37 Tasting Notes
The more I drink this tea, the more I like it. The leaves smell like a candy orange, and although I’m not sure that I get much caramel flavor, this is more creamy that a tea with only orange flavor. I think I will need to have a few more cups of this to determine my final feelings on this….
This is my first venture into the world of pu erh, and I have to admit, I’m kinda terrified. My mother wanted to try this because of supposed weight-loss benefits, but she wasn’t able to commit to the extra effort involved in making loose leaf tea. Today I took this (and her gravity steeper, so now I have 2) off of her hands. The dry leaves smell like moss and earth. However, as soon as poured hot water over these leaves to rinse them, I got a fishy aroma (and was even more terrified). For the real first steeping, like others have said, this tea brews really really dark. The fishy aroma is no longer present. The first sip tasted like earth, but not in a dirty way (if that makes sense), but I got a sharp astringent note at the end. This went away with the addition of a bit of brown sugar :). Overall, I’m not sure pu erh’s are for me, but I think I will be able to tolerate this very interesting tea.
This tea is just apple. The second ingredient is apple. I don’t get anything pomegranate from this tea at all. I have a few bags of this left, but I really don’t know what to do with them.
Had this tea a few hours ago to soothe my sore throat. This tea was the first genmaicha I ever tried – I really enjoy the roasty, malty flavor of this tea. Overall this is a great bagged tea.
Still feeling sick today, but luckily I had a short day at school. The citrus flavor I get from this tea doesn’t taste completely real to me. I always found it strange that the description for this tea says that it is lemon and lime flavored, but the ingredients list only mentions orange. Nevertheless I enjoyed this hot today to help my sore throat.
I’ll preface this by saying that I have a cold, and all I want in life is warm beverages, fuzzy socks, and being a couch potato. Regardless, like many previous reviewers, I was intrigued by the ingredients in this tea. Della Terra only had a small amount of one of the other samples I ordered, so they sent me this sample for free. :) Anyway, I taste the mixture of the green and white base with some fruitiness from the pineapple. I also don’t get anything from the corn – but I am congested, so I might not be able to fully taste this tea. My throat and taste buds are happy…for now.
Yay for dessert teas! The most prominent note I pick up in this is the caramel, especially on the second steep. The mini marshmallows all dissolved after the first steep, so they obviously can only contribute to the flavor of the first steeping. I don’t get too much chocolate flavor in this. Maybe next time I will add a little milk to this for extra creaminess. Overall, I really enjoyed this tea as a sweet evening treat.
Side note: I used my new For Life mug and Kalorik kettle I got in the mail today! I’m so happy I can control the temperature at which I brew teas now. :)