243 Tasting Notes
This is fantaaaastic. Mint and green tea, one of my favorite combinations. If this is reblended I swear I will get at least 3 bags. I made some of this last night, and then a huge pot this morning. I would consider getting a pound of this, I love it so.
The marshmallow really adds a nice smoothness. The mint is perfect, it doesn’t overpower the green tea. I haven’t had sencha or cloud mist alone (green tea newbie) so I don’t know what each brings but it’s fantastic. Okay, I’m just going to go bask in the glory of my teacup now. Oh, I should also note that the 2nd steeping is very good too.
So I think I might have a job! Yay! I have to call back and let her know that I want it but yay! I’ll be a receptionist at a vet clinic and then move to tech when I enter a vet tech program. They didn’t have room for an assistant at my level (which is a lot of large animal, but not companion animal experience). I’ve been college (and graduated) once and I said I didn’t want to go back but I think I’ll really like it!
Anyway, on to the tea! I cold brewed this, which may have been a mistake with the hibiscus but I won’t know until I try it hot. New tool for cold brewing! I’m using one of DAVIDsTEAs plastic bombillas. I usually cold brew in a glass travel mug, which has a strainer but it sucks. So, now I can use the bombilla and not have to transfer the tea over. Pretty cool! I’m also looking forward to using it with mate, but I think I still want their ceramic gourd. I just feel like I would probably wind up killing any natural gourd I had.
So I get a lot of cherry and apple when I sip this. Maybe a hint of watermelon. Not a whole lot of white tea, but as others have said there doesn’t seem to be much in the mix. I’m almost considering using some plain white peony and blending bits of this in so I get some more actual tea flavor. It’s alright, a little tart on its own. I think if I cold brew again I might try some agave.
Okay so I admit I thought this was going to be chocolatey. Looked up how to brew it on the website and read the description. I wish my little sample pack had come with brewing instructions/more information. However, it was wrapped very nicely and came with a lovely quote. :)
So this is my first grain tea and I was really surprised at how dark it brewed! I didn’t think grains would produce that deep of a color, but then I thought about beer. It’s a deep chocolate color but not opaque. Smells sweet and of course malty. The description mentions coffee flavor which makes me a bit wary.
Tasting it… eh. I don’t like it. It’s not bad, the taste is just not my thing. However, I brought it over to the fiancé who loves coffee and he said it smelled like and gave it the stamp of approval, saying it has a “light coffee flavor”. Bonus for him is that it’s caffeine free which is the reason he stopped drinking coffee in the first place. So, no rating from me but he likes it!
Needed some tea for writing cover letters. I plan on making a celebratory tea order when I get a job, that should be motivation right?
I’m not sure why I got this, I’m not a huge fan of grapefruit. I like it, but won’t go out of my way to have it. In any case, this is really good! It’s got a nice grapefruit taste that doesn’t overpower anything. If it was stronger I’m not sure I’d like it. Citrusy and a bit sweet, nothing added to this at all. Very smooth, no astringency. I’m still new to oolongs so I don’t know a whole lot of what to look for but this is very tasty. Second steeping was just as good as the first.
This is so weird. Maybe the strangest “tea” I’ve ever had. Felt kind of cheated when I put some in the Ingenuitea (mistake, I know, didn’t read the reviews first though). It looked like a threw a handful of trail mix in there, and then when my timer went off I thought something had gone wrong. It looked completely clear, which in hindsight makes sense, but I’m so used to color being an indicator that something had taken place. Poured in the cup and it’s a light yellow. I have some left of this from the fall sampler (actually used a small sample pack because 2 of the 3 free samples they sent me were included in the sampler, so much for getting to try different stuff…) so I may add more/steep longer next time.
Smells like fresh banana nut bread, actually makes me want to make some! Taste is pretty smooth, definitely nutty and the banana isn’t too overpowering or in your face. It blends well with the other flavors. Kind of light, but again that could just be how I steeped it. It’s alright but not a favorite. There is kind of a gross residue in the bottom of my cup, and frankly I’m scared to look at my Ingenuitea right now!
So I thought I’d add these to the teaware category since David’s Tea doesn’t have reviews on their site (really wish they did!).
I got the fox version of this which is listed on the website as holding 8 oz, however filled to the brim it holds about 10 oz, so it holds a cup comfortably. I was a little worried about this because I use the Ingenuitea a lot and I didn’t want to have to leave tea steeping in there. It’s matte finish on the outside and glazed on the inside, and is delicate but without the feeling like I’m going to break it. It does get quite warm so I do use the tail handle. I’m not sure how well the versions with little tails would hold up. You might have to wait for it to cool or use it with cooler temperatures. So a few points off for that. That said, I totally want the little hedgehog one.