1028 Tasting Notes
One from MissB! thank you! I don’t know how you thought this one was for me… but it is! It’s a very odd blend but I like it! First, I have no idea what the green leaves are that take up most of the blend. Looking at the description it’s either parsley or blackberry leaves?!?! Weird weird. It’s like a chai with an odd base. I didn’t go with the suggested two teaspoons, or it might have definitely been too hot, since there seems to be a ton of chili here, even though it isn’t easy to see. I also didn’t steep for too long, since I figured the blackberry leaves would make it bitter.
Steep #1 // one teaspoon // a few minutes after boiling // 3 min
This is a weird mix of ingredients but it somehow works. It’s certainly spicy, but not as much as 52Teas Chili Chai. It also has a lovely lemon flavor. It is brothy with some of the ingredients like fennel. Not bitterness that I thought the blackberry leaves would bring! It’s interesting and delicious. Perfect amount spice for me, if I use one teaspoon. A lemony, brothy, spicy chai… and it’s much better than I’m making it sound.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min
This is a bit more muted than the first cup but I’m surprised it still has this much spice. Not as much lemon or other spices though. This is a nice blend and I will “savor” the next couple teaspoons I have left!
Another from MissB! thanks so much! Chocolate truffle sounds delicious. My tasting note may be ruined though, since I had a couple chocolates before sipping! There was a marshmallow in my sample, but otherwise, this seemed like a pretty straightforward pu-erh. Maybe they meant naturally chocolatey from the pu-erh itself? Reminded me more of coffee though. I love these dark pu-erhs, so even if it isn’t exactly a chocolate truffle, I don’t mind. At least it wasn’t a light pu-erh pretending to be a chocolatey blend! Both steeps were nice!
I couldn’t resist a smoky chai! The chai blends from 52Teas are usually very nice. This is! This one in particular has big chunks of star anise and cumin! But this tea is so sweet, how could it be a witches’ brew? I actually prefer more smokiness to my smoky teas, but this is a light, sweet smoky. The smoke it just noticeable enough not to scare away those who usually might not like smoky teas. It adds depth to the blend. It’s the perfect smoky tea to try anyway. The chai spices are nice of course!
Sipdown! Courtney sent me this one a WHILE ago and I’ve had it before, but I’m just now writing a tasting note. thank you, Courtney! I really like this one! There is certainly plenty of sweet marshmallow flavor and bright crisp lime flavor. It seemed it was more marshmallow the first cup and then more lime the second steep. Very nicely flavored! It goes well with the green base. I’m going to miss this one, as I love mallow root and I don’t have many other teas with mallow root. But I just got my 52Teas order today! It is my first order with them but I couldn’t resist!
It’s Valentine’s Day so I thought I’d try my one teaspoon of this! thank you Janelle! It’s a little light, but nice. The chocolate scent fills the room but it isn’t until you are over the cup that you can smell the berries. There are tiny rose pieces in the blend but it didn’t seem to affect the taste. But there is definitely a chocolate flavor and subtle berry flavor. It reminds me of a Della Terra blend. I can’t really taste the black tea itself. This is good and I’m happy to have tried it but my cupboard is glad it’s just the one cup.
This one is a sample from Nicole a long ways back! thanks so much! I love the different colored greens in the dry twisty leaves. Verdant’s instructions:
two teaspoons – rinse at 208 degrees – one minute steep
Steep #1 // few minutes after boiling // one minute
I went with a teaspoon and a half so I could have a teaspoon for next time. I was worried the water was too hot for this one and it kind of is. There is a tinge of bitterness… but otherwise it’s tasty & unique: a bit creamy, nutty, vegetal, kind of reminds me of pistachio ice cream. I can imagine this one being a nice dessert blend somehow. Verdant needs to get on that. Or even, oddly enough, a little bit mixed with a black tea since it can be close to boiled! I never had an oolong/black tea blend before.
Steep #2 // a few minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 min
This cup was more astringent that kind of ruined the lovely flavors. I should have went for a lower temp and just one minute again. Not undrinkable though! It’s more like a typical oolong now. But of course, this is Verdant so it’s still delicious.
Steep #3 // cooled a few minutes longer than last time // 1 1/2 min
This cup had less astringency, but also less of the awesome flavors from the first cup. If only I had steeped it perfectly! So… the first cup was the best one.
This one was taken out of the HH teabox a while back since I happen to love 52Teas banana blends. This is actually one big tea bag for a pitcher of iced tea, so I just busted the bag open to have one teaspoon hot. Even though the leaves are tiny, the taste isn’t bitter right after boiling, but that’s because I only steeped for two minutes. The banana flavor is nice as usual, but on its own without the extra ingredients that usually make up a nice 52Teas blend, I can see how this might be considered artificial tasting. But this is a long way from being unbearably artificial, it tastes fine to me! Thanks monkey! I love the bakey bready black tea base… tastes like I’m eating banana bread!
BrewTEAlly Sweet graciously sent her last teaspoon (and a half) of this one, even though she loves it! I really appreciate it! I really wanted to try this one! I was thinking of an apricot tea when I woke up this morning, so I went with this one. Like I said, 1&1/2 teaspoons!
Steep #1 // a few mins after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
Sadly, I didn’t see any actual chunks of apricot in my small sample, but a bit of the flavor is still there! There is also a sweetness that adds to the cake or glaze icing that would be on this sort of treat. The usual awesome honeybush base. Really a nice balance to seem kind of like what this blend is actually supposed to be!
Steep #2 // just boiled // few minutes
Another nice cup! The flavor might be more muted this time around. Though I don’t think an extra half teaspoon makes a difference in flavor.
Another sample from my order a while back! So many teas to try I’m just now getting to it, no matter how eager I’ve been to try it! I LOVE Butiki’s Guayusa. It’s one of my favorite bases from them, since not many tea companies make blends with it. I also love how much the flavors change with guayusa, depending on how you brew it, and it’s even a completely different cup once it has cooled down. I went with Butiki’s suggestion of a teaspoon and a half:
Steep #1 // 30 mins after boiling // 3 min
There is a giant apple sliver in my infuser! Nice! Also some cinnamon pieces. I didn’t want to overdue the guayusa flavor on this one and overpower the other flavors, so I went with a low temp/time. The guayusa really pairs well with the apple – it adds a sweetness. It’s like a naturally sweet cider. Subtle yet natural apple and hints of cinnamon (probably because the hotter the water the better the cinnamon.) Very nice!
Steep #2 // 20 mins after boiling // 6-7 min
The guayusa still isn’t super earthy/strong, which is fine if it’s a plain guayusa but not if it’s a well thought out Butiki blend. So it’s the perfect guayusa blend. It’s so tasty – and when it cools there is a different flavor that is really nice.
Steep #3 // just boiled // few minutes steep // half mug of water
I went for a half cup since this has so nice. I’m surprised the guayusa didn’t get more bitter. But it was very nice, even at boiled, just less apple & cinnamon somehow. This is a perfect blend though!