1022 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: Had to buy some of this with my order. I was low on pu-erh and this will keep my stash of pu-erh going! I like this one. I think I’ve figured out I liked ripened pu-erh more than raw pu-erh. Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t the ripened pu-erh darker in flavor (like a cup of coffee) and the raw pu-erh is lighter? I’m not sure. And I have no idea about sheng or shu yet, especially as I never see those in the descriptions of the teas. I love the little rose that floats at the top of the infuser for this one, though it doesn’t really contribute much flavor! Three nice steeps with this one.
Stash is usually not terrible. I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea bag from Stash that I didn’t like, and I’ve tried plenty! Dry, this one smells nice…kind of like lemon myrtle. The flavor isn’t bad, but it isn’t delicious. The black base is decent. But it’s almost like they mixed some actual bergamot with some of that fakey bergamot that I dare say reminds me of bug spray. I think I’ve had the worst of the bergamot teas before, so that one makes this one better.
One from Dexter3657! Thanks so much! This one sounds interesting — the dry leaves certainly smell very sweet. It seems the black tea is actually infused with the flavor. I saw ONE clove in the infuser… that’s a bit odd. haha. I wouldn’t have minded more spices! After a three minute steep, this is nice but not something I’d call pumpkin pie. I agree with Dexter – kind of cakey. It’s like a banana coffee cake almost… or a cake that would have hints of spices in it. Almost like a carrot cake but with banana instead of carrot. Even the description says cake so I don’t know why it’s called pie. The black tea is medium bodied. Not bad but not pumpkin pie!
Additional notes: different recipe! I had a pineapple greek yogurt and some canned pineapple slices in the fridge. (Pineapple is the only canned fruit I can stand.) So three pineapple slices, the pineapple greek yogurt, milk and a scoop of this took a spin in the magic bullet. I didn’t know how it would turn out but it is NICE. Nice and pineappley and just the right amount of sweetness. Not as good as the “banana cream pie” version though.
Additional notes: I wanted to try this one without a piece of candy corn in the infuser, to see if there is actually a candy corn flavor. One teaspoon went for four minutes a few minutes after boiling. This may have been too long… since sometimes the base steeped too long will hide any flavoring. I should have tried a lower steep time. I’m not tasting much candy corn, but there is a sweetness there. I love this base anyway. It is the strongest base that 52Teas uses, that I’ve tried. So even if a piece of candy corn doesn’t happen to be in the infuser, I love the black tea here… But I’m going to lower the rating a bit though, since it doesn’t have much candy corn flavor without actual candy corn.
I had some of this from the Bestsellers sampler and some thanks to Dexter3657’s awesome package. Time to try it! I steeped this one a few minutes after boiling for four minutes. Tasty, but not special enough to me. The roasted yerba mate isn’t quite as barbequey as some yerba mates I’ve had, which is fine with me this time around. A nice chocolate flavor… the dry leaves smell a bit like alcohol though. A nice combination but it’s almost like it needs something more. Not malty enough to represent MALT. Not terrible but “bestseller” doesn’t mean the BEST of 52Teas lovely blends.
My smallish Teavivre order has arrived! I couldn’t help it with a $16 in coupons & reward points! I had to steep this one up first, to make sure I didn’t dislike it. After placing my order, I kind of wished I had ordered the Keemun instead of this one, as I was drinking it at the time of the order being placed and kind of fell in love with it like never before… hopefully I won’t regret this one! Teavivre’s steep instructions are 1-2 teaspoons at 194 degrees with a rinse and 1,2,3 min steep times.
Steep #1 // 13 min after boiling // 2 min
This one is tough to measure with long wirey black leaves with touches of gold. After they were in the brew basket, it looked more than two teaspoons. The cup is a medium dark copper color. Luckily, this one is delicious enough. It’s like dark chocolate and sweet potatoes.. so kind of like Verdant’s Laoshan Black but I like this ones deeper flavor. This one lingers so nicely! Why am I always mentioning Laoshan when I love so many other teas more? I’ve tried the Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tip from Teavivre. The difference between the two: this one has less golden color, a higher steep temp (and this one is less pricey). Flavor difference: this one is much more dark chocolate while the Golden is much more sweet potato. I think both have their place, but I’m partial to dark chocolate.
Steep #2 // 15 min after boiling // 3 min
I accidentally waited too long for this steep to cool, so the flavor isn’t as nice as if I waited a shorter time than the last. I like the second cup, but it doesn’t have the magic of the first. Not as strong of a flavor but that’s my fault.
I think I’ve adored every Teavivre tea I’ve tried. I just wish they sold their teas in smaller amounts than 100 grams so I could buy many more varieties at the same time. Not disappointed in buying this one, since both teas have the dark chocolate notes I love(even if the Keemun would have been a nice choice). At this point I think I have three teaspoons of various Keemuns though! Oh no! Keemun shortage!
AH! I just copy and pasted my entire tasting note away. Anyway, KittyLovesTea sent me a sample of this one! Surprise surprise a hibiscus tea I actually kind of love! I must have steeped it right. Half my sample… must have been about 1 1/2 or two teaspoons, just boiled for four minutes. The fragrance is amazing… it’s like a spicy hot apple cider… not sure where the wine comes in. I didn’t take out any of the hibiscus since I like to write my tasting notes with “unedited” blends, if you will. But the amount of hibiscus here is just enough to make it intriguing. Spicy with hints of apple and hibiscus. The cup was even very red. The fastest I’ve ever sipped a cup of tea. I’m not sure what happened to make this so magical. Maybe the right ingredients fell into my mug or maybe Bluebird is GOOD at what they do, even with their hibiscus blends.
Additional notes: An unexpected sample sipdown on this one! I will MISS this one. It is so nice. I love the minty creaminess on the lovely pu-erh. I’m definitely buying this one whenever I order from Zen (a looonng time from now, probably) and they better still have it in stock! One of their best blends, I think.
A sample from a while ago! Sorry about the lateness of this tasting note! I love Earl Grey. This one is certainly a decent one. I think it would be an Earl Grey especially for anyone who doesn’t like their bergamot very strong. The bergamot is nice and bright but not as strong as I like my EGs. I steeped for TWO minutes right after boiling because it seemed like the cup was dark pretty quick. The leaves are kind of small.. but maybe they were just crushed with all my other teas. I hope not! The black tea has a nice boldness, briskness to it but not overpowering…it’s a special kind of black base that I really only see with Nina’s Paris teas. Maybe it is taming the bergamot a bit. The second cup at just boiling for three minutes is somehow even better, even though the bergamot is even less present. The black tea is now very sweet somehow! Not my favorite Earl, but very tasty.