1412 Tasting Notes
Another tea that was in the HHRound#2 teabox. This had been on my wishlist! I think there were closer to two teaspoons than one though, and I could kind of tell in the resulting flavor, since it was a little brisk. The leaves were small (or crumbled apart by that point) so that didn’t help either. But…
WHOA MELON. They aren’t lying. It tastes like pure cantaloupe! It’s like the Butiki blend. I didn’t see any melon in the dry blend (or yogurt pieces) so it must be the flavoring. So much melon though! Very nice. The second steep had just as much melon flavor, I sipped the cup so fast! The next morning there was a bit left in the mug, but drinking it was very sour for some reason. So this one is winner, just don’t leave it overnight!
Thanks again for the samples, Just Organic! I will be working on the samples again since the teabox is now on its way.
Steep #1 // 15 min after boiling (accidentally, wanted it to be 10) // 4 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
The leaves here are very dark, somewhat tiny, and look like they are covered in flavor. Before I take a sip, the cup has a brown sugar fragrance. Then I get pumpkin again! I’m not sure why their black tea tastes like pumpkin to me, but it does. There is a sweetness there, but nothing I would call vanilla or chocolate. Maybe caramel! The second steep was much of the same, only stronger since I had used just boiled water. A unique tea, but I don’t think the name is accurate.
The last time I steeped this one, I burned it, over temp, over time. It looks so much like a black tea! This time I let the water cool for thirty minutes and steep for three. Much better! There is plenty of sweet apricot flavor on this buttery sencha. I’ll enjoy the few teaspoons I’ve got left. Adagio hardly ever fails!
On another note, I updated my cupboard with the teas I added to the teabox or sold and don’t have in stock anymore (34 teas) but then I added to my cupboard all of the teas I took from the teabox (25 teas) Doh! At least the added teas number wasn’t a higher number than the removed! Most of those are one cup samples anyway. I’m expecting Butiki & Teavivre samples I’m looking forward to as well.
Thank you Nina’s for my samples! Though one of them is one I have been sent before… I feel like I need a keemun in my collection. So I’m up for trying any. This is my favorite base from Nina’s. It isn’t as astringent as some of the others I’ve tried, so this would play nice with the flavors. The keemun itself is very nice – smokier than any of the Teavivre but it doesn’t have any of the chocolate notes that Teavivre has. Maybe if I used two teaspoons, I would have noticed chocolate. But in the past, Nina’s teas have been better without using too many leaves. This is a solid, nice representative of Keemun! I’m looking forward to the rhubarb Keemun they sent me…
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // couple mins after boiling // 2-3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min
I wanted to try this one from Rachel’s sale a while back when I saw Dinosara was selling some… to make sure I didn’t love it and needed to buy it. :D It’s difficult to taste anything in this first cup. But it seems like a white tea to me. The leaves are long and spikey, almost like another tea I had the other day I hadn’t seen before. I love the name! I dropped the sample pouch on the floor and lost a few of the leaves, but it was right before I vacuumed anyway. I hate dropping tea on the floor, but it was a one cup sample anyway… germs gone and not back in my tea collection! The second steep wasn’t much better than the first. Kind of boring, this one.
Thank you for sending this one a while back, CharlotteZero! Oh man this is the type of pu-erh I love. I love pu-erh just for being pu-erh, it’s really different than anything else. Black tea sometimes tastes like chocolate but pu-erh is just pu-erh. If I’m making sense. This one is a standard delicious ripened pu-erh. It’s super dark even at the first cup. It’s sweet and dusky. The second cup is just the same. The third cup was a little spicier. The forth cup with a much higher temp and steep time is much more muted, so I don’t think I would go for a fourth cup again. But some pu-erhs are still going strong by the fourth cup. Not this one! But the cup was still enjoyable. The color of the cup is even much lighter. It’s tough to describe pu-erh more than any other teas, you just have to drink it! I’d buy these! I’m thinking of buying a couple things from puerhshop.com just to add things to MzPriss’s teabox (and other teaboxes, I guess!)
Steep #1 // rinse // couple mins after boiling // 1 min steep
Steep #2 // couple mins after boiling // 1 1/2 – 2 min steep
Steep #3 // couple mins after boiling // 2 min
Steep #4 // just boiled // 3 min
I’ve sipped this tea before, but this is the first tasting note. It seemed like I didn’t steep it correctly the last time. This is a sample from the 5 for $5 Verdant samples.
Steep # 1 // couple minutes after boiling // 35 second steep
I rinsed 1 1/2 teaspoons of leaves. The flavor is still the same as I remember, just better. Certainly no aging of the leaves! I’d say the main flavor profile is like a silky milk oolong that is also floral, but neither flavor is too strong. It is NOT grassy or fruity (peach, pineapple). It’s very nice, I just like my oolongs with slightly more flavor.
Steep #2 // couple mins after boiling // 50 seconds
I think I went a few seconds oversteeped, getting a hint of a flavor that shouldn’t be there. BUT this tea is so lovely. Creamy, silky, sweet, LOVELY. More milky florals. This is certainly good enough for my oolong crave today! The flavor just lingers.
Steep #3 // 1 min after boiling // 50 seconds
Another really nice cup but I think the magic was with the first and second cups. This one isn’t as creamy or floral. I still have ONE serving left to treasure!
Also, I just realized the oolong I have the most in stock is my very favorite! Teavivre’s Iron Goddess – an entire flower garden in a cup. I guess I thought my favorite was another sample from Teavivre, but no, it’s the oolong I bought without even trying first. I never do that!
The last one from the teabox! Back to my other teas! 41 teas I sampled from the teabox in two weeks! Teaboxes will never stop being fun! It definitely opens my eyes to all the tea out there.
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #41
I snagged one of these teabags from the teabox before I went out the door to mail it. I knew it probably wasn’t for me. Hibiscus doesn’t say ‘birthday’ to me. And why does Harney feel the need to ruin their teas with hibiscus? I possibly steeped this one too long and let the hibiscus really run the cup. But it wasn’t too terrible. Underneath all that tart hibiscus, it has that lovely fruity flavor found in other Harney teas like Paris or Tower of London. The decaf wasn’t offensive. Harney has some of the best decaf teas. Without the hibiscus, this one might have tasted like a nice berry birthday cake. (There is an odd flavor that almost seems like stale grocery store cake frosting… but not in a terrible way… that might just be the black tea, I’m not sure!) Otherwise, there is no way I’d choose to sip this one on my birthday. Nice to try any tea, of course!
Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 4-5 min
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #40
I threw some of this in the infuser before heading out the door with the teabox to the post office. I used two teaspoons, as I think that is what Verdant suggests. The leaves look both like the fuzzy white tea but also with the leaves that look like they are just taken from a tree. It looks like two types of tea basically. I thought Bai Mu Dan white teas were the leaves that weren’t fuzzy. Ah well, what do I know? Both steeps were the same: This is definitely a quality tasting white tea. It tastes like lemon or lime so I can see why Butiki would think of that Macaron white tea with lemon. I’ve never noticed a citrusy white tea before. It definitely tastes like something sweet and lemony…slightly smooth, creamy and dessert like. Looking at Verdant’s flavor notes, they mention: “cane sugar, cream, lime” so I’m glad my tastebuds are in sync. I feel like I know what I’m talking about! This just might be the white tea I’d stock in my ideal tea collection. A few teaspoons left in the teabox for others to enjoy!
Steep #1 // 35 min after boiling // 35 seconds
Steep #2 // 35 min after boiling // 50 seconds
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #39
Oh the ingredients here are fun! A rooibos chai with coconut, banana, chocolate! If only you could taste them more. The rooibos is a nice one. There is a hint of spice. The coconut is nice – it’s the big flakey type that has the best flavor in teas. The chocolate and banana would have been something special. What I can taste is cohesive though!
I think I’m getting burned out on all these teabox tasting notes! Almost done with them, then I’ll be sipping my favorite teas for a while, I think.