212 Tasting Notes
This was a strong competitor for Upton’s rooibos vanilla. It only made second place because I like vanilla bean better than I like a french vanilla taste. This one really reminds me of french vanilla flavoring. Maybe it’s just that Upton’s feels a little more solid in the vanilla department where this one feels fluffy. The rooibos is a bit stronger with heavier tobacco flavor and not as sweet as Upton’s. I’m glad I got to try it out. Now I have a better idea of what I really like.
Thanks for picking up this one Sandy!
Today I realized I have a few vanilla rooibos blends and I haven’t discovered which one I like the best yet. So I brewed up all three in my cupboard and had a taste off. This one wins!
The rooibos reminds me of tobacco, raisins and the way redwood smells. Vanilla tastes like real vanilla bean! Yay for it being pretty strong in this one as well. Together, they make for a smooth, creamy cup.
This is my favorite green tea so far. I like it because it is so different. It has a light roasted note that leads to sweet mellow vegetal flavor. Not like asparagus or steamed veggies, like the way small trees smell if cut into the bark. Maybe it’s just a green flavor that is a tiny bit malty. I’ve had some smokey tea today so I don’t know if I am getting the aftertaste from my previous tea or there is a little bit of smoke in this one as well. It’s a really awesome green tea. I was pretty sure green teas weren’t going to be my thing but this is totally changing my mind.
Thanks Teavivre and Angel for the most excellent sample!
This is yummy. A very smooth blend with high fruity notes. I really like the only keemun I’ve tried and I feel I can taste it in here. The smoke is a mild addition that compliments the other teas.
I’m really glad I joined Steepster or I would never know about any other teas, other than black that is. Oolong piqued my curiosity because it has a funny looking name and most of the pictures I had seen of it were little balls, such neat little packages. The first oolong I tried was a bit too green for me and almost put me off of them all together. I’m so glad it didn’t as this tea is really wonderful.
I steeped it three times so far. All of my steepings were the same temperature. I added a minute more each time. With each one I’ve had empty cup syndrome. My first steeping was and incredibly smooth, suave cup that hinted at honey and fruit in it’s sweetness. The second was still very smooth and sweet but I felt like the “oolong” taste was deeper. On the third the “oolong” taste was much more intense. It didn’t get in the way of the honey and fruity notes. The tea was still smooth and so comfortable. Very complex with out being overly fussy or hard to suss out. I’m going to save the leaves and begin again tomorrow and see what unfolds.
This is a sample from Sandy and indirectly Azzrian. Thanks to both!
Wow! Love this stuff. It reminds me of shortbread cookies with caramel. There is a roasted quality to the baked goodie flavor that is just awesome. The base is smooth and malty. Lovely tea!
This is a generous sample from Indigobloom. Thanks!
Today is stormy and cool, a perfect day for trying out new teas. Since Steepster is upgraded and I can log in, it’s a good time for trying out new things.
I thought this had nutty qualities much like the last green tea I tried from Teavivre. It’s pretty smooth in texture and taste, like butter. I was pleasantly surprised by the peach flavor in here. Awesome tea. Thanks again Indigo!
This is another very generous sample from Sandy. Dodge really likes this one. I suspect she loves the hibiscus.
It’s pretty tart. I think I pick up the rosehips and hibiscus with hints of orange. This is the love child of lemonade and koolaid. The rooibos can’t compete with the above superpowers. It’s smooth and heavier feeling so perhaps the chamomile is trying to make a good showing.
This was a very generous sample from Sandy. If I recall correctly she thought it would be great iced. I made a pitcher of it for icing and a pot. Honestly with a name like this I didn’t want to wait for it to be chilled.
This is an interesting interpretation of earl grey. Hot, bergamot and vanilla are much stronger with just hints of fruit in the back ground. Iced the fruit really takes the show and the bergamot and vanilla are just support. The tea base is smooth with a coppery aftertaste and just a hint of malt.
This was a sample from Sandy. Thanks! What a lovely tea. I’m surprised because I’m not that big a fan of bergamot, but this is blended rather well.
I only pick up hints of bergamot in here just past the creamy lemon flavor. It’s reminiscent of baked good. The lemon is sweeter rather than tart. The bergamot definitely hangs out in the background, just serving as support for the lemon. Bai mu dan makes a good showing and adds a pepper like note to wrap things up.