1025 Tasting Notes
Another one I get to try from TastyBrew’s awesome package! I really appreciate it! I found some eggnog yogurt in the fridge in my dream last night, so I thought I’d try this one this morning! This one sure has a strong scent. The dry blend is long twisty black leaves with a few yellow flowers. To be honest, this one is very much like the pumpkin cheesecake. But they are both spicy dairy products, so maybe that is the case. I think the cheesecake has more of a flavor than the eggnog. This one has a bit of spice (again that mysterious spicy flavor while not actually having spices in it), not so much eggnog. Flavorful, I just couldn’t guess it was actually eggnog. It seems to have the same flavor both hot and cold which is odd for any tea. The black tea itself has a mid-level strength flavor profile. Light, yet still a bit dark. I like all three of the Necessiteas I’ve tried! (And oh man I want to try them ALLLL.) I can’t believe I had to add this one to the system… but it wasn’t even on NecessiTeas site!
Additional notes: Sipdown! I still appreciate this one from a package Azzrian sent me a while ago. What happened to Azzrian? I haven’t seen any tasting notes from her in a while. Anyway, this one was still delicious. Somehow very buttery for some reason! I have no idea how this one was black, oolong and green because all of the leaves looked the same. I really should be drinking more Fusion teas… they are always so good.
A sipdown from TeaboxB! Sorry about the avalanche of tasting notes lately! It has been mostly new-to-me teas lately! It has also been an avalanche of chai blends for me.. usually that happens when the colder weather hits. I think I love chai even more in the fall than I do in the winter. I love the name of this one. This one seems to be a chai with coconut and lemongrass in it. At first sip, this one seemed to be a little off tasting to me. It seemed like it had a coconut preservative flavor I don’t love. And the lemongrass seems weird in a chai (though I do love the lemongrass on its own that I just happened to try recently). This wasn’t terrible, but I guess I like chai with just black tea and spices. And the black tea didn’t seem terribly strong to me, even though there was way more than two teaspoons.
A big thank you to Single Origin Teas for these generous samples! I had no idea Single Origin Teas existed until they offered samples and their teas sound amazing. I went with this one first, since I was in the mood for a Darjeeling type flavor though this is NOT a Darjeeling – it is from Nepal. The dry leaf color is all over the place – greens, whites. After letting the water cool around ten minutes after boiling and a three to four minute steep, there was a very sweet and very fruity scent coming from the cup that I just knew would make this blend special. This has to be the sweetest and fruitiest type of Darjeeling flavor. The site description says maple and roses and there is certainly something sweet here, but I get STONE FRUIT. Plums, a hint of cherry. As it cools, I do notice the floral/rose notes. A very mouth filling flavor yet very delicate. Probably sweeter, fruitier, lighter than a typical Darjeeling and much more unique. I feel like this shouldn’t be classified as a black tea. This is absolutely amazing stuff. Like the Darjeeling I had earlier this month, these two blends have made me a fan of this kind of flavor if it is done right and this one is perfect. I’d stock this as my go-to “Darjeeling” flavor type, but I’m doing this tea a disservice because it isn’t technically Darjeeling. I think it’s better. It gets impossible when I want to drink my entire tea collection every day.
Another awesome blend from TastyBrew! Thank you so much! This blend certainly had a nice scent in the super long twisty dry leaves that I thought would make the flavor actually have a cheesecake flavor. It does! I think I had pumpkin cheesecake ONCE. It was great! This cup has a “pumpkin spice” flavor even though there aren’t actual spices here.. not sure how they did that. And there is a creamy taste that could very well be cheesecake. The black tea base is mild enough not to overpower the flavors. Very well done!
This is a sample from TastyBrew’s wonderful package. I should really start trying the teas that all of these companies have sent me to review. So many teas! I think I’ve tried most of the teas from the tea boxes that I wanted to try, I’m just waiting for a chance to mail them. So many teas!
I’m surprised I actually love this one – it could easily be the best thing that had to do with white chocolate ever. haha. I’ve never seen white tea leaves like this one before. The water is supposed to be very cooled. I was wondering how the chocolate would melt? After three minutes, the flavor is very nice! It’s definitely sweet, creamy, nutty. It has a ton of white chocolate flavor that is actually good. I say, if I’m eating chocolate, it might as well not be white chocolate, but it works here! The white tea is maybe one of the best I’ve had. I just wish I knew what kind it specifically is. It says Pai Mu Tan… but I think of Bai Mu Dan… but those usually have flatter leaves that actually looks like already steeped tea leaves to me. These leaves are in the shape like a black tea. Interesting! I guess I should try more Pai Mu Tans.
Three teas that get a 93 rating today!
Another blend from TastyBrew! thanks again! I love the idea of Mexican hot chocolate which this blend compares itself to. However, it seems they only add cinnamon and not cayenne pepper. The blend itself looks like it is coated in chocolate dust. Roasted yerba mate, cinnamon and huge chocolate chips! How could this not be delicious! Brewed, the cup actually looks like a cup of hot chocolate! The flavor is great – the yerba mate has less of a barbeque sauce flavor than other yerba mate blends I’ve tried, but obviously that doesn’t seem like it would work here. I’m getting more chocolate than cinnamon. This blend would have been perfect with a TINY amount of cayenne just to make it noticeable. But otherwise, I love this.
Another one from TastyBrew! Thank you! Thank you! This blend doesn’t seem to have anything that actually is caramel.. just an “essence”. I wouldn’t say the flavor is caramel exactly, but it is good! Adds a sweetness to the stronger black tea base after a steep time of 3-4 minutes right after boiling. I’ve tried a couple other Kusmi blends that haven’t seemed to be this strong! I like it. The black base is a tough flavor to describe. It isn’t really like a Ceylon, Assam, Yunnan. I’m not sure! But I do know it went very well with my pancakes covered in Stonyfield’s chocolate yogurt this morning!
TeaboxB! With green tea in the ingredients list, I thought this would be more green tea than pu-erh. SO I cooled the water a while… accidentally for a few minutes but I like how it turned out anyway. The flavor is actually definitely pu-erh and not green. It has the pu-erh fragrance. The taste is really nice, very sweet, medium bodied… hard to describe otherwise but no magnolia that I can detect. And no mysterious notes of vanilla or fruit that the description mentions. Just plain ole pu-erh. This would be the perfect starter to try out pu-erh since it actually tastes like many of the nice pu-erhs I’ve tried. Surprisingly good!
TeaboxB! I’ve had worse smoky teas but I’ve had better. The scent is heavy the flavor is the mid level of smoky. The flavor isn’t bad. Kind of like a BBQ. The black tea is mid-strength. Not too much to say! A good one to try if you’re looking to try lapsang for the first time, but I really like Zen tea life’s blend.