862 Tasting Notes
Sipdown from the HH teabox! Sadly, I think this one was affected by other teas in the box, leaving it undrinkable. (No rating because of that.) It was about 90 seconds with very cooled water. Sometimes the sandwich bags do that. Hopefully none of the other teas are like that! The only reason teaboxes aren’t fun (except, you know, if they get lost). But I had another Den’s tea the other day that was PERFECT so I know Den’s teas are good. I invested in some of these though: http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-3-5×5-Ziplock-Stand-Up-Pouches-Bags-SUP-AA-Clear-Silver-/310658911232?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4854b6cc00 I put a tea that I could smell through THREE sandwich bags into this one and a couple days later, I can not smell this tea through this pouch at all. A good investment! And especially great for teabox samples!
HH teabox! This one sounded lovely – black currants, cream, bergamot. And the taste is nice! The flavors balance themselves out. Actual fruit flavor, though I couldn’t tell you if it was actually black currants but it wasn’t fakey gross… it tasted like SOME kind of actual fruit. Just a little bit of cream (could have used more) and some bergamot that reminded me of a refreshing grapefruit. The black tea base helped out the nice flavor combination that I haven’t seen before!
Another I’m trying from the Here’s Hoping teabox! This one looked delectable. I let the water cool for almost an hour, so I decided to have this one. The leaves are very thin and dark green. After 60 seconds, the cup is a bright yellow. The taste is AMAZING. This must be the best green tea, it is sweet, creamy, vegetal and the perfect amount of tangy. I was surprised that the fresh green beans I was eating were actually way sweeter than this tea though, since I thought the tea is so sweet and green beans usually aren’t. That makes it sound like the tea was astringent, but it definitely wasn’t.The second cup steep instructions are ridiculous though: boiling for 15 seconds. It seems like it would burn! So I waited around 20 minutes for the water to cool and steeped for 35 seconds — definitely too astringent, so I have no idea how the other parameters wouldn’t taste even more astringent. I should have stuck with the way I steeped the first cup! This is one of the best green teas I’ve tried! It seems like a milk oolong actually… I’ll be taking some of this one out of the box but leaving some in!
Teabox timeout for this gem! thank you Rachel – Iheartteas for selling this a while back. It’s actually an iheartteas out-of-retirement pouch. A whole pouch! There are supposed to be big ole blueberries in the pouch but I don’t really see any. I cooled the water for 15-20 minutes (mainly waiting to decide on a tea to have), steeped slightly over a teaspoon for 90 seconds. I REALLY wish Frank over at 52Teas would suggest steeping parameters on the packaging of his teas – since he creates them, he has to get the flavor just right anyway, so he would know exactly how that happens. I have an entire pouch to experiment with though! I just love the flavor of this one! Definitely sweet blueberry, a tanginess that could be cream cheese frosting (or pastry?) but not distinct pastry flavor. The black base is perfect with this one – the super dark wiry leaves also have a dark flavor, but not too dark! The second steep was for four minutes and seemed to make the tea a bit astringent to overwhelm the flavors. Also, the mouth feel is so very much like the consistency of a frosting that you would find on a pastry! Nice!
ETA – Nevermind, I saw the blueberries separating some for the teabox. They are very dark – the same color as the tea!
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And whoa do I need to try the Candy Corn… and the turtle cheesecake!!
I think this might be the last one that I’m trying from Tea Box B… it has been fun! I just spent the day choosing teas, putting them in the box. There is so much more tea I want to add… no roooom! Even though I removed two sandwich bags full of teas.
Anyway, this one is pleasant! I can see where the lemon in lemongrass comes from. It’s fresh and sweet… I’m surprised lemongrass hasn’t been used more in other blends! The perfect finish to my teabox sipping! Now to get it in the mail at some point…
Here’s Hoping Teabox! How did I manage to pick two ceylons in one day? I swear I probably haven’t even had two ceylons in the past year. Anyway, the caramel here is condensed milk and it certainly tastes like a condensed milk — not caramel. Not really any pear flavor. And not actual caramel pieces that I can see. But the condensed milk is comforting and the black tea base is perfect for it. The flavor just lingers… like I actually added milk. It’s a condensed milk tea – not caramel pear! But I like it. My rating might be a bit high, even if isn’t pear or caramel. But condensed milk teas always seemed unappetizing to me – not so!
ETA: The second steep tastes exactly the same!
From the HH teabox – thanks again everyone! I don’t have Ceylon blends often, maybe because I prefer other black bases. This one isn’t bad but it is a little mild flavored! I think too mild even for me to give a description! Well if it’s the champagne of tea, then I couldn’t really describe champagnes separately either!
Thanks again Nicole for that awesome tea package! I’m gradually trying the teas you sent, but I’m working on tea boxes! What an odd list of ingredients this has. It sounded good though! Sadly, it doesn’t actually taste like figs or honey. But the flavor that is here isn’t bad. Mostly mint, a little lemon myrtle and then something savory… but not really basil. I’m a HUGE lover of basil and I didn’t really detect any. Not bad as a blend, but it seems there should be something more here. The mint is probably masking the flavors. My rating for this one would be higher if this one weren’t supposedly honey fig.
First tea from the Here’s Hoping teabox!! THANK YOU again everyone that made it a successful box! I’m setting up round two right now…
This tea is lovely.. a plain Earl Grey. Always a favorite! The bergamot is nice in this one – it’s almost like it has cream (but it doesn’t). The black base is perfect… something is reminding me of squash. Weird! A very good EG. Not the best but there are certainly worse ones out there – I don’t get the low score!
Additional notes: Yep, I should be working on the tea boxes in my possession but I just needed this tea to go with my butternut squashy oatmeal I made (invented?) for breakfast with a bit of leftover squashed squash and some maple syrup. It was the PERFECT flavor pairing! Back to the tea boxes!