584 Tasting Notes
I can’t stop drinking this one. I have almost finished off the whole pouch in a week.
Made this as a cold brew today. Brewed for about 9 hours. I would have liked to have left it longer but I forgot to put it in the fridge last night. Ah well…tea woes.
I would say this is akin to drinking a cold glass of water with a lemon slice in it. Except it is what I would imagine a cold glass of water with a passionfruit slice in it would taste like. Very light flavour but also very refreshing. I think there would have been more flavour if I would have let it sit longer. But right now it is hitting the spot!
I have been drinking this one lots through yesterday and today.
OK so I have to write a new tasting note as my other one is not going to make much sense anymore. Well really I think the other note is accurate but maybe just not the right wording.
So I contacted Laurent from Nina’s Paris and there were mistakes on Steepster and on my package of tea I had at home. The real ingredients are black tea, corn flowers, sunflowers and passionfruit flavour. It is now corrected on steepster.
Yesterday I thought there was a sweet citrus, grapefruit and orange flavour without the tartness. This citrus taste is still there but now I recognize it as passionfruit. I can still taste the flower petals. They dampen the fruity taste a bit. And also add a bit of pastry type flavour. I still find the black tea base to be mild.
So I am not changing much, rating is still the same, just using the right words this time…passionfruit instead of grapefruit :P
I have way to many open teas in my house. I have been trying to drink the open ones before I open the new ones. But I need variety. So I decided to give this one a try, it sounds (and smells) delicious.
The dry and brewed tea smell like sweet candied citrus. Like sweet grapefruit. The tea also tastes delicious. There is citrus tastes of both grapefruit and orange. It is sweet and not tart or sour. The marigold really blends well with the citrus and also dampens it a bit so it is not tart or overly sweet, and it tastes very smooth. I can taste the smooth black tea base but it is not overpowering. It is not very strong so seems like a good afternoon blend, but I am sure it would be good any time of the day.
Very good blend. But I think all Nina’s Paris blends are great. I haven’t had a bad one yet. Someone made a comment in a post or in a tasting not talking about how good teas from Paris are. I agree.
Edit: So having this again today because it is sooooo good. I started thinking today, this is not so much grapefruit/orange. So I looked on the package and the package says Ma Passion with ingredients of apricot, peach and vanilla. Now I don’t think that is right because I am definitely not tasting that. So I looked it up on the Nina’s Paris site and it says it is flavoured to be passionfruit but I cant find any ingredients. It definitely tastes like passionfruit today. I wonder if that was the citrus I was tasting yesterday that I confused for sweet grapefruit. It could have been power of suggestion that I thought grapefruit as that is what the steepster description says. Whatever the ingredients, it is delicious.
This one is quite sweet and delicious.
Brewed as per instructions for 3 min. It smells and tastes of sweet candy watermelon. Like watermelon bubble gum. I added about 1 TBSP of white sugar to sweeten it. It is not juicy watermelon, but still has a candy watermelon taste. I think if I would have added more sugar it would have been more juicy, but then it would have been too sweet. This is a good iced tea but I am not too sure I would like to drink a lot of it due to the sweet candy like flavour. A nice treat but not something I want to drink a lot of at one time.
Edit: Resteeped for 4 min. Added 1 TBSP sugar. I think the resteep is better. There is still the watermelon taste but it is more blunted. I can taste more of the black tea.
I think this is one of my favorite oolongs I have tried so far.
The smell of the dry tea is not really floral, more fruity sweet and woody. The smell of the brewed tea is almost like aged hard wood. Slightly roasty.
The brewed tea is light, clean and fresh. There is a slightly roasted wood taste but it is not heavy. Slight floral taste. Natural sweetness. The liquor is thick and creamy, although it doesn’t remind me of milk or dairy.
I think next time I will consider steeping this one for a bit longer to get a stronger flavour.
I think I may have gotten a sample of this from Tigress Al, but I know I also got a sample from Teavivre – I have a few sample pack of this floating around. I think I am going to have to hoard these :)
This is a tasting note for the second steep. I used 4 pearls.
The second steep was much darker in colour and much stronger than the first. It was sweet, dark chocolate taste. There was a taste of ripe prunes. I liked the first steep better, but second steep was still good.
The first time I had this one, it was very much hibiscus tasting. I am not a big hibiscus fan. So I made it again but this time picked out most of the hibiscus. It took a while because there was lots of it.
It is better this way. Not so much sour hibiscus but still some hibiscus taste. Not too much peach flavour, but you could make it out. I forgot to steep this for a bit less time.
This is an extremely well done SBT. I made this as per the package, tea bag in boiling water for 3 minutes, filled pitcher with cold water and chilled over night. I added 1 tsp of brown rock sugar.
The dry tea smells strongly of cola with lime. The brewed tea smells and taste the same. It is more like a generic cola, flavoured with real lime juice. The only thing it is missing is carbonation, which is fine by me because I am not the hugest fan of carbonation. This one is very similar to 52 teas Cuba Libre but I think the lime cola tastes much better.
Edit: The resteep was good. More lime and less cola flavour. Steeped 4 minutes.
This is a very light and smooth oolong. It is very floral, but not too strong, its light. Mid and end sip there is an almost woody taste. It is slightly sweet. Just a tad astringent after the sip. Green oolongs are not my favorite, but this one is pretty good. I think because it is floral but not overly floral.
Made this one as a hot latte with 2% milk. Is not as good as I had expected. It is mostly coconut flavoured, minimal chai taste. The coconut is quite acidic. I think this one would be better hot brewed with just milk added to it. Will keep experimenting.