537 Tasting Notes
This is one of those teas I didn’t know if I wanted to buy or not. I’m not a huge fan of mint, but the combination of marshmallow root and malt sounded quite good. If the mint could be masked, I actually might enjoy it! This tea reminds me of those conversation hearts that are available around Valentine’s Day — the minty ones. Sipping… I’m surprised that the mint isn’t super strong. I don’t taste a bunch of the marshmallow root, sadly. It ends with a very abrupt, sharp and almost bitter note. This tea is on the verge of tasting like toothpaste or mouthwash or gum.. but it’s not as MINT! as I thought it as going to be — so good news! Very happy that I was able to sample this (thanks to the traveling tea box) and not have to buy a full pouch.
I love angel food cake and thought that angel food cake flavor + a white tea = dream. When I opened the pouch, I was hit with a scent that is almost identical to children’s chewable Tylenol. Oh, it brought back memories of having to a) eat the stuff b) wash it down quickly with water after c) hope to never do that again. It’s funny the way scents bring back memories even years later. After the water has been added, it’s toned down a little bit and the white tea steps forward. I actually get a bit of a headache after smelling this one.
Sipping… good, it’s not entirely Tylenol… but I taste artificial grape mixed with white tea? Eh.. not a good sign. As it cools, more pineapple comes out and the white tea becomes softer. I also get a tiny bit of something sweet in the background that reminds me more of candy than cake. I’m thinking of a Lifesaver candy… the piña colada ones? It’s not explicitly a tropical holiday tea, but I definitely get that vibe.
So, I seem to be missing the mark with my cups of tea today. I hope I can find something to sip on that won’t make me feel sick.
I enjoy a good dragonwell tea and seeing that this was the base for this blend — I thought, perfect! There is something about the pumpkin spices that really bothers me. I can’t put my finger on what it is… the ginger? The clove? Nutmeg? Either way, it’s not something that I want in my tea. I actually don’t mind pumpkin spices when they are mild or mixed with something as in a pumpkin pastry or pie. I think that pumpkin spices are quite comforting around this time of the year, it’s just when I can isolate one of them that ruins it.
This tea tastes mostly like pumpkin spice with a very faint green tea in the background. I do like the base and think it would be a nice tea on its own, if given the chance to be sipped without the addition of other flavors. All of the spices come together to create an outline of a pumpkin flavor, but it’s not truly pumpkin. I continued to sip even though I had a pretty good grasp on what this tea was all about.. it’s just not what I want it to be. As for the toffee? Can’t taste it at all — it’s all about the spices.
I never would have thought to combine jasmine with a Yunnan tea. I do like the idea, but this one’s a first for me. I received this in a swap and as my message box and my own memory are failing me at the moment, I cannot remember who sent this to me. I apologize, but thank you nonetheless!
Sipping… this one is very interesting. The first thing that I taste is the jasmine. It’s definitely nice and sweet — I like that it’s not stinky as it sometimes can be. It’s awfully strong, though. It stays present throughout the entire sip, but lets the Yunnan peek through every once and a while.. but just barely. The Yunnan is rather weak and tries to tone down the floral notes, but only manages to be present on the tongue for a matter of seconds. The jasmine takes over in the end and contributes a honey-like sweetness for a memorable finish.
This is a nice and unique combination of jasmine and Yunnan. I wish that the jasmine could be toned down a bit so that the Yunnan could shine through. Yunnan is such a nice tea on its own that it’s hard to see why you’d want to add anything else that could potentially mask its natural flavors. This would be a nice choice for anyone who loves jasmine, but might want a different take on the tea base.
I just wrote a tasting note for this tea, but something happened with my internet and I lost it. I really don’t want to write it again… so to summarize, I had two cups of this and didn’t find either of them all that eventful. The scent of the tea was rather nice: floral and sweet. I could mostly taste the flowers with a hint of astringency, but no fruit or vanilla. The second cup was more like perfume than the first, but the astringency balanced out the flowers so I didn’t get a headache (sometimes super floral teas are too much and make me feel sick). I wouldn’t turn down this tea, but there are so many oolongs that are much more delicious.
The dry leaf of this tea smells like a dark chocolate bar with a hint of coffee. I am a big coffee drinker, so this smells quite good to me: dark, sweet, strong. After water has been added, it seems like the tea comes out quite a bit more and lends more of a sweet, roasted note. There is still a touch of chocolate in the background, but the tea itself is really the strongest.
Sipping… This is quite nice! It reminds me quite a lot of coffee with a hint of dark chocolate. I’m also picking up some caramel notes and a bit of wheat from the tea. This tea has a richness to it that I appreciate, but I’m not sure if it’s because of the coffee/dark chocolate flavors or if it’s because of a weird ingredient. When I think about buying more, the idea of finishing off more of this tea seems a bit daunting… strange because I don’t entirely get the sensation of, “this tea is too much, just a few sips is good enough!” I’ll give this tea another try to see if I can flesh that out a bit more.
This is quite a unique tea that is nothing like I’ve sipped in the past. I think it would be a good choice for coffee lovers or for those who like darker, deeper flavors in their tea.
I’m excited to try this one, even though it’s a minty tea. I typically don’t like mint in tea at all, but there are those rare moments when I do like a cup. The Christmas tree and candy cane sprinkles are so cute and the blend smells very creamy and minty! Once water has been added, I still get some sweet mint, but it’s sort of masked by what I can only describe as a grassy pen in the zoo. It’s definitely the puerh. Ugh, I wish that puerh and I got along better, but sometimes… it’s just impossible.
Sipping… primary note is the mint which lingers on the tongue and then changes into the black tea base. I enjoy Art of Tea’s black teas – malty, a little bit creamy and dark. The finish of this tea is of the puerh and it’s earthy, stinky & fishy. I think that I would like this cup so much more if the puerh were put on a spaceship and sent to the moon. The mint is rather tame, soft & works so well with the black tea. A real shame that I don’t enjoy this cup a bit more.
Thanks so much to TastyBrew for a sample! I’m glad that I tried it before dashing off to buy a bunch.
I like pineapple, but I LOVE cilantro. If I could put cilantro on everything I would… no, that’s not true, but cilantro on certain things is absolute heaven! I’m not sure how this will be in a tea. It’s certainly creative, but makes me a little bit nervous. The scent of the dry leaf is not all that pleasant — it’s a little weird. After water has been added, the tea smells like pineapple, cilantro and cream! I’m surprised how good it smells. I haven’t been the biggest fan of pineapple teas, but this one smells so good.
Sipping… I think the cilantro and the white tea come out first. The pineapple peeks out later, but adds the nicest sweetness to the creamy white tea. The cilantro reminds me a little bit of pine needles — grassy & green. What’s interesting is that I wouldn’t be able to identify the cilantro as cilantro and pineapple as pineapple if I didn’t know they were in this blend. I don’t think that I would repurchase this, but it’s so unique and surprisingly nice!
Ever since I’ve finished off my little packet of Butiki’s pumpkin milkshake, I’m finding that I miss it… I hope to pop that in a future order, but for now I have a whole pouch of this one to enjoy! This one smells much more like pumpkin pie and reminds me of the holidays. I smell cinnamon, a little bit of creamy pumpkin and just a hint of the black tea base.
Sipping… the cinnamon is the first thing to hit my tongue. It’s closely followed by a bit of creaminess and finishes with the black tea. This one is quite nice! I wish that I could taste a bit more pumpkin and a bit more of that creme brulee. I actually think that this one is not quite as strong as the pumpkin milkshake. The cinnamon may be more tame, but the other flavors are a little too soft.
As I don’t really like the strong cinnamon note in the pumpkin milkshake, but do like the oolong + cream notes and don’t really like the soft flavors of the pumpkin creme brulee, but do like the creamy mouthfeel & muted cinnamon — I think that it’s fair to give these teas the same rating. Definitely a great tea to have during the fall & winter seasons! Even though I’m still wishing for a touch more pumpkin + cream flavors, I can see a reason to have both of these in the cupboard! Might even treat myself to another cup!
The dry leaf smells so fresh, sweet & grassy! It’s not often that a tea smells this fresh, especially when it’s traveled across the ocean, but this one is so lovely.
Sipping… oh, this is really nice! I’m getting a bit of a honey combined with the nicest floral notes. I love how the flowers complement the sweetness of the cup instead of overwhelm everything. I don’t taste a whole lot of vegetal notes that I detected in the dry leaf scent, but am enjoying the honey and flowers instead. This cup also lacks any astringency — everything is so smooth and sweet! Delicious!
Thanks to Teavivre for such a tasty tea!