2353 Tasting Notes
Sipdown of this one tonight (stealing the term from TeaEqualsBliss !)
Well, I managed to make a pretty good cup of it for my last one. This tastes the way I initially remembered the tea, light and a touch sweet, with a fragrant pear flavour. It’s really rather nice tonight, actually. Enough to bump it up a few notches on the rating scale. I think I’ll keep looking for a pear-flavoured tea though, since this one’s now only available in 50g size online, and I don’t think I want that much of it in my cupboard. Also, it’s finicky :P
ETA: Goodbye Sencha Pear. Steeped this a second time and… it’s just not very flavourful. Kept the time to 3 minutes as I know this one gets bitter easily, but perhaps that wasn’t enough. Either way, I suspect I’ll never drink this one again. Sad sad.
Holy maple! Wow. The scent of this one is POTENT, both dry and steeped. Delicious. I brewed it up last night and the mug has been sitting in my room all day, and it smells absolutely lovely.
I find it difficult to believe this tea has no calories – it is SO rich and delicious! So mapley. So sweet. I can taste the rooibos, but it isn’t taking over, so I can deal with it. This one’s another for the supersweet dessert tea pile. Will have to compare this to Birthday Cake – I think I prefer Oh Canada due to the lack of weird sprinkles though.
ETA: Second infusion is pretty good. Predictably less mapley, but enough remains to make me happy. Downside? I’m not sure what happened, but my little teabag thinger opened in the mug, so there were rooibos sticks EVERYWHERE in the mug that I had to drink around. Annoying… and that’s why I used the teabag in the first place… to prevent that…
The dry tea smells like a regular earl grey to me. Heavy on the bergamot, which I’m not always fond of.
Didn’t note what it smelled like steeped, oops :)
This one tastes like a really lovely, light, creamy earl grey! I quite like it! I’m definitely getting creaminess, likely from the yogurt, and the bergamot would likely be the reason it tastes like earl grey… but it’s so light! And no astringency at all, not even a hint, which is probably another reason I like it. This might go on the re-purchase list before it’s gone :)
ETA: Second infusion of this is nearly as good as the first. I increased the time to 4 minutes, and got a lovely brew smelling lightly and sweetly of bergamot, and tasting much the same. I think I prefer this to regular earl grey…
Another of 52teas offerings that I was super excited to receive today!
The dry tisane smells nutty and chocolatey, kind of like hazelnut coffee? It’s a familiar, enjoyable smell. So sweet, too!
Steeped, it smells sweet and a sort of chocolate-nutty, with a touch of banana. Taste-wise very similar. Very roasty. I am really liking this one!! Yum!! I think I can taste the maltiness that was added coming out at the end of the sip. This is growing on me the more I sip it – and it’s good cooled down too! I’m hoping there’s a noticeable caffeine kick to it for me… although now wouldn’t be a great time to experience that…
ETA: Second infusion, which I left steeping for AGES, is pretty good! Not as malty, but still tastes like a sweet chocolate tea. Kind of like chocolate water (but with enough complexity to make it delicious). Like, if you added milk to it, voila, you’d have chocolate milk. Yum.
Steepster friends? You post way too much. The backlog I have to get through is huge!! :P I’m allowing myself a bit of time on Steepster before getting back to work… partly because my order from 52teas arrived today!! Yay!!
The dry tisane smells mostly like pineapple. Delicious!
I can mostly taste the pineapple initially; the coconut emerges mostly at the end of the sip. I can tell it’s honeybush, but it’s not inyourfacehoneybush or anything, which is great (unlike some blends I’ve tried).
Overall, pretty good, but not quite as good as I was expecting. I will have to try it again sometime without my mouth tasting immensely like green onion like it does right now though…
Backlogging from yesterday. Had a sample of this at DT today (it was one of the teas of the day). Weirdest thing ever – it wasn’t pink! Like, not at ALL! I have no idea how that could have happened – when I steeped mine, it turned the water pink near-instantaneously.
Anyways, it was good. I still disagree with the naming of this one, but like it for the cinnamony flavour. I’ll really have to compare a bunch of cinnamony/appley teas one day…
This is really hitting the spot this morning. I still feel like I’m getting more of a blueberry than a blackberry flavour, but it’s still lovely. I think a touch of sweetener would make this better, but no sugar for me. Sigh.
Bumping the rating. This might end up being a tea I seek out in the future (once I finish off the giant bag from Azzrian, that is! :D Thanks again!)
ETA: Nom nom nom, steeped this a second time today, but used too much water; luckily I decided to brew some up fresh for my roommate as well, and steeped her teaball in my cup too :D Tasty tasty.
On hiatus from trying new teas, because I can’t bring myself to drink them without logging them. I guess I’m addicted.
This was pretty tasty today. Could have made it a bit stronger. Also noticed that my little 10g bag has only enough for a small cup left! The horror! I feel compelled to buy maybe 50g more before this one is no longer around. Yeah, like I need more tea.
ETA: Second steep in half the water is rather like watery chocolate. But, it’s still sweet, and I still like it. I feel like I concluded this same thing last time too…
So when my roommate gave me a chunk of her pu’erh a few days ago, she also asked if I wanted to try the other tea she routinely drinks – lotus leaf tea. Apparently you buy a stack of lotus leaves from an asian grocery store, break them into large chunks, and steep them in boiling water to make a herbal tea?
Anyways! Trying it today.
The leaf chunks really had no scent. Maybe a touch like dry leaves, but nothing remarkable, I don’t think.
Upon touching the hot water, the leaves start to release this familiar vegetal smell. Not like that that I’ve gotten from green teas, but it’s familiar. Perhaps it’s just reminding me of broken tree leaves. Or a pile of damp leaves in the fall. Pleasant.
The tea also tastes that same sort of vegetal. Except now, I’m getting an association – with kelp. Dried kelp. Or something along those lines. A little bit salty, almost. Very interesting. Makes me think of seaweed broth or something.
Anyhow, interesting experience! Probably not something I’d choose to drink again myself, but I would drink it if offered.
I didn’t know what type of tea this was prior to brewing. Clearly need to up my tea identification abilities!
The dry leaf smells pleasantly gingery, and maybe a bit fruity. I can’t identify anything in particular though. Steeped, I’m getting a light citrusy ginger scent. Smells good!
Yum! This one is really quite good! The ginger is there, but neither artificial nor overpowering, just adding a bit of a zing, and the tea tastes lightly tropical. I feel like I’m getting a bit of pineapple flavour, not specifically papaya though. Wow… I’m really impressed by the union of the tropical and ginger flavours – usually one or the other is overdone. I can’t really taste the white tea in the blend though – that’s my only complaint. I think I might get a touch at the end of the sip, but it really just tastes like a herbal tea.
This is a very soothing tea; if it would be easy for me to acquire, I think it would be one I’d re-purchase and keep on hand! Although not until I drink down some of what I have…
Thank you LiberTEAS for this delicious sample!
ETA: Oh my. My bad – I steeped this one a second time for WAY too long, and I can taste it. The ginger is overwhelming and spicy (in that gingery way), but there’s still some fruitiness too. I suspect I could get a great second infusion out of it though, done properly. Remember that for next time, Jenna. headshake