1536 Tasting Notes
thank you again, Amanda, for the lovely package of teas. Of anything, I’d love to try more teas with walnuts in them (The 52Teas Date Nut Muffin is a particular favorite.) I read recently that the walnuts in a blend might get old earlier than usual in a tea. So I thought I would try this one asap. Sadly, the walnuts are a bit bitter. Oddly enough, I like it anyway (maybe that’s just the walnut fan talking). I don’t know if it is the walnuts that are a bit salty. The black tea base isn’t too strong and I barely tasted any banana. (The flowers were a nice accent though… and the mix itself looks like it has a ton of bananas and walnuts.) I probably would have loved this when it was just blended. I appreciate being able to try it anyway. I’ll still be on the lookout for other walnut blends, but I will know to drink them quicker from now on!
Also, snow bunny! Here is hoping starting on April 7th we have seen the last of the snow for the year! I think it is supposed to be in the 70s all week!
I wanted a creamy tea this morning, but not an earl grey, and I remembered that Yssah kindly sent me a sample of this one with the Harney teas I ordered from her! thanks so much! This reminds me of the Della Terra Blueberry cream, just without the rooibos and maybe with a bit less flavor. It’s good though! I think the black tea, blueberry and cream flavors all share an equal balance. It’s very sweet! I wish I had ordered some of this with the other teas!
thank you so much bluebirdteaco.com for the samples! The samples come in little velum-like pouches, sewn shut, with the bluebird logo. I’m not sure how long the tea would stay fresh, since, you know, the thread holes don’t make the package air tight (or smell contamination tight), but the little packages sure are adorable. I guess you’re supposed to drink them fast anyway!I really wanted to try some of these amazing blends. They all look so good and so inspired — this one especially. I thought it would be like a mojito. Such a delicious sounding mix of ingredients. This is refreshing! My sample had about a teaspoon and a half, so I threw the whole thing in the infuser. I steeped for three minutes and got something super tasty! I first got a fruity flavor (but not hibiscus or rosehips that are mentioned… don’t be scared because I did not find them here at all, at least in this cup.) It’s a mix of fruit… lime, orange, passionfruit, mango and apple, and then the spicy hot chili kicks you in the back of the throat! Yowza. I love it. The fruit taste isn’t specific.. it all kind of blends into its own unique fruit flavor but I am noticing the lime. There is a bit of slight vegetal flavor too… I’m thinking it is from the green tea or the lemongrass, but only a little bit! I love that mix though: fruit, spicy chili, and a bit of a vegetal flavor… with no hibiscus to be tasted! I knew I would love this one and it’s a great start to my Bluebird samples. I can see this company quickly becoming a favorite of Steepsterers!
Additional notes: I’m having more of this one today, because I just wanted a plain black bready tea. (craving.) I guess I’m getting overrun by samples both from generous Steepsters and companies sending them to me. All very appreciated! (I will definitely be overrun by samples when my Zen order gets here.. I only bought samples for the sale going until April 20…many many samples!) But luckily I have a list of all the new-to-me teas I have to write tasting notes for, so that helps! But for now, I’ll just go for the simplicity of this tea…
thank you again Amanda for the super generous tea package! I really appreciate it! I knew this one would be tasty when I saw it! I think I need flavors in my white teas to like them more anyway. Coconut cream sounds good! And it is. You can still taste the flavor of the white tea behind the flavors, so it’s a nice balance. The white tea here is delicious anyway, so it doesn’t really need the flavors to be enjoyable. But I really like the coconut cream too. The coconut isn’t one of those odd chemical flavors — it’s sweet! Very yum! The flowers are pretty too. Probably a favorite white tea… I said I didn’t have many flavored oolongs the other day but I don’t think I have many flavored white teas either!
I bought some of Harney’s teas from Yssah, since I only wanted to try about an ounce of some of them, rather than buy many ounces of each. thanks, Yssah! I love small amounts of tons of tea! This one immediately reminded me of the Harney’s I had the other day: Valentine’s. They are both chocolate but this one was supposed to have more of a hazelnut flavor that I didn’t really find. The only way I could tell that this one was hazelnut was that it was slightly less sweeter than the lovely milk chocolate flavor that Valentine’s has. I’m a bit disappointed, since I LOVE Adagio’s hazelnut flavor and sometimes wake up craving that one! So this would be tasty if you don’t expect more of a hazelnut flavor.
Sipdown! Mainly because I’m making room for more teas and the last old bag of this had to go. There were three left so I threw two in a mug. That may have overdone it on the stevia though. I’ve liked this better in the past. It usually has a nice peach flavor. I’m also just tossing an old box of CS berry zinger which I never liked anyone, since it’s mostly hibiscus. Ah well, moving on!
thanks so much Erin, for sending a couple of these Bigelow Charleston Tea Plantation teabags to try a while back. Bigelow is one of the teabag brands I like, so I expected to like these! This pyramid bag seems to have more leaves than their other teabags. Sadly, I think I overbrewed it by a couple minutes. The taste was still fine, but I think it might have been better and with more raspberry flavor if I didn’t have it brewing for so long. There is a nice sweet raspberry scent and slight flavor, but not much. The black tea is definitely a step up from Bigelow’s usual bags, but I don’t think they are usually anything to complain about. I’ve been trying to write tasting notes for teas people have been kind enough to send me… I’m slowly making my way! I really just have a list of teas I haven’t written tasting notes for though.
thanks starfevre for another one to try! I was a little hesitant about this. Blackberry leaves are my third least favorite tea ingredient. I don’t like this tea, but I don’t think it’s the blackberry leaves. I knew to only steep it for two minutes, because the blackberry leaves get worse the longer you steep them. I think this cup went for three minutes though. The flavor is odd and I wouldn’t call it blackberry or raspberry… more like pickles with mustard. Strange! Luckily there is only one teaspoon left and I will probably let someone else try it! It’s nice to TRY this one though, as I’d love to try everything from the usually amazing Della Terra. But I’d say this is my least favorite in blends I’ve tried.
thanks again, starfevre for the trade! I woke up thinking almonds, so this one sounded good! I love those candy bars (who am I kidding, I rarely do not love any candy bar.) After a ONE minute steep (I’m trying low steep times on all of my 52s), all of the flavors here are even! I get almond, chocolate, and coconut notes at the same amounts. The second steep was for two minutes and I found that the leaves themselves had more of a dark chocolate flavor. 52Teas are amazing at doing this sort of thing. I knew I would like this one, as one of my favorite 52Teas is surprisingly the Coconut cream pie. I enough left for one more cup. Creamy chocolatey nutty goodness!