328 Tasting Notes
Thank you, LiberTEAS! This is almost certainly one I wouldn’t have found on my own. I’m glad I’ve tried it now, because I really like it.
This brews up the color of a dark white wine and tastes, if not exactly like wine, at least similar enough that the name fits. It’s one where I can’t really identify individual flavors; it blends into one harmonious one that I like. There is undoubtedly some fruitiness and a tang to it, and a floral note that must come from the rose petals. I’ll have to decide whether I want to buy it as I work my way through the rest of the sample.
I was wary of this one based on my previous experiences with Lapsang Souchong, but this actually works for me. That pine smoke flavor is there, but it’s accented with an aftertaste of bacon. What does bacon in tea taste like, you might wonder? A little salty, a little meaty, a little smoky, and definitely believable as what it’s supposed to be. It’s not one I can picture myself reaching for often (I have to be in a certain mood to want savory teas anyway), but it’s an unusual cup that’s overall pretty good!
Sipdown! I cold-brewed the rest of this, about 2.5 tsp/10 oz. Jennkay recommended this method and I think it’s really nice. It keeps surprising me how much a gummy peach flavor can feel natural, and yet this manages to straddle the line between artificial and natural perfectly. I think I prefer this hot, but it’s light and refreshing this way with just a little bit of candy flavor mixed into the oolong earthiness. It sort of reminds me of Den’s Grape Sencha in quality; it’s not something that should taste natural or harmonious, but it does. Until we meet again, Momo Oolong!
This one came to me from LiberTEAS. I always seem to reach for mint teas when I’m a little under the weather, so maybe I don’t dislike them as much as I think. I’m just picky about when I drink them.
Sadly the flavor of this one doesn’t wow me. The vanilla and mint are both subtle enough that neither of them is really distinct. It blends into one flavor, but it’s not one that I like all that much. Just an okay cup.
Purposely oversteeped this and got…tea. Plus some watery cocoa. The aftertaste is solid chocolate but the rest of the sip is disappointing and there’s no raspberry at all.
I think the remainder of this is going to the swap pile, because I just can’t get the flavors I wish I would out of it. It’s not bad, just not great and from the description and reviews I expected better. Oh, well.
Sipdown! Brewed the rest of this up the fridge way. I’m starting to find that chocolate teas are a little strange cold-brewed, but this isn’t bad. The chocolate is much more obvious and the coconut is less a flavor than a contributing part to a fruitiness throughout the sip. Pretty good! I prefer it hot but it definitely works cold-brewed.
This is another one I got from VariaTEA. It smells really nice in the bag; exactly like marzipan. I love marzipan, so I had high hopes for this one, but it actually doesn’t taste much like the smell. It’s slightly bitter, very grassy, and the almond flavor is dry. There’s no bite of nuttiness like I would expect with a more savory tea, and there’s no fruitiness like I would expect with a sweeter one. Maybe I should try cold-brewing?
ETA: As this cools it is worlds better. I think cold-brewing might do the trick.
I really like this version of earl grey. It’s much fruitier than other versions I’ve tried, to the point of being juicy. I guess I’m liking the darjeelings today, because this is just perfect right now. The base is light and well-balanced. I would probably buy this one, it’s a great basic EG for those who prefer more fruit and less base tea (like me!).
Sipdown! Cold-brewing this one won out because it’s just so good. I put 3 tsp/12 oz. in the fridge for about 36 hours. I forgot it was in there again.
This time around it’s all grape and other light fruity notes. It’s refreshing and delicious with a little tanginess. I didn’t want anything with too much of a tea flavor this morning and yet I’ve found if I don’t have at least one cup of black tea I don’t feel as awake and focused for the rest of the morning; this was a great solution to that. I might buy this again just for cold-brewing because the flavor is kind of addictive.