862 Tasting Notes
Thank you Courtney for sending some of this to try! I had to recheck if this was a white tea since the leaves are so dark, also because the steep temp seems a bit high. A BIG walnut was scooped into my tea scoop. I waited a while for the water to cool for the first cup. If I had to taste test this blind, I’d definitely say the flavor is supposed to be cookie dough. It has that chocolate flavor that only cookie dough seems to have. So it could remind me of cookie dough with the chocolate on its own, but the other flavors work well too! It reminds me of how much I miss cookie dough ice cream…
thanks so much Courtney for sending a bit of this to try! The name glitter & gold is certainly accurate. Gold candies with sugar (glitter). Honestly, the deep black tea leaves are pretty enough for me! The flavor is very vanilla – reminds me of something… maybe Harney’s Vanilla Comoro? I love anything vanilla so this is a hit with me. I didn’t tasted too much of the orange or cloves though! Very yum.
Additional notes: oh man, I can’t believe I am STILL the only person who wrote a tasting note for this now non-existing tea. Today’s cup was especially good so I guess this tasting note will just be steeping parameters for future me:
1 &3/4 teaspoons waiting for the boiled water to cool for 10-20 minutes and steep for 4-5 minutes.
I was especially tired today but just the deliciousness of this tea woke me up! It couldn’t have been the caffeine because it was instant! It’s a good thing I have a ton of this one though because I could probably drink it every day. (And I’m also still not sure this is different from Ovation’s Assam blend I have.) I’ll put some in tea boxes though for others to try! Oh how I wish I knew how good Ovation was before they went out of business!
Tasting note #700! Wow, already? I think they will start slowing down though… not as many new-to-me teas lately!
Another sample I just know will be good from Teavivre – thank you so much! I was in the mood for a Yunnan “golden leaved” black tea. This was it! (Then again, I’m usually in the mood for Yunnan.) The dry leaves had the aroma of that sweet potato with marshmallows concoction that I know some people like to make, but sadly, I’ve never tried. Teavivre’s steeping instructions are 185 degrees with two teaspoons for 8 ounces of water with a rinse and 1,2,3,4 minute steeping times. So I used two teaspoons — it looks like each sample pouch has four teaspoons. Perfect!
I waited for the water to cool about 35 minutes before pouring. After a rinse, I steeped for one minute. This one definitely doesn’t have a strong black tea flavor. It is not like the burnt dark chocolate at all like the Bailin Gongfu I had from Teavivre the other day. It’s a flavor all its own, probably because of the golden buds. The flavor certainly does taste like extra sweet sweet potatoes. And the color of the cup was even the closest color to sweet potatoes that I’ve seen.
Waited another while for the water to cool and steeped for three minutes. This cup had more of a traditional black tea flavor. But still a lot of sweet potato. I don’t love these leaves as much as I love the bailin gongfu, since I am partial to dark chocolate. (And I might be unfairly comparing the two since I just recently had the perfect cup.) But it is a nice change from chocolatey black tea leaves.
This one doesn’t seem like a SUMMER tea to me… spicy plum? Sounds like the holidays to me! This blend actually has sugar in it, so it’s like sugared plums. Well, this blend should be plums but after a four minute steep with just boiled water, the plum is very slight but I LOVE the spices with the black tea base. It seems like it should be a chai but it’s different. And there is a bit of a fruity flavor that could be plum. It reminds me of a subtler version of 52Teas Iced Plum blend. But this one is so smooth and surprisingly very different and delicious. I hope they don’t just sell this blend in the summer… maybe the name can be changed be sugar plum fairy or something. (And no it is NOT like Della Terra’s dreaded Dirty Chai.)
Additional notes: ICED! Holy crikey! I thought this would be a cold steep loser, that the chocolate wouldn’t translate at all. Not show its face. But it is the most noticeable thing here. It’s almost like tasting chocolate syrup, two teaspoons after a few days in the fridge. I don’t think it was this present hot. There is a hint of sweetness and flavor from the raspberry but I love the chocolate flavor here and will probably use the rest of this cold steeped (though I love the Adagio black tea base hot too much). And I can’t wait to try other chocolate teas cold steeped!
Another one from Rachel’s sale! Thank you! One teaspoon for a few minutes and mmmm. I love the strawberry flavor with this one and there is plenty. I can definitely imagine a very glazey strawberry pie, especially since there is also a slight pie crust flavor. The ingredients list for this one is nice but my sample might be a bit older, since I wish some of those flavors were more present.
A big thank you to Courtney for sending me a few teas to try! Gotta love sampling teas all the time. :D This is Butiki, so this is high standard. Of course it’s good. I love the guayusa base they have. It’s earthy, sweet, yet somehow creamy… or something… I’m not describing it well enough. But there is a ton of lemony flavor here. So it DOES seem sunshiney. I can just imagine sipping this in the morning with a nice breakfast in a sunny breakfast nook or something. I definitely try not to use a high temperature for guayusa: the lower the better. I’m not sure if it was because I was extra tired, but it didn’t seem like my energy was increased by this cup today. I always need a couple guayusa blends in my collection here and there and I’ll keep this one in mind in the future!
Additional notes: Iced! This one isn’t my favorite iced.. not very inspired. It has a plastic taste to it, which is odd as it does have SOME mango pieces in it (not as many in my pouch as the picture shows). But I’m finding that the long wirey black tea leaves have less flavor iced than cut-tear-curl leaves. Those definitely have more flavor iced.
Additional notes: I thought I would follow Teavivre’s instructions a bit more closely this time. I cooled the water a while (supposed to be 185 degrees), two teaspoons and a minute half for the first steep. WOW is it better than I remember this time. I also had a tea recently like this one… but now I’m not sure what it was. It’s very burnt dark chocolate but not astringent at all and very sweet. So sweet it seems like I added sugar. I say it tastes like BURNT dark chocolate but that definitely doesn’t mean astringent in any way — this is very smooth. I definitely prefer steeping it this way, even if the temp seems so low. I’d definitely use two teaspoons in the future.
Steep #2 // 2 min // water cooled around 30 min
This cup was very much the same as the first one, just not as deep flavored. Still very scrumptious!
Steep #3 // 3 min // five minutes after boiling
I expected the flavor to be faded more and a bit oaky with this steep but it is still very good! Something between the flavor depth of the first cup and the second. I decided to go with closer to boiling to get more flavor out of the leaves. A tea like this could easily be the base for a “chocolate” blend, since much of the flavor is already there. Everything from Teavivre is amazing!