2185 Tasting Notes
This tea came in a swap package from Tea Sipper that I got just before I moved, and promptly forgot about until just now. Sorry about that! But I found the package and now I have a lot more teas to try. :)
I have had at least one tea from Simpson & Vail that I liked and I have wanted to try more, but I haven’t ever gotten around to ordering from them so I usually take the opportunity to request samples in swaps. This one sounded delicious. The aroma of the steeped tea is interesting, and it reminds me of an unflavored nice black. After all, chocolate and cinnamon are common flavors in those types of teas.
Flavor is quite nice, with strong chocolate notes that are both unsweetened cocoa powder type and that bakey brownie type as well. The cinnamon isn’t strong, but it a pleasantly spiced background note. There is the tiniest hint of bitterness so I will try to steep it at a slightly cooler temp last time. This is a tasty tea, but then again it is also not all that different from a really nice unflavored black, and I would probably just drink one of those instead if I wanted. I suppose this could be a cheaper alternative if necessary!
Nearly done with this one… only a few more cups left. While I am planning an order to Dammann (free shipping over what comes out to $58), but this one won’t be a restock. Not that it’s not a tasty tea, it’s actually a very tasty tea. But it’s very similar to Harney’s Florence, and if I’m going to buy a pile of teas from Paris I’m going to choose ones that I either love or haven’t tried yet. Also for whatever reason although I do enjoy the flavors, I rarely find myself craving chocolate hazelnut tea.
Of course, as if to prove to me how good it is, this tea is really tasty this morning. Chocolatey and nutty and almost sweet. Really quite delicious. I have also really come to love Dammann’s black tea base, which is present in all of their flavored teas and has great flavor itself. Well, now I just want to make that order sooner. :P
Wow, I just had the mid-afternoon doldrums hit me hard. I feel like falling asleep. I am also feeling a weird sense of being over-tea’d, like I have drunk too many cups, but I think it’s mostly that I have had only green teas (or similar) today so far which is unusual for me. Hopefully this tea wil help pull me out of my funk.
I wanted a black tea that was rich and either nutty or spicy, and this one seemed like it would fit the bill. Yeah, it’s definitely helping. Pumpkiny and a bit spicy, I do really enjoy this tea. If it was on a slightly more impressive base, it would be one of my favorite teas.
I drank a cup of this with lunch today, and it was quite tasty. Nutty and buttery and so not a boring grassy green tea. I almost oversteeped it but it suffered no ill effects. I really enjoy having a tea like this with my lunch… it almost serves to make everything else taste better as well.
ETA: Apparently this tea is almost a year old, but it still tastes great. Guess its aging pretty well even for a green tea.
Yet another sample that comes to me thanks to Azzrian! I have sampled guyusa at a tea festival before, but I’ve never had a whole cup of it. It intrigues me, so I was glad that Azzrian included this one in our swap!
I cannot believe that this thing steeps for 6 minutes, but I did it, even though it goes against all my instincts. It smells like citrus and, well, guyusa, which I know isn’t helpful but its hard for me to describe. Kind of a tad leafy-twiggy, but in a good way. The flavor is quite nice… lemon and cream, with enough guyusa to bring it down to earth. I am definitely enjoying this one, and I hope it energizes me like its supposed to!
This sample once again comes to me thanks to Alphakitty!
I am not the biggest white tea person. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them when I have them, because I often do, it’s just that I rarely seek them out. Nonetheless I requested this one from Alphakitty because although I have had Earl Grey white teas before, I’ve never had an Earl Grey cream white tea. Sounded interesting!
I don’t have much of a default steep time for white teas, so I guessed on this one. I have a feeling I should have steeped it a little longer for optimal flavor. As it is, it’s pretty tasty. It definitely smells like an Earl Grey cream, though obviously without the black tea notes. The bergamot is pretty light, and I would probably like more in the blend, but it is overall creamy and vanilla-y. The white tea base is smooth and not too hay-ish or grassy. A pretty nice tea.
This sample comes to me thanks to Azzrian! I love passion fruit and I love green oolongs, so I am excited to try this one. That said, it does have a lot to live up to… one of my favorite teas is the sublimely flavored passion fruit scented oolong from Naivetea (yet of another of my favorite teas that don’t currently reside in my cupboard).
This is quite different from the Naivetea oolong, but still very tasty. For one thing, although this is a green oolong base it is clearly not a high mountain oolong… it brews up fairly dark, with underlying nutty and slightly roasty notes, more like a traditional tieguanyin. The passion fruit flavor is nice and authentic, present but not overpowering. Overall a very nice tea and I’m glad I got to try it.
The last of my sample! I will be sad to see this one go, as its very tasty. A little floral, a little citrusy, and lovely black tea underneath.
Also I am doing a tea stash clean out over on the Swap thread with quite a lot of teas, so check it out if you want!
This is a backlog from yesterday… forgot to log this tea! This one comes to me thanks to Alphakitty!
This is a blend of a medium-dark oolong, a jasmine green, and almond flavor. I’ve never had a blend quite like this before, but it sounded intriguing! Fortunately, upon brewing it did not smell like pot to me (see Kittenna’s tasting note), but just like a roasty dark oolong with a few light sweet notes to it. Not super floral, and no flavor really took over in this blend. It was like a nice nutty oolong with some sweetness from the almond and a little bit of jasmine. It all blended rather well. I quite enjoyed this one!
Look at me go, drinking more fruity green teas. And really enjoying this one too! This is one of the teas I received in my happy bag from Lupicia, and it certainly makes me happy. This morning I opened this tea to put it in a recently-empty tin, and I was hit by the intense smell of juicy grapefruit. I knew I would be making it as my second cup of tea!
Steeped it came out very nicely. The grapefruit is relatively light and not overpowering, but it is definitely present. Grapefruit of course can be pretty bitter on its own, but I am thankful that there was no bitterness in this one. Just light, slightly sweet, citrusy goodness. The green tea was pretty standard, but it worked. I guess I do still enjoy fruity greens in the right circumstances!