1574 Tasting Notes
Looks like the forums are not working with Steepster now… so I’ll just keep trucking on these teabox teas.. hopefully they will work soon so I can start working on the teabox list for round #4.
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #16
I get to try the plain yaupon too. The leaves look like leaves I went to the yard and picked.. I can see the leaf veins, while with a guayusa or yerba mate I don’t really see that. This one does not get overbrewed like the other types. The cup of the color remains a light green with both steeps, while a guayusa would get really dark. The flavor is unique and interesting… it’s like a light vegetable mixed with hints of cantaloupe. The second steep remains sweet like the first but there is a hint of brothiness like a tomato soup. Super smooth. I can see people liking this one even if they don’t like yerba mate or guayusa. I really like this! I’ll have to keep yaupon in my mind as something to look for in the future, but searching ‘yaupon’ seems to really only have results for the two teas I’ve tried. These two teas seems to be a rarity, so I hope others give them a try in the teabox!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 10 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min
Thanks again Teavivre for the samples! Always a wonderful mail day when a Teavivre package arrives (well the package arrived a while ago anyway.) Teavivre has quite the collection of keemuns now. Five of them. The thing is, I think all of them could taste similar depending on how they are steeped… they seem sensitive to steeping! The leaves here are longer and wirey, so the leaves are physically different from some of the other keemuns Teavivre carry. I didn’t follow Teavivre’s instructions this time around. Six teaspoons is a lot of tea… though that is for 17 ounces of water and my mug is 12-13 ounces. They also suggest 194 degrees for 3-5 minutes.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 15 min after boiling // 3 min
The cup here is very light in color but there is such a lovely fragrance before I even take a sip! Perfume in the best way possible. It has subtle flavors that I would attribute to Keemun, as well as something that reminds me of the muscatel from Darjeeling. There is also a squash flavor. This one reminds me of a Keemun blended with Darjeeling. But it would obviously be a different cup brewed differently…
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
…and it is. This cup is much darker in color and the taste is more like a Keemun, however that flavor can be described. Not sure, but I love Keemun. This cup is so different from the first cup that it could be more similar to some of the other Keemuns Teavivre has. Neither cup had much smoke as none of the Keemuns from Teavivre do. I also tried another Keemun from them the other day and the results were entirely different than the first steep session. They are constantly changing but if I love all of the Keemuns from Teavivre then it really doesn’t matter.
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #15
Oh I’ve wanted to try some of the Teavivre herbals! This one seems like mostly hibiscus/rose hips which I’m not a fan of… but some of the other herbal blends from Teavivre sound amazing. This blend also has some apple and mint. Two teaspoons at just boiling for my 12 ounce mug and the red of this cup is looking fierce. Before sipping, there is an apple cider like fragrance. The first sips are extremely tart but really it’s like a syrupy fruit punch/apple cider. I probably could have added a bit of sugar. It’s tough to notice the mint except for the hints of cool to my mouth. The tartness is more tolerable as I’m drinking but this one would be an AMAZING iced tea. I think I’d like the blends with less hibiscus better but this one was good.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // just boiled // 2-3 min
This might be my favorite I’ve tried from JOTea so far… just my thing! I love tulsi since it is holy basil and I love basil.. especially the purple type. I also love that this type of tulsi tastes slightly like green beans since I love those too. I eat them raw.. I’d actually prefer them to potato chips (in the case of green beans they look like French fries!) This one is a very unique blend in that it also has lemon myrtle and spices. After waiting around ten minutes to steep the spices don’t overpower the lemon or tulsi. The lemon is definitely noticeable so there is a lovely balance between the tulsi, spices and lemon. Very nice! I’m so sorry for the late reviews, JustOrganicTea.com!
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 4-5min
Another Teavana blend that doesn’t sound too bad from the ingredients list.. but I really can’t tell the difference from the blend I had the other day other than the lovely fig fragrance is missing. This one actually looks like it has a good deal of oolong in the blend for once, but the bases Teavana uses are always so odd looking. Two teaspoons and quite a long steep doesn’t really bring out much flavor.. but there is that fake sugar that dominates again. With so many ingredients why am I just getting fake sugar every time? At least the other had the fig.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // just boiled // 4-5 min
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #13
Why do I have a feeling the Whispering Pines blends will just keep getting better? This one is nicely done. No chocolate here but WP has some mighty chocolatey leaves when they are on their own. Plenty of fresh mint and a nice balance of spices. The cup has a scent of chocolate even before taking a sip. This is a very unique blend! I used a little bit less than two teaspoons and the only complaint with this tea is that the black tea is almost a little too light. Both cups had a yellow color to the cup… not exactly like a black tea! But I wouldn’t change the black tea used at all.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3-4 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4-5 min
Oh no! Tea organization emergency! I keep a google e-mail draft full of the teas I haven’t written tasting notes for with the usernames from trades for those teas and the list of teas that are almost sipped down. This morning the list is completely messed up, somehow a bunch of html was added to the list when there wasn’t any before mostly a lot of . Even the subject changed. I have no idea how to get it back! Other than Steepster, it was basically the other part of my tea brain.
Thank you KittyLovesTea for this one a while back! I have so many samples I haven’t got around to trying. I would say the teaboxes I participate in are bad for my tea collection, but then I remember some of my tea collection goes into the teaboxes, so it balances itself out. :D
Steep #1 // rinse // just boiled // 1 1/2 min
A good size chunk of this goes into my infuser, after a rinse the mug is a deep red as only these lovely pu-erhs can make happen. The flavor is crisp and refined somehow. It brings to mind darkened studies filled with ancientbooks… whatever studies are, but this is that tea. There is a pine or cedar flavor here (that isn’t like the oversteeped leaves flavor). I don’t drink wine, but it kind of reminds me of wine somehow.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
This cup seems to mellow out in flavor, but it’s still a strong pu-erh, deepest red color. Not as much crisp/pine/cedar… more sweet! I’ve noticed with this pu-erh that my appetite is ridiculous, even drinking this while eating things like muffins and spaghetti. I’m hungry faster… not necessarily a good thing for me. I know that pu-erh is supposed to boost metabolism or something but I’ve never noticed it until now.
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min
Still going as strong as the second steep, or should I say as sweet. No noticeable difference in flavor. Delicious but it doesn’t have that little something extra I love about pu-erh… and I don’t mean the pondiness. But that is missing too.
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #12
This one sounded like an interesting combination of ingredients! (And I could have used some happy today.) Upon opening the pouch it smells like super sweet strawberry. The blend itself looks like plain guayusa. I don’t miss the hibiscus.. hibiscus does NOT make me happy,in tea anyway… looking at those big gorgeous flowers is different! But the ripe candy strawberry is a really nice pairing with the guayusa flavors. I would have liked the apple and jasmine to make an appearance though. I’m saving a couple teaspoons of this one for later! Also, since this is guayusa I wouldn’t steep more than a teaspoon at a time.
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #11
I’ve seen this one around Steepster and wanted to try it. Now with the wonder of tea boxes, I can! The flavor is very nice. I’m not sure how as it just looks like plain rooibos to me. A sweet lemon flavor with an equal flavor of meringue. I LOVE lemon meringue pie. The rooibos takes a backseat to this lovely flavor. It reminds me of those Della Terra blends I also love.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #10
This one happened to be in the teabox, even though I’ve tried a one serving sample before. I liked this better than I remember, but this time there were definitely apple bits in the blend… not sure if there were last time. Not a ton of apple flavor even with a ton of apples, but I think that is because all of the flavor is actually from the little roasted looking pieces of apple and not artificial flavoring. It’s a spicy apple tea on a green base. Still not my favorite from Bluebird but very good.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling// 2-3 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 2-3 min