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Cooking TTB #14
This smelled buttery and nutty right off the bat, which was totally good news to me. I’ve been wanting to try a walnut green for a while now and was very happy to see this in the TTB for that reason! I’m definitely sold on trying others now, as well as trying other things from Indigo Tea Company! There was a lot of sweet nuttiness here but not so much that I didn’t get any green tea. So glad to have tried it!
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Nutty
This is a really straightforward but delicious flavoured black. It smells and tastes like strawberries and cream. The black base is there, but primarily supports the flavours. I drank this with a touch of sugar and it went down quick and easy.
There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s a good tea.
Flavors: Cream, Strawberry
From the Cooking TTB.
I didn’t even realize that this tea was part of this TTB until I cleaned out my bag today and discovered it in the bottom. Too late to stick it back in the box, I’m actually really glad I accidentally kept this one.
Since I had a few teaspoons of it I decided to try it as a latte tonight, though part way through steeping it, I had a taste and kind of regretted not prepping it to drink straight. Really great, juicy strawberry flavour.
With some sugar and a lot of milk, this tasted amazing. Like strawberry milk, with a slight earthy, malty note, making it a bit more complex and grown up than typical strawberry milk.
I think I will be finishing this off straight though – I was really impressed with the flavour of the one sip I had straight up.
Flavors: Cream, Earth, Malt, Strawberry, Sweet
From the Cooking TTB.
A pleasant, light white tea with strong citrus peel flavour. There’s a bit of a peachy note that sneaks in after the initial burst of orange zest, and just a hint of creaminess.
Pretty lovely actually, thought not at all what I’d expect from a tea named “Spice”.
Flavors: Citrusy, Cream, Orange Zest, Peach
From the Cooking TTB.
This has a lot of sweet nut and creamy coconut flavours to it. There’s also a faint hint of cinnamon, which I think might be contamination from another tea in the box. Pleasant and easy to drink. There’s a slight mouth coating sensation, more oily than astringent, though this cup doesn’t have the oily film you get from some teas with coconut. The green base supports the other flavours but it’s really noteworthy.
Overall a pleasant cup but not a tea I need.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Creamy, Nutty, Sweet
From the Cooking TTB.
I often find fruit flavoured greens to be kind of generically fruity tasting, particularly, it seems, those with a sencha base.
This is a bit more distinctive. The rose petals give it a floral note, which reminds me of Kyoto Cherry Rose senchas, and the fruity note is a touch tart and tangy, making it feel a bit less generic.
I’m not sure I need this one in my cupboard, but I’m really enjoying this cup.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grass, Rose, Sweet, Tangy, Tart
From the Cooking TTB.
How weird that this tea hasn’t been logged on Steepster before this.
The dry blend is brown and full of whole cloves and allspice. It smells like mulling spice or a chai, heavy on the cinnamon. Steeped, the smell of the clove and orange peel peek out more, giving it an almost earthy note.
This is quite pleasant. Sweet cinnamon is at the forefront, but the balance of spices is good, and it’s not too intense, spicy or overwhelming. Thankfully not liquid cinnamon hearts.
While this isn’t anything particularly special, it’s good for what it is.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Earth, Orange Zest, Spices, Sweet
So, this turned out to be a bit of a funny mistake. I pulled this one from the T&C TTB because it was labeled “Yunnan Peru.” I thought, hmm, a Peruvian tea? Sounds interesting. So I steep it up without consulting Steepster first, and it smells like wet dirt. It also tastes like wet forest dirt. Then, I thought, wow this tastes a lot like the one other puer that I have tasted. When I finally look it up on Steepster, it of course is a puer. I should have known right away. If I had known it was a puer, I probably would not have tried it because I don’t have that appreciation for puers that other people have.
So long story short, I accidentally drank a puer, won’t rate it because I’m not a fan of puers.
Pass the Stash TTB #1
This is not bad. I smelled it in the bag and thought it would be great. Steeped it, smelled again and thought I’d made a mistake. Tasted and was pleasantly surprised since I’d come to expect it to be as bad as it smelled steeped, but it tasted better than I expected which was not as good as I’d hoped when I smelled it in the first place.
Pleasant enough white tea with light spice and mint flavorings I think. It’s not the best thing I’ve had of the type by far, but it’s drinkable. I would not be sad if someone served this to me, but I don’t think I’ll rush out to buy any.
I believe I’ll put this one back in the box. Sampled, but not kept.
Flavors: Candy, Mint, Spices, Sweet
Before I begin let me say I’m not a big fan of darjeeling. I’ve had a few I found quite nice but for the most part…. I’m just not a straight black tea gal. For some reason I’m tasting olives…Kinda bitter and… bitter fruit? Some what citursy and a slight toasty wqrmth.
What I’m trying to get at is that I think it’s …well it’s just not my cup of tea.
Yet another tea tasted at the tea class. A clear amber color with slightly grass and fruity aroma. A bit malty and woodsy. I’m also sensing a bit of fruity undertones. Of course the grassyness is also there. I liked this one quite a bit more then I expected. Probably not one I would buy more then an ounce of though.
There’s a reason the cinnamon comes before the orange in the name of this tea…there’s a lot of it! Although I do notice a bit of a zesty orange flavor, the predominate thing I taste is cinnamon. On the plus side, the base is smooth and not at all bitter or astringent. But I really wish I were tasting more citrus in this one!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest
Another fantastic flavored black tea from Indigo Tea Company! I really don’t taste the base tea in this one at all…just a rich, fruity raspberry flavor. It’s smooth and very sweet…almost syrupy! The flavor might be a bit much for some people, but this raspberry-lover is finding it quite delectable.
Flavors: Raspberry, Smooth, Sweet
I smelled this tea in store this weekend and knew I had to have it. It has a delectable bourbon vanilla aroma and the taste does not disappoint! It’s rich and smooth and sweet with just the slightest hint of smokiness from the black base that somehow works great with the vanilla. It leaves a great creamy aftertaste in my mouth. I can foresee this becoming a staple in my cupboard!
Flavors: Cream, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla
Smells good. Kinda like the mulling spices used in apple cider. When things say spicy I think of jalapeños and chili powder, I tend to forget that cinnamon is also considered spicy. Especially to children. But this us truly a spicy white! It’s not spicy like your mouth is burning but you do get a little tingle on your tongue. There is a bit of a grassy flavor. It’s a good mix.
Sencha base? I’m fairly certain but kinda hard to tell with the rose petals in there. It’s a good cup but not quite as good as I was hoping. I’m kind of disappointed that there are no actual pomegranate pieces in here. Pomegranate is kind of pricey though I guess… I honestly think this should have been called rose petal green tea not pomegranate tea.
Pass the Stash TTB #14
This was the last tea I drunk tonight, and it was the best of the three – though honestly that wasn’t saying much. As a holiday tea, this has all the spiciness that I come to expect. But it was missing depth and strength of flavor. The white tea leaf base was probably too light and the resulting tea was more watery than I would have liked.
There are other holiday teas I like better, though this one is drinkable. Maybe with a longer steeping time or more than one spoonful of tea it would be better.
I honestly thought I wasn’t going to like this tea. Most have too much mint flavor and I can’t handle that. But this is very light and refreshing. Even the aroma with it’s hay and mint is relaxing. While it’s not something I would buy for my cupboard it is something I may have if the opportunity arises like it did at this tea class. We also tried it with sugar like they do in Africa. Doesn’t change the flavor too much but the sweetness makes it interesting.