417 Tasting Notes
Tea & Cards TTB #6
I’ve had some teas from Yezi before and loved them, so I decided to try this one out from the box as well. Very vegetal with a buttery texture. On one of the steeps, I used water that was a bit cooler than I wanted and ended up getting almost a sweet corn-like taste. Definitely a fun tea to experiment with since it seems to be holding up through resteeping pretty well. I haven’t had a tea from the TTB that has let me down yet!
So yesterday I was at a cafe and ordered some rose green tea, thinking that it would be the perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. There were tea leaves scooped into some sort of disposable t-sac-like pouch and dumped into some hot water. It smelled deliciously rosy, but tasted like rose-flavored soap. Oh, well, at least it kept my hands warm for a bit. I have yet to find a convenient cafe to go to that actually cares about their tea a little more than just offering it on the menu as an alternative to coffee.
Tea & Cards TTB #5
Backlog from yesterday. I so wanted to try more from the box yesterday, but had enough caffeine, so I snuck this one in, rationalizing that it probably had less caffeine anyway. It had a nice, light melon taste. I couldn’t really distinguish specific melon flavors (cantaloupe, honeydew, etc), but it wasn’t too overly artificial or perfume-y. Because the melon flavor wasn’t too overwhelming, I could also taste the grassy notes from the white tea itself. While I’m not a huge fan of grassy greens & whites, it was nice to see the base white tea flavor come out on its own for once.
Tea & Cards TTB #4
Ok, so I maybe messed this one up a little by using water that was too hot (it’s hard to get things right at school). Nevertheless, it wasn’t as overly bitter because of the sweetness from the white chocolate flavors. I was nervous about this one tasting overly artificial because I saw that telltale greasiness on the top of the tea, but it was actually quite well done! I also tasted a slight frutiness maybe melon(?) that was tasty. It might be from the white tea- I just haven’t had enough straight white tea to be able to tell. In any case, I’m glad that I finally got to try a Della Terra tea! I’m definitely going to put in an order with them when I decide I can come off my tea-buying hiatus.
Tea & Cards TTB #3
I have to say that I’m surprised by all the low ratings on Steepster about this tea. Although I did notice that many of them are older, so maybe the tea changed a bit since then? Anyway, I decided to ignore the steeping parameters given by the packet and waited for my boiling water to cool a bit before steeping. I also did a quick rinse before my first steep and did not let the first steep sit as long as 2-3 min as suggested by the packet. All this resulted in a wonderfully floral but not artificially perfume-y oolong. The floral tastes transitioned smoothly into a nuttier, roastier taste toward the end of the sip. The tea also had a buttery feel. I actually really enjoyed this green oolong, and since there is a weirdly small amount left in the sample, I may just pull the rest of it from the TTB.
Tea & Cards TTB #2
Today was a caffeine kind of day, so I gave this one a try. I actually love coffee-flavored things, but can’t drink coffee itself because it is too bitter and the caffeine makes me jittery. I think that this tea helps me with both of my problems with coffee! It has that coffee flavor without being bitter or forcing me to add sweetener. I could definitely tell that it has more caffeine than my other usual teas, but much less than coffee. I may have to buy some of this for when I need a real jump start in the mornings!
I’m so so excited to participate in my first TTB! This specific one is the Tea & Cards TTB. Anyway, this tea is the first that I’m trying from the box, and a perfect tea for the morning. I’m a big fan of English Breakfast blends, so this tea was right up my alley. Strong, but with a bit of sweetness, and smooth. I think I also detected a bit of smokiness. There was a slight astringency about it, but I may just be extra sensitive from all the cold weather that we’ve been having. I shared the pot with a friend of mine who is normally a coffee-lover, and she seemed to genuinely enjoy it. I declare my first TTB tea a success!
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Amidst the cold weather and crazy classes, I got my swap from Courtney in the mail today! So I celebrated by immediately brewing this tea. I wasn’t quite getting all the intricate flavors that are listed on Verdant’s site for this tea, but then again, it took me a few cups to find the flavors in Laoshan Black in the past as well. What I did get from this tea was a very robust flavor that makes me think that this will be a great tea to wake up in the mornings. I plan on savoring the rest of my sample and hopefully figuring out the right steeping conditions for me!