381 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! Mom had this the other day and liked it so I decided to try it today. I seem to be trying to get rid of all my spare teabags, which is easy because most of them are one or two servings.
This smells intensely of jasmine with just a little bit of orange. I wasn’t sure about the combination but it’s a very nice smell. The taste is more orange than jasmine, but there is a little bit of a floral aftertaste. I would prefer more jasmine, actually, because orange teas are hit or miss for me. This one’s a miss, but only because there’s so much orange I don’t taste much else.
I expressed interest in this one after trying some other Bigelow teas and mom surprised me with it one day. I don’t exactly need more EGs, but I always appreciate them.
This one is pretty decent. The bergamot in it is actually perfect, just the right amount and intensity of fruit for my taste. The tea itself is bright, just a little astringent, and very nice for bagged. I wish it had a little more kick to it, because the aftertaste is slightly watery, but it’s still surprisingly good. I don’t think I touched this company until this year but I’m impressed by their consistency. Everything I’ve tried so far I would drink again.
I oversteeped this. Read: I completely, utterly forgot I made a cup of this. Horror of horrors, I left a green tea steeping for at least 15 minutes. And yet somehow it’s not bitter or grassy at all. This actually tastes a lot like a fruity oolong to me, and I love that. It’s much mellower than a lot of greens I’ve had, and the fruit is natural and doesn’t overpower the cup like I always worry about with red fruit. This cup ended up pretty good! And it’s a sipdown because mom gets the other bag.
This is a resteep with the leaves from yesterday. Since I had good results for a long steep yesterday I did it again today and got a very good cup out of it. The strawberry is still going strong but the oolong is coming out a little more this time. There are some mineral and green notes and they mix beautifully with the berry. I actually like this cup better than the last one.
Sipdown. I oversteeped this a little by accident, but instead of tasting oversteeped it tastes just as I’d like it. The honey and floral notes come out more this time and the base tea is actually present instead of being too weak. Upping the rating significantly, because I think this one just needs to brew longer.
I let this steep a long time this time and wow. I like it even better this way. The strawberry is much stronger and the mouthfeel is creamy, almost silky. The berry flavor is more like a dried fruit than a fresh one, like before, but I love how intense it is. I think a long steep really suits this and I’ll have to keep that in mind for my remaining supply. Upping the rating!
This is actually pretty good! I did a short steep and got a lot of the fruit flavor with just a little of the spice. The green tea in this blends well with the fruit—I’m really getting to like fruit/green mixes. I don’t know that I’ll restock this one because it’s a little generic but judging from this cup I wouldn’t refuse a cup if it was offered.