1572 Tasting Notes
Thank you for the sale a while back, Maria! I thought I’d try this one… though I wasn’t sure about the cherry. The black tea base, peppercorns, and rosemary keep it interesting. The peppercorn looks like tiny cherries! I thought the rosemary was actually pine needles. It does smell a little like cough drops to me and it isn’t really my thing. There isn’t a lack of cherry here! I’ve had worse cherry teas though. The peppercorn should make it sweeter but the cherry seems to drown everything else. I can’t taste the rosemary. Not terrible but nothing I would reach for… also not the best from Lupicia.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3-4 min steep
Thank you for the samples, Teavivre! I was waiting for a rainy day to try this one. I’ve never seen a white tea cake before! It actually looks like compressed white tea, made into a cake like pu-erh. I wonder why other types of tea aren’t made into cakes?
Steep #1 // 15 min after boiling // rinse // 2 min steep
Teavivre suggested using boiling water because this is fermented and also seven grams for a 12 ounce mug, so I used most of my ten gram sample pouch. I didn’t want to use boiling water, especially for the first steep, so I waited 15 minutes after boiling. The scent of the steeped tea reminds me of maple syrup and it’s in the flavor too. A very sweet smooth white tea. It does taste differently than most white teas I’ve tried, except for a Kenyan white tea… I wonder if that one was fermented as well? It also has a mild autumn leaf flavor. This doesn’t look like one of the fuzzy leaved white teas, more like the “rainbow of autumn leaves” white teas.
Steep #2 // 12 min after boiling // 3 1/2 min
I’m noticing that like the maple syrup flavor, the color of the brew also looks like maple syrup! Very interesting. The maple in the flavor is still here, but there is also a tangy flavor (not astringent or oversteeped) that I wasn’t getting before. It could almost remind me of a mild, less sweet apple juice, but that sounds to me like a raw pu-erh and it definitely doesn’t taste like that.
Steep #3 // 8 min after boiling // 4 min steep
Another nice cup.. loses some of the tangy but also loses some of the flavor. I can’t believe how full my infuser basket is! I’ve never seen so many leaves. I really like this one for its seemingly “all the senses” theme: the appearance of autumn leaves in the dry leaf (and the flavor) as well as the scent and flavor of maple syrup while also looking like actual maple syrup in the cup.
Flavors: Maple Syrup
Additional notes: This one worked much better this time, maybe even just because I used a teaspoon and a half rather than one teaspoon before. So spicy and such unique spices in this blend. The black tea tasted like raisins! Hits the chai craving, for sure. I haven’t sipped enough chai yet this autumn.
I was thinking of having a Yezi tea this morning.. or should I say I was thinking specifically of the flavor of a Chinese black (or red) tea? No, I knew Yezi wouldn’t fail me. I’ve been holding onto this one from the Butiki traveling teabox so I thought I’d try this one. The Yezi black teas I’ve tried seem to be variations on a theme when it comes to flavor… especially if you happen to be able to steep them with exactly the same parameters. Yezi suggests a teaspoon for each three ounces of water, so I steeped the entire sample: three not-entirely-full teaspoons. The black and golden leaves have exactly the flavor I was looking for: not quite chocolate, not quite sweet potato (it’s a nice middle ground that only Yunnan seems to have), with something in the flavor that reminds me of wine. There is something about teas like this one that it seems like I’m actually chewing food – very rich and satisfying. Three amazing steeps with this one. Perfect every time. It’s hard to tell which Yezi red/black tea is the best, but I’d sure love to try them all to find out.
Steep #1 // 3 tsps for 12 ounce mug // 10 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // 5 min after boiling // 3 1/2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min
Additional notes: I wanted genmaicha and couldn’t decide which one, so I just went with this one as I was thinking of Firefly today and how I should rewatch it soon. The chocolate in this isn’t ideal… I can only IMAGINE how delicious a genmaicha with cocoa shells would be. Cocoa shells, tea shops… cocoa shells!!!
Thank you CHAroma! Another one I’ve wanted to try! White tea and stone fruits! The white tea looks like a bai mu dan this time around. One teaspoon went in the infuser so I could revisit the other teaspoon later. The fruit flavor is definitely present. It would be lovely if every stone fruit imaginable was here, but to me I’m tasting apricot and plum… it’s reminding me of the Sugar Plum blend a little bit! The white tea has plenty of flavor too: lemony, bright, a little creamy, fresh and a little syrupy sweet. I’d just love it if I could actually see a few more fruit pieces in the blend. The second steep is even tastier… though the actual fruit may have disappeared a little bit, maybe because of the longer steep time or because the white tea is so full of flavor itself. Very nice blend and very glad I was able to try it!
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 55 second steep
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 min steep
This one is from Kimquat’s sale – thank you! I realized I have samples of three Laoshan greens and three hand picked oolongs from Verdant (all different harvest times) so I thought I’d try all of them around the same parameters on different days. This DOES seem different from the autumn Laoshan I’ve tried before. It seems to have much fuller flavor. One of the most flavorful green teas I’ve tried. It’s very nutty, buttery, sweet, creamed corn. So so much flavor. I love the nuttiness. I’m surprised the summer harvest has more flavor than the autumn. It works… the flavors really combine nicely. I really like it – a favorite green for me. The second steep has just as much flavor. SHHH… (I think I like this better than Laoshan Black.)
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 32 min after boiling // 55 sec steep
Steep #2 // 28 min after boiling // 2-3 min
Thank you TeaTiff for the swap a while back! I tried this one a couple days ago. I always seem to have Earl Grey on gloomy days… maybe that’s why it’s called Earl GREY. I used just boiling water and that seems like it might have ruined the bergamot just a little bit. I should have waited a few minutes. Otherwise a nice bright, fresh, crisp, strong bergamot on the perfect base for an Earl. I’ll try it again steeped differently!
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
I’ve had this one for almost a year now but haven’t written any tasting notes. From the Amoda box! I love the flavor of honeybush but it must be the most impossible flavor to describe. There are plenty of big pieces in the blend that aren’t honeybush. Big pieces of apple, even with some of the skin. The cider of the name is accurate, as the brewed color looks like cider! There are hints of apple in the taste and somehow I expect more cinnamon flavor than is here. I’d say the dominant flavor is honeybush. Now how did that happen? But it’s tasty anyway. I can’t wait to see the new Butiki blends…
Steep #1 // 1tsp // just boiled // few minutes steep
Steep #2 // few min after boiling // few min steep
Additional notes: I got to stock up on a little more of this favorite from Momo’s sale. Thank you! This has to be one of my favorite flavored oolongs. The orange blends with a sweet caramel to make it like a creamsicle ice cream or like the orange icing on those cinnamon rolls. So so good. I steeped a little differently this time with a hotter temp (1 1/2 tsp for 2-3 minutes maybe 15-20 min after boiling?) and it didn’t ruin it at all. So delicious.