2722 Tasting Notes
This blend seems to be growing on me, I’ve had it twice in the past few days and I thought it was much better than I remembered. I raised the rating by 5 points. David’s Tea likes to put peppercorns in a lot of their blends, I have noticed.
My favorite rooibos chai used to be the one from Rishi but I haven’t ordered anything from them in ages. UPS can’t get into my building now which is just as well since I have plenty of paces to buy tea from. I do miss the West Cape Chai though…
Thanks to Cheri for sending me two samples of this (I messed up the first one)
This has been steeping in the refrigerator since yesterday and man, is it MINTY! I have to say I wasn’t expecting so much mint and it really overwhelms the other ingredients for me. I do get a bit of the cinnamon and the oolong but mostly I get mint. This is refreshing when it’s cold but I don’t think I will be buying it. I’m glad I got to try it but I don’t think it’s destined to be a favorite.
Thanks again Cheri!
I’m the first person to review this tea, it looks like. Dry leaf doesn’t smell like much upon opening the bag but I have high hopes because I like kettle corn. :)
I decided to steep this one for 4 minutes with boiling water. This tea is a great idea, just lacking somewhat in execution. The roasted mate flavor is very strong and seems to obscure the flavor of the kettle corn, which is very mild. I felt soymilk helped this one along but it needs more flavor. I wanted to give this a really wonderful review because I like 52T but just can’t. Maybe someone else will like this better… it is very energizing
Wow, back from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park. It is really fun but walking around in the sun for 5 hours is kind of exhausting… I figured it would be nice to have some tea to revive me.
I haven’t had this in so long… the last time I did a tasting note on it was 2 years ago but I feel like I have had it more recently than that. It has kept well in the tin I was keeping it in. This is very floral and fresh, similar to a darjeeling but with a more intense flowery element. Very groovy tea to have after grooving to the music in the park!!
I got two of these with my last 52 Teas order, I guess I was pretty confident I’d like it. I don’t have any honeybush teas in my stash currently and I’ve been happy with the 52T honeybush blends I’ve had in the past.
Pumpkin is a hard flavor to replicate in a tea. Most vendors, I think just use a lot of pumpkin pie spice. I steeped this for 5 minutes and I’m finding it enjoyable. It has a nice flavor AND I am getting the chocolate, as well as pumpkin and spice, which is good. I did add a bit of sugar and soymilk to mine but that’s how I drink a lot of my teas. I used coconut sugar and that probably helped to bring out the “brownie” flavor.
Some of the other reviewers didn’t like this one, but it’s a-ok in my book. I wonder if Frank reblended this recently? Anyway it’s nice for a dessert tea, I am happy with my purchase.
Okay, it’s October now and time for the tea buying moratorium to go into effect!
I’ve had this tea for a while but haven’t reviewed it up until now. Green rooibos is rather plain on its own and I got this to blend with other teas and herbals. Earlier today I made some in my Lupicia handy cooler mixed with ginger root. Now I am drinking it over ice and the combination is quite nice, especially for a warm evening like we are having. I’m not sure how to rate this as it’s a standard herb. Green rooibos has a much milder flavor than the red kind, so it you’re normally a red rooibos hater, I would recommend giving it a try. I think this would be good with lemon too, just not sure my stomach is up to that tonight.
I am finally finishing off my sample of this tea that MzPriss sent me a while back.
Today wasn’t a good day for me, I’ve felt bad all day with a stomach virus of some kind and the weather here has been freakishly hot. I really haven’t done much aside from sleep and am having my first cup of tea now at almost 5:30.
This is super nice and chocolate-y tasting, smooth and delicious. I could definitely see myself buying some of this if I placed an order with Zhi at some point in the future. Right now I am wondering what other tea I can drink that might be easy on my tummy since I will probably stop with the caffeine here. Maybe ginger would be good.
I have been researching and applying for jobs all day today, this is some seriously boring stuff! It’s a beautiful day and I’d rather be out playing but I guess I’ll get to do that this weekend.
Strawberry Exotica is a very good cold brewed tea, perhaps better than it is hot. It’s mild, sweet and has nice strawberry and tropical fruit essence. I wish I had more of this as a cold brew. It’s tasty….
Thank you to carol who for this sample tea. I am sorry it took me so long to get around to trying it.
I decided to steep this at 175 F for 3 minutes. I was a bit nervous as the tea is a fine CTC and sometimes they can be very robust but the lower steeping temp. probably helps. This tea has a lot of interesting flavors in the cup. There is a bit of smoke, spicy flavor and some apricot fruitiness as well. I can drink this plain, which is good! I get a hint of tobacco flavor too but it doesn’t seem bitter. Overall, a very interesting tea which makes me want to try more things from Shan Valley. Thanks again — Carol!