503 Tasting Notes
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 :)
I had this tea yesterday evening. It smells so divine in the can, but as is so common with flavor blends, much is lost after brewing. The orange comes through strong enough. I like orange in my tea, so no problem there. The chocolate is my only complaint. I’m finding it difficult to get along with chocolate (vegan or not) in any of my teas. I kept getting the feeling that this tea would be so much better with milk of some sort. Maybe the milk might enhance the chocolate and give it more of a hot cocoa vibe. I haven’t tried milk in my tea and I’m not sure that I want to, but I may try it some time.
I love the orange and the tea base; not getting much marshmallow. If the chocolate was either tastier or not there at all, I’d probably really love this tea.
ETA: my mother says that this tea smells and tastes like a Macy’s department store. . . I don’t get that, but thought I’d put it out there :)
This tea is much better iced than hot. I had it hot the other day and the berry flavor was too strong. It is also less bitter when cold.
I purchased this tea primarily for my husband. Although it is good, I prefer camellia sinensis or anything that tastes good hot (hot cocoa, good coffee…) Gosh, I haven’t had any hot cocoa in forever! It’s summer now though, my least-liked season and not good with cocoa, which in turn really isn’t good for my health anyway, so it all works out. I do miss being a kid, when I could care less. I should be grateful that I had a health-nut father who wouldn’t let me have any sweet cereals but once a week and even then I was only allowed to sprinkle some on top of something healthy. If it wasn’t for him, I would have had no restraint. Brownies and hot cocoa and fruit loops everyday. Ick, Fruit Loops, I can’t stand the thought anymore. Ok, yeah, I’m seriously rambling now. But I’m done :)