1518 Tasting Notes
Wanted to add more here: the flavor certainly is more like a bitter black tea than an oolong. I couldn’t guess it was an oolong if it were a blind taste test. The steep color is an amber red. On my new scale of oolong flavor strength, 1 being the lightest and most floral, 5 being the strongest flavor, this one is a 5!
Thanks to IHeartTeas for sending this as part of the fire sale, I got to try a ‘battle of the Earl Grey Cremes’ after getting three Earl Grey Cremes in the same week. I thought I wouldn’t like Earl Grey at all, since the bergamot doesn’t sound very good to me at all. But the creme makes it amazing! HOWEVER, this Earl Grey Creme loses to the other two (Element & SpecialTeas). The flavor on this one just isn’t as strong with either the black tea, bergamot or creme. And it also leaves my mouth a bit dry. If I had tried this one before the other Earl Grey Cremes, I would have loved this one more than I do, but the other two are perfect.
This starts with a nice black tea base. It shouldn’t have too much flavor, or it takes away from the flavors that are added to it. I steeped this the other day and there wasn’t much flavor at ALL. Today, I must have steeped it perfectly because every sip has a peach and cream flavor. YUM But I still wish there was more flavor to it. I never have actual cream, probably because I don’t drink coffee. I literally drank more coffee when I was three years old. But I’m starting to think I love all creamy teas! I keep wanting to steep my new favorite every day – Earl Grey Creme!
The leaves are longer and twisty. The color of the cup is a nice mellow yellow. I may have steeped this too long, since the flavor was a BIT bitter, but it still has that lovely sweet, floral and light flavor a good oolong has, and has a good deal of residual flavor for a while after. It also leaves my mouth a bit dry. But this one is very delicious. WAY better than the Element Tropical Peach Oolong I also bought with this one in their closing sale.
My level of light to strong flavor for oolongs – 2 out of 5 for this one.
I don’t care if it’s midnight, I want a chai. Actually, I just wanted to try this apple chai that Darby sent me in a trade (thanks!) It really has a delicious slightly bitter (in a good way) chai flavor. Very flavorful, nice & spicy. The spices really linger. Sadly, the most intriguing part of this blend seems to be absent: the apple. Maybe the other flavors are so strong they mask the apple, I don’t know. To be fair, my nose is a bit stuffy and I didn’t see any apple chunks actually going into my infuser. Actually, there seems to be a squashy flavor more than apple. I’m taking a few points off for not having a better apple flavor, but as a chai, it’s great. Now at least I know those Adagio chais that you can make some amazing blends with are tasty!
Vanilla and jasmine are two of my favorites, so I was really looking forward to this one! (thanks Nicole for the package of tea!) The vanilla and jasmine aren’t too strong, you really should wait until it is cooling a bit to drink, rather than when it is piping hot. After it cooled, I could smell and taste the vanilla and jasmine much better. Even though the base of green tea wasn’t that strong, it still didn’t let the flavors shine as well as I would have liked. Hoping future infusions are better! But I like the idea of vanilla jasmine!
I bought this one because it sounded interesting and very patriotic! (it’s a fun tea to have around July 4th, Memorial Day, etc.) The base is a rooibos and white tea with blueberry and raspberry leaves (I don’t know if raspberry leaves would taste like raspberry, but why not just have raspberry instead of the leaves?) First off, I can tell there might be stevia in the teabag, even if it isn’t listed in the ingredients, which I’m not too happy about. The steep color is red with a hint of the blueberry. I’m not sure about the blueberry scent. It smells good, but not too authentic. I think because it is a mixture of white and red teas, the white diminishes some of the sweetness of the red tea. It is a bit bitter. BUT I’m glad the hibiscus flavor isn’t too prominent. Not a bad tea from Stash!
I made a cup of this the other day. It seemed a bit weak tasting. BUT this one is better. Higher temp and longer steep time. Much of the tea fell through the infuser, so that is probably helping the flavor too. I don’t know what distinguishes this from an Irish breakfast tea, as it just says ‘assam’. But the flavor is slightly sweet, with the usual stronger black tea flavor, and a bit oaty. Sipping it leaves my mouth a bit dry. It’s pretty good, but nothing really makes it memorable.
I like this one! The flavors are great together. I thought the black tea base was sweet tasting and a perfect match for the banana and coconut. I’m guessing there is a bit of an artificial banana flavor, but it isn’t bad at all. And it does seem kind of tropical! The blue cornflowers add a nice touch. Another great tea from the Element tea closing sale purchase I made.