809 Tasting Notes
Rec’d this from the SBT kickstarter campaign.
The dry pouch smells like basic plain flavour bubblegum.
I brewed this up as per instructions and added some white sugar. I am kind of unsure how much I added because I made it last night while I was tired, but probably a tbsp or two.
It tastes ok. Not amazing. I have had better bubble gum teas. The black tea base seems to be light but it is present. The bubble gum flavour is quite powerful at the beginning and is quite artificial, but then what bubble gum flavour isn’t artificial. This one also reminds me of hints of the razzleberry SBT.
It is a good thirst quencher, but not my favorite flavour.
I have wanted to try this one for a while. This round of the GCTTB has been working out super good for me, there are a lot of teas in there I have wanted to try for a while.
I quite like Davids Glitter and Gold so I was assuming this one would be a long the same lines. This dry tea does smell like spice cake/coffee cake. There is definitely a sweet cinnamon scent.
The brewed tea have flavours of the black tea base, it is moderately strong. I am getting flavours of cinnamon and clove. Not really getting any apple flavours. Maybe a light vanilla. At the end of the sip I get a quick, very bitter flavour that I often get with an artificial flavour (I am assuming it is the vanilla).
Glad to have tried this one but I am going to stick to Glitter and Gold I think.
Edit: So as this tea cools, the black tea is getting stronger and it tastes very very earthy and mushroomy. I am wondering if it is pu’erh?? I looked up the ingredients but it is just listed as black tea. Anyway, this one is much better when hot.
I am a spearmint kind of girl, but I settled for this pepperminty blend this evening. On first sip I can definitely tell there is something wrong. This is not peppermint. There is a bit of mint flavour but something is really throwing it off. Is that verbena I taste? Why yes it is, but that is not what is making it weird. I like verbena. Hmmmm. I almost wondered if there was chamomile in here. Chammomile = gross (in case you didn’t know that already). So I cheated and pulled up the ingredient list. Ahhhhhh, licorice. (No chamomile). Why would anyone mix licorice and mint. I obviously would not. There is some sweetness to the tea which does help to balance out the bitter black licorice flavour.
I am able to drink this one but had I looked at the ingredient list first, I would not have tried it.
This is another a from my shopping list.
This came in a little sample tea bag. The tea bag is so cute, it is made of cloth, looks like terry cloth. But it makes me feels good about steeping it in hot water.
The tea smells ok. I am getting a bit of dry, dusty component in the base. But I can also smell the bergamot and sweet flowers.
The brewed tea is very light. Slightly floral. There is a minimal bergamot flavour to it. There are definitely citrus notes.
I am not sure if it is this tea or something I ate previous but it is leaving a bad aftertaste in my mouth. Sort of the same aftertaste you get after eating sour gummy candies.
I am really glad to have tried this one. There are a lot of teas in this box that have been on my shopping list for a long time.
This one smells so good. Like watermelon candies or bubblegum.
The brewed tea tastes just like watermelon candies or bubblegum. I added a few pieces of rock sugar before I tasted it, and it seemed to work.
I would love to have this one iced!
This is my first taste of Herbal Infussions and I am impressed so far.
From the GCTTB 2.
I added this one to the database. I hope this is the right tea.
As most of you know, I love the Earl. However, I am a bit unsure about his Lady. Some blends I like, some blends I don’t.
This one is definitely very lemoney. There is a peppery lemon rind taste. Very minimal bergamot which is a bit disappointing.
This is a very light blend, smooth with a slight kick from the lemon rind.
From the Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box Round 2!
I am excited to finally try this blend. It has been one of the teas on my shopping list almost since I joined steepster.
I may or may not have tried Adagio teas before. I think this might be my first, but I could be wrong.
The dry tea smells very nice. A nice black tea with a sweetness and creaminess to it.
It brewed up really nice. I got no bitterness or astringency. There is definitely a black base present, but it is sweet. I am definitely getting a creamy taste and mouthfeel. However, it is similar to a powdered coffee whitener taste, which I am not saying it bad, it is just not real cream. I feel like I am also getting some hints of vanilla and nuts, maybe hazelnuts. At the beginning of the sip, the liquor is quite thick, but by the end of the sip it is quite thin.
I have read a lot of reviews on Adagio that complain of the base tea. But for this one, I think it is good. However, as I stated above I don’t think I have had a lot of experience with Adagio. You know you’re addicted to tea when…you can’t even remember which teas you have tried!
Also in other news, I think I am back :) I posted a while ago about being super busy. As some of you have noticed, and commented, I have been kind of lurking behind the scenes mass liking tasting notes every once in a while. But I think things should be settled down now. We will see.
In other other news, I was stalked and terrorized by a bee today. I am sure it was entertaining for my neighbours to watch.
So I went into this fully knowing it was going to be some kind of syrup slushie. But all I can say is: Yuckie.
Definitely way artificial. And it doesn’t taste much like green tea to me at all. It is super duper sweet and actually quite bitter. I will choke it down but definitely not purchase again.
I think I’m going to stick to the “syrup masquerading as tea” drinks that I already know I like.
I have been trying to post this since Friday. But steepster was not behaving. So I emailed Jason to get it fixed. So thanks Jason for fixing the bug, and also thank you Angel at Teavivre for this awesome sample!!!
The dry tea looks perfect. Beautiful dark green leaves. They are all uniform, minimal breakage or tea dust. The smell is so delicious and fresh, I just want to eat the dry leaves. Smells strongly of fresh green cabbage.
The brewed tea brews up very light straw colour. There is a string sweet spinach and cabbage smell. The taste is sweet spinach, green leafy vegetables. It is smooth and creamy. Definitely tastes very fresh.
My taste buds are vey happy I had a chance to try this one. I have liked all of Teavivre’s long jings that I have tried. But this one is definitely the best. The freshness of the harvest makes a huge difference in taste.
Thanks so much Angel (you are my Tea-Angel)!