1025 Tasting Notes
From CharlotteZero! thanks so much! I’ve only got one serving left of Verdant’s Golden Fleece and maybe a few teaspoons of this one will fit that spot in my cupboard. I LOVE the description (it sounded like my very favorite- Butiki’s Hattialli Golden Lion Assam). It sounds like all the flavors I love in a tea. Unfortunately, not quite the same as either tea…
Steep #1 // 15 minutes after cooling // 3 1/2 min
This blend seems to be darker than Golden Fleece. The flavor is light but not as light as GF. Less honey, more sweet potato. Also a hint of tobacco. It’s difficult to describe this one actually. It might have a bit of chocolate when it cools. I’m not really getting any chocolate or apricots as the description mentions.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 1/2 min
Another nice cup… this one would be in the middle of the Hattialli and the Golden Fleece, flavor-wise. Tasty, but the other two do their thing better than this one.
This one is from MissB! Thanks so much! I knew I would love this sort of tea, since I saw someone call it Mexican hot chocolate. Though I’ve never actually tried Mexican hot chocolate, it seems like it would be my sort of thing. I steeped this cup for a VERY long time with just boiled water…. like 10-20 minutes. The chocolatier the better, I think! The flavor is addicting! It’s a dusty chocolate that fills up the entire mug. Unsweetened tough chocolate. It’s exactly my thing. There has to be SOME caffeine in here since it’s chocolate though, right? Especially if the chocolate dust is in the mug? I could drink a ton of this stuff. I would DEFINITELY choose this over hot chocolate since I wouldn’t have to worry about the sugar. Anyone on a diet who can’t go without their chocolate, this is the drink for you.
This one was calling to me today. I’ve tried this one before, but Dexter3657 sent a few teaspoons over that I could certainly enjoy. thanks so much! Sometimes I’m in the mood for coffee… but not actually drink coffee. This pu-erh is perfect with coffee. There were seven whole coffee beans floating in my infuser! They certainly add a complement of coffee flavor to the dusky dark pu-erh. One of my favorites from David’s.
On a side note, I also tried the “mystery” oolong that Dex sent over.. I’ll just make notes here since I can’t put the note where it should go. It was a nice oolong! I could tell by the look of the leaves that it would be delicious. However, I don’t think I steeped it properly.. I’ll have to try a few different ways to steep it. I went with Teavivre’s oolong steeping instructions for this one but it didn’t seem like the cup it should have been. It was tasty… but I know it could have been tastier!
ETA: The other tasting note mentions SEVEN coffee beans too. Odd!
Additional notes: The last of the black teas I haven’t tried yet from the Bestsellers sampler. I should be happy with the remaining two – they are honeybush. This one isn’t AS disappointing with the new black tea base as the others have been. Maybe the buttery, sweet (not quite syrup, but it isn’t not syrup) pairs better with this base. This needs more of an actual cake flavor though. Maybe I just sipped a pancake tea because I really wanted pancakes this morning. The rating would be lowered because of the new base, but I don’t want to ruin my memories of the 52Teas blends I loved and change the ratings.
Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet for this sample! I like this one – a nice black base (always love Adagio… well mostly) and an apple flavor that is kind of like fresh bright green apples but a little bit like Jolly Ranchers. I’ve had worse apple teas. There is some sort of tiny leaf that looks like strawberry or raspberry leaves but they aren’t in the description. Doesn’t seem to affect the flavor anyway. Plenty of apple pieces in the blend as well. Tons of apple flavor, whether it’s from the apples themselves or some sort of flavoring (probably both). This would probably make another nice iced tea. I’ll enjoy the remaining couple of teaspoons I have.
Another sample from Teavivre! thanks so much, Teavivre! I REALLY wanted to try most of the Keemun teas from Teavivre, since one of them will definitely be ordered in the future. I love the Premium Keemun Hao Ya black. This one seems to be one point lower in the Steepster rating at the moment, though it is supposed to be better quality. Teavivre’s instructions for this one are two teaspoons at 194 degrees with a rinse and 1,2,3 minute steep times. The dry leaves are mostly black with tinges of gold.
Steep #1 // 20 mins after boiling // 2 min after rinse
The wait was accidentally a bit longer than I would have liked. But looking at my tasting notes for the other Keemun, it seems I get a perfect cup after waiting 18 minutes and steeping for two minutes, so I’m glad it ended up being closer in time to compare! Before I take the first sip, the fragrance is much like sweet potatoes with marshmallow on top, not really smoke. I must note that this is NOT like Teavivre’s lighter sweet potato tasting teas (Tan Yang & Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tip), it just has that particular fragrance. The flavor itself is brisk enough without being astringent. I wouldn’t say there is any smokiness in the flavor or fragrance with this one. The Premium has a hint of smoke. The flavor in this one is like melted chocolate chips. Not necessarily dark chocolate like the Premium Hao Ya.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
This one has a slight hint of flavor that says it would have been better with waiting for the water to cool a while. Teavivre has definitely perfected their steeping instructions… I will always follow their instructions as close as I can because when I do, the tea tastes better. It’s still a tasty cup though. I really like this tea, but I think my favorite is the Premium Hao Ya, because that one has a hint of smoke and dark chocolate, rather than the semi-sweet chocolate chips that this tea has. Either way, both teas are pure chocolate… and both are fantastic.
Teavivre just happened to offer me some more samples. They are the best! I can never say no to more Teavivre samples (hey, they offered!) thank you so much, Teavivre! Teavivre’s instructions say 17 ounce of water which seems odd with a tablespoon of leaves which also seems odd at 203 degrees with a rinse and 1,2,3,4 minute steep times. I went with two teaspoons.
Steep#1 // 15-20 min after boiling // 2 min after rinse
I probably waited too long for the water to cool… not on purpose. The color of the tea looks like it does in Teavivre’s picture of the cup of tea… however the flavor doesn’t seem strong enough to be a favorite tea of mine. The flavor is so light! Also a bit tangy and a bit drying, which is why it might not be a favorite for me. BUT I’m probably not steeping it the correct way, since I didn’t follow any of the instructions… 17 ounces is confusing when I have 8-9 ounce mug… that probably threw everything else. This cup is tough for me to figure out since the flavor is so light.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
This cup has a deeper flavor… but not my much. It has a texture like those little fuzzies I thought were only on white teas… but this is the second black tea I’ve had this week like that. I wonder if I just haven’t noticed it before? I’m sad this tea didn’t taste like the chocolatey plum, apricot, cherry stone fruits that I’ve seen mentioned because those are my absolute favorite types of teas. This is like a lighter chocolate… very subtle flavors. This one isn’t my favorite from Teavivre… but pass me the perfectly steeped cup and it would probably be much better than this one.
Additional notes: Having another cup of this old favorite. Definitely my favorite green and VERY high up there for any type of tea. .. even after the 100s (1,000s?) of teas I’ve tried since I first tried this one. I can’t believe how nice this still is! It’s GREEN and it’s OLD. There is hope for some of my old teas yet! :D
Another sample from MissB! Thank you so much! Ima tell you right now that is wins the most adorable tea ever. The tiny gingerbread sprinkles! They look like the tiniest gingerbread cookies. Actual color. Actual texture. So it’s like cookies with eggnog! I tried to save most of the gingerbread men sprinkles for the last teaspoon so I could admire them longer. :D There is also a peppercorn in the blend. The flavor isn’t EXACTLY eggnog (like that amazing Red Leaf Eggnog matcha I had the other day), but it’s pretty good anyway. A nice black tea base that goes well with the flavors that are supposed to be here. There is a slight spicy flavor that would be like eggnog spice. Not really SPIKED though. A little sweet, probably because of the gingerbread men sprinkles that I was sad to see melt. Pretty tasty! The second cup was very nice as well, with a couple extra minutes on the original steep. This one almost tastes on the verge of being a chai. One of my favorites from Herbal Infusions that I’ve tried and not just because of the sprinkles!
I got a sample of this with the samples I bought for their out-of-business sale. I don’t know what trying them was going to do! Ah well. This has to be one of the best ceylons out there. It’s more like a lighter Laoshan Black! Very similar flavor profiles. A bit malty, chocolatey, sweet potatoey… not a tough black tea. Very tasty… but again, because it is like Laoshan Black and a Ceylon… it’s still not really a favorite black tea. The second cup was boring, even though the first cup was steeped at a lower temp. Not enough flavor! hmm. I’m happy Vikings is back! Adagio Rollo and Floki blends need to happen!