495 Tasting Notes
I haven’t yet restocked Thin Mint from the Tea Spot, so I made my own. I had a little bit of Hojicha left from Dens Tea and a bag of Peppermint from Arbor teas. It came out pretty good. The peppermint is a bit brighter than in the Thin Mint blend since I obviously don’t know the exact proportions, but it doesn’t matter. Mint+Hojicha = yum no matter what.
I have found amazing green and white teas from Verdant, but I haven’t much enjoyed the black tea selection so far. This one is the best I have come across yet, but it’s far from stellar for me. There’s no nasty mushroom and no musky manliness going on in this one. It’s very smooth, almost oolong-like. I can recognize it’s quality and how it would appeal to others, but it’s not the tea for me.
I finally found a white tea to take the place as my second favorite. Tea Spot’s Monkey Picked is still my number one, but this one is a close second. It leans more to the hay/barley side than Monkey-picked, but it does so in a more elegant way than other whites teas.
I used a rounded tablespoon in a 12oz mug and steeped for 2 minutes. The flavor is mild and comforting. It’s slightly creamy and sweet unlike any other white that I have tried.
I am still in love with the aroma of this tea, but the flavor was a let down today. In the past, I’ve had it with biscuits, whose crumbs likely sweetened it some, or I’ve had it directly after unpleasant teas after which anything will taste better given the contrast. But today, I had it alone, no biscuits and no bad-tea recovery. It smells scrumptious as usual, but the flavor just isn’t all that I wish it was. This is definitely a biscuit or added-sweetener tea more than an on-its-own cuppa for me.
A big thanks to greenteafairy for this sample.
My husband gives it a 100.
I like it better than the crimson berry tea that I recently logged, but not as much as plain hibiscus and certainly not as much as ‘real’ tea.
It has a lovely cherry smell, with a tart cranberry flavor. I will have to try it iced sometime too.
Sometimes I forget how much I love this tea after I haven’t had it for a while.
I have tried quite a variety of white teas since I first discovered this one, but none of them come close to the yummy contained in this one.
Creamy and fruity, hay and barley free
Everyone needs to try this tea!
I originally tried this tea before joining Steepster. Since then, my mother has been the only one in possession of any and I forgot whether or not I liked it, so I ordered half an ounce for myself.
I brewed it up this afternoon and decided, on a whim, to check out Sherlock, sitting there in my recommended show list on Netflix. I have seriously no idea at all why I never thought to watch it before. I guess I had this idea that it was going to be a cheesy poor attempt at a Sherlock show (no offense UK, but you do have a penchant for some out-there shows and a strange form of humor. . .ok, so the same could really be said of the US if I think about what is all that is trending here and all that I pretend not to notice. lol).
I loved the Sherlock Holmes movies. Never read any books. I did love detective novels as a kid; the young-adult kind that focus more on the detective stuff and less on the gory creepiness rampant in many of the mature novels. If I didn’t have such an immense dislike for graphic images (even described in words), being a detective would be my dream job. I can’t boast anything near Sherlock-level impressiveness, but I am obnoxiously observant and would rather put it to use rather than annoying the crap out of my family (not in a good way usually; causes lots of stress and arguments.) I’ll just have to make do watching fictional characters live out my dream. sigh
Ok, back to the tea now:
It really is a good tea as far as chocolate blends go. The chocolate doesn’t take over and it doesn’t taste too flat or artificial. Also, it isn’t filmy as Sil mentioned in her own tasting note.
As far as mint blends go, the thin mint (no chocolate, despite the name) is my favorite so far. Even though I like this chocolate mint one fine, i’ll probably be more likely to keep the other in stock regularly.
I saw Terri HarpLady’s recent note for this and decided that I wanted to brew some too. I must’ve used less leave than last time, as it is a bit weak (mostly lacking in the malty department). Nevertheless, this is a very good and naturally sweet black tea. I don’t detect any licorice notes as Terri did, but I can see how the sweetness could possibly be taken as such. I might even notice it too if I brew it with enough leaf next time! Of course, we are all individuals and no tea is the same for everyone :)