1574 Tasting Notes
First tea from the Here’s Hoping teabox!! THANK YOU again everyone that made it a successful box! I’m setting up round two right now…
This tea is lovely.. a plain Earl Grey. Always a favorite! The bergamot is nice in this one – it’s almost like it has cream (but it doesn’t). The black base is perfect… something is reminding me of squash. Weird! A very good EG. Not the best but there are certainly worse ones out there – I don’t get the low score!
Teabox B! I looked up the steeping instructions on davidstea.com for this tea AFTER steeping and I guessed right! Two teaspoons, over 200 degrees and 5-7 minutes. Though there is a bit of green tea in it that I was worried would get oversteeped. I like this one but it seems a bit mild tasting but what is there is nice. It’s silky and buttery (a piece of popcorn was in my infuser, though it didn’t look buttery!) Some sweetness from the apple and maple, so it was like a mildly sweet caramel corn. The lower rating is due to mild flavor.
Thank you for this one, Nicole! Simpson & Vail have some mighty delightful black teas, but this one isn’t so mighty delightful. It’s good, but not great. The leaves here look like a dark oolong. I think those are my least favorite teas and a green oolong might have been better with a mango flavor anyway. But this particular oolong melds with the mango flavor and isn’t charcoal-like at all. The mango flavor seems to be one of those mystery fruit flavors that can sometimes be confused for peach or something else (I think I’ve had this flavor in others teas before and it may have been supposedly peach flavored.) Not bad! But I think I’ll go check out the Simpson & Vail website….
Additional notes: I thought I’d try one teaspoon of this one from teabox B in case it was different from my Laoshan sample. But this one seems to be the same as my sample… maybe a bit tangier than I remembered. I have no idea how this could be one of the best black teas — it’s enjoyable but not my favorite. Not enough dark black flavor for me! Not the chocolate, caramel decadence I’ve been hearing about. The second steep I swear only went for four minutes but the flavor was everything I didn’t like about the first steep… very tangy and oaky but not really astringent. I think the first batch is giving the second (or whatever number batch this is) a bad name!
Side note: I’m much more in love with the movie The Warriors they seem to be playing every week.. in all it’s goofy glory goodness. I hate when cable plays the same movies every week but they can play this one as much as they want!
Yet another one from Teabox B… I have tried a few other Nature’s Tea Leaf blends and I usually love them. This one is nice too!
First steep // low temp // 3 min
The color of this cup was very light. The temp may have been TOO low but Nature’s suggests 185 degrees. The lavender both dried and in the cup is lovely! I can taste the lavender more than the pu-erh.
Second steep // just boiled // 4-5 min
This cup is much darker! The lavender is still very strong and the pu-erh should be, but it is so mild flavored, I can hardly tell it is more than just lavender. But I like it – so lavendery!
Yet another from the TeaboxB! There is a bit of this one in the box. An actual Butiki blend I haven’t tried yet! Probably because it is newer! I LOVE Butiki’s guayusas though. The flavor is so smooth and Butiki knows how to add nice flavors to the bases. This one is lovely! It doesn’t have too much creaminess to it, other than the smoothness from the guayusa itself. The tangerine is definitely tangerine! It doesn’t overpower the guayusa which is nice. I added some of the Adagio sugar crystals also from the teabox, suggested by Butiki. I wish I had tried a sip or two before I added the sugar crystals to see that the difference is. But obviously sugar would help it taste more like a creamsicle! One of my favorite ice creams happens to be the orange/vanilla swirls. The second steep was over nine minutes accidentally – too much, though it didn’t ruin the tea.. it was just earthy, more vegetal (green beans?) and the creamsicle was gone. I’m not sure if I will take the couple remaining teaspoons out of the teabox or not…. Also, I can’t wait to see all the new Butiki blends I saw mentioned yesterday… and what everyone comes up with for the contest!
Teabox B! This definitely had an element that made it different than a typical rooibos… but I’m not sure that I would say it was bergamot. It seemed like a hint of grapefruit for one sip. It definitely wasn’t just a plain rooibos though, and it was a good one! I really need to get filter steeping bags for rooibos though.
Another from TeaboxB! I had to love this one right? I have some form of S’mores often… either microwaved or just bites of one giant marshmallow with bites of chocolate and bites of graham cracker cereal. Always delicious! I love the pomegranate flowers in this blend… it looks like the closest thing to fire flames in a “fireside” blend. After two teaspoons are steeped for five minutes with almost still boiling water, the marshmallows didn’t really melt… hmm. Marshmallows impervious to boiling water? But the fragrance of the tea itself is lovely and sweet. The cup color isn’t very dark, it’s a light amber… so the flavor shouldn’t be that dark but somehow is… I think it’s the chocolate… malty dark dark chocolate. Maybe the hazelnut also helps there. I thought that since there is white tea here, it might be bitter with such a long steep time and hot temp, but it tastes awesome. I wouldn’t necessarily call this tea S’mores flavored but I’m loving what this DOES taste like! The second steep was not good at all – I steeped for a WHILE – uncountable minutes but the flavor did taste more like white tea this time – oversteeped white tea and oaky. I think I’ll just make the first steep exactly the same next time and not bother with the second. I think I steeped it perfectly. Marshmallows still didn’t melt. First steep: awesome. Second steep: eh, I dumped half of it. I think I’ll keep the other few teaspoons of this one from the teabox since this one is either a hit or miss with most people.
Another from TeaboxB. I honestly had no idea if this was a black, green or white tea. It looks like a green or white but the description calls it a Darjeeling. I thought Darjeeling was black? A search for ‘Okayti’ on Steepster brings up all sorts of teas. Anyway, I let the water cool a while and steeped for three minutes. The cup color looks like a white tea. The flavor is very light with a hint of apple that shows up more as it cools. It’s a very delicate flavor otherwise, that may be too subtle for my palate. It’s decent though! I think this is a white tea, just based on the fuzziness of the leaves. I really don’t like the fuzzy white teas anyway, since this one left a ton of tiny fuzzies floating around in my cup and sitting on my throat. There really isn’t anything Darjeeling about it anyway. Oh well. There is plenty of this in the teabox for everyone else to try to decipher!