475 Tasting Notes
I feel like I got this tea today, I finally understand what it is supposed to taste like! The magic seems to have been a lower water temp and shorter steep time. I got a nice, vegetal green with strong hints of strawberry and a smoothness that I am happy to consider a cream flavour. It was a lovely early evening cup of tea!
I had such great luck with this tea today! Sometimes, I find that, if I don’t watch this tea, it tends to get a little astringent on me. Today, I got my water to the right temp, tossed in a little sugar, steeped it for just a few minutes, and voila! All the raspberry, coconutty goodness smell of these leaves promises. It was sweet, and had the bright, tart notes of the raspberry balanced by the the smooth earthiness of the coconut. I think the flavour this tea delivers when I make it right it truly worth how fiddly it can be to brew.
I can tell the holidays are coming to a close, already I woke up this morning with a sore throat that I am sure is just my anticipation of heading back into the germ circus that is the classroom. I don’t actually often really get sore throats, but when I do, this has become my go to tea to fix it. Between the licorice root and the chamomile, I can not believe how sweet this tea tastes. I find the overall flavour is actually fairly mild. This isn’t a tea that I would necessarily want to drink every single day, but I don’t mind it when I am not feeling well and it really does seem to help a bit with a sore throat.
I feel like I finally got this tea tonight. I tried it on multiple occasions before and could not get over the bitterness of the green tea base. The apple notes were always there, but it just seemed like a weird apple note. Tonight, I gave it a much lower brewing temperature and good short steep time (only 2 minutes). What this resulted in was a nice, delicate green tea with strong apple and cinnamon notes. The dreaded astringency I had been battling completely disappeared. Now that I understand this tea a little more, I am far more impressed with it and would even go so far as to say I can seem myself drinking this far more often.
Finally, an oolong other than Pineapple Oolong that both tastes like an actual oolong and appeals to me! This is super smooth, as buttery as tea can be. I think that is the vanilla part of it. There is also a strong floral note to this tea, which I am usually not a fan of, but in this one I actually think it works. This is not a strong, hugely flavoured oolong, but I have quite happily been working my way through a pot of it while enjoying its subtle sweetness and natural taste.
I might be one of the few who really loves this tea, but I have consistently had really good experiences with it. I use a normal amount of leaf, cooler water, and a shortish steeping time. What I get is a nice subtle white tea taste and tons of strawberry notes. I find that the stevia leaves this tea so naturally sweet that you really don’t really want to add any extra sweetener to it. I do like the bit of stevia blended in the tea though because it makes it taste more like real berries to me.
This was my second cup, of what is bound to be many, for the evening. This is a really nice green tea. The mango flavour is present, but only very subtly. What you get is a nice, non astringent base tea with hints of fruit notes. Since, that is exactly what the description promised, I am pretty thrilled. This is not as overtly fruity and the herbals I am so in love with, but it is a nice change and a tea I could see myself drinking frequently!
After a wonderful trip visiting both my family and my in-laws, I am, nevertheless, thrilled to be back home with me tea and my new variable temperature kettle the bf kindly provided me with for Christmas. This was also waiting in the mail for me, so I thought I would through it through the new kettle.
This is such a great tea, I was super excited when it went on sale for Boxing Day. I had tried it before and remembered loving it, and I was right. The tea is naturally sweet and light and has this nutty base note that really does make you think of cookie dough. I don’t throw any sweetener in, so it doesn’t taste exactly like cookie dough, but it is definitely reminiscent of it. The bf and I both think that with a bit of sugar this would be just like liquid cookies. I don’t get a lot of taste from the base white tea, but the flavouring is so spot on that, in this case, I don’t even mind.
I really liked this tea. The bf bought me some as a Christmas gift and, after tragically screwing up the first steep, I gave it another shot this morning. Aside from the fact that my taste buds are obviously on the fritz, I tasted cinnamon in it for some reason, it was a smooth, enjoyable tea. The taste is tart and heavily influenced by the grape components. I left it to steep for ages and that helped the flavour out a lot, also, it became more fruity and the flavours shone as it began to cool. This is not a tea I might have immediately picked out, but I am actually really impressed with it and I will enjoy the bag of it I have!
I’m not sure about this one. I think it is one of those teas I am going to have to try a couple of times to form a solid opinion on. For now, I could really taste the lemon grass and the coconut, those were definitely the dominant flavours. The rest of the fruit was present in the base notes, but this truly is a lemon grass based taste. I am not usually at all fond of mates, but this one is really light on the green mate flavour and heavier on the fruit, herb, and nut notes. I am not instantly in love with this tea, but it is worth giving another shot to and seeing how I feel about it then.