4221 Tasting Notes
I revisited this earlier today to see if a shorter steep time might be beneficial to minimize the slight bitterness I noticed, and yes, it does help. The flavors, though, are a bit softer too. I think what is most beneficial is to let this tea cool slightly after steeping for a slightly longer time (2 1/2 minutes in the Breville). I find that the bitterness tends to dissipate at that point, but the flavors are strong and delicious.
I was absolutely shocked and amazed when I opened this month’s Steepster Select box (the box we receive in April is actually May’s box. Confusing, I know, but I’m sort of glad that they do it like this, because it makes me feel less pressured to get my reviews for all three teas done within the month’s time frame. Not that I have to do that. But, I like to. I guess I’m a little OCD when it comes to reviewing tea.
Anyway, as I said, I was absolutely shocked, amazed, astounded, delighted, overjoyed and excited to find Yellow tea in this month’s box! OMG! This one tea made up for the fact that there were teas that I was less than thrilled with in the past. I love yellow tea… it is my precious! MY precious!!!
And this is amazingly good. Sweet, fresh, and delicious. Sweet fruit notes, floral tones, crisp and refreshing, I just want to bathe in this stuff. I want to make myself super small, curl up in a ball, and plunge into my Yixing mug and never leave this tea.
A rating of 100 isn’t high enough for this tea.
YUM! I’m really liking this. The black tea base is very solid; a good strong black tea. There is a hint of bitterness that I taste but it is not a lot of bitterness and I don’t find it off-putting. Somehow it works well with the chocolate notes, accenting the bitter-sweet taste of the cacao nibs. The hazelnut flavor develops as I sip, starting out rather weak, but, now that I’m to the mid-cup point, I find the hazelnut flavor emerging and it’s delightful. The caramel tones are probably the strongest of the three flavorings.
Overall, a very tasty cup of tea. I think the next time I brew this, though, I shall shorten the brew time just a bit (2 minutes instead of 2 1/2 in my breville) to see if that helps eliminate any of the bitterness. Until then, I’ll not rate this.
Backlog: Started the day with this Mate. Had just enough for one pot. I liked it alright, although it was not my favorite mate blend. I suspect that this particular mate is made from either smoked or aged mate, which seems to bring out the strong vegetal/earthy notes in the Mate. The mango softened them quite a bit, though, making it enjoyable. I do like the way that the mate and the mango worked together. The mango softened the harsh notes of the mate while the mate countered some of the fruity sweetness so that it wasn’t too sweet. Overall, this was pleasant.
I have been enjoying jalapeno chips all evening, and as a result, I now have an upset stomach. I had been holding on to this for a while, hoping for just the right time to try it, and it would appear that time is now.
The flavors are strong … and yet mild and soothing. The ginger and peppermint work together to soften each other out a little bit, curbing the sharper flavors of each, so that the flavor is a mellow ginger and peppermint note, with hints of licorice in the background, every once in a while the licorice surfaces to remind you that it’s there, but, for the most part, it remains a sweet background note. The chamomile isn’t all that strong, but it does offer a pleasing aroma to the cup and I do taste it. It’s very soft but it’s there.
And this is soothing my stomach … I’ve been sipping on it for about a half an hour now, and my tummy no longer feels like it had one too many jalapeno chips (and really, it had quite a few too many! Oh… but they are SO good.) I hope that this will be soothing enough so that I might avoid heartburn. I shall have to let you know.
I had some of this tea earlier today. I had enough left over in my pot to chill some too, and had that with my dinner, and it is excellent iced as well as hot. The rose is strong, but the bergamot is equally as strong. The rose brings out some of the floral qualities of the citrus fruit. It has a perfumed taste without tasting like a bottle of cheap perfume, if that makes sense. It is heady and aromatic, and has a very exotic taste to it, rich and luxurious and feminine. A very fine Rose Earl Grey.