309 Tasting Notes
Enjoying this tea this evening. This was a sample from CameronB.
I like how each tea has it’s own special colour on the package for the tea bag. This one was a dark French blue. It seemed this tea would appeal to me since I like mint and lemon.
It’s definitely mint and verbena with the verbena being the stronger of the two. To me verbena isn’t quite lemon though. It has it’s own special flavour that comes across as a bit medicine flavour to me. I guess I’m just not liking the verbena that much but I can appreciate that this is a nice herbal blend with no artificial flavouring. It would definitely appeal to those who love verbena. Glad I got the chance to try it!
I had this tea this morning. The little ball is so cute and it’s really packed tight. A bit too tight since it takes forever to break up. I gave it a couple of pokes with my pu’erh pick on the 3rd rinse just to get it going. Each ball is 7-8 grams of tea. That’s a lot of tea!
So I did 3 rinses 10/10 & 15
Then I brewed for 15 sec. It was a bit rough, really spicy/peppery and some bitterness.
4th brew – 20 sec. It was getter better. Smoother , less bitter, apricot notes were coming through. A bit less peppery.
5th brew Went back to 10 sec because this was a lot of tea for me and it was just too strong at 20 sec. The peppery/spicy note was stronger again. It started out smooth on the tongue with a slight bitterness on the finish. It had a nice silky mouth feel
6th brew-15 sec Peppery notes disappeared and it became smoother .
This tea just kept changing and getting better. I put the tea leaves aside to have some more for tomorrow. There’s definitely plenty of infusions left in those leaves. I didn’t get any orchid notes off it like they’ve mentioned on their website. Maybe that will come out in later infusions.
Flavors: Apricot, Pepper, Spicy
I took this one to work and brewed in my double glass walled travel mug. I thought I took a pu’erh and was surprised to find a white tea. And one I hadn’t reviewed yet either. I just used the hot water from the hot water dispenser (water cooler) as I think that one is around the 175. I know it’s definitely less than 185. It was the best I could do at work.
I love how these leaves looked. So big , furry & white. It brews up to a pretty bold white tea. The liquid was an amber colour.
What struck me first about this tea is I got a caramel note. It seemed to taste like caramel to me but was between a caramel/malt flavour. This is the element I believe CameronB picked up that was similar to a black tea. On the YS website , they note that as this tea ages it becomes more like a black.
It’s interesting how we all get different tastes and then our brains interpret it in different ways too. What can I say? Caramel just seemed to stick in my head .
I didn’t get any fruity notes but I noticed this tea was VERY sweet; and of course I picked up the typical hay notes I get from most whites. The second brew on this was a bit too weak for me but the colour was still quite dark. I would like to try brewing this one gongfu next time.
Overall, an exceptional white tea!
Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Sweet
This little sample from Garret must have gotten a bit lost in my huge collection of teas. I was searching for a green tea yesterday morning and came across this sample.
The dry leaves looked so dark. I would have taken it for a black tea or roasted oolong. The leaves were long and twisted.
This tea was a nice surprise. First thing I noticed was how sweet it was. Sweet, nutty & smooth. Then it’s got this mild roasted flavour to it. It’s nutty & sweet along with the roasted.I find with oolongs there’s a huge difference between a light oolong and a roasted oolong. I’m just using that example to explain how roasting changes a tea a lot. This was a surprise because all the elements I love in a green tea: nutty, buttery, smooth, chestnut notes, sweet – were all there along with the light roasted flavour….kind of like roasted chestnuts!
I just sorry it took me so long to try this tea. It’s really a great tea!
Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet
Having this tea this morning. Brewed at 185 , 8 oz, almost a min. Meant to go 45 sec but couldn’t get to it in time. Anyway, I’m really surprised with my last review. This morning this tea is pretty good. Not the best sencha I’ve had but still a decent quality one for the morning. I’ve upped my rating.
This tea was sent to me from AnnaEA. What an excellent tea and thanks for sending some my way.
I’m on my 3rd cup of this milk oolong and this tea is outstanding! So far my favourite milk oolong has been Tealux’s Jin Xuan milk oolong. That one was very buttery , milky, sweet oolong and I don’t remember a lot of floral notes in it.
This one is milky , sweet & buttery too but a bit on the lighter side. It has wonderful floral notes that are quite prominent as the cup cools down. It’s smooth and sweet with no bitterness. Cup #2 was best for buttery & milky but Cup #3 has the best floral notes. This tea is sooooo good it has me looking into Eco-Cha’s website.
Steeped : Cup 1 190F – 2 min
Cup 2- 3 min
cup 3 – 4 min
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Milk, Smooth, Sweet
Oh Lordy! Enjoying this tea right now – a sample from CameronB. This is soooo good. It is everything I always imagined it would be. In a way, I was kind of hoping it wouldn’t be because I can never get it again. However, this tea is just like a light lemon cake. Amazing good to the last drop.
What a shame this tea will not get made again.
Flavors: Cake, Lemon
Mmmm this one is tasty. It’s orange , caramel rooibos. It’s got a nice light sweetness and the caramel (or orange) isn’t overdone either. Orange is sometimes a hard one to get right in the teas. I’ve had some pretty bad teas with orange in them. Caramel is another thing I hate when it’s too sweet or overdone. There’s a good balance in this tea.
Flavors: Caramel, Orange
This tea was a bit of a disappointment. I love rose teas and was looking for the rose buds in the tea. NONE. Only rose flavouring. They put in lavender petals though. Another concern. Lavender is great in bath and body products but it’s a bit strong in tea.
When I brewed this tea, it seemed to taste better in the first few sips. Maybe the super hot water blinded my taste buds to how strong the lavender was. When the tea cooled down, the lavender seemed to dominate the tea. Yeah, it was mixed in there with the rose but to me it seemed too intense. I guess there were apple pieces in there but I couldn’t taste them , just lavender & rose.I like the idea of a rose-linden tea but this one was not the greatest. If they had used real rose buds and dropped the lavender, it might have been a winner.
Flavors: Lavender, Rose
I had this tea this morning. This was a sample from Cameron B.
When I smelled the leaves dry, I thought “uh oh”. It wasn’t a good smell to me. Kind of leathery.
I brewed at 200F for 3 min, 8oz. I can truthfully say I have never had a tea like this one. I wanted something different and I certainly got something different.
This is a very bold robust black tea. It brews up really dark. It was very woody & earthy with notes of leather . I’ve read notes with others saying they got leather notes in other teas. When I would read that, I would cringe. Yuk. Leather. However, it’s not as terrible as it seems. It was actually quite good. It was sweet and smooth and also had fig notes.
Will I be wanting to buy this tea? No , but I’m glad I got the chance to try it!
Flavors: Earth, Fig, Leather, Smooth, Sweet, Wood