1576 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: Sipping this one again from my 100 grams I just had to buy from Teavivre after the best-oolong-ever sample I tried. The sample was a garden of the most beautiful flowers in a cup, though this time there doesn’t seem to be as much floral flavor or fragrance even from the dry leaves. Not sure if that is from a different harvest or because the sample was fresh from the foil wrapper (though the 100 grams is still wrapped REALLY well). I tried to follow the parameters as much as possible. Steeping it this way seems PERFECT with each steep, no astringency at all and plenty of flavor. It’s still probably my favorite oolong, even without all those flowers!
Two tsps. // rinse // just boiled // 1 min // 2 min // 3 min
Tasting a tea I took from the Lewis & Clark teabox. This looks like a decent enough black tea but the flavor is a bit odd. It tastes like a sweet barbeque lapsang souchong… I’m not sure if it’s from the black tea itself or the TINY bit of rooibos in the blend. Not actually smoky but the flavor is unexpected! Only a hint of fruity flavor for a second. No cinnamon. It has that cardboard black tea base flavor. This is too bad as the blend sounds like a nice idea but it doesn’t result in anything I’d want to drink again. Nothing works here. And I like smoky teas too.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 4 min
Thank you for the sale, Momo! Here is one I get to try from Ovation – miss them! I’ve never tried a bad tea from them and I’ve tried a handful. Always plenty of flavor. This one promises pecan, chocolate and caramel on a rooibos blend. There are plenty of actual pecan pieces. The primary note is chocolate that reminds me of milk chocolate frosting or chocolate whip in candy bars. There is a hint of woody flavor, either from the rooibos or the pecan. I’m not sure if I’m tasting caramel but there is plenty of sweetness! A really nice dessert blend, though I would have liked a honeybush base more.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Thank you Ost for the sale! I’ve recently been craving white teas more and more. If you think you don’t like white teas, the special ones will change your mind. This looks like a mixture of many different leaves: some fuzzies, some that look swept from an autumn forest floor. Tough to measure the amount, but I used a decent amount of leaves. The flavor is okay, maybe I steeped it not-to-perfection. The flavor is very light and has hay notes. There is more to it I can’t describe, so maybe my palate isn’t figuring this one out. A decent white tea to try out though.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
I had to stock up on some of this peppermint from Zen as peppermint seems to be the only thing to help my headaches. THIS stuff can certainly help! Wow, this stuff is strong even upon opening the pouch. I tried a teaspoon of this steeped on its own but it will also come in handy for mixing with other teas. The flavor is delicious, cooling, strong, fresh. It’s certainly something different! I’ll stock up on a pouch of this one whenever I order some of my other Zen favorites (there’s a few!) This will be my go-to for headaches, but I’d choose this one over any other herbal blend any time.
Steep #1 // 6 min after boiling // 5 min steep
Thank you Ost for the sale! I’ve seen tasting notes for this one before and it sounded good. It is — it tastes like a liquefied banana coconut cream pie! I may have left this one steeping for 25 minutes but the steep instructions suggest 10-15 minutes anyway. The most noticeable flavor is the banana with hints of coconut. I’m not sure what sultanas taste like but there wasn’t much flavor from the mangos and papaya… they probably lent some extra syrupy sweetness. (Also, NO hibiscus in this one. I feel like if it’s a herbal blend I have to give a hibiscus report.) It is certainly a dessert tea without caffeine! (Or with some graham crackers I was eating with the tea – it’s like the pie crust paired with the filling.) One of the best herbal blends I’ve sipped. There is just some ripe brown bananas in the infuser is all. :D Amazing that the bananas can be in a tea but I taste NO preservatives.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 25 min
Thank you for the sale CHAroma! I actually hot brewed a teaspoon of this one on this fine warm, windy day. Warm windy days are my favorite. Anyway, I figured this one promised too much. Haha. Using water around ten minutes after boiling and steeping for 85 seconds, the flavor isn’t much. The dry leaves actually have a spicy fragrance and that is the most noticeable in the flavor. Maybe a hint of squash/pumpkin. The second steep actually seemed like chocolate syrup somehow along with the spicy, so I’m probably steeping it terribly. It’s very odd that it tastes like spices without actually having spices. Not so much vanilla. A caffeine kick for some power reading outdoors.
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 85 second steep
Steep #2 // half mug // just boiled // 2 min
Another Butiki sample from my order. This one definitely doesn’t look like as many hops that were in the Rhubarb Ale sample I tried the other day. I love this base in the Tamarind Pop tea even if isn’t the most flavorful. It’s a unique base that I could crave once in a while (unique – must be a Butiki tea.) I’d have to try it on its own to be able to tell what it tastes like. This one is nice – the base tea, peach flavor (a few pieces in the infuser) and the hops balance themselves out nicely. The hops are still slightly bitter… maybe giving the cup character but maybe just isn’t my thing. The color of the cup even looks peachy. The peach makes me miss the lovely peach oolong Butiki once sold… one of my favorites. So many lovely teas I was able to try (a LOT of them samples that I always appreciated!) I wouldn’t mind trying this blend without the hops. Also, this blend was created by Azzrian (and Butiki)… wherever has Azzrian been?
Steep #1 // couple min after boiling // 3 1/2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
Additional notes: Sipdown of these from Terri a while back! Continuing comparison of all the pearls I have, though they will be sipdowns in most cases. These are amazing. Very intricate: Very dark chocolate but syrupy sweet. Hints of syrup flavor like the unique Red Pearls from PuriTea. But very wine like with hints of fruit, not sure which type of fruit though. Really nice combination of flavors! High up there on my list of favorite pearls… I guess they AREN’T all the same.
Steep #1 // rinse five pearls // just boiled // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
This was an extra from Momo’s sale. I was kind of expecting the worst.. I’m not sure why, as Adagio flavored teas are spot on for me. I happen to like this one. It looks like two types of coconut are used here: the occasional sliver of coconut and the leaves must be infused with coconut flavor as there is a lot. Almost too much! It’s a little like suntan lotion but also like a coconut pie. I don’t mind the suntan lotion when I’m probably not getting enough sun anyway. I’m not sure how old this tea is but it doesn’t taste old… maybe a coconut tea that actually ages well! I love the black base that Adagio uses: a bit of a flavor bite while not quite stealing the show. A lovely copper cup from a Ceylon I actually like. I think all of the Adagio flavors have been tasty to me and they usually have a LOT of flavor.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min