1371 Tasting Notes
I had a half teaspoon of this I took from the Here’s Hoping teabox. So I brewed a half a mug. It’s an interesting half mug! It’s a very bright green with a surprising amount of flavor for half a teaspoon and the lotus adds an interesting flavor… tough to describe… kind of sweet. Should it remind me of jasmine, just less distinct? The second cup is even better but very different. More marine like. More floral. I wouldn’t mind some more of this in the ol’ cupboard. Maybe I’d be able to describe it better. haha.
Thank you so much MzPriss! This one sounded amazing: bergamot, cream, lavender on a base of assam. Cornflowers make the blend look gorgeous. And the scent makes me want to drink it… now. Maybe I didn’t steep it well enough, but the flavor isn’t as strong as I’d wish it was. Everything is kind of mild here… just hints of the bergamot, cream, lavender and even the tea which should be stronger because it’s an assam. At least none of the ingredients of the blend overpower the others. The second cup accidentally steeped for six minutes but it was a bit tastier anyway. I love the name. I had a Violent Femmes song in my head yesterday for some reason.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few minutes after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 6 min
A sample from Butiki! A very solid assam. A bit of an astringency with a robustness yet still has a nice depth of flavor. This is sad though… I see so many notes for stone fruits on this one, but I don’t taste that at all, and it’s one of my favorite tea flavors! My taste buds changed a couple months ago and most assam tastes like tomato and pumpkin to me now. I can’t begin to tell you how much I do not like acyual tomatoes. I loved my assams before! I should have more to say on this awesome assam but I’m simply shocked at my taste buds now. OH and one other thing that changed is the flavor of ketchup, which is especially odd since I just mentioned my teas are tasting like tomato. It brings into question even the purpose of my own tasting notes for myself if years from now each tea could change because of my taste buds. This tasting note doesn’t really do a Butiki tea justice, but this isn’t the best Butiki tea anyway.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 5 min after boiling // 3 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
Aw, I wrote a ton of things for this one and I lost it. Thank you Dinosara for this one! I had no idea how to steep this one, so it was a little bitter from the birch bark, which seems like that happen anyway. I’m not sure what it’s for anyway. I don’t taste much rooibos or yerba mate but there is a lot of mint, spearmint and lavender. It seems like I had this combination before but I have no idea where. It’s an odd mix of ingredients. Not bad but not Verdant’s best blend.
This is one of a few teas I traded with Stephen Hockman. Thank you so much! No matter how artificial Adagio’s flavors are, they are usual SPOT ON so if the flavor is at least there and actually seems what it should be, I’m fine with artificial. This is the most caramelly caramel teas I’ve ever tried, and it doesn’t even have those caramel cubes in that blend. Just flavoring on their black tea base. It isn’t like a realistic caramel, but the flavor is surprisingly strong. It’s very milky and sweet. The second steep had a ton of flavor as well, so it doesn’t all disappear in the first cup. I don’t get the low rating on this.
Steep #1 // 4 min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
From my puerhshop.com order! Another one where I thought tuochas were just mini tuochas. Instead of many tiny dragon eggs that I expected, I get a big ole egg that fits in your palm. It IS called a dragon egg… not quail eggs. haha. I already have it broken into pieces and in pouches. I didn’t want a mess later on, even though I’m probably going to realize one day that is the completely incorrect way to store pu-erh. I used quite a bit of leaves, probably too much, as the flavor did have a hint of astringency I’m not accustomed to tasting with any pu-erh. At the same time, even with a ton of leaves, there didn’t seem to be a depth of flavor there. The color of the cup wasn’t so dark you can’t see through it like most pu-erh. It was a medium red color with all of the cups. With all three steeps, what flavor that was there never wavered, the flavor just isn’t what I’m looking for though. Less astringency, more depth please!
Steep #1 // rinse // 5 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min
Oh my gosh! I think this is very high up there on my favorite herbals! Just from the scent alone. I just wish the base wasn’t rooibos… can you imagine honeybush with these giant pieces of papaya, banana, orange, coconut, mango? The honeybush would have fit so much better but the rooibos in the Fusion blends are always the most tolerable of all rooibos anyway. This should be called the giant fruit blend. I think there is banana flavoring with the bananas, because I don’t see the bananas alone leaving this flavor, but maybe it’s the coconut adding sweetness and creaminess. Even if there is some artificial banana, this blend is amazing. Even though there was an entire quarter of an orange slice in the blend, I don’t taste much orange… maybe just some tanginess. This was PERFECT on a hot day. I’d definitely order this one next time I order from Fusion (and not just this sample size), but I think the honeybush idea is so much better!
This was a sample with my $1 Simple Loose Leaf trial that I sure appreciated! Between requesting this and trying this one though, I’ve realized I’m not much of a fan since it is exactly the same as an Adagio blend I tried. This isn’t really the pu-erh for someone new to them to try. It might scare possibly pu-erh fans away. I really love pu-erh. The other day I think I realized they might be on the same level of love as black teas! WHAT?!?! How could that be? I guess I’ve been drinking some good ones lately. The flavor of the pu-erh here is a bit on the dusty side to me. Not on the strength a nice pu-erh should be. The leaves are loose, long and twisty which might be why. The fruity flavors with this one are nice with it, because without I think the pu-erh itself would be terrible. But the hints of fruit make it better.
Additional notes: Thank you Nina’s for the sample, though I’ve tried this one before! The base seems tamer than last time, unless this is one of the Nina’s teas that didn’t have the really strong base. This base has a medium strength. There seems to be less flavor too. There is enough of a fruity flavor that gives the black tea a juicy quality. Not bad but not really a grapefruit fan.
Another sample from Just Organic Tea! Thanks again! I tried to separate the spicy teas from the non-spicy as soon as I got the samples, but this one seems like it was still affected as others have mentioned. It isn’t bad though! It’s a lovely white blend. Somewhat creamy, fresh, but very light if I can ignore the spices and what tastes like Just Organic’s pumpkiny black tea base. Maybe not enough leaves for the cup I steeped. Since the flavor has been tainted I will talk about the dry leaves. This type of white tea is always so interesting. They always look like many different types of leaves with different colors, but they also look like leaves that were picked from the ground in autumn… just dried leaves, but some of them look fresh green.
Off topic: Since I’ve not much else to say about this one, I’ll mention how I’ve been organizing. I’ve been trying to get to many of the teas I haven’t tried yet before MzPriss’ teabox shows up in a bit. Figuring out what to add to the box, figuring out which teas I’d like to sell. I have an e-mail draft that I add teas to and who they are from. I remove the teas from the list once I write a tasting note. There is a list of sipdowns in that e-mail too. I also have an e-mail draft of all my teas listed by type (ie: green) and then listed alphabetically by company. Just a behind the scenes on how I organize and end up writing tasting notes for new-to-me teas so often. I’m sure everyone is sick of them. I guess the only break was the company-less Butiki teabox. :D