1572 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: This one is just as lovely as I remember. It’s Butiki teas day! All Butiki teas, all day! A little celebration for the wonder that is Butiki and Stacy as a pro! I’m very happy I was a tea sipper while Butiki was around. If only all tea shops would be just as amazing. I’ll be drinking this one, Plum Cashew and Almond Waffle all day! Tea drunk (and definitely tea spoiled!)!
Thank you so much for the samples, Teavivre! Always a great day to get a package from Teavivre! The leaves here are dusty black, large and very twisty. The leaves kind of look exactly like they would be from an ancient tree. The fragrance from the mug has such a caramel scent even before taking a sip and the color of the mug even looks like caramel. The flavor is caramel, honey, sweet like I actually added sugar, a little bready and a bit tangy to give the flavor depth. I imagine the tanginess is from the leaves being ancient. I’m not sure if I should have rinsed the leaves. The texture while drinking the tea is even syrupy! With the second steep, the tanginess evens out and the other flavors from the first cup remain. I tried a third half mug steep with a very long steep time, expecting a ruined, overleafed/oversteeped, undrinkable cup (what I usually describe as the oaky/woody leaf flavor), probably expecting this because the leaves are from an “ancient” tree but the third steep was delicious. Another smooth cup. It didn’t have that oversteeped leaves flavor at all, and was actually unexplainably unique. A nice one! Note to self: definitely don’t miss the third steep and I think a longer steep time won’t hurt the third steep either.
Steep #1 // 2 heaping teaspoons for 11 ounce mug // 15 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 5 min after boiling // 3-4 min steep
Steep #3 // half mug // just boiled // 6+minutes
Thank you for the sale, Ost! The spring harvest of this tea is my FAVORITE lighter black tea. I was hoping this one would be just as good with a little bit more flavor. It kind of is, but the last time I had the Spring harvest, I didn’t use two teaspoons, so it’s a little difficult to compare. But the flavor is perfect for a lighter black tea. The leaves are gorgeous amber orange and very twisty and fuzzy. The flavor is honey, caramel, sweet potato. The three steeps are pretty consistent. I’d always use two teaspoons in the future as less than that isn’t really the same. So so delicious. I’m surprised there isn’t more of a difference in flavor, because I’ve noticed I am kind of sensitive to different harvests. Maybe there really isn’t much of a difference in these harvests though.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 10 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // half mug // few minutes
This was from a teabox a WHILE back… finally getting around to a couple of older teabox teas! This was stored in a thin baggie so the flavor won’t be the best. It’s a light green tea with hints of fruit flavor – I can’t really distinguish the fruits though. Might be a generic fruit flavoring, or the flavor just isn’t the freshest. Not bad but a little boring! It’s gone now…
Steep #1 // 20 min after boiling // 2-3 min steep
Thank you again for the great tea package, Beorhthraefn! I love the idea of a vanilla rooibos — the perfect comforting nighttime cup. I used the entire sealed sample from Davidstea… probably closer to two teaspoons. I didn’t actually see anything that I would call vanilla in the blend… it just looked like rooibos and marigold petals to me. The flavoring is certainly vanilla, but at times it seems like it has an odd aftertaste. Maybe that’s the rooibos though. A delicious cup full of something like vanilla, but I would have liked if it was more of an authentic vanilla, or at least tasted like it to me. Maybe rooibos just doesn’t pair well with vanilla… I don’t think I’ve ever had a vanilla rooibos before. Very dessert like anyway! The second cup held up well to the flavor of the first.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 2-3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // few min steep
First, I’m very sad to hear that Frank won’t be making the hot teas anymore, but I’m happy to see LiberTEAS and her daughter taking over! Hopefully good things will happen!
Thank you for this one, QueenofTarts! I had to buy it to travel along with the Bluebird split order. The pouch was brand new and unopened but I have no idea if this is a reblend or older. I wish I had one of these donuts right now – custard filled! Maple frosting! I tried this one a while back at boiling and the flavor was non-existent other than the honeybush. The dry leaves really don’t have much of a scent other than a sweetness anyway. Then I thought to try it again, at a very low temperature. I waited around 20 minutes after boiling, but there still wasn’t a flavor that would scream maple custard donuts. Again, just a little bit of sweetness. Both steep sessions I only steeped for around 45 seconds because that usually gives me the best flavor with 52Teas blends. I don’t think a longer steep time would help, but I’ll try that eventually. Too bad this one wasn’t better, as it’s a really nice idea for a blend! Low rating for not delivering on the flavor promise!
First steep session: 1 tsp. // just boiled // 45 seconds
Second steep session: 1 tsp // 20 minutes after boiling // 45 seconds
I haven’t been catching up on reading tasting notes as much as I’d like lately. Hopefully everyone is doing okay!
From a teabox a WHILE back. Speaking of which, the Here’s Hoping teabox has been with the same person for a while… I hope it will eventually move on. Anyway, I used quite a bit of these long and twisty leaves. I have no idea what parameters to use for this tea.. I tried looking at a bunch of Steepster pages for similar teas. Didn’t really find any suggestions. Twenty minutes after boiling seemed to work. The flavor is so floral it seems hard to believe that it’s natural orange blossom. It’s actually like flowers, like perfume was sprayed on the leaves. Hopefully not… hopefully these leaves were just harvested around fragrant orange trees or something. I’m not really accustomed to “orange blossom” but there are definite citrus notes as well as the natural honey flavor of the oolong. The second steep somehow had just as much of the flavor as the first cup, so maybe it is in the leaves itself. The leaves also didn’t seem oversteeped — I thought they might be with just boiled water. I prefer green oolongs, but this isn’t bad.
Steep #1 // 20 min after boiling // less than 2 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2-3 min
Additional notes: I tried this one with three teaspoons at the suggestion of WP – it didn’t seem to change the flavor profile at all, just made it stronger flavored – more chocolate, more caramel. HOWEVER, this one does not get bitter or astringent even with a ten minute steep. The steeps end up being very flavorful for three steeps if I can get it right, but it’s hard to ruin this one and you definitely end up with some flavor. Note to self though: I think two teaspoons is good for this one in the future, after trying with 1 1/2 tsps. and 3 tsps. Like I said though, this is a nice Jabberwocky — it’s tough to make it mad (ruin). Raising the rating from an 86 for the consistency in the flavor and the resteepablity.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3-4 min steep
Steep #2 // couple min a.b. // 5-7 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 10 min
Thank you for this sample, Beorhthraefn! I must admit I sipped this one a few days ago but I also had a terrible headache after I started the steep sessions, so I didn’t write a tasting note at the time. I had to write one though, since the sample is gone now. I used a teaspoon and a half for my eleven or so ounce mug. As a dry leaf, I’m surprised there isn’t much of a scent to these green bundles. Both steeps are light in flavor – fruity like pineapple, buttery but not getting to the point of savory. Sadly, looking at the total steep time for both sessions – a min and 45 seconds, these leaves probably had a lot more time to steep, but my headache was telling me to cool it on the caffeine and just go to bed. I should have tried this one another day!
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // rinse // 45 second steep
Steep #2 // 7 min a.b. // 1 min steep