357 Tasting Notes
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!
Guess what I’m drinking this morning? Surprise, surprise! Btw, those purple tins are super cute and I don’t care if they’re supposed to hold mate…right now, they are doing a great job holding all of this tea!!
This one smelled delicious, but the taste didn’t quite deliver. I mostly got black tea and rooibos, and not a whole lot of flavoring. Maybe I’m mistaking the rooibos flavor for the peach and apple? Or maybe the rooibos just overpowered everything. Not sure, but it didn’t work out for me. There might have been a little cinnamon in there…a little. Gave the last cup to a friend, who enjoyed it, so it’s not a total loss. Glad to have tried it.
Hadn’t had this one in a long time, and rediscovered it while sorting my tea cabinet. It really hit the spot this morning. Doctored up with soy milk and sugar, it tastes just like peaches and cream. Yum!
So, I reorganized my tea cabinet. I mean, gotta make way for the 8.8 oz of Ceylon Star on its way, right?! ;) I actually was able to clear out one of the large containers I use to hold various teas, which is pretty awesome! I also sorted all my rooibos teas into one container, because I really have to be in the mood for that. I also have one container full of samples…I guess I know now why everyone dedicates Saturday for sipdowns…too many samples! And besides all the good stuff, I have a container of teas I don’t wanna ever drink again….not sure what to do with those yet. I feel like some of them are so lame, I wouldn’t even want to give them to people. Hmmm. Do any of you throw away tea if you feel like you shouldn’t subject others to the disappointment? Well, guess I better work on those samples!
I’ve had a giant cup of this tea for the last three days, and that’s okay….you know why? Because I have 8.8 oz. on its way to me! Yep! When I saw it on the web special list for 48% off, surrounded by what I think are not very popular teas, it looked like they were going to discontinue it. NO!! I emailed them about it, but have yet to receive confirmation on this. So, instead of hoarding what I have left, I bought a TON of it! They can’t take it away from me now! (Or at least not until I’ve drank all 8.8 oz!) ;)
Looks like there are two tea pages for this tea. Oh well. I picked this one! Anyway, had this yesterday, and it’s a solid spicy chai. Only problem is, I’ve been spoiled by some more interesting chai’s (verdant and samovar), so it wasn’t enough for me.
Mmmm, I really like this one! Almost done with my resteep, and it’s delicious! I added a little of the crystal sugar they send with the sample packs to the second cup, which made it even more dessert-y, but it didn’t really need it. The coconut is very fresh-tasting, and not super overpowering, but definitely present. I think it’s actually very well-balanced with the tea base. This is probably very similar to DavidsTea’s coconut grove, but I only had one cup of that one a few months ago, so I can’t really remember. It would be fun to do a side-by-side. I think I’ve found another winner! :)
So, I tried this one twice before logging it. The first time, I steeped it for 3 minutes, and the flavor was really weak, so I decided to do a longer steep because I couldn’t tell if it was me or the tea! It’s the tea.
I did a 4 minute steep, and although there is some nice flavor peaking out, it’s barely there. The smell of it puts me off a little because it reminds me of Della Terra’s love in a cup….not sure why that is. The taste is definitely not the same, but it’s a pretty weak vanilla taste. Even the black tea base isn’t very strong. And I can’t figure out, for the life of me, why there are sliced almonds in a vanilla tea (not sure I noticed their flavor though…seeing a pattern here?). I wonder if this one requires a really long steep? Probably won’t ever find out though, because I’m out of tea to experiment with, and I most likely won’t go out of my way for this one. I think I liked periwinkle more. I can see why some get obsessed over finding the perfect vanilla tea now…there are so many and none of them are the same!