612 Tasting Notes
I’m not 100% sure I have the right year for this tea, but I’m reviewing it here anyways!
When I opened the bag and smelled this tea I thought “Whoa, green and super grassy!”. It wasn’t really a good omen since I’m really not in the mood for super grassy right now, but I decided to try it anyways. Once steeped it was really mellow! That green edge is gone and the tea is nice and mellow. It is light, slightly sweet with no green tang to it. The aftertaste has the faintest tingle on the back sides of my tongue like anise would leave, but much less intense. At one point in the aftertaste it is similar to the aftertaste of having had swam in the ocean. It is the point where you are back on the beach laying down, listening to the sound of the ocean and birds, relaxing and the faint taste of the ocean is still lingering. Then the taste is gone and I’m brought back to the reality of standing in my kitchen reviewing a tea on my computer on an overcast day… far from any ocean. Oh reality, you cruel beast!
My preferences lay with flavored teas, but if I was in the mood for something more basic yet still complex, I would reach for this tea!
“Why would they call this swampwater?” I thought. That is a very non descriptive name. Then I steeped it. Oh, that’s why. I’m guessing it is the black sprinkles that turn the water a deep olive color. I’m not sure what the oily stuff floating on the top is, aside from swampy.The rooibos is nice. I think I prefer green over regular rooibos. Unfortunately I don’t get much else from this tea. I taste a slight fruitiness to it, but it is just a light generic flavor. It gets a big old meh. MEH.
It reminds me of a weaker version of Della Terra’s Black Cat and comparing the two, they look exactly the same in the bag! Now I’m going to have to steep a cup of Black Cat and see how the taste compares too!
Despite the meh, thanks goes out to Moraiwe for the sample. :)
Oh man this smells crazy good in the bag! It is this intense juicy strawberry smell with a slight tartness. The instructions say to steep it at boiling water for 1-2 minutes which seems really strange for a green tea. I’m doing a lower temp for my first cup. Once steeped the tea smells fine, but the leaves have a hint of canned cat food scent. WTH?!
Sipping now… there is a strong strawberry taste, a little tart with an almost gummi type flavor to it. I’m not crazy about it so far, but I think I’ll try steeping it the way Lupicia suggests and see if that works out any better. When I ordered, I saw that they have a couple types of strawberry flavored tea and I wonder how this variety (the Japanese variety of strawberry) differs from their others.
Thanks for this sample Moraiwe!
This really is kinda creamy! It is very light and hints at caramel. It is not a super strong flavor and the oolong is quite subtle. I don’t think I would have picked it out as an oolong. There is almost a hint of mint on the sip and the aftertaste gets a bit more carmely. It is an interesting tea, but not one I’m super taken by.
Thank you Marcel Duchamp for sharing this with me!
I am liking this. It is a light and floral green. I’m not sure exactly what cherry blossoms are supposed to taste like, but this is nice. It tastes similar to a Le Palais tea that I have and checking that bag reveals it is a cherry blossom tea too, so I guess I am learning the taste of the blossom! It isn’t as strong as the Le Palais tea, which I’m thinking I prefer, but it doesn’t have the astringency I was getting on the other either. It is in a convenient bag for steeping on the go, so I think I will save the other bag for when I need tea while out of the house.
I did a rare trip to a mall today and had one of the best Teavana experiences ever! The sales people weren’t pushy or rude at all! The main gal I was talking to was really chill and it made me feel really comfortable and didn’t raise the urge to run out of the store like I have done before.
I decided to get a cup of this iced to go. It smelled really good and didn’t have hibiscus in it like the other strawberry tea I was interested in. The first few sips were good, but then it changed. The beginning of each sip was nice, light and strawberry like, but then it morphed into a light, but very distinctive smoked salmon taste. Like lox without the salt. I’m sure if I added salt it would be dead on. I really do love lox, so I was able to drink it, but I think I prefer that taste NOT in my tea. Glad I didn’t get any of this to take home!
I tried steeping this in hot water and pouring it over ice because I was too impatient to cold steep and it was quite a fail. It tasted genmaicha like, but there was no cherry or cheesecake and it was quite sad. Cold steeping and planning ahead is the way to go with this tea. I’m going to put some in the fridge right now and do it right!