489 Tasting Notes
I really should get a mug warmer. I like my tea hot! and this tea is especially good while its hot. But alas, my current cup is tepid. I do all the after dinner chores and I think its safe to make tea. But then one of my seven pets gets into trouble, makes a mess, vomits, it’s always something. If its not the pets then its my husband, asking me to make him tea after I already made mine. Then I have to go to the bathroom. And of course, there will always be some chore that I forgot that I can’t leave undone. Same thing every night. About the only time I get hot tea is in the morning before school when I’m in such a hurry that I sip it carefully while too hot and end up not having time to finish the cup before I have to go.
I’m with BrewTEAlly Sweet about the “no kidding theres tobacco in this!!” thought. Amazing the variation possible even within the same type of tea. I’ve always thought of Yunnans as a delicate, sometimes sweet black. This one is far from delicate, but don’t mistake with for being Assam-like. Its not bold and brisk. It’s a serious flavor profile with a manly vibe to it. I totally respect this tea for what it is, but it’s not my cuppa. I intend to send my second sample to my father, who will likely appreciate it better than I.
Green Oolongs have become my favorite teas recently. I remember the very first time I had one (an Iron Goddess, I think) I didn’t like it at all!. Strange how preference changes. My perfect oolong is a balanced blend of creamy and floral. This Nantou Four seasons is perfectly creamy, but I wish it was more floral. It hints at wanting to be more, but didn’t quite make it. Still a lovely cup of tea and one that I would drink often if I had more.
hmm, I seem to be the first and only one reviewing all the Steepster Select teas. :D
The dry leaves of this tea smell so fresh and grassy, almost like a fresh batch of Laoshan Green. I love the smell of fresh green tea. The taste of this one doesn’t disappoint either. It is creamy and vegetal and not wimpy about its flavor at all. Just the way I like my green teas.
I am hesitant to try Chinese blacks anymore, except yunnan. Others usually taste like veggies that have been steamed in a dry pot. yuck! But the description of this one made it sound much different: fruit, cherry, caramel. . I almost detected the fruit at first, but then I lost the detection. This tea, to me, has that smokey undertone that I can’t appreciate, like a keemun. These type of teas literally taste all identical to me. I can’t get past the smoky to notice other flavors. I am leaving this tea unrated since I cannot be a fair judge here.
Yay, my very first steepster select box arrived today! I love the packaging and the helpful extras like the filters and tea-info card.
This roasted dong ding is quite tasty. Roasty at the top of the sip with a sweet finish. I can’t say that its significantly better than any other roasted dong ding that I’ve had, but it does have a place amongst the rest of the “winners” :)
Did I tell you all how much I love this tea last time I logged it? I think I was too distracted with intense studies at the time to give proper attention to the tasting note.
So, just so you know, I most definitely love this tea!
I worry that my meager supply will run out before I have money to afford more. Xmas shopping really drained my already meager funds. I only ordered a small bit during the black Friday sale because I didn’t know if I would like it. I have maybe 5 servings left. I will definitely be getting the most out of each teaspoon with re-steeps (which I am usually pretty lazy about).
Admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of tropical flavored teas, but when they are in front of me, I usually appreciate them well enough. This one was in the sampler cube that i got from Harney and Sons.
I don’t like it at all! Maybe its the specific blend of tropical fruits, or maybe its the combination of black and green tea (I used water slightly under a boil to account for the green). Every sip is a struggle to swallow and I quit trying after I drank half of the cup.