1093 Tasting Notes
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.)
Thank you Michelle for sending some of these for your sale a while back! I’m not sure what a “serene” chai is. No such thing! SO I used two tea bags to make it less serene. It isn’t overpowering with two bags.. just right! The flavor does seem different than a typical chai. I’m surprised the black tea isn’t stronger… so I guess that is what makes it serene, even after a few minutes steeping. The ingredients aren’t particularly flavorful… and there is a flavor here that reminds me of cantaloupe. Different! I’m not tasting vanilla or much cinnamon… mainly ginger. Why are half of the same ingredients organic? hmm. Not a terrible chai but there are others I love more.
A sample of this from Janelle’s sale! thanks so much! I thought this was swanky because it was themed (and I do not follow chess at all). Black tea/ white tea. The ingredients sounded nice too. I waited around 15 minutes for the water to cool because of the white tea. The cup color isn’t very dark… but the flavor is SO good! I love this mix. I seem to really like white teas if they have coconut or caramel with them. This one happens to have a really lovely sweet/creamy coconut. The light base tea really lets the coconut run with it. I also love the addition of roman chamomile which I love for some weird reason or another. One of my favorite blends has roman chamomile (SpecialTeas Vienna Winter Green) and since that blend doesn’t have any of the other ingredients here, the shared flavor must be what roman chamomile tastes like. It’s hard to describe anyway! The second steep was right after boiling and just as nice anyway. I really love this though – one of my favorite David’s blends. (I seem to be trying so many of them lately!) It’s light enough to be a desert tea. Sweet & creamy!
Oh WOW. I don’t know if it’s because it is winter with the lack of sunshine or because I haven’t had an Earl in a while but WOW. This stuff is amazingly delicious. Upon opening my sample, the bergamot fragrance is divine! Bright, fresh, lemony… almost like there is some lemon myrtle here. There is some yellow powder, but I think that’s just the tea itself. I definitely thought “sunshine”. I brewed a heaping teaspoon for exactly three minutes after waiting for the water to cool for about ten minutes. I don’t think it could get more perfect than this. I’m not sure if JustTea uses the Kenyan black base for this one, since I didn’t seem to find any of the notes there that I did here. This one doesn’t seem malty, chocolate or Yunnan. Maybe the bergamot is so strong it is overpowering those flavors but if I’m drinking Earl Grey, I want my bergamot to be tough stuff. Maybe I was just wishing for the last cup to taste that way. But this is amazing. This would be in strong competition with Teajo’s Earl Grey in the Battle of the Earl Greys. (I don’t recall if it was in the Battle, but if not, I demand a rematch! :D) I really hope JusTea will create more blends because the three they have are EXCELLENT. I’m very tempted to buy these for their Christmas sale!!