559 Tasting Notes
Another delicious-smelling pineapple tea from MissB! This has the potential to be really pineapple-y but it’s actually hidden somewhat by the sencha. It’s a little nutty and green, and anything else that’s supposed to be in here is lost in a generic creaminess. It’s a pleasant cup but I’m not sure it’s harmonious, and I’m not in love with it.
Yikes. This got bitter fast. Oddly it also has a sugary-sweet aftertaste. There are some rich cooked-vegetable notes, like artichokes or asparagus, and then a straight sugar flavor. It’s not a horrible cup but I just don’t know what to make of it. I’m guessing this is a Chinese green, and those tend to be very hit-or-miss for me. This one’s a miss, but it’s also a sipdown.
ETA: Oddly this is growing on me as it cools—possibly because it’s less bitter and more sugary. Still wouldn’t buy it but it’s not totally horrible.
Picked this up at the Asian grocery store today. I wasn’t expecting much out of it, but the description was promising and I wanted to at least try. So far I’ve never tried an oolong I really hated. This was also a convenient thing to reach for while I waited for the water to heat up for a different cup.
This exceeded all my expectations. It’s smooth, with some floral and honey notes and a strong peachy flavor throughout. A really solid oolong! Sadly this particular store doesn’t sell any oolong loose-leaf, but I did find some decent-looking Japanese greens and some interesting herbals.
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey, Peach
Tried this one again, this time with about 1 3/4 teaspoons of leaf and a full five minutes of steep time. Oddly I’m still not getting much lime. There’s some vague citrus-y flavor, but it’s not bright and strong like I’d expect lime to be. The rooibos is really strong, and while it’s still very creamy I just don’t get lime from this at all. I guess I just don’t “get” this tea.
Late ETA: I let this cool down completely and then drank it—there’s something that seems to be attempting to impersonate lime, but it’s way too sweet and has no bite. Hmm.
I really love this one. It’s nutty and roasty but there’s an underlying sweetness that mellows out the whole cup. I wanted to warm up after being outside (2*F air temperature) and this was the first thing I reached for. Something about the roastiness warms me right up. Mom also loves this one, so I may have to restock when it’s gone!
This is one I specifically requested when I ordered a box from LiberTEAS, and she sent me two sachets. Thank you!
When I first smelled this I was a little scared, because it smelled a lot like the Lapsang Souchong I hated. Once it brewed, though, I got a lot more bergamot out of it. The taste is interesting. Definite bergamot and there are some honey and wood notes, but there’s a moderately strong smokiness throughout that puts me off. I’m starting to think that true smoked teas aren’t for me and I only like smoke flavors when they’re naturally-occurring. Still, I’m glad I got to try this one!
ETA: This is much better as it cools, and the fruit takes over the blend more. The smoke is still there and I’m sure that that’s what’s throwing this off for me, but it’s more manageable this way.
Time for a caffeine kick. This is a little hard to distinguish from other vanilla flavors, but there’s a butteriness and a deeper flavor that make it more obvious. I’m really liking this cup but I’’ll do a full review when I’m more awake.
Also note that I made this cup with a handheld milk frother and there were no clumps! Hooray, no more clumpy matcha for me.
Another one from VariaTEA! This smells very fruity, but maybe more like fresh apricots than passion fruit. Despite that the smell is incredible. It’s one of my favorite-smelling fruit teas so far.
I was afraid of this one once I saw the reviews, but it turns out I had no reason to be! This is only slightly bitter at first before changing to the aftertaste. It’s light, fruity and nearly floral. I’ve only had one other Kusmi tea (the Rose Green), but this has a similar sweet kick at the end that I love. It’s like pure sugar. This is also pretty close to actual passion fruit flavor, managing to be both tart and sweet. I like Kusmi’s style so far, which is hard to describe but it’s very different from other companies. Their teas are really dynamic and seem to change with every sip. I’m glad I took a chance on this!
Another resteep! It’s still going strong after three, which I appreciate. This time around it smells bready. Still like dark bread, but definitely the good, fresh-baked stuff. It seems to get more savory each time I steep it, but that isn’t a bad thing. It’s also brighter this time with some almost-citrus flavors.
ETA: This steep has a sweet, sweet aftertaste like chocolate-dipped flowers. Yum!