1381 Tasting Notes
This was included in an amazing free sampler package from Teavivre. Check them out! So it is a little foil package that contains enough tea for a few infusers full. (Well i see other reviewers here using an entire package, but my infuser isn’t that big!) Then there is another plastic piece holding the tea, as this is sticky with honey. It’s a bit diffiult to get the tea into the infuser, but I find clamping the infuser onto a bit of the bag and sliding the bag out works well! SInce this is an oolong, I can get multiple steeps out of this:
The sent of the dry leaves aren’t overly honey-like but they are sweet. The steep color is a nice yellow. Oolongs have the most diverse flavor, ranging from a mild, floral, peachy to a stronger flavor. I think this one is in the mid-range of flavor strength. It has a nice floral sweet flavor. but isn’t a mild one. Again, the honey isn’t too present. The lack of honey is kind of disappointing, as it was one of the reasons I wanted to try it. If you try it not expecting much out of the honey, it is still an amazingly delicious oolong. The directions say 212 degrees, but I like gettiing the temp a little lower, especially on the first steep (so that the flavor can be stronger the second steep!)
Second steep: I may have kept the infuser in a little too long this time, but it’s still good. This steep it seems more floral and less sweet. The flavor is more pronounced.
I almost want to go back and start giving my oolong teas a flavor strength rating… where a one would be light and floral and peachy and a 10 would be a bolder flavor… maybe I’m the only one who will know what I’m talking about?? But really, it all depends on the temp and the steep time. Even the same leaves will result in entirely different cup.
I don’t think I put enough tea in my infuser! I don’t have much of this and I wanted to get what little I have to last a few cups. This is the first 52teas I’ve tried! I really would love to try them all. But like I said, I didn’t put much tea in the infuser, so I don’t think I gave it a fair chance. The rooibos steeped is more of an orange color instead of a red, so that’s the first hint. I don’t taste much of an apricot flavor here, but there is another flavor I can’t place. It’s a sweet silky flavor that lingers. I hope I can try others from 52teas in the future!
I love the smokiness of a russian tea. I guess that is the main characteristic of a “russian” tea. I usually can’t keep my russian teas with my other teas — they smell that strong. This one is more of a mild scent and flavor. It isn’t too smoky, so it could be for someone who wants to try a smoky tea and then if you like it you could try a stronger one. (The Choice Russian Caravan is pretty strong for a tea bag — one of the couple I’ve tried.) But with this one, the flavor isn’t even that strong for a black tea. It’s still good though, just mild. Maybe I should have steeped it longer and at a higher temperature.
This is my last cup of this, so let’s see if we can’t add anything else:
The coconut is subtle, which is a good thing, because sometimes the coconut gets too strong and has a sickly chemical taste to me. Maybe that is just artificial coconut in other teas but in this one it is good. It helps the banana flavor be more banana I think. I don’t see any cornflower blossoms in the bit of tea I steeped (about a teaspoon and a half). This is a nice sweet and creamy tea. There was a big ol banana chip in my steep. But again, the black tea isn’t strong, but if it was it wouldn’t help the banana stand out. This tea is good! I think I’ll up the rating a bit.
I LOVE chocolate raspberry combos. The best dessert I ever had was a chocolate cheesecake with fresh from the market raspberries and chocolate sauce. ANYWAY, this is really good. It’s a mild chocolate flavor with a sweet raspberry with a base of a delicious earthy mate. The scent of raspberry seems more present than the flavor though. But all the flavors work really well together. It’s smooth and creamy and tastes like you’re eating a dessert. I didn’t add any sort of sweetener but it was still very good. Bonus: I’ve heard mate has brain boosting powers (and don’t I need it). Fusion Tea Room really puts a lot of effort in their blends, you can tell! (Their pistachio lime mate seems especially inspired.) I received this in a package of a few free samples from Fusion Tea Room, so track them down and they may send some to you!
This is a very light oolong with just a hint of floral flavor and scent. BUT it surprised me. As I was drinking it (maybe because it cooled) it became like a subtle pumpkiny flavor, even with a slightly spicy flavor. I did steep it for longer than 50 seconds, so maybe that was why. But this would be good for a nice base for a pumpkin flavor, if you steep it the way I did ( I wasn’t keeping track but it was maybe 2 or 3 minutes). And there was a buttery flavor too. All of the Butiki teas are amazing. Just try to find a bad Butiki tea!
I got this as a bonus free sample from Design A Tea. With designatea.comyou pick a base tea (black,oolong,green or rooibos) and then add two flavors. I’m no wine expert, but this smells like a wine. Almost like a non-alcohol wine, where it just has the grape. The taste is actually a little perfumey, but that could be the pear flavor or the black tea itself. There is a lot of tea in this tea bag, and the second steep was just as good. The black is a nice base for the wine flavor but I liked the vanilla almond sample I liked better (obviously, as I created that one.) Go to designatea.com to create your own sample for $1 shipping and get a $2 coupon with the sample. It’s fun to try!
Scooping this out to put in my infuser, it looked absolutely delicious. As usual with Fusion Tea Room, they put a lot of effort into the blend. It smells delicious too — a nice fragrant peach. The steep color is a deep red. The flavor is a little sour, which means it would be the perfect tea to add sugar to, but I think I already eat enough sugar, so I’d rather not. (The hibiscus is probably what is creating most of the sour and usually overpowers teas.) The flavor also has something a bit odd to it. The flavor makes me think that some of the stem of the peach was left in this blend or something or the pit of the peach… an odd flavor I can’t place. But I really like this blend otherwise. That may also be because peach isn’t even listed in the ingredients. The berry flavor is great. Most of the fruit blends I’ve had are much worse. It’s kind of tough to get a strongeer good flavor out of a fruit tea.
Espemporium.com recently had a good sale, so I bought some, even though I haven’t bought anything from them before. I was crossing my fingers that they were worth the money, since I don’t have much to spend. Luckily, this one is delicious. Black teas with vanilla flavor is probably my favorite tea, so this one was an obvious choice among all of the amazing sounding teas ESPemporium has. The steep color is a medium brown. The scent is sweet. I wouldn’t necessarily say this is a typical vanilla flavor, but I’ve never really been handed genuine vanilla and been told “This is genuine vanilla”.. There is obviously many different flavors of vanilla depending on how authenitc it is, so it is hard to say with this one. But I think it’s a good flavor anyway. Definitely different. Smooth and sweet and a great pairing with the black tea, which is neither too strong or too light. Basically perfect enough to showcase the vanilla flavor. Actually, the flavor is almost so strong that I can’t really taste the black tea.