514 Tasting Notes
Hello and good morning Steepster! I’ve come to notice that despite threats of snow I have stayed clear of the white stuff. My landlord just took out my ac unit that was blocking the window in my living room. I feel like my house is less of a cave now! :)
This tea was something that I snagged 4-6 oz of for free. Teavana was giving this stuff away like candy so I have quite the amount. The one that I am drinking is the version with dried raspberries in it. I think that my favorite thing about oolong is the leaves. The beautiful curled leaves become humongous as they unfurl and they are so pretty!
I’m a little out on the availability to re-steep this. The dried fruit pieces actually look kinda blah after using them. Maybe in a bit I will try taking out these pieces because I know that the actual tea could probably withstand at least 2-3 more steeps.
The brew does not really smell overtly fruity to me. In fact to me it seems like the suggested temp (195) is a bit high. The flavor is actually pretty nice. It’s not going to blow my socks off, but it’s light and slightly floral. Which is what I’ve come to expect from oolongs in general. The tongue feel is very smooth! I think that is what I enjoy about this one the most.
This is a decent brew. I don’t think it would be something I picked on a regular basis, but it is very relaxing. I’m going to try to re-steep this later. :)
I’m alone tonight for the first time in a long time. I should be doing homework but I’ve felt under the weather all day. So I’m relaxing for the last few moments I can and sipping this tea in my “fancy” cup. It reminds me of last year when my husband insisted on buying it for me at Starbucks. :p
This smells and tastes so much like jam! I really enjoy sipping this one when it has cooled far more than my other teas. The color, even on the 2nd steep, actually reminds me of cranberries. If no one told me this was white tea I would have no idea…
I have to take an official stance and say enough with Christmas songs. It’s only the first week of November and I’m sick of it already. How is this even physically possible?!
I picked this tea over the sweet oolong revolution (for now…) because hubby seemed to like it more. And oh no! The Teavana people know who I am now! :O They’re like…haven’t I met you before? I cringe a little and say yes. I am an addict. A tea addict. I have to keep crawling back to this, my dispensary for the only things that help me going during my homework!
The smell on this is very warm and cinnamony. I like that a lot recently. The brew is really lovely and is much less cinnamon than I expected. I decided to eat this with a half of a English muffin with apple butter. This combination was heaven. There’s just this awesome fall synergy that happened that was so amazing! I am really tempted to mix this with my chocolate oolong from them. As this cooled the flavor had a lot more of the apple that was mentioned somewhere. I don’t taste the pineapple at all. This is actually a great flavor and something I could easily see as a fall staple in a chai lovers cabinet; even though this is not really a “chai” blend. I do have to agree with other reviewers though; I have no idea where they came up for the name of this. To really be called a brulee I’d like some more of the toasted-sugar flavor that I have experienced from such great teas as the caramel Kusmi.
You know what’s special about this one? It has grown on me. I think that as I sip this, my next to last cup, I’ve realized that I actually really liked this tea. I think that it gave a lot of flavor for a rooibos and I preferred it for late night sipping. I noticed that I have very few rooibos teas in my arsenal and may be tempted to buy this one again in the near future.
This is another sample that I got from Angrboda! :) This is soooo smooth! I really enjoyed it. I think that I would steep it at a much lower temperature next time. I thought that the flavor would be more in the background of the brew, but it’s right there in the forefront. It’s an interesting mix of different fruit flavors. It is not at all too sweet which makes it really pleasant. Great mix!
edit as I sipped this I realized that it actually has such a wonderful raspberry flavor. It’s in the background but it’s soft and amazing!
After such a long day I needed something to pick me up. I added honey to this, something I never do with my tea! I chose to use the special Savannah Bee Company honey I have squireled away in the cupboard awaiting the perfect moment.
This is magical. I love the cookie-chai-honey flavor I’m getting. More tea please!
I have to say thank you for Tea Forte for sending me these teas! This is one of two of the last samples that I have from this line.
I must admit that the smell of this scares me. For some reason it smells peppery to me. I don’t know if this was because it picked it up somewhere or if that’s just its nature. I do love honey but honey/lemon flavors remind me of episodes of terrible throat drinks when I was a child. shudder
The brew still smells odd to me. It doesn’t have too much honey flavor for me. In fact for me it just tasted overpowering. I hate giving teas bad reviews but this is not something I would purchase. I was pretty disappointing since the other flavors I sampled were so wonderful. :( sad tea day.
Today has been so long! I was able to finish a 6 page paper in about four hours. Which overall isn’t too shabby. My last paper went over really well with my teacher so I’m hoping the same will go for this one. I then cuddled up in my jacket and went to the store to shop with my hubby. He’s decided that he wanted healthier food options for work so basket in hand we shopped for wheat bread and plenty of fruits n’ veggies. :) When we finally got to relax I decided to make a cup of this. I actually watched my tea as it brewed this time. I am ghetto brewing my tea still due to the fact that I can’t find any tea ware that fits exactly what I want. So in a regular pan I will warm my water and brew my leaves. It’s not fancy but it works!
The leaves were really quite beautiful to watch and I enjoyed my blissful spacey-ness. This cup smells much more like the spice than the orange that I experienced in my first couple of cups. This second steep of leaf is much more mild than any others that I’ve made. I can almost taste that “cola” flavor someone else mentioned. It’s a decent cup but the time should probably be adjusted next time I do a 2nd steep.
I received this tea from Angrboda. This was such a surprise! I have only had one other experience with Earl Grey and it wasn’t a pleasant one. The reason I haven’t put a lot of time or effort into sampling this kind of tea is that, although it smells wonderful, much of that is simply gone after you steep it. It may smell like fruit loops, but the stuff tastes like black tea.
With this tea the smell has an after aroma of something..tangy? bitter? I can’t exactly put my finger on it. I was actually lucky in that I checked here for some steeping parameters and mine didn’t turn out bitter or astringent at all. Again, this stuff tastes like the Ceylon base far more than the smell of the leaves should lead me to believe.
The taste is pretty good. If I had to say one black tea that I did like it would be Ceylon. It has that very bread-ish undertone that I’ve come to appreciate. The fruit loop taste is there, at the very very back end of the sip. It’s decent, but I guess maybe Earl Grey and me are just not meant for each other.
I guess the only thing I dislike about tasting this and some other black teas is its ability to make me a bit, hm, how to say this nicely, phlegmy? Something about them make my throat react strangely and really changes the flavor of the tea.
edit after letting this cool significantly the other flavors are starting to come out a bit more. I think that I somewhat enjoy this flavor. I think that next time I’ll try taking it with sugar or milk, something that I am not really used to doing.
Another day, another chapter of homework another cup of tea! I seem to have rolled out of the wrong side of the bed today. Nothing feels right and my head is totally stuffed up. But this seems to be getting me through. The lemon+hibiscus is far stronger tasting to me today. Unlike many other reviewers on this site, I actually enjoy hibiscus. Very tasty and very tart. Perfect for this overly cloudy day.