433 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! I just finished off my tin of this tea. Such delicious milk chocolate goodness. Kind of sad, but I need to just bite the bullet and finish some of these little bits of teas, even if they’re my favorites. I would say I’m now more in love with unflavored black teas that taste like chocolate, but those tend toward the dark side (lol!) and it’s good to have milk chocolate once in awhile. I love the well-rounded flavor in this tea. It’s like you could eat it!
I’m leaning towards cutting down the amount of different teas I have so that I can really focus on the great ones. I cleaned out my tea cupboard yesterday, and organized it differently. I think it’s set up better to drink down some of the variety. I have one container of potential sipdowns, one container of teas that are best iced, and other containers of various levels of preference. I also moved my empty tins to another location, so there’s less clutter! Yay! Soon, I will be placing more tea orders!
Mmmmmm, this tea is so fresh tasting! It’s like tasting Spring! This is another sample Angel sent me. Thanks, Angel! It really makes me rethink green tea. I’ve had a hard time really enjoying green teas, except for toasty genmaicha, but this is really hitting the spot!
It’s so fresh, like the leaves were just plucked from the farm. Amazing! I had a cup directly after another dragon well from another company and this one was noticeably fresher. It could be that the other company’s sample was probably sent to me about a year ago, though, which proves the point that green teas should be enjoyed as soon as you get them. Good to know. ;) I’ll have to make sure of that in the future!
Angel also sent me this tea to try. Thank you, Angel! If you like jasmine tea, this one is really delicious. I kind of have to be in the mood.These pearls are adorable! Tiny and cute! I found the tea was sweet, smooth and with no bitterness and it wasn’t like drinking perfume…the jasmine was well balanced. This is a great tea to enjoy later in the day. It has a calming effect, like a spa treatment! I think it would be fabulous paired with Chinese food, like dim sum! Mmmm, now I want some dim sum! :)
O. M. G. YUM!!! This is absolutely fabulous! This tea was one of the samples Angel sent me and I can see now why it’s such a popular tea. Thank you so much, Angel!!
When I first tried a cup of this, I wasn’t really sure how many pearls to use, but it turns out I estimated correctly for western brewing based on their website. I also couldn’t believe the recommended steep time ranged from 5-10 minutes. I mean, 10 minutes for a black tea? Are you crazy? So, I went with 5 minutes. That turned out to be a mistake, because, although the flavor was good, I could tell it was weak. I guess I should just follow directions!
So, today, I put 9 pearls in a 16 oz. mug (my whale color-changing mug ;) ) and steeped it for 9 minutes. That’s the way to do it! Those little pearls are so cute, but once the water hits them they totally unfurl. Have you ever had a tea with a pearl-like shape that didn’t want to fully unfurl? I’ve had that happen and it’s kind of annoying, especially with those flowering teas. Anyhoo, this tea is amazing! It has a rich black tea and unsweetened cocoa taste. It’s like those dark chocolate bars that are 60-80% cocoa. Amazing! Teavivre’s teas are so good and of such high quality, it’s sad that I’m just now discovering them. I do have to admit though, that the timing is right, since I seem to have developed a much stronger taste for unflavored teas lately. This is going on the order list. :)
After I tried the cheesecake matcha sample last month, I was totally obsessed with matcha. I really enjoyed the iced lattes I made, so I thought I’d order the steepster favorite, caramel matcha. I ordered it at full price like an hour before they put in on sale, and was pretty bummed, but I emailed Red Leaf about it, and they were super generous and sent me a free package of the special offer version. Pretty freaking awesome! Customer service like that makes me want to be customer for life!
So, this matcha is good, but I ordered the distinctive flavor level and now I think maybe I should have gone with robust. I can taste the caramel if I add a little sugar, but it mostly appears in the after taste and as the matcha gets cooler. I tried this both as an almond milk iced latte and straight. I thought the almond milk was hiding the flavor, but now that I tried it straight, I don’t really think it does. I think it’s just my lame tasting abilities. I did find, in drinking it straight, that it was not nearly as grassy as DavidsTea’s matcha matsu, which was a good thing in my eyes. It’d be interesting to see what it tastes like as a hot latte…I’ll have to try that. Overall, though, when the flavor comes through, it’s really delicious with a sweet gooey caramel flavor. I might just up my flavor level next time around.