862 Tasting Notes
Another from Momo’s TeaboxB! I love to be able to try so many… but it seems like I didn’t even make a dent in the box yet! (Though I will be taking out more than just random teaspoons.) This is a nice green. It is reminding me of mustard again like the green tea I had recently. Maybe it is my infuser? But otherwise it has lovely flavor — a bit nutty, a bit tangy. It’s mild though, after a two minute steep.
Yet another from Teabox B. I love basil, so I was hoping for a ton of basil in this… not really. There is so much stuff in it though. It’s supposed to be white tea, but there wasn’t very many white tea leaves either. Tons of pineapple though. And a tiny blackberry! After steeping for a few minutes at boiling (though the instructions said for shorter time and lower temp since it is supposedly a white tea), the cup color looks disasterously red (hibiscus). But the flavor isn’t overly so.. it adds a nice tartness but that is probably the pineapple toning it down. There is a berry flavor. And something that was mildly mint. If I added sugar, it would seem like punch. Not a bad one from Teavana!
Teabox B! Sadly, I actually have no idea what this fandom blend happened to be about. But I will try it regardless! The flavors sounded nice together: cherry, blueberry and cream. I don’t think I’ve tried any of the Adagio fruit flavored blends yet. I may have oversteeped this cup and I feel like some of the flavors may have been lost in the black tea base. Very strong but delicious! I think I got a hint of blueberry, cherry and cream. I could try everything from Adagio!
Another from Teabox B! This is a very earthy pu-erh kind of strong after three minutes! The dry leaves smell like wonderful sweet orange… the steeped tea loses the orange a bit since the pu-erh is so strong. But there are hints of orange anyway! You can definitely tell it is blood orange and not the usual orange. I like this one, but I can tell many won’t like the tough pu-erh. Lower steep times and temps would help. One teaspoon left in the teabox! I think it will stay in there unless I don’t have room.
On another note, I almost don’t want to say how embarrassingly ridiculous my cupboard looks. I just did a quick count though and I think 94 teas in my cupboard have one MAYBE two teaspoons left (off the top of my head… is it bad I know my tea collection that well?) Then most of the others only have at most a few teaspoons. I also did a book count and I actually have less books to-be-read than I thought. Less tea and books than I thought… that makes me feel better!
Yet another from Teabox B! I think roasted oolongs might be the tea that most isn’t my thing. But it doesn’t mean I won’t try them! This one wasn’t bad for me though. I steeped a tsp for around four minutes. The flavor isn’t very charcoal-like that a past roasted oolong tasted like. This one was just a bit smoky. There was a sweetness to it that is actually surprising. But I added one of the Stash Chai honey sticks (from the teabox!) to the cup. They are a bit messy, but the taste is nice. It definitely tastes like chai! I’m not sure how they do that with honey. But it was a nice complement to the tea. Hot soothing and scrumptious!
Another teaboxB blend! thanks everyone! And another chocolate mint blend I’m sure to love. And I do! The mint and chocolate share equal stage time. The black tea base is nice, as all of the Simpson & Vail teas I’ve tried are. There is rooibos in this blend I was worried about (though I once said I wish there were MORE rooibos/black tea blends) but the rooibos doesn’t seem to be noticeable. My favorite part of this blend is the tiniest little flowers that I haven’t seen in any tea before!
I’m just reading the description right now and it seems like there is vanilla and not chocolate. However did I taste chocolate?!?!
Thank you Nicole! I’m always willing to try any Earl Grey. The leaves here are so small they almost look like a CTC but I don’t think they are small enough. The fragrance of the dry leaves smells like bergamot but steeping it seems different. The flavor is nice though! It reminds me of grapefruit more than most EGs. The black base is surprisingly smooth — no astringency after three minutes. Really a perfect base for the bergamot…. but I like a LOT of bergamot. The second steep for three minutes seems to have more bergamot. Somehow there is almost something creamy about this, but it isn’t an EG Cream. I think any EG has the magical ability to make my mood instantly better on the first sip. Can I drink a billion more cups of this today?
Another from Momo’s teaboxB! I just got the ’Here’s Hoping’ teabox I started back today, but I haven’t opened it yet because I’d really like to get a handle on this teabox first. Teabox B is definitely first priority, but I might not be able to mail both boxes until the same time anyway. I’d like to at least have it ready to go in case I CAN make it to the PO though. I will resist the urge to even open the other teabox for a couple days! It is BIG. There are at least ten more teas I’d like to try from this teabox, but it will probably end up being more.
Anyway, on to the tea. This might be the first straight green rooibos I’ve tried. (I know Teataku after me in the teabox order wants green rooibos so I will just try a teaspoon! :D) It’s actually very nice! Green rooibos seems to pair very well with pear (I swear I didn’t mean to just use pair and pear in the same sentence.) There is less of a cream flavor but there is definitely a pear flavor! Seems kind of like apple at times. But the pear is very distinct throughout the entire cup. The rooibos is nice and less scratchy on my throat than most rooibos. A nice change from red rooibos! I really need to find some tea filter bags for rooibos though, as I suddenly stopped loving rooibos as much as I once did. But I’m sure filter teabags would help!
Another from Tea Box B. I’m always willing to try any of Harney’s teas! This is a Bai mu dan which is a more tolerable white tea base for me. But this one isn’t as nice as I thought it would be. It had an off taste to it. I did steep it for over the suggested five minutes though, which seemed wrong anyway, even at a lower temp, but the flavor wasn’t bitter at all. But I liked the coconut/vanilla/almond flavor… very cake like! Those three flavors combined together (you know, like a cake) so it was kind of tough to distinguish them separately. Less almond, more coconut & vanilla for me. There is enough left in the teabox for maybe one more cup!
Thank you Courtney for sending a bit of this to try! I really appreciate the tea package! I decided to try my first hot matcha (the last time it was gingerbread matcha in a bottle of shaken water). So I boiled some water, waited for it to cool a while (the temp is supposed to be low, around 180 degrees — this is green tea after all). I added a small spoonful of this beautiful green matcha to the bottom of a mug and poured the cooled water into the mug. Then I mixed it around with the spoon. No, I don’t have traditional matcha tools yet, but I try! I’m sure I will love matcha enough one day to buy some simple matcha tools. This resulted in a gorgeous green clear mug. I actually really like matcha. Not only does it seem like I’m drinking something healthy (really matcha seems to have every health benefit imaginable), but it’s tasty too. The flavor here is more like pumpkin pie spices than pumpkin, but it’s delicious none the less. I may have added a bit too much matcha, but I like it anyway. Next I’d really like to try some matcha with some milk. I hope I remember next time to dissolve the matcha with about two ounces of hot water first and then add the milk (Red Leaf’s instructions). Red Leaf has so many flavors of matcha, I can’t wait to try more of them!