1520 Tasting Notes
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #6
I thought I’d give this one a try! The leaves are long and dusty black, kind of folded in on itself. I risked the odd steep suggestions and went with two teaspoons at boiling for ten minutes! It was supposed to be 7-8 min but I accidentally went over. This worked out well. No astringency at all. A lovely black tea – malty, raisiny, bready, sweet. Everything I love in a delicious black tea. The second steep was nice as well. I hope someone else gives this tea a chance.. there is a little left in the box!
Steep #1 // few minutes after boiling // 10 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 8 min
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #5
This one is interesting… I love when there are some unique teas in teaboxes that only one person on Steepster owns. It seems to be like yerba mate or guayusa but from Florida? I’m not sure! It’s tasty though. I wouldn’t say it taste exactly like yerba mate or guayusa, maybe somewhere in the middle. I might try the plain blend included in the teabox to be sure, since this one was also mixed with lavender, coconut and rooibos. The yaupon seemed to take center stage with hints of lavender. Not really any coconut but I’m not sure if any was in the infuser and the rooibos seemed like it just made the color of the cup red. Also different from the yerba mate and guayusa I usually brew, the yaupon didn’t mind the boiling water (no astringency). Very interesting!
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Additional notes: Having this one again, I think I liked it better than before but it’s such an odd blend to wrap my head around! It seems to smooth together, it just took me another try to see it. This time the first cup was better than the second though. Having peppermint with a headache helps always though… and watching Supernatural makes everything better too. Raising the rating on this one from 77.
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #4
Not usually one to try Teavana unless there is something intriguing about the blend. In this case: figs. There is also a bunch of other fruits. The white tea isn’t a white tea I’ve seen before – it’s very black. But the color of the mug after steeping is a light yellow. It certainly had a lovely floral/fig/fruity fragrance both with the dry blend and the exact same scent was coming from the mug after steeping. The flavor is okay, but somehow it tastes like fake sugars. As it cools it gets worse. I liked the fragrance anyway. I won’t make a bunch of other comments about Teavana here. :D
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #3
Wow, this is a surprise from RoT. I like this one! Somehow this is an agreeable decaf. I couldn’t even tell – the black tea doesn’t have a lot of flavor but it also doesn’t have an odd flavor. I’m suspicious that it actually IS decaf… I wish whomever added it to the teabox could confirm! Maybe it was mislabeled? The blackberry flavor is full and ripe. If it’s artificial, I don’t care. It’s delicious. I sipped this with some strawberry &blueberry shortcake (that was my dinner). I REALLY like blackberry shortcake so the tea worked out well. Triple berry! I’m glad I gave this one a try.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 4-5 min
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #2
After making the list of teas, it looks like there are 30 teas I want to try and a few I can remove for later. Somehow the teabox arrived before I set up the next shipping order! I was much better with that last time. Round four signups are in the discussions if anyone is interested (in the US).
This tea certainly requires some work… the stars look hand tied together! Into my infuser went two of the stars that are about the size of a dime and a teaspoon of the black tea. I can appreciate that there is a vanilla black tea base with the stars, since the stars themselves don’t seem to add much flavor, even steeped at a few minutes after boiling. The black tea base has a lighter brew color, but it somehow looks syrupy before tasting and actually is more syrupy in texture! I love vanilla teas and this one is lovely. Very smooth. The second steep is almost the same as the first. So happy to try this one!
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3-4 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #1
The teabox is back again! The hope works because it made it through three successful rounds. Amazing! I’ll try to write some tasting notes for the teas in the box, even though Steepster is wacky… but it looks like I’ve been getting close amounts of ‘likes’ that I normally get, so I guess the tasting notes aren’t disappearing entirely. I don’t mind if Steepster isn’t doing so well right now, just as long as Steepster doesn’t disappear completely! I think Steepster is a vital site to many people now.. more vital than most.
First up, this one. Bancha with rose petals. I would have guessed sencha though I honestly don’t know the difference. The green tea is buttery, fresh, sweet, delicious, a little marine-like. I don’t taste anything other than the green tea though: no additional flavors from the rose petals. The green tea is great though!
Another sample from KittyLovesTea! Thank you! This just might be my favorite green or white from Bluebird. The dry blend kind of brings peace in itself it is so nice looking- yeah, tea nerd here. I mostly smell spearmint in the dry blend. The flavor is lovely, mostly spearmint and super sweet jasmine from the actual jasmine buds in the blend. The green or white teas aren’t terribly noticeable so everything must be blending nicely! Very refreshing and the name is fitting. A great combination! My Bluebird order COULD be ridiculous.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after // 3 min
Flavors: Jasmine, Spearmint
Thank you for the samples, GoodLifeTea.com! I’m usually not much for hibiscus blends, but this is one done right. Four minutes at boiling seems to result in a perfect cup. Maybe three minutes would be better if you wanted less hibiscus. It’s quite a refreshing cup on a hot day. I’m not exactly sure what the ingredients are here, but they are tasty. It’s pretty tart but not as unbearably tart as some hibiscus blends can be. There is actually quite a lot of sweetness and smoothness. It’s almost like there is a hint of sugar in the blend… I can only imagine that is the apple. It’s almost syrupy. The color of the cup is a lovely rosey pink. I was in doubt with this one, but there are much worse hibiscus blends out there.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 4 min steep
I received this one from KittyLovesTea a while back! Thanks so much! This one seems inspired. A fruity spicy blend… first sips remind me of a fruity chutney of some kind. I’m always thinking of chutney but I’ve never been able to try any! Right away, the scent of the coconut does seem a little old. I think Bluebird should stop using the coconut because this is the second tea I’ve had from them today where the coconut wasn’t fresh enough. No fault of theirs, but I like treasuring the good teas and coconut seems to go bad fast. Otherwise, I can smell something like apple which is in the flavor and some other fruits. There is also some chili powder that adds some heat… the perfect amount of spice in the two teaspoons I used for this cup. I didn’t really notice much flavor from the typical chai spices. The rooibos isn’t the tiny throat busting kind, so everything else in the blend is more noticeable. The second steep had nice flavor too. A fruity spicy cup is very unique and this one is tasty!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // just boiled // 4 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 10+ min