1094 Tasting Notes
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!!
I was craving a tea that was grassy today. I thought of this one and it was perfect even though I’ve never had it before. It was actually a free sample in my smallish Fusion order (sale!) and it’s the first I tried. Go figure. The dry leaves certainly smell like dry hay! I’d say the teaspoon and a half and five minutes is way too much though. I went with a teaspoon and 1/3 and around four minutes steeping and it was a bit too astringent. I needed the briskness anyway! It has that grassy slightly malty taste… full flavor! The cup is a deep red color. This was nice to try but I feel like it is too similar to the Ovation black teas I have a ton of. I adore Fusion’s blends though. Just beware of Fusion’s recommended steep time. Perfect for my craving though!
And sorry Steepster, but I think I’ll avoid you until my Butiki Amoda box shows up! (I don’t want to know the surprise until they are in my hands and I promise I won’t talk about the specifics until way after everyone else has been talking about them.) I couldn’t resist special Butiki holiday teas so I just got the Amoda box for this month. Can’t wait!
Additional notes: Oh no! I threw about a cup of ice cream, a banana and milk in the magic bullet with some of this and it was so so good! This is bad because I will want to make it like this every time. I even had it with whipped cream on top like the Red Leaf picture shows. So so so good! I used up the last of one of the big bags of this, though most of it went into trades and teaboxes. Luckily, I have one big bag (30 servings) and two smaller bags (10 servings each) remaining. Creamy banana caramel goodness!
Here is another one I’m just now trying from TastyBrew’s awesome package. thanks again! I almost had the NecessiTeas chai that TastyBrew also sent me, but I remembered I didn’t try this one yet. I used two teaspoons since looking at the dry leaves, it’s mostly spices (sounds good to me!) After a few minute steep, the flavor is unique somehow. I guess many chai blends don’t have peppercorn, which to me seems to add a sweet flavor. Not so much here though, unless I’m confusing the cinnamon for the super sweet type (think Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Sunset!) There is also some ginger, cloves and cardamom. The black tea listed in the description seems to be assam, but it didn’t taste like an assam to me. A bit mild. But since the spices are so nice, I don’t mind that the black tea isn’t fantastic. The second steep didn’t taste the same, even with a seven minute steep time.. it seemed to lose everything that made the first cup unique. Overall, a unique flavored chai somehow, so I’m happy to have a few more teaspoons in my collection!
This is a blend I always wanted to try and thanks to TastyBrew, I can! It sounds very unique! The blend itself doesn’t look to have much black tea in it, but I was thrilled it had some roasted green tea in it. I think I see some hazelnuts?! (I don’t know though… the package says it does contain nuts). The marshmallows alone can sell me on this though. I was distracted with sandwich making so this actually brewed for 14 minutes and it was definitely over a teaspoon since there wasn’t really black tea. There were SO many marshmallows though! Unlike the Della Terra marshmallow tea I had yesterday, these didn’t really melt, even in 14 minutes. I’m not going for a second steep seeing as how it already steeped for 14 minutes and doesn’t look very dark in steep color. The flavor is definitely weird. Not terrible… weird. Sweet yet spicy… not much like black tea but it kind of tastes medicinal. Reminds me of the Cocoa Canela they have. Nothing I’d add the name ‘Toasted Marshmallow’ to. Happy to have tried it though!
Had to try this one with my small order Della Terra order! I’ve heard magical things and it sure is purdy! I steeped a teaspoon and a half but the steep color is so so light brown. The flavor is nice, but not the magic I expected. I love the marshmallow caramel goodness wisping around in the mug. I feel that there isn’t enough caramel or marshmallow though, but that would mean less of the already weak black tea.
Dashboard is slow! Here’s a note for you:
I felt like something coffee today, but of course that means a coffee tea. :D Janelle just sent this one over in a package of tea samples I bought! thank you! There were seven whole coffee beans brewing in my mug (they float!) Pu-erh is perfect with coffee, and supposedly there are other flavors here that sound amazing, but I just taste the pu-erh and coffee. The coffee beans remind me why I don’t love coffee, but it completely isn’t the tea… it’s me and my weird taste buds. But I will enjoy this cup anyway… just not as much as if I loved coffee. There certainly is a coffee presence! The pu-erh gives it added depth. Very dark and exactly what I wanted this morning. Very nice! I think David’s pu-erh base is actually nicer than some of the black teas I’ve tried from them (it’s probably the Ceylon I don’t love).
Another headache means bust out the mint teas – and I just happened to get this one the other day, so why not try it? Sadly, I don’t see actual candy cane pieces in this blend (unless I’m really not seeing them)… and the candy cane pieces were the deciding factor in getting this one over the other mint blends from DT. Ah well. It’s delicious anyway. The chocolate fragrance is stronger than the flavor from the creamy chocolate chips, while the cooling mint fragrance is lighter than the definitely present flavor. Excellent combination. I just love chocolate mint teas. (I think this is the third chocolate tea I’ve had in as many days – whoops!) Also, the headache disappeared. I could SWEAR headaches only disappear if I drink mint tea. Otherwise, without mint, sleeping and hoping it is gone by morning is the only way they go away. But this tea made it possible for me to write this tasting note at one in the morning and not be sleeping the headache away.
I had a half cup second steep of this one with two other half cup second steeps at the same time.. and a scrumptious chocolate chip cookie! A little ridiculous but I love tea.
It is getting so impossible to pick a book I want to read in all of the books I already want to read. So many choices and every time I finish a book there are more choices. It seems all of the books I want to read are also very long. Right now, I’m reading Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Shirley’ since it is about Napolean’s time and I also wanted to read ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell’ later on which is also about Napolean’s time.. hopefully the Bronte will inform me a bit more on that… but I just love the Brontes anyway.
Another mix of two blends! The chai blend is from TeaEqualsBliss (where have you been? – haven’t seen you on Steepster for a while!) that I somehow remembered had slippery elm & licorice that would help my sore throat (maybe because the name is BE WELL. haha.) I decided to mix it with Della Terra’s Dubbele Chocolade thanks to TastyBrew.. the one tea she sent me in her awesome package that I’ve actually tried before but I was happy to have more of! Both steeps of this were lovely! When I had this tea before, it was so very chocolatey… probably the tea that was the most chocolate that I’ve tried. But this time around it seems less chocolatey. Maybe it is just the addition of the spices though. I like this chai but it is supposed to help the throat, it also has rooibos in it for some reason. It’d be so much better without rooibos! I loved this one anyway and it seemed to help.
I took the one teabag of this out of the Here’s Hoping teabox while I had it. I didn’t know what to expect with this one! After steeping for a few minutes at boiling, the flavor is nice. The barley reminds me of a lighter flavored genmaicha and the corn added a nice sweetness to it. I didn’t get any bitterness that the description mentions… it’s very light flavored. I probably didn’t steep it long enough. I’m happy to have tried this one!
ETA: Second steep for a much longer brew time tastes like Honey Smacks cereal, less like sweet corn.