221 Tasting Notes
I have neglected my beloved steepster for far too long!
I am back and wish you all a wickedly good new year and hope you got spoiled with tea for Christmas.
I’m starting with an herbal for 2013 still from my obsessive relationship with davidstea ….oh my love may we never be parted.
Soooo merry cranberry dry smells like those dried fruit bars like healthy fruit roll ups!
I ate a dried cranberry from the tin and it was nice as cranberries usually are( better then raisins).
As per my habit with fruity teasI steeped longer and put more in ….full flavour or get off my boat…or is it bus?
Once steeped just smells like tea..smells like I may have accidentally made it bitter oh well first flop of 2013 ? We will see.
As for taste it is actually nice it has a fruity fuzzy robe on for sure but it’s the black tea that centres it.it has a nice tartness that overshadows any bitterness and I think it would work with a good icing in the summer.it is no Paradise Found but its decent in it’s own right it’s what I wished Pu’erh would taste more like less earth dirty and more rich dark tea leaves steeped in history.
I will definitely be trying it again but I am rating it nonetheless that’s how I roll.
Cheers my tea loving friends drink deep and well and never stop :-)
Bizarre combinations sometimes completely win me over I’m looking at you Strawberry Ginger and you Exotica..(2 of my absolute faves)I even like Splash!I am not a big fan of ginger but apparently it can actually be nice when balanced off other flavors.
The pouch smells kind of like a very old fruit-rollup with almost a tang of something licorice like.
Once brewed it is totally clear with a slight gold finish..the smell of strawberry is totally there and something else that I can’t place at the moment it’s also got kind of a syrupy or honey vibe.
The taste is very very light wasn’t that flavorful there’s no spice to it..I can see the potential perhaps..I will try again but put way more in then I originally did ..I always heap the perfect spoonful in and steep fully so it amazes me how weak this tastes..it’s like a very very very watered-down impression of a photograph of DT’s Exotica..It’s basically hot water with an aftertaste..
Will try again..but I’m still rating it if it improves I will do my duty..I wanted to do a “if you like this then you’ll love this” type of thing but it seems that all I can recommend is Exotica
EVERYONE knows that I am obsessed with DT’s various renditions of Earl Grey and other classic teas.They do SUCH a profoundly good job it would soften the hardest of hearts and make the most particular tea lover reconsider their good taste.Yes they are THAT good.
This tea smells like a lovely earl grey profile but it’s a green tea and and the orange oil and bergamot just burst with a freshness and lightness that doesn’t smell usual or predictable.It’s pretty similar in smell to the Earl of Lemon just not as citrusy and not as deep and sexy as the Cream of Earl grey.It smells just lovely.
As for taste it’s nice..not mind-blowing like other earl grey types I’ve tried but good.It’s perfect for people that want something classic like an earl grey that usually only exists in a black tea to be a green tea instead.I think this would also be the most able to take a good icing out of all the other earl greys..it’s just light enough.
It’s lovely and golden outside with the sun slivering down into the sharp chilliness of the morning and I want something sweet and sexy.
This seemed the fine choice with golden mulberries and coconut…less a tea and more a decadent dessert.It smells almost buttery.
Once brewed it smells more like tea.It smells sweetly with the edge of coconut and the slight earthy tone of the white silver needles.
As for taste it is smooth and velvety with a sweet creaminess.The aftertaste brings out the coconut and it melts like butter on my tongue.
It’s nice and light.it doesn’t wow me which surprises me with it’s sexy texture but it does leave a sourness that seems out of place .It’s nice and all but I’m not sure I’m going to finish this 50grams the idea just tires me out.Makes me sad!
The last little while has been tough on my United States neighbor..including the iconic city of New York or the “Big Apple” as we like to call it.
this is my own little way of showing support to New Yorkers and other east Coasters.
I am raising a steaming cup of tea named in honor of New York in a toast to those struggling after the hurricane Sandy devastation.
I hope all of you come out of this safe and sound.
In the pouch this tea smells fresh like green apple candy also a little nutty and a tad earthy.
Once brewed it gets more rich….really warm and inviting the apple making my mouth seriously water.
I put more in and steeped longer to get more flavor from the white tea not realizing it had green tea in it as well so I am hoping it won’t become bitter.
Oh but it does smell amazing.It’s a perfect contrast to what’s going on outside.
It tastes like warm days wrapped in perfectly comfortable sweaters as rain and snow fall outside.
It has a little tartness that is just lovely and balanced with the warming effect of the tea.
It’s also refreshing and light (iced is on my mind soon!)
I did steep too long so it was a tad bitter but unlike lesser teas it did not ruin it the loveliness still comes through.
I don’t believe this will be a staple but I sure as hell will enjoy it while I have it!
So this has just lovely ingredients..a smorgasbord of them!
I’m not crazy about the smell it reminds me of Chai Amazonia(Am I losing it??)not as strong but a subdued familiarity.
It’s actually a stormy night..dark early…raining and cold that snaps your bones.
Perfect for trying this tea.
After brewed smells completely different.
Cinnamon OH sweet Cinnamon you sly sexy devil!
It smells sweet and velvety with vanilla bleeding through.
I CANNOT WAIT TO DRINK YOU!
As for taste,
It is smooth,velvety sweet with cinnamon and a chocolate base.
It is a very light tea.
I prefer my cinnamon kicking me in the face (HARVEST APPLE SPICE ohmagerd! from Tea Forte)
It’s weird but I’m not sure how I feel about it It’s definitely lovely there’s no denying that but I think it is in need of a longer steep.
I believe there is more richness that I am missing out on!
So I actually had tried this before but it was a gift for a friend since she’s the biggest red velvet cake lover in the world.
I went on a small tea shop to DT’s and decided to pick up 15 grams of my very own.
It smells like red velvet cake if it wasn’t over-sweetened and too rich as it usually is.I smell chocolate semi-sweet and white..mixed perfectly.
Once steeped smells richer and deeper notes of chocolate come though and I want my whole life to smell like this.
It’s a denser tea kind of like glitter and gold but sadly without the shimmer.( No points off though!)
This is a really comfy tea..it’s more pastry like and then descends into this gentle sweetness that stays on the tongue.Basically like a blanket placed around oneself it feels like THAT kind of a tea.
It’s really really nice and soothing..I see greatness in an icing as well.Not sure if this will be a staple of my collection but it’s wonderful right now.
as always only used 1tsp and steeped the lowest time recommended.