1489 Tasting Notes
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #24
Another twisty dark oolong! I like this one more than the other, the Red Robe, because this has plenty of peach flavor.. it’s odd that it tastes like that, but I know these dan cong oolongs tend to do that. The Red Robe is mostly charcoal to me while this one still has hints of charcoal, but also PEACH. A little smokiness but I guess that naturally occurs with the charcoal. The second steep lost most of the peach and was sadly charcoal. When Teasenz was offering to send me samples, they sent over a new Dan Cong not in stock currently, a green one that is REALLY good. It’s like a Wen Shan Bao Zhong. So keep an eye out for it if you place an order at Teasenz!
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #23
A green tea here with lemon and ginger. Not too much flavor for me, Maybe I waited too long to cool the water. Hints of lemon and ginger. It reminded me of a soda like 7up or something though! Or maybe that mixed with ginger ale. Refreshing and light… much like an ocean breeze actually.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #22
The mystery of this Darjeeling will be lost on me.. as they usually are. The color of the mug is a unique bright orange! Already interesting. The fragrance from the untasted mug is like a lemon maple syrup but the flavor only has hints of both of those. Otherwise it’s tough to tell! A little stone fruit. Not very much muscatel. It’s very light flavored and I can’t piece the rest together… I tried another Darj the same way as I steeped the second cup of this one (unique with that one).. but this one turned out a little bitter steeped that way but still maintaining that orange color. I wish I was more profound with this one.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // 20 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // half mug // 15 min after boiling // 3 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #21
I feel like I’ve had this tea before under a different name… a few times. However, I don’t see the vanilla pieces I usually see. The vanilla is the same color as black tea though! A nice sweet pastry vanilla smoothness. It’s like Della Terra’s Cafe Vanille.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // just boiled // 4 min
Additional notes: The tea box is winding down… I think I’ll have enough time to try the other teas before I go to the PO on Wed… so I’m going back to my own tea collection a bit. Basically I wanted to try all of my Ovation teas again since I’ve recently read on some tasting notes that they might be going bad. This one appears the same and the flavor seems the same as I remember EXCEPT this was in a thin bag stored with another thin bag of Harney’s Paris. Both were in one of those big metallic Teavivre pouches and now it seems the fig has absorbed some of the Paris flavors! I didn’t know that was possible but it isn’t a bad thing for this tea. This one is still okay…
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #20
A nice solid black tea from a combination of three different teas. To me the blend tastes like an assam. A mid level of briskness while there is still a sweet malty flavor. This is like the olden day assams that didn’t taste like tomato soup to me. I don’t think anyone has tried this big pouch from the tea box!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few min after boiling // 5+ min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #19
I love these types of teas… I’d crave this when I crave something light. These fuzzy little sickles don’t have too much flavor but I love the flavor that is there. I’m not sure why I rinsed the leaves as there doesn’t seem to be many fuzzies in the mug I was sipping anyway. It’s very smooth! Sweet and light, hints of melon, cucumber, lemon, bit of creaminess. The flavor seems to morph with every sip. I wanted a second steep but I waited too long the next day/overnight… I wouldn’t be tasting the tea at its finest.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // 35 min after boiling // rinse // 2 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #18
A sweet and fresh green tea with a fruit flavor that doesn’t seem to be any one fruit flavor (this is supposedly pineapple, papaya and mango) but seems like a generic tropical fruit flavor. There are tiny pineapple pieces in the blend but there is also a flavor that reminds me of a preservative of some kind.
Steep #1 // 35 min after boiling // 3 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #17
Somehow I haven’t tried any of the Butiki teas in the teabox! This is one of the special ones that I have only seen Butiki selling – the long, dark, dusty, twisty leaves. The flavors are unsweetened chocolate and very bready. My note was erased so I can’t remember…. and it was also very wine like dry. I don’t know why I keep comparing tea to wine… tea is MY wine! This is very good however I love the caramel notes that even the non-caramel Taiwanese assam seems to have. This one seems like the grown up version of that. The second steep seemed to have that oversteeped woodchip flavor, but I still enjoyed it.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // just boiled // 3 1/2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4- 41/2 min
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #16
Oh here is a lovely green tea – the leaves are coiled and dark green. The scent promises sweetness. The flavor is light, sweet, creamed corn, smooth yet starchy with a brightness that can only remind me of sunshine. There is something special here anyway. The second steep (to be fair the leaves had been sitting overnight), the tea somehow seemed much more like vegetables…. a salad of all the greenest vegetables! Maybe I love tea because the leaves absorb the sun… I know I need that in the winter in whatever form… it’s already almost the end of September!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 30 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 2-3 min