365 Tasting Notes
Thank you for sending some of this my way Courtney!
I really enjoyed this cup (even though I’m lame and let it cool to tepid on the counter before I remembered I had made it). It’s a really balanced combination of floral, nutty and sweet coconutty. It’s a little heavy and almost brothy cup, but surprisingly not too buttery. But while not buttery, there is a really pleasant mild creaminess! The coconut isn’t an in-your-face suntan lotion kind of coconut, but more of a natural coconut feeling. Like if I were drinking my tea out of a coconut shell.
I’m really surprised (and happy) about this cup! Thank you!
This was another sample I got from BrewTEAlly Sweet (thanks!)
I think they must have changed this one since the extremely negative reviews, as they all seem to be 3-4 years ago. I had still braced myself for the worst, though.
This was a clove heavy cup with the subtle sweetness of licorice and a very slight watery apple/orange flavor. It’s not really anything outstanding (but actually fairly decent for a tea bag) but I don’t see anything here really to hate either.
Fiancé liked this quite a good deal more than me, so he’ll be finishing the last couple bags :)
With my last order from Blue Raven, I received a bunch of small (1 cup or so) samples, but I couldn’t find this one on here or in their store so I thought I’d throw it up here!
Anyway, it was labelled Sunshine Oolong and is supposed to be a yuzu berry flavored oolong.
It’s a rolled green oolong base with big pale yellow flowers that don’t look (or taste) like marigold, but it’s hard to tell with there only being a cup or so of tea here. It smells fresh, citrusy and a little green. As it steeps it becomes very citrus fragrant, and not unlike cutting into a fresh grapefruit.
As far as taste goes, there is a surprising strong floral component. I actually think the flowers are chrysanthemum because that’s the closest taste equivalent I can come up with. It’s a tart grape fruity citrus flavor with a sweet orange element that hits at the back of my mouth. This might be the closest you could come to eating yuzu without actually eating it!
The oolong base was buttery and green with just a little floral component of its own (delicately orchid, but not in conflict with the dominant floral flavor). I got 4 pretty solid steeps out of this, but by the last one it was very much floral and oolong and not yuzu. Still! I would probably by more of thiis for the summer months if I could. I would imagine this would be amazing iced, or with a splash of orange juice! Yum!
What a simple, but effective pairing!
This isn’t a chill, cooling peppermint, but a sweet, warm peppermint that reminds me of a Girl Scout Thin Mint! The chocolate chips didn’t seem to melt very well, but there is a sweet chocolate flavor in the cup. And it’s so creamy!
Just yum! Thanks Short Sorceress!
This is an insanely sweet dessert tea. It’s gooey butter cakeyness with carmelized sugar and sweet pineapple creeping in on the tail fo the sip.
This is tasty, but I wish there was more pineapple goodness to be had. As it stands this is an awesome cake tea, but misses the mark on pineapple upside down cake. (I’d still consider picking this up, though).
Pretty sure my feed isn’t working here, but oh well.
This was a sad sipdown, but I appreciated the chance to try it (Thanks KallieBoo!). This is just a really clean, buttery, sweet green tea. It brightened a grey day a little bit even!
So, I’ve had this one a couple of times now and I’m pretty sure I haven’t reviewed it yet. And that lack of a review is mostly because I was having a really hard time figuring out how I feel about this tea.
If you even whisper ‘oversteep’ at it, it cackles and becomes unpleasantly bitter. So that was a little trial and error (3 minutes too long, 2 minutes too short). And boiling like I normally would left me with a cup of, well, tea without any strawberry or cream.
So today I went at it with 190F water for 2 min 45 seconds, added 1 oz of milk and a half teaspoon or so of sugar and BY JOVE I GOT IT.
I had a really nice cup of strawberries and cream tea with just a subtle hint of sugared alcohol. This is insanely good once I eventually got there.