321 Tasting Notes
I have to be honest. I didn’t expect much out of the teas that I got from this company, since they were teas that some people who work for me randomly picked online and sent me for Christmas.
Initially they sent a sampler of green teas and I’m not really a green girl, so I took a chance and emailed the company to ask if I could exchange them. The customer service was great. They didn’t even charge me shipping back and were really accommodating about the exchange. Score one!
I bought the sampler that has flavored blacks. I am getting to the point where this lemon is one of my go to teas. It’s really delicious! I was surprised at the POW of flavor since the dry leaf didn’t smell like much. But it is really there. Loving it.
Buddha Teas was kind enough to offer up some tea for reviews, and I accepted. I was surprised when I opened the box and saw that it was bagged tea. Uh oh! Usually bagged teas aren’t very good, but I soldiered on.
Let me say, the packaging is gorgeous. It is definitely eye catching, and of very high quality materials. Really well done.
My next “uh oh” moment came when I read the package and saw that they recommend steeping up to 10 minutes. For this review I went with a shorter steep but at some point will try it the other way.
I have to say, this tea really surprised me. It was really good! I’m not sure that I would have known it was bagged tea if I had done a blind taste test, so kudos on that. In this case, the bag makes it really convenient since it can be used on the go. I love it when I am surprised like that.
I found the tea to have a hearty flavor and that “oolongy” taste (what makes that anyway?) This tea is definitely worth taking a look at. Don’t let the bag scare you!
This is from my 12 Days of Christmas box, which I started ON Christmas Day.
Why? Well I learned that that’s when the 12 days of Christmas actually are (my husband was quite adamant about it since apparently it’s a thing where he is from). Plus, I had the 24 days of Christmas box from David’s Tea, and I liked the idea of doing them both in tandem.
So, today is day 7 of the 12 days. I’m happy so far with all of the varieties included in the box. No tisanes yet! David’s was about half tisanes it felt like, and I gave them away.
Now, one more important thing. I have stopped putting sugar in my teas because I am trying to eat better. But, I still don’t like the straight yet. So I am using Splenda. Yuck, I know. But there you go.
So, on to this tea. It’s not bad! I definitely get pear, but don’t taste the cinnamon. There is a weird aftertaste that I am attributing to the Splenda.
I am sort of amazed at the other reviews of this tea, because I thought it was VILE. Seriously. I am pretty tolerant of most teas but I couldn’t even manage more than a sip of this one. And after that I had to dump it because even the smell of the mug on my desk was turning my stomach. Wow.
The smell of both the dry leaf and the brewed tea was strong, sort of like fake vanilla extract. My husband smelled it and said it smelled like fake butter to him.
After I dumped it I had to put a cleaning tablet in my steeper and completely scrub my mug. I don’t even think I can put this in the swap box, in good conscience.
So I have to have a CT scan in the morning, which means clear liquid diet until about noon. But, tea counts so I’m not even dreading it anymore!
This was from the 24 days of tea calendar, and to,be honest I wasn’t looking forward to it because the reviews are so bad. Surprise. I loved it! 185 degrees, 5 minute steep, some sweetener and this is just a big cup of awesome. I don’t evn eat baklava but I’m considering ordering this.
This is really nice. Sweet, marshmallow, caramel type of nice. I’m not getting much of the base but it seems like a great tea for when you just want something sweet. It smells great, in fact I started to review it before I ever had a drink, forgetting that I hadn’t had a drink yet!
The aftertaste is pure marshmallow, which I’m really enjoying. I don’t feel great today and this tea is giving me a little hug.
My first milk oolong. And, that’s sort of neat since I got to try something new due to its presence in the 24 days of Tea calendar. I have always wanted to try a milk oolong and since this one looked more roasty than green, it seemed like a good candidate.
I didn’t dislike it. It was different from my normal teas. It had a definite creamy note, something a little…floral or vegetal? Somewhere in the middle. But for some reason non black teas don’t feel like drinking tea to me. Weird, I know. I’ll finish off this sample though.