246 Tasting Notes
For Thanksgiving morning, I knew exactly what I wanted- something cozy, sweet, and spiced. I love this tea and look forward to it every year. And now it is in my mug as a latte and I am happy.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Vanilla
I had this one yesterday, but Steepster wasn’t loading anything. To be brief, it is another exceptional Dragon Well from TeaVivre. I have yet to try a green tea from this vendor that isn’t flavorful and lovely. This one has the classed pressed leaves for this type of tea that unfurl into green beauties in the tea pot. It is naturally sweet, brothy, and has a faint green nuttiness to it. I also love that it is organic. My biggest issue with trying to so many green teas from that I love from the same place means it is that much harder to decide which to keep as staples here.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Steepster friends!
Flavors: Broth, Chestnut, Green
I didn’t expect to like this tea so much, but I actually really do! Now that I am able to drink higher caffeine again, I have been going for the full-of-flavor selections. This one has the dark chocolate, roasty-toasty malty goodness that I’ve come to realize make up several of my favorite teas. It is nothing too complicated and the leaves are dark, small, twisty, and airy. Both the smell and taste are naturally sweet and full-bodied and it creates a lovely clear brown liquor. And now I has a sad because it is listed as out of stock on the WP website!
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt, Roasted
Sipdown! I love this tea. It is bready with roasted barley, full-bodied, malty, with a hint of dark chocolate and molasses or maybe a note of raisin. Either way it is full of flavor and resteeps pretty well, too.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Molasses, Raisins, Roasted Barley
Omnomnom. This is a lovely tea… BUT, if I could make it perfect, I would remove the oolong and just use Laoshan Black as the base. It is chocolatey, malty, baked-bready, and toasty, but I think it lacks some of the depth of the dark chocolate/cocoa because of the oolong blended into it. It also seems to add a little bit of earthy/savory piece at the end of each sip that I honestly could probably be happier without. Sadly, I am not much of an oolong girl- or maybe I haven’t tried the right one? Anyway, this is tasty and comforting on a cold and dreary morning.. definitely my favorite genmaicha!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Malt, Toast
This is decent, but I wish it didn’t already have stevia in it. I like to be able to sweeten or not depending on my preferences for the day. That said, it has a great blueberry flavor and is probably one of the best blueberry teas. Also loving that it is organic and inexpensive- if you are looking for something fresh and fruity, this is a great choice. Happy Saturday!
I love this tea and I am coveting my last little tiny bit. I think I have enough for another pot.. maybe. Anyway, it is not too spicy and has a lovely buttery, creamy base that brings just the right amount of thickness to my palate to make me think of eggnog without all of the calories. I don’t think there is a tea out there that is a perfect match, but this one does a really good job. It is almost a year old and the flavors are still strong and lovely. Sad I won’t be able to get this anymore, but glad I have been able to enjoy it!
Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Vanilla
So I was totally enamored with this tea, but unfortunately I think the flavor is fading with age significantly. Now it tastes like a sweet, mild green tea with a hint of creamy nuttiness instead of the rich, amazing tea that brewed up in the past. I can’t really be too disappointed because it is almost a year old, but I do already miss how amazing it used to be. I’d still recommend it even so, it was THAT good.
Flavors: Cream, Nutty
This is a lovely dragon well that is also organic! I’m always excited when I find a good organic tea. Sadly most of my favorites are not, but I can’t help but to wonder about what the leaves might have been sprayed with or the soil treated with when I drink non-organic at times. I digress though- the dry leaf on this one is light green, airy, and pressed. The smell is more grassy and savory than some of my other recently reviewed straight greens, but still in a very pleasant way. The liquor is clear light yellow-green and there is no oil or film. The taste is very fresh- cucumber slices and crisp snow peas in a broth. I can see how someone might say this one is floral, but I am not getting flowers myself personally. It makes me think of a winter/early spring harvest. Lettuce, chard, snow peas, all manner of cool weather crops. Great tea for a 29 degree morning here in Georgia. Happy Friday fellow Steepsters!
Flavors: Broth, Cucumber, Freshly Cut Grass, Garden Peas
I could have sworn I’d reviewed this one before because I remember this lovely taste and fragrance. I must stay that Teavivre is my go-to for good straight green teas and I like that they list whether the caffeine is low or higher on their site, too. The dry leaf is dark green, a touch curly, thicker than the Bi Lo Chun from yesterday. It smells fresh, green, light, airy, and floral. The brewed tea is a pretty clear sunshine liquor and smells more green and distinctively Huang Shan Mao Feng for lack of a better description. I know that’s helpful. :P This tea has a special flavor that is for sure floral with perhaps a touch of green beans or another fresh green and crisp veggie. It is also light, with a touch of sweet and mineral that is not bitter at all. All I can say is that it is an enjoyable cup and Happy Tuesday! :)
Flavors: Floral, Green Beans, Mineral