1450 Tasting Notes
Thank you Momo for the great sale! I realize this blend was probably ancient but it has a label that says “rescued from retirement by Little Mew Brew” so I have no clue how old this particular pouch is. It must be less old than the original batch though? But if the black tea is the older type, I’d rather try the older blend! This also contains lots of cinnamon, raisins that I couldn’t see, and a very unique scent wafting from the open pouch. The scent seems a little odd and it carries to the flavor. It doesn’t seem old or anything and I guess it should be the butter. When the tea gets cold, it tastes more like that flavor. The cinnamon shows through and the black tea pairs well with the flavor that this should be. Does this taste like cinnamon toast? As much as it can. I expected worse, but this isn’t bad. Then I accidentally threw out the wrong leaves, no resteep!
Steep #1 // just boiled // 1 min steep
I’m pleased to see Steepster is more streamlined these days… hopefully easier to deal with behind the scenes as well. Thank you Steepster team for keeping this beast running!
Thank you so much CHAroma! I desperately wanted to try this one and I was able to get a sample with the SBT iced teas I bought. The berries listed are my favorites, so this blend just seemed for me. This tastes almost exactly like I knew it would – a lovely silver needle base that lends some lemony flavor. The berry flavors are present in both steeps equally. There are actual strawberry pieces in the blend. Very tasty and very happy I was able to try it!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 30 min after boiling //1 min steep
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 1 1/2 min
Thank you TeaTiff for the swap! It’s terrible it’s taking a while for me to try these teas. I’m trying! These leaves are little coils of gold with hints of black. There is a fragrance of tomato soup before I even take a sip. The flavor is lovely – very smooth, tomato soup, honey, hints of chocolate, sweet potato, bit of spice. A ridiculous combination if you think about it, but the flavors work perfectly together… only in tea! The second steep really melded together and deepened… more difficult to pick out the flavors like I did in the first cup but very delicious!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min
Thank you Rachel for this one in your sale a WHILE ago. This one might be a little ancient, but it was completely sealed in one of those samples. The flavor seems delicious anyway, but probably less delicious than it could be. The white tea actually looks like a smaller leafed Darjeeling rather than Shou Mei. There was half of a cherry in the infuser. There is something thirst-quenching about these 52Teas fruity white teas. White tea goes really well with fruit. There is cherry flavor here, though not overpowering the white tea. A nice buzziness that could only be the brandy flavor. I’ll enjoy the remaining couple of teaspoons of this one.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 1 min steep
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 2 min
Additional notes: Sipping this one again from my 100 grams I just had to buy from Teavivre after the best-oolong-ever sample I tried. The sample was a garden of the most beautiful flowers in a cup, though this time there doesn’t seem to be as much floral flavor or fragrance even from the dry leaves. Not sure if that is from a different harvest or because the sample was fresh from the foil wrapper (though the 100 grams is still wrapped REALLY well). I tried to follow the parameters as much as possible. Steeping it this way seems PERFECT with each steep, no astringency at all and plenty of flavor. It’s still probably my favorite oolong, even without all those flowers!
Two tsps. // rinse // just boiled // 1 min // 2 min // 3 min
Tasting a tea I took from the Lewis & Clark teabox. This looks like a decent enough black tea but the flavor is a bit odd. It tastes like a sweet barbeque lapsang souchong… I’m not sure if it’s from the black tea itself or the TINY bit of rooibos in the blend. Not actually smoky but the flavor is unexpected! Only a hint of fruity flavor for a second. No cinnamon. It has that cardboard black tea base flavor. This is too bad as the blend sounds like a nice idea but it doesn’t result in anything I’d want to drink again. Nothing works here. And I like smoky teas too.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 4 min
Thank you for the sale, Momo! Here is one I get to try from Ovation – miss them! I’ve never tried a bad tea from them and I’ve tried a handful. Always plenty of flavor. This one promises pecan, chocolate and caramel on a rooibos blend. There are plenty of actual pecan pieces. The primary note is chocolate that reminds me of milk chocolate frosting or chocolate whip in candy bars. There is a hint of woody flavor, either from the rooibos or the pecan. I’m not sure if I’m tasting caramel but there is plenty of sweetness! A really nice dessert blend, though I would have liked a honeybush base more.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Thank you Ost for the sale! I’ve recently been craving white teas more and more. If you think you don’t like white teas, the special ones will change your mind. This looks like a mixture of many different leaves: some fuzzies, some that look swept from an autumn forest floor. Tough to measure the amount, but I used a decent amount of leaves. The flavor is okay, maybe I steeped it not-to-perfection. The flavor is very light and has hay notes. There is more to it I can’t describe, so maybe my palate isn’t figuring this one out. A decent white tea to try out though.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
I had to stock up on some of this peppermint from Zen as peppermint seems to be the only thing to help my headaches. THIS stuff can certainly help! Wow, this stuff is strong even upon opening the pouch. I tried a teaspoon of this steeped on its own but it will also come in handy for mixing with other teas. The flavor is delicious, cooling, strong, fresh. It’s certainly something different! I’ll stock up on a pouch of this one whenever I order some of my other Zen favorites (there’s a few!) This will be my go-to for headaches, but I’d choose this one over any other herbal blend any time.
Steep #1 // 6 min after boiling // 5 min steep
Thank you Ost for the sale! I’ve seen tasting notes for this one before and it sounded good. It is — it tastes like a liquefied banana coconut cream pie! I may have left this one steeping for 25 minutes but the steep instructions suggest 10-15 minutes anyway. The most noticeable flavor is the banana with hints of coconut. I’m not sure what sultanas taste like but there wasn’t much flavor from the mangos and papaya… they probably lent some extra syrupy sweetness. (Also, NO hibiscus in this one. I feel like if it’s a herbal blend I have to give a hibiscus report.) It is certainly a dessert tea without caffeine! (Or with some graham crackers I was eating with the tea – it’s like the pie crust paired with the filling.) One of the best herbal blends I’ve sipped. There is just some ripe brown bananas in the infuser is all. :D Amazing that the bananas can be in a tea but I taste NO preservatives.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 25 min