944 Tasting Notes
Happy April Fool’s day! I can’t think of any tea-related pranks today, for at work or on here, my last year’s one was pretty good (I said I was quitting tea, haha not a chance) so I won’t try to top it I don’t think haha.
Having a lovely cup of this this morning, from my new 2 oz bag, and hmm it tastes different. It has more spice in it, tulsi and herby flavors than the ginger and rose that the last few bags had. Also can’t see many rose petals in my bag, maybe they are all at the bottom? I’ll have to give it a good shake, still an amazing tea but I’m missing the elements that just made it blend together into this wonderful ginger goodness. :D see previous notes on this tea, my favorite herbal!
ETA – here is the link to last years April Fool’s post haha (recycling jokes, haha you know you’re too tired when..) http://steepster.com/misslena1221/posts/166568#likes
So I caved and ordered the extra February box from Amoda once I saw it was limited edition Verdant blends..I could not resist, especially the eight treasures one :D also, Amoda looks like it would be a good little investment! If I decide I need another monthly tea club, that one is definitely on the list :)
So I am trying this tea first as I felt like I needed a non-caffeinated tea right now haha. The dry smell is very chocolatey actually, with sweetness from the chamomile. I steeped with boiling water for 2 minutes. The resulting aroma is strongly of chamomile, with a floral and berry scent lingering in there as well.
The flavor is a very unique chamomile blend! Yes, chamomile is a predominant flavor in here, but there are soft floral notes blending with the other herbs to create a very soothing, sweet blend. The florals are SO NICE in here actually. There is a mild cocoa note mid-sip as well. A soft, well integrated tea, I like this for a cloudy, dreary afternoon like today. Oh, and I am pretty sure I can taste the Goji berries in here too, or elderberry, there’s some type of fruity berry flavor melding nicely with the florals! The chamomile is also a very apple tasting chamomile, I like it :)
Overall, this is another well done tea blend, and I am extremely pleased I have the privilege of trying this limited blend with the lovely offer by Amoda! Soothing, calming, delicious. I would probably order more of this if it ever becomes available again, for now, I will savor the sample!
ETA – as the cup cools, it turns even more into mostly chamomile flavor. Hmm. I miss the variety of flavors that were present eariler..still a nice relaxing tea though at least!
Flavors: Berries, Cocoa, Flowers, Honey
Huzzah!! I have found an acceptable milk alternative, almond milk! I’m not allergic to it!! I tried soy last year and got an itchy throat immediately, cow’s milk has been upsetting my stomach, and I was scared to try almond because of my peanut allergy. But I tried a glass last weekend and was fine, and today, I made my first tea latte with it! And let me tell you, it is SO GOOD With this tea!
I steeped the tea in about 3/4 of a cup of water for around 6 minutes, nuked some almond milk for around 45 seconds, and then frothed it up with the Aerolatte I got last weekend. The result is a creamy and delicious cup of peachy, vanilla goodness! The almond milk provides a nice nuttiness and it is a filling, tasty cup. I am so happy that I am not allergic to it :) I will write a review on the straight tea at some point as well, I actually sipped down my sample of this today but will probably pick up a bit more now that I know it makes a tasty latte :)
First cup of the morning! So happy it’s the weekend, I plan to relax and drink lots of tea after the crazy week that was this past one. This cup is so good again today, less honey than the last one, a lot of grains and malt. And a bit of a sweet fruitiness, still honey but with something bright in there making it full bodied and delicious. Mmmmm so satisfying. A great start to the day! See previous notes :)
ETA – actually the aftertaste is becoming caramelly today!! Yay! I haven’t found caramel in a black tea since Laoshan Black I don’t think, very tasty!
Oops, I forgot to re-add this to my cupboard after stocking up before it went out of stock! Haha oh well, it’s in there now! A lovely spiced cuppa today, definitely as good as the first batch I remember I think, I recall finding this bag awfully weirdly carroty and not my favorite the first few cups, but now it has mellowed maybe into that spicy vanilla goodness that the first bag was. Yum. Anyways, back to work! See previous notes :)
ETA – Note 800!! A lot of teas reviews haha!
Mmm this tea. Thick, malty, dark, a bit smoky..bold, warming, I wish I had more of it. It’s a major blizzarding mess here (again) and the roads were absolutely horrendous this morning…not looking forward to driving home after my course tonight. Anyways, this tea is perfect for a busy, snowy day at work.
Oh, and I slightly went over to the dark side – my bf’s mom made some freshly ground decaf Sbucks coffee in a french press this morning, bold roast..I couldn’t pass up a sample of it. And now I’ve been craving coffee all day lol, I haven’t had it in probably a year and a half! Haha, this tea, or the tiny bit left in my mug, will have to suffice. Then onto more black teas. Darn wintery weather, makes me crave rich teas and caffeine it seems! See previous notes on this tea :)
Yum yum yum…having a decadent cup of this on this fine Tuesday evening. I can’t wait until it’s the weekend already LOL long week already…le sigh. Ah well, that’s why I have good tea to keep me going, and good company (the bf’s mom and brother are up for a few days). This tea is marshmallowy creamy goodness with a lovely bergamot note in there too. I need to have this more often. And now I am in a black tea mood since it’s chilly outside and supposed to snow. Blargh. Must get some sleep tonight though..haha. See previous notes on this tea!
Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the free sample of this black tea! I was excited to try this tea as I’ve had good luck with the Fujian black teas from Yezi, so I was sure this would not disappoint. Let’s just say I was right :D anyways onto the review!
The dry leaves smell of sweet potatoes and cocoa. Mmmm. Lovely golden brown thin leaves, I used about half of the sample packet and steeped in 195 degree water for 2 minutes. The resulting liquor is a light brown color and smells strongly of sweet potatoes and honey.
As for the flavor, wow this is so good. This is the black tea I’ve found closest in flavor to Verdant’s Golden Fleece. This starts out malty and grainy, with lots of sweet potato flavor but a definite smoothness from the grain, giving it a chewy mouthfeel. As it cools..BAM. Honey galore!! SO much honey! It’s just dripping off my tongue right now. Wonderful malted grains, smooth, sweet honey flavor…this is a definite winner. This might be my favorite of the three black teas from Teavivre I have tried yet. It’s so rich, and so different from the other varieties I tried (Keemun, Bailin). There really is so much diversity among black teas, well, any tea for that matter!
Overall, this tea is a sweet, comforting treat. I imagine this as a cozy wintery day tea, or when I’m just feeling indulgent. Thanks again to Teavivre for the opportunity to try this lovely black tea! It definitely is going on the wishlist :D
Flavors: Honey, Malt
Another huge thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this sample!! I had such a tough time deciding which of my samples to try first today, but since this will be my first Keemun (I think), it’s up!!
The dry smell was a malty and a bit fruity black tea. I steeped for 2 minutes with
195 185 degree water Western style, a slight variation of the recommended parameters so we will see how it tastes!
The steeped scent is fruity and a bit dry, definitely reminiscent of a tasty red wine. I like it! Not much sweet potato in the scent to me, which is a bit refreshing lol. Also the barest hint of smoke, adding depth and mystery :D
As for the flavor, this is a very good black tea. It is very fruity and rich. A slight astringency to add to the wine-like mouthfeel, and this might also go down with a lower brewing temperature, but I don’t mind it as it still tastes very smooth and full. It is bold yet muted, if that makes any sense. The fruitiness is so similar to red wine, I really can’t believe it! There is a little bit more malt when it cools, but still mostly fruity and fresh.
Overall, a very nice tea to try, I am excited to brew it with a lower temperature, I will try that with the re-steep. Fruity, slightly dry..a lovely red wine like tea! Once again thank you Angel for the opportunity to add to my black tea tastings with this variety!
ETA – A slight smokiness is present as it cools even more, adding a rich depth to the fruitiness and toning down the astringency to a smoother flavor. Brewing with cooler water would probably make this tea shine!
ETA again – oops, looks like I brewed the first cup with 185 degree water haha, while the recommended params are 176. Off by 10 degrees in my initial review haha…I will change that now to match :)
First review! Haha I haven’t paid a lot of attention to this cup so far, but I’ll do my best. This was part of the March blend of the month club. I’ve sampled all of the teas from this box and the club itself actually except this one!
The dry smell is not very appealing to me, but that is the sarsaparilla giving it the woody, strong scent. I do get a bit of a vanilla-ness in there too along with the floral oolong base. I steeped this for around a minute and a half with 195 degree water.
The steeped scent is a bit better, more oolong, but still that sarsaparilla note that I don’t really enjoy. A bit cinnamony as well. The flavor is much better than the smell luckily. The first tastes reminded me of Master Zhang’s genmaicha with the toasty flavor, I think that might be from the dandelion root as it’s a common ingredient between the teas. As it cools there is more oolong flavor and almost a marshmallowy flavor, definitely can taste the sarsaparilla as it is like that foamy rootbeer flavor but not as sweet lol. There’s still a woodiness in there too, and that’s the one thing killing it for me, I haven’t really liked it in any of the blends with sarsaparilla from the blend club.
Overall, not a bad tea, but not a favorite of mine due to the woody note. An interesting tea nonetheless, I do get the marshmallow vanilla-y notes it’s going for, just not a solid winner due to personal preference. Happy to have the opportunity to try this tea though!
Flavors: Vanilla, Wood