1571 Tasting Notes
Another from Momo’s teaboxB! thanks everyone! The Lochan Darjeeling I drank the other day really spoiled me with the most delicious Darjeeling I’ve tried. This one isn’t quite as good, but I like it! It has the “Darjeeling” flavor but it also seems a bit watery if that makes sense. The Lochan had a lovely full Darjeeling flavor. If I had tried this one first, I might have liked it better. Also, there seems to be more Darjeelings in the teabox than other plain black teas. But I will fix that! haha.
This one is a very special green tea from TeaBoxB! The leaves are the darkest green I’ve seen and very wiry, tightly twisted. Water cooled, two minute steep and this is the sort of green tea I’m talking about it. It’s creamy creamy with something vegetal I can’t place (the specific vegetable I can’t tell… but so so good) and hints of something fruity (maybe peach)? The flavor is so lingering… probably the best green tea I’ve had!
Having so much fun trying so many teas from Teabox B — thank you everyone! I like this one — a bit of smoke with burnt chocolate flavor. Just enough smoke flavor that a keemun should have. Not my favorite “burnt chocolate” tea though. The leaves are black with little specks of gold. A really dark steep color but nothing astringent even after a five minute steep.
Another from Teabox B! I didn’t find any bergamot here at all, but now I know Adagio’s green tea base is just as loveable as Adagio’s black tea base. I REALLY like their bases, so their flavors aren’t hiding any terrible teas. Which is bad, because I’d love to try everything from Adagio. It’s a nice flavor of green tea, with something creamy about it. But this rating is for an EARL green and not the base!
Another from Momo’s teabox B! To be honest, if I hadn’t opened up this unopened foil package (and then put the leaves in a sealable baggie) I could swear that these were already steeped leaves! But I guess that is just what Bai mu dan looks like. I cooled the water a while and steeped for 2-3 minutes. The flavor is light but lovely. The steep color is a pale yellow. The flavor seems like a light and sweet pineapple or pear. When the water gets cold it almost tastes like something nutty – pistachios? Very nice! I might take a bit of this one out for later.
As a side note, I have no idea how these Lochan teas from the teabox weren’t already in the Steepster system since they are so good!
From Teabox B! I’ve never had any Upton teas even though they seem like they have some delicious ones. This is a decently spiced chai with a fairly brisk base. Chai must be brisk! I didn’t really taste the roses and almonds but maybe I didn’t get any in my infuser. This one is a nice kick in the morning. I should have added milk though.
Teabox B! I swear I’m not trying to try all of the teas in the box! There is a ridiculous amount of ingredients in this one but it sounds pretty good anyway. The blend itself seems like a fruit salad I want to eat. This might be one of the few Teavana blends I don’t mind. The scent of the steeped tea smelled a bit off… literally like vitamins had been melted in my mug. That must mean it’s healthy, right? But the flavor was nice, yet still a bit medicinal somehow… maybe it was the earthiness of whatever yerba mate is included here. So many fruits are here! Those probably tone down the tartness of the hibiscus. Not too much hibiscus, even after a boiled steep for a few minutes. And the perfect amount of stevia or sweetness if they did actually add sugar to it. A tolerable blend from Teavana. There is a little left in the box!
I was in the mood for a Yunnan tea, but I thought I’d give this one a try. Even though this is a Kenyan tea, it has the exact flavor profile I wanted anyway. Malty chocolately goodness! After a three minute steep the flavor is divine (it might be a bit much for some, but it has the perfect astringency for me). So it has the malt and chocolate of a Yunnan tea, but there is an astringency here that might not usually be with a Yunnan. The brisk Yunnan then! The flavor reminds me of something I recently had but I’m not sure what it was — definitely something from Butiki or Teavivre though… so only the best! The cup color is a lovely light mahogany. The dry leaves are very black and about a half inch long, the fragrance is surprisingly grassy! I know I’ve compared this to a Yunnan, but that is only because that was what I was in the mood for and was surprised that it was so similar. This MUST be the best Kenyan tea I’ve tried. Very delicious! I will certainly enjoy the rest of my free sample — thank you!
Thanks for this one, Michelle! Water cooled, 2-3 minute steep, this one seems so basic. A bit vegetal and nutty but I wish there was more flavor here. I wouldn’t call anything about it “roasted” like the description says. Not much else to say. Maybe I should have used more leaves? A green tea has to be really good to make me reach for it!