1099 Tasting Notes
I picked up 25g of this tea for myself and 25 for my mom for Mother’s Day at the mall yesterday, since coconut is her favorite thing in tea. She loved the first cup I made for her yesterday, and I had a sip and thought it was tasty, so I decided to brew up a cup tonight. It’s also caffeine free, so maybe I’ll actually get to sleep on time haha.
The dry smell is heavenly, definitely rich, creamy coconut milk. Sooo yummy smelling, a bit of extra sugary sweetness in there too!! Yum! I steeped for about 3 or 4 minutes, as I don’t like too strong of a honeybush flavor, although I don’t mind honeybush. The steeped tea has the characteristic coconut oil slick on top, but it actually doesn’t seem as bad as other blends I’ve had from DT for oiliness. It smells like that coconut sunscreen mixed with honeybush lol, a bit oily but mainly coconut and honeybush.
As for the flavor, this is a pretty simple blend, it tastes straight forwardly like coconut and honeybush. Not sure if the cocoa shells are imparting a rich flavor in this or just adding to the weight of the tea. Nevertheless, it is creamy and pretty good. I would like to try this iced to see how it does compare to coconut ice cream likeness!
Overall, this isn’t a bad blend, it reminds me a lot of the 52Teas honeybush blends with coconut, although I loved the addition of pineapple and cheesecake flavors in the 52teas versions. But I like that this tea has a much more simplified ingredient list and actually tastes like what’s in it – coconut and honeybush. Tasty and I will definitely try this iced. A nice caffeine-free tea to drink for a while! Might even restock at some point :)
Hello Monday..I oversteeped this tea and have bitter, tart, mostly disgusting hibiscus water lol. Next time we will try a 3 min steeping time, this has a ton of potential but just wayyy too tart right now. I steeped about 6 mins. Gahhhhh. My bad. Monday brain needs to wake up when making tea. The very mild coconut and strawberry flavor is nice though. If that can come out more, it will be delicious. But I messed it up lol. My bad.
I haven’t been writing many tea notes lately..I have been drinking tea, but just haven’t felt like logging. Mostly some sipdowns too. But today I feel like I should log this yummy sheng, as it is making my Saturday a good one. The bf got called to work unexpectedly at 6 am, so that kind of threw a wrench in the day/weekend. So I have been brewing this tea with a killer headache (it seems to be helping) and working away outside cleaning up the raspberry patch. A messy, scratchy job but I’m happy it’s done!
Anyways, this tea is light, fresh, fruity, and a bit of a grape flavor today. It could still be the apricot, my allergies are running rampant so I had a pill today and my sinuses are dried up now haha. But this tea is still delicious as always, I see it is now archived on Verdant’s site so probably won’t have a chance to order again once I finish this bag. I should try Master Han’s 2014 to see how it compares one day :) see previous notes on this tea!
Oh, and in entirely unrelated news that I want to share because it makes me happy – we have a robin nesting under our deck right outside the kitchen window! They are in the process of building the nest and have been sitting in it a bit already! I will try to get pictures at some point and post on IG :)
ETA – I found the apricot flavor :) about the 4th or 5th steeping. Sooooo delicious.
I’m sipping this down this morning, after much hoarding :( but it’s the perfect morning for it! It’s sunny out, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and it’s Saturday after a long week! What better way to celebrate than with this delicious tea! I slightly overleafed as I would not have had enough left for a final cup, so today started out a bit stronger in the malt department, but still oh so good. Less honey notes today too and a bit more fruit, so when I order more of this, I will remember to keep the 3 min steeping time but use a bit less leaf :) I am sad this is out, but I see WP was having a sale……..not that I should order more right now, but I am considering it :) see previous notes on this tea!
This tea is so freaking good. I am having a yixing session with it and it’s amazing -woody, creamy, mushrooms, and almost a milk chocolate note coming out. The smell is soooo good too, definitely a creamy chocolate scent! So rich, so delicious. I needed this. Perfect for a chilly, lazy, stay inside day. The bf is hungover so might be a relaxing, drink tea kind of day so as to not disturb him with vacuuming, errands, and everything else I should get done. But I should just enjoy some down time and de-stress.
Oh, and prayers and love to everyone affected by the Nepal earthquake. Such a terrible thing to have happened :(.
It’s been a weird week, lots of ups and downs, busy/not busy spells at work, and some less than good news regarding family. I am so tired and am grateful it is the weekend so I can recharge and try to relax. I made this tea yesterday but was so busy I didn’t really get a chance to drink it at work, so I made it today as well and am having it as my morning cup. With milk and sugar to make it cozier and because it looks like it will rain outside. I also don’t need much caffeine today as it will just aggravate all the things I am worrying about. So far this tastes like the correct pick for the morning. Tasty and comforting. See previous notes on this tea.
A sipdown of this lovely sheng from Teavivre! I’m very happy that this tea grew on me and I have been quite enjoying its green flavor :) still a hint of smoke and tobacco, but not as assertive as when I first had it. I still prefer the other sheng from Teavivre that I tried, can’t remember its name, so this one might not make the re-order list. But it’s still good :D Hoping this helps with my seasonal allergies (they kicked in on top of my year long ones now ughhh) so I don’t have to take allergy pills for the entire month. Thanks again to Angel for this sample!
Quick work sipdown of this tea right now! This was delicious and I will hopefully always have a Yabao in my cupboard, I still have Verdant’s so I won’t be ordering this for a while, but it was a really good one! Made Western this morning, steeped w/ boiling water for 4 minutes. Sweet, tasty, good! See previous notes on this tea :)
Thanks to Angel at teavivre for this free sample! I didn’t log my first cup of this apparently and didn’t pay a ton of attention to my cup this morning lol so I will write a more detailed note later! This was fruity, malty, a bit sweet, and really good. A good feeling after drinking it and it wasn’t a heavy black tea. So far, yum! And yes, a more detailed note later :)