2705 Tasting Notes
Tea of the morning; I’ve had this sample forever and am just finishing it off now. I don’t tend to drink a lot of white teas, but I do enjoy them when I have them. I’m busy this morning with my job search and a few others things, so I’ll have to make this a short note.
I’ve had another Sandakphu white tea in the past, I think it was from the now defunct Rare Tea Republic. This has a delightful floral aroma in the cup. I am getting notes of almond, peach and roses. If you like white teas but are looking for something deeper and more flavorful than a standard silver needle or bai mudan, this is one worth checking out.
Good Morning Steepster. I found this ancient sample in my tea stash when I was signed up for the Steepster Select box a few months ago. I like a drink a lot of yunnan teas so I’m not sure what made me wait so long to drink this one (aside from simply forgetting about it).
Have to say I am not overly impressed with this one. I think it’s a matter of personal preference as tobacco isn’t really a flavor I enjoy a lot in tea. Aside from that it seems very thin and light in body even though I used the whole sample to produce my tea, I don’t think I underleafed. There is a bit of sweetness that balances out the tobacco and also pepper.
I can see why this would really appeal to some palettes but it’s just o.k. in my book… also is leaving a very strong aftertaste in my mouth…
I never tried this when it was released before so I wanted to get some after realizing it was reblended. I really liked the lemon lime meringue kukicha when 52 T had it a few years ago.
This smells very citrusy in the package, and I’d have to say the lime is the strongest element of this particular brew. I find that I like lime in tea when it is done well (as I also like DT Lime Gelato). The honeybush is slightly sweet and I get a vague sense of creaminess but I decided to enhance that with some soymilk for a better cheesecake type of experience. This is both good and refreshing to me as I also like the zing of lemon myrtle. I am betting this would be really nice iced as well. Not exactly a cheesecake in my mind, but pretty tasty nonetheless.
Now that 52 T has their smaller packages I am really tempted to sign up for tea of the month but should probably wait until I have a job. I am pretty sure I’d spend my last dollar on a cup of tea. ;)
Evening tea. I was at a workshop today on How to Start Your Own Consulting Business and I am exhausted. I have noticed that I can be very high strung and then I get tired easily. Tulsi is one herb I have found that really seems to help me cope with stress. I decided to try mixing it with this rooibos/lemongrass blend and it isn’t a bad combination, perhaps not something I would repeat however. I have a big tin of tulsi and I should make it a goal to have at least one tea with tulsi every day….
Tea of the afternoon, I was looking for another rooibos option and figured I would try this. Of course it would be nice to have a tea that tasted liked cookies but I’m not sure this really fits the bill.
I wonder if I added too much leaf to this but for now, this seems VERY high on the cinnamon, has lots of sweetness and fruity from the apple. I liked this a bit better when soymilk was added but I can’t figure out why this is so sweet — is it the brittle? Kind of overwhelming in the flavor department and reminds me more of cinnamon gummy bears than a snickerdoodle. For now this gets a “meh”, I wish I liked David’s Tea more but so many blends seem to fall into the “meh” category… I will try this with black tea or maybe some plain rooibos to see if it can be toned down.
Tea for after lunch, I haven’t had this in a while and thought a flavored puerh might be nice. Personally I don’t love this, it doesn’t really taste like toffee at all, a little bit of caramel but kind of disappointing. This was better with a bit of soy creamer added but overall it just has a weird artificial taste that seems to compete with the pu instead of complimenting it.
Still working my way throguh the Obubu sampler pack…
I don’t believe I’ve ever had a hojicha made from roasted sencha before. I saw that this should have been steeped for less time than a regular hoji after I started steeping it…. so I steeped mine for 3.5 minutes. I hope that wasn’t too long. :-/
This has a definite roasty smell and seems lighter in flavor than your normal hoji. I am getting notes of caramel, coffee and a bit floral. Unfortunately I think I might have overbrewed this because I also get a bitterness in the finish that I am not really enjoying. I wish I had more of this to play around with but won’t rate it for now. FAIL!
This is not my favorite rooibos but it is enjoyable. I am sipping down a lot of my rooibos blends and seriously coveting a good rooibos chai. I just wish there was one I could find in loose leaf form and locally. This has some pleasant coconut, ginger and apple notes, it’s just that I don’t really love the combination of those things together somehow.