1028 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: REBLEND. WELL, it looks like I’ll be one of the first to write a tasting note for the reblend of this one. I had a sample of this one before, it was even old. Somehow, this new batch tastes even older than that tea. The old blend was so nice! Definite cheesecake and nice bergamot on a decent black tea. The new batch… everything is different. The new black tea base!! Ack, I hate it. The flavor is nothing I can see anyone remotely liking. I can tell by the fragrance it just isn’t the same. There really isn’t a cheesecake flavor, though there is a smoothness to it. And the bergamot definitely doesn’t seem the same.. or even like actual bergamot. Very disappointed in this one. I don’t know how it could be THIS different from the blend I’ve tried before. I’d lower the rating on this batch to a 73. Maybe this is another that needs to simmer in the pouch a while… I’ll try it again in a few weeks.
Thanks so much for this one, MissB! Herbal Infusions is this new intriguing tea company that I probably shouldn’t know about. haha. I just wish they would list the ingredients in their teas. The leaves here are different – there are two types of green tea I think. The fragrance seems like marzipan but it isn’t in the flavor at all. It’s a nice buttery green but it seems like the other green tea could be a tiny bit more vegetal with a refreshing cherry flavor. The cherry subtle but any more and it might take on a fakey flavor. I was craving cherry today. (I think I have teas for many craves I have… which is great because I don’t usually have it in the actual flavor.)
Fusion sample! I love these sorts of cinnamon and apple blends. Especially with the no caffeine rooibos for the night time. I imagine the honeybush would be even more delicious though! This is another exactly as I thought it would taste. Big apple chunks with sweet apple and cinnamon flavor. Evenly balanced. It tastes like apple pie! Not sure if I love this one or Della Terra’s blend more. The second steep somehow tasted even better — hotter temp/longer time maybe?
52Teas reblended three of the blends I wanted reblended the most… so I had to place my first order! This was the only one I wasn’t sure if I loved because I hadn’t had it before. But caramelwalnutchocolate. Immediately upon opening the pouch though, there is that chemical chocolate scent. I’ve had a pouch of chocolate tea from 52Teas that did this before, but it seemed like it had less of that as time went on. This is a new blend, maybe it just needs time to meld. I will definitely try it again in a few weeks. For now, it’s a bit disappointing. I even has a chunk of walnut in the infuser I couldn’t really taste. Just some of the chocolate, maybe a hint of nuttiness and a sweet taste that if you think real long could be caramel. But like I said, I’ll try it again in a few weeks!
hmm… I’m sipping cold now and it does taste better/ actually like a turtle! I can always wait until it’s cold if I don’t LOVE it hot.. the black tea doesn’t get astringent anyway.
I had a sample of this one from Verdant and Dexter3657 sent some over! Thanks so much! I added a ton of dry leaves to the infuser, but there is still enough for 2-3 servings in one pouch! The leaves look like tiny bean pods. The fragrance is a lovely sweet jasmine.
Steep #1 // 40 minutes after boiling // 45 second steep
I love the idea that this one is called a Yunnan but it’s a white tea… it would be awesome if this tea tasted like white chocolate! The flavor is very light so it was a good idea to make it better with jasmine. The jasmine is the best and very sweet tasting. It is delicious but I don’t love the white tea fuzzies bugging my throat. It’s manageable when the tea is tasty, but it’s probably the reason white tea isn’t my favorite.
Steep #2 // 50 minutes after boiling (accidently too long) // 1 min 30 sec steep
Another lovely cup though the jasmine might be diminished slightly. It’s hard to describe any flavors from the white tea itself though. A very nice white tea (of course) from Verdant!
This one is from KittyLovesTea — thanks so much! The blend has so many flowers! Very pretty blend. It is nice tasting as well. After a three minute steep after waiting for a half hour for the water to cool, this green tea is actually very unique somehow. The flavor is a very subtle almond… but maybe it’s my tastebuds changing, since another tea tasted like almonds that probably shouldn’t have. Or maybe one of the flowers here tastes like almond. Not really roses I can taste. This one is mild tasting but nice. The lightness balances out the extreme of the pu-erh I was drinking before that.
CharlotteZero sent me a few teas I really wanted to try along with the mint for my headaches! thank you so much! I really appreciate it! It’s the fault of your nice tasting note that I wanted to try this one, but you shouldn’t have sent it all if you liked it so much! Luckily, I love it. :D Two delicious steeps. I’m guessing the name “black lagoon” comes from the almost entirely black color of the first cup. With the second steep you can actually see the bottom. No worries about finding the creature from the black lagoon in the second steep! How is it I have never see that movie? Anyway, the flavor is like assam – bread, rye, chewy. Just enough briskness but no astringency and some sweetness. Very nice!
Additional notes: Sipdown! This tasted the same as it did last time, so I can’t tell if this is aged coconut or what it is supposed to taste like. It’s definitely one of the toughest teas I’ve had. Not much chocolate that is supposed to be there… or any that I notice. It does have an odd flavor.. not sure if it is just the pu-erh. I don’t mind this one, but it probably isn’t a pu-erh for newbies. This was also closer to two teaspoons but I was bound and determined for a sipdown! I just did two minute steeps for three cups rather than two cups. It balances out that way I think!
I like Dinosara’s idea of sipping teas that are the oldest in the cupboard. I might do something like that, especially when I don’t know what to drink. But I’ve been mainly focusing on new-to-me teas and sipdowns!
Thank you for the free samples, Tea At Sea! I also love the little paper/cork/toothpick sail boat that came with the samples. It’s sitting on my shelf right now. Usually I don’t love Indonesian black teas but after trying this one, I might have to decide that I can’t ever say I don’t like a tea… especially if it’s a black tea. The little bundles of black tea leaves have a reddish tint to them. Usually Indonesian teas are very light flavored and sometimes like charcoal, which doesn’t suit my bold and robust black tea tastes. But this one was a nice change from the usual today. Yes, it’s light, but the flavor that is there is nice. Slightly charcoal, but very sweet. I love the fragrance coming from the cup. My tastebuds might not be able to notice what I love about this one, but I do.. and that is saying something if this type of tea was previously one of my least favorites.
Somehow I was lucky enough to score a free Steepster box! I’m very grateful, as I can’t afford this kind of thing right now. Thank you Steepster! I think I said a couple times “this is the best tea ever” so it was well worth it for me!
Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 3 min
The dry leaves smell like mint for some reason! I used the generous two teaspoons for one steep. I can’t imagine I could steep this one any better. Just the scent coming from the cup is probably the best smelling cup ever. The taste is everything I want in a black tea! It’s a Yunnan first of all, but it almost seems like it’s mixed with a Fujian like Laoshan black… all the qualities I actually like from Laoshan. Some have complained about the tobacco, but if I noticed it, I think it made it a better cup for me. It adds a dusky darkness, to go along with the dark chocolate and honey notes. Good stuff.
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3-4 min
Another amazing cup but maybe not as amazing as the first. This time the mug has an entirely different fragrance.. it’s like a floral perfume. The flavor is still honey chocolate deliciousness. A bit less of whatever people are calling the tobacco flavor which I kind of miss. It’s not really smoky to me though.