1564 Tasting Notes
I took a sample of this one from the Lewis & Clark teabox! Still gradually trying them. The leaves here are supposed to look golden but they look dark to me. Not like the picture at all. There is plenty of lemongrass and citrus bits… much more than there is black tea leaves. The flavor is VERY lemony – it doesn’t really seem like bergamot so much as lemon myrtle (not sure if there actually is lemon myrtle in the blend – there are never ingredient lists, Verdant!) and really just all around citrus. It seems like the most citrusy tea I’ve tasted! The color of the cup is a deeper brown, so I’m not exactly sure what sort of black tea is actually used here. It’s tasty but I’d say this is more of a citrus tea than a bergamot or Earl. I’d love to see a golden black tea with just bergamot, rather than with all of these citrus additions. I’m surprised Verdant included this one in the teabox because it didn’t seem like it was available for very long anyway.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // just boiled // 2-3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4min
Additional notes: trying this one again with different parameters. It seems like no matter which way I steep, it still has “watery” flavor if that makes sense. Isn’t a ton of depth to it. The color of the cup looks promising, as it looks like Butiki’s Taiwanese Assam, but there the similarities end. And the second steep always has that oversteeped leaves flavor. Though it does seem to work better with a lower temp/ longer steep time like last time. Lowering rating.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 10 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // few min after boiling // 4+ min
Additional notes: I seem to be sipping this one more often than all other teas. So good! I’m also sipping down 52Teas – Ultimate Citrus spice today.
I’m short on money right now, but Zoomdweebies.com really needs some customers at the moment (see forum post), so I thought I’d mention it in a tasting note. ALSO, I see 74 mystery grabbags in stock right now! I REALLY want to try the Yunnan Eggnog … some other tasty sounding blends too!
Thank you Kimquat for the sale a while back! I think it’s a good idea to try for one sipdown and try one new tea in a day for a while. I thought this one would pair well with the Sherlock story I’m reading at the moment (due to the horse in the photo for the tea package – the story is ‘Silver Blaze’ about a missing race horse). The leaves look like a golden monkey though – dark, twisty, hints of gold. The color of the cup is a golden red. The fragrance is already promising before I take a sip. Maltly, molasses, honey, dried hay for those horses — very smooth and very sweet. The second and third steeps never lose flavor (even with the third steep on the next morning)… I think I steeped them perfectly that way. I never thought this one had any sort of chocolate flavor or even sweet potato like other Yunnans might, but it was still a dark enough tea that it was more than just a gold honey Yunnan. I love this one because it’s a Yunnan between the lightest golds and the most chocolate of Yunnans. It’s a shame it’s not available anymore! One serving left for me. :/
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 tsps. // 10 min after boiling // 2 min steep
Steep #2 // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min
Thanks again for the samples, Just Organic! So sorry it has taken this long… I guess I would avoid rooibos but I don’t regret steeping this cup up! It’s actually an above average rooibos. This one reminded me of wood smoked BBQ somehow. Nice flavor! And steeped in a teabag, I wasn’t getting any of the mouth irritation that some lower quality rooibos might have. Nothing but nice things to say about this one! But it’s still plain rooibos, so there isn’t MUCH to say about this one. An enjoyable no-caffeine cup late at night. Can’t all rooibos be like this?
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3-4 min steep
This is the last new tea to try that I took from MzPriss’ Unflavored teabox the last go around. Not sure how I should be steeping this one. The teaspoon wasn’t a full one, so I didn’t want to fill the mug all the way to the top. I think it turned out perfectly each steep anyway. This has a lovely flavor from the first cup and really stays delicious with each steep, even though there are subtle changes. That’s what I love about oolong: even though each cup has differences, it always seems like the perfect cup anyway. This one reminds me most of kettle corn! I thought it was the sticky rice flavor left in the infuser from the last tea but the kettle corn flavor is still there on the third steep, so I’m pretty sure it’s this tea. It’s smooth, sweet, buttery. I know kettle corn has hints of sweet and savory (and butter), just like this oolong, but it ACTUALLY tastes like kettle corn. The second steep also seems to have hints of pineapple. A huge amount of flavor is in one teaspoon. Easily, everything I’ve tried from Single Origin has been delicious and it’s very tempting not to buy everything I’ve tried.
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 2 min steep
Steep #2 // 5 min a.b. // 2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min
Thank you Boychik for including a couple of these with the Yunnan Sourcing tea. I LOVE sticky rice pu-erh. I’ve tried a couple. This one doesn’t seem overly like sticky rice like my favorite one did… really only hints in the scent and flavor. The cup gets very dark very fast, but the flavor doesn’t seem as deep as it should be. It’s very sweet but mild flavored.. it doesn’t seem like there are a ton of elements to it but none of the more unlikeable pu-erh flavor notes either. The second steep is deeper but still not very much like rice. Not terrible, but I believe I was spoiled with that first sticky rice pu-erh I tried!
Steep #1 // couple min after boiling // rinse // 2 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min
Thanks again for the sale, Momo! I could always use peppermint teas for my headaches. I like this one, but I feel like the flavor seems watered down. Mild mint, mild chocolate, mild black tea. Always a nice combination but it’s just not STRONG enough for me… maybe if I used two teaspoons? It’s minty for my headache though, so it helps! It seems like winter has arrived way too early… so many gray days already and it’s only the beginning of December. sigh.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // couple minutes after boiling // few min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // few min steep
Another from the Bluebird sale! Thanks again everyone for making my Bluebird Steepster split order dream happen. :D I HAD to try this one today after reading Cameron B’s description of the dessert this one is inspired from yesterday. The blend itself looks gorgeous but mostly flowers – a lot of red and blue cornflowers. The scent is mostly almond marzipan. There is also hibiscus in the blend that I thought might ruin this… but it doesn’t. The resulting brew is interesting – it’s a lavender periwinkle light pink color! Must just be one piece of hibiscus in there or something. The fragrance is also marzipan… promising so far! The flavor is a little light but it’s nice.. not really cherry, but there seems to be currants and cranberries in the blend rather than cherry. Really the cup has just a hint of indistinguishable fruity flavor. But there is a starchy bakey texture happening somehow. Not a ton of white tea here to impact the flavor (maybe I’m getting a fresh sweet lemony flavor from the white tea or that is where the starch is coming from) but the marzipan is nice. If I used two teaspoons (which I really would prefer not to since this one is a bit on the pricy side) the cup might have had more flavor but I wish that Bluebird would have just used hints of the cornflowers… it seems like too many pretty flowers taking flavor away of a possibly very tasty tea.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 30 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 3 min
Additional notes: Sipdown! Trying all the pearls with the same parameters slowly but surely. (Five pearls, just boiled, rinse, 2 min, 4 min). These are not my favorite, as they seem to be more typical black tea flavored than the chocolate honey deliciousness I usually find in pearls, if that makes sense. Apparently I really liked them last time and I steeped four pearls for FIVE minutes. Whoa. These seem to have hints of cherry in the flavor too. I like these but there are better pearls and now they’re gone. I guess all of these pearls really AREN’T the same. Most of them seem to have slight differences.