386 Tasting Notes
This one makes me wish I could drink black tea regularly :-( This is a nice bold cup. I got a solid four steeps out of these leaves (Western-style brewing). Each steep had a nice thick mouthfeel and zero astringency. The first steep was full of malty nutmeg creamy goodness, as was the second. The third steep really caught me off guard because it was so lush with honey notes. The fourth steep was slightly weaker than the rest, but still quite solid. Overall, an impressive blend.
Mmmm. Creamy vanilla nutty goodness. I don’t like eggnog, but I do like this tea. The vanilla and pecan are well balanced in the first steep. The nuttiness really takes center stage in the second steep (190F, untimed). Stacy, does this tea share a flavoring with the pistachio ice cream? The nutty aspect of this tea seems really similar to that one. More pecan than pistachio, but the same undertones. This is definitely a good winter tea!
EDIT: Reading other people’s notes, it seems that I’m the only one picking up vanilla here… maybe I’m confusing vanilla and eggnog?
I want to tear into my new BF Butiki teas, but I want a nice cup of this beloved classic even more. I put the salt directly in the brew basket this time, which gave me the lovely savory broth that has eluded me the past few brews. Thank you for making such a brilliant blend, Stacy! I just keep on coming back to it and it is never disappointing.
Mmmm. The flavor here is dead on. I don’t even know what else to say. It’s just liquid white chocolate. I imagine this would take quite well to milk. The flavor stays the same as the tea cools, so I think it would make a fabulous frozen hot chocolate-style drink in the summer. I picked this up during BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale and I’m glad I did.
BrewTEAlly Sweet kindly sent some of this along as a bonus when I bought a few teas during her stash sale. Thanks!
Meh. There’s a distinct vanilla scent here, but I’m not picking up any vanilla flavor. There’s a creaminess that’s probably attributable to the vanilla, though. It complements the slight astringency of the base tea. As the tea cools, the vanilla flavor comes through more clearly. I’m not picking up any rose scent or flavor to speak of. Overall, this is passable but not worth the risk of hurting my stomach by drinking a black tea.
BrewTEAlly Sweet kindly sent some of this along as a bonus when I bought a few teas during her stash sale. It’s been on my shopping list for a while, so I was pretty excited to try it a few days ago.
I stuck to package directions (1.5 tsp at 200F for 5 mins) at first and ended up with a nice cinnamon brew reminiscent of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or maybe just cinnamon toast. It really lacked the body that I was expecting from a bready tea that has so often been compared to American Tea Room’s Brioche. It held up to a second steep, but still felt thin.Today, I used much more leaf (about 2.5 tsp). What a difference! Overleafing is definitely key here. The result was a smooth, full-bodied, sweet, bready, cinnamon-y tea. Nice. It held up well to a second steep, too. Thanks for the taste, BrewTEAlly Sweet!
My first tasting note for this tea was 9 months ago. I finally stopped hoarding it and finished off the last teabag today. Took me long enough :)
I still quite like this tea. It’s drier and less floral than I remember, but age is probably a factor in that. It’s good for a quick work brew. This goes on the “ideal cupboard constant stock” list for sure.
I got this through BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale. One of my side goals in tea world is to find a good chocolate tea, so this seemed like an interesting candidate.
I love how Verdant blends look – like herbal potpourri. Lots of nice big tea leaves and sizeable bits of flowers, herbs, and spices. This one smells very cinnamon heavy. I got two good steeps out of it. The third one was drinkable, but thin.
I noticed that others have really picked up on the mint here. Me, not so much. The first steep was primarily chamomile and cinnamon, as was the second. Both had a wonderfully full, silky mouthfeel. The second steep was creamier and more chocolatey.
I like this, but not so much that I feel the need to ever have it again. Which is fine, because sipdown!