870 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: Sample sipdown! If I had known how good this one was, I would have ordered it so long ago. It has aged surprisingly well. I guess I liked this cup better than the last after reading the tasting notes for the last time. It’s a tasty flavor, so I’m uping the rating.
Element seemed to have been back in business for a while but I sent them an e-mail weeks ago asking what was going on and never got a reply. I had no idea they started again, so I wish they would have sent an e-mail to past customers that they were open again. Maybe no one knew and they closed again! I was very happy with the teas they carried.
Thank you CrowKettle for a bit of this to try! I love yerba mates but it’s odd that this is paired with rooibos. The fragrance of the leaves is very sweet. I think they add something to make it honey-like. The taste of it kind of reminds me of 52Teas cheesecake flavor but that doesn’t really make any sense either. haha. It has the same creamy silkiness I guess. But I really love this one! Not too much of a lemon flavor, but I do like the sweet flavor that is here and the earthiness from the yerba mate. I think I’ve liked most of the DavidsTeas I’ve tried so far, when I kind of thought they’d be gimmicky for some reason!
I had a two teaspoon sample of this one… a genmaicha blended with bright green matcha. I’m not sure if my sample had an unusual amount of popped rice since it was just a sample and the scoop may have been from the top, but there were a ton floating my infuser! They just add to the roasty toasty goodness. And this may be my favorite genmaicha because of that.. but again, it could have been gravity making the popped rice rise to the top while the green tea leaves sank to the bottom. I waited for the water to cool a while and steeped for 2-3 minutes. The flavor is really fresh. The cup turned a bright green due to the matcha. There was a tang to the flavor a bit… not sure if that was just the matcha or oversteeping. But I really love a nice genmaicha once in a while. It’s a nice flavor change!
Additional notes: ICED! MMM… this one is my favorite iced so far… except for, you know, the tea that was actually an iced tea (52Teas Plum but that may have been because it had more flavor from the cut-tear-curl). But this takes on a whole nother flavor profile when it is iced! I want to try it hot brewed, double the water, and then added to the fridge too. This way it was two teaspoons in a mason jar for two days. Very nice!
Dinosara sent me this one a while back — thank you! I love a good oolong. This one is a solid oolong — a bit vegetal, floral and fruity! I think the flavor might be a bit lessened just because of the packaging that Georgia puts their teas in (not air tight) but Dinosara kindly put it in a better pouch (that I really want to buy some of — they are so much nicer than the baggies some of my teas are in!) I also really wish Georgia would have steep instructions on their site since I know all oolongs have different steeping parameters.
Let’s get the Dashboard moving again after the update! I had to try this one as I love Della Terra’s other blueberry blends. Blueberry cream is a particular favorite. This one seems odd as it is a dessert tea made from green tea. I may have let this one cool too long, since supposedly the water should be at 210. The green tea seems a bit astringent for a dessert tea. There is a nice blueberry and cinnamon flavor but I think it would have been nice without the green tea. I do appreciate that DT does not use artificial sugars anyway! I like this one but it isn’t my favorite from DT.
I had to try this one from DT! I steeped it at just boiling for 3-4 minutes. The base is most like the S’mores base. It pretty much tastes like S’mores without the graham cracker or marshmallows. I saw sprinkles and peanuty something or other in the blend. I’m not sure if I didn’t shake the bag enough but it didn’t seem like there was much peanut flavor in the cup. Mostly it was chocolate. I’ll try it again and hopefully it will taste more like peanut butter next time.
Another from Della Terra I’m just now trying! I don’t see much a of a difference here in either the lime chiffon or lemon chiffon. Just citrusy sweet goodness. But I’d say those two are slightly better. It’s hard to tell without trying all three at once though. My blend looks like it has more rooibos than the picture here does, so maybe that made a difference. I don’t think getting all three is necessary but I like having options and I liked trying all three. ONE of these is certainly necessary in the tea collection though!
Oh how dreammmyyyy this one is. Wow. First of all, I think the base of this tea probably has a caramel/vanilla hint to it already. But Butiki does a really nice job at enhancing the base with natural ingredients. I was able to try both this and the base by itself and I think I prefer this one unless I just steeped it absolutely perfectly. I want to call it malty but it isn’t really malty. And the vanilla caramel just adds a nice sweetness to it that pairs so well. There is just a deep lingering flavor to it I just love. This is AMAZING. Maybe it was just because I was craving caramel today, but I don’t think it was just that!