862 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: ICED! At Dinosara’s suggestion this is one of the blends I wanted to try cold. I steeped this in a mason jar for a couple days. Sadly, I think I’m getting more of the preservative apple flavor cold and not less. Drinking hot, the apple flavor gets better as I’m drinking it. I do like this regardless though. Though the black tea flavor doesn’t really exist at all cold.
I got three samples of these in Rachel – IHeartTeas sale. Sadly, it is probably the 52Teas blend I would like the least since it is both a white tea and ginger. But on tasting, the flavor could have been worse! The white tea isn’t one of those fuzzy leaves that makes me dislike white teas more than any other. It’s a nice fresh white tea that helps the ginger ale flavor. It isn’t strict ginger though… I think there is something here that makes it taste more like ginger ale. A bit sweet and fruity, though I’m not sure where that is coming from. So this blend isn’t terrible, especially for one who dislikes white teas and ginger. But it certainly isn’t my favorite from 52Teas. Just not my thing I guess.
I was lucky to buy a bit of this in Momo’s sale — thank you! I know it is a favorite from David’s and also discontinued — so I will say right now — this reminds me of Zentealife.com’s Strawberry Cream (the herbal blend and not the black blend)! There is also apparently a 30% sale going on at Zen right now.
I steeped two teaspoons for a few minutes and this must be one of the better herbal blends I’ve had (especially a blend with hibiscus). The hibiscus is bearable here only because the strawberry and the cream flavors are so nice. BUT I would have liked more strawberry and cream flavors to balance out the hibiscus. I’ll probably pick out some of the hibiscus next time. There is a tiny bit of rhubarb flavor if I really look for it. It is a very nice red cup! I’ve very happy to have tried this one. I’ll treasure the rest of it.
Thank you so much Amanda for sending this one a while back. This one actually sounded like an inspired blend from Teavana — sometimes their blends sound very wacky or… unappetizing. I saw some cocoa nibs and giant coconut flakes. Sadly, I wish the flavor was stronger. I like the idea for this blend but it was kind of weak tasting, even after brewing for a few minutes. There was really just a bit of cocoa nib flavor. So sad because I thought this was a Teavana blend I might actually be a fan of!
Additional notes: ICED! This is my first oolong to try iced, and I don’t love this one hot, so why not try this one cold. Not my favorite oolong, not even from Nature’s Tea Leaf. A couple days coldbrewing and this one isn’t bad. There is a bit of a bitterness to it, but really I think that was just because the leaves had been steeping for days. I think it’s much better just brewing it cold than if I had hot brewed it and then left it in the fridge. But I almost expected more bitterness from leaves that had been sitting so long! I love seeing a mason jar full of leaves though. It looks like a tea snow globe!
Additional notes: ICED! I thought I’d try one of my favorite EGs iced! I thought I’d take a risk with this iced, even though I really didn’t want to waste it. Precious leaves! Elementtea.com seems to be back open after their closing sale they had a while ago but they haven’t updated their page in a while, so I’m not sure their status. When I ordered with their sale, I was never disappointed in any of their teas. I wish they were doing better!
Anyway, two teaspoons in a mason jar for a couple days results in a nice tasting iced tea! I wished more of the cream would make itself known, but the bergamot was tasty. The black tea was tasty as well but it is much better hot. I think I’ll savor this one hot and use up some other teas cold. But it works better than some other teas have been cold brewed!
Had a bag of this! I didn’t expect much. It kind of ranks down there with the worst Earl Greys I’ve ever had. But it seems like any of the bagged Earl Greys are WAY worse than the loose leaf. I swear I’m not being a tea snob… even Harney’s teabag of Earl Grey was not as good as their loose leaf. Loose Earl Grey is one of my favorites but bagged Earl Grey is some of the worst I’ve ever had. The bergamot must be the difference. But this one smelled like a fake sort of lemon and the taste is a bit too bitter. Not really like bergamot. Luckily I only had the one bag.
This one I tried AFTER I noticed DT’s sale — to see if I wanted more. I know it is rated so highly! The blend itself in the see through bag looks very sticky! The pieces are impossible to see because the leaves are coating them. Once hot water is poured over the leaves, the fruit pieces float to the top. BUT I forgot to mention the fragrance of the leaves! It’s the best smelling tea! It smells like an actual cake with lots of brown sugar in it. The flavor is amazing and sweet… also a bit like brown sugar. Not so heavy on the pineapple — a bit of flavor from the cherry. The second cup was just as nice. And yeah, I had to order from DT’s $5 off $15 sale. They had some nice new ones to try!
I must admit now that it is entirely Steepster’s fault that I am so in love with teas in the first place. I think I was drinking strictly teabags until I found Steepster and some of you sent me some loose leaf. Now tea (and Steepster) is just an addiction! Better and healthier than most addictions, I guess!
This one I tried today BEFORE I saw DT’s sale. (Is DT Della Terra or DavidsTea? I’ve seen them both!) The ingredients in this blend just seemed inspired. But it seems the list of ingredients on the package is inconsistent with what is actually in the bag. The DT site’s description is accurate. Some ingredients left me wondering! There are tons of pineapple pieces. There are a ton of different types of nuts! So be aware if you have allergies. Nutty teas are my favorites so I had to try this one. The flavor is really nice but I’m surprised it isn’t nuttier. If this is supposed to taste like a Ginger Snap cookie, I don’t think it does since it doesn’t have much of a ginger flavor (though I like it better this way!) DT’s rooibos is the best and it doesn’t leave my throat scratchy like some other rooibos blends do. It reminds me of their Nut & Honey Crunch if I remember the flavor but they are both nice to have in my collection since I love them both!
Another Butiki sample! I don’t usually go for Darjeelings but this one sounded very intriguing. Of course it will, since it is from Butiki and they sell some special teas. The blend looks like a black tea with some green leaves mixed in.. which I don’t usually see in a black tea. I tried to follow Butiki’s steeping parameters and I waited for the water to cool a while, since the instructions say 190 degrees which seem a bit low for a black tea. This one has a VERY light color in the cup — it’s a very light yellow. I had to check if this was a black tea. The first thing I notice is the flavor is very smooth. It kind of smells like lemon before I even taste it, then it tastes like peaches. The lemon was more noticeable on the second steep. This one is a bit difficult to decipher. Maybe it is too mild for my palate. It’s definitely the lightest black tea I’ve tried and I definitely like my black teas tougher than this! Darjeelings aren’t really my thing but I wish I had more to say about this one. But this is probably my least favorite from the MANY I’ve been able to sample from Butiki, probably because Butiki blends are usually bursting with flavor.