868 Tasting Notes
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!
Yet another from the teaboxB! I love tea leaves like these — the pretty green just lets me know the flavor will be delicious. I waited for the water to cool around 15 minutes and steeped for three minutes. I had no idea… I looked on the site and didn’t find any steep instructions. But the flavor is delicious! It’s floral, but I think there are plenty of oolongs that taste this floral that aren’t necessarily jasmine. I thought this was just usual oolong flavor. There was a hint of peach too. The second cup was very good, but different.. even less floral I think. A very nice silky lingering flavorful oolong! One of the best, I think!
Another from Momo’s teaboxB! thanks everyone! The Lochan Darjeeling I drank the other day really spoiled me with the most delicious Darjeeling I’ve tried. This one isn’t quite as good, but I like it! It has the “Darjeeling” flavor but it also seems a bit watery if that makes sense. The Lochan had a lovely full Darjeeling flavor. If I had tried this one first, I might have liked it better. Also, there seems to be more Darjeelings in the teabox than other plain black teas. But I will fix that! haha.
This one is a very special green tea from TeaBoxB! The leaves are the darkest green I’ve seen and very wiry, tightly twisted. Water cooled, two minute steep and this is the sort of green tea I’m talking about it. It’s creamy creamy with something vegetal I can’t place (the specific vegetable I can’t tell… but so so good) and hints of something fruity (maybe peach)? The flavor is so lingering… probably the best green tea I’ve had!
Having so much fun trying so many teas from Teabox B — thank you everyone! I like this one — a bit of smoke with burnt chocolate flavor. Just enough smoke flavor that a keemun should have. Not my favorite “burnt chocolate” tea though. The leaves are black with little specks of gold. A really dark steep color but nothing astringent even after a five minute steep.