I’ve been sipping on this coldish steeped style loose in my mason jar with a bombilla.
Fantastic. I get a nice energy boost, and the added bonus is that it tastes delicious
So so so easy. Just pop the leaves in some warm water and top off the water when you run low.
It tastes like a coco-raspberry truffle with an almond center. I really like Chocolate rocket with cooler steeping temperatures… I find it keeps any bitterness away =)
200 Tasting Notes
I’ve been sipping on this coldish steeped style loose in my mason jar with a bombilla.
Oh jeez. So yummy. I forgot how yummy you are.
Sipping from a large starbucks mug featuring my new bombilla and these leaves scattered throughout. It’s a perfect system.
Sweet creamy caramel mixed with some deep leafy green flavours. Really really good.
My second addition of water (when cup was 1/3 full).. reveals a very sweet buttery caramel brew.. thats salty. It’s like a salted caramel. Except no chocolate but I’m not complaining in the slightest. I think this is going to be my new way of drinking oolongs on the go!
It’s wayyy to late but I’m trying to memorize a whole bunch of information by tomorrow (not ideal, but it works for me somehow..).
I’m on an I’ll-eat-anything-to-stay-up-and-adam type mood and I’ve decided to cut myself off from eating everything random i can find. This tea is doing the trick. I’m gulping it down and am slightly worried I only got a 50g bag. I mean.. I didn’t know what all the fuss was about with red velvet cupcakes and whatnot.. but now. now I understand.
Sweet maple amid a creamy almost cream-cheese icing flavour on top of a cake.. a malty vanilla-cream cake.. . This is so so good. 100x better than birthday cake by DT. And I really really liked birthday cake (my go to gooey sweet cake tea)
I also added this double strong to my matcha instead of hot water.
So so good. <3
No notes yet.
Tonight feels like a good night to sample this tea. Thank you David and Verdant Tea for this sample!
Dry: Smells very sweet, and the most beautiful and interesting leaves! I’m excited =)
3.7g, 4oz, 190F, 20s: Sweet and delicate. Small notes of pine dew, which remind me of my favourite Silver Buds Yabao.. a creaminess or silky texture. Spicy notes too, though mild. There is some drying qualities at the back of the throat. But wow. Cinnamon pine with a salty edge. So complex. My last small cupful cooled..it became thick pine dew and its texture which reminded me of just sightly undercooked okra. I really don’t mind that texture at all. Huffing the cup smells like rose honey. Delightful.
15s: Oh my floral! It’s like I just shoved a rose in my mouth. Shocking.. I wasn’t expecting rose flavours to that intensity. Very juicy flavour profile too.
25s: Silky jasmine pine that quickly becomes malty.
So yummy. I made a big pot of this to accompany my essay writing (my standard method for gold rush.. I find it tastes the best when brewed in a big pot for some reason..)
Caramelly coconut with sweet mulberry accents atop a lovely white tea. This tea was what originally made me place my first online order with DT and I have not regretted it since. It is really a decadent tea.
Scrumptious. Enough said.
Um. Can you say DELICIOUS?!
Pineapple creaminess with some apricot flavours going on and a yummy TKY base. Shared this lastnight with a friend (not a huge tea drinker, but a big lover of earl grey) and they said “yum what is this? It’s really good.” I’m attempting to convert them (gently of course haha)
Either way, lovely lovely tea. I think I may like this one better than DTs organic banana oolong. It’s just a really nice sweet pineapple tea with a delightful oolong base. What more could you ask for? Nothing.
Also – I just put the leaves free in a mason jar and have been sipping from it all day (by adding water when it gets low). The flavour is staying constant and delicious as always!
I was searching around for a tea and was sniffing about and smelled something deliciously sweet. After a few bag sniffs.. I discovered it was this! So I decided now was the perfect time to try it =)
The taste is really nice. Delicate white tea base with hints of vegetal green.. then a lovely, real cherry flavour. I was nervous about trying this tea as I picked up a sencha kyoto cherry rose tea from a shop in Barkerville and it was horrific. I mean bad. I’ve tried brewing it hot and hot-to-cold and it just tastes like cherry cough syrup. Maybe I should just do a straight up cold steep. Who knows….
Either way, for that reason I was really nervous about the cherry flavour of this tea but its really lovely and gentle. I do enjoy this tea quite a bit.
My first time having this hot!
Delightful. I’m drinking this with an ultra delicious salad and the two are working perfectly together. School has swallowed me whole and today was the first time I’ve gotten to see my sister in nearly a month! we live in the same town How sad is that. (also hence my lack of postings here sadface)
Nutty sweet comfort tea with a slightly creamy edge to it.
New drinking-with-dinner tea.. I’ve tried not to drink tea with my meals as I do not really get to appreciate the flavours of the tea. Solution? Drink a delicious, extremely cheap tea.
Thank you Kittenna for this lovely sample!
I’ve been waiting for a perfect time to snuggle into this tea and I’ve (obviously) found it!
1.5 tsp, 180F, 3 minutes…Delicious creamy cantaloupe. That is exactly what this tea tastes like. I bet this would be super amazing iced too. I’m so happy I got to try this tea!
In all honesty, it’s an amazing tea, though I’m not sure warm cantaloupe is my cuppa. I am thoroughly impressed with the flavours of this tea that’s for sure.
I had to have a special tea tonight. I have been avoiding my homework because it is tedious.. but the pressure is on. Hmph. I figured a session with this would cheer me into working?
1st, ~203F, 2s: Following an initial rinse, this two second steep revealed a lovely lush cup that tastes like a mouthful of sweetpeas and honeysuckle nectar. This envokes such great memories from this summer for me! The liquor is also the color of sunshine.. maybe it’s helping.
2nd, ~204F, 4s: Very sweet smelling, and has vanilla tones. Smooth and lush on the tongue. So much sweet nectar tastes going on… agave, mixed with honey perhaps? Still heavy on the sweet pea notes.
3rd, ~205F, 6s: What! Rock sugar! The leaves have given me a totally different flavour profile! No longer is it florally sweet in the initial taste of the sip, it’s changed into an intense sweetness which develops in the later portion of the taste. A more caramel or sweet toffee taste is coming out. Not very strong, but its there. How lovely!
Well I’m going to enjoy my 4th steep while writing my paper! Tea drunk Lynne-tea signing off!
My second morning tea. I’ve been hoarding this sadly.. I will stop doing that now as I’ve just reminded myself how absolutely stellar this tea is.
Malty, creamy, chocolate with what reminds me of salted caramel and sweet wheat bread.
I’ll be steeping this one all day. And picking up more ASAP.
This morning I saw DT’s recipe of the day: Matcha Cocoa Canela Iced Choco-latte and was inspired! Instead of using up the rest of my sample of Cocoa Canela, I decided to sub a few things and make this recipe my own:
- 2 perfect spoonfuls of Chocolate Rocket
- 1 perfect spoonful of Matcha Matsu
- 2 perfect spoonfuls of dutch processed cocoa powder
- 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
- 1.5 Tbsp of organic agave syrup
- .5 tsp of cinnamon powder
- ice cubes
Here is what I did:
1. steep the Chocolate Rocket in 1.5 cups of water at ~190F (to keep the bitterness down) for 4-5 minutes. Put in freezer once brewed.
2. Add matcha, cocoa, cinnamon, almond milk, and agave into blender. Blend until no lumps are seen.
3. Once, tea has cooled, put all ingredients into a large jug (this makes ~3-4 servings).
4. Pour out ~1 servings worth of the concoction into blender, along with a few ice cubes, and blend away.
DRINK AND ENJOY!
Holy heavens this tastes amazing. Chocolate-matcha-raspberry-tastic! It reminds me of a malt… but with raspberries.
New morning love <3
I’m tackling my samples tonight, trying to write essays! Thank you to Kittenna for this lovely sample. It smells of blueberries with floral tones.
1st: 94C, 2.5 minutes:* I’m not tasting much. Hm.. I taste a faint white tea blueberriness, but nothing of what I was expecting. Maybe it’s due to the fact I just drank the legendary Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish from 52teas. I think I picked the wrong order. It’s good, just very light. I’ll try a longer steep next time.
For now, I will hold off rating.
More sample crushing! Sipdown of this one. Thank you again Kittenna for passing on a sample of this!
1st: 98C, 2.5 minutes:* Ohh yummy. I managed to steep this perfectly this time. Big cherry flavour, with lovely chocolate-cherry-creaminess. How delightful! I like this one a lot actually. I’m going to bump up the rating a bit. I wish it was re-blended!
The black base on this is nice and malty, which really works in the favour of this tea I feel. Nice balance here. I want more! More! more!!
Finally! I’m getting around to drinking another one of the samples from Kittenna. Thank you very much!
The dry leaves smell delicious! Like my Oma’s homemade blueberry jam! Oh boy I am so excited. I also smell some custardy notes.. Hurry up kettle!
1st steep: 98C, 2.5 minutes:* Hmm.. just a little sip.. too hot.. too hot… HOLY BLUEBERRY! Oh my gosh this is delicious. It has a really tasty cream flavour too it too which reminds me of custard. Hmm yummy pastry taste too. This would satisfy my worst cravings. I just immediately rushed to 52teas website to make sure this was permanent.. then was saddened to see this amazing tea wasn’t. Re-blend?! Please?! Oh my stars I would be so excited if that could happen.
Thanks again Kittenna! It was so kind of you to share such a delicious tea!
I’m sitting in Starbucks, freezing because they have the AC on to an unreasonable level for it only being 20C outside, drinking this wonderful tea to help warm me up.
I love that this tea does not require a lot of attention to astound me, unlike some delicate unflavoured teas.. whites in particular require a lot of attention to me in order to grasp flavours (except the recent TTM Monkey Picked White). Does anyone else find this with certain teas?
Either way, I am working on a few essays at the moment and this tea is a perfect accompaniment to the process, like a lovely warm companion who is there for support when you need it. It does not distract me by being high-maintenance to grasp flavours, but rather shows its support by surprising me with lovely umami flavours upon a malty background.
I could ask for nothing more.
These leaves smell divine.
Liquor; 2 minutes, 175F: This tea is outrageous! It’s thick and rich tasting, much like the base of a blondie, but then it has wonderful creaminess due to the coconut and what reminds me of white chocolate. WOW. Really delicious layers in this tea.. perfectly sweet, with that lovely blondie/buttery taste.
Really, an outstanding tea! Thank you The Tea Merchant for this sample!
MY PACKAGE ARRIVED! And oh my word it made my day (in advance of a super stressful day). Side note too… I requested 3 teas for my samples, if they happened to have them available as samples, and they responded to tell me they did not really have those available, but they would see what could be done. What happened? I got 3 lovely generous samples for each kind of tea I requested!! Talk about amazing customer service. These sample packets are about 3 times the size of the typical ones they sent. So generous. This is why I shop at Davids tea – wonderful service and a great product (..though research helps ensure you get the best teas from them)
Onto my matcha. Oh my.. it makes me nervous. I had ‘ceremonial’ matcha from Booster Juice shudders.. it was horrible. So I was nervous (naturally). I decided I would ease into this matcha with an iced almond milk latte with a splash of coconut syrup. The result? DELIGHTFUL! So nice and refreshing on this hot day. There is a lovely creaminess that I can taste from the matcha.. though I’m sure the almond milk helped in that regard. Also, I only added a tiny splash of coconut syrup so I could still taste the matcha.
I’m sold. So happy with my purchase. Plus!… I’m buzzing from this!
Now I’m going to go and do a TON of school work. Wish me luck! (I need it)…
Happy tea drinking Steepsters! <3
Thank you so much to The Tea Merchant for providing me with this generous sample! I have finally found a morning I can sit down and enjoy this tea.
I just want to throw one recommendation out there – there is no temperature steeping parameters on the sample pouch provided. Having that on the bag makes it soooo much easier to see what the recommended temperature is (especially if you are new to white teas.. somewhat like myself). Thankfully it is on Steepster (but I noticed it isn’t on the website either.. wait it is… but in a sneaky area. Perhaps put it for each tea? It makes the customer have to navigate around the site less to find pertinent information about their tea) Another sad note – it doesn’t look like they ship to Canada anymore. I really hope I don’t fall in love with these teas too much! sadface
Dry: Smells sweet, almost like dried flowers.
Liquor; 1.5 minutes, 175F: Extremely pale sunshine in a cup. Smells of sweet peas and steamed greens. mmmm the taste is very lovely and lush-feeling on my tongue. Silky. Definitely a sweet edge which builds with each sip. Ooh a caramelly note just popped up and shocked me. Odd. I can taste chestnut, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say honeysuckle. Perhaps that will come with a second steeping? Overall a very enjoyable round.
2 minutes, 175F: Oh wow. This steep so far is the best. Creaminess and roasted flavour of a roasted chestnut. There is definitely a green tea aspect to this that is surprising. Like sweet steamed veggies. Thick nectar flavour at the end of the sip.
Oh my gosh I’ve fallen for a white tea. thud I’m mesmerized by it right now and I don’t want this flavour to end. It’s coating my mouth in such a delicate, but commanding flavour. Dang school getting in the way of my tasting session.. I guess I should get ready. Thank you so much TTM for providing me with such a lovely sample to begin my day with. I’m really hoping that you will change the shipping to include Canada =)
Thank goodness for Pumpkin Chai for late night studying. I’ve been lacking on my notes due to school craziness…. Oh how I would love to sit and do some serious reviews of tea right now! Soon my friends, soon.
This tea is as good as I remembered it. Sweet pumpkin pie covered in whipping cream. OH goodness I’ve missed you! Lovely pumpkin taste (not artificial in the slightest) with a very well balanced sweet/spice to ensure you melt. This Thanksgiving I will be drinking Pumpkin Chai instead of making my stomach hurt with a slice of pumpkin pie (that doesn’t ever taste as good as I think it should anyway… possibly because I don’t have time to bake a pie, and my mom has never baked before… AKA it’s store bought garbage).
Oh.. by the way.. I’m drinking this with nothin’ added. Maybe someday I should make a latte out of it. hmmm…
Yummmmyyy. I have been deciding what to place as my next DT order, and decided to try the pineapple oolong instead of ordering another batch of this (though I am sure I will order another batch very soon!)
Deliciously creamy sweet banana with a nice oolong flavour to round it out. An all time favourite. I’ve been hoarding this tea.. though that seems shameful as it is so delightful, why not just drink it when I want? … I may just have to do that.
Side note: I’m going bungee jumping today and I’m nervous! OHHH my I hate heights. But.. I should live for the day. Much love Steepsters!
After a long trip to see my family, I just returned home from a long days drive to find a lovely package of samples from The Tea Merchant. I absolutely adore the wrapping job with the wax stamp. A massive thank you to this lovely new company for the samples! I am so excited to be home and able to drink proper tea again!
Dry: Muscatel smell with a slight floral edge, but not sweet floral. More commanding.
Liquor, 4 minutes: Beautiful amber color with an extremely malty delicious smell! I knew I picked the perfect tea to have as my first tea back home after 12 days! There is a woodsy sweet/ spiciness to this tea. It has a body that is hard to compare.. a yummy pudding that has just been made with warm milk. Thats what is coming to mind for some reason. Beautiful malty notes and the smell, as it cools, is reminding me of saskatoon berry bushes on a hot day. Especially when there are some just-overly-ripe berries there. Perhaps an apple flavour, though very crisp, not sweet.
Overall, I am really enjoying this cuppa. I could definitely see myself drinking this. I am in love with Darj.
I drank the rest of my sample while I was camping. Shared a sip with my family and they all loved it! The cleanest, non-smokey LS that I have tasted. Very delicious malty notes and boy was it nice and sweet. I really enjoyed this as a black tea.. but if I was looking for a smokey tea, this would not be it. I’m getting more of this when my tea budget comes in =)