514 Tasting Notes
I just realized that this is my 403rd tasting note!!! balloon drop
So today I have been trying to get to work on my paleopathology paper. I only have 1/10 pages down so far, but that is a great start! :)
This tea tastes mainly of burnt sugar, black tea, and a hint of bitterness. Now, I know most of the time bitter=bad when it comes to tea, but I’m starting to get that it may just be a part of the experience type thing. It actually is not too prominent that it is terrible or anything, but it gives it a bite that I may just be starting to appreciate a little (think coffee). I’m going to be getting my next $10 Adagio card tonight so I should probably go search what is in stock!
I can’t believe I never logged this tea! I’ve had it for quite some time and although it says that the expiration date is 6 months after shipment, these smell beautiful much after that. This is a truly beautiful tea. In the back the tiny flowers have a smell of light umeboshi, salt, plum/cherry, and floral hints. It is simply amazing to watch them steep. I wish I had a decent camera because you can see the veins in the translucent skins of the flower petals. As much as I enjoy watching blooming teas, this feels much more organic. Since I couldn’t find any official steep times quickly I treated this very similar to an herbal. I used only 6oz of tea for one slightly larger and one medium blossom.
Once steeped this actually has a much strong smell than expected. It has a very light liquor that reminds me of white wines. It has a very unexpected ume plum smell. It is very distinct and reminds me of my favorite Japanese ume gum. Any sense of floral smell is very subdued. The flavor is very much the same, very light, subtle, and most of the flavor is on the back end of the sip. It is a very fun and amazing tea that I would advise people try at least once.
This tea smells much more enticing than it tastes. The flavor is much more subtle. One of the upsides to this tea is that it can be steeped upwards of four times and still tastes very much of white tea. The flavors here are mainly white tea, some sharp pineapple, and maybe a slight hint of floral.
Small edit I noticed that since my first cup of this the first time I made it I’ve been getting less and less of the sharp pineapple aspects that I liked about this tea. I may try making this at a slightly higher temp. to try and bring this characteristic out.
I take back my semi-lower rating of this tea. After subsequent cups I’ve been having the lemongrass has really toned down a lot. It tastes like lychee! I don’t know if that is what they were aiming for since dragonfruit is so difficult to nail, but it is good. I’m raising the score to reflect how much more I’ve come to enjoy this one. I’m just glad it is lychee without soapy flavors (cough davids tea cough).
I actually closed my eyes and took a big whiff of this today and you know what? This smells like a slightly lemongrass and floral lychee candy. I don’t know how I really missed it yesterday, but it reminds me a ton of those soft jelly treats in the cups that have the flavored coconut chunk things. I love those! If someone was better at their job they would have named this something lychee flavored and it would have made perfect sense!
Today I used slightly hotter water than last time. It smells pretty strongly of lemon grass. I was trying to coax the other flavors out a bit, but this is not really the way to do it for this tea. The flavors are still mainly lemongrass, tartness, and some fruit flavors. It does remind me exactly of overly sweet strawberry/lychee candies that I love. Is this tea really an authentic play on any fruit flavors? Nope. Is it tasty? Yes! If you want to try something really heavily flavored then here is your ticket. This may end up being something that really grows on me, but for now I’m keeping the rating the same.
This tea…I had really high hopes for it because it really does smell nice! The problem for me is that the flavor is very, very strong and it may be one of the flavorings, but it just doesn’t agree with me. This has very little to no white tea in it, so avoid if you are looking for a white blend. The only reason why I’ve been able to drink this recently is that I’ve had it in my cupboard for a very long time now and it is getting just a bit weaker.
The main flavors are orange and spice. The main spice is a peppery warmth. While I think this addition is unique there is just too much of it. There are also something akin to baked goodies in there too.
My advice with this one is if it sounds good to you, try a cup! I’m guessing there are people who would really love this one; it just isn’t for me.
I never expected to like this tea this much. It is actually very solid! I still hold that it is not the best replacement for almond biscotti, but it is very good nonetheless. I think that it is a bit like marzipan, but mostly it has straight up black, rose, and hints of light almond with spices. One of Teavana’s best really.
I actually have a hard time resisting something labelled dragonfruit. But the funny thing? Nothing labeled dragonfruit ever tastes like dragonfruit. I find it to be a bit bland/watery. So I’m about 80% sure that anything called dragonfruit is to strictly be exotic.
To be honest, this mostly smells like strawberry. There are lots of fun little components to this tea. It really does smell good, even if it isn’t really authentic. Once it is brewed the smell reminds me a bit of the Raspberry Riot Lemon mate; probably caused by the lemongrass (:O and btw they list lychee bits in this. I could totally get behind a really amazing lychee tea).
It finally got cool enough to sip! little dance yup! At this steep time it is mainly lemongrass and tartness; not that it is a bad thing. It is a bit fruity and I can kind of taste the strawberry. But the main flavors? Hibiscus, some kind of lemon, and lemongrass. huh. Not exactly what I was wanting or hoping for really. I expected the rose flavors to come out a bit more. If anything THIS should have been mixed with the champagne rose oolong. I am also thinking that the calypso mate would be an excellent tea to mix with this one, but alas, I have none.
Endnote: not really bad, not really good. If you’re looking for tart’n’fruity go for the Raspberry Riot. It is cheaper and has almost the exact same profile. Note that this one is also really popular (at least at the store by me)and they were just about out of it. They were actually complaining a bit about having to order more of it already.