716 Tasting Notes
I’ve never had a tea with chestnuts before, so this one intrigued me in a swap with KittyLovesTea.
I can only guess the chestnuts are the main flavour here, and the vanilla lightens it up a bit. However, I’m getting something that’s coming through as floral that ins’t working out so well for me.
Thanks for sharing KittyLovesTea!
Another from VariaTEA, and since she suggested I try this and Caramel-Toffee one after the other, I figured I may as well. She has yet to lead me astray.
I must say, I really appreciate the average steep time and temperature feature. When I couldn’t find directions before, sometimes I would go through and do a quick average myself and now it’s already there. However, I also see the tea measurement is still rounding down.
Perhaps this is due to VariaTEA’s feelings on this as well, but I am slightly preferring this tea over the last. The base seems to work a bit better with the flavouring here. The caramel seems softer, perhaps due to the vanilla. I’m excited I have some of this en route to experiment more with.
Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla
I got two swaps in the mail today, so of course it’s time for sample teas. Yes! This one came my way from VariaTEA.
The scent is not overly welcoming, there’s something about it that it slightly off. The taste is much better, but it’s still not quite what I was hoping for. The caramel toffee flavour is there, and it’s not overwhelming, which is nice, but I also think the base tea could be ever so slightly less strong. Perhaps with a little tweaking this one could be completely amazing.
Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!
I nearly just steeped my Laoshan Black and Cacao in the vinegar I’d had in the kettle for cleaning. Eek. Thank goodness I caught that just in time.
I’m on my resteep of 2 parts Laoshan Black and 1 part Cacao. It really just accentuated the chocolate notes in Laoshan Black, which was delightful. I’m getting dangerously low on Cacao though, I really wish my HI order would ship already. I’m trying to be patient, but it’s not working out so well.
This tea is delightful. I was a little sad when David’s discontinued Cocomint Cream, but I actually prefer this one due to the unsweetened coconut. David’s was getting slightly cloying towards the end of the bag.
Today I mixed this two parts Cocomint and one part guayusa. Yum. I love finding new mixes for my guayusa. I’ve been pretty productive today preparing swaps, started and finished an assignment, and finished a significant amount of cue cards for an exam later this week. I plan on doing a few more cue cards and then starting and finishing one more assignment before the night is up.
Having this one as I take a break from studying to get swaps ready to go out tomorrow. I seem to have a lot of swaps going on right now. Swaps out = cupboard decrease, and room for more teas (well, until swaps arrive). Yes!
I may have forgotten about this one steeping on the counter, but that just makes it all the more delicious.
I wish my HI order would ship already, I’m so impatient! I suppose they are at the tea festival, so I will try to be patient.
This is both my 400th tasting note, and a sipdown (well, until both my Butiki order and Shadowfall stash sale arrive).
This tea is such a delight. There’s a nice thick mouthfeel that’s both creamy and malty. I love creamy teas. I’m also getting the hay flavour. And of course that natural sweetness, which is very subtle, and not quite like some of the honey-sweetness in my favourite black teas. It all combines so wonderfully. I didn’t think there could be a white tea that encompasses such perfection. It’s even great as it cools. I want to order more and more of this and have it all the time, but I think a part of what makes it so amazing is that I drink it so rarely.
I had a moment this morning where I saw the rating wasn’t as high at some of Stacy’s other teas and I feared the worst, but then I reminded myself that’s it’s a newer tea and perhaps that’s due to not enough people having tried it yet.
On an unrelated note, I’m running low on my maple butter. I had maple syrup in my oatmeal this morning instead, so as to begin the hoarding process until I’m home again in the summer and can pick up more. I knew I should’ve gotten the bigger size jar!
Flavors: Cream, Malt
This one turned out perfectly this morning. The lower temperature really is the key I find. This one has been finicky for me in the past, but when it works out I absolutely love it. I’ll definitely be ordering the reblend, and possibly more of this one before it’s gone. Does anyone know when this blend is on it’s way out?
Also, this is my first tasting note to check out the upgrade and all these options are handy! The amount of tea and water volume are a delight.
TeaVivre arrived today, yes! That was pretty quick from China, I must say. I should also add in a thank you to caile for introducing me to TeaVivre.
Hello Bailin. I’ve been waiting for you. Because the name is so close to “Balin”, this tea will forever be a dwarf from The Hobbit in my mind. Which just endears it more to me.
Now I shall sip away and work on an assignment that’s due at midnight.