1276 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: I’m having this one again. I think it’s still my favorite chai though I was wondering why it wasn’t as strong, then I thought I had previously used two teaspoons. Looking at the tasting note says I used 1 3/4 teaspoons. I’m still amazed at the big cinnamon pieces. I love that it has both longer leaves and CTC leaves. Also, I think I noticed some pieces of rock sugar this time around, though it doesn’t taste much sweeter. Maybe it makes it perfect while using 1 3/4 tsps. I’m sad I’m still the only one with a tasting note for this one. All of the NecessiTeas blends I’ve tried have been delicious. I wish they sold their teas in smaller amounts than three ounces. Steepsterers could at least be splitting orders!
Additional notes: I will be gradually taste testing all of my pearls the same way (and most of them will be sipdowns in the process – since I have five pearls left of most): five pearls, rinse, just boiled, first steep two minutes, second steep four minutes. After this cup though, I might have to change the first steep from two minutes to three. The first steep was a little light in flavor, and I know these pearls are usually very flavorful. The second steep was much better – the flavor deeper chocolate, while not being astringent. Just like I like my pearls to be. If I had to choose between pearl necklaces or black dragon pearls, I’d most certainly choose black dragon pearls… I just have to figure out WHICH pearls are my favorite. I’m going to be keeping a list as I go, to place them in most to least favorite and the list will be in the tasting note of the last pearls!
Side note: I just realized Adagio has rewards points for reviews! That means I’m hunting down all my Adagio notes from Steepster and adding them there (it won’t be tough – I have a list of all the teas I’ve tried.) Adagio won’t mind… most of my reviews for their teas are nice anyway (except for maybe the White Pear.. haha.)
Another sample from Just Organic Tea! thank you! One teaspoon of a bunch of teas seems like the best way to get your teas and some reviews out there! This is a lovely green tea – I’m afraid the spices of the others teas might have affected this one, even though I tried to separate the spicy teas from the others as soon as I got them for that reason. The flavor is marine-like with the first sips then gets vegetal. When the cup cools, it definitely seems like there is spice to the flavor though. This one doesn’t seem to get bitter. I left the infuser in the cup for the second steep a bit too long and it still tasted the same as the first cup. A very nice standard green tea! JustOrganicTea.com
Steep #1 // 35 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min
Steep #2 // 40 min after boiling // a few minutes (accidentally)
Another teaspoon taken from the HHRound#2 teabox. No blueberries in the dry blend and really no flavor of blueberry to speak of. But the white tea itself is alright. I wouldn’t usually choose to steep up a white tea unless it is something special (like the California Tea House – Melon Yogurt I sipped yesterday). This is okay – maybe too much traveling in the teabox, since someone else could actually notice the blueberry. Hints of cucumber in the first sips. Not terrible but not much to say about it either.
Another tea that was in the HHRound#2 teabox. This had been on my wishlist! I think there were closer to two teaspoons than one though, and I could kind of tell in the resulting flavor, since it was a little brisk. The leaves were small (or crumbled apart by that point) so that didn’t help either. But…
WHOA MELON. They aren’t lying. It tastes like pure cantaloupe! It’s like the Butiki blend. I didn’t see any melon in the dry blend (or yogurt pieces) so it must be the flavoring. So much melon though! Very nice. The second steep had just as much melon flavor, I sipped the cup so fast! The next morning there was a bit left in the mug, but drinking it was very sour for some reason. So this one is winner, just don’t leave it overnight!
Thanks again for the samples, Just Organic! I will be working on the samples again since the teabox is now on its way.
Steep #1 // 15 min after boiling (accidentally, wanted it to be 10) // 4 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
The leaves here are very dark, somewhat tiny, and look like they are covered in flavor. Before I take a sip, the cup has a brown sugar fragrance. Then I get pumpkin again! I’m not sure why their black tea tastes like pumpkin to me, but it does. There is a sweetness there, but nothing I would call vanilla or chocolate. Maybe caramel! The second steep was much of the same, only stronger since I had used just boiled water. A unique tea, but I don’t think the name is accurate.
The last time I steeped this one, I burned it, over temp, over time. It looks so much like a black tea! This time I let the water cool for thirty minutes and steep for three. Much better! There is plenty of sweet apricot flavor on this buttery sencha. I’ll enjoy the few teaspoons I’ve got left. Adagio hardly ever fails!
On another note, I updated my cupboard with the teas I added to the teabox or sold and don’t have in stock anymore (34 teas) but then I added to my cupboard all of the teas I took from the teabox (25 teas) Doh! At least the added teas number wasn’t a higher number than the removed! Most of those are one cup samples anyway. I’m expecting Butiki & Teavivre samples I’m looking forward to as well.
Thank you Nina’s for my samples! Though one of them is one I have been sent before… I feel like I need a keemun in my collection. So I’m up for trying any. This is my favorite base from Nina’s. It isn’t as astringent as some of the others I’ve tried, so this would play nice with the flavors. The keemun itself is very nice – smokier than any of the Teavivre but it doesn’t have any of the chocolate notes that Teavivre has. Maybe if I used two teaspoons, I would have noticed chocolate. But in the past, Nina’s teas have been better without using too many leaves. This is a solid, nice representative of Keemun! I’m looking forward to the rhubarb Keemun they sent me…
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // couple mins after boiling // 2-3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min
I wanted to try this one from Rachel’s sale a while back when I saw Dinosara was selling some… to make sure I didn’t love it and needed to buy it. :D It’s difficult to taste anything in this first cup. But it seems like a white tea to me. The leaves are long and spikey, almost like another tea I had the other day I hadn’t seen before. I love the name! I dropped the sample pouch on the floor and lost a few of the leaves, but it was right before I vacuumed anyway. I hate dropping tea on the floor, but it was a one cup sample anyway… germs gone and not back in my tea collection! The second steep wasn’t much better than the first. Kind of boring, this one.
Thank you for sending this one a while back, CharlotteZero! Oh man this is the type of pu-erh I love. I love pu-erh just for being pu-erh, it’s really different than anything else. Black tea sometimes tastes like chocolate but pu-erh is just pu-erh. If I’m making sense. This one is a standard delicious ripened pu-erh. It’s super dark even at the first cup. It’s sweet and dusky. The second cup is just the same. The third cup was a little spicier. The forth cup with a much higher temp and steep time is much more muted, so I don’t think I would go for a fourth cup again. But some pu-erhs are still going strong by the fourth cup. Not this one! But the cup was still enjoyable. The color of the cup is even much lighter. It’s tough to describe pu-erh more than any other teas, you just have to drink it! I’d buy these! I’m thinking of buying a couple things from puerhshop.com just to add things to MzPriss’s teabox (and other teaboxes, I guess!)
Steep #1 // rinse // couple mins after boiling // 1 min steep
Steep #2 // couple mins after boiling // 1 1/2 – 2 min steep
Steep #3 // couple mins after boiling // 2 min
Steep #4 // just boiled // 3 min