384 Tasting Notes
this came to me by way of a lovely surprise gift from CelebriTEA. a note in my inbox queried whether her package had arrived…? (what package? i wondered) steepster is a brilliant community and CelebriTEA decided a tea surprise was in order!
i’ve never had any shanti teas before. erring on the side of caution (stupid allergies) CelebriTEA chose a selection of unflavoured brilliance to arrive on my doorstep. this was the first i tried.
confession: often even with tea swaps even if i’m hugely looking forward to a sample i’ll drink it once and wait a bit. even if i buy it myself…. i don’t do back to back servings (i’m a terrible resteeper). i did with this tea!
hint of malt, hint of chocolate, very smooth caffeine kick. ‘refined’ is the word i would choose. a natural sweetness, though i do enjoy a bit of turbinado and cream. if i think really hard possibly light elements akin to citrus? making me think it may be fijian in origin? possibly?
lovely. thank you so much CelebriTEA for thinking of me as i knuckle down in my studies =0).
how can there be so few reviews for this tea? it’s awesome? if you enjoy straight black teas, folks- this is one i would recommend for sure!
this is awesome. i snagged this with the redleaf 5 for 7 deal.
with summer compressed classes i start my day with a smoothie…. this morning i broke into this bag of matcha. it was great! frozen fruit, aloe juice (unsweetened), scoop of greens powder, 1/4 of a cucumber, coffee cream (instead of yogurt), scoop of this (or other red leaf matcha). i’m good for the day!
9 hours of classes, hitting the gym bulkier with muscle but leaner in the gut- happy day!
if you want a real brain breaker do this but chuck in half an avocado. so awesome! redleaf- i’m a huge fan, and i really don’t see that changing =0) (you’re very, very good with or without the smoothie).
sitting in the library waiting for hours five, six and seven of classes to start and thought i’d play catch up.
if i go light on the word count i could stop at ‘wow’. add to that ‘damn’ (because i just got a sample size), and ‘jam’ or maybe ‘more!!!!’……. do exclamation points count as extra words?
i have no idea what’s going on with ATR. i don’t now if they’re refining, reviewing, tweaking- all of the above? pretty sure it isn’t my tongue. needless to say they have impressed me immensely lately whereas before they were interesting, but not incredible. goes to show businesses improve and bring their products along for the ride.
this blend is apricot jam. a hint of the stone is detectable, convincing me that it’s fresh in my cup.
awesome. now for some last minute reading……
when my atr order came in as always they stashed extra goodies. i stopped when i got to this one. i had flashbacks of the last vanilla mint puerh i’d had which i would STILL swear was heated pepto bismol…..
honestly, i had real concerns. i fiddled with the package and flipped it over… cinnamon. cinnamon? and mint? i still had doubts, just for a different reason now. mint and cinnamon? there was a potential for ‘ew’.
american tea room- this was a great cup! i really enjoyed it! thanks so much =0). no hint of pepto, (sorry i pre-fretted)…. the cinnamon really did the trick! i added cream and turbinado sugar.
i haven’t even been into puerh lately, truly my compliments!
i received a sample of this from the ever generous angel teavivre a few days ago.
this is an uncommon dragonwell! with a 4 minute steep it packed more punch than many greens. there are hints of a tieguan yin… but also mixed with a fermented aspect of nuts. it also appears to my palate that there is more caffeine in this green than others.
very nice! quite unlike any other green i’ve ever had.
this is an interesting blend. i plan to use the last of it in a cold steeping experiment….
very vanilla, with green echoes of tie guan yin…. which always makes me think of lychee… =0)
a nice vanilla green- not outstanding, but i cannot explain why. the separate components are great, together they are less so. hmmm.
i finished off the last bit of this sample i’d been saving for ages from my swap with ifjuly in my new tea cup! well, cupS if you want to be technical.
i was wandering walmart when it occurred to me that although i love the giant size of my teacup (it’s a veritable STEIN) it is narrow at the bottom and has a finish on the inside that seems to invite everything to stick to it. very annoying.
i meandered down the cup aisle and there were tons on clearance! brightly coloured, some that looked very boring on the outside but then had teal glass glazing on the inside all for 2$ (my giant annoying tacky one was 10$). perfect. then my eyes wandered… they were offering whole dish sets (really cool ones) for 40$. i don’t know what’s been going on, but ours have been coming out of the dishwasher broken, have been getting dropped……
so we have a cupboard full of new dishes, lots of new cups too…. all for under 100$ incl. tax? happy day! especially seeing as they don’t look cheap. sorry…. Value Priced. lol. they look really smart. next is cutlery…..
the tea was lovely, i will miss it, but not enough to pay the fortune to buy more. a lovely treat in a fancy cup =0).
thanks so much ifjuly!