418 Tasting Notes
I’ve finished off the pouch of this tea & now I’m a bit sad as I don’t have any more. I’ve spent a boatload on other teas and held off on a Verdant Tea order. I know I’ll have others to drink, but Verdant teas are so special.
I almost didn’t want to make this last cup since the leaves at the bottom of the pouch were a tiny bit crushed and very small. In my experience, the last cup made from tiny leaves is usually very astringent and not nearly as enjoyable as the first. This particular cup isn’t the best cup I’ve had and it’s actually on the verge of being too bitter, but I still taste those flavors that I love. It’s grassy and a little bit creamy. I liked the Summer Harvest more (it was more creamy.. and those notes of soy milk… mmm..) and have yet to try the Autumn Harvest.
This has been a solid and very nice green tea to have in the cupboard. I’ll be looking forward to buying more in the future!
Before I saw this tea, I had never made a gooey butter cake before. I had stumbled across different recipes, but never actually made it. So after I saw this tea, I thought that it would be a good time to bake the cake so I would know what this tea was trying to be! I made the cake and my family loved it. I think I will try making it again when everyone is home for the holidays. It will be better if there are more people around to eat it so there is less for me!
I’m very surprised to see that this tea has lemon in it! The cake I made was pure butter and sugar, but no lemon. The dry leaf smells yummy — very much like a sugary lemon pastry. I’m talking about that buttery pound cake with that tangy, incredibly sweet icing. It makes me think that I’m in for a real treat!
This tea is actually very mild compared to its scent. The flavors seem very watered down. Yes, I taste lemon with a nice sugary note. The black base adds a hint of astringency to the end of the sip. Normally, this would bother me (I think astringent teas don’t do well with creamy flavors), but as there is tart lemon here, it’s fine. I’m afraid to go past 3 minutes with 52Teas black tea bases, so I think I’ll stick with my steep time even though I want more flavor. This tea is lemony & yummy.. but very mild and not at all like the gooey butter cake I made. I think renaming this tea something like “lemon loaf” would be appropriate!
Sometimes after I eat something rather rich, I crave fruit teas. I don’t have any without a black tea base & I’m all out of any fruity herbal teas. This one seemed like a good pick! There is a strong scent of peach and apricot together and something a little bit like pastry in the background. It’s not exactly like puff pastry… but resembles something like a sweet bread.
This tea is a nice balance of flavors. I do taste the apricot and the peach (neither one by itself) as well as the oolong base. The oolong works so well with these flavors. There is a flavor in the background that I can’t really identify and I think it belongs to the almond slivers. The finish is tangy and bright.
I’m trying to drink all of the tea I have to make room for new ones I have ordered this past weekend (Oh, the sales!). It seems like the perfect time to try new teas that I’ve had for a while.
The first thing I noticed with this tea was the strong scent of fish after the water was added. I am still hopeful that this tea won’t taste fishy.. but the scent is enough to scare me a little bit.
Hmmm. This cup has earthy & hay flavors that fade into something a bit sweet. Sadly, this tastes a lot like fish to me and I really dislike fish. I can see how this might be a yummy tea, but I can’t continue to drink it as the fish notes are all I can taste/smell. I’m disappointed that I can’t taste any of the cake/pastry notes. Well, I’m happy that I sampled this tea before buying a bunch more.
I’m not sure how long this tea has been on my shopping list, but I feel like it’s been ages. I remember checking the Rishi Tea website to see if these little buds would be in stock, but each time I have, they’ve been all sold out! I was very lucky to receive some from Invader Zim. Thank you so much!
The scent of this tea is lighter than expected. It reminds me a little bit of golden monkey tea. Something like sweet potato and flowers. It’s actually very delicate and soft!
Sipping… how interesting! I taste very light notes of flowers, and something darkly sweet and leathery. Sometimes I think I have a grasp on the flavors I am tasting, but before I know it, they slip away. They’re present, but not strong enough to really be defined. The finish is sparkling on the tongue. Very beautiful.
When I saw this pop up on the 52Teas website, I knew I had to buy a pouch. It sounded like the perfect caffeine-free dessert tea. I don’t have any tea like this in my collection! It was just Halloween and I definitely had my fair share of peanut butter cups.
This tea is sweet, smooth and slightly creamy. I am disappointed that I don’t taste any bit of peanut, peanut butter or chocolate. Bummer. Isn’t that what this blend is all about? I taste mostly honeybush with some kind of strange flavoring. It doesn’t taste like cheesecake or peanut butter cups. I’ll still drink the rest of this pouch because it is sweet, but honestly, it really tastes nothing like its name. As a side note, this tea leaves a bunch of gross sediment at the bottom of the cup.
I am always on the quest to find a perfect rooibos/honeybush pumpkin pie blend. I want something creamy, with lots of pumpkin flavor & very light on the spice. Pumpkin pie is my favorite pie and I adore anything pumpkin anyway. I love this time of year because I feel less crazy for indulging in everything pumpkin! Anyway, I am trying the last of this tea again because I honestly can’t remember how it tastes.
This tea is interesting because like many pumpkin pie teas, it relies on the spices to deliver the pumpkin flavor. I don’t find the spices to be too overwhelming in this blend (hooray!). It actually morphs into pumpkin pie on the tongue if you really slurp. I actually like the way the spices blend with the honeybush. I think honeybush is a great base to use for this kind of tea because it’s sweet and smooth like a creamy slice of pie.
I am surprised at how mellow this tea is. It could be because it’s very old… I’m sure that the fresher teas would have a bit more strength. So far this is my favorite honeybush/herbal pumpkin blend. It still feels like there is something missing to make this just right… but I’ll certainly finish the cup!
I cannot remember who sent this to me in a swap.. but thank you & I’m sorry I forgot who you are!
This has been my tea for the past few weeks. In the mornings and afternoons, I crave this tea. It smells very sweet and very much like a caramel tea. To be honest, this is more like a caramel black tea with a drop of cheesecake creaminess hiding away in the background. I’ve found that I have to be careful when steeping 52Teas black tea blends. Under 3 minutes seems to keep it from getting too bitter. This is definitely a great choice for a caramel tea, but I miss the cheesecake flavor!
I think this is one of my favorite from 52Teas so far. It’s definitely a close favorite — not quite as good as the Pancake Breakfast blend. Still, I probably should have purchased two pouches of this as I’m just about out!
I was surprised that this tea looked a bit more like a fruit blend than a chocolate one. For some reason it reminded me a little bit of a cranberry blend I had in the past. It might just be the bright bits of red. As a little side note, I have to say that the tea did not appear to be all that fresh. It might just be that it got a little bit beaten up in the mail, but the blend itself looked musty and not too appealing. This didn’t stop me from making a cup and I’m actually quite glad I did.
After water has been added, this cup smells sweet and grassy. Sipping.. I taste mostly a rather pungent white tea. It’s very grassy, but not in the ‘just picked’ kind of way. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s like really dry straw and moist plants. Yes, an odd combination… but true for me! I do get a little bit of white chocolate in the swallow. It’s interesting because it comes out of nowhere, but I like it. I wish I could taste those smooth and buttery notes that one often gets with white chocolate. I think the flavors could be tweaked a little bit because it’s a tad strange.
Thank you to Steap Shoppe for a sample of this tea!
I was so surprised to open up this pouch and find all of these large pieces of dried fruit! Beautiful! I know this tea is called Indian Summer, but dried fruits seem appropriate for fall and the approaching winter. I couldn’t really find much actual tea, but was completely content with these little fruit pieces. The scent of the tea after water has been added is mostly of cherries. It reminds me a little bit of black cherry flavored candies, almost on the verge of being cough syrup.
Sipping.. it is surprisingly lighter than I expected. I find that most of DavidsTeas’ teas are stronger to the nose most of the time. This blend is much more mellow. It starts out a bit like sweet black cherry and becomes more tart. I’m glad that the tartness is somewhat subtle, but I wish that the other fruity flavors could be drawn out. I can’t really identify all of the fruits by taste. It’s more like a fruit cocktail (minus the tooth-aching sweetness) in that all of the fruits are joined in a syrupy cup — cherry, apple, plum, carrot?! The mixture definitely keeps the cup interesting and playful. I couldn’t decide on a tea this evening, but this one was perfect. Light & tangy fruits before bed! Thanks Invader Zim!