870 Tasting Notes
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
Additional notes: Last of this one! I wanted to steep this half of the sample differently because I didn’t feel like I had the flavor quite right. It was astringent last time. So a teaspoon and a half leads to a sipdown. I let the water cool a while and tried my usual 52Teas steep time of 35 seconds and it was much better this time (as far as I remember). Though there wasn’t any actual marshmallows in my sample, there was plenty of marshmallow flavor. I will miss this one.
It’s 52Teas luck that I just finished this one though, since this is one of the teas I get a sample of when I donated $25 for the fundraiser: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/revive-zoomdweebie-s-tea-bar
SO getting a BIT more of this one was kind of a deciding factor! Yes, it’s only enough for a couple cups, but my tea collection really only needs a couple cups of each tea. :D
Additional notes: Sad sample sipdown! I loved this one. I tried my sample again to see if I good justify an order from Steep City but I’m not sure I can right now! I have so much tea. But this is certainly a favorite. What if I justify it by saying I’ll put some of the Steep City order in the tea boxes? hmmm…
I’ve never had a bamboo tea before! Somehow I knew it would be a bit plain tasting but this blend is really nice because it has some interesting ingredients: apple, lime and carrots. These ingredients spice up some plainer leaves. The lime is definitely evident from the fragrance of the dry leaves. The lime is perfect — just the right amount of tangy without being overdone. The sweetness of the apple and carrots cuts down the lime anyway. But the carrot isn’t terribly noticeable to make it weird. The second cup is completely different — still sweet and very smooth but the lime seems to be lost now. It is tough to say what flavor is from the bamboo and what is from the other ingredients, but this is a very different cup than any other tea. This blend is very refreshing. This would be the perfect representation of a bamboo tea in my tea collection! Zen is very selective and they make sure they are stocking the perfect blends. I just checked and the summer sale at zentealife.com is STILL going. Tempting!
Thank you so much to Nina’s Paris for sending another envelope of samples! This one seems to have a different base than the Nina’s Paris teas I’ve tried before. It is intriguing but less strong than the other blends. This black tea base better showcases the flavors anyway. And I like the flavor! There is supposed to be a few fruits here, but what I taste is mainly peach and it’s a nice peach. (I’ve had some terrible flavored peach teas before and I think I’m remembering them in every tasting note for a peach tea. Not nice!) But this one is nice. I think I’ve equally liked all of the Nina’s teas I’ve tried so far!
Thank you for including this in the 52Teas samples for your sale, Rachel! I was a bit wary of this one as it is white tea AND cucumber. But this one wasn’t as bad as Adagio’s Cucumber that just tastes like pickles. They should have called it pickle tea. This one is a bit muted with the flavors, but there was a hint of strawberries at the top and a hint of actual cucumber. The white tea is nice, not as terrible as some white teas are for me. This certainly isn’t a tea I would have seeked out. There certainly are a ton of 52Teas strawberry blends though, so I’d rather have the one without cucumber.
I bought this one for the 5 for $5 shipping sale Verdant had. That includes shipping, and I think they still have that on the site for new customers, so it is well worth it! I thought this one was a charcoal like oolong, since it is so dark. But I was very wrong!
Steep #1 // 20 seconds // waited about 20 minutes after boiling
Verdant suggests 3-4 grams of leaves with small amounts of water. I think I used the usual amount of leaves and most of a mug. They also suggest just boiled water for 10 seconds. That seems so quick! Verdant’s teas are certainly some of the most delicate. The dry leaves are large and have a pumpkin, squash, sweet potato fragrance. The taste of the first cup is EXACTLY like that. Also very sweet and creamy. Definitely the opposite of a charcoal like oolong. I absolutely love the flavor of this. I’ve never had an oolong like this one before!
Steep #2 // 20 seconds // a few minutes after boiling
I was hoping to get the same flavors as the first cup, but this one turned to PEACH. Now how did that happen? This cup was also very good but I did love the uniqueness of the first cup. I probably got the time and temp perfect the first time so I’m bolding that for future reference.
Steep #3 // 20 seconds // a few minutes after boiling
This one is a bit less special than the second cup. The flavors are a bit more muted even from the peach. But now there is a slight cantaloupe flavor but still very creamy. And a bit oaky again. It seems ever since I started using the brew basket, the later steeps of teas are getting woody and oaky. I’m not sure why that would be happening as opposed to using a cramped dipper infuser.
Since this tea is so different with each cup, the rating is for the first one.
A big thank you to Teavivre for sending out these samples! I don’t know what it is about black tea pearls, but I love them, and I had to try Teavivre’s. And I had to try them today because of other tasting notes on the dashboard today! Maybe the flavor stays wrapped up in the pearls making the flavor stronger, rather than with a loose leaf, I don’t know. Teavivre’s site told me to brew ten pearls at a time but one sample had seven in it, so I went with that. These pearls are pretty big though! I rinsed the pearls with just boiled water, just covering the pearls for a few seconds, then dumped that water out.
Steep #1// boiled // 2 min
I just love the dark chocolate flavor of pearls. It’s like melted chocolate. So so good. With only seven pearls, I can imagine how ten would be even more delicious. But some might not like the flavor that strong! There is a bit of a tanginess but in the best way possible. It makes the sweetness even sweeter. Like semi-sweet dark chocolate chips! (Is that even a thing?) This is why I love black pearls!
Steep #2 // boiled // 2 min
This cup is also super divine.. though not as burned dark chocolatey as the first cup. A little bit oaky, but I didn’t really follow Teavivre’s parameters of 1,2,3 minute steeps. It’s still very good though. I’ll have to have my Zen pearls again soon to see how they compare to these, but I think those need a longer steep time anyway.
Steep #3 // boiled // 2 min
Also very good but the first cup is the best. Overall, these are amazing. Chocolate-like tea at its finest. I’m so glad I started drinking tea because at this point, I don’t know how I could live without it!
Thank you Dinosara for sending a bit of this one! I must be honest.. I had some of this before but I sent the rest out in a swap and then kind of, sort of missed it. But Dinosara had some to send my way! I love the sweet almond flavor. I accidently oversteeped this one for ten minutes and then expected disaster but it has the perfect astringency and very deep and malty while still keeping the marzipan flavors. Very delicious!