1621 Tasting Notes
I was sifting through my sample basket and found this one! I used it up today. This is very different from the puerh that I had reviewed the day before. This one is deeper and more complex. This one was not very loose so I had to rinse it out a little. The dry leaf smells very earthy and dark, which is interesting and good to me! The first steep was a light-medium brown, and the taste was very light and slightly earthy and mulchy and mushroom-like (I could not have thought of this until I read toadman’s review, which is spot on!). I love how it became darker, thicker, and deeper in flavor and texture as I moved along with the steeps. I steeped this only 3 times, so I cannot say how it is after that. The flavor is bolder and earthy and almost like iron. There is only a slight astringency and small amount of bite after each sip, which is surprising for a tea this thick and strong! Delicious tea!
This is the last of my blueberry fruit tea from Teavivre! Sad!! This is perfect weather for cold-brewed or room-temperature brewed tea. I love to brew fruity teas cold or room-temperature. Yum! The hibiscus in this lends itself toward cold brewing. I didn’t try to brew it hot just because I like blueberries and hibiscus cold. Delicious! Just the right amount of smoothness and tartness.
Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Tart
It has been a very long time since I’ve had this tea! I decided to use up the entire sample packet today. I received this in a nice swap several year(s)? ago.
I noticed right away a nice smokey scent to this. I brewed this Western style in a 6oz pot. The leaves were dry, brown, and various texture and lengths. The liquid was a light golden honey color. The scent of the liquid was a little smokey and tobacco-like. It was savory and delicious with some mild astringency toward the end of the cup. There was a hint of sweetness to this as well. Good brew!
Flavors: Honey, Smoke, Tobacco
Thank you ANGEL for these generous samples! I have never tried this before, so I was excited to try it today. Opening the silver packet, I saw small, dark green, powdery spiral leaves. It smelled so delicious and green and fresh! WOW! It was even nutty smelling, kind of like a darker oolong.
Upon steeping, I steeped for 45 seconds and saw that the liquid was a light-medium yellow. It smelled great and seaweed-like. YUM! It tasted excellent. There was a good amount of character to the taste. Mildly nutty, dark, green, fresh, and vegetal. I love it. There is no bitterness to it at all, which is a huge plus. Overall a great tea! I will have to add this to my staple greens.
I received three packets of this tea from Angel! I have never heard of this green tea before by this name. Upon opening it up, there were fine, slightly downy, fuzzy, vertically curled up leaves. They were a nice light green-yellow in color. The liquid was a pale yellow. The leaves smelled a little smokey and vegetal. The liquid was a light, buttery, slightly malty in taste. Delicious! It wasn’t bitter or astringent. Good cup!
I received this tea in my March Steepster Select. Let me preface this by saying that I am partial to oolongs!
Opening the packet revealed dark brown, thin and almost wiry leaves that had a gorgeous floral, malty and almost muscat scent. Wow, I love dark oolongs. It is as if they hold special secrets. I used the guidelines written on the small brown packet to brew this tea. After steeping, the liquid was a nice golden honey brown. This one was a complex and absolutely delicious flavor. There is honey. Enough said. Well, there are also darker florals (as in not like gardenias or peonies), malt, butter, and slight vanilla and cocoa. Best of all, there is no astringency whatsoever. This tea withstands multiple steeps, which is another aspect of oolongs that I love. The taste evolves with each steeping.
Flavors: Butter, Cocoa, Flowers, Honey, Malt, Vanilla
I received this in my Steepster Select in March. First, this tea is not like other teas. There are actual large, yellow-white, downy BUDS in this tea. Out of the package, it smelled very fresh and moderately floral. Can I say love at first whiff?
Brewing in my glass vessel, the liquid was a very, very pale yellow-white. Initially I thought that I hadn’t brewed it long enough; however, I decided to just follow the instructions and try a cup! Wow! It was flavorful despite the tea looking so much like water. The hints of peach and floral and green tones in this is delicious. I cannot wait to try the second packet. I have a feeling this will make its way into my wishlist.