1178 Tasting Notes
The puerh drinking from Terri HarpLady begins…I could try a new puerh every Saturday for almost half a year.
I moved everything back into my bedroom, which is in desperate need of being cleaned again, as is my entire apartment honestly, so I might get started on that while writing.
I did two rinses first.
First steep: I always love how puerh has that taste that you think is straw, but then you think hey this really seems more like flour. At least for me, that’s what I always get. It always tastes like all sorts of cake components, that eventually come together as cake.
This one tastes like that flour, plus just a hint of raisin.
Second steep: I notice mushrooms mentioned, and I hate them with a passion due to the texture, so honestly in tea I’m not gonna be able to tell a mushroom taste, probably, though maybe that’s more like without the weird sponginess the flavor is okay? I really haven’t ever thought about it, haha. This one has a good bit of earthiness along with the flour and raisin…maybe a hint of caramel.
Third steep: seems sweeter, more caramel then I suppose.
Fourth steep: seems even sweeter! still got that cake thing going on for sure, also making me feel really weird? Floaty.
Fifth steep: Took a break to eat lunch and get rid of the woozy. Rum cake for sure.
Sixth steep: Sebastian has taken interest again in the sound of water boiling. He perked up when I turned the kettle back on, cracks me up. This is the last one because I was getting tired of the person who lives above me (I guess his girlfriend was coming over or something so he vacuumed THEN blasted horrible music). It tastes like cake still but I was finally figuring out mushroom and I am not a fan.
This was really good, I wish I could spend more time with it but I was also getting kind of tired of drinking it especially with the floaty tea drunk feels.
I drank this last night then didn’t feel like writing a note about it, so now I am.
This smells so good, although it has just a hint of chapstick to it for some reason.
It’s in the taste too, something with the strawberry I guess. It’s still pretty enjoyable. I didn’t get much vanilla from it, though it did seem creamier than your average flavored green. I think I’d like to try just a vanilla green.
This was just one sachet, but I think I would try it again.
Well, this is certainly potent and probably better made with a t-sac. This kind of seemed to permeate into the older teas in the tea box so I had to toss a few, but they had no scent anyway.
So this is very fine, I usually think Perfect tea mug infusers are pretty good at not letting stuff through but it was no match for this tea. It’s very cinnamony and it’s also very bright red.
AUGH I cannot drink this, it just feels like particles everywhere, and it’s incredibly tart.
I decided to water it down and ice it. This is far more tolerable.
Definitely not one to let sit and steep for even 5 minutes. I already have another sample of this so I’ll put ANOTHER bag around this cinnamon filled bag and hope for the best in the next box, haha.
First tea I am trying from the returned traveling tea box!!!
It just felt like a Ceylon day, and I love me an estate Ceylon.
This one is a lot more subtle than others I’ve had, there is absolutely nothing brisk about it. It actually tastes more like a Darjeeling, minus any astringency. It’s very citrusy, definitely orange, with just a slight hint of flowers.
Very, very clean on the palate. Super smooth, too.
In a month, I’m going to Tampa basically for a hockey game then coming back. Actually we’ll have Saturday entirely down there, and so I did a Yelp search for tea, and TeBella came up. Bonus: it’s 2 miles from the hotel for that night! (They jacked up Friday rates so we’re staying in Clearwater then, darn I know.)
I then remembered that Autumn Hearth offered me this in a swap so I gladly took it as I love coconut. After looking at TeBella’s website, it looks like some of their teas are Art of Tea blends, like this one, but that’s totally okay by me because I won’t order directly from them again probably, though I like some of their teas.
I haven’t had this in awhile (I have it from Art of Tea and then maybe Persimmon Tree? Somewhere else w/it, that’s all I know) so I can’t really tell for sure by taste but I can by look.
It’s sweet, first and foremost. The coconut isn’t too strong in this cup as a coconut flavor, but it is definitely amplifying the creaminess of the tea. Definitely agree with everyone who says delicate but flavorful, that is a fact.
I’m glad I bought buttercream flavor oil for lip balm today. I was already thinking coconut chai and now coconut frosting is happening too. I’m just REALLY in a coconut mood and this tea is making it worse.
Wow I’m confused…this tea has some serious hate front and center…I found it not bad at all. I thought at first well maybe they’ve changed something because almost all these 1-4 ratings are from years ago.
I got it for free in the catalog like most everyone else.
I steeped it while I made some solid perfume, so it had time to cool off also. The good thing about solid perfume is it’s so quick to finish, so the tea was at the perfect temperature for drinking when I was done.
I’ll honestly say I was expecting to hate it. I don’t care much for RoT unless it’s herbal/rooibos. But I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was going to be weak and bitter because I used a lot of water for their underleafed sachet.
This isn’t strongly spiced, but I don’t think it tastes a thing like apple cider. It was like a cinnamon/lightly spiced black tea with just a hint of sweetness.
I don’t think I’d buy it unless I could get it way cheaper than what RoT sells everything for, but it wasn’t bad especially if you’re in the mood for cinnamon, but not a tea that’s really IN YO FACE cinnamon.
I did not realize this was a green tea when I bought it and I had been hoping for a black base. Oh well, not a big deal. Just means I’m still on the lookout for a blueberry pie like the Teas, Etc one that is no more.
This isn’t bad, I guess. I didn’t really taste much blueberry to it. honestly I would have guessed apple pie. It has a bit of pie spice kind of flavors, not really sure, but it is definitely sweet. I just don’t know why I wasn’t tasting blueberry very much.
Nice base tea too, last time I had a blueberry green I think it was gunpowder and kind of flat. This one is nice, so I enjoyed the cup anyway!
This is a bit much.
I can’t believe they say to use a tablespoon per cup. I used 2 tsp TOPS and it was impossible to drink.
The cranberry flavor was completely lost underneath all the spice and licorice, which is really disappointing when there are these big rehydrated cranberries floating around the infuser.
Like, I’ve had Gran Marnier in some drinks but not by itself and I don’t think it has nearly this much spice to it? I don’t understand what they’re going for here. I don’t get orange at all.
I have a little sample tin so I’ll try it again with only a teaspoon next time.
Gawwwwwd this one smelled AMAZING when I opened the pouch up.
The dry leaf is just too cute.
This mostly tastes like caramel marshmallows to me, more so than Eight Candles. I didn’t get much chocolate. It’s a very, very sweet tea, so I don’t see any need to ever add sugar, but I might try it with a little milk sometime.
I made tea for myself on Monday and then left it on the counter. With time to spare, I went to the library for a giant $2 cup of tea and picked this one out.
I probably liked this even better than the tea I had made! (Which I never got to drink.)
It’s not as good as a specific single estate, specific flush Darjeeling, as in I really couldn’t taste my favorite nutty/citrusy notes, but there’s still honey and the lovely Darjeeling astringency. It was an all around smooth and enjoyable cup.
For $2 a cup I don’t have to get mad about forgetting my travel mug!