303 Tasting Notes
Holy moly it’s been as while since I’ve really posted on here very much. I’ve just been so busy, but I’ve missed this community and definitely want to make time to come back and review the teas that I’m drinking anyway.
The tea: I’ve had this stuff forever. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I always skip over drinking it, I think because I always get to it when I’m looking for caffeine. Well I needed something warm more than I needed caffeine today so I went for this. I added in a splash of this half almond milk/half coconut milk stuff I just got. While the milk is awesome, this tea was just kinda eh to me. There was a weird fake taste that I couldn’t quite place. There is a chance these are just old, because I feel like I remember liking this more in the past so take this as you will.
This is another one that I’ve had for a long time. I cold brewed it over night and drank it at work this morning. It had a an odd bitter after taste that covered up any sweet or fruity flavors. It seemed different from an “I oversteeped” or “I overleafed” bitter flavor, which makes me think it may be time to get rid of this one. It may just be too old now. I really need to go through and find all of my old teas and see if they’re still any good. A cupboard clean up sounds like a good idea.
I was setting this up for a cold brew, and noticed that it seemed to smell kinda weird. I know that coconut in teas can go bad, so I brewed a cup hot to make sure it was ok. I didn’t notice any glaring abnormalities, so I did a cold brew, which I am now drinking at work. It has an odd, almost plastic taste that I am pretty sure is not from the cup. I think this tea has gone bad after all, unfortunately. This was a really good tea, and I’m sad to have to get rid of it, but that’s how it goes.
I’m pretty sure this tea tastes different to me every time I drink it. I remember drinking it and tasting smoke one time, and another I remember orange. Now I’m getting a vaguely pastry flavor. I’m not sure if that’s something that should be expected of this tea, or if it’s just getting old at this point. I didn’t see anyone else mention pastry as one of the flavors for this, and I have had it for a while now.
This is one that I completely forgot that I had until just recently. I’m happy I found it, because I’m quite enjoying it. I only had one small sample size of this, but this is one I’m definitely considering getting a larger size of. I also want to try it iced, which I can’t believe I haven’t yet!
This tea has the perfect blend of jasmine and coconut. Neither one really overpowers the other and they work well together. And this is one of the most forgiving jasmine teas I have encountered. Many jasmine teas, at least for me, have been very sensitive to oversteeping and overleafing, but I have yet to make this one bitter. Maybe the coconut mellows it out somehow?
This is a tea I’ve had a very long time and haven’t tried. I’m finding that I’m leaning more towards unflavored teas, so I wanted to try out some of the ones I had in my stash. I’m using office water to make this one, so these are all at 165.
Attempt 1: Since I only have 165 degree water, I have to search around a bit to get the right time. This one was two minutes. I can get some roastiness out of this but not much. The color was a light and looked weak. I’ll get some new leaves and try 30 seconds longer
Attempt 2: This one is 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The roast flavor seems more full, and I think I can get some of the actual tea flavor now. It’s also brewed up a very nice light amber color. I’ll try three minutes and see how that is, but I’m thinking this might be the winner
Attempt 3: This one was for three minutes. It seems to somehow have traded roast flavor for tea flavor. While this isn’t bad, I prefer the stronger roasted notes personally.
I know that I’ve reviewed this tea before, but I have no clue where my notes are. To sum them up: I’ve never managed to get the amazing flavors out of this that everyone else has. I’ve adjusted everything, and it always comes out bitter.
Well I decided to try this today with the water at work. I didn’t expect much, but I’ve had this for a very long time and I should really finish it. Well, this is the closest I’ve been to tasting what everyone else writes about. I could actually taste the tangerine, just barely. Maybe it really was there, or maybe my mind was just desperate for this to work and made me taste it. I’m thinking of cold brewing the last bit of this to see if that goes any better.
TTB 11: The name definitely gets your attention. When steeping, this tea smells like some kind of candy that I can’t quite place. I was prepared for the slight burn in the back of my throat this one causes. This one tastes like cinnamon and some kind of fruity candy, I really can’t think of just what candy it reminds me of
TTB 10: I pretty sure I underleafed this one. It was difficult getting the big, fluffy leaves in my spoon. I’m getting some white tea flavors with a bit of sweetness I’m assuming is the peach. I’ll likely update this soon when I try again with more leaf!
Edit: I resteeped and added more leaf. I got more tea flavor, but I still didn’t really get any peach flavor. This is a bit disappointing because it smells just like a fresh peach. I may have to cold steep this one and see if that brings it out any.