4315 Tasting Notes

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drank 2nd Flush Assam by Tea Horse
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I started my day with steeping not one, but two pots of this tea today.

The first pot that I steeped was slightly oversteeped, I think, because I tasted bitterness but not much else. It was that “oops, I oversteeped the Assam” kind of bitterness, so I drank about half a cup of that before I decided I’d start over.

And this second pot is MARVELOUS! Sweet with caramel-y tones, and rich and malty. So very comforting and cozy. Even though it is still summer, this tea makes me feel like it’s autumn outside. It’s got that kind of coziness to it, it’s the kind of tea you want to curl up with on a cold day. And even though it is warm outside (not too hot, thankfully) because the heat hasn’t managed to make it’s way inside I can still sort of imagine it IS fall (my favorite time of year) and it is cool and it makes this kind of comfort the more enjoyable.

So, the lesson for today is: don’t oversteep this Assam. The first time, I steeped it for 2 minutes, boiling water, in my Breville. The Breville is key with this, because it does stay hotter than other brewing vessels do (at least, that has been my experience). The second time I steeped it for 1 1/2 minutes, boiling water, in my Breville. And it is perfection.

LOVE this Assam.

DARJEELING TEA LOVERS

i feel you will enjoy assam more if you just steep in water at first boil. Add 1 tea spoon (abt 1:5gram) for a cup, steep for 2mins and enjoy the cup.. Though assam is not famous for re-steeping..

LiberTEAS

I did not re-steep this tea, I steeped a new measurement of leaves after my attempt which did not turn out so well. So I made two pots of tea this morning with this tea – but both were first infusions.

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I’m enjoying this. The chocolate has a deep, dark chocolate-y flavor, but, I do notice a slight artificial note to it that seems to be expressed most when I really focus on the flavors. This note doesn’t really detract from the other flavors, though, and the rest of the flavors are very enjoyable, so this is still worth a try, especially for those who enjoy the contrast of a spicy chocolate tea.

What really won me over with this tea is the chili and how it plays out. It starts out very subtle, with just a hint of spiciness … I wouldn’t even call it “spicy” but rather a gentle warmth. But by mid-cup, the heat has developed and there is a warm twinge throughout my mouth, starting from my lips, all the way to the back of my throat. It is that tempting heat that says “take another sip for even more fire” and being someone who loves spicy, I comply!

But it doesn’t ever become such an inferno that I need to rush to the kitchen in search of something to help clear my palate. I like the way the heat lingers. It’s a very enjoyable sensation … at least for those who enjoy spicy!

gmathis

Makes me wonder if I’m intrepid enough to toss in my own dried chilis into some of my scraps of chocolate tea.

LiberTEAS

Hey, try it! If you don’t want to infuse the chili … maybe just put the dried chili in the tea for a couple of weeks, and then retrieve the chili and see how it turns out.

gmathis

There you go … I hadn’t thought about tossing it in dried!

Azzrian

This sounds delicious!

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This is really delicious. The flavor is so fresh and vibrant, and I think that the “spring” in the name is very appropriate, because it tastes very much like spring: very light and fresh and crisp.

There are pleasant notes of fruit, the description suggests “juicy peach” and I get that. It is sweet and the fruit tones are peach like. The vegetative notes are also a bit like freshly steamed peas. I’m not one to eat peas (my least favorite vegetable) but, if they’re sweetened with peach juice, I might be persuaded… and this tastes like peas that have been sweetened with the essence of peach!

Very yummy, spring-like and invigorating.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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So I just logged on to Steepster to write a tasting note for this, and I see that right at the top of my dashboard is another tasting note from Mina for this very same tea. Great minds think alike? The best part is that I don’t have to go looking for the tea, it’s right there, just click on it! :)

I ordered the “Distinct” level of flavoring, with the basic Matcha. I’ve tried two of the flavored Matcha since Red Leaf has offered so many selections (including choices of how much flavor and what type of Matcha is used), and I must say that I’m loving the customizing part of it all. I like that I can choose to have a little extra flavor in the tea – Matcha is a very strong flavor as it is, and it’s nice that with the distinct level I can taste both the matcha and the flavor and they’re pretty well-balanced.

My Chawan is nearly empty now, and I’ve not even begun to write my SororiTea Sisters review, so I better get cracking…

Sweet, yummy deliciousness!

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drank SBT: Cotton Candy by 52teas
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I’ve had a couple of glasses of this iced tea today (cold-brewed), and it is very yum. I must admit that I do prefer the original cotton candy, but this Southern Boy version is good too. Interestingly, I notice a chocolate-y tone to this toward the finish. Sweet, cotton candy-ish, and then caramel and chocolate. Quite a treat.

Frank, if you’re reading this … now would be a good time for one of those blow-out type of specials that you occasionally offer. How about like 40% off orders over $80. (see, I’m going to have to resubscribe within the next couple of weeks or so) If you do, I’ll add more of the Southern Boy teas to my subscription. :)

Anyway, this is very refreshing and delicious. Better than any soda!

gmathis

I truly don’t miss soda any more. Double fudge milkshakes…uh,that’s another story…

Scatterbrain

Lucky for me I was brought up having soda allowed in my house only on special occasions, so I learned to like water. :)

LiberTEAS

@Kwinter … I wasn’t even allowed soda on special occasions. For us, it was either water or Kool Aid that had been sweetened with saccharine. YUCK! The tea that was in the house was Liptons… and I swear, the same box that was in the house when I moved out at eighteen was the one that my stepmother brought in to the house when they got married when I was eight…

Scatterbrain

I’m lucky with the tea, you could say I’m growing up in the golden age of tea in the west!

LiberTEAS

Yes, that is fortunate. I didn’t think I really cared much for tea until I was older and discovered the joy of loose leaf.

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drank Oh Christmas Tea by Tealish
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Thank you to DaisyChubb for sending me a bit of this tea.

A really lovely holiday tea – a nice way to have a little bit of Christmas in July! Sweet and spiced but not what I’d call spicy… the spices really pop after the tea has cooled slightly (where it’s still hot but not piping hot), but I don’t find this hot. It’s more like warm, gentle spices that complement the orange notes.

A nice orange spiced tea that doesn’t go overboard with the spices. Very pleasant and enjoyable.

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

This is very much the way I expected it to be, basically what I expected from a cherry rose tea. Sweet cherry flavor, almost candy cherry-ish. The smell was a bit like a cough drop, but I don’t get that in the flavor. The cherry is sweet but there is a tartness to it too. The green tea flavor comes through nicely, smooth and buttery. The rose is not a strong flavor, but it gives a pleasing floral accent to the overall cup.

Very nice.

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I need to go clean the kitchen floor, so I need some energy. I can already feel a little more energized as I just finished a glass of this (just stir it in a glass of water and stir or add it to a bottle of water and give it a good shake).

It doesn’t taste as much like green tea as it does one of those powdered drink mixes, but it is still tasty… it has a pleasant berry taste. I would rather it taste a bit more like green tea, I think, but, it’s doing what I wanted it to do, which is give me the energy to clean the floor… so I guess I better get moving!

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I’m on my sixth infusion now … this tea started out with a very strong sweetness that was very fruit like, tasting like something between a plum and a peach. Very sweet and juicy, with hints of sour. Hints of vegetative notes and toasted grain were in the background, and the floral tones were barely there.

By the fourth infusion, things began to change… the fruity tones had subsided, falling back into the background and becoming more of a memory than a present taste. The floral tones emerged, and there was a savory bitter tone that arrived about mid sip. More like a sharpness that lent a contrast to the sweeter notes. The vegetative notes have become stronger.

Now, the vegetative notes are much stronger than in the first four infusions, and the floral notes are pungent. The roasted notes are a bit like charcoal, and I don’t taste as much of the creamy grain notes that I noticed in the first couple of infusions…

It’s still very pleasant now, and it’s very interesting how much this tea changes over the infusions. I preferred the first couple of infusions, but I also enjoyed the transitions.

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This is really tasty. I think I may have oversteeped it slightly because I forgot to set the timer… but, surprisingly, it doesn’t taste bitter (I say surprisingly because this is an Assam blend, and I usually expect Assam to become bitter when it’s oversteeped). It is a good, strong tea with a lovely peach and ginger flavor. The tea is the strongest flavor (as it should be) with lovely sweet peach notes and a hint of ginger’s fire.

I like the way this one comes together. Very enjoyable.

Hesper June

I was obsessed with this tea last year.
I still like it a lot:)

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