695 Tasting Notes
This was one of my favorite jasmine teas for a while there when it was still in stock. It was before I was super into loose leaf teas, but I was pretty impressed at the quality considering it was bagged. It was my first pearl/ball tea and I was super amused at the preparation. I have had a bag or two kicking around for YEARS now and steeped one up today. The bag had a slight rip in it, so between that and the age I’m not expecting top notch flavoring. The instructions on the tag say to steep it for five minutes, but I steeped for only two since it is my standard for green teas. This still has quite a bit of flavor, although it is more muted than I recall. It has a slight sweetness to it and a nice aftertaste. I do wish TJ’s would bring it back because it would be a great jasmine tea to travel with.
Not quite the cup I was in the mood for this morning, but it is a good one. I wish I had tried this one in my malty tea sip off to see how it compares with some of the others. This seems to have a slightly lighter base and a bright note, almost citrusy. There is a light chocolate malt taste. It is smooth with even flavors, but still not jumping out at me. I remember liking the smell much better when I sniffed an open tin at Dean and Deluca’s. I also could have sworn it wasn’t just a black tea, but had more things blended in. Did I get the right tea?! Now I’m wondering…
I had a craving for this tea today and like always, it delivers a powerful flavor punch. The aftertaste is very enjoyable too. I’m sipping down this cup pretty quickly as I watch how to videos on skateboard tricks. I have been skating since I was five, but never got the hang of anything but staying on the board. Oh the shame! ;)
Wow! Looking back over my tasting notes makes me realize this sample is over two years old! It has been that long since I visited Santa Monica.
Since I last had this tea I have developed an appreciation for breakfast teas. This reminds me of the hearty base found in breakfast teas, without the complexity and depth. I’m guessing that comes with the blending of other teas to make a fuller flavor. I get a hint of smoke in the flavor and a slight leathery taste. I like it much better than the first time I tried it, but I think I’d prefer a breakfast blend over this.
This sample is pretty old, but is still kicking out a bit of flavor! I still have the lingering aftertaste of my mouthwash that is distracting, but I can taste a nice hearty base. The coconut and banana seem to dance together, then apart and back together again. I’m betting cream and sugar would amp this up a bit, but I’m enjoying it as is for the moment. It looses some of it’s appeal as it cools to room temp, an issue relieved with a zap in the microwave. I can always appreciate a banana coconut without the pineapple combo. I wish I had more time to become better acquainted with this tea because it is very enjoyable.
I’ll start out by saying I’m not fond of oolongs, but I had a sample of this and figured I’d try it. As far as oolongs go, this one is really good! It lacks that cardboard flatness that I find in many oolongs. It also has more depth than most, which is another reason I don’t like them; too many high notes and not enough base notes to round out the taste. I do get little hints of apricot. It gets the tiniest bit grassy in the aftertaste. My mouth is left feeling dry, but not in the gross way that rooibos does. As nice as this is, I think I’ll leave it for my husband who is often searching out (and failing to find) oolongs in my stash.
This cup ended up a little too bitter to enjoy without cream. It is actually a little bitter with cream! I get a bit of malt, but the aftertaste is bitter as well. I’ll have to try this at a lower temp and see if it improves. So far this tea doesn’t taste nearly as gorgeous as the tins look. The one I have is an embossed turquoise color. I love those square tins with the wedged in lids.
This tea still has a super powerful smell when dry. After steeping, there is a hint of the soapy taste I was getting before. It also seems a little flat in flavor and I’m wondering if that is the development of my rooibos aversion. Adding creamer distracts from the flat taste, but otherwise isn’t doing much for the tea. I think the scent of the tea is much more exciting than that flavors I’m getting from it. I’m getting more rooibos yuck as it cools. I’m over it!
I’m down to the last cup of this bag and it’s filled with dust and bits. It is a little flat, which is expected with the last of the bag. The mango flavor is a little lighter than in previous cups, but the toasty rice flavor is still there. I have another unopened bag of this that I’ll have to break out soon. I enjoy this tea enough to make it a staple in my tea collection.
I’m getting lots of sour cherry flavor from this right now, which I’m not a super big fan of. Floral flavors come out in the front of the sip with a mild spice like cinnamon that lingers in the end. Adding cream dampens the flavors a little, smoothing them out in a way that doesn’t make the tea more enjoyable. I’m feeling pretty eh on this one.