867 Tasting Notes
TeaboxB! With green tea in the ingredients list, I thought this would be more green tea than pu-erh. SO I cooled the water a while… accidentally for a few minutes but I like how it turned out anyway. The flavor is actually definitely pu-erh and not green. It has the pu-erh fragrance. The taste is really nice, very sweet, medium bodied… hard to describe otherwise but no magnolia that I can detect. And no mysterious notes of vanilla or fruit that the description mentions. Just plain ole pu-erh. This would be the perfect starter to try out pu-erh since it actually tastes like many of the nice pu-erhs I’ve tried. Surprisingly good!
TeaboxB! I’ve had worse smoky teas but I’ve had better. The scent is heavy the flavor is the mid level of smoky. The flavor isn’t bad. Kind of like a BBQ. The black tea is mid-strength. Not too much to say! A good one to try if you’re looking to try lapsang for the first time, but I really like Zen tea life’s blend.
Teabox B! A ton of flowers! I’ve never tried these before… I added a bunch to my infuser. A few minutes later, it looks like a mug of beer! The flavor seems familiar somehow, but I would have no idea where the flavor is from. It is hard to describe! A bit brothy, savory. Spicy especially if I just had sugar. Sweet too. Doesn’t really taste like flowers. I just can’t describe it. It’s a nice flavor anyway!
Another one from TastyBrew’s very generous package! So appreciated! I was hoping this one would be better than Della Terra’s icky Dirty Chai… I don’t know what it is about that one! Luckily, this one is gulpable better. Also, pop rocks! This has a few chai ingredients, but isn’t necessarily too much like chai. More black tea than spices. This one was supposed to taste like the Hot Tamales candy that I love. And it does… because somehow I had a mouthful of cinnamon heart candies about an hour before I sipped this tea. I have no idea how that happened. But it does taste like cinnamon candies! Sweet, sugary cinnamon. I love it! Maybe it’s autumn that is making me love these chai blends lately. That’ll do it.
Another from TeaboxB! A little worried about the hibiscus but it wasn’t too bad. It was kind of like juice… that tasted a bit like vitamins. But the cranberries and oranges were tasty. Not too much flavor from the chamomile. This one was supposed to have rooibos in it, but it has probably settled in the bottom of the pouch. I actually expected more tart/bitter especially as I added more than two teaspoons to the mug. Must be expectations from previous hibiscus attacks I’ve had. I definitely have never had two teas with chamomile in the same day! I don’t think I’ve had chamomile before today in about a year…or two. Not terrible anyway!
TeaboxB! I haven’t really had much luck with the few Republic of Teas that I’ve tried. Even though I expected a black tea, this one is nice! I guess I forget about chamomile especially with so many amazing blends out there. I almost used two bags since there looked like there was barely any tea in this one, but the cup was perfect. Brewing, there is a sweet apple fragrance I can’t wait to try. Chamomile naturally tastes like apple but the apple flavor added was great too. Very nice!
Another from TeaboxB! thanks again everyone! I’ve never heard of a smoky bergamot… it honestly didn’t sound very good but I had to try it. It’s actually perfect. One teaspoon at four minutes… yep, perfect. The base is the perfect strength. There are equal parts smoke and bergamot. A nice smoke and a nice citrusy bergamot. It’s very intriguing! I know many people can’t take their bergamot and they can’t take their smoky teas. But I like both! And I can’t believe both aspects are done this well. I might sneak this from the teabox.
Oh my gosh, TastyBrew sent me an amazing generous package of teas today!! I appreciate it so so much! THANK YOU! This one was first up. I felt like chai. I used a teaspoon and another 3/4… which was a bit risky, as this was a CTC and also black tea! But it is so so so good. I love a good chai. There are huge cinnamon chunks. A lot of ginger flavor, which I normally do not like unless it is in chai. This one has the perfectness briskness. My tongue is buzzy at first then the aftertaste is sweet. I never know why many chais are called “vanilla” when there doesn’t seem to be any vanilla. But I really love this one. I should have added milk!
ETA: This might be my favorite chai. It’s between this one and Ovation’s that I know I haven’t written a tasting note for yet!
Another from the HH teabox. I recently had another tea from this company. This one features rose petals. The instructions on the bag say a steep for 5-7 minutes. That seems long to me – so I went for four. The flavor is a BIT rose petaly soapy, but I don’t mind. The black base is nice and there is actually a subtle sweet fruit flavor… maybe strawberries (which makes sense seeing as how it is called “Valentine’s”… that really improves upon the rose. The cup color is very dark but the tea didn’t seem to keep me awake! I might keep a few teaspoons of this and send the rest on its way…
Another from the Here’s hoping teabox! The water was probably cooled way too low. After a three minute steep, it’s a sweet creamy coconut. More coconut flavor than there is an oolong flavor, probably because the oolong has barely unraveled. The second steep has less coconut and the oolong makes itself known. They are like completely different teas but that makes it interesting. This reminds me of Queen Mary’s Coconut Baozhong… it might be the same blend and I love that blend. I’m almost done with the HH teabox. It isn’t holding up Momo’s teabox, I promise, as it is an impossibility for me to get to the post office anyway… so they might as well go at the same time when I can actually go.