868 Tasting Notes
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!
This tasting note will be both for hot and iced. I had this blend hot weeks ago (and then months before that I think) and I didn’t write a tasting note because I thought I may have steeped it wrong. It barely had any of the cranberry and almond flavor that is supposed to be there, which was surprising because I really love some of Harney’s other flavored blends. Just no flavor!
Then I thought I’d try it iced… there seemed to be more of a flavor after three days steeping but I didn’t really LIKE the flavor. It had a hint of plastic to it. I don’t know if it’s my taste buds or this particular batch of the blend since a ton of other people seem to love it. It’s almost nice to have a tea I don’t like once in while though -I start to feel a bit too tea addicted!
Additional notes: Another sample sipdown! I really like this one. Probably my favorite blend that has the (barely noticeable) hibiscus in it. It enhances the flavor that is there. The black tea here is a perfect pairing too. The last time I drank this, there was a HUGE piece of mango in the infuser, and I really wish there was enough huge pieces of mango for each cup of tea. It still tasted like mango this time, just not as much. I think the actual blend is very accurate to the Steepster picture, but my sample had a bigger piece of mango. I’m still trying to justify a Steep City order!
Random tea bag! Some how I’m seeing tasting notes for this loose, but mine is a tea bag. I’m surprised at how nice this one is… I’m not sure why, since another one of my favorite jasmine teas is in teabag form. Even though I oversteeped it by a minute or so, with a bit of bitterness from the green tea, the jasmine flavor was nice. The jasmine definitely redeemed the teabag since just the plain green tea might have been a bit boring with this one.
Thanks Rachel for another tea from your sale! I was happy to get a chance to try a bunch of one cup samples from Golden Moon! When I opened the package for this one, I was hit with a blast of pear fragrance. Authentic or not, this was definitely pear and it also had something floral about it. Steeped, the color is a medium amber. The pear and the floral flavor is delicious to me, anyway. It doesn’t have that odd artificial flavor. The base is perfect: present but not overpowering of the lovely pear. The second steep has less pear flavor but I get to appreciate the nice black tea base. I wish I could describe all of these teas better than just saying if the pear flavor is present or not. ah well. I wouldn’t say there is anything noticeably honey-like about it, but I wouldn’t mind stocking this one in my collection if I needed a go-to pear tea! I had a third steep since I knew I would miss it but that cup was mostly oaky (probably the seven minute steep time.)
If anyone ever wants to do a shared Golden Moon order, let me know since they don’t take Paypal. (That would be good though since it would be splitting 3.5-4 ounce tins. This one and the Sinharaja for sure.) I’d have to try more of my Golden Moon samples first though! :D