246 Tasting Notes
Well after the Earl Grey failure this morning I knew I had to have something I enjoyed. I’ve tasted had this tea before but hadn’t joined Steepster yet. So without further ado…
The leaves are really pretty, the gold and black contrast nicely. They’re small, fuzzy wiry leaves with a smell that does remind me a little of a hay, but that doesn’t come across once brewed. The liquor is a deep amber that I wasn’t expecting.
This is a pretty smooth black tea, a little astringent. No bitterness at all. and I get the “meaty” aftertaste… I think. It may come from the thicker mouthfeel. A very tasty, savory tea overall.
Time for dessert! I finally got my order in from David’s Tea. This tea smells fantaaaaaaastic. Mapley mapley goodness, plus adorable little maple leaf sprinkles and chunks of caramel and toffee. I love tea that’s tasty and fun.
When I visited Canada with my French class way back in high school we visited a maple syrup shop/diner where before dinner they (jokingly) told us to try maple syrup on everything. I did (and I mean everything) and never looked back.
The maple carries into the steeped tea with notes of caramel. The rooibos isn’t overpowering, the maple really stands out (which is what I was hoping for!) but doesn’t punch you in the face. This is super yummy and I can’t wait to try it iced with a bit of sugar added.
Successful second steep, less maple this time and more rooibos. Still has that rich sweetness from the toffee and caramel though.
Another easy cup while I’m away from home.
The bag smells very heavily of nutmeg but the ingredients/flavors mingle a lot better in the cup. It smells a bit earthy but doesn’t taste it. I can pick up the chocolate, and the spices give a little extra something to it. I think I may let this steep longer next time for a stronger cup.
Easy peasy iced tea while I’m away from home. Even as I branch out to more and more loose tea I still go back to these for something simple that I know I can’t mess up.
True Blueberry is true to it’s name. I don’t pick up a huge amount of the hibiscus or other ingredients, and it’s not too tart.
Mmmm peppermint. A new favorite evening tea, relaxing and tasty. I can definitely taste the chamomile, and the rooibos kind of blends in with the rest of tea. Which is good right? It is a blend after all. I think I will buy some more of this and save it for those days I need a little “feel better” tea.
Edit: second steeping mellows out the peppermint a bit. I think the blend could use a bit more rooibos.
Tea smells lovely out of the tin, nice and peachy.
I cold brewed this and added a tiny bit of simple syrup (which I do for pretty much all my iced teas). I may have left this alone a little two long because I’m getting a slight bitterness (can this happen with cold brewed tea?). The sugar helps bring out the peach a little more.
Will definitely try this hot brewed, and maybe iced again with a shorter time period.
Brewed with the Ingenuitea with 12 oz of boiling water, 5 pearls(4g), and steeped for 3 minutes. I think I’ll try for another infusion as well…
The dry leaf has a bit of an earthy scent, but I can’t pick up much. I did a rinse on these to help open the tea up, and I think because one time I brewed these and got a bit of dustiness in the tea. It’s fun to watch the pearls slowly unfurl.
Really pretty burnt orange/brown color and nice smell. Cocoa, earth, and smoke I think.
I pick up the smokey taste, which I love, and black tea-ness. Still getting this whole tasting thing down. :) I think some astringency because it does leave my mouth a bit dry. Tasty though!
Edit: second infusion is just as good, if not better!
Hot brewed and then iced. Yum yum.
Very strong vanilla smell out of the tin, but it mellows out nicely in the cup. Used about a tablespoon of tea for 8 oz. of water, then added ice. May do a longer brew/use more tea next time. Wish it was a bit stronger. Also added a bit of simple syrup to sweeten it up.