160 Tasting Notes
So, I put the entire sample package of these little pearls in a 6 oz. glass to brew. In retrospect, I should have used less pearls I think because this amount seemed too strong.
The first steep after a quick rinse was good though – probably only brewed for about 10 to 15 seconds and was lightly peachy, fragrant and smooth.
When I resteeped the leaves, I left them for about a minute and the result was a much darker yellow brew that was bitter to the point I didn’t drink it.
I did experiment a bit more and found that a very short brew with this much leaf in my glass (expanded, the leaf filled the glass) was better. Unfortunately I was distracted and managed to overstep these leaves again with the same bitterness. Perhaps the water was too hot also… I did get fleeting glimpses of the soft and natural peachiness, but the accompanying bitterness was distracting.
Fortunately, I have one or two more sample packs, thanks to the generosity of Angel and Teavivre, so I will be able to try this again with what I am sure will be better results.
Dry leaf is a medium green color as compared to Teavivre’s organic superfine version which was more of a vibrant green.
Tastes nutty, vegetal and a bit floral, and becomes nuttier and more broth-like in the second steep. Smooth and sweet and very tasty.
Both this and the organic superfine dragonwell are good and I’m not sure which I liked better – I’ll have to try them both again and compare.
Thanks to Angel and Teavivre for the samples!
After reading reviews on how coconutty this tastes, I picked some up when out shopping, as I do love coconut.
And, it does have a lovely coconut taste combined with a bit of dried raspberry; it reminds me of a raspberry coconut macaroon. I added a bit of cream and found it tasted best when it cools down. The one thing that wasn’t great for me is the aroma – both dry and brewed – I’m not sure what it reminds me of… some sort of cookie or something that I don’t like I guess.
Anyway, it is tasty though, and makes for a nice dessert type tea!
Finally I was able to try the golden fleece!
Very fragrant and earthy. Tastes of sweet potato with a bit of pepper and creamy nutmeg, the faintest hint of dark mushroom, and lots of honey. Somehow this is still clean and sparking, and lasts throughout many steepings. Becomes sweeter with honey notes as the cup cools.
Very delicious and a pleasure to drink! I think I need more of this beautiful tea!
This is an outstanding blend that tastes like vanilla gingerbread/spice cake with creamy orange citrus frosting. So good!!
I re-steeped this many times and the ginger becomes more prominent and flavorful – like a most delicious herbal tisane.
Brewed about 1 tbsp for 5 or 6 minutes initially (Sil parameters), with re-steeps longer.
I love this blend; for me it is absolutely delicious!!
When I made this it instantly reminded me of bubblegum – the kind that comes in those round balls. First the way it smelled, and then the taste…bubblegum. The spearmint in this is quite sweet which is probably enhanced by the vanilla and other spices, and I didn’t taste cinnamon so much but there was something else..possibly clove.
Not something I’d have again but glad to have tried it.
Drinking a delicious cup (or two) of this before I go to work on this snowy day.
Malty, toasty goodness and so satisfying – perfect for today.
I gave my husband a sip of the cup to try – he said it was good and that it reminded him of "that japanese tea with the roasted barley in it". hehe.. Good description about the barley I thought!