2661 Tasting Notes
Whoa, I have to echo the Purrfect Cup here that this is a “kick you in the face” kind of a morning tea.
When I first sipped this I thought I detected a smoky note so I’m curious, is there any keemun in here or is it my imagination? Bold, saucy and malty notes are contributed by the assam and spicy, peppery notes by the yunnan, this is practically a meal in itself! I am a wimp, I drank this with soymilk but that is how I drink a lot of my breakfast teas. You could drink this plain, there isn’t a lot of astringency in the cup. Might try it for 3 minutes next time.
I love black tea blends and I haven’t been disappointed with any of the Devotea’s so far. They are discontinuing this blend so you might want to act soon if you intend to try it. :)
Now the Devotea has me addicted to their 1910 blend, but I figured it was time to branch out into some of their other offerings with my latest order.
Before I discovered Steepster I was a Twinings Irish Breakfast kind of gal in the mornings. After many years (and thousands of dollars) later my palette has changed a lot but I still like a good Irish Breakfast tea. I steeped this up and after trying it plain my first utterance was, “Whoa!” This is a very bold, wine-y type of assam which is exactly as it should be. I wonder if 4 minutes is too long for the steeping but I think it worked out ok. I immediately added soymilk and a bit of rock sugar as I don’t really think this blend was meant to be drank straight! I wish someone would hand me a plate of scones but actually, this would go well with a bowl of steel cut oats.
Another good ’un — I think this sample will be gone within a matter of days if not hours.
This came in the last Lupicia grab bag I ordered months ago, but never opened it until now (shocking, I know)…
I have a lot of difficulty finding decaf black teas that taste good so I wasn’t expecting a lot from this. It’s been years since I had the original sakurambo but this looks and tastes remarkably like the caffeinated version. There’s cherry, pink peppercorn and the rosemary flavor that makes this such a unique blend. It’s Cherry with a rustic kick. I can sip on this plain and it tastes really good, but was also nice with a bit of sweetener. I’m happy to find another decaf tea for the evening time that I actually like. I’m happy Lupicia sent this to me because I never would have ordered it for myself. Might need to try this as an iced tea too.
Tisane of the afternoon here. For some reason I keep forgetting I have a box of this, but it really is a good rooibos even though it comes in a teabag. ;)
I used two teabags in one mug of tea to get a little extra flavor. The vanilla is nice and creamy here and this was very enjoyable with soymilk and some rock sugar. I like this better than a lot of more expensive rooibos blends I’ve had. Earthy and smooth.
It’s been raining today and I’m dragging around a bit in general, thought I would drink some of this lovely oolong.
Sometimes it’s difficult to believe a natural tea could have such wonderful aromas and flavors. With the first cup I was blown away by the scent of orchids. The flavor of the tea liquor is sweet, creamy and buttery and has an almost intoxicating appeal. This was definitely nice for an afternoon lift and practically transported me to a tropical garden. I got 3 steeps out of the leaves and was a very happy camper — LOVE it :)
Tea of the morning here… I have not gong fu’d anything in ages but my arm is feeling better so maybe I can think of this as part of my physical therapy. ;-)
I did my first steep for around 20 seconds in the gaiwan. Definitely getting the smoky aroma that other people have mentioned. There’s a nice starchy/sweetness to this along with the roasted notes. What if someone threw a sweet potato onto the campfire. hmm.
Going in for the second steep I notice the wet leaves smell strongly of tobacco. I did this round for around 20 seconds. Personally I am picking up some bitterness in the finish that I’m not too keen on, this is harsh for such a short steeping time. I’m getting honey and bittersweet chocolate.
Third steep I did Western style with a steep time of around 40 seconds. I am just not finding myself enjoying this much. I ended up putting soymilk and sugar in it to make it more palatable.
I don’t know if I messed it up somehow but I don’t think this one is for me, sorry….
Free sample provided by the Devotea — many thanks again!
I know I’ve been posting a lot of whiny tasting notes but I have to whine a little bit more! I just got home from my first physical therapy appointment and boy, was that ever painful… It’s hard to imagine I’ll ever get back to normal. I wanted to treat myself to something nice when I got home, so I decided to bust this out… of course what I really want is an entire chocolate cake but that probably isn’t a good idea. ;-)
The spicy/sweet note of the star anise is definitely prominent here, the cinnamon is the next thing I notice followed by the clove and the black pepper. I enjoyed this with some soymilk and a bit of rock sugar and it’s just rich and sweet enough to imagine I’m doing something decadent. Definitely a unique chai and very warming for the chilly fog that’s rolling in. I can see myself keeping more of this on hand, I do love a good chai.
Finishing off this sample from Upton Tea this morning. I can’t even consider this a sipdown because sample teas “don’t count” in my opinion, or wacked out world of tea sipping.
Congous are not my favorite tea in terms of flavor profile. I find them to be fairly mild for my taste and this is no exception. There are some very gentle notes of something, cocoa with a bit of earthiness. I can’t imagine why I would need to have a full size of this… not too upset that it’s gone.
Thanks to Indigobloom for a sample of this tea. I’ve been trying to eat fruit with breakfast every day and I love berries. This time of year I usually get the frozen berries which are still a treat.
Spice & Tea Exchange claims this is a yunnan black tea, which is an interesting choice for the base. When I first tried this, I thought it was a ceylon due to the fruitiness, but I guess that’s the berry flavoring. I steeped this for 4 minutes before trying it, and still the overall blueberry flavor is light. It does taste fresh and natural but isn’t knocking me over in the flavor department. I detect more yunnan here than berry. I can’t quite make my mind up how I feel about this. One sip I am finding myself wanting more, but then another sip I feel it’s lacking.
I’m a fickle tea drinker this morning, but this was a good tasting experiment!