4366 Tasting Notes
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
This is really rich and strong and delicious. A good way to start the day! A lovely sweetness to this … when someone says “burnt sugar caramel taste” this tea is the best tea to exemplify that flavor. That is exactly what I’m tasting. That yummy, homemade caramel taste with hints of burnt sugar. So good. So rich. So flavorful!
This tea has helped me shake off that groggy feeling I had before I started sipping on this tea. I’m awake and ready to go. This is the tea I want on hand for those days when I need to shake the sleepies.
Yum! I do love this tisane. I was a little worried when I read some of the recent tasting notes from those who also subscribed to the Steepster Select box, because I have tried this tisane before, and loved it, but from reading some of the tasting notes, not everyone was very enthusiastic about it, so I worried that maybe it was a bad batch. But mine is very tasty – sweet, delectable pear … caramel flavor. Honey notes.
This is really good. The peppermint aroma is strong and exhilarating – FRESH! And while the flavor is equally as strong, there is a smoothness to the flavor too, almost a buttery-like quality to the background. It tastes crisp and refreshing and clean, and it’s very soothing especially after those BBQ ribs that I had for dinner. This is relaxing to my tummy … just what I needed.
An excellent pure peppermint. I’m sending the rest to my SororiTea Sister, because I know how much she loves peppermint!
This tea really looks cool – it does indeed look like the scaly belly of a dragon. They almost look like they’ve been crimped with a hair crimping tool! The color is much more like the color of a silver needle tea – the leaves are a very pale, silvery green color. Lots of downy fuzz on the leaves.
I played around with this tea until I found just the right way to brew it. I wasn’t very satisfied with how it brewed up in my Breville, so I decided to slow things down a bit and brew it in my gaiwan. This produced a much better cup. The tea is very delicate, and I think it was too delicate when brewed in the Breville vs. brewing in the gaiwan. The gaiwan managed to get more flavor out of the tea and that was what I was after.
Very vegetative – almost like kelp and steamed, buttered vegetables, but, again the flavor is delicate, so it doesn’t taste too vegetative if that makes sense. The flavor is almost all vegetal … but because the overall flavor is delicate, the palate isn’t overwhelmed by the vegetative notes.
I love how smooth this tea is. Very soft, very soothing. Very nice.
This flavored matcha is a bit different from what I would normally try, which is one of the reasons why I decided to order it. That, and I have a history with hemp. In college (and long afterward) I was a strong advocate for the legalization of hemp farming/production. No, not marijuana, hemp. They are different, they even come from different strains of the plant.
Anyway, I wanted to try it and I’m glad I am. This is really very good. The hemp gives the matcha a very pleasant nutty kind of flavor, and seems to accentuate the vegetative, earthy qualities of the matcha. It is smooth, creamy and very tasty. I won’t go all out and say that it’s my favorite flavored Matcha, it isn’t, but, I am enjoying it, and I’m not sorry at all that I decided to give it a try.
I was a little unsure about steeping this in my gaiwan, due to the smaller bits of peppermint, spearmint and fennel. And while these do kind of “make a mess” in my gaiwan (it’s usually just a pile of wet leaves after I’ve infused, but now I’ve got little wet leaves strewn all over my gaiwan), it is worth it because it tastes really good.
I’m on my fifth infusion of this tea now, and it is really quite a remarkable tea. The first infusion was probably my least favorite of the five. It was lighter and the flavors were more of an individual flavor rather than harmonizing into a cup of tea with notes of cinnamon, mint, and fennel … which is what has happened with the subsequent infusions.
I also noticed with the third and fourth infusions, an cocoa-ish note began to emerge. It tastes absolutely incredible in the midst of the spiced licorice sweetness and the cool, crisp flavor of the mint and the earthiness. It all comes together in such a magnificent way.
This one should be on everyone’s Must Try list. It is really good.
Finally getting a chance to taste one of the teas from Epi Tea. This is a really good Irish Breakfast. It is smoother and a bit milder than I’d expect from a traditional Irish Breakfast tea, but, I like that it’s not bitter and that it has a very pleasing caramel-y undertone. Nice and malty, and invigorating too.
My third “experiment” with this blend … What I did is add the rest of the additional freeze dried strawberries and the cacao nibs to the blend and then brewed it to see how much difference the flavor would be with some extra strawberries and cacao.
There is more flavor from the strawberries and especially the cacao here, but, the flavors are still rather subtle overall. But I like it. Together with the white peony, they offer a very soft, soothing flavor that is contemplative when you want something like that … and if you are just looking for a refreshing, relaxing cup, this one can do that for you too. Nice.
I just got back from running a whole lot of errands and since I didn’t have a whole lot of time for tea this morning (I did have one cup of my own blend that I keep on hand for those mornings when I don’t have time to sit down and write about it), I decided to reach for a black tea and this is what I grabbed. I ordered this a few weeks ago from Keen Tea Thyme on Tea Trade, I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while now, and now that I am tasting it, I’m glad that I ordered it. It’s really quite nice.
Primarily this is a cinnamon tea, but, the plum is strong enough to stand out and say “hey, I’m here too.” It doesn’t get lost in all the cinnamon. Really pleasant and flavorful.
I’m generally skeptical when it comes to bagged tea, especially when it comes to bagged Oolong. Oolong usually expands more when it brews than other tea types, and it needs adequate room to fully express itself.
However, I was very happy after I steeped this tea and saw that there was still room to spare in the pyramid sachet. It gave me hope that the tea would be tasty.
And it is. It has a pleasant, smooth flavor, with a touch of smoke and a nice roasted fruit flavor … as if someone took peaches and apricots and roasted them to concentrate their sweetness … that’s what I taste here. Very enjoyable, a soft texture and a light flavor that is well-balanced and nicely round.