317 Tasting Notes
Ooh, today’s a good tea day.
Didn’t teach today – stayed up till 1 with my roommate complaining & bonding, and then had to get up at 6 for class. So that wasn’t happening. Instead I sat at home with the gaiwan and the kettle.
This is light, but deliciously sweet and creamy. It was a swap from someone, but I can’t for the life of me remember who sent it. I’m sorry!!
Thanks to Teavivre for this sample!
I’ve heard so many good things about this tea, I was excited to get to try it. It’s beautiful and chocolatey and kind of bready. It’s sweet. There’s a tiny bit of smoke, but it’s sweet. Fantastic!
This was a custom blend sent to me by my friend Emily.
The caramel is definitely forefront, and it blends well with hazelnut (always a good combo). The raspberry in here is a bit of a rogue element, but it’s not as odd as I thought it was! With a little honey, it all comes together.
Strong, full-bodied cup. Really good cold-brewed. You can’t go wrong with the IB :)
Thanks to Della Terra Teas for this sample! I won it in one of their plentiful Facebook giveaways.
The tea is great. The dry leaf smells really strongly, and that’s good. There are little silver candies and silver flakes in it, which I’ve never seen before, but it actually makes the tea sparkle in the light! I still have enough for one more mug, after this pot plus the bit I parcelled off into a swap, so I’m definitely going to go glass with it.
I taste what is definitely apricot. Which is great, considering some of the lackluster apricot teas I’ve had in the past. I think it’s hard to get right. The flavor is a little bit light, but that’s probably because I went light on the leaves. There’s no astringency or bitterness anywhere. Really, really smooth tea, really good flavor. A winner!
I got a tea package today from a friend in NYC. Yum!
This is one of the ones she sent me. It’s a really peachy oolong, and there’s some sort of spice to it too.
My tastebuds are kind of on the fritz, but this is still good!
And I was surprised and happy to see that she’d included a blend with ginger… as much as I hate ginger, it’s good for sore throats.
Chamomile and honey. Way too sweet, but that’s medicine for you. At least it beats NyQuil. Vocal rest tomorrow, hiding for the weekend, and maybe I’ll be able to talk come Monday.
I am surrounded by idiots.
If I have to read one more “critique” of my Lapsang poem that says nothing but “Great work” and “I really find no fault with this piece” I’m going to vomit. The point of a CRITIQUE is not to bleed rainbows. Tell me what needs work!
Shut up, Shell.
In other words, soothing tea time. This is really light and sweet green, and while I’m not entirely sure I’d call it perfectly cherry, it’s not disgustingly artificial. It’s fruity and calming and a really pretty pink and just what I need right now.
This came courtesy of Pekko Teas. Thanks!
I had a bad first experience with milk oolongs, and even after having tried Teavivre’s excellent ones, I’m still a bit wary of them. Still, I had to give this one a go!
The leaves are tightly rolled and fairly large. They smell REALLY creamy, sort of like rice pudding. I get a hint of the described orchid.
The creaminess comes out, but it’s not overwhelming. I definitely tasted the oolong itself, and that does a lot to ground the milk flavor. The floral-ness of this is great.
I must have gotten a bad batch of this, because it’s rated fairly high on here. I myself find it disgusting.
It’s weird hot. I sort of expect it to be a berry flavored tea, and there’s that, but then there’s also a mintiness afterwards… sort of like fruit-flavored gum. The hibiscus isn’t too strong, though, so yay?
And cold… I figured it would be better cold. It almost is. The vanilla comes out, as does the mint, and the fruit takes a bit of a backseat. It’s still sort of like gum, but the flavors jive a bit better. But there’s an unbearable bitterness, which I think comes from the orange rinds. I tried to finish the mug… but couldn’t.
I’ll leave off the rating, since people seem to think it’s okay, and I still have some of my bag left, but sigh. I’m disappointed. At least it was (fairly) cheap.