t really smell any chocolate. I definitely don’t taste any chocolate either… It just tastes like rooibos and spearmint gum had a lovechild. Nope, not cool. It’s not undrinkable, but it’s pretty meh.
Flavors: Spearmint, Wood
Ooh, another Crio Brü cacao beverage! This sample came from Sil, and she was kind enough to send me two servings worth. I’m going to try the first serving with the traditional method of using plain water for steeping. I think I may try vanilla soy milk for the second. Dry, the powder smells sweet and chocolaty with some vanilla notes. I steeped it for 10 minutes in a brew basket.
These are always a bit too bitter for me plain, so I added a bit of raw sugar and a splash of soy milk to my cup. I can definitely taste the caramelized nut flavor listed in the description, and perhaps a tiny bit of vanilla? I’m definitely not getting cherry. Otherwise, it’s a lovely rich and thick cup of cocoa love. Can’t wait to try this with the soy milk. :)
Flavors: Cocoa, Nuts, Vanilla
Another one from my cupboard. I purchased this at Target because I remembered liking it a couple of years ago, and it was the only holiday tea they had that I was at all interested in. The bag smells quite good, it’s an interesting choice to put orange in a sugar cookie tea, but I approve since I like orange. Otherwise, it smells very sweet and sugar cookie-ish.
Uh… The steeped tea smells like scrambled eggs to me. Yes, I can also smell the sweet cookie notes, but the egg part is extremely distracting. The taste is actually much better, and it doesn’t really taste like scrambled eggs. However, I’m unsure why it tastes like coconut? Seems odd for a sugar cookie. I can taste a little bit of orange, and it’s a nice accent to the cookie flavor. It did come out a bit weak, so next time I think I would use two tea bags per cup.
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Cookie, Orange, Sweet, Vanilla
Back to trying everything in my cupboard! Since it’s getting to be later in the evening (8 PM here) I’m going to skip a few and try only teas with low or no caffeine. This one is part houjicha, which is supposedly low in caffeine, and part rooibos, so I think I’m safe. This is actually a free sample from Bird Pick (they’ll send you a few free samples if you email them). It appears to be mostly houjicha. Dry scent is somewhat sweet and caramel-y and reminds me of richly sweet dried fruits like figs, dates, and prunes.
The steeped tea has a strong roasted aroma, though I can still smell a bit of that richly sweet smell (somewhat like molasses). The taste is pretty straightforward – roasted/autumn leafy from the houjicha mixed with the woody flavor of the red rooibos. I can’t really taste the caramel much until the very end, where it manifests as a sort of boozy fig flavor. I wish there was more of that throughout the sip. Overall, pretty tasty but could be improved.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dates, Fig, Molasses, Roasted, Rum, Sweet, Wood
Hooray, my TeaVivre Black Friday order finally came! I ordered 100g of Strawberry Oolong and 50g of this tea, mostly because I didn’t have a single straight white tea in my cupboard and I like silver needle a lot.
Om nom nom. Had two lovely steeps of this one, the first at 2 minutes and the second at 5. I like to use a lot of leaf and then stick to a somewhat shorter steep, I find I get a lot of flavor that way and no bitterness from the overleafing.
This is so good. Yummy hay and oats and honey with a little bit of cucumber in there. What a comforting tea…
Finally, something not green! :D This tea also came from Dexter. I’ve really enjoyed the other pure bud teas I’ve tried from Yunnan Sourcing, so I’m excited for this one as well. The leaves look like beautiful little Goldilocks curls, they’re twisty and curly but in a more haphazard way than bi luo chun. Dry scent is soft and honeyed.
The steeped tea has that lovely savory Yunnan smell, along with sweet potato, brown sugar, and stonefruits. Yum, this has a very thick, mouth-filling texture and it’s quite smooth. I can taste sweet potato puree along with wheat bread with butter and a touch of honey. There’s a deep caramelized sugar richness in the background. I don’t taste the stonefruit until the end of the sip, and even then it’s rather faint.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Honey, Smoked, Sweet Potatoes
Oof, another flavored green… :P This one came from the lovely and generous Dexter. Who knows why I requested a flavored green tea, I assume probably because it’s Mariage Frères and I figured it would be worth trying regardless. We shall see! This has a similar sencha base to the other greens I’ve been drinking – very flat and long. The goji berries are all covered in tea dust, so I can’t really see them until I empty the tea into my cup. Dry scent is vaguely fruity.
The steeped tea has a somewhat tart berry-like scent that reminds me of fresh raspberries (I’ve never eaten a goji berry, so I’m not sure what they’re like). The green tea base is slightly grassy, but quite smooth and unobtrusive. I can barely taste the goji berry flavor, but it does remind me of fresh raspberries. I’m not sure how old this sample is, so I’m going to withhold my rating on this one.
Flavors: Grass, Raspberry, Tart
Hooray, this is my last untried Palais des Thés tea! I purchased a sampler that contained all three versions of this tea (black, green, rooibos), and found the black version to be a cinnamon tea, but quite liked the rooibos. So we shall see which side this one sits on! It’s another sencha base, and there are pieces of apple mixed in. Dry scent is pretty much just cinnamon candy.
The steeped tea also has a very sweet cinnamon aroma, reminiscent of red hot candies or those gummy cinnamon hearts/bears. Hmm… This basically tastes like a very mellow sencha base with a bit of cinnamon in it. And it’s not really candy cinnamon in the taste, it’s more like I’m eating ground cinnamon itself. Not terribly pleasant…
This is another one from the Palais des Thés mini-tin set I bought on MyHabit a little while ago. I must admit, I’m a bit scared of this tea. It managed to make the entire package smell like peppermint extract… And not in a good way, either. This one is also a sencha green base, and it has a very harsh and strong peppermint aroma that doesn’t really appeal to me… Hopefully it’s not as strong when steeped.
Luckily, the aroma has toned down a bit in the steeped tea, although it still reminds me more of straight-up peppermint oil rather than the leaves themselves. The mint is a little too much for me in the taste itself, it’s almost tingly in my mouth. This one is definitely not for me, heh. :P
Flavors: Biting, Peppermint