453 Tasting Notes
Well, consider me unbelievably impressed!
This has got to be the both the best flavored puerh and the best chocolate tea that I’ve ever had. Ever. Seriously. And if you know me, you know that I have never rated any chocolate tea high and only once before enjoyed a flavored puerh.
So what’s this mean for most of you reading this? probably that you won’t like it as much as I. All you who enjoy those della terra chocolate teas (so gnarly!) might not find this tea to match your tastes. . .but who knows. To me, this is exactly how a peppermint-patty wanna-be tea should be. The mint is strongest, while the chocolate hangs out in the back ground. The puerh gives the tea a weightier/creamier mouth feel than would another base, but it doesn’t contribute a lot to the flavor, which is good imo. I like unflavored puerh, but I haven’t found its unique flavor well suited to dessert blends.
I am especially impressed that this comes from a little Montana tea shop that is only a few years old.
Den’s tea sample of the month. I saw this tea featured on the website when I placed my order for Sencha Fuka Midori, but I didn’t order any. I don’t like naturally citrusy greens, so I didn’t expect to like one with yuzu chips. But I got a sample, so I tried it anyway.
It really is a nice refreshing tea, the kind I’d drink when I’ve had too many flavored samples in a row. My biggest complaint isn’t so much the yuzu flavor, but the bitterness, which might be due to the yuzu, I don’t know.
Anyway, it’s better than I thought it would be, but I am super picky about my green teas and I already have enough favorites to keep my cupboard full, so this won’t be joining them.
Here’s a picture of the tea in the pretty new tea cup that I got for my birthday yesterday:
I’ve wanted this mug since I first saw it in the Republic of Tea Catalogue. It’s just the right size (10oz) for me and a perfect weight. I don’t like heavy/bulky mugs and I usually have to settle for flimsy mugs that feel like toys, which are still better than getting a sore wrist from the heavier ones. But this one has a nice sturdy feel too it without being painful to hold for a long time. So lovely. :)
This is really quite good. I’m sad that it’s limited edition.
I do not like carrot cake. . .“so gee, Shelley, why’d you get this tea?” Well one, because my husband like carrot cake and two, because the only thing I hate about it is that nasty cheese frosting. yuck. I hate red velvet cakes for the same reason. cheese does not belong in my dessert. It’s the weirdest paring ever. Who came up with the idea? (it must have been a pregnant woman lol), but for some reason, everyone else seems to like it. Me, always the minority :( But yay for “vanilla frosted” carrot cake.
I opened the rest of the gifts from my family and there was more tea! (it wasn’t all tea ;) )
I am so jealous that they are all back in Bozeman and I am not. I left 8 years ago when I got married, thinking I’d be coming back real soon. . .such is life :/
I received three teas from this company. This one smells sooo divine I could be happy just smelling the dry leaf. But, as is the case for almost every good-smelling dessert tea, it just doesn’t taste as good as it smells. It’s not bad. It does vaguely taste like a creamsicle. Sometimes I can appreciate orange in teas and sometimes not so much. This one of the not-so-much times. I can’t really say what it is that differs between the orange teas that I like and those that I don’t, but I think it’s that I prefer orange and spice. Well, now that I’ve put it in words, it must be the “cream” thing. I have a well documented history of not enjoying cream flavors in teas. Then, of course, the occasional exception confuses me and makes me reevaluate what I didn’t like about the others. So complicated are flavored teas!
I might try this one again, adding some cinnamon and milk. . .maybe it needs more cream. I have a whole two ounces of it, so I might as well experiment.
I have the 2.0 version of this (with the rolling thunder oolong).
I was distracted while preparing this tea and I didn’t use the recommended 170F water. Oh well. It still smelled delicious! I went all out and ate Keebler rainbow cookies with it and got their crumbs all in the tea. . .hey its my birthday!, I’ll do what I want :D (being healthy is not on my list of things to do ;) )
despite the too-hot water and the Keebler additions, this is an enjoyable cup of tea. It’s a little tiny bit bitter, which Im sure is the water’s fault. I’ll do it right next time, I promise. I’ll be finishing this bag off myself, but I think that the Pumpkin Creme Brulee will be my prefered choice next time I order. I like the spiciness of it more than the creaminess of this one, but it’s a close competition.
It’s my birthday!
My parents and siblings moved back to Montana this past summer, so my sister won’t be baking me a cake this year :( so so sad. But….
My family was so nice to send me a ‘birthday-in-a-box.’ All sorts of pretty wrapped presents. yay! I opened a couple this morning and it was tea! Montana tea :p I got this one and the one called “Bridger Blend.”
I put the ingredients from the company website in the tea info box, but my jar of tea says that it has passionfruit rather than pineapple and papaya, so I don’t know what is correct.
I didn’t have high expectations for this. A generous-sized jar of tea from a company I am not familiar with. . . o.O That, and fruit flavored teas, especially tropical flavors, have not been kind to me.
But this tea, not bad, not bad at all. I can’t tell yet if it will grow on me or grow away from me, but for now, Im not in any hurry to be rid of it.
The flavor doesn’t taste artificial and the base isn’t bitter. I wasn’t sure how to brew a green/black tea blend and I was worried about bitterness. Cheap black bases alone are often bitter in flavored teas, but maybe the blend of green and black works to balance everything out. I let the hot water sit a minute after boiling though, so it was probably around 195 or so (depending how hot the elevation and air pressure combo here deemed appropriate for boiling temp. today :p )
I’ve been wanting to try this one for a long time, and thanks to stephanie I finally can. :)
I really had this one hyped up in my mind. Its special and its dark, come on, how can that name not evoke only the yummiest stuff??
Now, the problem could be my high expectations, or it could be that in my haste to get a taste of this one, I didn’t rinse the leaves first. I steeped it 3 min, skipping over the whole gongfu hoopla and anxiously awaited it to cool off.
Well, hmm, its kinda stinky and flat tasting. I want to think this is my fault and see how a second steeps turns out. Or try the remaining unused leaf with different parameters (and a rinse!).
Then again, I wouldn’t want to break my tradition of disliking nearly every super-famous tea on here :p we’ll see ^^
UPDATE*** A second steeping for 4 minutes yields much less stink (rinsing is an important step!), but it’s not as sweet as I like my shu puerhs. It’s very earthy for sure, like fresh dirt (I don’t mean that in a bad way). I can definitely appreciate this one, but I’m disappointed that it wasn’t as grand as I had hoped.
I got a sample of this tea just yesterday with the Republic of Tea catalogue. Usually, I let the Rep. of Tea samples sit around along time before possible sampling them, but usually I get rid of them. I’ve only ever had one teabag from them that was halfway decent.
But I’ve been feeling experimental lately, and brewed this one up last night.
It’s junior-mint-like, if you imagine what such a mint would taste like having sat under the sofa cushion for a month, squished and blended with other unidentifiable crumbs, possibly some bug guts. . . It certainly smells awful enough. I think it’s the rooibos adding a sort of rotten quality to it. The flavor almost has redeemable qualities, but not enough to make it drinkable. The mint releases a burst of extra minuteness on the way down that makes me think that it’s going to cover up the bad flavors, but it falls short of the goal. The chocolate, if I could pick it out from the rooibos and mint, almost seems authentic. . .almost, but still in a cheap-chocolate kind of way as is common for chocolate teas.
All in all, not a good cup of tea. I did not finish the cup.
I did something completely new today. I added milk. omg, i know! I kept reading how strong breakfast teas are meant for milk, so I was curious. After much deliberation over weather to add milk first or after (haha) I went with first, having heard that it will make a more creamy cup or that it prevents stains, etc ,etc.
I can definitely see the appeal for milk in a British cup of tea. I can’t say that I will be doing this often, but it could be a nice change of pace on occasion. But let it be told that I will never ever pollute my sacred coffee with milk or creamer. ever. :p