1603 Tasting Notes
Thank you TheDJBooth for this sample!
I love the concept of this tea. This was a good, fresh, bold green tea! The dry leaves are forest green in color. They smelled fresh and green. The leaves were curled up almost like gunpowder but not all the way.
After Infusion, the liquor was a light yellow color almost like a white tea. The scent was sweet with a little nutty note to it. The flavor was bold! I was pleasantly surprised by the natural sweetness in this brew. There was a hint of maltiness, savory and nuts and toast to it but it isnt loud. The green and grassy notes also played its tune. This tea was very smooth! Good tea overall :)
I used the tea randomizer that was in the discussions and this came up. I had forgotten about this tiny sample sitting in its original packaging. I opened this up and inhaled the nutty yet fresh greens!
The leaves are the typical dragonwell leaves, which are iron-flat and long, resembling swords. The leaves were a brown with some green. I compared this to the Teavivre leaves, and the Teavivre leaves were fresher looking – they were bright green leaves. The scent of the dry leaves were a little similar to houjicha with the slight roasted scent to it.
I used a kyusu to brew this. The liquor was a light yellow and smelled mild. The taste was good and bold! It was smooth in the beginning, but left me with a slight astringent aftertaste. I love the fresh green almost vegetal flavor, kind of reminds me of faint celery? (though I really hate celery!). There were roasted and nutty notes to this. Good tea overall. Dragonwell makes for a nice everyday green.
I found this in my cupboard. This is also another reason why I should be drinking a lot more and swap away a lot of my teas. If anyone would like to swap with me, please let me know! Look thru my cupboard and shoot me a message. I would definitely add plenty of extras.
Ok onto the lavender lemon mint tea. This blend is absolutely fabulous!!! It smells very strong of mint and lemon. The picture is exactly how it looks with the mix of lavender, lemon, mint, and cinnamon. I didn’t notice the other herbs in there. I usually have a hard time blending my own lavender tea mixes, so I have to praise this tea a lot for making it blend it beautifully. Each flavor came out playing its own tune but all in a very harmonious way. I love the bits of cinnamon adding a slight spicy and warm note. The floral and herb mix was soothing as well. Yes, this tea is soothing.
The liquor was a pale yellow color, and the scent was beautiful. The mix of lavender, mint, and lemongrass played very well together and were equally present. Wow this is a great mix! I can’t believe I haven’t tried it until now. This is a great nighttime beverage.
This tea was sent to me for review by Teavivre.
I think this is the last of the sample of teas I was given. The packaging was puffy on this one, which was to be expected since it is white peony. The inside packaging were small white packets. They were cute. Again, I totally appreciate the large amount of samples.
The dry leaves were fluffy and fuzzy leaves with buds and some shiny green leaves as well. The colors were mixed with white and green. They were beautiful. It smells like a white tea. It smells strong green and floral.
I brewed this in a kyusu. The liquor was a mild yellow color. The flavor was fantastic. Just like other white peony teas, this one was flavorful and bold for a white tea. It tasted fresh like fresh salad with sweet floral tones to it. It was delicious! There was an underlying nutty tone to it as well. Good tea!
This tea was sent to me for review by Teavivre.
This was another large solo sample inside a large resealable bag. The dry leaves were very pretty! It was straw colored intermixed with medium brown leaves. They were fuzzy and curled and twisted as well, almost like twine. The scent is very strong, nutty, warm, toasty.
I brewed this Western style. I was in desperate need of tea as my old tea kettle failed me, and I didn’t want to use any of my cooking pots to boil water or heat water up in the microwave. So my husband and I went to Bed Bath & Beyond to purchase a new tea kettle. So finally, I was able to get some tea in me! Steeped, this was a honey-brown color. The scent is a bit milder. The taste is great! Very toasty and nutty with a very mild hint of sweet florals and fruits. Delicious! However, I didn’t enjoy the strange after taste… I think it was astringency. Otherwise, this is a very good tea. As far as yunnan teas go, this one is good!
One of my friends gave this to me for Christmas. All it said on the tin was Hibiscus Strawberry. I saw bits of hibiscus, strawberry, dried oranges with orange peels, and cardamom. I cold brewed this as I’m always afraid of the hibiscus coming out too strong with hot water. Cold brewed, this was delicious! I felt like I was drinking a fruit juice. Delicious and naturally sweet!
So I looked thru my tea cabinet and spied this tea. I had one mini cake left so I figured I’d finish it off today. I’ve had this tea for a very long time. I bought this since I had never tried pu-erh before. I remember not enjoying this one at the beginning and it just sat in my cabinet. During the last bits of this tea, I’ve been enjoying it a lot. I’m sad to see this one go, but I feel some sense of accomplishment. I rinsed this cake to loosen it up a bit and steeped it like I usually do. I love the dark chocolate flavor with the mild sweetness mixed with mild bitterness. It doesn’t need additives if you do short steeps, but I think it tastes great with a little milk and sugar. For me, it brings out the chocolate. It is also earthy, and smells almost fishy as I was steeping it. This went away though, thankfully. Good tea overall!!