375 Tasting Notes
This one is in your face cinnamon with maybe some orange in the background (think photo bomb) I do like cinnamon and the base was just ok, I’d add it to an order but I wouldn’t seek it out. A good fall or winter tea.
Ah dashboard where have you gone?
Reading tea notes this morning made me want to grab a sweeter tea, but I decided to go for savory instead. And since it’s morning, I still need caffeine so a scoop of awesome tea went in the strainer too.
I’m amazed by how a small scoop of flowers can have such a large dill taste and pungent smell. It stands up nicely to the Assam I added with just a hint of bitterness underneath the spicy dill.
I find myself gravitating to teas with an ‘interesting’ taste profile, maybe because I rarely add sweetener, or maybe because I just have a strange palette? After trying my first snow chrysanthemum in a tea shop in San Fran, I knew some sort of this flower would need to be in my cupboard!
Flavors: Astringent, Dill, Savory
Not a builders brew by any means, don’t brew this when you are in a hurry. But if you wait for it and allow the cup to cool, malty, yeasty chocolate is your reward. I’ve had dragon pearls that were easier to brew and drink, so I don’t know if I need this in my cupboard, but I’d be tempted to add it to an order.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malty, Nutty, Yeasty
I like this too, but it never gets quite strong enough to suit me—-how many nubbins did you use in your cup?
Oh, I didn’t count, but dumped the 5 or 6 left in the sample pouch into my cup. The front taste is so subtle I don’t know if adding more pearls would help. Seems you just gotta wait for the tea to cool and the aftertaste to kick in :)
Thanks to skysamurai for visiting the Farihope plantation and sending the tea along. This one does need a long steep time, and its not a bold tea, but there is something comforting in the piney undertones and lack of bitterness. For an American grown tea I had low expectations and this earthy, mossy tea exceeded them. I would stop for a tour and I would get some of this tea if I were passing by.
Flavors: Earthy, Pine
Part of the huge puerh gift box from Rich, thanks!
Earthy and creamy and smooth. Maybe not the most complex, but certainly drinkable and not harsh. Not fishy or dirt tasting, just a standard ripe puerh, you won’t be disappointed if you don’t expect too much. A good candidate for mixing with peppermint.
I seem to have drunk a pouch of this tea without writing a note. I brewed this one heathen style in a whole pot. I had help in drinking this down, this is one that is smooth enough my dad likes. It also steeps three times and has complex flavors, I’m thinking I might need more of this in my cupboard. It’s yeasty, malty, dark chocolate with just enough astringency to be interesting. Add in a bit of nuttiness and tobacco and you have a fun tea for special occasions, or maybe just when it’s rainy and your regular teas look ho-hum.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malty, Nutty, Tobacco, Yeasty
This was from a swap with gmathis, thanks! I did enjoy this frosting with orange and cinnamon flavors from Savoy, but I think they do a caramel flavoring much better than this one. I do think I need to place and order from Savoy as my caramel flavored teas have been sipped down, and I think this needs to be in the order. More is more with this one, its a subtle flavor and could do with more leaf to less water to get the best cup. Sigh, more tea to buy when my cupboard is already overflowing!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Frosting, Orange
I figured I better drink this tea as it has a best by date of 2021. This is an almost sipdown, I have a few cups left. I do still like the chocolatey taste, and it is quite smooth. I might add it to a cart, but there are so many other teas to try so I might just sip this one down and enjoy.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Nutty, Smooth