869 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: The end of my Tea from Taiwan samples! I would certainly shop at Tea From Taiwan whenever I want to stock up on unflavored oolongs! The three I tried are actually very unique.
Additional notes: I tried to get as many peanutty pieces in my teaspoon this time and steeped at boiling for seven minutes. Still not much peanut flavor, sadly. Maybe a bit more than last time when I wasn’t trying to get as many pieces in my teaspoon. I tried!
A sample that the awesome Butiki sent me a while back. I’m hungry and this tea seemed it would be the most like food. haha. I think I waited for the water to cool too long though. I did steep two teaspoons for four minutes (one teaspoon didn’t seem like enough… the big potato pieces!) I don’t get very much potato flavor, but there is a hint of cinnamon apple. The green tea adds a bit of butteriness to the blend! Definitely need butter for potato pancakes! I feel like I failed this one somehow, since the rating is so high on Steepster! I certainly didn’t expect a very strong potato or apple flavor, since that would mean fake flavoring and Butiki definitely doesn’t do that. I guess I’ll just have to love all of Butiki’s other teas.
From the HH teabox! Many odd ingredients here! Brewed, the steep color is light and the flavor is a bit tart and minty. I didn’t love the tart berries that I’ve had before. Not for me but seems healthy!
Another one I get to try from TastyBrew’s awesome package! I really appreciate it! I found some eggnog yogurt in the fridge in my dream last night, so I thought I’d try this one this morning! This one sure has a strong scent. The dry blend is long twisty black leaves with a few yellow flowers. To be honest, this one is very much like the pumpkin cheesecake. But they are both spicy dairy products, so maybe that is the case. I think the cheesecake has more of a flavor than the eggnog. This one has a bit of spice (again that mysterious spicy flavor while not actually having spices in it), not so much eggnog. Flavorful, I just couldn’t guess it was actually eggnog. It seems to have the same flavor both hot and cold which is odd for any tea. The black tea itself has a mid-level strength flavor profile. Light, yet still a bit dark. I like all three of the Necessiteas I’ve tried! (And oh man I want to try them ALLLL.) I can’t believe I had to add this one to the system… but it wasn’t even on NecessiTeas site!
Additional notes: Sipdown! I still appreciate this one from a package Azzrian sent me a while ago. What happened to Azzrian? I haven’t seen any tasting notes from her in a while. Anyway, this one was still delicious. Somehow very buttery for some reason! I have no idea how this one was black, oolong and green because all of the leaves looked the same. I really should be drinking more Fusion teas… they are always so good.
A sipdown from TeaboxB! Sorry about the avalanche of tasting notes lately! It has been mostly new-to-me teas lately! It has also been an avalanche of chai blends for me.. usually that happens when the colder weather hits. I think I love chai even more in the fall than I do in the winter. I love the name of this one. This one seems to be a chai with coconut and lemongrass in it. At first sip, this one seemed to be a little off tasting to me. It seemed like it had a coconut preservative flavor I don’t love. And the lemongrass seems weird in a chai (though I do love the lemongrass on its own that I just happened to try recently). This wasn’t terrible, but I guess I like chai with just black tea and spices. And the black tea didn’t seem terribly strong to me, even though there was way more than two teaspoons.
A big thank you to Single Origin Teas for these generous samples! I had no idea Single Origin Teas existed until they offered samples and their teas sound amazing. I went with this one first, since I was in the mood for a Darjeeling type flavor though this is NOT a Darjeeling – it is from Nepal. The dry leaf color is all over the place – greens, whites. After letting the water cool around ten minutes after boiling and a three to four minute steep, there was a very sweet and very fruity scent coming from the cup that I just knew would make this blend special. This has to be the sweetest and fruitiest type of Darjeeling flavor. The site description says maple and roses and there is certainly something sweet here, but I get STONE FRUIT. Plums, a hint of cherry. As it cools, I do notice the floral/rose notes. A very mouth filling flavor yet very delicate. Probably sweeter, fruitier, lighter than a typical Darjeeling and much more unique. I feel like this shouldn’t be classified as a black tea. This is absolutely amazing stuff. Like the Darjeeling I had earlier this month, these two blends have made me a fan of this kind of flavor if it is done right and this one is perfect. I’d stock this as my go-to “Darjeeling” flavor type, but I’m doing this tea a disservice because it isn’t technically Darjeeling. I think it’s better. It gets impossible when I want to drink my entire tea collection every day.
Another awesome blend from TastyBrew! Thank you so much! This blend certainly had a nice scent in the super long twisty dry leaves that I thought would make the flavor actually have a cheesecake flavor. It does! I think I had pumpkin cheesecake ONCE. It was great! This cup has a “pumpkin spice” flavor even though there aren’t actual spices here.. not sure how they did that. And there is a creamy taste that could very well be cheesecake. The black tea base is mild enough not to overpower the flavors. Very well done!
This is a sample from TastyBrew’s wonderful package. I should really start trying the teas that all of these companies have sent me to review. So many teas! I think I’ve tried most of the teas from the tea boxes that I wanted to try, I’m just waiting for a chance to mail them. So many teas!
I’m surprised I actually love this one – it could easily be the best thing that had to do with white chocolate ever. haha. I’ve never seen white tea leaves like this one before. The water is supposed to be very cooled. I was wondering how the chocolate would melt? After three minutes, the flavor is very nice! It’s definitely sweet, creamy, nutty. It has a ton of white chocolate flavor that is actually good. I say, if I’m eating chocolate, it might as well not be white chocolate, but it works here! The white tea is maybe one of the best I’ve had. I just wish I knew what kind it specifically is. It says Pai Mu Tan… but I think of Bai Mu Dan… but those usually have flatter leaves that actually looks like already steeped tea leaves to me. These leaves are in the shape like a black tea. Interesting! I guess I should try more Pai Mu Tans.
Three teas that get a 93 rating today!