517 Tasting Notes
This one comes to me from MissB! I wanted a real cup of tea after the disappointing bagged stuff earlier. I hadn’t actually opened this before to smell it, but now I wish I had sooner! It smells like wine. Very fruity, absolutely amazing.
Oh, this is a gem! It’s like honeyed fruit. The tea base is very subtle but still present and the flavoring is larger-than-life. I’m completely amazed. There’s fig to the flavor but it also tastes a little like plums and blueberries, with a definite honey note.
This smells nice and fruity dry and lightly floral with a strong black tea base as it brews. I’ve never had a lychee tea before, but I love the fruit. I still can’t get over RiverTea’s packaging—clear expiration dates! Thank you so much!
This is definitely a floral lychee flavor. It reminds me of roses a little bit, but it’s also identifiable as the fruit. It has a juiciness to it that keeps it from being too floral. The base is there but doesn’t detract from the flavor, so it feels clean to me in the same way most breakfast teas do.
Sipdown! My kettle is being weird again because of the weather, so all temperature notes are approximate today. This looked really delicate so I brewed it low like a white tea. It claims to be a green but I’ve seen snow sprout classified as a white before, and it has flavors like both… Huh.
It’s moderately grassy but more in a hay way than a vegetable way. It reminds me a little of snow peas, actually. The end of the sip and aftertaste blend together into a sweet green taste that’s almost floral. Not a bad cup but not a favorite for me.
I’m having a slow wake-up morning and nothing fixes that like a spicy black tea, especially a cinnamon one. Thanks, MirandaGou for sending me this in our swap!
This certainly smells like baked goods! It’s not as natural a smell as ATR’s Brioche (not fair, but I can’t help comparing them at least a little), but it is definitely some kind of cinnamon pastry.
This steeps up surprisingly dark, all while smelling like one of those “cinnamon spice” candles everyone sells around the holidays. I let it keep going until it looked like it was done (five minutes), because with DT’s blends I’d rather it be too strong than too weak. It tastes…a bit like coffee, actually. Like one of Starbucks’ seasonal lattes. It’s not a bad taste, but not what I was expecting at all. There is an artificiality to it and the flavoring tastes like an extract rather than the real thing. Still decent for what it is but I wouldn’t restock.
ETA: Cooled down ten degrees and completely changed. Unfortunately this is way too much cinnamon even for me. I’m not getting cinnamon bun at all, just an overdose of that cinnamon glaze.
Longer steep this time with the same leaves. This time I’m mostly tasting green tea and almost no jasmine. It’s not bitter, and it’s a fine green, but where is all the nice floral flavor? 52/100 for this cup.
ETA: There is a teeny bit of jasmine there in the aftertaste. Teeny. I didn’t even notice it until halfway through the cup.
For some reason (low pressure outside?) my kettle has been weird today and hasn’t been steaming up at all until the water is just short of boiling. So this was brewed at roughly 200F even though I’d normally wait for the full boil.
This smells wonderful in the bag. It’s pure pear. As it brews the smell is again diluted by the DT black base. It’s actually kind of a weird combination, and I’m wondering if this shouldn’t be based on a different kind of tea. Despite that, the taste is good. I say good and not great because after tasting it I do think it should be a different base. Maybe green or white? The pear flavoring is spot-on, though. I like this but I’m on the fence about whether I’d actually restock it.
ETA: This is my 200th tasting note! My 100th was ten days ago. I have a problem.
Brewed lower and shorter than recommended just in case. Jasmine greens have a nasty habit of going bitter on me.
This is really pretty good. I still think there’s better jasmine out there, but brewed this way it’s surprisingly buttery (not a word I’ve ever used for a Chinese green before), and the jasmine is amazingly light and sweet. It’s almost like jasmine cotton candy, if you can imagine that. I may try the resteep a little longer just for comparison’s sake, but this is a good cup.
A resteep. This is still delicious the second time around, but I’m getting more of a balance between the guava and ginger. This is a really subtle ginger tea but I actually like that because it doesn’t take over. I’m also getting more of the actual tea flavor this time around. Definitely worth the resteep!