842 Tasting Notes
My first ‘cuppa’ of the morning. I left this out to try last night but didn’t get the chance.
It smells sweet and heavily Rooibos based. A little fruity but not necessarily blueberry, as for the cheesecake it doesn’t come through in the scent at all.
Flavour matches the scent but there is no real blueberry or cheesecake like tones. It does taste berry but too hard to define and the Rooibos base is very thick and sweet. I was expecting butter from the cheesecake but there isn’t any.
This tea has pulled a name out of the air to draw customers in and disappoint them when they find out it tastes nothing like it should. There was no real definable blueberry flavour nor anything remotely cheesecake about this tea. What it actually tastes like is a Rooibos berry blend, nothing more and nothing less.
“We can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
‘Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well, they’re no friends of mine”
Had Safety Dance in my head for the past hour :/ No idea why. Been singing it with my husband and decided we need a distraction so popped the kettle on. This Pumpkin Cream wasn’t in my virtual cupboard for some reason.
This smells and tastes heavily Rooibos based but there is a definite creamy squash element to it. Not pumpkin exactly but close, just a touch too sweet for pumpkin. After a few sips the Rooibos tones itself down and the creamy vanilla becomes much stronger.
Not a bad blend, certainly an Autumn one but I would have liked the pumpkin to taste stronger and more defined. Still it was a tasty enough blend.
Dinners on and I thought a quick cup of tea would keep me going in the mean time. There were quite a few coconut curls in my sample which is something I haven’t craved for a while. Whenever my husband gets ill I make him banana custard with coconut sprinkles, it’s all he would/could eat during his chemotherapy.
As soon as I poured the tea I could smell buttery and creamy coconut. Yummy! Upon closer sniff-spection I can also smell it’s thick sweetness and vanilla like.
Flavour is sweet, very buttery, a little sour, coconut-y and rich. It does taste quite strongly black tea based but the coconut keeps it light and sweet. My husband said it tastes like a buttery biscuit base, like that of a cheesecake.
It’s an interesting tea that would try iced next time or perhaps with some sugar to see if it brings out more coconut.
While my husband is working from home today I thought I should do my wifely duties and bake him a cake. I went for a chocolate marble cake and chose this tea to serve with it. There is nothing better than eating a slice of cake still warm from the oven. :)
I can taste the Assam in the first few sips but there is a delicate floral after taste from the Darjeeling. The Assam in my opinion is just too strong in comparison though and it spoils the blend. It’s drinkable but not as nice as it could be. It’s also rather spicy and musky but also dry.
I have one more pots worth of this tea left and I will not be restocking it. Just not special enough for me, sorry Lupicia.
My husband is at home today so along with our brunch (egg on toast) I served a pot of Organic Kundaly which uses up the last of it. Going down a treat this morning :)
I still have a lot of Infussion teas in my collection that I have yet to try, it could be because the company is no more and I would be devastated if I end up loving one of their teas and had no way to buy more of it.
This Lin Yun is beautifully reflective and shiny with plenty of silver tips present. It has a sweet, green, floral scent.
Weight – 7g
Teapot – 200ml/8oz Gongfu
Temperature – 75℃
Steeping Times – (as suggested on the packet) 30s, 45s, 90s
First Steep – 30s – Mild and sweet in scent which reminds me of honeysuckle. Flavour is very mild but contains floral, sweet, creamy and green notes.
Second Steep – 45s – A little astringent and with stronger flavour now. Also a little dry and perfumed in the after taste. Still sweet and floral but now with a mineral green flavour amongst it. Still has a creamy element about it.
Third Steep – 90s – A nice balanced steep in terms of strength and flavour. Still slightly astringent but remains floral, sweet and mineral tasting. Less creamy than previously but more dry.
After the three steeps I can note that the leaves have mostly broken up into smaller pieces and there are a lot of stalks and thick mid leaf stems. Also some of the leaves have a slight red discolouration around the edges and stem area.
I did enjoy this tea, a nice every day tea that would be easy to consume large quantities of. Such a shame…this is exactly what I didn’t want to happen. I have enough for one more pot of this tea and then it’s goodbye tasty green.
Thank you Angel at Teavivre for this sample.
I like the new tables that show both Western and Chinese brewing information on the Teavivre website.
I bought an 8oz Gongfu teapot from Teavivre last year so for the sake of this review I shall use the suggested 3oz (or guess the equivalent as best I can).
Tea – 7g (one small silver foil bag)
Water Temperature – 100℃
7 steeps : rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s,85s
The tea itself consists of dark green and light green leaves that make up small to medium sized balls and squiggles.
They have a sweet lily, orchid and mineral green scent.
Throughout the steeps –
It starts with a thick but sweet lily fragrance. Tea tastes subtle, sweet, mineral green and floral with vegetal elements. Perhaps slightly buttery and perfumed in the after taste.
It gradually becomes rather dry and less sweet. The lily is still very thick. The vegetal tone becomes more distinguished and fresh broccoli like.
Eventually around the fifth steep it tones down a lot in flavour and becomes as mellow as the first steep. It still has lily characteristics and vegetal tones but it’s also much dryer than previously.
Overall – It’s a very floral Oolong which has light and medium strengths/highlights throughout. No bitterness was present. I enjoyed this, would consider purchasing some in the future.
I only had two samples of this and I took them with me to dog sit tonight whilst my parents are out. They have gone to see a band called The Cult, my mum used to be engaged to Ian Astbury the singer so she goes to see them whenever they come over. I’ve been treated to an Indian take away tonight :D
Steeped colour is mahogany with an earthen, musky scent. I can’t particularly smell any magnolia or anything floral but there is a delicate sweetness.
Flavour is thick and perfumed with some astringency and dryness in the after taste. The flavour is more magnolia like than it’s scent but it’s not fresh enough for my personal liking. The Puerh is still very musky and earthen but somewhat toned down from what I was expecting.
It’s certainly drinkable but this tea just isn’t for me. Too perfumed and dry for me.
Jiu Jiu Jiu is very fun to say, that is my reason for buying this tea. Not as intelligent a reason as I would like but it’s as good an answer as any.
The tea consists of dark green and light green leaves rolled into medium sized loose squiggles and balls. They have a pungent mineral green scent mixed with sweet flowers.
In flavour this is floral, buttery, sweet and vegetal in a delicate/mild package. To be precise I taste notes of fresh spinach, dandelion petals, honeysuckle and seaweed. There is a hint of dryness in the after taste.
A very light and tasty Jiu Jiu Jiu that would be great to use with my yixing flask when I go on walks and day trips. Would also perhaps be something that I would re-purchase.