478 Tasting Notes
I was looking for a light, vanilla tea today and this delivered. Sweet, slightly vegetal from the green tea, and smooth tasting, this is one of my favourite greens. It reminds me of the holidays, but it doesn’t feel like a tea exclusively for the holidays. I am enjoying it as I wake up this morning.
This was good this evening, but not phenomenal. I gave it the right temperature, at least I thought I was, I liked the steep time, I am just not blown away by the apple in this. I like the taste of the base white tea, but I am not crazy about this particular type of apple. I find it almost a dry taste in my mouth, as opposed to the more berry heavy white teas that I have. I am going to try this a couple more times before I really make up my mind, but so far it is not my favourite white tea I have ever had.
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!