453 Tasting Notes
I’ve had a sample sachet of this sitting around for some time, since my last H&S order. I didn’t expect that I’d ever sample it myself but, rather, give it away or to my husband. But for some strange reason, I had a craving for a spicy tea this morning. I am not generally big on spicy teas. I like them ok enough, but don’t go out of my way to buy them for myself (with rare exceptions). Cinnamon teas especially haven’t impressed me. I find them often watery and flavorless. This one said “spicy” cinnamon, which implies a punch of flavor, but then I remembered Butiki’s winter fire and how that one was too spicy for me. But, whatever, I felt like trying it out anyway.
So glad I did, but also so frustrated that I just placed an H&S order the other day for a single tea and it would be silly to pay double shipping for another single tea. bah!
This tea packs a lot of flavor and it’s spicy without causing discomfort. It tastes very much like red hot candies which, honestly, I don’t much care for. I like the flavor, but I hate that nasty sugary sticky after-taste of eating candies like that. This tea offers the best traits of the candies. yay. If only I could buy more right away!! so sad :(
Tea #12 from the HHTTB
Yes, I know I’ve had this before, but I wanted to try it again just to confirm my opinion. It’s still sweet and vegetal and not too bitter just as I remember. The debris in the bottom wasn’t so severe this time and if I don’t let it sit around too long before finishing my cup, the last sip bitterness shouldn’t be a problem.
My cupboard is painfully lacking in greens at the moment so I’m going to keep this one.
Tea #8 from the HHTTB
ooh, minty. If there is ever a flavored tea I will love, it will likely contain mint. I love mint, Peppermint and spearmint. Most of the mint teas I’ve had are heavy on the peppermint, so spearmint is a nice change of pace.
The tea doesn’t smell so minty, though. It has a unique herbal and woody smell. It’s not bad, but if that was also what the tea tasted like, I don’t think I would like it so much.
The dominant flavor is definitely the mint. The cinnamon and clove impart a spicy sensation, but I don’t detect them directly. As some others have noted, this tastes mostly like an herbal blend. I wouldn’t have guessed that it had an oolong base if I didn’t know.
It’s probably not such a quality blend in terms of the balance of flavors, but I like it nonetheless.
Tea #7 the From the HHTTB
Well, I’ll be! I’ve already tried this one. I knew I tried a tieguanyin from Verdant, but I thought it was a spring one, not autumn. But no matter, because since then I’ve developed an unexplainable change of heart towards naturally occurring floral flavor, provided that it’s not over-the-top. I rated this one pretty high before, an 80, but it’s so much better than that. This one’s a keeper.
Tea #6 from the HHTTB
I thought that this tea tasted very much like Hong Jing Luo from thepuriTea. Sometimes, though, I don’t remember tastes so well after having so many different kinds of tea, but I vaguely categorize them along the way (man-ly tea, mushroom tea, honey tea.. some of my categories probably aren’t so useful for the rest of you, sorry!). I wasn’t sure what type of tea the hong jing luo was, so I looked it up and lo and behold it says “Fans of Golden Yunnan will like…” so it seems I wasn’t too far off this time, and I didn’t even have to use a unique-to-me descriptor.
Hong Jing Luo was briefly a favorite of mine, but that didn’t last long. I can’t say exactly why I don’t like it so much anymore, but I just don’t. So, naturally, this tea isn’t going to be a favorite either.
This is a delicate, smooth, and sweet black tea. Not sweet like honey, but more like sugar-sweetened tea. Nothing not to like here, so don’t ask me what my problem is :p
Tea #4 from the HHTTB
tasty. finally. And, of course, a tea that I like would be one that is not one of the steepster big hits. Yep, that’s me, always a rebel. ٩(^ᴗ^)۶
The mint in this isn’t very loud, but that’s ok. I selected it because I like mint teas and I like this one, so that’s the important thing. I like that none of the flavors are offensive. Absolutely nothing leaving a questionable aftertaste (really big deal for me). It’s cozy and herbal with a dash of pepper. Strange sounding health-herbs? sign me up! I don’t act as crazy new-agy as I did when I was younger, but those traits still reside in me nonetheless. I can’t help but think myself something like Topanga from boy meets world. She admits that she was the strangest girl ever before ‘growing up.’ Incidentally, for a very brief period of time at a school I only attended for a few months, several kids did refer to me by that name. I really was a weird kid, for sure. :)