678 Tasting Notes
I cold brewed this one for 17 hours (whoops, I meant to do 12). It turned out just fine though. It really tastes just like Tropicalia plus cinnamon and star anise. Neither are in-your-face, but are noticeable, yet subtle at the same time. It’s quite enjoyable as a cold brew.
I also steeped up a normal mug too, and I may ever so slightly prefer the hot. Partly because I generally prefer hot tea, but also because the cinnamon is more apparent than the star anise, whereas they were equal in the cold brew. When cinnamon is done well in a tea, I do enjoy it. The hot version is more like a cinnamon piña colada.
This one came from Stephanie.
I checked the directions on Verdant’s website to be sure, and went with a 5-second rinse ~1-2 minutes after letting the kettle cool from boiling, then a 15-second steep.
I am happy to say it doesn’t have the earthy/fishy taste of the darker steeping pu’erhs I’ve tried. There is an earthy taste here, but it’s completely different – more like dry dirt. Actually a bit bizarre, but I’m not exactly turned off by it. I’ll have to keep sipping away to see what else comes of this tea. And resteep it, of course.
Thanks Stephanie! I really appreciate your helpfulness in the pu’erh department. Before you I didn’t even realize there were different types of pu’erh.
This tea is really hitting the spot tonight. It’s my first cup of the day actually. Perfection, as per usual.
I’m studying away for another exam tomorrow, and I went to open a new tab to create this lovely note and rather than typing in “Steepster” to the address bar I began typing “Premium Taiwa”. That’s how far I got before I realized. :P
I had this for my first morning cup and my last evening cup yesterday, and I chose this again for my morning cup today. I didn’t realize I’d enjoy this one so much. Thank goodness I picked up 100g in Vancouver, I’m nearly halfway through it already.
I love that it’s a straight black that’s bold and smooth all in one. It’s not super fancy, but it is super tasty. It even tastes great after I’ve forgotten about it and it’s cooled on my desk.
This one came in a swap from whatshesaid.
The dry scent was overwhelmingly sweet. Almost to the point of sickening. I actually picked out 4 chunks of rock sugar, because yeah, no thank you. Some smaller shards of rock sugar stayed, but the huge ones were taken out.
The sweet scent was significantly diminished once steeped, but I was still wary. Upon sipping, the tea has a thin feel with a primarily coconut and nut flavour. Very little in the way of chocolate. This one actually ended up being somewhat tasty, albeit a bit thin. But I’d rather thin that in-your-face sweet.
Thanks for sharing whatshesaid!
This one came my way from a swap with whatshesaid.
The dry scent was divine, and I was so excited. The coconut was in the flavour, and to its merit, the tea wasn’t too sweet at all. However, the Della Terra black tea base took away from the whole experience. I remember now why I only truly enjoy DTT black teas with mint, chocolate, vanilla type flavours. All the others seem to fall short.
Thanks whatshesaid! Even if they can’t all be perfect, I always enjoy trying new coconut teas.
This one came my way in a swap from Stephanie
I haven’t had guayusa in a while, mostly because my coffee addiction is getting out of control. I was contemplating what I would mix some guayusa with on the way back to house today, and what a surprise to have this waiting in the mailbox.
I am really digging this one. All the flavoured guayusas from Stacy are tasty, but none have cut made the cupboard cut for me, but this one just might. I love the blackberry flavour. The berries seem to work really well with the base. The lime is subtly there, more in a bit of puckering I’m noticing, which isn’t quite the right way to describe it, but I can’t think of anything better at the moment.
Thanks Stephanie! Great mix idea too! :)
Like Hepburn, I’m preferring this tea a few weeks after it has arrived. I’ll have to remember in the future when ordering Nina’s to allow them to sit a while before diving in.
The strawberry is much more true to taste today, and not fake tasting, like the first time I tried this (the day it arrived in the mail). The base is nice too, typical of Nina’s black teas. I’m pretty picky about strawberry teas, but this seems to be working out well.
This is my first cup of the day. And it’s 9:30p. This tea is great when I stand in front of my tea cupboard staring aimlessly and not being able to decide what I want. It’s great other times too, but it just works perfectly when I don’t even necessarily feel like tea. The scent alone can change that.
I left work early today and went to visit my “AB mom” and her husband, both of who have become special to me in the few years I’ve known them. He was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and it’s gone and come twice now. I’ve chatted with her, but not actually seen either of them in a few months, so I decided to take off from work and drop by to visit. That soon became five hours of visiting, which was actually amazing. In just a few months so much had changed, and I am so, so happy I took the time to visit and catch up today.
This one is tasty! I waited a while after the kettle boiled for the water to cool, for fear of astringency. It seems to have worked in my favour.
It’s not an overly bold black tea, but a more gentle black base with a definite creamy aspect. The nutmeg is pretty subtle for me, but overall a good cup.
Thanks Roswell Strange!