510 Tasting Notes
Thanks Amy oh for this purple oolong sample.
At first I wondered if the bag was labeled wrong. The leaves do not have the slightest purple in them, though the picture here definitely displays a purple hue. I read some of the other reviews describing it’s complete lack of purple (dry and brewed), so that must be the way they are supposed to be.
It tastes like like an aged oolong, very dark and roasted but with a distinct sweetness that I haven’t yet found in other (non-aged) roasted oolongs.
It’s quite tasty and a good choice for coffee drinkers trying to make the switch to tea. I love the flavor of roasted, dark, and aged oolongs, but it sometimes bothers me wondering how much of the tea’s natural nutrients are lost in the processes that create these sweet and roasted flavors. Oh well, at least there’s nothing bad in it and its tasty so I shouldn’t complain :p
This is one of my mystery swap samples from Shadowfall \(^o^)/
I hadn’t had any teas from Whispering Pines before this. I’ve been curious, but afraid to order anything from there. This tea seemed safe enough and it didn’t smell smoky, so I figured it couldn’t be too bad.
The dry leaf smells earthy, almost like a pu-erh but not quite. It brews up the color of a dark oolong and tastes sweet and woody; a hearty dark oolong. There is nothing delicate about the flavor to me, but you’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting black tea, even though it’s in there too.
I think the flavor is spot on for the natural environment that inspired it.
Enjoying another sample from Stacy. The first few sips tasted strongly of guayusa. I didn’t detect tangerine or cream or creamsicles at all. Midway through the cup, the tangerine comes through stronger, but still lagging behind. Guayusa is a strong flavor and I’d be surprised for it to be hiding behind anything other than spicy cinnamon.
I like it because it’s guayusa, and I like guayusa. I may order it again for that reason, but the complete blend of orange peel and other flavors didn’t wow me.
Meeka Sent me such a wonderful selection of pure unflavored tea samples in a mystery swap. Flavored teas and dessert teas are a lot of fun sometimes, but I began my tea journey with a love for the pure, rich flavors of unadulterated teas and I am so happy to find the rare swap partner who has such a variety of these to share.
I’ve never had or heard of Mecha before. It looks like coarsely ground sencha, but I don’t know how it is produced other than it comes from the youngest tea buds. I followed Den’s instructions and steeped for 45 seconds, but with slightly less than the recommended 180F water. It brews up a very heavy green color and there is much leaf debris at the bottom of my cup that fell through the infuser. It’s claimed to be bitter and astringent, but I find my cup to be much less so than Sencha, at least in bitterness. It is more astringent than bitter.
It’s a good tea and I will definitely be finishing off the rest of the generous-sized sample, but it’s not my favorite japanese green. It has a muddied over-cooked vegetable flavor rather than the bright and slightly bitter fresh vegetal flavor that I prefer.
Enjoying this free sample from Stacy.
At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I haven’t had tamarind soda and I’m not entirely sure what a tamarind even is. I requested a sample in the first place because I was curious and it has good reviews.
It first smelled and tasted like a robust black tea with very little flavor. There was something different hiding in there, but I couldn’t describe it. As it cools, the flavor becomes sweeter and I can detect some caramel and another flavor that i don’t recognize. It is unique to say the least.
Another 52Teas Sample that I received from CK :)
This tea smells like a spicy caramel and pumpkin pie. It tastes like pumpkin pie spices, but the pumpkin itself remains mostly in the smell as does the caramel. I don’t get any cheesecake from it, but that’s quite alright as I don’t like cheesecake.
It’s not the best pumpkin spice tea that I’ve had, but there’s nothing bad about it either.