314 Tasting Notes
Pronounced pine and smoked flavor. Cooling and astringent. A perception of ashes in the back of the throat.
This was brewed very strong, using the whole sample packet and boiling water for over 5 minutes.
I actually thought this had yerba mate in it! It smells very mate-ish to me. And at first, it tastes almost off-puttingly herbal—just agressively green and earthy (in a “sawdust-floor, hippie, co-op grocery” kind of way). But then on cooldown, the flavor mellows out to mostly mint and citrus. This is very spearmint-y.
Get this if you like spearmint.
First sips: Lightly peach. Refreshing. Slightly sweet—in a “clear” crystalline way. Like a peach sorbet.
I’ve kept this steeped forever and used boiling water but it hasn’t gotten bitter or astringent at all. So upon cooldown, the flavor just seems to get more syrupy and more candied—like Peach Jolly Ranchers.
I like it! :)
Tastes surprisingly milky! Smells deliciously like caramel and yams. I’m kind of surprised overall by this—I thought it would have been too “cloying” and artifical but it’s not at all. It’s a wonderful sweet potato flavor and very enjoyable. I love the milkiness!
Finally opened my sample packet and used up all the tea.
Tastes like a coconut cassava casserole. Sweet,“thick” and yummy—with a “baked yam” note.
No astringency detected in the black tea base. Just a slight “coffee-esque” bitterness edged with cream.
Pretty good. RIP SpecialTeas!
Thoroughly enjoying my second mug of this excellent brew. :)
I have to admit that this tea has grown on me. I thought it was okay at first but now I really like it. Maybe because it’s had the chance to “age” a bit? It’s just so soothing with its soft biscuity-ness.
The perfect thing after overindulging in pizza for dinner.
A nice smoky, herbally green.
This really tastes and looks so much like a ginseng oolong! Really rolled up and pebbly—there’s even that herbal ginseng kind of “bite” to it. I love the smokiness in this—very mellow, not astringent at all. Kind of “dusky” and smooth with a hint of mint and sweetness.
thepuriTea’s description of this spot on. I think it’s very good!
Sweet, creamy and mint-alicious!! :) Tempered with a slightly bitter, almost tangy, green tea taste—overlaid with a toasty black tea. Refreshing yet cozy and warm. I love the vanilla in this—almost like creme brulee. Super yummy.
I think this tea is growing on me—instead of searching for “cake”, I’m beginning to like this for what I can taste in it—mainly buttered asapargus and Wheat Thins. There is also a flavor of broth and minerals.
I’m not detecting any bitterness or tannins at all. Super smooth—which makes it perfect to just toss into my travel mug and resteep all day. I’m feeling somehow calmer and more centered just by drinking this.
Just a quick impression—
I’ve steeped this with more tea then last time (plus a lower temp and longer steep time)—using about 5 good-sized nuggets (nearly the size of the those little dried, salted plums) to 12.85 ounces.
I’m now getting an abundance of buttery asparagus and hints of wheat thins—but still no cake.