2400 Tasting Notes
This just arrived today with my second order of Cinnamon Roll Honeybush (yes, I am a fan!)
I was not expecting to like this much at all but I wanted to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised! I don’t normally like banana in tea but this is very tasty. The coconut is more of a back-note and they both complement the mellow, roasted quality of the hojicha pretty well. These flavors are pronounced but they are not nauseating or artifical tasting, both of which can be an issue with flavored tea. There is a slight “cream” feel to this but I did cheat and punch it up some by adding vanilla soymilk to it also. Here is a nice afternoon or evening dessert tea which is also light in caffeine. I got two steeps out of this and they were both yummy. :)
Thanks to Jenn for sending me a sample of this, especially since I’d been thinking about buying it.
When I first opened the bag I got a whiff of something similar to the smell of paint drying. Not really a good sign.
I brewed this in an infuser basket for about 3 minutes with 180 F water. It is vaguely carrot-y and fruit-y but nothing very cake like is leaping out at me. I added some Vanilla soymilk and this has made it more like a dessert tea. Still the weird smell which is putting me off a bit.
This stuff is okay but I’m not totally crazy about it…
No matter how hard I try I cannot get myself that interested in plain white tea (but yes, I keep trying)
The first time I brewed this I let it steep too long which was definitely a mistake. Steeping in cooled water for around 60 seconds seemed to yield the best results. It is sweet, and delicate and light but I think perhaps the subtle nature of white tea is kind of lost on me. This was a pleasant cup but I really prefer flavored white tea if I am going to drink it…. sorry purists!
I don’t normally drink a lot of bagged tea but I picked this up to take on a trip I am going on soon and teabags are just so much more convenient than carrying around your brewing stuff.
I don’t believe I have ever had a gunpowder green before and this is very intriguing. Vegetal, but also very earthy and with a taste of smoke in the finish like a lapsang souchong (hence, the gunpowder green name, I guess). This definitely seems like a nice afternoon tea but not something I’d want to drink first thing in the morning.
Organic, free trade, biodegradable teabags – all a plus! Nice, I’m glad I tried it.
Thanks to Jenn for a sample of this… it’s okay but a little heavy on the grapefruit for me and I’m also not a big fan of bergamot. It’s a little on the tart side. Not sure I am dying to have more but will certainly finish the cup. If you like a citrusy sort of earl grey this might be good for you…
Another flavored oolong from my Naivetea sampler.
I did not know exactly what a yuzu was (aside from it being a type of fruit). Upon smelling it I was expecting something very tart like a pink grapefruit tea. There is a citrus note here, however I am finding it exceedingly subtle. I believe the base of this tea is an ali shan.
There is a lingering sweetness here in the finish that is difficult to describe, Sweet and vegetal, perhaps I am reminded of corn.
Overall I do not think I like this quite as well as Naivetea’s passionfruit oolong but I still like it quite a lot. The yuzu flavor is very delicate and allows the base notes of the oolong to come through. Does not taste artificial or cloying at all. Another job very well done by Naivetea. Check this out if you are looking for a gentle flavored oolong.