464 Tasting Notes
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.
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.
I started out on the light end of the tea spectrum this morning. I chose this tea mostly because of the convenience of it being in a bag. My co-workers were all late (and one had just given birth. yay!), so I was checking in patients for 3 practices and a bag was just way easier. Yummy, creamy, floral tea! Definitely helped keep me going!
I got distracted by a patient asking me a question in the waiting area as I was filling my cup and I put cold water in my mug instead of hot. I dunked my tea ball in before I noticed that the mug wasn’t warm. I ended up cold-steeping it for 45 minutes. Pretty weak this way. I taste pineapple and definitely cilantro. It’s a little bitter for my tastes.
Thanks, Shelley_Lorraine for this tea!
Hot-steeped it after drinking the cold steep. Less bitter, less cilantro, more pineapple and creamier. I like it better this way, but still probably not going to be a favorite of mine.
This tea is grassy, slightly sea-weedy (but in a good way) and buttery. It tastes fresh and spring-like. As it cools it gets more grassy and leafy. It loses the seaweed flavor altogether.
2nd Steep: No seaweed, even more buttery. There’s a floral sweetness I can’t place.
Short tasting notes- at work.
I’m enjoying the variety in my teavivre samplers. This is a slightly dark, woodsy oolong tea. The smell of the liquor is earthy greenbeans and mushrooms. It seems like a lot of teas lately remind me of beans. The taste is much like the smell with the addition of some very faint honey and citrus tones that work really well to add some brightness and complexity to the earthy tones. The aftertaste doesn’t last very long, but it holds onto the fruity tones and settles into a creamy flavor.
Second Steep: Much more woody, less sweet and fruity. Minerally?