499 Tasting Notes
A quarter of the way through WoT book thirteen (so close to splurging on tea purchases!), my kobo file went glitchy and I had to switch to my dad’s hardcover edition. It’s the worst development this series has taken so far- this 800 page behemoth has already tried to maim me twice today! Lots of respect for the people who followed this series as it was released, with the hardcover editions.
This smokey sample from Amariel made up for my failings with physical book copies today. I drank about eight cups this evening and now it’s gone. It has some rough elements (smoke, leather, bitter cocoa) , but this tea presents them in a smooth and easily drinkable way.
Flavors: Cocoa, Leather, Malt, Smoke
I’ve been hoarding this pouch of halfway root beer tea since I picked it up almost two years ago. What’s the point of having tea that I never drink?
This is still my favourite blend from 52teas so far, but it rarely journeys out of my cupboard, except for the odd New Year’s or Thanksgiving party. The smooth, buttery root beer gimmick is something I’d imagine becoming tired of, but it’s been nice to have around. I’m torn about picking up more.
Flavors: Butter, Root Beer
I’ve been suffering from the “tea blahs” lately, which I want to blame on the lack of oolong, dragonwell, Potato Pancake, or white teas in my cupboard. However, it’s probably just my mood because I have this amazing black tea to hold me over between purchases!
I’ve stared at the Potato Pancake on the website for the last 10 minutes and it’s not getting any easier. PTA, you are so very raisin-like today!
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Raisins
I’ve progressed to book 11 of 14 WoT!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. and this tea is gone. If you think those exclamation marks are a sign of a diseased mind just you wait until I hit book 14 AND get my refill of With Open Eyes (yes, I’m going to sync these events up somehow).
Goodbye for now, steadfast tea.
Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Strawberry, Toffee
Drinking this is like coming home.. It’s making me feel all sappy and nostalgic. I guess it has been too long. It manages to sucks you in right with the aroma; even apathetic Red Rose Father commented on how “very pleasant” this tea made the room smell. Pumpkin Chai scores yet another point with the crowd!
Steeped in frothy steamed milk, with a bit of cinnamon powder added on top.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Cloves, Pumpkin, Sugar
I’m finding this tea sinfully easy to drink.. scary, considering how it’s a luxury item in my cupboard. It has a misty autumnal vibe to it, but the eucalyptus and evergreen could be appealing in many scenarios.
With all the sharp, “green” elements, the vanilla is an interesting contrastive choice, but a nice one nonetheless. Whispering Pines seems to make a nice vanilla tea and that goes for this one too.
Thanks, Amariel, for this smooth and subtle green. This has some really lovely notes of chestnut, coconut, and even some sugar-like sweetness. It’s a nice balance between savory (nutty) and sweet.
I hope I get around to picking up more of this before the new year, or in time for the latest harvest.. maybe as a reward for when I finally finish The Wheel of Time (I’m so close).
Flavors: Chestnut, Coconut, Sugar
It’s like buttered and jammed cream scone, without the actual baked scone part if that makes sense. This is probably my favourite out of the Teavivre oolong samples I’ve tried so far.. DaYuLing was good too, though.
Thanks for the lovely sample, Amariel.
Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Jam
This is a very floral and slightly sweet oolong. It’s not as exciting as other floral oolong teas I’ve tried but it’s nice in a simple way. The broth leaves the sensation of a buttery coating on the tongue- that’s something I usually appreciate!
Flavors: Butter, Floral
Lately it’s been too hot for tea, especially the black tea which seems to have finally completed it’s aggressive conquest of my shelf space. Under an Everest of unopened black and puerh samples I found this stranded oolong- originally a smuggled sample from Amariel’s giant Teavivre swap bag (you gave me so much tea, Amariel!).
I’m glad I decided on this one; the minty floral profile is a refreshing thing in a house with no air conditioning. The first steep of the first serving had an interesting curry leaf aroma (I have witnesses that can vouch that this cup smelled distinctly of that plant), but this quality never resurfaced on the subsequent steeps. Probably for the best; mint and flowers are good enough.
Flavors: Floral, Mint