692 Tasting Notes
This was my first tea of 21013. I’m not entirely sure why I chose this one, over one of my Davids teas, as this is not a fave, but it is ok. Perhaps I just wanted a change, and to go through my box from indigobloom more, but perhaps I also chose this for the citrus in it, and the hope that spring is coming soon, now that the new year has begun.
Once again, it is not a remarkable tea. It is mild and not overly tart or citrus or bitter or anything. It is pretty inoffensive, really. Had it with sugar and the last of the milk.
Probably not something I would buy for myself, but it is something I don’t mind drinking.
I appreciate the sample though.
I’ve had this tea a bit more lately, as it is one of the few caffeinated ones in the cheapest category for to go drinks. On subsequent tastings, I have determined that there is a slight strawberry note in the brew, and it is actually not overpowering to the pu-erh at all. Actually, while still mild on all accounts, it’s actually decently flavoured, and I will also say that I do prefer it with milk and sugar.
So, with everything in mind, I have actually upped the rating. It is something that I know I can get at Teavana that I don’t hate. Will I buy some to make at home? Maybe. But I have enough stuff at home right now.
Decided to try something new as my TTG tonight, so I chose this. I’ve smelled this a number of times, but I have always picked something else. This is nice. It’s not a terribly strong or complex flavour, and it does have a bit of a classic kind of feel to it.
I can’t say this is a new favourite tea, but it is tasty alright, and I can see why DT uses it in many of they’re samplers. It’s pretty inoffensive and is something that a person new to tea can easily get behind.
To me, it is a nice vanilla-ish and coconut-y flavour, with the rum as the undertone. I like this way better than Whiskey White. It’s just a nice smooth flavour…nothing too fancy, but that’s ok. I kind of wonder what this would be like mixed with Fantasy Island. Call it Rum Fantasy???
This one confuses me…the lapacho herb reminds me of Amaretto from DAVIDs and the Orange reminds me of Orange Blossom from DAVIDs as well…it smells soooooo good!
It’s too hot to take a sip just yet, but for now, I will breathe in deeply to the scent wafting up from my mug. This is only from the 5 minute steeper method too. I wonder how much more intense it would be with the stove-top method of preparation.
If this is truly medicinal, I may need to beef up my intake because I have been feeling so sluggish lately.
More later once it cools and I can take a sip….
Ok, so it is not too hot anymore in the burning tongue capacity, but still nice and hot to start drinking. I think I may have under-brewed this, either by not using enough leaf, or not letting it steep long enough, but it is a very nice herbal blend with juicy orange. It’s quite tasty actually, but just a little thin and weak.
Thanks to Indigobloom for this one, as I know I will enjoy this cuppa, and the one to follow.
Ok, so this is the tea that got the swap going with Indigobloom and I was waiting for a time where I could re-steep easily.
I don’t have a gaiwan or anything for gong fu steeping. I used a bag from DAVIDs, boiling water, and a measuring cup. I don’t usually measure the water…I just fill my Steeper to a point and brew. Because of the nature of the steeping on the website, and reading reviews here, I figured this was the closest I could come to East meets West steeping. I did not get rid of the first steep or “rinse” as I really wanted to max out what I could with my small sample.
First steep…my little special tea cup was actually less than 8 oz, so while I started the steep in that as I poured the boiling water from the measuring cup, I poured the rest in my mug, followed by what was in my tea cup, and the bag. I think I probably just shook the bag around a bit and dunked it up and down. I’m guessing this was all in the 20-30 second time frame. The brew that formed was light and pale and golden. It smelled very bready, considering how short a steep it was. My first sip was a spicy one, a sharp peppery spice at the tip of my tongue. I wasn’t prepared for that. Subsequent sips were not as sharp, and I could taste the bread again, but more like a honey bread. I will mention that this was drunk bare, which I rarely do. I could taste a subtle sweet note at the back of my mouth, sort of like an after taste. I don’t think I picked up any mushroom notes, which is good for me since I am not fond of mushrooms, but it is possible that was I did taste was a little of the roasted sweet potato that some have picked up on.
Second steep was longer, and I added sugar, but not much. This steep was stronger, and a bit more astringent than the first. The basic flavours appeared, though the brew was darker, and it was, as I said, a little more astringent.
Third steep I went a bit more Western, probably about a minute steep, and I used more sugar and also milk. I’m getting a very classic Chinese Yunnan taste from this…something I have had in the past, something that is very comforting to me. I do still get some of the peppery notes every now and again, and the malty honey bun flavour is what permeates most in this. The milk and sugar add a sweet creamy touch. It is a simplicity in flavour that makes it so comforting, even if the notes are a little complex still.
All in all, I find this to be of very good quality. It’s taste is a bit like liquid gold. It has all the traits of a good yunnan tea that I love, but a silky and glossy golden feel to it. It’s like a tea spun out of gold. Light and bright but balanced.
I don’t know if I will get more steeps out of this one or not, especially as my last steep had the bag in with the milky water. If I do one more, it will probably be more Western style, and continue with the milk and sugar.
I have enough of the sample for one more round of steeps, so I will use those leaves wisely.
Thanks agin to Indigobloom for sharing this delightful tea with me.
I’m definitely getting more oolong than berry here, but I am getting some berry juiciness and tart undertones in this brew. I added sugar, but not a lot, and no milk, though as the oolong is a little on the darker side, it could hold up to one, but I don’t think this one will benefit from any milk. But maybe. There is an astringent taste that might be more mellow if I add milk.
In the Prairie Berry vs Blueberry Jam war, I think it is no contest…Blueberry Jam is the clear winner to me. This is another one that I think will make a nice cold brew iced tea.
Hmm, what will my next tea be? Something else from indigobloom or something I already have?
More like Prince Valium, to me. It’s just a little bit of a boring tea. It’s not amazing or magnificent or anything. It’s far from horrible; it’s extremely drinkable, but there just isn’t any magic happening in my mouth. There’s a bit of orange, and that’s about it. I had mine with milk and sugar, as I do pretty much with all of my black, pu erh and darker oolong teas. I thank indigobloom for sending this sample to me. I do like orange and black tea combos, so good guess. I bet the tea would be nice as a cold brewed as an iced tea.
First tea to try from Indigobloom and since it is past midnight, I opted for caffeine free even though I don’t work tomorrow and could have handled the caffeine. But after a meat and potatoes kind of dinner, Blueberry Streusel just seemed right.
The leaf in the bag was kind of purple-ish and kind of cool actually. I could certainly smell the blueberry. Steeped, it was very dark for a honeybush, I think, or perhaps I used too much leaf and not enough water. It also tastes a bit strong too. I can pick up the tart blueberry but I can’t really detect much else. I did add some brown sugar and milk, so that might be hiding the streusel flavour or maybe a lighter brew would reveal that aspect to my taste buds.
It’s not an amazing tea, but it is not horrible either. All in all, I think that DAVIDsTEA Blueberry Jam is better, but this is still tasty. I think I liked the Strawberry Pie better, but this is quite decent.
Ok, so, redo on the Ceylon Star this morning. My brewing, my sweetener, my milk (not soy this time) and it is way better than it was yesterday. I wanted to try it bare this morning, but it was too hot, and I was in too much of a hurry to get out the door, so I gave it my usual treatment. I still have enough from the 6g bag to make one more steep.
The flavour is definitely a little complex, probably due to the star anise, but still relatively mild. I can pick up some of the white chocolate and coconut tones underneath the star anise which seems to meld well with the cocoa tones and the tea. It’s a complicated tea, but simple too. It definitely isn’t overly licorice tasting. If anything, it tastes a little like a vanilla and coconut like chai…or like a chai vanilla milkshake. There is that creamy taste in here.
I do like this, but I don’t know if I will repurchase or not. I might get one bag and see what I think, but there are others I like better. We’ll see once I finish a few more of my bags and make more space on my wall.
Was a TTG this afternoon, and it was on the house, which was a really nice treat. I got it with soy and agave, and I really found there was not much taste, which I think is partly the soy milk…maybe too much, or maybe I didn’t steep this long enough. I am reserving my rating until I brew myself a cup. I got 6 grams to try at home.