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Sipdown sample from Sil!
Had this last night with the boyfriend to end a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. What made it so fantastic, you ask? Why, not leaving the house for 3 days, actually. Tea, the food we had in the house, reading (me), video games (him), and putting together my Cyber Monday orders. (Also known as bye bye monies…)
I’ve had the Fauchon L’Hiver blend and from the description on this I was really expecting it to be similar. Lemongrass and vanilla? Yes, please. But the lemon meringue lightness about L’Hiver just wasn’t present here – it was more tart lemon than vanilla, and I guess the white tea played more of a role than I thought in that one because this was decidedly more herby.It was drinkable, and as the tisane cooled I definitely got more vanilla undertones, but this one isn’t the best of its kind I’ve had. Given how much money I just spent on tea though ($100+… cue heart attack) that is SOOOO a good thing!
Another sample from Sil!
I’m normally not fond of decafs and herbals but, for whatever reason, TeaGschwendner does not make a full strength Cream Caramel black tea. There is Cream tea, and Caramel tea, but the combination is only decaf. Weird.
It definitely smells caramelly. Dry leaf and steeped leaf smells specifically like caramel popcorn and when freshly boiled was deliciously cozy to sip. I did need to add creamer though – while the flavor was really nice, the watery texture was offputting and demanded some fortifying.
So I liked this. I would recommend it for someone who wants caffeine free dessert options to drink. I probably wouldn’t buy it for myself just because I would rather have the real caffeinated thing (and I may resort to buying caramel and cream separately and combining them to see what happens). But it was tasty and fitting for an afternoon cup of tea.
Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Popcorn
YUM. Another Teagschwendner sample from Sil and I’ve got to say, I’m really impressed so far!
I typically don’t really do a lot of herbal teas but these blends are really fabulous. This one in particular is very bright and citrusy – now that I know pomelo is a type of grapefruit that is definitely the main flavor I get – strange how a mix of apple, orange and lemon accomplishes this!
Two things I do want to note: I steeped this for 9 minutes but I don’t see what harm an even 10 minutes would do. Also, the ingredients list says licorice root, but none of that flavor is present (yay!).
This seems like a really nice summer bedtime tea, but I imagine a cold brew would be nice as well. This one definitely surprised me – I wouldn’t have picked it out for myself but it’s actually a GREAT fit for my tastebuds! Thanks again, Sil!
Flavors: Grapefruit, Lemongrass
Part of a generous sampler I received from Sil!
Okay – any time I see blends and realize they are a mixture of tea types I get so nervous. I mean, black and oolong and green? What am I supposed to do about temperature? And strawberry, caramel, and jasmine? What a combination – I was curious to see what the final result would be.
I ended up going with an oolong temp (195) and black steep time (4 minutes) and came up with a light liquor that looks a lot like dan cong oolongs do, so kind of light amber. The scent is all strawberry and caramel/vanilla. I can never bring myself to add anything to oolong or green teas, so this is going to be a plain tasting.
And, surprisingly, it reminds me of the strawberry shortcake blend from DAVIDsTEA. Weird, especially because that’s a black tea I always had with milk and sugar, and this tea manages to have a strawberry and cream quality without any additions.
Yes, I quite like this, though I do think its more of an afternoon than a breakfast tea. But it’s a cold morning here so any warm beverage is appreciated…and this, I’m sure won’t be the last tasting note for me today. :)
Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Strawberry
Good thing I ordered from Upton today – this was an unexpected sipdown as well.
I feel gross. Just in time for my 5 day break from work, too. But at least I had enough of this and the lemongrass tea to settle my stomach. Soup and tea on the couch and maybe some Black Friday tea orders and all will be well (I hope!).
This is an unexpected (and most unwelcome) decupboarding.
Did not realize the boyfriend had taken a ton of this to work and so there was barely enough for the cup I wanted. To be fair, though, we then ordered this and a bunch of teas on Upton so – new teas with some old classics is never a bad thing.
This is a very brief sipdown, then – I will never see this one permanently gone.
I’ve been trying to peruse my way through the black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to make up my mind for what I want to get. I think this year I want to experiment with Pu Erh. In general I want more tea that is gong-fu friendly – I think I’ll need it as it is both economical and stress relieving. Thinking about all the tea purchases I want to make of course had me wanting some right now, and this happened to be peeking out of my bottom cupboard.
The smell of this dry was intoxicating tonight. Chocolate and buttery avocado. I put 4.8 g. of leaf in my gaiwan and had to sit there and smell it for a few minutes before putting the water on to boil. I don’t remember the smell of it being that heady before.
1st steep – apparently I have discarded the initial rinse of this in the past but…the way that it smelled made it hard for me to justify that. So I had it steep for 10 ish seconds in boiling water and then allowed it to cool to taste it.
Sooo glad I did. Buttery cocoa with that signature apricot flavor is what I get. It doesn’t have the prolonged fruity after taste that some dan congs do, but what it DOES have is more than making up for it.
Steep 2 – 35 seconds. Definitely more fruity. Noticeable apricot that lingers on the swallow, and a slight astringence/roasted quality as well. The buttery texture is still here, too, but I miss the cocoa and avocado notes.
Steep 3 – 1 minute 15 seconds. Weaker apricot notes. Weaker tea in general. I seem to remember this loses its flavor fast and that is showing up here, sadly. Sort of a diluted honey flavor? Agave, then? I always think of Agave as a thinner version of honey. Also there is more of a grain note this time.
Steep 4 – Okay, I made a huge jump in time – 4 minute steep. I figured it was nearing its end anyway so I wanted to use all the strength for this last brew. Weak, watery honey notes and that’s it. I think I must be the opposite of a supertaster, because I feel like I can never get a huge amount of infusions out of any tea, and this affirms that belief.
It was fantastic in the first steep especially though – and I have to remember that I should just open up the bag and smell the dry leaf whenever I truly want to smell heaven.
A great tea to kick off Thanksgiving week!
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Actual tasting note
Tea of the morning. Needed something simple to prepare (I have this in bagged form) since my brain is busy with other things of late. Served with creamer and it is more vanilla coconut which works for me – I don’t really like chocolate in tea. A good convenience option.
It has been a busy few weeks for me! I went on a cruise with some friends to the Bahamas where it was the height of summer in November and came back to freezing cold temps. Considering the exact opposite happened in September (went to Germany where it was autumn, and then came back to late summer weather) I think my body is truly confused about the seasons.
I came back to work after the Bahamas trip and had an epiphany of sorts – I can’t do my current job anymore. Well, I mean, I can do the actual work, but I can’t work for the management as it is now. So, I put in my notice. My last day is December 17th, and we’re moving.
From Georgia to Oregon. Just because we looked at a map and it seemed like it was calling to us. I love being outside and hiking and I love challenges and the unknown. And I’ve been a nurse for 2 years now – I’m ready to take these skills on the road and see what happens.
Part of the swap (nay, sampler) I received from Sil – thank you so much for sending me so much Teagschwendner to try!
The smell of this dry is nauseating. Like, headache inducing – it doesn’t smell like natural lemon. But strange things can happen when water hits the leaf so I’m hoping that it is the case here.
Yep, this is totally transformed in the best way possible. The scent and taste are totally mellowed to a much more natural lemon. It acts just like Noel a Venise, actually – creamy lemon that doesn’t need any additives to be a great, flavorful cup. The main difference between the two is that here, lemon is the main flavor, whereas in the Dammann Freres blend, cream is at the forefront.
I definitely like this, and Sil gave me enough for several cups that will not go to waste. Yay for a good cup of tea, and a promising new (to me) tea company!
Flavors: Cream, Lemon