1533 Tasting Notes
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #9
This isn’t the highest rated oolong… maybe it doesn’t deliver what it promises. It isn’t so much a milk oolong to me as it is very savory: kind of salty and a bit tough. Kind of seaweed/marine like. It’s so brothy and buttery it could be used as a soup. Again it could be a problem with too many leaves/steep time. But the instructions did say to use boiling water for this one. I’m glad I didn’t. I didn’t even use a rinse this time for some reason. Savory oolongs are very nice on their own and I can appreciate the different flavors once in a while but they don’t seem to be for me.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsps. // 12 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min
Steep #2 // 12 min after boiling // 3 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #8
I usually love genmaicha and I know I love the Laoshan green. It’s actually the highest rated “Laoshan” for me, surprisingly enough. I’m not sure if it was the three minute steep making it a little bit too bitter (or I used too many leaves), or that I couldn’t really taste too much of the rice, but this isn’t a favorite. I think I like to sip the Laoshan green on its own and I like it better when genmaicha is made with sencha. I know they both work better for me on their own!
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #7
I really appreciate all of the teas I get to try from this teabox, especially the YS! The leaves here sure look like one of the more interesting teas I’ve seen! It’s green mixed with white. Even with two teaspoons, the flavor isn’t too extreme, but I can taste subtle hints that there is both white and green tea here. The flavors are hints of juicy fruit, sweet lemon, melon, cucumber, peony or some type of flower, nuttiness, creaminess. It doesn’t really taste vegetal/ grassy like a green tea though. I guess double the flavors since there are two types of tea here! Sadly, I think there are also hints of flavor from the ziplock bag the tea was in. It’s very smooth… not too many fuzzies. The second steep was even smoother and all of the flavor notes seemed to blend together somehow, which is distinctly the flavor of THIS tea.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 35 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #6
Upon rinsing this one, the scent from the cup kind of made me want to change my mind. I believe I’ve only had one Red Robe years before and it just isn’t my thing, isn’t to my tastes. The scent is charcoal. That’s what I don’t love about it. I can now appreciate subtle notes that weren’t there before my palate has tried hundreds of other teas: a flavor like houjicha, a sweetness, a creaminess, a butteriness that lingers, but mainly it is still first charcoal with a dry texture. It’s kind of nice to know that there are some teas out there not to my taste though!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // rinse // 2 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #5
First tasting note for this one?! Intriguing list of ingredients! Banana, mango, cranberry, cinnamon, chamomile (that looks like to me like roman chamomile which is my FAVORITE.) The scent of the steeped tea is lovely and fruity. The black tea is the perfect strength to showcase these flavors. I notice the ripe authentic banana first, then ripe authentic mango is there (including, I swear, the starchiness!), then there are hints of cranberry. I don’t think all of those ingredients were even the infuser… I don’t think any cinnamon made it to my infuser either. Then there is a sweetness that reminds me of vanilla. The only way this blend could be improved is if there were actual vanilla. Banana and mango tea fans, try this one! Juicy fruity magic! The second steep was a little odd but the steep time might have been too long OR it was because I let the leaves sit overnight. This is going on my wishlist.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 4 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4+min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #4
A solid Moroccan mint! Very minty… almost so minty I can’t taste the smoky gunpowder but it is always a great combination. There are some refreshing and sweet qualities too. This is one of the better I’ve tried. I should have saved this one for a headache!
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 4 min
I had this one a few days ago and I forgot to write a note! Thanks so much CHAroma! I like this one – it has a caramel flavor to me more than chocolate. Usually the Kusmi black tea base isn’t my favorite, but it blends really well here. It might be a different black tea than usual though. Since it is a Chinese black tea, I’m sure the caramel/chocolate notes are from the tea itself. Just enough spice added to make it interesting.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #3
This is a Darjeeling I can love! The nice Darjeelings put the mediocre ones to shame. I used two teaspoons though I was supposed to use three. The flavor seemed fine anyway! The color of the cup was a lovely squash orange just like the flavor. I love the depth a nice Darj has. Muscatel, something fruity and a little dusky. No, I don’t know what that means. The second steep loses some of those subtle nuances that make it special, but stilla good cup. I’d always recommend steeping Darjeelings 15-20 min after boiling though, anything more will destroy the nice qualities. Darj is always tough for me to describe, I can never do a good one justice but this is delicious!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 20 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #2
It’s not my birthday but I’ll celebrate to a teabox arriving! I LOVE the idea for this blend. Marshmallow and many types of flower petals to either resemble confetti, frosting colors decorating a cake, OR BOTH. I might have oversteeped this at seven minutes as the flavor was a little tangy, reminding me of lemon somehow, maybe a sweet lemon frosting? I just though there would be more cake! But the dry leaf scent is very cake like. The color of the cup resembled a yellow cake. The little bit left in the mug the next morning tasted a LOT more like cake and frosting somehow. A unique blend!
Steep #1 // just boiled // 7 min
Thanks again for your sale, Ost! Eventually I’ll get a chance to try everything. :D I had this one RIGHT before the Lewis & Clark teabox arrived… otherwise I’ll be sampling from that until I mail it out!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // 10 min after boiling // rinse // 2 min
This is a super dark green oolong… I haven’t seen many oolongs this dark! However, the color of the steeped tea is still very light, the mellowest yellow. The flavor isn’t dark or light. Neither sweet nor tough. It’s difficult to describe! I would say it is more savory, with hints of butter and salt. Not my favorite type of oolong but this is a good one of this type.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
I thought this one might be oversteeped but not at all, just a stronger flavor than the first steep without being astringent. More butter! I like this steep even more and the leaves could definitely keep going! I’ve been thinking about which type of oolongs are my favorite and I’d have to say the Wen Shan Bao Zhong and the Ti Kuan Yin.