854 Tasting Notes
This tea is outta the Here’s Hoping Travelling Teabox!
Wow tart! I immediately thought after one sip I need to ice this, so I dumped it into my tumbler and steeped up a little more. With some honey, tasted not too bad. A little fruity cherry syrup, but mostly hibiscusy floral. I’m getting a bit of grassy flat flavor. I swear there’s bamboo leaves in this – looks like it but not listed as an ingredient.
Ehhh, I prefer Steep City’s Blushing Geisha for a green hibiscus tea. Better floral, less flat of a tea and less muddled sugar flavor, but I’m happy to of tried more Teavana stuff.
This tea came from the Here’s Hoping Travelling Teabox!
Opening the bag, WOW Smells fantastic! Like candy, caramel, sweet almond, halva, yummmm!!! Can I eat the bag?
Steeped, kind of a disappointment. I mostly taste the black tea base, which is decent. Not bitter or anything. End of sip I get a bit of sweet almond flavor that reminds me of an almond biscotti. Meh. I wanted RAGING CANDY ALMOND flavor. Teeth rotting! Yeah!
Adding honey helped perk up the tea. If I had more, I’d do a latte. Maybe since this is bottom of the bag I lost on all the goodies.
I’m keeping the bag to smell, btw. I will try to not eat it.
Ha, found 2 of these in the travelling teabox! Drinking one of them right now!
Very blueberry with candy fluffness to it. I can almost feel my teeth aching eating that spun candy. This tea would be fantastic iced! Maybe if it pops up for sale I’ll get some more to explore further.
Darn it, reminds me of a funny picture I took at the Night Market a few years ago. They had a booth were you can get your own cotton candy. I took a picture of an ambitious couple that made one the size of their torso! The gal holding it looked like a walking ball of cotton candy. I can’t find the picture, booo, I have too many pictures on my HD.
Cold steeped! Leftover leaves from yesterday’s yixing run!
Oh gawd, I wrote that first line of the tea log then a huge moth ran across my desk so I had to run around screaming and throwing stuff at it. I think it’s dead, but i had to use a knitting pattern book to do it. Cry. Darn husband, wish he could work from home so he deal with this kinda stuff. I can’t handle bugs.
Anyways, time to tea! This came out sweet! It’s like cedary woody sweet. Like a fancy honey with woody notes. Maybe not honey, but not maple or agave. Very interesting and very good! I need to cold steep more of my shu pu’er.
Oh gawd, it’s twitching.. /sob
Working on this pu’er than was in the Here’s Hoping Travelling Teabox – I squeaked out a serving of this pu’er so there’s one more round for the next person.
Not a serious review, I’m moreso sitting back with ma tea turtle and yixing pot have a nice tea session, post angry kitchen cleanup. I hate cleaning the slowcooker!
Very crisp with zero fermentationy flavor. Tastes like the skin of a pecan with lots of woodyness. Later infusions I’m getting some creamy lip feels.
Hey! I don’t need lipbalm – just drink creamy teas, yeah!
There’s an echo of coffee notes end of sip that gives this pu’er some pep. About 5 steepings in, the pu’er is still woody and developing more sweetness like sap.
photo evidence: http://oolongowl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/IMG_5028.jpg
sadly, I don’t have time to enjoy more steepings today, so I put the leaves in the refrigerator to cold steep.
Ooooh a wuyi oolong flavored with plum!
Gosh, it was hard to do my usual thang and review a tea from my collection. The travelling tea box is in my possession and I want to explore it more drinking random teas.
Anyways, Plum Oolong was a bit of a surprise – I was expecting something tart and hibiscusy, similar to other plum teas I’ve tried. The wuyi base works quite well adding some complexities of nutty and roast plus creamyness in the resteep. The plum hits as an aftertaste with a slight floraly note.
The plum flavor is okay. It seems on the flat/artificial side, but I still enjoyed it.
Iced, plum oolong is a different animal – more plummy with honey notes!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/08/14/plum-oolong-from-new-mexico-tea-company-tea-review/
This tea is from the “here’s hoping” teabox.
Peppermint3root seems a tea I wouldn’t order, but upon smelling, ehh smells good, why not try? The peppermint smells nice and there’s kinda a marshmallow root smell going on too.
Taste? Wahhh! It’s minty, slightly tart mix of hibiscus and berries, with an unusual medicinal dirt earthy flavor – finishing off slightly sweet. I can drink medicinal like flavors, but that rooty dirt flavor mixed with fruity isn’t for me. Back in the teabox it goes! But either way, happy to of tried it.
I’m attacking the traveling tea box (the Here’s Hoping Teabox on Steepster). This is tea number 5 for me today, but actually tea number 9 as my roommate has been attacking the box too and I’m trying what he’s trying. So, I had 3 oolongs and a black, with a handful of blacks and mate in me. I’ll probably blog about the whole experience sometime soon.
More impressively it’s only 2pm and I’ve decided to switch to decaf cuz I’m feeling hella wired!
Orange & Cream – Hmmm, it’s a decent red rooibos and I’m not a red rooibos type. It peaks out more than other Della Terra rooibos. The candy sweet orange flavoring is just like the Orange Brulee, but with creamyness from say Lemon Chiffon. Not bad, though I prefer the lemon or lime flavoring more as personal taste. Tea blend wise, pretty good – candy orange with a peak of red woodsy shavings with a delightful creamyness end of sip.
Now if you excuse me, Owly and I are going to hike up my office wall.
Uggg tired! I did lots of canning today!
Yesterday was 30lbs of tomatoes – diced tomatoes, pizza sauce (with roasted tomato) and a couple jars of salsa.
Today was watermelon jelly and chunk pineapple. Both were a little stressful as we ended up with more product than what the recipe said! But oh man, that watermelon jelly tasted fantastic before I processed it – like magic!
Anyways, I was working on this tea while I was working at cleaning, chopping fruit and making syrup. I went with 175 for 3 minutes and the tea came out a little sweeter and mellower than I remember! Great perky flavored tea to have while working.
I really wanna make tea jelly sometime, but need more jars and some time to experiment.
Wow, I’m getting luck on picking the perfect tea for the mornings – Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble was worth screwdrivering open the tin for! Slight tart rhubarb with sweet strawberry. Getting a little stemmy flavor from the tea as well.
The tin for this tea is pretty damaged. Actually, many of my tins from DT are dinged up from shipping. however, with my most recent DT order all my tins came out perfect – they were wrapped carefully. I was quite happy!
Anyways DT, bring this tea back!