2796 Tasting Notes
I got a sample of this tea from Norbu a while back, and decided to try it today after I was looking in the cardboard box that now holds my sheng collection. I read you shouldn’t keep these in the kitchen, but since I have a studio apartment there isn’t a ton of storage anywhere!
1st steep: in the Xiying teapot, and after a quick rinse I decided to steep it for 30 seconds or so. This is a very gentle sheng as it is evidently made from compressed ya bao tea. The tea color is very light and the aroma is that of clover with some very soft vanilla and lemony notes. The tea aftertaste is sweet and almost custard like.
2nd steep: similar to steep #1 but some thicker honey notes are becoming more prominent, this is very enjoyable!
3rd and 4th steep: I decided to combine them together into one nice cuppa. I’m still getting the lemony and custard notes as well as some banana. I don’t seem to be getting a huge energy boost from this stuff, but it is tasty! Overall, very enjoyable.
If you don’t like the standard shu type of pu-erh you might want to give this one a whirl, it’s very gentle…
I got this at the Japanese grocery store a few weeks ago, I am planning to do a blog post on Matcha soon because I have a really nice matcha bowl now. This particular brand of matcha I got more for blending into smoothies in the morning. Today I’m having it with blended with banana, pineapple and hemp seeds and it’s terrific! I have a Blendtec and I use it a few times a week for an easy breakfast or dinner. I will wait to give it a numerical rating until I’ve had the chance to try it plain.
Herbal tisane of the evening here, taking care of myself big time includes plenty of rest and relaxation!
You know, I think I like the regular Sleepytime better than this, the vanilla doesn’t do too much aside from providing this with a slightly strange aroma and off flavor. I have to say I am finding it kind of oooky.
Good night, all!
This comes to me courtesy of TeaEqualsBliss – thanks so much for the sample!
I was a little nervous after finding some red peppercorns in the sample and I also know this tea has dried orange peel as well as rooibos so I thought it would be curious and interesting.
Hmmm, for a rooibos blend this is pretty nice. I like my rooibos with soymilk so that’s how I’m drinking it this afternoon. The orange element is very strong and I’m also picking up on coconut and a nice spicy element. It’s a bit like a rooibos chai but fruitier. Nice afternoon tea but I don’t think I need to run out and buy any. :-) Thanks for sharing, T = B!
Thanks to Teavivre for this sample and I’m sorry I’m getting around to trying it just now.
I am steeping this in my infuser mug since I’m trapped at work on this beautiful day – we finally got some sun.
Steep #1 – approx. 1.5 minutes yielded me a dark, sweet and mellow pu-erh. Mmm, this is nice. I’ve gotten a few hints of bittersweet chocolate in the flavor here along with a slight fruitiness. I like it!
Steep #2 – also very nice and earthy. This has a definite clean taste with no fishiness or off odors like you can experience in other pu-erhs. The flavor here is reminding me a bit of pumpernickel bread. Definitely a nice after lunch tea.
Steep #3 – I accidentally let this steep for a really long time – 4 minutes? 5 minutes? Who knows. The longer steep has brought out a creamy element in this tea that I’m really enjoying. I think I could steep this a few more times but that needs to be end of caffeine for me today.
And onto other news… I have noticed today that my equanimity is back and I’m enjoying life — what could be more important than this? Huzzah!
Tea of the morning for me here, although technically it isn’t a tea but a mate, well whatever…
I’m hoping this provides me with a bit of a much needed energy boost. Yesterday I had an 11 hour day at work and I am dragging this morning… this is yummy chocolate malt deliciousness! See previous notes for more info.
This is a sample I got from Upton Tea Imports a while back but I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet.
I steeped this for around 4 minutes in the infuser mug and added some soymilk. This is not the fruitiest blackcurrant tea I’ve ever had, unfortunately. The black tea base is nice (a Ceylon, I think??) and the fruitiness is very light, it’s currant-y with a bit of tart thrown in for good measure. I wish Harney and Sons made a decaf version of their blackcurrant tea. This isn’t too bad but doesn’t have the punch I was really looking for.
Thank you to Anny Oxidant and the Tea Bullie for sending me a sample of this tea!
I steeped this for 3 minutes in my infuser mug and I think the flavor is yummy! The green tea has a lovely vegetal/green bean flavor which is complimented well by coriander and a touch of peppermint. Some minty blends I find too strong, but this one is not bad at all.
Overall, this is a really lovely and uplifting blend which is great for after lunch time today. I would consider buying more of this. Sorry for the short note, but I am running low on time :)
Thanks to Indigobloom for sending me this sample of tea to try!
I steeped mine for 4 minutes at boiling but after I read some of the other taster’s notes I wish I had let it go for a bit longer. You can see there are large chunks of fruit in the tea. Anyway, it’s a bit of the tart side but has one of the nicer pear flavors I’ve had in a while. In my opinion, pear is a hard flavor to get right in a tea. Someone compared it to bubblegum and I have to agree, there is something in here that reminds me of bubblegum, I think perhaps it’d the smell?
I did add a bit of soymilk to it and somehow liked it better that way. I am not totally in love with this but I’m glad I got the chance to try it, thank you dear Indigobloom for sharing with me! :D