229 Tasting Notes
I had the herbal tea Spicy Pear ages ago. I left a review on here commenting that I really liked the fruity mixture but it was missing something, and thought a white tea would be good. Tealux must have been listening because when I went to order last time this tea was there. I’m just now getting around to trying it and I have to give it the thumbs up. It’s still more of a herbal tea since there’s not much white tea in there but the white tea give it a body that was missing before. There’s popcorn in this too. There was a big piece of popcorn when I put in in my infusier. I am getting that white tea base along with the apple/pear juicy flavour. Just a hint of cinnamon. Not sure if the popcorn adds anything to it but it certainly is good. Light on caffeine too.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Pear
I’m having Tealux – Imperial Gyokuro Genmaicha this morning. I’ve left a review on it already and it’s very good tea. I haven’t been having too many new teas lately. Just already tried teas from my cupboard.
Yesterday I had:
Imperial Dark – Mandala Tea – a good morning cup
White Sands Tea -Royal Tea Bay – A pleasant green
Mandarin Silk Oolong -Tealux – I’ve moved away from a lot of flavoured teas. I still love this though. I haven’t had it in a long time and it was so nice having a cup. Mmmmm
China Moon Palace
TeaFrog This one fell short for the day. I can’t remember my initial review on it and I don’t have much left of it (1 tsp); but it wasn’t the best. I shared this one with Hubby but it was a bit of a let down after some of the amazing greens I’m used to.
Well, considering, should I check out the Coffee/Tea show today? A great chance to try some more teas but I’m definitely gonna have to post on here with teas I want to swap. I know I’ve got some David’s Tea -Coconut Oolong I can’t have anymore because the artificial flavour give me a headache and breathing problems. It smells delicious though.
I thought I already had this tea but the package was sealed so it was a nice surprise. I brewed a couple of cups this morning and I seem to get a spicey edge from this one. There’s a bit of that apricot taste . Smooth, not bitter, a light sweetness. This seems to be a pretty good young sheng.
Flavors: Apricot, Smooth
I’m not a really big fan of chai tea but that’s not to say I don’t like them. This one seemed intriguing, Bi-Luo Chun Black with vanilla beans and chai spices? I love green bi-luo chun and love vanilla and was curious to try this out. As everyone has said the spices in this tea are done perfectly. A wonderful chai spice mixed with the creaminess an sweetness of the tea. Then there’s the vanilla adding a sweetness too. Yummy! However, this has now got me curious. I wonder how plain bi-luo chun black tastes?
Flavors: Butter, Cardamon, Ginger, Vanilla
I had a couple cups of this tea this morning. I love mao jian tea and I love jasmine but wasn’t sure the combo would work. I thought the jasmine might overpower mao jian which is perfect on it’s own. I needn’t have worried. The jasmine was so light. A barely there jasmine giving it a jasmine scent but not overpowering in taste. A very nice cup.
It went well with the heavy rains this morning and my book I’ve been reading “The Dalai Lama’s Cat.” What a fun book and there’s lots of wisdom in it too.
Flavors: Butter, Jasmine, Nutty, Sweet
Brewed this in my Yixing teapot this afternoon and it seems a bit disappointing. Perhaps I didn’t get the brew temperature right. I used 195F but I think this tea might need a lighter temperature or less leaf. It seemed to be missing a good floral bouquet and there was a tiny bitter edge to it. It wasn’t a bad oolong but it wasn’t a good one either. I’ll give this another try again with slightly lower temperature at another time.
Had this tea last night. I thought I might enjoy this herbal tea since I do like woodsy herbal teas. It was quite pleasant. Brenden really is a master blender. Everything seemed to be so perfectly balanced.
Spearmint – gives the tea that feel of clean clear outdoors.
Roasted Cedar – Wasn’t sure if this would be too strong for the tea but it added such a wonderful dimension. It took me back to the days when I was a kid and my aunts used to cut cedar in the woods to form bundles. I remember helping them a few times and the cedar smell was wonderful.
Cinnamon – I like cinnamon but am not a cinnamon lover like my husband. I think it has it’s place and I don’t like it overdone. It was done just right in this tea adding a nice warm spicy feel to the tea.
Ginger – Another spice I don’t like overdone. In fact I usually avoid ginger in teas because it’s too strong. The ginger in this tea was only slight. It’s there just to add that extra spiciness but nothing more.
Elderberries – Well, I have no idea what elderberries taste like or even if I was picking it up in this tea. I really enjoyed the tea overall though!
Flavors: Cedar, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spearmint
I have to admit. I got this tea awhile ago and have had it a few times, but never left a review. It was just one of those teas that had so many good reviews. I didn’t really get it ,and so wanted to try steeping it many different ways before doing my review. I originally tried this with short steeps. I remember it was good but didn’t get any chocolate. This morning I did a long steep – 5 min. The first 5 min going to Hubby since he’s enjoying it now too. After having some amazing black teas from WP that have a chocolate flavour, it made me appreciate this tea and how it is different. No , not like the chocolate from the black tea but definitely chocolate notes—dark cocoa more like. This tea has an earthy flavour like other ripe puerhs, but not anywhere near as pronounced. I didn’t get any mushroomy flavour from it either. Very smooth. This is the kind of tea that slowly works it way into being one of your favourite cups. It didn’t knock me over right away when I first had it; but I enjoyed the many times drinking it ,and working through the tastes in my head.
Flavors: Cocoa, Earth
Okay, I got a problem. I had this tea yesterday and didn’t leave a review because I had mixed feelings about it. It started off okay. I could smell the vanilla and pick up the vanilla notes. Yes, very good but after having Cocoa Amore, all I could think of was I liked that base better. Very bad of me to have Cocoa Amore first. Then as the cup cooled down it became more chocolate vanilla fudge. Sweet too! So I held off rating until I had a second cup which I am having this morning. My problem? I only have enough leaves left after this cup for one more cup!!! :-(
This morning, I could smell the chocolate right away. Heavenly. All through the cup I was thinking it was like having a cup of chocolate fudge in the morning. Soooo good but actually better. No milk (I hate milk) and no sugar. Yes, I get the vanilla and I get the chocolate. Amazing tea! I can’t imagine having this everyday because it’s too decadent but for those week-end mornings when I have time to relax. Mmmmmm. I’ve been sitting here sipping this thinking what a great Christmas gift it would make even for non-tea drinkers. Actually for anyone who loves chocolate. Would it be improper to put a note with the gift saying “If you don’t like this tea, please give it back and I will find a good home for it.” (like YEAH MY HOME) ? LOL
I will have to give the Cocoa Amore another try this week-end. Thanks to Brenden for such a fine tea and to all those who left reviews. I’m not a black tea drinker – CORRECTION – I wasn’t a black tea drinker until I was converted by these teas (plus a couple more I’ve tried in the last few months). I wouldn’t have bought these otherwise. Another thing amazing about this and CA is that I don’t get jittery. I find so many black teas are very high in caffeine but these don’t seem to be.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Vanilla