573 Tasting Notes
Blech. I’ve been on a flavored white tea parade for awhile, but this one just doesn’t work for me. I don’t think it’s the apple, and I hope not because I’m looking forward to trying mom’s apple pie soon. I think something went wrong with the steeping. I had this one a while back, sampling it at the store, but it didn’t have much flavor and I just thought they didn’t steep it to my liking. This time, I received it as a sample in my last order, and was excited to try steeping it on my own. I followed the parameters on the package, but it turned out very bitter, like the bitter peel of an apple. There was also a lot of sediment in my cup, which may have added to the bitterness. The cause could be the green tea that’s in the blend, or maybe I just oversteeped it. Oh well, probably won’t try this one again.
Finally got around to trying this chai TastyBrew sent me a LONG time ago! Thank you! I did the stovetop method, as recommended. This was the first time I’ve ever steeped chai on the stovetop, and it was pretty awesome! I used soymilk/water (mostly soymilk) and a little brown sugar. It made my kitchen smell like I just baked something in the oven! It also tasted like a baked good, and was deliciously creamy! Now I think I’ll have to try this method with other chai’s. So delicious! I’m definitely going to try this out with the pumpkin chai I plan to pick up from DavidsTea next week. Can’t wait!
Received this tea with the Lupicia newsletter. Sometimes it’s nice to just throw a tea sachet in your cup and not have to worry about an infuser. I broke my habit of drinking Ceylon star first thing every morning too. Felt like something different this morning. This tea is a lot like grape candy mixed with black tea. Surprisingly though, the sweetness didn’t overpower me. I definitely enjoyed the cup, but it doesn’t quite make the cut as far as a purchase. That’s what samples are for, right?! ;)
Let me preface this by saying that this is only the second unflavored white tea I have tried. I really wanted to know what flavor the white tea contributes to the flavored white teas, and after trying this, I can tell that the flavor of the white tea is not lost in Persimmon Tree’s flavored whites, like white guava. You can definitely taste the white tea, along with the added flavor there. Here, I get hayish flavor, but not as strong as in the silver needle white tea. I think I prefer this one over silver needle because of its sweetness. Now I know what the white tea base tastes like, so I’ll be able to appreciate the flavored whites more. In the end though, I think I prefer a little flavor added to my white teas. Maybe that will change, but for now, that’s how it is! ;)
Felt like having a cup of this one today. I’m gearing up for fall tea! Can’t wait to pick up some of the new ones from DavidsTea, but that’ll have to wait until next week. I didn’t try the DavidsTea pumpkin chai last year since I had a bunch of this tea around, but I’m definitely going to give it a try this year! This tea is a solid pumpkin pie tea, but we’ll have to see how it compares to the DavidsTea version!
Finished off the rest of my sample of this, and I have to say I really like it. I tried other black and white tea blends, but this one is the best so far. It must be the addition of vanilla. As a follow-up to my first note on this tea, it didn’t matter that the white tea star wasn’t in this steep. Still tasted the same. I will probably pick up more of this when I reorder from the persimmon tree!
On a roll with sample sipdowns today! Woohoo! I combined the rest of this tea with the rest of an English breakfast sample I had, and it was pretty good. Maybe I didn’t give this one a fair chance last time. Not sure I would go out of my way for it, but I would happily sip more of it if given the opportunity!
So, I finally have one container dedicated to samples/swaps, and I think having it organized that way is helping me sipdown some of these. I didn’t have enough Soho to make a cup, so I used the rest of a Darjeeling sample I had. Finished off two samples with one cup! I also gave a large goodie bag of random teas I didn’t want to drink to my friend/coworker, who is more than happy to have them. Win win! Now my tea cupboard is more manageable and I am looking forward to the autumn teas coming out! Especially the persimmon tea by Della Terra and the sugar and spice tea by DavidsTea. Can’t wait! Fall is the best season!