1099 Tasting Notes
I have been falling asleep while attempting to study all afternoon, so I had a cup of this with a spoonful of guayusa in it, and unfortunately it didn’t help haha I fell asleep for half an hr..ah well, it was tasty anyways! I was going to try to limit my caffeine consumption due to finals on Wednesday but I don’t think that is going to happen. See previous notes on this tea as well as it blended with guayusa!
And thoughts and prayers out to those in Boston, I can’t even imagine the horror, it just makes me sick. Hoping any steepsterites who may have been there are ok!!
After drinking flavored teas all day and eating a giant chocolate thing my friend got me for Easter, my stomach needed a break from sugar and a bit of straightening out. So I am having a cup of this tea. Ahh, it is working so far, a nice earthy brew, clean and refreshing, some hints of caramel and quite smooth. Tonight I did 2 rinses and steeped Western-style for 2 minutes, as last week I accidentely broke my little glass gong fu pot from DavidsTea, will have to go pick up another after my exams on Wednesday. Luckily it is not very expensive at least! I will probably have another cup or two this evening. I need to start studying, so maybe this will give me the push that I need. See previous notes on this tea :)
Backlog from yesterday – this was my celebration cup from being finished my 4th year project/presentation for my degree and coming out of it with an award! Woot, totally unexpected haha but a nice surprise! So my friend, also in my group, came over and I needed to try this tea so we each had a cup. I snagged the first steeping though hehe.
The dry smell is soo interesting! It is like very strong spearmint but with a noticable marshmallow scent at the end of smelling! It is reminiscent of toothpaste or mint gum, but I love mint gum so that was ok. I steeped for 2 minutes with 175 degree water.
Wow, this is a unique tea, and I really like it! The smell is very marshmallowy when steeped, but the mint is still there too. But the flavor surprised me a lot!! It has a lovely green tea flavor, and the aftertaste is light, delicious marshmallow! The mint is also there, very well blended so as to not be overpowering, which is very impressive as spearmint can sometimes be strong. It more adds a coolness to the sip. This tea is light and just as delicious when it cools too! My friend also enjoyed it immensely, so it must resteep fairly good!
Overall, I really enjoy how different yet awesome this tea is. It’s light and sweet at the same time, and I love mint, so this is a winner in my books! Now I really want to try a marshmallow genmaicha from 52 teas, as I bet it would also be stunning!
So I got a chance to try this tea today! I was a bit nervous about it as the bag smelled pretty strong, a blueberry scent but with something strong added, not the best..but I need not have worried! I steeped with boiling water for around 2 minutes, and the resulting scent is much lighter and more blueberry.
As for the taste, when I first tried it, there was mostly blueberry flavor, slightly reminding me of White Tiger from DavidsTea. However, as it cooled, a more bakey taste came out, some cinnamon, and the aftertaste turned into cream cheese goodness! Yummy! I am pleased I managed to find the danish flavor and the cream cheese, the danish mainly from the aftertaste :) I can also taste a glazed donut in there, but it almost reminds me of a blueberry muffin rather than glazed. Oh, and I also did a re-steep, and it was not quite as flavorful in terms of blueberry, but more of a baked goods flavor comes out.
Overall, this is pretty good! I am happy I got a pouch of it, and am excited to see how it gets after a bit of time, as it seems like 52 teas flavors improve after a few weeks, according to other reviews. It’s already pretty darn good though!
Last day of my undergrad degree today! Whoop! Unfortunately I am in super freak out mode, our big presentation is tomo and we haven’t rehearsed/finished it yet… Gahhhh. Hope we get it done! Anyways, i oversteeped this tea today by 2 minutes, but it’s not bad. Comfort teas will be in order tonight to attempt to relax for tomorrow. See previous notes on this tea.
ETA – speaking of comfort teas, i see that my 52 teas was out for delivery today!! That also means my whispering Pines shouldn’t be too far behind, as I ordered it before the other. Hope it’s there when I get home!
The description of this tea looked intriguing, so I had to order 20 g in my latest Zen Tea order. The dry smell is very fresh and lovely, the peony is present mainly but very light, reminding me of rain in a garden, a garden with peonies of course. I should mention that at my parents acreage, the peonies bloom profusely sometime in June, and they are big and beautiful. The petals in this tea are red, so I am assuming they are some sort of pink peony?
Anyways, onto steeping..I steeped for 2 minutes with 185 degree water. The resulting tea is a very pale yellow, definitely a white tea. And man, does this smell floral!! It’s like a bouquet of flowers is in my cup! Peonies, that is :) I don’t smell any lychee that I can tell, although it is sort of floral too, so it might be blending in with it.
The flavor is also very floral, although as it cools it is not as strong. It has a very clean finish as well. I am not sure of the flavor of the white tea yet, but it is supporting the floral burst quite nicely. Next time I might try brewing without a giant petal in my infuser lol, and see how that is.
Overall, this is a nice change from other floral teas such as jasmine. It is a bit strong on the flower scent, but makes for not a bad cup. I love how the cup invokes images of spring and rain-soaked flowers on an overcast day. I will have a few more cups before deciding on a rating.
Oh man, this is so good. I may have found a runner up for favorite flavored black tea right here! So my zen tea order came yesterday, and I had a cup of this yesterday, and it was AWESOME. I was too busy studying to log a note, so I made another cup today and I will log it now.
The dry smell is very nice and strawberry smelling, with a hint of creaminess. I steeped for 2 minutes yesterday and 3 today to see if there is any difference. The steeped smell is SO GOOD. Lots and lots of strawberries, a very sweet smelling strawberry, and a hint of cream. Might try shaking up my bag like yyz suggested to get a few more cream pieces, but it still smells heavenly!
As for taste, I think I prefer it brewed closer to 2 minutes than 3, at 3 there isn’t quite as much strawberry flavor, or cream. But it is still wonderfully delicious. The strawberry flavor is a bit more realistic in this cup than the one yesterday, that one was sweeter, this one is a little more tangy. I am so happy I went with a 50 g bag of this right off the bat, because I can see myself drinking this quite often, it’s cozy enough for rainy, cold days (like today) but fresh enough for summer sunshine. As it cools, it turns into more of a black tea taste, but the fresh strawberry is still at the back of the throat, must be the strawberry leaves that cause the authentic strawberry flavor in the aftertaste!
Overall, this is awesome! It actually reminds me of that strawberry cream tea I got at a local tea store, I will have to look into that one, it might even be the same as this one, since it’s in Canada! This one is giving Paris a run for it’s money for my favorite flavored black, and it’s not quite as sweet either! Yay for tea!
Today I decided to try mixing 1 tsp of this with 1 tsp of cocomint cream, as I saw that jessiwrites did this last week or so with excellent results. And I must say, this is really awesome! It produces just the right flavor that cocomint cream needed to not be as sugary sweet, instead, it is fresher and i much prefer it. I’m going to have to mix guayusa with a few more uncaffeinated teas! :)
Gah! My Zen Tea order is apparently in the city, and they supposedly left notice card here, but I don’t have it :( so I hope they did not attempt to deliver it to the wrong place..going to the post office tomorrow to try to snag it. Anyways, since I can’t have my new coconut oolong from them tonight, I am having a cup of this. I am enjoying the immense coconut hit so far in the first steep, will maybe have another cup if I’m not coconutted out by that time, but for now, very sweet and coconut POW. I hope this helps me write my paper, my only paper of the term, so close to finishing it too! :) see previous notes on this tea.
I was up til 3:30 doing our project and an assignment, and still managed to shower and come to my 10 AM class. Caffeine required. So I decided to try mixing 1.5 tsp of this with a little over a tsp of laoshan black. It tastes pretty good, almost as tasty as laoshan village chai but not as much chocolate. That might come out more when it cools though. I’m still enjoying this, very cozy, it’s really cold here today so this is the perfect tea. I’ll definitely play with mixing these teas again! :)