669 Tasting Notes
Another sample from Cameron B. Thank you! :)
The dry leaf smelled amazingly like those dark chocolate raspberry sticks from Trader Joe’s. Those of you who have had them know how amazing they are! They have raspberry jelly inside. So delicious! I guess you can also get them on Amazon (How weird!): http://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Chocolate-Raspberry-Sticks/dp/B004MJDKZC
The steeped tea is also very good. The black base might be a little more nearing some astringency than the base for Not So Vanilla, but still smooth at a 3 minute steep. I think it’s because the base is assam. I can taste both the raspberry and the cocoa. Very nice! The flavor is light, but still distinct, and I can’t decide whether I want more of a punch or not. Ha! This tea also reminds me of Nina’s Paris’ Grand Amour, which I love. Hmm, could be another winner, but I think I need another cup to decide!
This sample comes from a swap with Cameron B. Thanks, Cameron!
Like many of you, I have a hard time finding the perfect vanilla tea. It’s like a never ending quest. Vanilla flavor can come in so many forms: vanilla bean, just creamy, just sweet, like extract, and it seems to be a very personal thing, like maybe based on something you remember from childhood. I think my favorite vanilla is a vanilla bean flavor, like some of those really good French vanilla bean ice creams. And guess what? That’s exactly how this tea tastes! Woo!
I’ve had quite a few vanilla teas, even ones that are named with the bean in mind, and yet they don’t quite do it for me. I’ve had other vanilla teas that taste rum-like…maybe because they are more vanilla extract flavored. Before this tea, there was one vanilla tea that I really liked, but I tend to not like anything else from that particular tea company, so after it was gone I never bought it again.
This tea has a very nice smooth base tea. I like how the leaf isn’t too chopped up. The vanilla is definitely vanilla bean in flavor and it comes through in the aroma and the flavor…more at the back end of the sip. I would definitely consider picking up some of this tea, especially if I end up liking other Tippy’s teas. Seems like a “go to” tea for me when I want something lightly flavored and sweet. Very delicious! :)
I think I bought a sample of this oolong a long time ago and drank half of it and saved the rest, and here we are! Another rediscovery! Anyhoo, I enjoyed a nice session with this tea today, I love how oolongs can be steeped and resteeped a bunch of times and still put out flavor. This tea is a very light oolong, with notes of orchid and butter. Reminds me of spring!
Sipdown! Reorganizing my tea cupboard always causes me to rediscover teas that I’ve had for awhile. This one just had one cup left, so I drank it! It’s freezing cold here, so I needed one more tea to warm me up!
This tastes a little fruity and definitely sweet and roasty. Yum. I’ve also realized it tastes just like the tea they serve at our favorite Chinese restaurant! Probably not Butiki’s but another version. ;) It’s nice to finally be able to place it!
I’ve had gong fu sessions with this tea twice now, and I just don’t think it’s my kinda Shou. I’m thinking the age is a factor. Age should make it better, right? Instead, it’s got this musty flavor I’m not fond of. Maybe I just don’t like aged Shou? For the second session, I thought maybe I needed to rinse it more to get the musty flavor out. Kinda helped, but not really. In later steepings, it started to get sweeter, but by then I was tired of it. I still have more to play with, so if anyone has suggestions, let me know!
This was a sample from my Steepster Secret Santa. I’m not a big earl grey person, but I don’t hate it. I’ve liked earl greys where there’s another flavor added in, like H&S Paris, which, to me is a fruity vanilla earl grey.
I surprisingly really liked this one. Steeped for 3 minutes, it had a nice citrus flavor….a bit more complex than just bergamot. The black base wasn’t anything special, but it was smooth. The bergamot was not too pronounced, more mild. It reminded me of the Twinnings Lady Grey that I used to like. Pretty good as a breakfast tea, actually.