1526 Tasting Notes
I ordered a few of these with my order a while back. I love rice pu-erh. Speaking of things found in pu-erh….Should I mention the five inch long hair inside the paper wrapper around the pu-erh? Erm. Ah well, boiling water anyway. This tuocha is actually small unless I’m accustomed to using way too much pu-erh. The flavor is very deep and the cup is very dark (enough leaf anyway!), but there were only really hints of the rice flavor. I’ve tried a really nice one before that had a ton of sweet rice that was almost like kettle corn in every steep. Not a bad tea, but I couldn’t really get that hair out of my mind of course.
Steep #1 // just boiled // rinse // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Thank you so much for the samples, Good Life Tea! I was about to brew up an EG, but I just received these in the mail, so I thought I’d go with this EG. There was a little over a teaspoon for my 12-13 ounce mug. The leaves are twisty and pretty with the cornflowers mixed in. The flavor is very nice – different from other earl greys I have tried somehow! There isn’t too much bergamot, but I’m one that loves a ton of bergamot. I wouldn’t call the rest of the flavor a typical cream, but there is a sweetness to it like a dessert. There is more sweet than there is bergamot. The black tea itself is the perfect strength for an EG, that showcases the nice flavors while also having a bit of a bite. If it wasn’t for the caffeine, I’d call this a dessert Earl Grey. Very nice!
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
Additional notes: This is a different sample from the one I tried before. Before, it was straight from Bluebird so it was fairly fresh. I also gave it one of the higher ratings, looking through Steepster. This sample is from Janelle, thank you! I’m not sure how old the tea is, but even more taking a sip, I can smell that the coconut is on the older side. That is too bad, as I love this blend, I would advise anyone to drink this one up quick. Some coconuts just don’t age as well as others. I’m going to try Mowgli’s Chai later today as I know there is some of that coconut in it. Now, this tea is much different: not as much sweet raspberry. Still enjoying it, but I think I’m remembering what it once tasted like. Yes, I remember.. fresh, this tea is lovely.
Additional notes: Sample sipdown! I’m raising the rating on this one from an 83 because it is a much better tea. I can appreciate it more now. I do like the flavors that are here, but I guess originally I expected a little more. Another last teaspoon I was treasuring! Also, I heard on a Butiki tasting note that Ruby Pie was going to be slightly different, so I HAD to order some. I think the Ruby Pie is perfect the way it is. I’ve been waiting to order anyway, but I probably should have waited! I probably just needed the excuse though. :D
Thank you TeaTiff for swapping some teas! I always love to try the Adagio flavors… they are usually spot on. This one is no different! At first, the flavor is like I’m chewing actual raw almonds, the nuttiness that they have. Then at the back of the sip the flavor shifts to a marzipan. So it’s almost like I’m drinking a tea with two types of almond! No actual almonds are in my sample that I can see. I guess Adagio wanted to be double accurate with the flavors this time. The black tea itself is never too terrible, this time it seems a little cardboardy, unless that is the almond itself but I’m not going to complain when I usually love the flavors. I’ve had better almond/marzipan teas though.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Thank you Kimquat for sharing some of this one! I had around one teaspoon, so I didn’t fill my mug all the way, but now that I think of it, it was probably the suggested eight ounce amount anyway. I’ve noticed that it is basically Golden Orchid without the vanilla, and it’s so good, it doesn’t really need the vanilla. I swear there is some magic in these leaves. I can’t imagine how they are this chocolatey. Definitely the most chocolate tea I’ve ever tried without additions. It even has the consistency of melted chocolate. I love this one. I’d have to stock up on this one… but no orders for a while!
Steep #1 // just boiled // 2 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 1/2 min
Thank you Kimquat for the sale! I scored a bunch of nice teas I’ve wanted to try. This one sounded interesting – I haven’t seen too many fruity chais. This has a CTC base but there are actual pieces of mango in the mix. It certainly smells like mango and the first steep certainly had a mango flavor throughout. If you don’t overdue the steep time with the CTC the flavor is smoother at just a minute and a half. The spices weren’t too tough but I was enjoying the ripe fresh mango flavor. The second steep seemed to have less of a mango flavor but it’s still a nice chai. This one is interesting!
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 1 1/2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2-3 min
A creamsicle iced tea! If I ever get to an ice cream shop, I’d most likely order the orange vanilla swirl. I brewed a teaspoon of this one hot, not as an iced tea. Immediately on opening the bag, this is definitely creamsicle! It smells like a melted creamsicle was in the pouch. However, after a 45 second steep, the flavor isn’t quite as nice as the scent. A little orange and a little cream but it tastes a tad bit more artificial than some other 52Teas blends. Let’s be fair, a creamsicle is probably artificial too. I still enjoy it but the fragrance is so promising! Maybe I should have added a bit of sugar. The second steep surprisingly has almost just as much creamsicle… it doesn’t all go to the first steep! I like these 52Teas iced especially when I need a kick of caffeine from the CTC but my other infuser is full of bigger leaves so they fit right in the teaspoon sized infuser when I need to use it.
Steep #1 // few minutes after boiling // 45 second steep
Steep #2 // few min after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
Another sample from Teasenz! I adore these types of teas with their golden leaves and their honey sweetness. The leaves here aren’t entirely golden, there are a few dark spots. Somehow that doesn’t always show in the flavor. This is very much honey and light. The color of the brew is golden like the leaves. I don’t think I properly steeped this the first cup around though – I waited too long to steep and the time was too short. The flavor was nice but I think it could have been deeper with a proper steep. The second cup was slightly deeper, the flavors melded together but it’s tough to describe this one as it is all sweetness & light… no chocolate or sweet potato or squash notes at all. Mostly honey. It’s a nice change of flavor to all the deep black teas I’ve been drinking!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // 10 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // few min after boiling // 3 min
Thank you Maria for selling a bit of this one! I’m getting more and more addicted to white teas, though they were once my least favorite. I used almost two teaspoons of these fuzzy leaves, and because they are fuzzy I also rinsed them to get some of the fuzzies out of the cup. At first sip with these types of teas, they seem like they need some getting used to… the flavor seems a bit unpleasant, but then the rest of the mug is just fine. Maybe that makes this tea all the more enjoyable, if at first it doesn’t seem like it will be a good cup but then gets better. The flavor is light and sweet – a bit grassy or hay, and then something like marshmallow. I like the shifting lingering flavor. The second steep has even more flavor, something fruity like a melon and kind of smooths out even more, even though this is a very smooth tea to begin with! I’m not sure if all ‘silver needles’ are also the teas called ‘bai hao yin zhen’. It seems like most white teas are either those types or the ‘bai mu dan’.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 30 min after boiling // rinse // 1 min
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 2-3 min
Sidenote: My first incident of Steepster deleting one of my tasting notes. I was trying to look up my note for David’sTea – Bai Hao Yin Zhen but the tasting note (and my little rating at the top) is completely missing! This worries me as Steepster is my tea brain! I’ll be getting tea amnesia!