860 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: Iced edition! This one is lovely iced. The sweetness of the apple cuts the tartness of the barely there hibiscus even more. The cran/raspberry gives it a fruit punch like quality.. especially if I add a tiny bit of sugar to it! I’m going to be experimenting with tons of teas for iced teas…
This is one I get to try that Starfevre sent me a while back. thanks so much! Straight from the original creator! I find I really love the minty chocolate combo, and since I haven’t met an Adagio tea I haven’t liked (yet), this one should be good! I steeped this one for a few minutes JUST after boiling so some of the chocolate would melt. This is so so good! Before sipping, the cup smelled so sweet and fresh. It’s very scrumptious! I think the mint and the chocolate are perfectly balanced! And I always love the black tea base from Adagio. I can’t imagine a chocolate/mint blend from Adagio being any better, so Starfevre did a perfect job blending it!
Additional notes: Sample sipdown! I had to have this one again because I saw my tasting notes for it. This might be one of my favorite oolongs I’ve ever had. I’ve very tempted to order some from Tea From Taiwan especially since they have a nice $10 off $20 coupon just for signing up for their e-mails (maybe one day — I just acquired way too much tea in a short span of time. I’m trying to do a ton of sipdowns anyway, just to get the number lower — luckily, most of my teas are small amounts of the same anyway.)
I just LOVE the evolution that this one goes through:
First cup: sweet buttery vegetal
Second cup: peachy and floral
Third cup: milky!
Which makes this one almost like three oolongs in one. If I steep them just right that is. Obviously it will be different every time I have it. So so good! I will miss this one, but I’ve got plenty of oolongs to make my way through.
Thank you Shelly Lorraine for letting me try this one! I’ve had only two other houjichas before and I really like them. This one almost looked like little twigs more than green tea (well, brown tea, since it’s roasted). It was a little mild tasting, and I definitely don’t recommend such a low temperature (180). The roastier the better for me! I don’t mind this one at all but I feel like I might have already had the best houjicha (Obubu’s). But I’m a fan of houjichas anyway, so this one gets a pretty good rating from me.
My last sample from Nina’s that I’ve had a while! This seems like it has a ton of fruit flavors in it… just because it isn’t technically tasting like any fruit really. If it really doesn’t taste like any fruit, it could be any of them, right? The steeped tea has a fragrance most resembling raspberries and a hint of strawberries. I think I steeped too long because the base is a bit overpowering…especially over the fruit flavors. It’s a bit astringent and strong after five minutes. The second steep was for three minutes and was a bit better. Not bad but I think I liked the other teas from Nina’s a bit better, even if it was the same black tea base.
Another one from Dinosara! thank you! This one just seemed dreamy. Peach, vanilla, flowers and interesting sugar crystals all on a nice buttery sencha base? Sounds great to me. It really is! I love the flavors here. It seems I couldn’t particularly pick out vanilla flavors, but it doesn’t seem there is any actual vanilla pieces here anyway. The peach is a little bit like those peach candy rings again, but I don’t mind it. I know it can be worse: there are some peach flavored teas that taste like gasoline. yuck. The flowers added a nice touch as well. It’s nice and refreshing for this hot day! It might be the sugar crystals but the tin of this reminds me of a jewelry box full of trinkets or a candy box…
Rumpus Parable sent this to me AGES ago and I feel terrible I’m just now making a tasting note for it. thank you so much for sending! This is in the Steepster Select pouch, and wow those Steepster Selects must have been fun. I’ve only had one blooming tea before. I think it looked exactly like this one too.. just from a different company. So I had my clear mug out and I think I waited too long for the water to cool…it wasn’t quite boiling. This is a green tea after all and I thought the flavor would go bitter. The bloom was floating and it did take a while to unravel. I waited five minutes and decided to have a second steep later to watch the entire bloom unravel with actual boiling water… the green leaves unfurled, seeing a bit of the red flower. The flavor isn’t bitter at all and has a seaweed and asparagus flavor.
The second steep I used just boiled water and the bloom opened right up. I decided to just keep the bloom in the cup as I was drinking… I thought it’d be nice to look at! But twenty minutes later I took a sip and the cup was FULL of undrinkable bitterness! I guess twenty minutes was a bit too long. Any other tea I would have known this, but it was so nice at five minutes which is very unusual for a green tea. Ah well. Somehow this is elaborate but the flavor wasn’t quite right even in the first cup. Luckily, everything else from Teavivre is much more delicious!
thank you so much again for the tea package, Dinosara! As I was steeping this one, I remembered I really didn’t like Harney’s teabag of Earl Grey that I had a while ago. There was something off about it. I’m glad it didn’t sway me from trying this one though, because it is GOOD. The bergamot here is perfect. It’s sweet but doesn’t have any of that funky flavor that some bergamot wannabes have. The base is great, especially for a Darjeeling. They usually aren’t my thing. But it’s a nice base for this flavor. I’m not sure if there is a caramel flavor here unless it is just evening out the lemon. The flavor really lingers. The second steep seems to have less lemon but more of a sweet flavor. I’m guessing the tea leaves themselves would have something like a caramel flavor? I think it’s my favorite non-cream bergamot tea! I’d buy more of this if I ever ordered from Harney (when the few teaspoons that Dinosara are finished of course!)
Thank you so much for these teas, Dinosara! Always appreciated. This is stored in what looks like a little tin vial with a lid that screws on. I loved the idea of this blend but the flavor doesn’t seem like it follows though. There is something a bit unnatural about it — not sure what. It kind of seems like a potpourri to me, but it isn’t terrible tasting. The cinnamon has a bit of heat to it. It tastes a bit like raisins to me! I like it but I don’t love it. It’s a puzzle trying to figure out the flavors with this one though.
Additional notes: ICED This is the first iced tea I tried! I took a mason jar with a lid, put three teaspoons of this in, and filled it with water, stuck it in the fridge a few days. When it’s time to drink, I pour it through my mug (with a bit of sugar added) with the infuser, so it filters out the leaves. The mason jar makes about two mugs this way. As I was pouring the water into the leaves, the color was instantaneously a deep purple.. so I was worried about the hibiscus but the flavor is pretty good! The hibiscus is cut down rather than when it is hot, so that’s a plus. I can actually taste the apple and the papaya. This is a good way to used my hibiscus blends then. Here goes some crazy amounts of iced tea then… it’s hot out though!