573 Tasting Notes
Whoa. This tea is INTENSE. Dry, it smells a little smoky but mostly just earthy. I rinsed it briefly and it smelled like actual burning. I was a little dubious, I admit. The rinse water was like ashtray.
1st steep, 30 seconds: Hello smoke. I can taste almost nothing else. I enjoyed it and sipped until I realized it was so pungent I was bordering on a headache. Never fear though, I already realized what awesomeness could come of cooking with this stuff, and I put a container aside. 30 seconds was clearly too much for me.
2nd steep, 15s: Smoke, but also lots of other deep scents like wood and sweetness coming out. I think a candle needs to be made of this. But upon tasting it, decided it was still too smoky to drink a whole cup, so I added it to the container to make pasta with later.
3d steep, 15s: Ah yes, now I can taste more than just the smoke, though it is still present. It is a bit sweeter, and a lot woodier.
4th steep, 15s: Very similar to the last steep, but less smoke.
5th steep, 30s: I think it is safe to resume longer steeping times. Now this tastes like most oolongs would on first or second steeping. Also, shockingly, the leaves seem to have barely unfurled. Even if I only taste a few sips of every infusion, I am really determined to see how far I can stretch this.
6th steep, 30s: Also delicious, but sadly I am tapped. I steeped the rest for 5 minutes to make the remaining water to boil pasta in for pasta salad. I also cooked my mushrooms in the first steep and it was delicious. It added a meaty flavor that made it seem like I cooked them in beef stock. The leaves were still mostly unfurled and crunchy to the touch. Very impressive.
Overall, a bit too smoky for my taste. But, I do really enjoy the later steeps. Now I know I need to reserve the first few steeps as cooking liquid to make the most out of it, and drink the rest happily.
I really enjoyed this – compared to many of the others I tried, it seemed very balanced in flavor. It had some heartiness, fruitiness, sweetness, and breadiness. I have learned to steep my black teas below boiling to ensure minimum astringency without affecting the flavor too much. This one is a keeper.
I just skipped past making this hot – some things are just better left being iced. I have so much “hot only” tea to drink, I had no problem brewing this up and then letting it cool down. I am glad I did. It is fruity, and fresh from the rose, and overall very refreshing. It isn’t as bitter as I was worried it might be. Definitely a very solid option.
Holy moly this packs quite a big punch. I think there has only ever been one other time I have felt the “buzz” from a tea before. I have never done illicit drugs, but I felt high. A milder version of what I when I was on a codeine based med. The first steep was the strongest, and the feeling lasted about 30-45 minutes and made me feel floaty and a bit sleepy. Each steep was a little weaker (a good thing). I did 4 steeps until I was full, and ready to move on to something new.
The flavor started off very sweet and fruity, and moved to more mineral-y and smoky. It tasted very light – it was also very light in color. I have only had very dark puerhs before this, so this ended up being a bit of an adventure for me. The taste rating would be an 80, as this tastes lovely but isn’t as flavorful as some. With that awesome buzz though, it rates higher.
This was another unremarkable but good tea. I like the Golden Tips subscription, but part of what it is teaching me is that I am not as fond of most blacks as I am of oolongs. But trying them en masse like this does mean there are many that are solid, tasty enough, but I am unable to describe any further. This one is a bit grapey (as the muscatel title would imply), but not particularly sweet on its own and the fruity flavor isn’t intense enough for me to love it.
I have a backstock of about 30 Golden Tips sample bags. It’s ok though – I put them in a give-away box that I pull from whenever I have a friend who wants to try loose tea, and I often bulk up Christmas/Birthday presents with these. My friends all understand my addiction, and are happy to take tea off my hands because the tea I am giving away is never bad…just not as amazing as other teas in my stash. :)
This tea is described rather perfectly in the description. It is very citrussy, and I think the word crisp is a great way to describe it, as it isn’t sour. It isn’t sweet, but is very fresh due to the green tea base.
That said, it isn’t mindblowing. Makes a decent iced tea too.
This is pretty tasty. Not bitter, at least not for me, and was very sweet and fruity. I’d even go so far as to claim it tastes a bit melon-y. I am not good at tasting many individual “notes” for tea (or anything else), which is why many of my tasting notes are super short. But this one, I am venturing out a bit.
I have to say, I am moderately surprised this is a black tea. I honestly wouldn’t have realized to taste it. It definitely tastes like cinnamon, with the apple fruitiness, but doesn’t remind me strongly of chai. It isn’t spicy enough. I like it, though I probably wouldn’t bend over backwards to buy more.