3867 Tasting Notes
Drinking the last that I have of this tonight. It has such a lovely flavor, and really does remind me of warm peppermint schnapps. It’s been a long while since I’ve actually had peppermint schnapps, but, this is what I remember it tasting like … only it’s warm and that adds to the yummy factor as well as the comforting factor. Very soothing, and I won’t pass out after I’ve finished my cup!
I just finished up the very last that I have of this tea. It will be missed, as it certainly made a yummy latte. I wish there was a bit more chocolate (but then, I don’t think there’s ever enough chocolate!)… but I love the way the spices are balanced and I really like the little bit of lapsang souchong in this and how it creates this little bit of “char” flavor. Absolutely yummy.
This is the first tea that I’m trying from the January Steepster Select Box. I have to say that this is the first box that I was kinda-sorta disappointed in, I have tried both the Moroccan Mint and the Chai (but I do love them), and this is the only tea that is new to me, and it’s Lapsang Souchong which is not a favorite of mine.
That being said, I’m actually quite enjoying this. I steeped it in my gaiwan using short steeps (quick rinse, first infusion 45 seconds, second infusion 1 minute, combined these two infusions in one cup), and the result is pleasant. Smoky, yes, but now as I allowed it to cool slightly to a drinkable temperature, I am discovering more of the pine notes in this than I have ever noticed in another Lapsang prior to this tasting. Yes, I know that the tea is smoked over pine needles, but, this is the first time I’ve actually been able to distinguish the pine flavor underneath the smoky overtures. It’s rather nice.
Wow… OK… so before trying this, I was actually disappointed in the Steepster Select box, and now that I’m tasting this, I think that even though the other teas are repeats for me, this tea (a LAPSANG SOUCHONG) has made the box worth it for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love those other teas, but, I joined the Steepster Select to explore new teas … THIS kind of experience is why I joined the Steepster Select.
I am finishing off the last that I have on hand of this blend, and I didn’t quite have enough for the pot so I added just a few leaves of Lapsang Souchong, and that is something I’ve wanted to try for a while now, as my own experiment. I know that Man Teas also has their smoky bacon blend, but, that one scares me just a little because I’m not a huge Lapsang Souchong fan … although I’m finding that I’m acquiring a taste for it, little by little.
OK… THIS IS AWESOME. Frank, if you’re reading, and you probably are … Here’s what you need to do, take the original maple bacon, add a bit more maple flavor to it (as I added a little bit of maple syrup to the cup), and just a little bit of lapsang souchong to the blend. Kind of the way you did my LiberTeas Tomato, Basil and Black Pepper blend. Oh… that reminds me, I meant to try the bacon with the tomato basil and black pepper blend… to see how a PBBT would taste (peppered bacon, basil and tomato).
I may have to break down and order another pouch of the maple bacon tea.
I am finishing off the last of my pouch of this, which I had stashed away and just came across a few days ago. A lovely Assam blend. Rich and malty. It doesn’t appear to have gone stale on me at all, it is still full of flavor.
This is surprisingly tasty. I didn’t think I’d like it as I’m not a big fan of chamomile, I don’t generally favor ginseng, and herbal teas just aren’t really my favorite. But this is quite tasty. Everything is nicely balanced… not too peppery or spicy from the ginger, barely any ginseng flavor to speak of, the chamomile and peppermint are but a touch, and there is a lovely citrus-y tone in the background. I could easily drink this on a daily basis. Definitely one of the better herbals I’ve tasted.
My first reaction to this when I opened the pouch was “WOW! This smells like starburst!” Yes, the candy. It has a very sweet, fruity candy kind of smell to it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since I happen to like starburst, but, I was not sure how well that would translate into a tea.
Normally when I steep a white tea, I steep it low and slow … 160 to 170 degrees F and for four to five minutes. I tried this tea the other night using those parameters and I didn’t taste as much flavor as I had expected to, especially after the strong dry leaf fragrance that made me think I was in for a very strawberry-ish, Kiwi-esque tea. So, tonight I steeped it at 170 for six full minutes, and am much happier with the result.
I can taste the strawberry and the kiwi … and yes, it does taste sweet kind of like a starburst…. but I am actually liking it. I don’t taste much tequila until the end of the sip and into the aftertaste. The Bai Mu Dan is not a strong flavor either, but then again, it usually is a delicate flavor.
Overall, I’m happy with this tea.
I found this at my local supermarket and decided to give it a try. I wish I had examined the bottle a little more closely because I probably would have chosen a different tea had I realized it was a peppermint herbal tisane. But, aside from that, this is a pretty decent ready to drink. A bit sweet, and I would have liked it better I think if it were not as sweet, but it isn’t as sweet as some other ready to drink teas I’ve tried. I will keep my eye out for some of Argo’s other RTD to see if I like them better.
This is a fabulous Oolong – quite different, but then again, so similar. It almost tastes like a cross between a Formosa Oolong and a high grown Ceylon. I started out with some strong apricot-peach tones, and then as I continued to sip (and I’m on my combination of infusions five and six now), I taste hints of citrus-y tones too, and there is a hint of flower in the background. A wonderful Oolong – I love it.
This is a really fantastic Nilgiri. Bright and flavorful. A lovely floral note that arrives about mid-sip. Moderately astringent. I’d classify it as something between an Assam and a Ceylon – with the brisk tones of the Ceylon and the deep, rich flavor of freshly baked bread of an Assam. A very pleasant cup, indeed!
I notice as the tea cools a bit the flavors smooth out very nicely, this would be awesome iced!