311 Tasting Notes
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
Enjoying this tea tonight. Another one from CameronB. I can taste the camomile, faint cinnamon & apple. Rounding it out is a bit of licorice that doesn’t dominate but seems to blend in very well. In fact it was hard to pick the licorice out right away because it’s a bit toned down and I’m used to licorice being strong and bold.
This is a very enjoyable cup for the evening. I have to admit I like the sachets too instead of loose leaf all the time. For an evening tea, it just makes it much more simple and less fuss once in awhile.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Licorice
This is one of the many Lov samples CameronB sent my way. I had this one this afternoon. It has white tea, green tea, & green rooibos with apricot, mango & pineapple. When I opened the tea sachet I could smell the apricot and pineapple right away.
I like that this tea doesn’t have artificial flavouring, just natural flavouring. Brewed up, it was a dark amber colour—pretty much like a red rooibos. I could taste the pineapple and apricot but it was very subtle. The hay notes from the white tea came through and balanced nicely with it. It was an enjoyable cup!
Flavors: Apricot, Hay, Pineapple
The dry leaves are such a bright green- so pretty!
Brewed according to The Finest Brew’s instructions on their website.
Brews up nutty and slightly sweet. It’s a very delicate green and I think I am picking up very faint citrus notes. I could sip this forever.
Flavors: Citrus, Nutty, Sweet
This is definitely a good quality black. I think it reminds me of one from YS but can’t think which one it is.
It’s malty/bready, smooth with a bit of sweetness. I detected a faint chocolate note in it too.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Chocolate, Malt
Directions on this tea said to brew 6-8 grams. I think I went conservative and only brewed 5 grams with about 4 oz water. I used boiling water initially but then tried a lower temperature.
This tea brewed up so extremely light—only a pale yellow. It was also very light on taste. I could pick up a little sweetness, hay & pine and some faint peppery notes. I could smell citrus but could not pick out anything citrus in the flavour. I did many infusions but this tea was just way too light for any flavour to come through. I’ve checked reviews from other people on this kind of tea (from other companies ) and I’m seeing many different ways of brewing (iced sounded interesting). I think I’m going to try some different things before rating this tea. I liked the flavour but it was just too faint. I plan on going up to 8 g the next time. I really need to play around with something that works for this tea.
Flavors: Hay, Pine
Got to try this one the other day. I followed their brewing instructions using water temperature of 185F. This was the first time I’ve used a temperature that low for pu’erh. I had good results with it and while it might just be because this tea is so good, I’d still like to try that out with some of my other shengs.
This tea was ready to drink after only one rinse. Some shengs are a bit rough and lots of time I do a few rinses/steeps before I even start drinking. Already after one rinse this tea was smooth and silky on the tongue with no bitterness or smokiness at all. There was a bit of sweetness in the first infusion.
I did quite a few infusions and didn’t keep track of them all but I enjoyed this tea a lot. The apricot notes were stronger in later infusions when the leaves opened up. I noticed peppery notes on the 4th infusion and later.
I had quite a few infusions (each one being only 2 oz approx.) . However, even with all that tea I did not feel a caffeine rush or get a bit jittery. I felt calm and relaxed.
Overall, an excellent tea!
Flavors: Apricot, Pepper
I was expecting this tea to look and taste something like chamomile (which I’m okay with but don’t love). I was surprised to find the little orange/black flowers. They look like little bubble bees in the bag. :-)
It brews up really dark – about the colour of black tea, but kind of reddish. There is kind of an earthiness to this tea which would explain why they always pair it with the ripe pu’erh tea. There’s also a herbal quality to the tea. I can’t say it’s a taste I really love but at the same time it went down pretty easy.
I’ve googled and checked out the health benefits of this tea which are numerous. It relieves head congestion , has antiviral properties, It lowers body temperature when running a fever. Helps unclog blocked arteries and varicose veins. Helps with all respiratory problems. Has Vitamin C. Relieves sore throat. Wow! There’s more but it is definitely a good one to keep on hand during cold and flu season. I could have used this a few weeks ago.
Got this one as a Christmas gift. It’s a dark roasted oolong. I got two dark oolong’s for Christmas and usually the light oolongs are my favourites.
Anyway, I brewed it up this morning according to the directions from Rishi. It’s a pretty strong tea with rich roasted graininess and a bit of sweetness. Shared it with Hubby this morning. It was pleasant enough but even on the 2nd infusion I couldn’t detect any orchid notes that they claim is there. Maybe as it becomes weaker with each infusion , orchid notes might come out. There definitely was raisin notes.
Even though this tea is good, I don’t think this is the type of tea I will reach for very often.
Flavors: Raisins, Roasted