317 Tasting Notes
Oh Special Dark. I really owe you today. I must be older than I thought because I had a few beers last night and am really hurting today. You, Special Dark, have brought be back to life. Somehow I knew you would help, and you really did. In appreciation of your awesomeness, I will break my post black friday resolution and purchase some more of you right now. I have a feeling over the course of the next 2 weeks I’ll be relying on you a lot. Thanks for being strong and reliable. Cheers- Amy
I have a million new teas to try, but all I could think of this morning is that I needed to have a cup of this. It’s soooooo good. I’m almost out of my little bag already. I’ll be picking up a bigger bag this time! Love the flavors that meld in this cup. So well done. This is a for sure staple. Perfect for a typical morning. It’s not super bold, which I need sometimes to slap me in the face, but for a regular morning when I want to wake up gently while making breakfast for the kids, perfection. Ahhh…
I love all Stacy’s Guayusa blends, but this one may be my new favorite. It’s seriously delicious. Tastes just like apple cider. I think I’ll play with it a bit… mix it with the super spicy one and then throw in some fresh ginger. I love ginger apple cider. Yum.
This is another good one from YS courtesy of Terri Harplady and the BBB. This tastes of roasted nuts and is incredibly smooth. I’m using my gaiwan and accidentally forgot it during the 20 second steep and it went for about 2 minutes. Not at all bitter. Just extra roasty and nutty. I don’t taste anything sweet or chocolatey, just a nice roasted tea. I like it!
Yum. This is a good breakfast blend. Super smooth and not overly bitter, just the right amount. I would definitely reorder this if it wasn’t sold out! Glad I have an ounce!
Woah. This tea doesn’t taste like what I expected it to. It looks like a CTC Assam, but does not taste like it. Definitely bold. Needed some cream and honey. I like it, but I don’t think it will be a reorder. I think I over steeped it, though, and CTCs are kind of whiny about over steeping. I’ll add another note once I do the parameters as Stacy suggested.
I hadn’t read the description of this tea before I bought and drank it. Just that it was an English Breakfast and i’ve been looking for a good morning black tea to be my go to morning tea. So I bought all the black teas that could fit the bill during the Butiki sale. I made this one first thing this morning. As the water hit the tea I realized this is a taiwanese assam blend (the sweet smell) and I was so glad I’d grabbed some. This is super delicious. It will definitely be a staple. I haven’t ever loved Darjeeling before, but it is a really nice complement in this tea. I didn’t entirely notice the keemun, but I’ll look for it next time. Great tea to start the day!
YUM!!!! Got this from Terri Harplady in the BBBB and it is absolutely delicious! Made it in the gaiwan and enjoyed about 5 steeps before it started to lose the robust flavor. This is seriously good. Thanks Terri!
Another one from Red Blossom. This one is a Chinese blend and is a really high quality. Unfortunately, there’s Keemun-y or smoky flavor in there I don’t love. Still a nice cup, but I won’t re-order.
I placed an order with Red Blossom and am so far enjoying their teas! I really like their tins too. Super cute. This tea actually surprised me a bit. I was expecting it to be fruity and not too deep or full, but it was all of the above! It’s a pretty decent morning cup. Happy to have more of this!