551 Tasting Notes
Mango and rose are at the front of the sip, with more muted notes of passion fruit, and all twine their way more subtly through the rest of the sip. The fruits are juicy and slightly perfumed tasting; very summery and refreshing.
The base is a strong counterpoint to the fresh fruitiness, though. It’s a little roasty and earthy with a slightly cooling wet stone mouthfeel. On one hand I think the fruit would be better with a greener oolong base, but on the other I really enjoy the contrast and think it makes it a better year round cup. Either way, I think this would be stunning iced.
This is kind of like puer for people who aren’t sure about puer.
I think it’s pretty neat for that reason, though. It has that rich, earthy, loamy, wet mulch flavor that puer has, blended with buttery caramel. I initially expected the toffee to be a competing flavor, and at first it was. It was much lighter and separate, almost like it was a little cloud of flavor on top of my cup, but as it cooled it simply becomes part of the puer adding brown sugared buttered sweetness to the base.
I didn’t find the toffee too subtle, but sugar does pop it just a bit more. I don’t find the cup needs it at all, but maybe if I was drinking this as more of a dessert cup, I might consider it.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Earth, Loam
Well, this won’t be a morning blend for me anytime soon (Give me caffeine!), but it’s better than I thought it would be. It has kind of a pungent woody aroma, but tastes far more lemongrass-y with a peppermint afterkick. It’s not super medicinal either.
Tasty, yes. But morning cup this is not.
One of the downfalls of being a caffeine addict who can’t drink caffeine after 8pm if I want to sleep is that I don’t typically have around a lot of herbals. And I don’t usually care for red rooibos, so that’s usually right out too. Green is better, but harder to find in blends I would like. So that leads me to this tonight.
This smells like fruit loops and tastes pretty much exactly like what’s in it. So, like chamomile, lemon grass, a slight bitter orange element with a very subtle minty aftertaste.
It’s nothing exciting, but it’s a good cup to relax into tonight.
Aaaand I’m back for more experimental fun!
In my 10 oz mug of cold steeped goodness:
1 tsp Vanilla Cream (Culinary Teas)
1 tsp Blood Orange (Adagio)
It made a surprisingly clean, dessert like cup. Very creamsicle tasting, with a bit of creamy mouthfeel from Vanilla Cream tea. It needed a touch of sweetener (1/2 tsp or so) to cut the dissonant notes of hibiscus that would pop up infrequently. If it weren’t for that, this would be pretty close to ideal.
I blame this one today on Kamyria, I read her review and couldn’t help but dig into my own. But, honestly, thank you, this was just the pick me up I needed this morning!
This is seriously my spring in a cup — it makes me think of sunshine, buds, and rainfall. This is roasted chestnuts, notes of buttery artichoke, and a delicate refined sweetness. Everything about this cup screams quality. From the gorgeous, whole unbroken leaves to the richness and depth of flavor in my cup.
I think the base and flavors here pair really well in that they are evenly balanced.
The butterscotch in here creates a wonderfully buttery flavor that is sweet and almost a touch salty. It’s like brown butter or a plain blondie. It’s not really boozy or anything so, it doesn’t really hold up the brandy end of things, though. It still kind of an incredible flavor. The apple is tart and juicy. It’s not a really strong flavor but it holds it’s own. It does become more appley as the cup cools, though.
The only thing I would change is maybe go 195 or 200 instead of 205, because there seems to be just a tiny touch of bitterness that creeps in.
I totally didn’t realise I reviewed this tea once before. Like back when I was in my Steepster infancy. Huh.
I forgot this in the fridge. Though forgot is kind of generous. I knew it was there, I just couldn’t be bothered to drink it yesterday when there was Blackberry Merlot here instead (thanks music27note!). So this steeped for probably a pretty solid 24 hours.
That said, it’s surprisingly okay. The base wound up with tobacco notes and a little richer than usual, and the blackberry kind of disappered to all but the very front of the sip (and it got a little artificially off tasting), but it’s not offensive.
So, thanks for being super resilient to my carelessness, Blackberry tea.
I think this is another tea like Forever Nuts that every company seems to have a variation of. Della Terra has Walnut Brittle, there’s any number of Walnut Greens, a local company has Dasher’s Delight and they all have similar or the same subset of ingredients.
I think that’s because it’s delicious. The pineapple adds a little sweetness, and the coconut a bit of creaminess, but overall it’s a roasty, nutty warming cup on a bed of buttery green and oh so good.
Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Vanilla