419 Tasting Notes
I’m back! All crises diverted at home. Dad and cat recovering well. Expect a few backlogs.
This tea is very perfumey. It wasn’t bad, but I’m starting to think that all Palais des Thes blends taste very similar. The flowers were sweet, the sencha-tasting base was ok as well.
This was the tea I drank the whole day. I needed something strong and this fits the bill. I could resteep and resteep. Chocolatey and malty, almost smokey, ashy. yum.
I haven’t had time for longer notes. My cat is still in the hospital and my Dad is now in the ER. yikes! Too much going on.
backlog- At a bridal shower yesterday, bagged tea.
A nice, fragrant, tannic base. No oily bergamot residue and the bergamot flavor was not as strong as I have experienced in some other earl greys.
Backlog from Saturday. I really enjoyed this one as a cold-steep. Sweet, fruity, and tangy too.
I cold-steeped a pitcher of this overnight and grabbed a travel mug full of it as I headed out to take my cat the specialist vet hospital. His breathing hasn’t been so good.
The tea tastes pretty good like pina colada. The apple mellows out the tropical flavors and there is milky quality to the taste. I was expecting some sort of unnatural flavor with the sprinkles, but I 8mm getting nothing like that. I’m glad I brought a mug-ful with me.
Dry leaf: I could sniff this all day, fragrant, a little starchy, like a bunchof subtle spices.
1st Steep: 5 seconds. Pretty much just one long honey note. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s scent sends a warming sensation riight up to the back of my sinuses.
2nd Steep: 10 seconds. The honey note is still there, but starting to get a little of what I think of as a typical black tea flavor- subtley dark. Slightly starchy aftertaste- pleasantly sweet and adds a little thickness to the mouthfeel that had been lacking up to this point.
3rd Steep: Nearly a minute. Honey turns into a vanilla kind of taste. The warming sensation plays with my senses and sometimes Ifeel like it is cooling me as well. The starchy aftertaste becomes sweeter, almost fruity. The black tea taste is still very faint.
4th Steep: A little over a minute. Best steep yet! The vanilla and dark tea tones hit me both at once- very well balanced. The starch almost turns creamy, but not quite. The heating/cooling sensation remains and ends with a tingle on my tongue, reminescent of spices such as cinnamon or cloves.I love the mouthfeel sensations of this tea- it’s not so much the taste as the feel of this tea that creates the experience.
5th Steep: A little over a minute. Leaning more toward honey again, not vanilla. Starch flavor takes prominence. Definitely a clove note in the aftertaste that works up the very back of my tongue. Still silky.
All in all, I’m enjoying the sensations roller coaster thiis tea took me on. Will I drink it all the time? No- It’s much too subtle for me to want all the time. Especially in the morning when my brain is not awake yet and I want the flavors to scream at me. It might be nice for a cool afternoon or evening so that the warming sensations would really be appreciated.
The dryleaf looks really weird= like rocks made of felt! The dry leaf smells very much like the kind of green tea I don’t like, but it turns out I didn’t have to worry. The taste was mellow, roasty, and slightly sweet. The ginseng aftertaste works its way up the nose and back of the mouth. Overall it was pleasant and refreshing.
Steeping this a fourth time. I wasn’t able to record each steep because I couldn’t get on Steepster and then I was at the maternity ward visiting my co-worker and her newborn. I have enjoyed every single steep though! So dark, silky, and perfect for the entire day!
This tea is really different from a lot of other fruit blends I’ve had. The pineapple and papaya work really well with the orange. The yerba mate deepends the flavor so that it doesn’t just taste liike a juice. Tasty, but I may regret drinking it an hour before bedtime.
HOO YEAH! This sample sent me to to Tea Heaven! Best Teavivre tea I received by far! The darkest of black teas- Its roasty, almost ashy foretaste feels like silk in the mouth. It then overwhelmed me with roasted green beans (yes, I’ve been obsessed with beans lately) and was tantalizingly tangy in the aftertaste. That last bit made the impression on me of apple cider vinegar on a green bean salad.