70 Tasting Notes
I haven’t done any reviews in a while—not because I haven’t been enjoying tea, but mainly due to the limited amount and limited variety I have been drinking. I pretty much have only one or two cups of either Assam, English Breakfast, or a Yunnan black tea per day, all of which I have already created tasting notes on. That, and as my taste buds are rather goofy sometimes so I don’t quite trust myself to write a thorough review! So that at least partially explains my absence from Steepster of late.
After a random bout of morning sickness today, I could only really keep down (at least as far as beverages are concerned) a cup of Assam with a little milk added, and this ginger rooibos. The ginger rooibos was a great tummy-soother! Warm, rich, with a slight sweetness, it was a very good choice for me today. Thanks TeaTiff for the sample!!!
After reading reviews about this oolong, I knew I had to try it. Thanks to TeaTiff who sent me a sample, I finally was able to partake of this yummy tea! I haven’t much experience with dark or roasty oolongs so I don’t have a lot to compare this to, but I have to say this was quite an enjoyable cup. Perfect for fall! It tasted of cocoa, wood, and French Roast coffee, with some subtle hints of burnt caramel in there as well. As I slowly sipped, I couldn’t help thinking that the only thing better than this tea would be if it was accompanied by a nice piece of dark chocolate—85% cocoa. Mmmmm those flavors would mingle perfectly together! I checked my chocolate stash and to my horror realized I was completely out of dark chocolate (no surprise there…being a serious chocoholic, AND a pregnant one, means that I am perpetually out of the stuff. Bummer!)
Anyway, I did a second steep and it smelled and tasted like watery burnt coffee, so I definitely preferred my first cup.
I like this flavored rooibos, but it’s not my favorite. The raspberry and vanilla are there, but very subtle. I first taste rooibos, and then it leaves a pleasant aftertaste of berries and cream. Maybe it would be richer if I steeped it longer. Oh well, I’m still enjoying it. Thanks TeaTiff for providing me with a sample!
After drinking a lovely energizing Yunnan black tea to get me going in the morning, I decided for something a little lighter in caffeine and flavor, yet something comforting, warming, and tasty for a cool fall day. This kukicha was just the thing! Sweet, smooth, roasty, and delicious. It has been a while since I’ve had it, but I welcome its return to my cupboard. I have a feeling I will be drinking a lot of it this winter!
Thank you, TeaTiff, for the sample of this and other caffeine-free options! I needed some variety in my cupboard!
This was really yummy! I could taste the creaminess and light caramel flavor, but it wasn’t overly powerful…simply smooth and delicious. It’s a nice tasty treat for late afternoons/evenings. I enjoyed it very much!
I purchased this tea while I was in western New York on vacation this summer. I desperately needed a good cup of black tea to get me going in the mornings, because for once in my life, I hadn’t packed a suitcase full of my tea from home (we flew this time, and I had limited space in my luggage for tea canisters and such). Anyway, this tea was delicious during my vacation, and it is delicious now.
I am very partial to Yunnan black tea, and this one met my expectations. Smooth, malty, robust, with that nice little peppery bite to it—mmmm love it! On the box, the description states that it is “Malty and rich with a mellow, jammy sweetness and subtle accents of plum and raisin.” Yes, yes, and yes! All of the above! A very nice cup of tea, indeed.
Now I just need to try this side-by-side with Gong Fu’s Emporer’s Gold and see how it compares. I will try to save the last teaspoonful I have remaining for just that purpose.
I tried this tea again when I was in Chicago, and it tasted a lot better than the other times I had it, so I’m bumping up the rating. Not sure what made the difference, the fact that I was using unfiltered Chicago city water, or that I used a little more leaf. Anyway, it was more robust and had a deep, distinct, earthy flavor.
It still isn’t my favorite black tea, but at least it had a richer flavor this time, and was good enough that I could finish drinking it, and even enjoy it to a point!