672 Tasting Notes
I really like this tea and I’m not even a big lover of citrus-flavored things. It has a very natural citrus flavor, like a real tangerine or grapefruit slice was dropped into my cup, not that fake orange flavor. It’s very perky and refreshing…it would probably be great iced, but that uses too much leaf, so I’ll probably just drink the rest of my little bag hot. :)
I haven’t had this tea in awhile. I still really like it. It’s a nice roasted oolong with caramel! Looks like Della Terra doesn’t have this one anymore, which is too bad. They used to be so involved in Steepster and having sales all the time and now they’re so quiet. Hmmm. Anyway, good thing I still have at least a couple more cups of this one left. :)
Felt like some chai this morning. I always make this one on the stovetop with almond milk. Really good and balanced spice. I’ve never made it by just steeping it with water and adding a splash of milk because the stovetop way makes it so creamy. Sometimes I’m too lazy to do the stovetop though, and because I’ve never tried it the other way, I just don’t have it. I really should just try it sometime.
It’s nice to have chai on a cold morning. I’ve been kinda bummed about my weekly chai outings with my coworkers because Samovar’s chai has been inconsistent lately. It was really burnt one day and last week there was hardly any spice. Hope they fix that soon, because it used to be the best chai. This one is winning out right now.
I could smell this tea the minute I opened the mailing envelope. It has a smoky aroma, even the dry leaf does. The dry leaf is a very pretty silver green. Here’s a pic, but it doesn’t really show the silver effect well:
When I brewed it up, there was an old man tobacco smell. No other way to describe that. ;)
The tea had a warming effect on me from the first sip…interesting. I gong fu-brewed it as usual. About the third steep or so, it tasted like grilled veggies, which turned into a grilled meat flavor. According to JalamTeas, they make a soup out of this tea with garlic…I can see why that would go well together. The grilled veggie/meat flavor was kind of good, and I’m a vegetarian!
This is a tea that I probably would have hated when I first started drinking loose leaf, but I really like it! It does sweeten up like most shengs, but in much later steeps. The smoky grill flavor is nice for a cold day like today.
This was surprise tea from Stephanie! Thank you!
I think the only times I’ve gotten to try A&D teas were from swaps with Stephanie. :) They are very good, but I wish they sold smaller sizes, like 2 oz. packets because I don’t really want 4.4 oz. of one tea in my cupboard. I like variety too much!
This tea is really good! It has a baked good quality to it, like freshly baked bread! Mmmm! My mom used to make bread…buttermilk loaf to be exact. Freshly baked bread is so amazing…I used to cut a really thick slice and toast it with butter spread on top for breakfast. Delicious!
This tea is also smooth and you get a little freshness from the Darjeeling at the end of the sip. I brewed it for 2 minutes and that was delicious, but the website says 4! I’ll have to try that with the remaining sample. This would be on the “buy” list, if not for the ridiculous size, because it’s really yummy!
I was really excited when Stacy put out this tea, so of course, I made another order!
The leaf is CTC, which always reminds me of grapenuts. I used to love grapenuts…nutty and sweet, just like this tea! The dry leaf smells very nutty and sweet….I could just inhale it all day. Seriously, we need candles that smell like some of these teas!
So, the directions said to steep it for 1 minute…silly CTC, but trust me, don’t ignore it!
The taste of the tea does remind me of pralines, like in Baskin Robbins pralines & cream ice cream! It’s nutty and sweet, but the sweetness isn’t sickly sweet. I almost want it to be sweeter in taste, but then it could get too sweet, so really, don’t listen to me. ;P
I’m also getting some wood and citrus notes, which lo and behold, Stacy notes for the base tea! My tastebuds are getting good! It’s bordering on astringent, but it’s not…definitely has some strength to it.
Second steep…oh this is nice. The base isn’t as strong and the flavors blend nicely. I might even like this resteep more than the first steep! It’s like the first steep would be good to enjoy as a wake up tea and the second in the afternoon with a scone. :) OMG, I really like this steep.
Stacy said she thought it would be too simplistic, but it’s actually very complex! And for those of you who make tea syrups, this would make a really yummy one (hint hint…if you do, please send me some!) ;)
This was a gift from my Secret Santa. :) I really wanted to try this blend, as it is spoken of favorably by Steepster peeps. It also sounded very cozy for winter, and cranberry and almond sound like a winning combo. Unfortunately, I didn’t taste any almond in this tea, and that was even after adding a splash of almond milk! I did get some tart, slightly juicy cranberry flavor, but it was kind of faint. I can’t vouch for how old the tea is because it wasn’t sent to me in its original container, but overall, I don’t think it’s flavorful enough for me. Besides my love for their Viennese earl grey and Paris teas, I’m still not a Harney’s girl.