577 Tasting Notes
This is what I want in every black tea I drink.
The dry tea smells deliciously roasty, with hints of chocolate, it is strong.
Brewed the tea is thick and strong, but not astringent or bitter. It is smooth and creamy. I am getting hints of roasted nuts, dark chocolate. I feel like there is a very light dark plum taste, but it is not sweet plum. It kind of reminds me of Laoshan black but yet it is completely different. There is a fleeting moment where I get the feeling of honey in the back of my throat right before the aftertaste kicks in.
I am quite enjoying this tea. I am disappointed I waited so long to try it!
Edit: Made a re-steep which is unusual for me, but this tea is just so good. Steeped for 2 minutes. It tastes similar to the first steep, but not as thick. I am getting some tobacco notes. There is the slightest sweet notes in the re-steep, much like honey.
Well my unbridled love for this tea continues. I made this as a cold brew yesterday. Todays cup is extra tart. Not sure why. Maybe because its from the bottom of the pitcher. Still the closest to a blood orange flavoured tea/tisane I have found. Anyway, I am cold brewing what I have left of this overnight. I am going to miss it when its gone. I shouldn’t be too sad about it though, I am pretty darn sure I will be getting more of it!
Remember, remember the 5th of November.
It’s Guy Fawkes day today. It has nothing to do with this review, just so everyone knows. :P I feel like I should watch V for Vendetta tonight, hmmm…
I have had this tea in my cupboard for a long time. Thanks to Tigress Al for this in a swap.
This one smells quite nice. Very lightly sweet floral, reminds me of honeysuckle. There is a smell almost like dried apricots. But not super dried out crumbly fruit, but like a dried apricot that is still a bit squishy and has some softness to it.
On first sip it is not too bad. Tastes like sweet and earthy guayasa. I would say it is reminding me of orange blossoms, could be apricot blossoms but I don’t think I have ever smelled (or tasted those). I re-read the description which recommends to add some sweetener to bring out the apricot. So I added a bit of sugar twin, not my usual choice but it is all I have at work. It is almost like adding more sweetener makes it less sweet, not sure what is happening here. I would not say that adding the sweetener brought out more of an apricot taste. But it does make the liquor feel thicker. There is a generic stone fruit taste to me. Not necessarily apricot.
As I let the cup cool further, once it is quite cool, there is a mild apricot flavour in the aftertaste.
Overall a good blend. Not sure if I would describe it as apricot, but I am also and apricot snob when it comes to teas- it is almost impossible to please me if you call a tea
Received this one in round 1 secret pumpkin swap from RogersCK.
I was a bit skeptical but this one is pretty decent. There is a rooibos taste, but there is also a kind of carrot cake type taste. I would not say there is much cake flavour in this. But I do get hints of cinnamon and nuts. I would have guessed almonds until I read the description and it said walnuts. I am getting the slightest sweet tart taste that you get in real good homemade cream cheese icing. There is a bit of a carrot taste, maybe. There is something I can’t quite put my finger on. I think if I would have tried this without knowing the name of the tea, I would have called it coffee cake, or greek shortbread.
This one initially reminded me of a chai, mostly because of the ingredients. But now that I have drank it, I would say nope, no chai in there.
This one tastes strongly nutty. Definitely a thick pistachio taste. But it is not super distinctive pistachio, I think I know it is pistachio because I knew that was one of the ingredients. The rooibos is kind of woody, but it is pairing really well with a sweet but light, and slightly bitter orange rind flavour. This is a blend where the woody taste of the rooibos is definitely working in favour of the tea. The pepper gives it is bit of heat but I would not call this a spicey tea. Very nice blend, definitely can drink this as the weather starts to turn colder.
Any of you who have been following me for a while and reading my notes will know that I have certain “difficulties” with pu’erh.
I just can’t find a pu’erh that I like. It all tastes fishy or mushroomy to me. I have found some highly flavoured pu’erhs that I can drink. I feel like I really need to buy some expensive stuff and try it out to know for sure because I have only tried relatively cheap and generic pu’erh. But I don’t want to spend lots of money on something I am pretty much guaranteed not to like. Tea drama all around.
This tea smells like cinnamon candies, mmmmmm cinnamon, uuuggghhh pu’erh!?! It smelled delicious, it is a flavoured loose tea, so I thought I would try it.
The dry tea is solid red hots candy smelling.
After brewing, immediately as I took the strainer out of my cup, I got a quick whiff of mushrooms. Proceed with caution.
The smell of the brewed tea is not terrible, strongly cinnamon but also earthy, not mushroomy though. A little less caution now.
The tea tastes like cinnamon, not as sweet as it smells. The pu’erh tea is strong under the cinnamon but it is more earthy tasting. So no fish. No mushrooms. I do feel like I am getting a taste of dirt every once in a while. More like fresh, moist potting soil. (No, I don’t eat potting soil, but if you are a gardener you will know what I mean). The liquor feels very thick. It tastes strong.
This one is kind of reminding me of cinnamon coffee for some reason. Overall not too bad. I think I can drink this one. I just have to keep telling myself that not all pu’erh is evil.
So my sister is planning a wedding shower for a friend. The theme is “A Cup of Tea for the Bride to Be”. For party favours, my sister wants to put a few tsp of tea into a decorative box. She needs to make about 80 of them.
So here is a transcript of our conversation last night:
Her: “I don’t know what kind of tea to get”
Me: “Get Glitter and Gold, that’s her favorite”
Her: “How do you know that?”
Me: “You told me that before”
Her: “That was a million years ago. You are so weird you remembered that. You’re obsessed. How much tea do I buy?”
Me: “Well I usually assume 50g is about 20 tsp of tea, give or take”
Her: “I can’t believe you know how much tea 50g makes. You’re obsessed”
Me: shrugs in agreement.
Haha. So when we got home my sis opened the package of tea and smelled it and says it smelled weird. So I smelled it and said it smells normal. It smells like sugar and vanilla. My sis says no it smells like caramel. And I respond with, and you think that is weird. She had no response.
So I made a few cups. It was good. My sis thought it was just OK. It was sweet and vanilla-y and creamy to me. I made it a bit weak because it was at night. Still one of my favs!
I had been kind of wanting to try this one because of all the reviews I read on it. But it is not something that really appealed to me when I read the description.
This one tastes like green tea with mint. It is kind of buttery and creamy. I can definitely discern the marshmallow root. It is just not working for me. The flavours do not seem to be melding together, they are all kind of separate. The green tea is kind of bitter, not astringent, but not a smooth green tea. That may have been due to higher than presumed water temp, so I will have to try again.
Thank you to RogersCK for this in the first round of the Secret Pumpkin swap.
This is not technically tea. It is a mix of ground chai spices that you add to any kind of tea or beverage or you can have with just hot water. I picked this one up at a local craft fair this weekend. I had it made with hot water and sugar added. It was quite delicious. It is strongly spiced, very strong ginger taste. The sample was titled sweet ginger chai, even though it was just this mix. The salesperson said to me, “now the ginger is going to tickle your throat”. And he was right. There is a bit of a kick to the ginger but I liked it. It was strong ginger but not burning ginger. He recommended to add it to any type of tea: black, green, red or white.
I am looking forward to mixing this with a few kinds of teas and experimenting with my own chai. But honestly it was great with just hot water. Kind of like a chai cider without the cider part. Hmmmm. Now I want to mix this with hot cider, or hot mulled wine! I am going to be busy experimenting tonight.
Received this in the secret pumpkin swap from RogersCK.
I am not a huge candy corn fan. I do not dislike, but I would say I do not like it. I am neither here nor there when I think of candy corn. Neutral I guess you would say.
This dry tea smells of 52 teas black tea blends. I find they all have a generic smell.
Brewed this one reminds me of black tea with wild honey. Ashmanra commented in her review this reminds her of Harney and Sons Elyse’s blend and I would agree. This one also has a soft, creamy vanilla and caramel taste to it. I made sure that there was a peice of candy corn in the scoop for this tea. It is sweet from the candy corn. As it starts to cool I would guess the flavour is morphing into a candy corn type flavour (for as much as I remember what candy corn tastes like).
This is a good blend. I would not have picked it up myself, so I am glad I had a chance to try it. I think for myself, I preferred it when it was hot and had more of a honey flavour vs. when it started to cool off.