514 Tasting Notes
This was a gift from my mother! :) I was really surprised about this gift as she’s LDS and there’s a big thing about no tea drinking. I guess she’s coming around a bit. The tin itself is super attractive, but unfortunately it is tea bags instead of loose tea. The dry leaf smells a lot like cake.
There aren’t any instructions on the tin so I steeped this for 3 min. at boiling and it turned out really great! For being some gift company this tea is quite nice. The base and overall flavor remind me vaguely of pancake breakfast+Pineapple Upside Down cake from 52teas. The cherry (gernadine) flavoring is very light and reminded me more of the filling for those sheet birthday cakes. It is a pretty enjoyable tea and I am surprised at how nice the presentation is.
There is something truly romantic about this tea. This is a beautiful tea: full rose blossoms, candied violets, a giant piece of carrot (I think?), lavender, and tons of dark, as well as lighter, white tea. I actually looked on Amazon at candied violets and they are hella expensive! The sales person indicated that they really wanted me to have a lot of the “goodies” so she scooped me out extra violets and rose buds. I really wanted to try this tea before, but the $18 price tag really dissuaded me; so the sale was a special chance to try this out. I’m also dying to try this mixed with the Swiss Vervaine tea to see if I can’t mellow it out.
I’ve liked lavender teas before and it is one of the purely floral teas that I enjoy. Steeped this is a very pale yellow. The liquor also has a very green smell that surprised me. The tea itself has a very soft lavender flavor, much less than I was expecting. Lots of floral notes too, backed up by white tea. This is a pretty good tea and it is instantly relaxing to sip on. I didn’t pick up on any of the peach notes that other people were getting. I really enjoyed this! I think that it wouldn’t be an everyday tea for me, but it is very enjoyable.
This looks like a more official post for the dan cong so I’ll be putting the rest of my tasting notes here.
I steeped this a bit long today (~40 sec.). The liquor is a light amber color and has some really prominent honeysuckle notes to it. It also has some interesting nutty notes to it as well. I am really missing the mineral notes that are so unique that were in the Asha Teahouse dan cong. This is a really good dan cong and I can’t wait to try more varieties!
This is my first ever blooming tea! I generally stay away from jasmine if possible (except on rare occasions) so this is likely the cause of this. This was another sale tea and I’d never, ever pay the $18 for this one. I have no idea where they get off thinking it should be that costly for these blooming teas. The balls themselves smell just like pineapple! They even have that acidic bite that I love so much.
Steeping this was pretty fun, I think that it didn’t fully unfurl during the 1st steep. The liquor is very, very light, but smells nice enough. A lot of the white tea smell is coming through. mmm this is pretty nice. Mellow, fruity, with white tea notes that remind me of the strawberry paradisio one from Teavana. Overall, it is a good tea. Is it an $18 tea? No chance.
2nd and 3rd steeps were very good too! My husband liked it so much he stole a glass of it for himself. He was pretty sad when I told him we won’t be getting more anytime soon.
I’m actually really glad I ended up picking this one up today. Had I known I’d like it so much I would’ve purchased more!
So, unfortunately this is not almond biscotti. It is almond biscotti plus rose and it has its ups and downs. First, I felt that the base is less finicky than the original one; which was easy to embitter. It also had a weird play doh undertone every once in a while that was a bit odd that I completely missed today. The rose isn’t too prominent in either cuppa I had, but again, I’ve still got the sniffles so I’ll have to see if I notice it more later. The second steep was very thin tasting. I really liked this one for the price though and I’m really glad I tried it out! There aren’t any candied violets in mine and only 1 rose so this might change the flavor a bit.
So. I basically caved today and went to Teavana. Long story short I spent way more than I was planning on! But this is a more unexpected find. The tea seller had no idea they even had this tea and she had never tried it before. I said that I’ve had it and I like doing it with short steeps and can get 5-6 steeps out of mine. I think that the seller’s jaw dropped a little. She also seemed confused at how much I got for 2oz. It almost didn’t fit into their regular bags! So even though the weight was only 2oz the value seems to be much higher and this was on sale for $5/2oz instead of the usual $25/2oz.
I’m still struggling with my cold, so I’m a bit stuffy and tasting isn’t my strong point. The leaves are huge, wiry, and deep black/browns with almost a purple sheen; a really pretty tea. The liquor is a light brown color and smells mostly of honey and fruit. These flavors carry over into the flavor and it is very, very good. I’m surprised that this tea has a lower rating on here; maybe it has something to do with the pricing. I really love dan congs and this one is a great addition to my stash so I’m giving it a big thumbs up!
I have been so sick this week. I was supposed to be tackling a huge reading assignment for a project I’m starting Spring semester, but I can hardly keep my thoughts straight. I’m very stuffy so this is the only tea that I can even taste today.
Today’s steep was at the same time, ratios, etc. as usual, but yielded a much lighter brew than other cups I’ve had. It tasted distinctly salty to me today. The hay notes were more evident with lots of honey too. I am glad this more brash tea is making me feel better.
Thanks Teavivre for the sample!
Can I just say that these are super cute? For whatever reason I think these pearls are just precious. The thing is, I generally don’t like straight black teas (other than pu’erh) so this is a big step in a different direction for me.
I’m surprised how light this brewed! It is a very light, almost clear broth color. This smells very hay-like. The tea is pretty thin compared to other blacks I’ve had. I think I know why blacks are strange for me: they’re kind of meaty. This mostly has meaty, hay notes. It’s not a great tea for me, but I’m pretty sure a lot of people would really love this one!