1384 Tasting Notes
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #20
I have a passing familiarity with Minecraft. I haven’t played any videogames lately, though I wish I was – I miss them! Minecraft seems like it would take 100% of my time though, which is exactly why I must not play any videogames right now. haha. I had to try this tea though – this here is a green tea triple threat! I don’t think I’ve actually had these three types together before, or even two of them, so interesting! The hojicha makes itself known on the first sip, even though there isn’t a ton of it that I see in the blend itself. Then the gunpowder flavors – vegetal green. I didn’t really taste the kukicha, and I’m confident I would have been able to…maybe not. A nice blend!
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // (half cup) 30 min after boiling // ??
I think this one from the teabox labeled ’Kim’s Homemade Chai’ is from KimLovesTea? Please correct me if I’m wrong! So I ‘added a tea’ for this one.
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #19
Oh wow, nice job on this one, Kim! And thanks for including it in the teabox! This is very high up there on the nicest chais I have tried. The base is a CTC, but it isn’t as strong as I’d expect, maybe because there are a ton of spices here (and maybe also the two minute steep). Everything here is perfectly balanced! Very nice! The first couple of sips were surprisingly sweet. It’s up to my standards for spiciness, which is rare. I wouldn’t change anything about this one. Kim has proved with this blend: Why buy chai when you can make your own blend exactly how you want it to be? I’ve noticed JeweledThumb (next for the teabox) likes chai, so make sure you try this one!
Steep #1 // couple minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // half mug – just boiled // 2-3 min steep
Additional notes: Sipping this one now, trying to figure out what to put in the teabox. This one is on a few wishlists (yes, I check.) I tried this one after the boiled water cooled for 10 minutes. It seems like it tasted exactly the same as last time. This is an odd tea – the leaves are supposedly half green/half black, but the green tea itself is very dark. It isn’t hojicha. There are twigs in it that could be kukicha. Then I thought maybe it is just black tea and kukicha which was a light bulb in the brain BUT then the brew itself is super light colored, like it is a green tea. I wish when tea companies said “green tea” they would specify which type. It’s still a mystery, but it’s a delicious one. This is definitely a dessert tea. But maybe it could have been called blueberry maple pancakes!
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #18
Oh man, I always forget about chamomile, especially as a nighttime decaf option. I don’t think I have more than a couple teaspoons of chamomile in my cupboard. I forget how much I like this one. I was hesitant to try this one, as I know it’s on at least one wishlist from the HH teaboxers (yes, I like to check wishlists for teaboxes.) But there is a teaspoon or two left to try! I REALLY like this one – it’s fruity, refreshing, and definitely mango. I’d say it’s almost equal parts flavor with chamomile and mango. I thought there was apple in this blend.. nope, just the chamomile. Very sweet! This is one I wouldn’t mind stocking up on, especially if I wanted a chamomile option.
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #17
Steep #1 // 35 min after boiling // 2 min
Ceylon green? I had to try this one. It looks like a dusty gunpowder green. The first sips are very marine & vegetal. Not as strong as a gunpowder. There is a nice sweetness to it. I like it! It’s a different green tea. Fellow teaboxers, give this one a chance!
I’m not sure if this is the RiverTea this tea is from! I just had to add it to the system.
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #16
I love the gorgeous dark green leaves of this one with the magenta colored raspberry pieces. It reminds me of the dark green/pink begonia I’m planning on buying soon.
Steep #1 // 30 minutes after boiling // 3 min
I used 1 1/2 teaspoons! The parameters on the pouch say 190 degrees but I was busy doing things and accidentally waited too long. The flavor is very nice: RASPBERRY. Juicy ripe raspberries! More realistic, but sometimes candyish. I’m not sure why I can’t tell the difference, as I’ve been eating raspberries lately. The oolong peeks through once in a while. The color of the cup is a bright yellow.
Steep #2 // 15 min after boiling // 3 min
Another wonderful cup with just as much raspberry somehow. Delicious! I don’t typically see a dark green oolong, so I would have liked to try this one without the raspberry, but at least the flavor wasn’t disastrous. I’m trying to find this tea company but I don’t see a website anywhere… if it’s the same company on Steepster, they look like they have interesting blends but some of them have odd names like “Sparkling Lunch”.
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #15
Steep #1 // just boiled // 5 min
The description of this one sounded not too bad, but looking at the blend, it seemed like all orange peels and rooibos. The first sip wasn’t bad though! I always think orange and chocolate aren’t my favorite combination, but then I remember that the Terry’s chocolate orange earlier this year convinced me otherwise. To be fair, the taste of this one reminds me more of a creamsicle type ice cream, rather than chocolate. Maybe a orange/vanilla/light chocolate swirl? The cup turns out pretty dark, even though there doesn’t seem to be much black tea in my scoop. The flavor is a bit tangy with hints of orange, chocolate and rooibos.
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #14
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 1/2 min steep
I had to try the lone Butiki tea in the teabox.. I haven’t tried this one yet. I wanted a black tea at night anyway, so this one was perfect. The leaves are a bit odd – it looks like a mixture of different teas. The flavor is definitely light… it kind of reminds me of a Formosa oolong. It’s sweet, juicy, a bit like plums. So maybe those things AND Formosa oolong, since Formosa oolong doesn’t seem like any of those things. But there is also something that reminds me of autumn leaves with a bite to it. An interesting tea, very different, but when I want a black tea, I want a black tea! But this one is the best decaf black tea option I’ve tried.
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #13
This one turned out very nice, even though I accidentally steeped it for around four minutes. Not bitter at all. The green tea was tasty, but the fruit flavor was difficult to guess. The description just says “soft fruits” so I have no idea what that means. haha. At times it tasted like cucumber, mild pickle, cantaloupe. At least it was always some sort of produce! Maybe it’s my fault, since it steeped for four minutes.
Steep # 1 // 30 min after boiling // 4 min
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #12
Somehow I didn’t manage to order this one in Fusion’s Black Friday sample sale! I think I just wanted to go with one oolong. Their oolongs are nice. The dry blend has plenty of roses, both buds and petals, but they don’t really make an appearance in the flavor. The lemon is dominant, more sweet than tart and I don’t think it’s just the lemongrass that is making it so lemony. It’s very tasty! Very refreshing.. would probably make for the perfect iced blend. I’m guessing the oolong base was great, but it was tough to tell through all that lemon.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 4 min