1323 Tasting Notes
Very happy to try samples from Nina’s! Thank you! This one sounded nice. It is! After two steeps at 3-4 minutes each, both cups were the same. It’s very sweet, either from the strawberry or vanilla… maybe double sweet! Strawberry leaves are not as bad in a tea as blackberry leaves, in my opinion, since they don’t have as much flavor as blackberry leaves. So they were fine here. The flavor reminds me of a champagne. Definitely strawberry, as there were small strawberry pieces. The black tea is smooth and velvety.. perfect for the flavors. This blend reminded me of Zen’s Strawberry Cream black tea, but this one wasn’t cream. The vanilla does seem like it gives a bit of lingering creamy flavor. It’s perfect the way it is though! Very elegant!
thank you so much Teajo for a sample of this one! There is enough here for many cups. The dry leaves are as black as they could be. I always thought cream was what made me love an earl grey. But this one is so smooth, it is almost like there is cream here (though there isn’t.) This is a very different earl grey somehow. It’s unique… I guess all earl greys are different. This one is citrusy and bright but very smooth. It kind of reminds me of Fruity Pebbles cereal (awesome, in my opinion!) The second steep reminded me of the lemon part of a firecracker popsicle (awesome again). The black tea base is an assam. I don’t think earl greys usually have an assam base.. I’m not sure. But the base here is perfect for an earl grey flavor. It doesn’t disappear behind the earl grey but it doesn’t overpower it either. I didn’t see how there was safflower or cacao in this though. But I do agree that it is silky! I really really like this one. This one tells me that earl grey creams aren’t the only earl greys I love! This is a straight earl grey I could easily buy a ton of!
Alphakitty included some of this in Momo’s traveling teabox. thank you! Now this could easily be one of my favorite green teas! I love this blend. The ingredients really work nice together. Coconut, ginger, lemongrass. I don’t find too much of the lemongrass, but the coconut is sweet and smooth. Before I took a sip I could tell the flavor would be mostly coconut. I usually don’t like ginger but this works perfectly here. It gives the flavor a nice kick, otherwise the coconut might be too sweet. This one is a dreamy, creamy green… and like I said, one of my favorite greens.
Additional notes: Having some more of this one! It’s a nice combination of ingredients that mingle to make its own flavor: guayusa, lavender, spearmint and vanilla. I didn’t notice too much vanilla this time around, but the spearmint and lavender are equally represented. This most reminds me of tomato soup somehow! Didn’t seem there was an energy boost today though.
thanks so much Steep City, for sending me some delicious samples! I especially wanted to try this one. I love nutty teas. This is deep dark black tea leaves mixed with some walnuts, almonds and rose petals. After a four minute steep, the flavors here blend so well together! The black tea is syrupy, malty, molasses-like. I kind of wish the base wasn’t as good so I could detect more of the nutty flavor… as I wouldn’t mind a ton of that. I’m always on the look out for more walnut or almond teas. The pretty rose petals add a nice hint of flavor, also. The syrupy flavor might be coming from the apple. It’s really a unique blend that works excellently. The second cup is more of the nice black tea, but I just wish more of the elements of the blend would shine. How did I not know of Steep City before? Unless they are a new company? I can’t wait to try their other blends.
Another one from Starfevre! thanks so much! Raspberries are my favorite fruit and I love vanilla. This is very nice! It’s the perfect tea to have at night – no caffeine and a bit of a sweetness to it that could be a replacement for a dessert. It’s a lovely buzzy raspberry flavor (a bit like candy but mostly like an actual raspberry) and the vanilla evens it out on such a nice rooibos base. It’s simple yet interesting. Better than a plain rooibos, obviously! (But why drink plain rooibos when there are so many nice blends like this one?) The raspberry vanilla name isn’t lying!
This is my 501st tasting note! That I noticed on accident yesterday. So that means I’ve tried almost 500 teas, since I usually don’t write tasting notes for a tea more than once. Also, to celebrate, I ordered a bunch of samples from zentealife.com’s sale. (Like I needed a reason.) I wanted to have a special tea for #501 so I went for these pearls. Zen’s phoenix pearls are one of my favorite, so I ordered a sample of these from Tealux hoping they would be similar.
The golden and black pearls here are bigger than Zen’s. These are about half an inch top to bottom and instructions say to steep three pearls at a time. I went with four since my sample had 13 and one of these steeps would have needed a fourth. I steeped for five minutes, but the pearls were completely unraveled and unrecognizable after three minutes. They unravel to leaves that are about half an inch long. The steep color looks like a beer and I absolutely love the flavor. It’s everything I love in a yunnan. Malty, dark chocolate, dry hay, and a bit of unreognizable fragrance, all combining into a super yum flavor. The second steep after six minutes was just as delicious. I kind of oversteeped the third cup at fifteen minutes, so that one was a little stingy… but I wanted to get the last of the flavor! To compare with Zen’s pearls, I don’t think these have quite as a deep dark flavor as Zen’s. This one is lighter, but the complexities are really nice. I wouldn’t mind keeping both of these teas in stock. If you order from either Tealux or Zen, anyone should try either one. I’d say they are the best each company has to offer, but maybe that is just my preference! So so good.
thank you Steep City for sending the samples! I was dying to try some of your blends. I’m not sure why this one stood out as one I wanted to try, since there are so many unique teas. I guess I’ll always have a soft spot for chai, as it was the first tea I ever had. This one claims to be the spiciest chai, but I’m not sure if that is possible when mixed with black tea and orange peels. It seems like the spiciest chai would be the tea that only has spices. And my sample didn’t have as many spices as is shown in the picture. But if “spiciest” means the greatest variety of ingredients, then I cana agree with that. After a four minute steep, there is certainly a nice spiciness, but definitely not the spiciest. It has a nice flavor — brisk while the second steep (which I may have liked better) had a certain sweetness to it. The black tea are those tiny grainlike pieces that I see in many chai blends. I really should start adding milk to my chai. Certainly a decent chai, but it seems like I’m always on the hunt for the chai with that special something. I haven’t found my favorite yet, but this one would be high on the list. I really can’t wait to try Nutty Love from Steep City. I’m almost hesitant because I know I’ll love it so much I’ll want to place an order! Ah so much tea!
thanks so much for sending a bit of this one to try, Kasumi no Chajin! Whispering Pines seems like such a nice creative little tea company. This is my first tea to try from them. It certainly is a unique blend! A smokey black tea with lemongrass, spearmint, and elderberries. I’m not exactly sure if I’ve had elderberries before, and I couldn’t detect any of those. But I love smokey teas! This one is clearly authentic, and doesn’t have that weird fake smoke flavor that I’ve found in other teas. (It seems odd that teas would need a fake smoke flavor anyway.. it’s smoke. Cavemen knew about it.) But I really love that it is combined with lemongrass and spearmint! I don’t mean to discourage anyone from trying this one, but it reminded me of the dentist’s office, and I don’t think it is just the spearmint. Hmm. Very odd blend but it works well!
thank you again Starfevre for trading! I definitely wouldn’t mind trying all of Zentealife.com’s teas. I didn’t want to expect too much from this one because of the hibiscus. It is a bit overpowering. If the hibiscus wasn’t too bad, it would have a nice sweet strawberry flavor. It kind of reminds me of a kid’s fruity sugary cereal. Yum! If you want to try a strawberry cream flavor, try Zen’s Strawberry Cream black tea! I love that one. This one is good but the hibiscus (or some of it) has to go! If you like hibiscus, you’ll love it, but it’s probably my least favorite tea ingredient.