659 Tasting Notes
Long overdue tasting note on this tea…
This sample comes from Angel at Teavivre…and I think it is probably my first red tea. When I first tried this I git a little sour, but in a bittersweet chocolate sort or way, that eventually turned into an earthy any or grassy feel. It’s an interesting tea for sure. I don’t think this is my favourite black (red) tea, but it is not bad. I did brew this western style and add milk and sugar to it. It may have been a different experience gong fu style, but I don’t have my gaiwan set yet….probably not for a few more weeks at least. I’m not sure if I would recommend this or not just because it is a certain flavour profile, but it is a good one…so I’m sure some would like and some would not.
So, this is technically the second time I’ve had this, but I can’t remember much about the first time, because I have been in a haze the last few weeks, and I didn’t really pay much attention to this tea. However, today I was determined to remember to be better about it, and make a note, since Shae was so kind in sharing this with me…as her first trade. :)
I definitely got spice, and your basic chai spice, it seemed to be balanced blend…and although I could not detect it immediately, I got a very nice warming coconut note at the end of the sip. So lovely.
I did not make this latte style, but I did brew a little extra and use milk at the end.
This little tea sample came from CrowKettle. It was a cute little package. :) Anyway, I opted to have this one last night, and I opted to have it without sugar. I’ve been working on some of the lighter straight teas without additives. So with this one, I did pick up more on the hay notes, but less of the honey that I read about. I did get a thick mouthfeel though. This was not my favorite white tea to drink, but that may have changed if I had added just a bit of sweetness from organic raw cane sugar.
Overall, this was a nice white tea, but not a fave. I’d still recommend to others though, even it if was not right for me.
This one is kind of artificial, but still pretty good. It does get a little weird when it cools. I had it plain, but sweetened as a TTG initially. At that time, they suggested it as a latte (I think it’s a new upselling tactic that I’m not liking, fwiw)…I was like, I don’t usually add milk to white tea, except for Buttercream. But I kept that in my mind and when I was at DT yesterday with CrowKettle I opted to get a little of this and Strawberry Fields. So I made this last night, even though I’d had half a mug of Brazillionaire, a sipping matcha, and a matcha latte…I usually only have 2 caffeine teas a day. Whoopsie!
So I added a little more leaf and added milk, and I got little black floaties, reminiscent of a previous seasonal tea…one of the apple ones, iirc. I think it is just vanilla bean? Anyhow, it was tasty and def held up to the milk. And yes it is artificial, but I was compelled to drink more in spite of that.
I will be curious to see how this works iced or cold steeped.
This is one of 2 teas in the Spring Collection I to try yesterday. I had already had a cup of White Nectarine to go right when it came out…but I decided to get more of that to play with, and some of this.
I have to say that it is very strawberry and cream smelling and tasting, though a bit artificial. Is it enough of a turnoff? I don’t know. I did love that I got some good strawberry pieces in my bag, and this brew. I made my cup today with milk and sugar to up the sweet and cream taste. I have heard that it is tasty as a cold brew, so I may reserve some of my small bag for that.
It’s not a terrible tea, and it does fill a certain void, but I am rather spoiled by Stacy’s/Butiki’s strawberry flavours now. I don’t know if I like this enough to restock, at the moment, given how much tea I presently have, but when the pouch runs out, maybe I’ll get another small one. I dunno yet.
I had this tea last night, as the first of my new Janet’s samples to break in, partly because this was the first one she mentioned was new. Now, most people who now me know that I am not fond of rooibos, however, Bear With Me was kind enough to share some of his favourites, and he said they were better than DAVIDs’ rooibos. True enough, I liked the few he let me try, so I was game to try more. I love pear, so this one intrigued me.
By all rights, I should not like this tea. Not only is the dry leaf very rooisbos-y, but it is a stronger rooibos taste….but then, the crisp clean pear comes to the front and saves the day. This tea is a bit of a conundrum…I shouldn’t like it, but I do. I’ll have to have more to see whether I need more of this in my collection, like plum and rainbow rooibos.
I picked up a sample of this at the suggestion to try it from Bear With Me when we visited Janet yesterday. I have to be honest and say I am not the biggest raspberry fan, but the honey in this, at least the dry state, was WOW, and I thought it would probably mellow the parts of the raspberry I don’t like so much. And I was right. The honey is the dominant flavour of the tea, with the juicy raspberry underneath. Now, as I was on my way to work, I did add milk to this as I was unsure of the astringency of the base, however, I would like to try this without milk. I think the milk may have masked too much of the flavour. I also suspect that this would make an excellent cold brew, especially refreshing when the weather is warmer.
I’m grateful for the suggestion and am glad to have tried it.
So, I decided to make this tonight. This comes from TEA AVE as a sample gift set that had three samples of oolong, and an aroma cup set, plus a few extra goodies. It was all a very generous sample and gift set…so thank you so much Heidi! I attempted to use my aroma cup set for this, but as I don’t have an actual tea pot, pouring the tea into the aroma cup proved challenging, as it is tall but very narrow. I think the set is lovely….the white cups and the oak tray are stunning, but maybe a bit too fancy for me? I have a tea pot in mind though, so I’ll try this all again when I get that.
Onto the tea now. So I chose this one tonight, and the leaves are very dark green, and very tightly rolled. I used my bamboo spoon, which I assume is 1-1.5 tsp. I used oiling water like they said, and did a 2 minute steep (recommended 1-3), and then I improvised getting the tea into the aroma cup and then into the drinking cup. I did definitely get a nice smell from the cup, but I am a little stuffed up today…so I’m not confident I got the whole experience.
In the cup, the liquor was very pale yellow, and the contrast with this and the white cup almost made it look milky. The leaves after steeping grew an inane amount, and even more the second steep, and were an amazing dark green, almost resembling steamed spinach.
As for the taste, it is quite light, with a slight sweet (butter) creaminess, and saliva inducing quality, but also a little brothy too. I took this one plain, without sugar, and for some reason, these kind of oolongs I can do that with, and it’s fine. But…I have to be in the mood for a more savoury and broth tea. I did get a little oil at the top of the brew, which does not bother me.
Although I’m not that great at pointing out a lot of subtle aspects in tea flavours, but I do try, I would say that this is a great tea for a novice as well as an expert.