2418 Tasting Notes
This is my first experience with guayusa – I only got a small bag of this because I wasn’t sure about it but am open to new caffeinated beverages since I quit drinking coffee over a year ago due to heartburn.
My first impression is good – I like this! It’s earthy and slightly sweet and is definitely not as herbaly and bitter as mate. The apricot flavor is a nice touch here, it is fairly subtle but that’s much better than being overly fake or cloying.
I did do a resteep for about 8 minutes and although the apricot flavor has diminished quite a bit it is still a very pleasant drink. Glad I tried it!
yum… exotic pear.
It took me a while to decide if I wanted to try this tea from Butiki but now I’m glad I did. I believe I’ve had a few pear green/black teas but no pear white teas aside from the Celestial Seasonings brand. Overall I find pear flavors are tricky to get well into tea, or at least the ones I have had are not exceedingly well done.
I did steep this for 3 minutes at 180 F along with some of the yellow flowers that came in the bag. The pear flavor is pronounced but not overdone or too sweet. Reminds me a lot of a barlett pear. Star anise is an interesting choice to blend with the pear and the floral element of this white tea, but of course I like anise in all its forms. The blend is smooth and delicate but still quite flavorful. I quite enjoyed this!
It has been a long day and I thought I’d try some more tulsi before going to sleep.
This is a very pleasant blend, the papaya and orange is quite tasty and goes well with the tulsi, I think. Rosehips are not as tart as hibiscus but this is still a little on the tart side for me, I might add some sweetener next time around. I think this would make a really great iced tea so I will need to try it one of these days. I like the apple and pear flavor a little bit better than this one but this is still a great tulsi tea (i’ve had a lot of bad ones lately) so I hope Fusion Tea Room makes more of these. :)
My apologies for this short and brief note – good night Steepsterites…
Hoooray – this is exciting! If you’ve been reading my tealog you know I’ve been having a hard time finding tulsi blends that actually taste good and this one is rockin’!
The tulsi is lending a nice herby and minty note while the apple and pear combination lends a nice fruity taste that complements the tulsi while also hiding it a bit -lol. Also I love the fact that it’s a fruity tea that’s not too tart. And no hibiscus is a definite bonus (I am just not a fan).
I will for sure be wanting more of this once my sample runs out…
this is a pretty yummy flavored green tea from Butiki!
okay so it doesn’t taste that much like ice cream to me (it is a hot beverage after all)
I think the base of this tea is a Chinese green and I am getting some nutty flavors from that already. I did add a touch of sugar per the recommended suggestions. The pistachio flavor is slight and there is a touch of vanilla and a bit of floral type sweetness. I will need to try this again with soymilk, perhaps as a green tea latte. :)
I’m really not much of a mate drinker but I ordered some other things from Fusion Tea Room so I got a sample of this to try… I’m hoping it will taste like a frappuccino or something. :)
Steeped in usual mug method at around 190F for 7 minutes. The aroma of this is very coffee like and minty. After having the first sip I am picking up lots of spearmint and mate. There is a mocha flavor here but the mint is quite prominent. I did add some soymilk to this and liked it much better that way than I did plain. As a dessert drink this is pretty yummy but it definitely needed the creamy element for me.
I do worry about mate as they say drinking large amounts of it may cause cancer… but I will have no problems finishing off this yum-a-licious sample. I do miss coffee drinks so this is a great substitute.
Now I wish I had gotten more mate from them but I got some other neat stuff… stay tuned. ;-)
I did start airing this out at home in my cupboard to see if I could get the weird odor to dissipate. From what I have read it isn’t a good idea to store pu-erh in plastic anyway. It does seem better than it did when I first tried it – I am upped the score a teeny bit today. This is not a world class pu-erh but it was very affordable and benefited greatly by a hot water rinse and short steeping times. I will probably finish the cake someday but will not be in a big hurry to do so. I think it needs more time to air out, frankly.
Mediocre pu-erh is just so sad…
Thanks to Scott Tea Man for sending me this lovely sample!
This is yummy, after steeping the wet leaves smell like lemon and pepper, they are still so green and olive…
I don’t have a lot of experience with darjeelings but I thought this was a beautiful cup of tea. Light orangish and yellow in color with a definite intoxicating floral & sandalwood aroma. The flavors are so delicious and light. I am getting a bit of butter pecan nuttiness to start, delicate floral flavors mingled with a pineapple sort of sweetness and then a bit of lingering astringency in the finish but a very moist and refreshing mouthfeel. OMG! When are the 2012 first flush teas coming from Thunderbolt??
I don’t know if it is just my imagination but teas from darjeeling and nepal always seem to have the most profound influence on my mind – expanding but relaxed at the same time. This would be a good tea for meditation and reflection. Sweet! Yum!
I did a resteep also and although lighter, it was still delicious – thanks again Scott!