626 Tasting Notes
New 52teas reblend.
This isn’t quite as good as a tangy latte anymore; the flavours are a tad light for milk, at least they have been with my experiments so far. However, I find the new version’s flavour range to be more dynamic and true to the tea name. I can actually taste the pumpkin and spice, and usually get a caramel cheesecake finish. I also taste black tea. These things are huge point scorers for me!
Flavors: Caramel, Cheesecake, Cream, Malt, Pumpkin, Spices
This is delicious, OMGsrsly. I drank this all day, using short steeps of 5-15 sec and I never once became bored.
I also had a mini heart attack when I visually interpreted the delightful tea bubbles as a scary tea spider upon sip. Luckily the steeped tea spider appears to be a mythical creature. Good times with tea and absurd brain. To be fair, they were very lively bubbles.. It’s amazing what stress does to the brain.
Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Tangy
This was a tea suggestion from Bear With Me. Unlike Sil, I enjoy my citruses and florals. Mm, delicious florals.
I viewed this a more cutting kind of earl grey, and I had a good time with it. The jasmine nor the bergamot curdled the milk with their liveliness, which is always nice. Definitely a sharp, bright wake-me-up tea though. I’d add it to the mental spa category of teas.
Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine
OMGsrsly is good people and generously gave me the rest of theirs. This is honestly a delicious tea that I don’t want to say goodbye to it ever. It tastes exactly as I remembered, albeit slightly more like wine, despite the age.
Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Floral, Rose
This sweet and savory tea, from OMGsrsly, is way too easy to drink. It’s been a while since I’ve had puerh or done short concentrated steeps with a tea all day long, but this tea never punished me for it. There was even a moment where I may have forgotten it for a bit (5 minutes), but it remained relatively delicious.
The flavour profile reminds me somewhat of Butiki’s White Rhino tea and coffee cake. Not bad.
Flavors: Coffee, Hay, Honey
I think I let this sample from OMGsrsly sit too long to get a strong sense of white grapefruit, but that doesn’t change the fact that it still makes up pleasant cup of white tea.
It’s sweet, floral, suggestively tangy, with an almost peppery note. There’s also a sweet, vaguely textural element that reminds me of crystal/rock candies but it’s very light.
Flavors: Bamboo, Citrus, Cucumber, Floral
After cleaning out my tea cupboard I realized one of the reasons for my tea hiatus this last year; I have 80 some specimens and only three of them are green oolong. It’s full of puerh, black tea, and flavoured greens. That’s just not right, but at least there’s now true motivation to drink down all the teas.
This is a nice Earl Grey that would be run-of-the-mill if not for the Vanilla. It’s an “ice cream with waffle cone” level of vanilla indulgence.
Flavors: Bergamot, Vanilla
Here’s another interesting tea originally from MissB. I can’t believe that swap meet was almost a year ago, yet I still have so much of the tea! Argh..
I taste something here that I really like. I suspect it’s the the pellet-like black tea variety used in this blend. It looks like Kenyan Tinderet from David’s Tea. The overall taste reminds me of Stacy’s Grapefruit Creme Brulee, which also utilized an identical looking Kenyan base.
The flavours are kind of tangy in a sour stone-fruit way, which sweeps into a particularly smooth and floral honey, and is then grounded by some earthy chocolate notes. The aroma is perfume-like, capturing the full range of the tea’s fruity and floral elements.
Flavors: Earth, Floral, Honey, Red Fruits, Rose, Stonefruits