1660 Tasting Notes
Holy buckwheat batman!!
this was amaaaazing. but different than the last sample I had. More doughey and rich, wheras the other one had some chocolate notes. Hmmm.
I did four steeps. The first two were more or less the same, all buckwheat and molasses sweet, whereas the third and fourth were more like sweet buns. Very sweet buns! and I don’t mean like the kind Alex O’Loughlin has (Hawaii Five-O) ;)
Thank you SO much Bonnie for the sample!!!!! I really adore this tea!
Thank you Azzrian for this sample!! this was a great experience :)
When I saw it in the package, I got really excited about comparing it to the Strawberry pancake.
Surprisingly they are very different teas. This one is more floral. I felt as if it was a strawberry perfume scent and taste, whereas the pancake tea had a texture of cake in it somehow.
As it cooled though, I got some strong underlying jasmine notes. Eeeeeek, not my thing! even steeped at under three minutes, it was far too strong in the scent for my liking and I wasn’t able to finish the cup.
Oh well, it was fun trying it out! I really enjoyed the experience!! thanks again Azzrian :)
So after my last tea-mare, I really needed something light and refreshing. Well, this certainly did the trick!!
Thank you so much to Kristaleyn for the sample!
I really like this one. It’s so light that I didn’t get any nausea from the phenols at all, and the flavour is spot on! Strawberries! and pancakes! Yummmmmm.
With some raw agave syrup, everything really popped. This particular agave is very molasses like, so it worked perfectly to bring out the pancake note.
Again, the flavour is light all around, but I quite like it that way. Tasty!!
Thanks again Kristaleyn :)
Thank you Kristaleyn for this sample!! and Azzrian? I think I got some from both of you :)
Unfortunately though, this tea is not for me. I could barely finish a few sips, let alone the cup. Forget a second steep!
Something about this tea just makes me ill. Not in an allergy way. More in a can’t handle the flavour sortof tummy protest.
Now bear in mind… I don’t like smoked ham. Yep, bacon and I… we’ve never gotten along.
Even with milk and sugar this wasn’t palatable :(
So I won’t rate this. I can’t decide what would be a fair rating…
and I am super grateful to have tried this. You win some you lose some right?
PUDDING!! this tea… it’s heaven. Heaven in a cup. I feel as if I just enhaled a bucket full of mouth watering vanilla pudding! and a fraction of the calories. yeah baby!
Now, I’m not normally a fan of vanilla. In most cases, it’s enough to turn me off a tea! but for whatever reason… in this case, it is amazing. ahhhhhmazing!! The nougat must be laced with a slice of heaven. I tell ya…
Oh and it tastes creamy, oh so very creamy and sweet! without adding anything at all! Nope, I took this one straight up, and it’s still getting this rating from me. My first 100 folks! in 500+ reviews, this is my first perfect score. THAT is how much I love this blend.
This was my to go cup after my meet n swap, but the next time I swing by this shop, I am SO getting a tin. Oh yes, I need five tins! twenty!!!
The other thing that impresses me here is that I was able to leave my bag in and it never got sour or bitter. The guy at the shop mentioned that to me, and at first I was skeptical, but now… well I am a believer!!
Tsaa, how were you around for almost 2 years and I’m just finding you now!?
So today, I met up with a Steepsterite!! what fun! :D
We went to this shop on the Danforth called Tsaa. They’re new in town, maybe 1.5 yrs old but oh man is the place ever cute!! plenty of seating, though it does get pretty busy… and a fireplace! love it!
Tsaa is family owned, so they are super friendly. We chatted for a long time about the different teas. I will definitely be back there soon.
As for the tea, this one was pleasant. Smooth. The pear wasn’t very strong, but it was distinct. The white tea was nice and round, I quite enjoyed how light it was.
Not one I will buy, but very pleasant overall. Oh and now that I am looking back, I wish I had added a pinch of sugar to see where the pear went. Oh well, next time!
Wow. So this is the tea that I had purchased from Tealish, which ended up going rancid on me. When I let them know, the company was so gracious and sent me a brand new bag, with some samples to boot! Now, not only am I impressed with their customer service, but their tea as well!!
About the tea:
This must have been reblended. The other review here mentions an overwhelming hibby note, but I don’t see it in the blend, nor do I taste any at all in the tea. It’s not at all sour. Perhaps too many people mentioned the hibs and they took note? shrugs
The tea itself is very pungent. The blueberries smell like something mildly fermented, which I suppose could be the beginnings of the rancidness I experienced last time.
Steeped, I get that same intense fermented note. Adding a teaspoon of sugar helps though.
But… What really blew my socks of, was when I added a dash of milk. It now tastes like a blueberry danish! I am in awe!!
Made that way, I do believe I have found my new fave rooibos tea. Oh yes, this is staying in my cupboard permanently. Mmmmmmmm.
Oh wow, pistachio icecream!!! YUMMY!!!!!
Thank you to Bonnie for sharing some with me!
Now this is a white tea I can enjoy. It tastes just like pistachio icecream, it’s spot on! I even get the creaminess. and nuts, I definitely get alot of nutty cream. Mmmmm.
Now, I am not the biggest fan of pistachio icecream, but I wanted so badly to try this one because all the reviews are so enticing. And you know what… this is actually perfect. Since I don’t really like the real dairy version, and I’m not supposed to have it anyhow… well, this is just as good! so no calories or dairy, and all the flavour! ha!
My only wish is that more of the white tea came through. It’s all but hidden.
So off I go to make my third infusion!
EDIT: third steep is amaaaaaaazing. So delicate and nutty!! boosting the rating a few points.
Thanks again Bonnie, you rock!!!
Thank you so much to Azzrian for the sample!! love it!
The flavours in this one are unique. I’m not sure what the base is, but I taste alot of roastedness. Maybe even a Brazilian tea sortof note. Earthy like. It’s pleasant, but a little biting as well.
I am getting some banana, underneath that. I do like banana. Yum!! but I can’t seem to find the strawberry, even with sugar, and some milk.
There is a hint of something fruity beyond banana, but whether that is strawberry or not I can’t say.
Bah, it’s tasty nonetheless. Thanks again Azzrian!
I… don’t know what to think… It’s good, I think? I mean, I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t call this a “tea” necessarily. It’s powderized, so in my head it just doesn’t match up with what I know as Camellia Sinensis.
Anyhow, I did enjoy my cup. This is just like milky bubbletea! only a bit more burnt tasting. Is it possible to burn powder? I guess I can burn the sugar.
The creamy and malty part was really nice, but there was a touch too much sweetness for my liking.
Overall, I’d say it was pretty good. In fact, I’d keep it in my cupboard if it didn’t give me tummy issues afterwards! which is why I am lowering the rating some. Never again. Yikes.