1072 Tasting Notes
Ugh ugh ugh..I have been in warp speed mode at work for the past few days, starting last Wednesday..had an excellent weekend and now back at work. But had my painting class tonight and it went better so that’s a plus, helps me take my mind off all the things I am trying to figure out at work lol (at least not people problems, just ones relevant to projects haha).
This tea was calling my name tonight. Yes it is late, and yes it’s a black tea, but I needed a cozy cup of goodness with some warm spicing tonight. It’s starting to rain outside, so it feels like a nice autumn evening for this one. Oh, the bf also went back to work for 14 days up north, so that always makes my day a little less bright too. Hence the need for good, comforting tea. This is the perfect choice right now. See previous notes!
I went to my local tea store yesterday to pick up a bunch of teas for my boyfriend, he loves their Tall Mountain Oolong and he tried a second flush darjeeling and quite enjoyed it, so yesterday he stocked up on Tall Mountain and is trying a first flush darj and also picked up some heavenly smelling jasmine pearls. I have yet to try the latter two. I have been curious about breakfast blends, but I usually am terrible with strongly caffeinated teas and milk lol, but I decided to pick up this one to try an EB but without the caffeine! Also picked up some Lord Grey, an amazing cream of EG blend which I will review later.
The dry smell of this is actually a bit fruity lol, whether from contamination or it just is like that, I’m not sure, as it’s my first English Breakfast Blend. I steeped it for roughly 3 minutes, and the liquor is dark and smells like a lovely black tea.
As for the flavor without milk and sugar added, this is a nice and hearty tasting black tea for being decaf! It has some floral characteristics along with some fruit to me, and it tastes full and warming. I will now add a bit of milk and some sugar for the full English Breakfast experience.
Mmm, with the milk and sugar this smooths right out into a lovely full tasting black tea. It’s just so cozy and rich. I am quite enjoying this – a much different flavor than my usual array of Chinese black teas, with all their sweet potato and honey notes. This also has a sweet note, but it’s a more creamy sweet note, and I really like it.
Overall, this is quite delicious. Now that I know English Breakfast (at least in decaf form) isn’t too scary, I might eventually bite the bullet and try a full English breakfast tea. Or a Scottish Breakfast, they said that one is a bit lighter, haha this is out of my usual comfort zone so I will need to read up on these types of tea! Unfortunately my local store sells teas by a minimum of 50g, so it is tough to commit to a blend unless I really love it, as I have found out in the past (I have teas kicking around over a year old due to the large quantity you buy). But so far, I really like this and will enjoy it more as the weather gets cooler :)
The second new pumpkin-y tea from DavidsTea that I got last week! This one is a huge improvement over Pumpkin Cheesecake lol. Unfortunately I am at work so I can’t write an overly detailed note, as I made this in my travel mug, but I have had 2 or 3 cups at home prior to this since I got it lol, so that sums up how it is.
I remember this smelling so caramelly and mapley I thought it was contaminated by Pumpkin Cheesecake at first. But turns out this tea really is a lovely sweet maple tea, with a fair amount of spice balancing out the sweetness. The base holds its own much better than an rooibos would. To be honest, I don’t find this overly spicy, but then again, I drink Super Ginger frequently and it doesn’t bother me either lol, so I think spices in tea don’t really get to me that much. This tea, however, has a really nice spice note mixing with the sweetness. I don’t get a whole lot of pumpkin….that is my only complaint, maybe I don’t know what pumpkin really and truly tastes like in a tea? But I haven’t really found a tea that tastes overly pumpkin like I guess lol…so I’m not sure. I guess this is probably the closest, this or Pumpkin Chai by DavidsTea or Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie by Della Terra lol. This one definitely has pumpkin spice though!
Overall, I have been quite enjoying this tea. I need to have a cup of Pumpkin Chai later to determine which is my favorite. But so far, this is quite delicious!
Flavors: Caramel, Maple, Spices
New tea, first tasting! Yay! The name of this one sounds so promising…the dry smell, mapley and sugary and sweet. Not much pumpkin…not much cheesecake. It is akin to Della Terra’s Carrot Cake for sure as a few other reviews have noted. I steeped it for 5 minutes with boiling water. The steeped smell is also ridiculously sweet, lots of maple sugar.
As for the flavor, also sweet maple flavor, with some creaminess. It’s not too bad, not a whole lot of pumpkin flavor, but there is a bit, and there are some spices as well. Very similar to Carrot Cake by Della Terra lol, which I didn’t mind, except for the fact I couldn’t find the cream cheese icing part. This one, I can’t really find the cheesecake part either! And it’s really quite sweet for my tastes. But it’s caffeine free, and will be nice for if I get a sugar craving.
Non tea related part below, skip if you want
Ugh, sorry for the hasty, messy note. I am in a right terrible mood right now due to problems with my house, aka inlaws wanting to renovate the whole basement of our house and basically taking liberties to rip up an entire room in the basement. Oh yeah, that also helps my sensitive, asthmatic lungs heal. I went down there and couldn’t breathe. Just wonderful. Sorry for the rant, I usually don’t like to rant on the internet. But there you have it. Hopefully my review doesn’t zoom up to the top of the feed LOL. No rating on this tea yet cuz I just can’t think straight to rate it.
I forgot how amazing this tea was, and I am very sorry I forgot how awesome they are lol, because I would have finished off my final sample of these ages ago. But luckily I didn’t, because this is just what I need on this Monday morning. I am not entirely with it this morning and a fair bit irritable, so hopefully this delicious, sweet, malty tea will help me to smooth out and not be annoyed with certain somebodies at work….ugh. Also listening to classical music, so the combo should do a lot to get me on track haha. See previous notes on this amazing tea!
So when I went to get the two new pumpkin teas at DavidsTea on Friday, I had a sample of this in store and it was actually quite good. After trying a few cups at home, I have determined they must have steeped it for literally about 1 minute, and added a bunch of sugar lol. Nonetheless, I will review the current cup I am having of this tea to know what to improve in the future.
FIrst off, the dry smell is quite pleasant, cinnamon and spices with an apple scent in there as well. Definitely pumpkin spice. The tea in the store tasted very pumpkin-y, so I hoped to achieve this at home. Ok, the first cup I made was a complete write-off – blood red liquor, so tart I actually had to throw the cup out, and I am not a hibiscus hater…but that was just gross. So today, I tried a little less leaf for only about 2.5 minutes.
The steeped smell is still rather tart, although I can pick out the spices at least in there as well. And yes, it is still bright red. Ugh, less steep time next time.
As for the flavor..it is a huge improvement over the first cup, but this still isn’t the sweet spot. True, I can taste the spices, a pumpkin flavor, and a tiny bit of sweetness, but it is still quite tart and in need of some sweetener I think. Maybe I’ll add some brown sugar….okay, added some and some pancake syrup and not much change. Still quite overpoweringly tart. Whether it’s from the cranberries, rose hips or hib, I don’t know but…yeah. Gah. Ah well, can’t win them all. It is slightly improving as it cools, but still not a favorite.
Overall, I am not impressed with this tea. It was so tasty in store that I bought some, and at home it is just blah. I never sweeten my teas unless it is honey to enhance already awesome flavors (aka my amazing ginger teas), so the fact that I was adding random stuff does not bode well. I will play with it some more, as I know it has good potential, and I love the idea..but currently it’s just not for me. Sorry, but I will say this so far to this tea…No, we Cran’t. :(
Flavors: Hibiscus, Spices, Tart
A big thanks to the lovely Angel at Teavivre for this free sample! I am slowly but surely getting through all these samples.. :D
The dry smell of this one is quite lovely. Honey, with a hay note I find in quite a few white teas. Sweet and soft for this lazy Sunday morning (massively cleaned the house yesterday, maybe today I can devote some time to tea reviews haha). I am steeping for 3 minutes for this first cup at around 194 degrees as per Teavivre’s directions (1-5 mins recommended). The leaves were a bit broken up, mostly flat leaves, but a lot of them in each packet! I am using approximately 1/3 to 1/4 of the first packet. The steeped scent is a light honey/crystal sugar smell, not as much hay. It is quite pleasing and light, I like the smell for a first Sunday cup!
As for the flavor, this is a very light white tea, with notes of mild hay and a slightly sweet, honeyed taste. I detected a slightly cooling flavor as well, almost a mint-like sensation, but no mint flavor, more of a grass note.
Overall, this is a pretty mild and inoffensive tea. It isn’t wowing me per say, but it’s a pretty standard white tea that I will have no trouble drinking, as it tastes like a solid, dependable choice for a white tea. It is light and refreshing, and the hint of sweet is quite nice. I actually am drinking it quite fast as it’s easy to drink and satisfying. Not a bad little tea! Thanks again Teavivre for the opportunity to try this tea! Might keep it in my cupboard as a standard, reliable white tea for when I just want to relax with a simple cup, not too complicated, but still quite good :)
Flavors: Grass, Hay, Honey