1526 Tasting Notes
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #21
I feel like I’ve had this tea before under a different name… a few times. However, I don’t see the vanilla pieces I usually see. The vanilla is the same color as black tea though! A nice sweet pastry vanilla smoothness. It’s like Della Terra’s Cafe Vanille.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // just boiled // 4 min
Additional notes: The tea box is winding down… I think I’ll have enough time to try the other teas before I go to the PO on Wed… so I’m going back to my own tea collection a bit. Basically I wanted to try all of my Ovation teas again since I’ve recently read on some tasting notes that they might be going bad. This one appears the same and the flavor seems the same as I remember EXCEPT this was in a thin bag stored with another thin bag of Harney’s Paris. Both were in one of those big metallic Teavivre pouches and now it seems the fig has absorbed some of the Paris flavors! I didn’t know that was possible but it isn’t a bad thing for this tea. This one is still okay…
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #20
A nice solid black tea from a combination of three different teas. To me the blend tastes like an assam. A mid level of briskness while there is still a sweet malty flavor. This is like the olden day assams that didn’t taste like tomato soup to me. I don’t think anyone has tried this big pouch from the tea box!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few min after boiling // 5+ min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #19
I love these types of teas… I’d crave this when I crave something light. These fuzzy little sickles don’t have too much flavor but I love the flavor that is there. I’m not sure why I rinsed the leaves as there doesn’t seem to be many fuzzies in the mug I was sipping anyway. It’s very smooth! Sweet and light, hints of melon, cucumber, lemon, bit of creaminess. The flavor seems to morph with every sip. I wanted a second steep but I waited too long the next day/overnight… I wouldn’t be tasting the tea at its finest.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // 35 min after boiling // rinse // 2 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #18
A sweet and fresh green tea with a fruit flavor that doesn’t seem to be any one fruit flavor (this is supposedly pineapple, papaya and mango) but seems like a generic tropical fruit flavor. There are tiny pineapple pieces in the blend but there is also a flavor that reminds me of a preservative of some kind.
Steep #1 // 35 min after boiling // 3 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #17
Somehow I haven’t tried any of the Butiki teas in the teabox! This is one of the special ones that I have only seen Butiki selling – the long, dark, dusty, twisty leaves. The flavors are unsweetened chocolate and very bready. My note was erased so I can’t remember…. and it was also very wine like dry. I don’t know why I keep comparing tea to wine… tea is MY wine! This is very good however I love the caramel notes that even the non-caramel Taiwanese assam seems to have. This one seems like the grown up version of that. The second steep seemed to have that oversteeped woodchip flavor, but I still enjoyed it.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // just boiled // 3 1/2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4- 41/2 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #16
Oh here is a lovely green tea – the leaves are coiled and dark green. The scent promises sweetness. The flavor is light, sweet, creamed corn, smooth yet starchy with a brightness that can only remind me of sunshine. There is something special here anyway. The second steep (to be fair the leaves had been sitting overnight), the tea somehow seemed much more like vegetables…. a salad of all the greenest vegetables! Maybe I love tea because the leaves absorb the sun… I know I need that in the winter in whatever form… it’s already almost the end of September!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 30 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 2-3 min
I just lost the note for this one too. Sigh. This one is much different from the other 58 I had the other day. Much more complex but to be fair, I did use two teaspoons rather than one this time. The flavor is so deep like unsweetened chocolate, dry like a wine. Kind of like a dragon pearl. The color of the cup actually has the color of wine. The second steep has that oversteeped mulchy flavor.. which is funny as the shape of these leaves actually remind me of mulch/wood chips… they just have a black with hints of gold color. The first steep was delicious though. Probably my fault on the second steep.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4+min
These dark and wiry leaves don’t seem very “light roast” to me, though the color of the mug is a light gold. Brewed it has a fragrance like a lapsang souchong. I don’t mind smokiness, but otherwise the flavor seems like sour plums. It’s funny this is a “purple” tea if it reminds me of plums. It reminds me of a tea I’ve tried before but I couldn’t say which one but otherwise doesn’t seem like black teas or pu-erh. Not terrible but there are other teas I’d be craving more!
steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 15 min after boiling // 3 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #13
A very dark green tea (looks almost like black tea) with bits of berries sprinkled in. It’s also supposed to have plenty of other berry flavor. This one tasted familiar and I realized it was like a raspberry oolong I’ve had before: same fruit flavor. A little bit like fruit flavored candy. Though there was a flavor here that was more like alcohol that drowned out any green tea flavor I would find.
Steep #1 // 25 min after boiling // 2-3 min