1093 Tasting Notes
Thank you MissB for some of this one! I don’t know what is going on with Teavana, but with that feather thing, I’m kind of glad I don’t own more Teavana teas. They aren’t really my thing anyway, but their plain teas are usually okay. A Yunnan / pu-erh sounds interesting! I guess it’s blended with both pu-erh leaves and Yunnan leaves and I can definitely taste that. It’s interesting, but at the same time, it seems like it should be either one or the other. I would appreciate both blends independently. But there is an equal balance – definitely earthy dark pu-erh but also an additional sweetness from the Yunnan. Not very chocolatey though. Both cups tasted the same. So sweet though! It’s odd. I’d choose this over some of Teavana’s wacky blends though.
Steep #1 // 4 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
Additional notes: More or less future notes for myself, as I doubt anyone has this tea any more anyway. I don’t know what it is but it is the most magical Earl. The third steep even! It’s more vanilla/creamy than the other two. I drink it every once in a while but there are only a few precious teaspoons left! If anyone ever has any that they want to get rid of (no matter how old), I will buy it!
One flat teaspoon in my metal infuser
Steep #1 // 6 mins after boiling // 3 1/2 min
Steep #2 // 4 mins after boiling // 5 1/2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 8 min
This one is from Janelle! thank you! I haven’t had a yerba mate lately, so here goes. I love that this has fruit in the blend, but the dry leaves kind of smell like that Davids tea with the gross walnuts. The flavor is better.. not like the walnuts, but then it has a taste that reminds me of the orange fluoride from elementary school. Not really fond memories of that flavor of orange! But it sweetens the yerba mate, which I like anyway. The second cup is stronger than the first. I like David’s Jungle Ju Ju better but after looking up the name, apparently that is guayusa and not yerba mate.
Steep #1 // 25 mins after boiling // 3-4 min
Steep #2 // 22 mins after boiling // 3-4 min
Another surprise in the tea swap from Marcel Duchamp! Thank you so much! This tastes basically exactly how I was thinking it would, so I obviously I love it.
Steep #1 // 10 mins after boiling (accidentally waited that long) // 3-4 min
The black tea base suits this perfectly – it’s mild enough, yet it pairs well with the flavors. First, there is an odd flavor from the strawberry leaves, but that is thankfully only at the top of the cup. There is definitely something here that makes this taste like CUPCAKE. A bit of strawberry and I thiiinnk a hint of chocolate. There should really be some more strawberry, but it might take away from the cupcake flavor. I love it – it’s perfect because I was craving a tea that was cakey today.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4-5 min
This cup was also nice, but a little light on the flavor which was surprising since I accidentally waited 10 mins for the first steep. I love this though!
Additional notes: I’m having this one again! I keep saying “I love this tea”. Definitely a favorite from Della Terra. I want to stock up on ten pounds of it. It even made my headache go away last time. I just love the combination: big vanilla pieces, lots of mint leaves, two different chocolates AND this time I saw the candy cane pieces, just not as much as the picture shows. But they are there! Rating going up a couple points!
Thank you as always for the samples, Teavivre! I’m excited to try this one! The fragrance of the leaves are intoxicating but tough to describe – they smell like a Spring garden! A dozen types of flowers. Teavivre suggests 8 grams of leaves for 17 ounces of water at boiling with 1,2,3,4 minute steep times. (Not sure if I should have rinsed the leaves.) I used 1 1/3 or 1 1/2 teaspoons for a 10-11 ounce mug.
Steep #1 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 min steep
The flavor is close to the fragrance – it doesn’t really have a distinctive oolong flavor that presents itself. To me, oolong is usually milk/butter, peach, floral, or grassy. This one seems to have hints of all of these things. I think I like it better when the oolong chooses to be one of those things, but this is tasty anyway. The flowers are first, tiny hint of peach, then there is a butteriness that lingers. One thing this cup isn’t is grassy. It does have a tanginess to the flavor I don’t like, but I’m sure it will get better with the second cup.
Steep #2 // 10 mins after boiling // 3 min steep
The flavor of this cup is very close to the first cup. There seems to be more butteriness but there is also more of the tanginess. I wish this tea were smoother, but it dries the mouth. There is another fruit flavor to this cup – I’m not sure what it is, but it isn’t exactly peach, maybe pineapple.
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min
Surprisingly, even with a hotter temp and time, the tanginess of the leaves is completely gone. That makes me think these leaves are just now getting even better than before, which means there are probably many more delicious cups possible with the same leaves. This cup is pure sweet orchids. By the third cup, this is the perfect oolong. I just wish there wasn’t as much tanginess to get there. (The rating on this one is lowered a bit because of that.) So maybe a rinse would have helped with the first cup.
Thank you DigniTea for sending some of these precious pearls! I usually love Zen (I actually just placed a smaller order yesterday because they have the best sales…and because I was sleepordering. Whoops. Also, the book I’m reading at the moment ‘The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing’ is fantastic. ) Zen suggests one teaspoon at 176-195 degrees for 2 1/2 minutes.
Steep #1 // 25 mins after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
Oh I feel like I’ve had this exact tea before somehow but I love this! (They might be Ovation’s pearls… I’ll have to try them again soon.) The jasmine is so sweet it is on the verge of tasting like bubblegum to me. I remember a jasmine tea that did this before. The jasmine takes front and center, even though it doesn’t seem like a strong jasmine to me, more sweet than floral – the green tea itself stays in the background. It’s very nice!
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min
This cup was still delicious but it had a slight tinge of the overbrewed-green-tea flavor. A little brisk. Still plenty of jasmine flavor though. If you’re looking for jasmine pearls, these are those. Tea tea tea. Tea.
Thank you Rachel for selling this sample a while ago! I actually quite like this one. It reminds me of their Lemon Meringue Chai. Spices with lemon and lemongrass. The lemon is more sweet than tart. Maybe because I don’t see many actual orange/lemon peels… so it’s mostly lemon myrtle & lemongrass. The spices are nice – I see a cinnamon and a clove. This should really have more cinnamon though.. I couldn’t taste it as much as I would have liked. It was a nice combination but I love that the Lemon Meringue Chai has mallow root. Doesn’t deserve a 66 rating!
Thank you for including this one in the package from a while back, MissB! I don’t think I’ve actually tried a straight green rooibos before. I’m falling out of love with red rooibos a bit (scratchy rooibos throat syndrome) so maybe the green is better. I steeped with boiling water for a few minutes. The scratchiness of the throat seemed to be less than usual, but maybe that’s just my nice filler teabags that makes the difference. The flavor isn’t something I like more the red rooibos. This kind of tastes like apple or chamomile with a bit of a sourness to it but I guess I like the red rooibos because it is different. This isn’t bad, but nothing I would drink on a normal basis.
Additional notes: I’m have some of this again thanks to KittyLovesTea! I’ve tried a cup of this before and I Love it. It tastes exactly as I remember it and my tasting note says it is a week away from being a year ago! It’s rhubarb and creamy sweetness and I will DEFINITELY be ordering this one from Bluebird when I eventually place an order. One of my favorite rooibos blends.