My allergies have been a bit better, but that may be from continued use of reactine haha. But I cold steeped some of this tea to add to the reactine so there is more than one thing fighting my allergies! It steeped for almost 24 hours, and the result is VERY herb tasting haha, stemmy I think someone used, and yes it feels like a bunch of stems have been steeped. The mild grapefruit flavor makes it ok and refreshing, so I will drink it, but this is definitely more for medicinal purposes lol. See previous notes.
427 Tasting Notes
My friend came over for dinner, and we made the most epic dinner ever! Fresh trout from fishing on Sunday cooked in a pan, steamed asparagus with butter, and coconut rice :D delicious meal! Had a glass of wine with it, but each had a tasty cup of this tea afterwards. The fresh sweetness and mint helped to refresh after the rich meal, and helped quench my thirst quite well :) I am enjoying this tea, it is light yet sweet and an interesting flavor! See previous notes!
Yum! I must be on a caramel kick today, because I have just been craving that flavor and most of the teas I’ve had today have caramel aspects/full caramel flavor lol. This is my before bed cup, I am almost at the end of my sample :( I much prefer this cream caramel rooibos than the DavidsTea one, this one is much sweeter and a perfect way to end the day! See previous notes :)
Eep! I’ve been drinking so much other tea lately that I forgot about my matcha in the fridge! Need to start drinking some of it down! I made a cup of this with just hot water, about 3/4 of a tsp today, and it was quite good. I’ve missed my matcha. See previous notes :)
I believe this is my first straight Earl Grey tea I’ve had in loose form!! I have only tried EGC before this, so I was quite looking forward to it. I had my nap, so now I can actually write a decent tasting note on a new tea. Also, first tasting note, woo!
The dry smell is soo much bergamot. Wow. It is just crazy how aromatic it is, very perfumed, but not unpleasantly so. I tried steeping this for 4 minutes, again on the low end of the scale of 4-6. The steeped smell is also very bergamot, but toned down at least.
As for the flavor, it is pretty good! This being my first straight EG in loose form, and having not had any bagged of it in AGES, I might be easily impressed, but it seems to be tasty! There is definitely a robust bergamot flavor with a nice black base, a small hint of dryness at the end of the sip, but not overly drying. I don’t think it is bitter, but it is fairly strong, but not to the point where it’s soapy, which is quite a win, as I had a rough bunch of cups with the last bit of EGC by DavidsTea due to a horrid soapiness lol.
Overall, this is a pleasant Earl Grey! I think I still like the cream ones a bit more just because they are a bit more decadent, but this feels like a nice stable tea that makes me feel very alert and almost strong haha, it seems like it could become a solid staple tea for dreary mornings or something. I am definitely not an expert on EG, but I like this one, whether it’s super true to flavor, I couldn’t tell you because I don’t have much to compare to, but it’s enjoyable. Yay for tea :) and another tasty find from Sloane Tea Company!
I am back in civilization, this weekend I was at the lake and still drinking tea, but very poor nets so no logs. I also don’t feel like backlogging because hey, it’s the long weekend, I just want to enjoy it until I have to work tomorrow haha. Anyways, after drinking a myriad of green, white and herbal teas this weekend, I needed something a little more comforting and cozy. Enter Laoshan Black. 1 tsp for 3 minutes, yum yum very roasted tasting today, not getting as much caramel, but that may be because I just had some extremely salty soup, so my palate is off, and my nose is still icky from allergies. Nevertheless, I am enjoying this cup, and will probably have a nap in a bit. See previous notes on this tea :)
This was my splurge yesterday hehe, 4 tins of Sloane tea! First of all, BEAUTIFUL packaging. I am in love with the small tins, they are sooo delicate! And the box is so pretty too, and it says how to brew all the teas + the ingredients on the box! Yay for ingredients, because I couldn’t actually find any on the site, and having a nut allergy, this made me a bit apprehensive lol. But I digress..onto the tea!
The dry smell is soooo yummy. It has a wonderful cream scent in there. I love that the EG classic also came in this set, because I could compare the two and you can definitely smell more bergamot in the classic lol. I might have to have a cup after to compare flavors too.
I steeped for 4 mins, as suggested time was 4-6 for only 6 oz of water, and I am super terrified of strong black tea, so I went with the min, although that even seemed a bit long, and also a bit more water. Oh, and I just used my brew basket, not the provided satchets, although those may come in handy at work hehe. The steeped smell is very nice, it actually is reminding me of Paris by Harneys quite a bit, must be the vanilla flavors. There is also a sweet scent underneath, similar to fruity but also like caramel? Lol, that doesn’t make sense. Well, that’s what the nose is saying today (allergies are also running rampant lol).
Ohh yessss, this is really quite delicious. It is SO reminding me of Paris, but without the fruity aftertaste. This is really quite good. Darn it, I don’t want it to be super good, because then I will have to spring for an order probably at some point….haha, not for a while yet though! And with the 4 minute steep, it is not bitter nor too weak, although I might try a short steeping next time just to see if it’s even creamier than it is now. I think I like Ceylon bases in tea as well, although I am not a very hardcore black tea drinker and don’t know much about them haha, but it seems like the blends I like list Ceylon as the base. But I’m babbling (sorry, I am excited about new tea hehe) so I will stop now haha.
Overall, a very nice tea. I am very pleased I finally picked some of this up, because it’s a wonderful blend of cream and bergamot with a delicious black base. +1 for Sloane Teas so far!
ETA – As it cools, more of the black tea flavor comes out, but it’s still tasting pretty good. Not quite as much creaminess, well, except in the aftertaste it is still there, yay!
Backlog – this got me through the morning and then I broke down and had some Twinings bagged white. Lol, I love this tea, quite delicious and berry, although it is not as good in my travel mug. See previous notes on this tea :)
Backlog – I think this is the tea I had at work today that I brought from home last week LOL I finally scouted out the kettle and decided to try it with this tea. Not too bad, a nice sweet aftertaste, which was a bit strange for a white tea, but I needed tea so badly anything would be good. I have yet to try the Keurig, it only has some bigelow green tea for it though, which I used to like, before I found all this AMAZING tea. Ah well, I will eventually bring my loose teas. For now, bags. And hey, I can use up some stuff in my cupboard maybe lol.
I made this cold brewed…yummmmmmmm. This is such an excellent tea both hot AND cold. It’s super refreshing and coconutty. I want to drink this all summer. So. Good. See previous notes about it hot!
Oh, and I splurged a bit on tea today…I couldn’t resist, I’ve been eyeing them forever, so I got a 4 pack of the Sloane teas!! EG Classic, Heavenly Cream, Peaches and Cream and Rouge Provence. So excited!
So I’ve been taking prescription eye drops for my darn allergies for the past week (eyes were a horrendous red at this time last week lol) and have been sneezing and all that fun from it being spring. So tonight, after reading on a note somewhere (I think it was Terri HarpLady that said it) that nettles are awesome for allergies, i found my one tea with nettles and made a cup. I contemplated cold brewing some for tomorrow but instead put another mango tea in the fridge. This tea is not my favorite, it’s very herby and thirst quenching, but not an exciting flavor, but if it helps my allergies, i might have to get a bit more. I’m hopefully going to davidstea tomorrow to get the summer collection and an iced tea pitcher, so I hope I make up my mind about this tea by then. If not, I still have a few cups left lol. See previous notes :)
I think I finally am getting the excellent flavor from this tea! I’ve drank it a few times before and it was not doing it for me, it was too bland or too perfumy or something. It might be the dry smell that puts me off a bit too, my bag seems very bergamoty and not creamy at all, almost soapy and very perfumed. But I have been craving EGC, so I needed a cup tonight, hoping the caffeine doesn’t bug me like it did yesterday!
I steeped for 4 minutes, that might also be a different, I think I tried 2 in the past and it was just too weak. The steeped smell definitely has some cream and is a lot lighter than the smell from the bag.
As for flavor, yes, there definitely is creaminess in it this time! I am finding that it seems to diminish as it cools, so might have to drink it hot in the future, or my taste buds might be acting up from my allergies. Anyways, it is hitting the spot and satisfying my EGC craving perfectly! Definitely a nice light black tea, but the creaminess makes it seem richer and just lovely.
Overall, I am happy that this is starting to work for me. I have a big 2 oz bag of it and I was worried I preferred the DavidsTea version better, but this one might make the cut after all! I’ll potentially up the rating after a few more cups at a later date as well.
SIPDOWN! I cold-brewed the last little bit I had of this, I quite enjoy it cold, it has a fresh yet mellow mango flavor, and I even get a bit of the pom too. I’m happy I tried this tea, but I don’t think it will be a restock, well, maybe a bit in the hot day of summer for cold steeping. But I need to try the new summer DavidsTeas this week, so this one had to be finished to make room for the new! Hehe :D see previous notes.
I over caffeineated yesterday, oops haha, stomach was still in a yucky way this morning so I made this for work. I still love this tea, it’s especially good with honey. Yum, i will hopefully never be out of this, it also helped my tummy! See previous notes on this tea :)
So after a few cups of the rich and awesome Wuyi oolong I have been drinking this evening, I needed something a bit lighter and fresher, so I decided to have a cup of this. Now, I wasn’t really a fan of it last time I had it, it was just too floral by the end of the cup. This time, it seems a bit better, still quite peony flavored and scented, but I think I found a bit of white tea taste underneath at least haha. Maybe I steeped it for a bit shorter time or got more white tea in the spoon, I’m not sure. This was a nice one to try, and if I am in the mood for it, it is nice, but I don’t think I’d restock this one just because it is soo floral. Happy to have tried it though, and I will get through the bag by the end of summer I think! See previous notes :)
Happy Mother’s Day!!
So I haven’t been on here in a bit oops, I was down at the boyfriend’s family’s this weekend and also had to drive him to the airport for a 2 week field job :( going to miss him a lot! So yes I have been drinking a bit of tea and trying to read reviews on here but it’s been a busy weekend haha.
I finally decided to try this tea! I have had a sample kicking around for quite some time, and just got a big bag of this in the TOTM last month, so I need to start drinking it! I also haven’t had a gongfu session in ages because I’ve been busy with starting work, so it is much needed. The dry smell is roasty and sweet and reminiscent of the other shui xian wuyi that Verdant had before this one, but this one is a bit more sweet. I put in about half of the little sample baggie and steeped with boiling water for about 10 seconds. The resulting liquor is a light golden brown, with a tangy scent to it mixed with roastiness, it is quite different!
As for taste, mmm I get those creamy flavors that I found in the other shui xian wuyi oolong, but this one is smoother and sweeter, not as roasted to me and I kind of prefer that actually. The sweetness is very milky and I definitely get caramel. At the end of the taste there is this super caramel creamy note that I am savoring, it’s maybe more of a creamed honey flavor, yum!!
Overall, another excellent tea, I think Verdant oolongs are some of my favorite oolongs. I can’t wait to continue to steep this tea tonight, it is so flavorful already, I’m excited to see how it changes! Another excellent offering from Verdant!
ETA – the following steeps were also really good, very rich though, and they actually made me quite thirsty haha. Making a lighter tea to balance out this roasty, delicious tea! :)
I am super impressed with my Whispering Pines teas! Haha, I’ve probably said this already :P but yeah, oh and also, I forgot to mention the hand-written note that came with my teas was a nice surprise, good customer service! I had a cup of Honeysuckle White tea by them earlier and didn’t rinse my cup, so there might be a bit of honeysuckle taste in this cup that is not normally present lol. I’ll have to write a review about that one at some point too! Anyways, onto this tea.
First off, this one has a very faint green tea scent dry, nice and light. I steeped for 1.5 minutes at 175 degree water. The steeped smell is of jasmine, fresh little buds of it. The taste is very delicate and fresh, I definitely taste a floral element, whether that is the honeysuckle adding to the jasmine from the previous cup, I’m not sure, but it is quite nice. The green tea is very light and smooth, with the slightest hint of grass. I can see how this is likened to rain in a forest or on blades of grass, it is just fresh and sweet and pure.
Overall, I am quite enjoying this cup, I am finding it quite relaxing and I love the images of a forest it evokes for me. Ahh feeling a bit Zen-like, much needed after a busy busy day at work. I will hold off rating until I try it in a clean cup to make sure the white tea isn’t messing with the flavor.
Come on tea! Wake me up! I’m now actually doing something at work, which is fun :D but im also on day 3, and my body does not want to stay alert. It has to lol. So I’m drinking this tea in an effort to wake up… Yeah, so far nothing lol, wonder if anyone would care if I napped on my lunch break.. Lol, anyways, tea, this is yummy as usual, fresh and sweet. See previous notes :)
Nom nom..I am slowly getting back into my more caffeinated teas, with the drought of no tea in Vegas combined with that heat stroke and weather changes, my head has been feeling not quite right for the past few days, and caffeine was making it even worse. But I needed some black tea tonight, so I made a cup of this. And yummy! It tastes creamier and more blueberry this time around! Maybe it sitting for a while helped after all. I like this flavor when I’m in the mood for something different and rich, which is tonight I guess haha. See previous notes :)
This one’s in the mug today, I really enjoy this tea :D a fresh strawberry flavor today, although not enough caffeine this morning haha i’m almost napping at my desk oops, i also snooped a bit in the lunch room and found a loose leaf tea pot and some bagged tea! So someone, at some point drank tea here at work Woot so maybe next week I’ll bring some tea in lol. See previous notes on this tea!
Phew, first day of work is over! I needed something refreshing and relaxing tonight, as it hit 30 degrees C here today! In May! What is up weather haha!
Dry, this smells very minty, I was wondering which of the teas was the minty one and this is it. Mmm it’s a nice refreshing scent. I steeped for a min and a half with approx. 180 degree water. The steeped smell is also minty, reminding me a bit of Della Terra’s Jasmint actually.
The taste is perfect for tonight! The green and jasmine is perfect, not overpowering or cloying at all! The mint is refreshing and compliments the rest of the flavors wonderfully. I prefer this much more than Jasmint, though both are jasmine and mint blends. This one doesn’t have that grassy taste, it has a more mellow, clean green tea flavor than grassy.
Overall, this is a very tasty blend. I will hopefully have time for another infusion tonight, as this is hitting the spot and also fits the nice rain clouds that have shown up and will hopefully open up a bit to cool it down here. I am quite enjoying trying the Whispering Pines teas, so far they are all very refreshing and lovely! Oh, and they also have very nice names haha, that is part of the reason I had to order this one :D
So its my first day of work at my first totally full time job! O.o I am hiding away at my cubicle on lunch break because I’m too shy to talk to Ppl still haha :( and I brought this tea with me to work in my timolino! Very tasty and refreshing this morning :) i’m unsure how I’m going to brew my tea at work, there a keurig that everyone uses, but I saw a kettle, so maybe I’ll use that? Or just bring travel mugs lol, i’ll figure it out when I’m not so nervous! See previous notes on this tea!
I am back! I was back last night actually and had half a cup of tea at like 1 in the morning but I don’t feel like logging it haha im still trying to catch up on sleep.. Vegas was pretty sweet! Had some heat stroke one day from being dehydrated from no tea probably haha but other than that it was awesome. Definitely going back!
Anyways, onto tea!! When I was away my whispering Pines and verdant orders arrived! Woot! So I am having a lovely cup of this as my first official cup back. It is refreshing and energizing and the eucalyptus gives an interesting flavor! I will do a more in depth review later haha im just enjoying this cup and relaxing today. Happy to be back with my teas and on steepster :)
It’s 5 am and im at the airport woot thru security and found a star bucks. It’s wayyy too early and caffeine will upset my stomach so I’m having my go to bagged mint when i’m out. Yumm should probably get some food. Next stop phoenix then Vegas! See previous notes :)