1086 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: It’s around Christmas and I have a headache.. I need a mint tea, so time for Christmas mint! Not that this tea needs improvement, but this description promises candy cane and I don’t see many pieces, if any. So I had the awesome idea of adding a candy cane right in the mug after steeping! It is amazing!! One second I look in the cup and the candy cane is all spindly. The next second the candy cane is GONE! I felt like I was in an M. Night Shamalan (spelling?) movie. Hopefully they aren’t THAT bad yet ‘The Case of the Disappearing Candy Cane’. It’s so sugary, creamy, minty though.. perfect with this tea blend!! The only improvement would have been using a candy cane that wasn’t so old. :D
Additional notes: I was thinking of buying some of this one (which I really shouldn’t!) but luckily Dexter3657 sent me a few extra teaspoons in that awesome package so it will prevent me from buying some at the moment. :D thanks so much! This time around it doesn’t taste like Yunnan, though at the time I thought I was projecting what I wanted it to taste like anyway. It is tough to describe how this DOES taste other then Kenyan tea. Kenyan tea actually has its own flavor profile, especially if it isn’t processed in the CTC way and you can actually taste anything through all that astringency. But this is unique & nice.
Additional notes: Sip down! Yes, I overleafed (I don’t even know how many teaspoons). But I have to sip down some of these things. I’m still amazed with the ingredients in this lovely. I just could have done without the hibiscus. I even tried to pull most of it out before going in the infuser. Sadly, the flavor is still mostly hibiscus. I miss the creamsicle flavor I noticed last time, and the dry leaf fragrance. It has so much here… why does it still need the hibiscus? It would be such a nice herbal without it.
Also! I looked up the actual winter solstice and it is December 21st! (I guess I do not normally need to know when it is, but it means longer days and I am wishing for a vacation that will never happen… at least the sun will stay up longer… not necessarily ever out from behind the clouds though.)
Two tasting notes for WINTER teas today!
Thanks so much again, Dexter3657! This is my perfect apple tea! Everything is on the lighter side here. Even though the black tea was steeped just after boiling for a few minutes, it is very subtle. The apple and cinnamon are definitely present, but also subtle. But it works very well anyway, in its lightness and subtlety. The apple is perfect – very sweet! I’m intrigued by this tea shop… I’m sorry I don’t have much more to say on this one.
Another one from Dexter3657 – thanks so much again! Another chai to try, I say in glee. :D I looked up more info on the site for this one, and there is a wonderful list of ingredients but to me this mostly looks like black tea leaves mixed with CTC black tea leaves. Even after a few minutes, this tea is surprisingly smooth for a CTC. There are hints of ginger and not much else. The picture looks exactly like the blend I have, actually, so I guess this is an accurate batch of this blend. But I love how smooth this is and it has a bready flavor.. not astringent at all! I really wish there were a billion more spices here, but as a black tea it’s good stuff anyway.
I’m not avoiding Steepster notes any more… apparently my Amoda box went missing in the mail. :/ I guess I will just ruin the surprise if it just happens to happen.
Another from Dexter3657. thank you! I KNEW there was something wrong with the bit I tried from this blend! It was an off blend, because this one actually has any flavor to it. Sweet candy cranberry and not much almond, but it is definitely better than the other blend. It reminds me of Harney’s other fruit blends. BUT it also was reminding me of the Frankenberry cereal. Yum. Still not my favorite from Harney’s but I’m glad it was proved that there was something wrong with my batch after all. Raising the rating a bit.
Just posting this note…still not reading tasting notes. My Amoda box BEST be in my mailbox today… I miss Steepster!
I just acquired two teas named Cinnamon Roll. This one and a free sample with my Della Terra order. I will try the other soon! This one is EXACLTY how I wanted it to taste… an unassuming black tea that doesn’t detract from the lovely sweet and spicy cinnamon (plenty of pieces of cinnamon in the blend!), while also having a flavor here that IS like a cinnamon roll. The only thing is, I would have wanted a black tea base that is very bready like… it can be done! Maybe I’ll mix some of this with a bready tea I have. If I did a blind taste test and had to name this one myself, I would have also called it Cinnamon Roll! When the cup cools, it has even more of that flavor. I’m so glad it tastes like I wanted it to! Not the best tea ever, but that it met my expectations, it gets a higher rating.
Dexter3657 sent me an amazing package of teas! I appreciate it so so much! I can’t even say! thank you! This will be the first to try of many. All of the fruity teas smelled so lovely! I wasn’t sure how to steep Formosa oolong, so I did a search and the teas that actually had steep instructions said boiling at 3-4 minutes. That seemed too high, but I thought I’d try it anyway. As dry leaves, this one had such a lovely sweet citrusy aroma and the flavor is the same. The flavor of the oolong itself is tough to find behind the equal parts grapefruit and lemon… so bright, fresh, sweet, fruity, crisp. Just a punch of citrus. Love this flavor. Very thirst quenching! This is the grapefruit I can manage and not those cups of juice they would hand out in elementary school. The lemon reminds me of bergamot. I don’t think I had any Formosa oolongs in my collection, so now I have a bit of this one left. This is very good! The second steep tasted just as good.
I wanted Darjeeling and pumpkin and remembered I had a sample of this one! I tried to use Butiki’s instructions – two teaspoons, 4 min, and I let the water cool for a half hour. I’m not sure how many Darjeelings are oolongs, but this one is. It seemed odd! The flavor is slightly pumpkin and slightly creamy (I still wish Butiki’s pumpkin blends would use more pumpkin). I don’t think I’m a fan of the base though. I’m not sure if waiting a half hour still had the water too hot, but the main flavor profile of this just seems to be tangy and like a fuzzy white tea. It didn’t have the flavor of a Darjeeling or an oolong. Ah well, not for me. Maybe that is why Pumpkin Milkshake 2.0 exists. I’m very glad Pumpkin Brulee does though!
…Just quick posting a couple tasting notes: I’m still avoiding reading tasting notes since I haven’t received my Amoda box yet! I miss Steepster!
Here is one that Terri Harplady included in the Here’s Hoping teabox, I’m just now trying. I’m starting to think that many of Verdant’s black teas are similar – like Laoshan Black…but I’m not sure why I’m comparing it to that one, since it’s my least favorite. This one is much better, while still having a similar flavor profile. Maybe I’m oversteeping the Laoshan, since they suggest four minutes. I used two teaspoons of these lovely leaves.
Steep #1 // 2 min // around 15 minutes after boiling
Already, I can notice the difference. With Laoshan, I used just boiled water and steeped for four minutes. This tea has a comparable flavor with half the time and 15 minutes after boiling. The flavor is that dark without being dark sort of thing. Sweet potato, honey, a bit of chocolate. Very nice. It seems to be closer in flavor to the Zhu Rong than the Laoshan black… but of course steeping times/temps would affect that.
Steep #2 // 3 min // just after boiling
This cup is much like the first. By now my cup of Laoshan Black was terrible… just had that oaky oversteeped leaves flavor. But this one is very nice. It’s almost chewy/bakey… fuller than the Laoshan Black. There are hints of the oakiness in the aftertaste. But these leaves also have something different to them that is hard to describe.. maybe what Yezi described their one tea as scotch-like. A very nice cup but I’m beginning to be surprised that so many of Verdant’s teas are the same. I just don’t see anyone who has tried a few of Verdant’s black teas thinking that Laoshan is the best one. But this tea is lovely on a snowy winter morning with my breakfast of yogurt with blueberries and a hideously decorated Christmas cookie I made. :D (Side note: Anyone else notice the club on the show Arrow’s name is Verdant? Of course I can’t help but think of the teas.)