1024 Tasting Notes
I needed something high octane to get me moving this morning, so I grabbed my little canister of East Frisian, and I’m thinking it was a wise (and tasty) decision. Even though the dry leaves don’t look like much – broken Asssam leaves and CTC tea – it steeps into a thick malty tea with honey notes and a light lemon-like finish. I decided I wanted a nice builder’s tea today, so I added cream and sugar, and all of the flavors were still noticeable with the additions. Nice.
Flavors: Honey, Lemon, Malt
Last tea of the day. I was in a Darjeeling mood, and this one sounded nice. There is a dry hay note that carries a faint spiciness to it at the beginning of the sip. Then there is the lovely muscadine flavor that I like so much in this tea as well as a light honeysuckle note. A slight dryness comes at the end of the sip.
It’s not a perfect Darjeeling, but it is a very comfortable and comforting one.
Oh, this is nice. It’s grassy and sweet with a strong mineral note right at the end. There’s a hint of a seaweed note, but it is soft and just barely noticeable. The sweetness of the tea is nice. It’s sweet the way spring grass or new hay is sweet. It’s a soft but lingering taste, and I really enjoy it.
The resteeps of this are even smoother than the first cup. Very, very nice.
Thank you TeaBrat for sending me this sample! I am very curious about flavored pu-erh, and I have enjoyed the teas I’ve sampled from Nature’s Tea Leaf in the past, so I’m looking forward to giving this tea a try.
Well, this tea pulls no punches. I get the earthy taste of pu-erh and a burst of orange flavor. I’m not getting any other notes. Earth and orange. It works, and I’m enjoying my cup. I really like citrus flavored teas, but I also like how the deep earth note of the pu-erh keeps the orange from being too much. As the tea cools I keep trying to find a chocolate note in here even though there isn’t one. My mind is trying to pin this tea down as something it recognizes, but these flavor combinations are new to me in a good and interesting way. I’m grateful that TeaBrat gave me such a generous sample because I want to try this tea again.
My daughter chose this as her after school tea, and she asked me to share a pot of it with her. I love sitting and talking to her about her day over cups of tea. This tea is sweet and fully of juicy strawberry notes. There is also a good bit of vanilla which adds a creaminess to the tea and a nice rich flavor. It’s a really nice tea and one I’ll continue ordering from Zen Tea for as long as they have it in stock.
It’s been a while since I’ve had this tea, so it was nice to have it back in my cup. I’m not tasting the light peachy note I got from this tea the last time I had it. Today this is has a smooth, buttery, snap bean flavor. It’s light a fresh with a really clean finish. Very nice.
I steeped this in water that was near 200°F since it has characteristics like a Darjeeling, but I think the water was still too warm because the tea is really bitter at the end of the sip. It starts off light with a lemony note as well as notes of dry leaves and flowers, but then it’s just bitter. No good.
I’ll try this one again in a few days. Hopefully whatever I did to flub this cup up won’t happen again.
I like the pear flavor in this tea. It has a poached and sweet taste that is yummy. I also like that the cinnamon is warm and has a big kicky flavor but doesn’t drown out the pear. It’s not a complex tea full of lots of different notes, but it is mighty tasty, and that’s exactly what I want in my cup today.
Another tea from yesterday. I fully admit that I grabbed this tea out of desperation. Yesterday was a cold, rainy, dreary day, and all I wanted to do was eat butter cookies and play World of Warcraft. I totally blame my husband for this because I quit playing WoW years ago, but he bought me the expansion and boosted my character to 90. If you have no idea what I’m talking about that’s ok. If you do know what I’m talking about you know what a time suck WoW can be. Ugh. If only it weren’t so much fun to play!
I was strong though! Instead, I made myself a cup of this and cleaned my house. The tea has become one of my favorite dessert teas because it really does taste like an almond cookie (with the addition of cream and sugar). It’s super, super tasty and it literally kept my hand out of the cookie jar. I love the big slivers of almond mixed in with the tea leaves. I don’t know how much nutty flavor they give the drink, but they are very pretty.
So, I had a yummy tea, and today I’m sitting in a nice, clean house. Sometimes being responsible stinks, but it does have its moments. :)