717 Tasting Notes
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.
So after a few days of nothing but chai and double ginger, to soothe my tummy, I decided to break this out and try it since I was feeling a bit better. I seem to remember the store noting a pineapple note, and I could smell it in the container there, but not here, nor could I taste it. However, I did get a slight juicy note in addition to the creamy aspects, so maybe that was it.
As the other reviews have said, this is a very drinkable milk oolong, and for whatever reason, milk oolongs are one of the few I can drink straight, without any sweetener in it at all. So I had two steeps of this while I went about my day and got things accomplished before my tummy started acting up and I switched back to double ginger.
I’d say it is a comparable replacement for my Teaopia milk oolong.
YAY! I’m the first to review my tea creation! What started out as mixing grapefruit and maple, turned into Grapefruit Creme Brûlée. I remember having grapefruit halves with brown sugar on them and broiled a little, with a cherry in the middle, every time we would go to visit my grandma in South Florida. I never really liked grapefruit then, but I had always liked it when she made it. Grandmas are magical, yo! :P I have since grown to like them more, but I have to be in the right mood for them sometimes, and this way of making them is, and has always been, my favourite. I liked the Grapefruit Dragon green tea that Stacy made, so I thought this would be done well too, and it was. Was there any doubt?
So on to the tea. This is my first CTC, at least in loose form. It’s possible that I have had it in a bagged tea, unknowingly, and if so, I did not know anything about CTC then anyway. What I am picking up is a deep rich black tea flavour, with some lightly smokey and bitterness…the description for the base (Crimson Horizon) mentions burnt chocolate, and I can get behind that. My mouth feels really juicy, and almost acidic on my tongue! It also mentions bergamot, and I can kind of detect a tiny floral note like that, but I’m not sure I’d’ve picked out that one on my own. It mingles with the grapefruit quite nicely.
I usually find the blends I get from Stacy to have smooth and subtle bases, but this one, WOW, it is pretty bold. Between the CTC Crimson Horizon base, and the tangy grapefruit, it is a surefire wake up sunny breakfast tea. All this flavour in just a single minute steep! I think that in the future, I will stick to 1 level tsp, even if I am making a mug’s worth, just to tone down some of the bitterness. I don’t mind some, because hey, grapefruit IS bitter, but I’d like to see if I can get a better balance of flavors with a little less leaf. I decided to add some organic cane sugar, and later I added a tiny bit of milk…no curdling. I like the milk addition…it does something that I can’t quite put my finger on.
Well done, me, and Stacy of course. This tea is lovely and can’t wait to cold steep or ice it and maybe make it with sweetened condensed milk over the summer.
Flavors: Bergamot, Burnt Sugar, Cocoa, Grapefruit