1604 Tasting Notes
This is a really interesting-looking tea with the leaves tightly rolled into thin, little sticks an inch or two long. I couldn’t exactly measure out a teaspoon with my little scoop so instead I just used six of the ‘sticks’ assuming that would be enough.
The description was right when it described this tea as bitter – wow is it ever! I was surprised that something brewed up so clear (only a few shades darker than water) could be so pungent. Maybe I just used too much tea from the start. The bitterness isn’t as bad after the first couple of sips and I can taste a bit of a cool, mint-like quality to it – it gives the tea very clean flavour, too bad it’s almost on par with industrial-strength cleaners.
Normally I’d resteep the leaves, but I don’t think I could stomach another cup. I’ll try using less of the tea next time and see if that help. But for now – bleh!
Meh, it tastes like black tea with very little strawberry or currant flavouring. I love the smell of this tea, it’s deliciously sweet and fruity, but it doesn’t seem to transfere over to its taste.
So my first impressions aren’t all that good, but I’ll meddle around with the steeping a bit before I actually rate this tea.
You know, the name of this tea was a big part of the reason why I got it. I mean, grasshopper tea? With white chocolate? Come on, how can that not be awesome?
It smells like creme de menthe liqueur mixed with white chocolate – very mouth-watering (I love white chocolate). At first the tea mostly tasted like mint and honeybush but when it cooled a bit the sweet choclolate and the vanilla were more easily apparent. The result is a lightly sweet, creamy tea with just the right amount of cool, refreshing mint. It’s a unique and delicious blend that’s another winner from 52Teas.
This is a really interesting mixed-bag of ingredients, most of which I wouldn’t think of blending together in a tea. Looking at my little sample package I can’t really see much actual yerba mate so I’m not sure why it’s mentioned in the title like its the star of the show or something. The long peppers weirded me out at first until I looked up what they were – they look really similar to birch or alder catkins to me.
The directions suggest boiling up the tea with milk like a traditional-style chai, but I don’t think there’s enough tea in the package to make up the ‘2 tbsp’ mentioned in the recipe. So I’m having it plain and I’m enjoying it just fine this way. There’s no black tea in this mix to give the tea a bitter or tannic flavour, so it doesn’t particularly need milk to cut it.
There isn’t much yerba mate to be tasted either – I think the pu-ehr and the chai spices end up making up the bulk of this tea’s flavour. The pu-ehr itself is quite mild (when you consider how earthy they can get) but it’s distinct and it mixes well with the bitter-chocolate flavour of the raw cocoa nibs. The chai part is there too – I can taste the cinnamon most clearly, but cardamom and cloves are hanging around too and the long pepper gives the tea a subtle bite. And the coconut gives it all a nutty finish that manages to work for me despite the mish-mash of components this tea is made up of.
The dry tea smells green and spinach-y with hints of something sweet and flowery. The taste – oh the flavour! This is what a milk oolong is supposed to taste like! It’s almost like drinking smooth, sweet cream rather than tea. I can also taste some very faint floral notes – the tea description says orchid, but the flavour suggests something more like honeysuckle to me.
This tea comes dangerously close to being as good as the milk oolong I had from The O Dor – which officially ranks as The Best Tea Ever in my books. That tea had a thickness and butteriness that this tea doesn’t seem to have, but other than that I think this one matches up.
According to the package the tisane is supposed to be minty and citrusy – however it really just tastes minty to me. It’s a pretty powerful mint too that leave my mouth feeling cold and tingly. There are also herbal undertones and I can taste the yerba mate a tiny bit.
I don’t know…it’s okay I suppose. There’s a hint of a bitter tang to it and I’m just not really feeling it. It’s coming across as more of a tea you drink for its health benefits rather than a tea you’d drink for its taste.
This is a jem I got from the Travelling Teabox when it stopped at my house back in the summer. This particular tea looks very similar to a Chinese Silver Needle with lovely, fuzzy, unbroken buds. They turn a beautiful silver colour when the water is poured over them too.
The flavour is quite unlike a silver needle white tea – this is sweet and fruity and very nectar-like. Beneath it there notes similar to to what I’ve tasted in some of the better-quality Ceylon black teas, although lighter and smoother in this case.