2473 Tasting Notes
This stuff was okay, evidently it has been sold out and discontinued from the Republic of Tea which is fine with me, I wasn’t really tempted to run out and get any (It was at the house I was staying at over the weekend). As usual I had to use two teabags to get any flavor whatsoever out of an RoT blend but I did think the chocolate/orange rooibos combination seemed promising for a dessert tea, so perhaps I will look for one from another vendor.
I haven’t been drinking very much oolong recently, I’ve been so busy sampling other things. :)
This is the last of my sample of this and I am enjoying it. It does have a delicate flowery aroma and the flavor is a mild sort of buttery peas. I am finding it very relaxing this morning. See my previous tasting notes for this tea.
Another sample from the SF International Tea Festival. I do recall I had this one before at a Panera Bread and I thought it was ok.
One major beef I have with RoT is that their teabags often make a very weak tea so you end up having to use two and this makes it a lot more expensive. I did steep this guy in another mug for 12 oz water for abut 4 minutes and it got sufficiently dark. I do like peach things, and ginger as well. I believe this is a ceylon tea. This isn’t too bad, the flavor is light and pretty juicy. The ginger provides a nice contrast but isn’t too strong in my opinion. My only issue is the slightly weird aftertaste, I am getting, perhaps it’s the paper from the teabag… You do get spoiled rather quickly drinking loose leaf teas!
Anyway this tea is fairly pleasant, I suspect as an iced tea it would be be even better. I do not feel the need to buy any but might pick some up again when I find myself near a Panera.
I’m still here housesitting and trying to finish off some samples I got at the SF International Tea Fair. I remember this tea made me totally nauseated, but at the time I thought I might have used too much tea. I decided to try it again – brave or stupid?
This is one of their little tea sachets so I thought I’d use a big 12" mug of water. I do think it is better when it’s mellowed out a bit but it is still quite an overwhelming experience of sweet clove and cinnamon. It is like drinking a cup of liquid red hots. I rather like spicy things (chai, for example) but this is still way too much for me. I hope I can convince my BF to drink the other sample. Otherwise if anyone wants it, let me know.
We are housesitting this weekend so I just brought a few things I had around the house in teabag form. For a sencha this is on the lighter side and not very astringent. These are great for travel. Right now I am eating it with a bowl of berries before our hike in the Oakland Hills. Although I do intend to stop at Peet’s later on and get some of that Scottish Breakfast tea. :)
Hope all of my Steepies are having a wonderful weekend!
Well I know it is too late for caffeine but I couldn’t resist trying this. I am generally not a huge fan of lapsang because I find the smoky flavor to be totally overwhelming. When I saw this on Mandala’s site being described as subtle I figured I would like that. When I compare my tea to the one in the picture it is a bit lighter so I may need to use a bit more leaf next time… I will hold off on rating this for now but my overall impressions are very good. In aroma and flavor this is like a lapsang lite which has a pleasant and subtle smoky aroma & flavor which is delicious and does not cover up the flavor of the tea underneath. More to come…