1489 Tasting Notes
thanks so much Erin, for sending a couple of these Bigelow Charleston Tea Plantation teabags to try a while back. Bigelow is one of the teabag brands I like, so I expected to like these! This pyramid bag seems to have more leaves than their other teabags. Sadly, I think I overbrewed it by a couple minutes. The taste was still fine, but I think it might have been better and with more raspberry flavor if I didn’t have it brewing for so long. There is a nice sweet raspberry scent and slight flavor, but not much. The black tea is definitely a step up from Bigelow’s usual bags, but I don’t think they are usually anything to complain about. I’ve been trying to write tasting notes for teas people have been kind enough to send me… I’m slowly making my way! I really just have a list of teas I haven’t written tasting notes for though.
thanks starfevre for another one to try! I was a little hesitant about this. Blackberry leaves are my third least favorite tea ingredient. I don’t like this tea, but I don’t think it’s the blackberry leaves. I knew to only steep it for two minutes, because the blackberry leaves get worse the longer you steep them. I think this cup went for three minutes though. The flavor is odd and I wouldn’t call it blackberry or raspberry… more like pickles with mustard. Strange! Luckily there is only one teaspoon left and I will probably let someone else try it! It’s nice to TRY this one though, as I’d love to try everything from the usually amazing Della Terra. But I’d say this is my least favorite in blends I’ve tried.
thanks again, starfevre for the trade! I woke up thinking almonds, so this one sounded good! I love those candy bars (who am I kidding, I rarely do not love any candy bar.) After a ONE minute steep (I’m trying low steep times on all of my 52s), all of the flavors here are even! I get almond, chocolate, and coconut notes at the same amounts. The second steep was for two minutes and I found that the leaves themselves had more of a dark chocolate flavor. 52Teas are amazing at doing this sort of thing. I knew I would like this one, as one of my favorite 52Teas is surprisingly the Coconut cream pie. I enough left for one more cup. Creamy chocolatey nutty goodness!
Amanda was so very nice in sending me a lovely package of teas. Really really appreciate it! thanks so much This one she happened to notice was on my shopping list (though really my shopping list is for anything that looks tasty to me… not teas I’m actually definitely going to buy.) This one sounded intriguing… and it is! It DOES taste like a baked apple pie! The ingredients make it taste very buttery pastry like… I don’t know what the oolong is like on its own, but it certainly helps the flavor. And the apple here is perfect. Sometimes apple can be wrong in a tea, but this one doesn’t have any of that odd chemical flavor. It’s a nice sweet authentic apple. The second steep is more of the same. Really love this one! I just realized I hardly have any flavored oolongs!!
Additional notes: I couldn’t help having another cup of this. I planned on having one on Easter but it ended up being the day after. oh well. I ate enough actual jelly beans anyway. This one is nice!
As another note, I noticed on a bag of jelly beans that the black ones were labeled with anise flavored. I guess I had no idea that “licorice” is from anise. It applies to some teas, I suppose!
thanks so much Dinosara for this one! I think I should have realized that I have a couple Nature’s oolongs already, so this one might have been similar. I think this one is the Cinnamon oolong… just without cinnamon. I could be wrong! After a three minute steep, I get a buttery yellow cup and a buttery flavor too. There are also notes of cinnamon (oddly enough), peach, pineapple and a little bit of a vegetal flavor. Pretty good! The second cup might have been steeping for four minutes which seems too long. This cup ended up having mostly a vegetal flavor… so the first cup was better. The leaves in my infuser are huge though! It’s sad that I never knew they would unravel that much in my other infusers. Overall, I think I like Nature’s Tea Leaf’s other oolongs more than this one.
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.