2542 Tasting Notes
Part 4/4 in the Upton tea basic darjeeling sampler. I did not see this one in the database so I decided to add it.
I’m still fairly new to the world of darjeelings and the tin said to steep this @ 212 for 3-4 minutes. I found that to be a bit too much for me so I decided to try it at around 190 for 3 minutes. I suspect the perfect steeping for me might lie somewhere in between the two so I’ll keep trying. :)
This is a very nice blend. It isn’t quite as fruity as some darjeelings I’ve had. It’s lightly brisk and smooth. There is a little bit of pungency here which overwhelmed me at the higher temp, with the lower temp it’s better. This has a nice delicate flavor with a hint of spiciness and delicate wood but I am not feeling blown away by it. It’s easy to drink plain and would probably make a lovely iced tea. I’ll need to keep experimenting with this one.
Regardless I am finding darjeelings seem to be growing on me…
Many thanks to Scott for a sample of this one!
I steeped this for around 3 minutes today in around 205 F water. This is a really nice and gentle Assam. Sometimes i have found they can be a bit bitter in the finish but this one was very bold but also very smooth. I suppose the shorter steeping time helped. This is the first Assam I’ve met that I can drink plain, without any soymilk and what not.
The predominate notes here are definitely chocolate and malt, though the malt is not hitting me over the head like some other tea of this varietal tend to do. In that way it reminds me a bit of a Chinese black tea. It does indeed have a tiny bit of sweetness, very yum! I will definitely be tempted to buy this when payday comes around, although I do have a few other assams I should probably finish off first…
I am having a bit of this now… hope it does not keep me awake for too long. :)
I read that the Yunnan + wild arbor/big leaf trees is a good sign of quality and I believe it. This is delicious whether steeped for 30 seconds or 2 minutes. Very rich, woodsy and grounding. No camphor and personally I am glad of that. See my previous tasting notes.
It’s at work and it’s free – need I say more? Regardless I think this tisane is nice but I really like chamomile. There’s a tiny touch of apple in here but not too noticeable. Chamomile really reminds me of apple anyway. Gentle and relaxing in the afternoon now.
Thanks to The DJ Booth for this one which came to me as the result of a recent swap.
This one is pretty good, maybe Teavana should try some more black tea blends with less fruit in them. The aroma is very almondy and I am definitely picking up the rose. I wonder if I ended up steeping this too long because it got slightly bitter and also a bit “soapy”. I will try again and report back if my rating changes.
I think I like the smell of this a bit better than the taste of it. I was really glad I got the chance to try it!
I’m finishing off the rest of this sample this morning, I appear to be on a roll with this green tea thing. I would definitely order this again, it’s so flavorful and unique. It seems a bit nutty this morning too. I highly recommend it – see my previous tasting notes. Some teas are really just a pleasure to drink and for me, this is one of them.
This came as another swap item with oOTeaOo. I’m excited that I finally am getting to try some of these Kusmi teas I’ve had my eye on.
This one is nice and mellow and earthy. I steeped it at 180F for around 2 1/2 minutes. Like most other folks I’ve no idea what buffalo grass is supposed to taste like. I found it to be slightly minty, herby, sweet and kinda funky but in a good way. I can’t quite place the taste but I am finding I like this one a lot. I did a quick Google search on it and found out that it has been widely used for healing coughs and native americans believed it had meditative properties.
Regardless I am finding this to be some pretty interesting stuff although I can see how it might not ring everyone’s bell. It’s a bit strong. I have too much green tea in my Stash already but I’m tempted to go place an order with Kusmi!
Ah evidently I am the first person on Steepster to log this particular blend.
My track record with roobois tisanes has definitely been a mixed bag so I wasn’t sure what exactly I would make of this one. :)
I ended up steeping it in an infuser mug for 5 minutes @ 208F. I think I like roobois blends a little bit better when the other ingredients drown out the flavor – lol. I am getting both cranberry and blackberry in this which is very nice. It does have a bit of tartness that comes from the cranberry element but not overwhemingly so. This is a very “juicy” blend with only a touch of cherry cough syrup -ha!
I liked this pretty well when it was hot and then I decided to throw it over some ice and I added a bit of sugar to it. I’ve never had an iced roobois before and I’m not sure that’s really my “thing” but it was ok. I preferred it hot.
This was good enough for even a roobois malcontent like me but I’m not sure I would buy it again.