504 Tasting Notes
After all the recent sales causing my tea cupboard to balloon, I decided I needed to rearrange things. The last time I did this, I put all my favorite teas together, all my samples together, and all those that would be good iced together. This didn’t really work. I think when I reach for a tea, it’s really based on whether it’s base is black, oolong, green, white, or herbal/rooibos. So, that’s how they are arranged now. Going through it, I found a few I never want to drink again…those, I will offer my tea buddy at work. ;) I also rediscovered a few.
This tea is one I rediscovered. It was at the bottom of a container filled with rooibos teas. It is essentially rooibos, with a hint of caramel. Not surprising since very few actual caramel pieces are included. In contrast, I always get more than one piece in caramel corn. Still, with a splash of milk and a little sugar, it’s comforting. Not as good as my beloved Lupicia caramel & rum though.
Mmmm, smells like cocoa and smoke. Tastes like dark chocolate, hint of smoke, maybe some rose? Very smooth. Yum. Makes me think it got mixed up with bailin gongfu! All Chinese blacks are tasting like chocolate to me now, except the yunnans. Why would I ever need a chocolate flavored tea again? They usually taste artificial anyway. Makes me wonder if I had tried these teas early on in my tea journey whether I would have noticed these notes, and if so, what would I be drinking now?
I’ve been enjoying a nice quiet Saturday morning in my pj’s, drinking tea, reading steepster, and a book which I’m close to finishing (California by Edan Lepucki) and enjoying quite a bit. My husband always wants to get out of the house on the weekends because he works from home full-time, but I love sleeping in on the weekend and having a restful day after a stressful work week. Fortunately, today he’s into a new video game, so I get to do as I like!
This is another sample I received from Angel at TeaVivre and I have to say, she sure knows how to hook you! This tea is fabulous, and the price for a cake sure represents it’s fabulousness. I’ve never bought a whole cake of anything before, mostly because cakes usually mean puerh, and I haven’t had much luck with puerh yet. The sample she sent me was quite generous though, so I’ll definitely get to enjoy more than one steeping of this tea.
I put about half of one of the sample bags in my 12 oz. mug to steep. It was mostly one large chunk of the cake with a few loose bits. I thought, do I have to rinse this? Nothing on the package said to, so I didn’t. It also, surprisingly, recommended a 6-10 minute steep at boiling. Wow! I steeped it for 6 minutes, and my first impression of the aroma was sweet mint. Mmmm, but odd for a white tea, right?
If I didn’t know this was a white tea, I would have thought it was an aged oolong. It’s sneaky like that! It brews up very dark. The taste is very similar…toasty with that touch of mint, but somehow lighter and definitely smooth. I detected a bit of hay too. Mostly, I decided this tastes like honey on toast. Yum! Definitely fabulous! Thank you, Angel!!
I tried this one a few days ago, but thought that my less than optimal steeping equipment at work ruined it’s potential, so I made it again this morning. It’s quite bold, like when you’re alarm screams at you in the morning. Talk about a good wake-up tea! The problem I found, was in distinguishing the notes. At first, the only note I could think of was “strong,” but strong what? As it cooled, I think I got some of the citrus note, and maybe a hint of chocolate, but definitely not as easily discerning as some of the Chinese black teas I love. Overall, I think this is one of those teas for groggy mornings when you need a kick in the pants, and I definitely have more than a few of those mornings per week, so I’m glad to have this in my cupboard!
TeaVivre has done it again! They’ve made me like a tea that I didn’t think I liked before. Last time it happened with dragon well. Here we are, and they’ve changed my mind about silver needle. Previously, when I tried silver needle from another company, I thought it tasted too much like hay, and was sort of rough on the tongue…maybe astringent?
TeaVivre’s version is so good! It’s incredibly fresh and crisp! To me, it’s a straight up cucumber tea! It’s like you just crunched into some freshly sliced cucumber. The hay note is there, but much more laid back, and it’s slightly floral. I also found it to be sort of creamy…can crisp and creamy even happen in the same tea?
I enjoyed this after dinner and it was nice and light…like a palate cleanser. I could drink it any time of the day. Thanks so much to Angel for sending me this sample!!
Okay, seriously, I think this is my new favorite tea. This morning’s cup tasted like rocky road ice cream/ brownies with nuts. I’m not a fan of either of those, because the nuts distract me from the chocolate-y goodness, but as a tea, it’s amazing! Yum yum yum!! Smooth and delicious! I did add a splash of half and half today, which might be the touch needed to make this pure dessert. Dessert for breakfast! That’s right!!
This was the tea I chose for my free tea from the sale, and it is SO GOOD! I really didn’t know what to expect. I usually think of assams as dark and malty, but the leaves make me think of a golden tip yunnan. When I brewed it, the aroma was AMAZING. I could just inhale those notes all day! Sweet, bread-y, with a hint of spice. The taste is very much the same. I think the spice note is a bit like nutmeg. I also detected a yam or sweet potato flavor. There is just the slightest hint of malt. This tea is smooth (like all of Stacy’s teas!) and I found it warming , cozy, and comforting. :)
Hello, Zhen Qu! Nice to meet you! I wonder why I never tried you before, but I’m really glad I went for 2 whole ounces of you recently, because I sure enjoy your company! Ha!
This tea is SO FLUFFY! Makes me think of that silly line in Despicable Me 2. I don’t think I’ve seen a black tea that looks quite like it. So light and airy!
Steeped, it smells sweet, nutty, and malty and that translates into the taste. After a few sips, BAM! This chocolate brownie taste snuck into the aftertaste. Where’d that come from? After awhile, I decided it tasted like chocolate covered pecans, but more pecan than chocolate. It’s really smooth, and goes down fast! Good thing I bought a lot! :)