209 Tasting Notes
Big surprise, after taking care of my sick boyfriend all weekend, I get sick. Fortunately, it hasn’t hit me anywhere near as hard as him. I’ve just been staying home all day, sipping tea and doing homework (and by that I mean playing Civilization.)
I started with a resteep of this one. Not much different to say. Probably a little sweeter, and less of the other flavors.
I received this in a swap on r/teaexchange. I don’t know anything about it besides that it is a high mountain oolong.
I didn’t get much time for tea yesterday, as my boyfriend is sick, and I had to go take care of him at his apartment. It’ll probably be about the same today, so I’m getting this one in before I go over.
This is a really nice golden color. I’m still not really good at picking out scents and flavors in unflavored teas, but I’m working on it. I would say there is a vegetal smell, with a hint of something roasted. With the first sip of this, it is definitely sweet. Sweet, smooth, and creamy, though a little weak. Perhaps resteepings can fix that. There is a vegetal flavor in the aftertaste.I wish I had someone nearby who could be my tea mentor. We could taste different teas, and they could show me what all these different flavors are. Right now, I feel like I still don’t know what I’m talking about. Though, I guess the only way to fix that is to drink even more tea!
I made this up this morning for a nice caffeine boost during my classes. I’m mostly just logging that I drank this, as I was paying more attention to my notes on resistors and capacitors than the taste. However, I do remember that it was sweet, and a little tart and juicy. I can’t say much about it, but I do know it was good.
This is a tea I received in a “Secret Santea” exchange over at www.reddit.com/r/teaexchange. I was given this story along with it: "oh another note that black tea called “Tender Lovers” has a story with it that i think makes it even tastier and special :-).
When me and my gf went on vacation last year we visited Washington state and in a strip mall in Renton there is a tea shop names Xiu Xian tea and we stayed at the store for no less than 4 hours talking with the owner all the while tasting at least 10-15 teas and multiple steeping of each.
I asked if she had any rare tea or interesting tea and she pulled out “Tender Lovers” and explained that her family had a wedding a few months ago in china and they had picked and processed this tea specifically for the wedding. She had only 3 pounds of it left and then there would be no more of that specific tea.
I know this story wasn’t bs because the woman was very honest and it wasn’t any more expensive than the other teas so she wasn’t trying to up-sell it. Hell she even had me taste it to be sure and it was “so damn good” as she would say about a lot of her teas.
So when you drink that tea it is a one of a kind!"
I’ve been putting off trying it because it sounds so special, I almost didn’t feel like I deserved to get to try it! I’m glad I do get the chance though. There weren’t any brewing instructions with it, so I went with boiling and three minutes. I always see people mentioning hints of chocolate flavor in straight black teas, but I never really got it. At least until this tea. When I finished steeping it, I picked it up to move it and got a big whiff of creamy, slightly smokey chocolate. It tasted like it smelled, very lovely and smooth, with no bitterness. I’ll play around with steep times and temperatures to see what personality this tea has.
Made this for my 9am class a few days ago, mostly since it was the first thing with caffeine that I saw. I managed to steep it properly this time. I was only partially paying attention to the taste, since most of my attention was focused on epithelial to mesenchymal transition. From what I recall, the chocolate was definitely more of a dark chocolate flavor, and rather subtle. It wasn’t the main flavor. While the orange and chocolate were both there, the tea flavor was still present. If I recall correctly, with DavidsTea’s chocolate orange tea, the flavoring hides most of the puerh flavor. Before I pass any final judgement, a side by side test would be interesting. For now, I’ll still hold of on a rating until I have a better chance to pay attention to the tea.
I have a bag of this that I save for special occasions. Yesterday was a very stressful day. I had a job interview which, fortunately, went well. Unfortunately, that means I’ll be working two jobs now to keep up with school payments. Once I got back from the interview, I had a boatload of school work to get done. Needless to say, I was a little stressed. I needed caffeine to keep me up, AND something to make me feel better at the same time. I tend to hide this tea so I don’t get tempted to drink it all the time. While searching through my stash, I found it again and immediately knew it was one of the times that I needed a cup.
I really can’t add much that hasn’t already been said about this tea. It’s blueberries galore, and then the pastry and cream cheese at the back of the sip. Apparently, the last time I logged this, I steeped for four minutes, while only going two and a half this time and either way was good! It will be a sad day when I run out of this.
I won this very generous amount of tea in one of the Della Terra giveaways. Unfortunately, it arrived at my school mail box just after I had left for the holidays. I was very interested in trying this, as one of the first loose leaf teas I ever tried was David’s Teas Chocolate Orange Puerh. I was really interested in how this compares with that, so ended up drinking this before trying all the winter Della Terra teas I received from my mom for Christmas.
It smells really good in the bag. When I first opened it, I was hit with a wonderful smell very much like the chocolate oranges you see at Christmas time. Unfortunately, I let it steep while working on homework, and let it go for much too long. I’m not sure exactly how long, but it was definitely enough to become bitter. I’m really excited about this one, so I’m sure I’ll try it again soon and pay special attention to make sure I do it properly! Hopefully it tastes as lovely as it smells.
I’ve never really been that impressed with this tea. It sorta gets a bitter walnut taste when steeped, instead of the banana nut muffin taste I imagined. I shared a pot with my mom who enjoys it quite a lot, so I’m letting her keep what I have left.
I’ve been trying to be better about logging my teas, but I haven’t been doing a very good job! I have to work on it. Lately, I’ve noticed that I’ve been drawn more to oolongs and white teas, when I used to always want black teas and very sweet flavors. Perhaps my tastes are changing.
This tea was one I received for Christmas from my mom. I’m still not too experienced with white teas, so I won’t be able to give the best review of this. The steeped smell is a very nice creamy smell. The first taste of the sip is a creamy vanilla-ish flavor. I can really taste the white tea once it hits the back of my tongue. I’m not really picking up much pineapple with this. I think I got this a bit too hot, so that is probably affecting the flavors. I’ll definitely mess around with the steep times and temperatures.
I haven’t posted here in so long! School has been crazy. I got a lot of new tea for Christmas, so maybe I will be able to post more.
My mom and I shared this one last night. The jasmine flavor was very nice, not too overpowering. I didn’t taste a very large amount of coconut unfortunately. It seems to be a much more subtle flavor. Overall a good tea