4139 Tasting Notes
My Ovation Teas order arrived today! Yay! I wrote my review on the experience of shopping with Ovation here: http://steepster.com/places/2941-ovation-teas-online-federal-way-washington?visit=1898
This is really tasty. The black tea is a blend of Assam and Ceylon so it has a deliciously rich character. The cherry flavor is not as strong when the tea is hot, but, as the tea cools slightly the cherry flavor emerges somewhat. The coconut is the strongest note of the cup (other than that of the tea!) and the almond is subtle but distinguishable.
I got to sleep in today, which was nice … so as it turns out this is my first cup of the day. I am having it along with my breakfast of champions: a cupcake. I made cupcakes last night so that I could have a treat to send in my daughter’s lunch bag for the next couple of days … if they last that long. These are really yummy… quite possibly my best cupcake frosting yet. (I don’t usually bother with cupcake batter from scratch, but, I refuse to use that frosting in a can. blech!)
So, my breakfast blend has gone through several transformations since the last time I wrote a tasting note about it. It is incredibly rich today, malty, with lovely chocolate undertones. Really very good.
Another big thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending this one to me.
Oolong awesomeness! It starts off with a rustic burnt wood/charcoal-y kind of note, which soon softens somewhat to reveal a roasted nutty flavor. Once the strong notes subside I taste a fruit tone in the distance that is sweet and juicy and delectable. The finish is clean and dry, with hints of a deep roasted flavor in the aftertaste.
Very pleasant, one I’ll be taking for many wonderful infusions!
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this! I love it!
Then again, I’m not surprised… I’ve not been disappointed by anything I’ve tried from Life In Teacup… at least, not to my recollection. Gingko has a knack for getting the very best! And this is definitely one of the best Keemun teas I’ve tried… smoky, but not too smoky. Sweet, but not too sweet. I love the fruity notes in the background, which are accessible because the tea overall is not too heavy or overwhelming with its robust flavors. It is a strong, hearty tea but it also allows the nuances to shine through nicely.
I just got finished writing a review of my experience ordering from the Inspired Leaf, you can read that here: http://steepster.com/places/3053-inspired-leaf-online-bend-oregon?visit=1892
As I mentioned in that review, I was shocked that I have this order so quickly. It’s a little less surprising after learning this company is only hours away from me, but it is still impressive that they prepared the order so quickly, and I’m happy to be trying a tea from them now.
This is really yummy. The base is black tea and honeybush, which gives it a nice richness and a pleasing sweetness that offsets some of the astringency, leaving a very mild dry note toward the end of the sip. As the tea cools, I find that the astringency becomes even less noticeable … it wasn’t strong to begin with, but now I notice it even less.
Sweet, deliciously chocolate-y (although, I do find myself wanting more chocolate… then again, when is that not the case?) and a nice coconut tone to this as well. There is dried apple bits in the blend but they are there – I think – primarily for appearance sake and not for flavor because I really don’t taste apple here. Just smooth, sweet, delicious coconut and chocolate, with a pleasing note of black tea and a slight nutty tone from the honeybush.
I brewed some of this last night. It’s pretty good. The sweetness intensifies as it cools, and by the time it reached a warm temperature (somewhere between hot and room temperature), I found myself unable to stop drinking it, as it was so tasty. Leads me to think that this would make a stunning iced tea.
The citrus flavor does not overwhelm the fresh, slightly grassy green tea taste. While hot, the lemon and lime flavors were very apparent (not too strong though, as I said), but as the tea cools, the flavors morph into an almost grapefruit-y taste. It was rather interesting. I like this.
We had some errands to run today before I had a chance to brew some tea and enjoy it, so we stopped at Brewed Awakenings to pick up some tea. I figured I was to be choosing from a selection of Tazo or Stash teas which are generally this area’s choices for bagged tea (since both companies are based in Portland) but was thrilled to find that they carry teas from Steven Smith! Now, if only they’d start carrying loose leaf tea I’d be one happy tea drinker. (although, it might be a good thing that they DON’T carry loose leaf because I could see it as a problem where I want to go there all the time. As it is, it’s nice to know where to go when I NEED tea but can’t go home for some)
This is really good. So good that I will have to get some the next time I’m at the Smith Teamaker shop in Portland, or if I end up resorting to placing an order. Delicious and rich. I like this one a lot.
I did notice though that tea tastes WEIRD when steeped and cupped in a paper cup. I can taste the paper. It’s not an overwhelming flavor, but it is bothersome enough that I may have to find myself a good “to go” cup to have in the car for times when I need tea.
Since this was a bagged tea and it was steeped and served in a paper cup, I am going to reserve a rating for it until I’m able to have it prepared properly.
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. It’s fantastic!
I love this tea. It has some striking similarities to a Darjeeling, but, with a fuller body and a more robust flavor overall. Hints of wood, cacao, honey and flower intermingle. A dry astringency toward the tail, and a lightly sweet finish that lingers.
Very enjoyable … one of those teas that I’d love to have around to enjoy on a day when I want nothing more than to just sit back and enjoy tea. (Which is… pretty much every day)
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this!
I really am enjoying this blend. It is one that I overlooked while shopping the other day at the Spice and Tea Exchange. It has a lot going on, and one might think that its too much for one tisane, but, they all work together very well. The cloves start out warm, and then I notice the licorice-y tones, and by the end of the sip, I notice a crisp mint tone. The pineapple comes through with a sweet, juicy note that really refreshes the spice melange.
The yerba mate is not a strong flavor here, I notice hints of earthiness that seem to unify with the earthiness of the clove and anise, but it never becomes a strong earthy flavor.
Very lovely, I enjoyed this quite a bit.