400 Tasting Notes
I generally don’t like almond or any nut flavored teas, but I do like fruity black teas and cranberries, so I thought I would try this one. It isn’t bad, but I could do without the almond flavor. There is no bad aftertaste and it’s not bitter. My husband really likes it, and he is picky about black teas of any kind.
I’ve had a single serving of this tea lying around since I first tried it and I only brewed it just now because I figured I might as well used it up, but not because I was particularly craving it.
This time I let it steep 3.5 min. Last time I did a 1min15sec steep so that I could try to get a good second steep. It is becoming clear to me that shorter multiple steeps are rarely my thing (I mentioned this too in another tasting note recently).
I hardly recognized it as the same oolong this time around. Still not as heavy as some of my other charcoal roasted oolongs, but it has definitely lost much of the oriental beauty similarities that I got from it before. It’s now much like a super tamed aged oolong. It has the same sweet and nutty character that I get from the few aged oolongs I have tried, but in a very delicate way.
While I definitely enjoyed it much more this time around, there are so many other oolongs that I prefer, so this one is not going on my reorder list.
Decent strawberry tea. it doesn’t taste artificial and it’s as bitter as the Huckleberry and blackberry teas also from NM Tea Co, but I’m not in love. Nothing stands out as amazing flavor or superb quality. Just a simple black tea with a splash of strawberry.
After drinking a cup of tea like this one, I have to wonder why I ever venture into the world of flavored teas. This is pure poetry and nature in a cup. Warm and toasty with intoxicating florals all in perfect balance. This tea is quite different than other dark and floral oolongs. The floral is as strong as the roast. I haven’t ever experienced such perfect balance of flavor. Here’s to hoping that this wasn’t just a one-time perfect brewing. I used exactly 3.6g of tea in a 10oz mug, steeped for 3 minutes. I generally don’t try to do multiple steeping with my teas as I rarely like the ‘layers of flavor’ experience. I like all my flavor notes working together as they do so perfectly in this tea. I wouldn’t change a thing except for possibly a longer steep to satisfy curiosity.
I love Taiwanese oolongs. So smooth and creamy. This one tastes much like the Dong Dings that I have. Perhaps slightly less floral, but that could just be the result of brewing parameters. I used cooler water than I normally do for an oolong. Still an excellent cup of tea for this morning!
Thank you so much yezi tea for the free sample of this tea :)
Thank you Yezi Tea for a free sample of this tea!
This tea tastes very much like Zhen Qu from Butiki. It has the same honey notes that I usually interpret as mushroom flavored. It is a delicate black tea, not the least bit bitter or astringent. This is a good quality tea, but not the type of black tea that I personally favor.
Thirteenth tea sampled from TTB-C
I forgot that I tried this one already until I saw my tasting note here already.
This time around, I noticed the orange more than the chocolate. strange how that is. But one thing is the same: It’s still very very bitter.
Twelfth tea sampled from TTB-C
Yet another tea containing ginger and I didn’t notice at all. I also didn’t notice that there was rooibos in it.
It tastes like a berry and hibiscus mix, no spice at all. I generally like fruit and hibiscus blends, but I prefer straight-up hibiscus. As far as blends go, this wasn’t bad, though It doesn’t live up to it’s description.
I expected that my husband would like it, so after drinking about half of my cup, I gave him the rest. I was correct, he did like it. He said he rated it 95, then 98, then as he finished it he contemplated giving it even a 100. There are only 2 servings left in the bag, and since it doesn’t look like a popular blend here, hopefully no one will miss it from the box if I keep it for him :)
Eleventh tea sampled from TTB-C
Tee aus Deutschland! Wie aufregend! :p
So, I had to try this tea because anything with German words all over it always lures me in. I’ve dabbled in several languages, but one day, I was listening to a German song and all of the sudden I realized that it was the most beautiful language I’ve ever heard. Years later, the love hasn’t died. ( in case anyone is curious, the particular song that started it all can be heard here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvSgCtndxAA )
Yeah, so, really superficial reason to try a tea. Why should a caramel rooibos from Germany be different or better than any other? Much like coconut, caramel is a flavor that I love in everything except tea. In tea, it leaves a most unpleasant aftertaste. The caramel in this tea really wasn’t so strong. I got the burnt sugar flavor that Fiddling noted. However, I still got hints of the caramel aftertaste. Nothing unbearable, but it ruins the experience some nonetheless. I let my husband finish the cup and he loved it (he rates it about 92).
Woe to me that almost everyone else can enjoy the best dessert flavors in tea and I get to have the rare disagreeable palate. boooo.
Tenth tea sampled from TTB-C
There’s ginger in this? And I didn’t even notice?? far out.
Ginger does have its time and place, but when it’s out of place it’s about the worse flavor ever to me.
I am going to leave this tea unrated because I think that it is a good tea for what it’s supposed to be, but it’s not my thing.
I will say, though, that it is the best tea from the teabox so far. I would drink it again if someone offered, but I’d never brew it for myself. The mint, anise, and cinnamon stand out the most. It has a definite spicy bite to it that tickles and burns ever so slightly on the way down and this is why I don’t like it. Same reason I don’t like Winter Fire from Butiki, but the mint in this one makes it more tolerable.