507 Tasting Notes
This tea is amazingly delicious. Or perhaps not so amazingly, because I knew what I was getting into from the great reviews of it already on Steepster.
My package came yesterday, and I’m still having trouble with the fact that I’ve actually gotten mail from China now. With Chinese symbols on it even! I only recognize a couple of them from my studies of Japanese (like the symbol for tea, which is strangely not on all of the descriptions for the various teas).
Anyway, this tea is so delicious. It’s sweet and honey and malty and other things I’m not good enough to identify but all around very very good. I’m going to enjoy drinking this, this evening, 2 or 3 steeps it looks like it comes out to for brewing Western style. I don’t have a gaiwan yet and I’m really rather impatient besides so Western style is how I roll.
This is my blended tea so I’ll not be rating it. If anyone wants a sample, please feel free to leave a comment.
This is a very pleasant blend of chocolate and peppermint. The chocolate is somewhat muted and not an overpowering flavour and the mint is nice and not too strong but definitely the most present flavour.
I like this blend, but I’ll readily admit that it isn’t the most exciting tea ever. It’s just nice.
Got this one from Tea Sipper I think. All my samples are in a pile so I’d have to go back through my messages to be completely sure.
I sipped some of this before stirring the teaspoon of sugar in and the tangy cranberry flavour came out but there was a bitter aftertaste to me. Post sugar, the bitterness is muted, but still there. I am picking up mostly cranberry with hints of citrusy sweetness. This is an okay tea, but I’m glad that I only have a sample to drink through.
Thank you Isaila for sending me this sample a couple of months ago. I’m just getting to it now.
This tea smells like a cake. A wonderful cake. It is so sweet and nice that I just anticipate that the flavour will be awesome.
Tasting this, I get less cake than I do icing. I’m okay with icing sometimes, although the pure-sugar stuff you get on the cheap cakes at the grocery store is really awful. This is better icing than that. I am getting a little bit of the ‘cake’ feel from it though, so I think this is a really well done tea. Might have to pick some up later, if it’s still available.
The package said to steep this tea for 3-5 minutes at boiling, so I steeped it for 3:30 minutes at that temperature, and I’m afraid I may have oversteeped it. I’m getting the maple flavour, it was strongly present in the scent of the dry tea and is much more muted in the brewed tea but I can still taste it. The tea base, however, is strangely bitter, even after I added a bit of sugar (which brought out the maple flavour like POW!). I hope I remember to read my own review of this the next time I make it so that I remember to steep this for less time, maybe a minute or half a minute less, to try to avoid the bitterness. Otherwise, this is pretty tasty, although I am also amused, like another reviewer, that the maple syrup comes from New England (Represent!) while the tea is called Canadian Dream.
This tasting note is written for the cups of tea that I drank last night and earlier this morning, from memory, so it won’t be as detailed as normal. Maybe next time.
I’ve been looking for the perfect apple black tea for a while now. I keep trying different ones and they keep coming up short. This tea comes closer than most, but still isn’t exactly what I’m looking for. I can taste the apple (and cranberry and hibiscus) in the blend, but it isn’t nearly as strong a flavour as I would like it to be. So overall, this could be better, although it’s nice enough as it is, I suppose.
Got this in a swap from lcg842 (this is my first try at bolding something, I hope it works!).
This is some serious fruit. I can taste the hibiscus and it’s pretty strong, but honestly the berries (and they merge into this one giant BERRY flavour rather than get tasted out individually for me here) are overpowering everything in this blend. It’s really sweet too. It’s a little much for a hot tea, I imagine it’s much better iced (and therefore watered down substantially).
So I drank this during a meeting at work so I’m going by memory on it rather than writing this during the drinking like I normally do. So here it goes.
This is a surprisingly good tea for me considering that individually I don’t like more than half of the ingredients. I’m not a big fan of chai, but it seems that this is a good entry into the chai branch of tea, I rarely come across a green chai and the toasted rice adds an interesting dimension to the flavour.
Unfortunately, I still don’t like it. I’m extremely sensitive to ginger and cinnamon so while this nominally tasted okay, I had a burning sensation in my mouth after every swallow that lingered unpleasantly. But I doubt that anyone else has this sensation so the steepster community as a whole will probably like this tea.
So I tried this mostly because I got it from my 52teas subscription and I believe that I should try everything once before I reject it out of hand, but white teas have never been my favourite thing, or even close to it. Imagine my surprise when I actually like this tea! The flavouring is subtle, fruity but not overwhelming and the white tea tastes like white tea but it doesn’t have that je ne sais quoi that I have never liked about it, somehow.
I think I steeped this correctly at 175 degrees for 2 minutes, but if anyone has suggestions on how to make this even better, please feel free to share, I haven’t steeped many white teas.
Well, honeybush isn’t my favourite thing, I’ve always thought it tasted sour to me, and even the strawberry flavouring couldn’t overcome that bias in this tea. I liked it a little bit, but not enough to ever drink it again.
And that is a good thing! Drinking this tea this morning has confirmed the theory I have had for a while that I have a minor allergic reaction to honeybush every time I drink it. Not bad, just nausea and a headache, but still more than I want from something I consume. This tea will be going onto the swap thread shortly.