1220 Tasting Notes
So when I had this in the 12 days of Christmas last year, I didn’t care for it at all. I bought up a bunch of 52teas stuff from KeenTeaThyme and some of hers was in there. I figured if it’s still going to taste good, it will now with having an electric kettle. And it worked out! I actually kind of enjoyed it, but it’s still not my favorite vanilla. Of course it’d be hard to take the place of Vanille des Iles.
It’s alright, I like the Assam, and the vanilla did finally come through for me. But I wouldn’t want it beyond this honestly.
So this looks like the same ingredients as Crème de Menthe from DavidsTea, and I was considering buying it since they’re discontinuing it, but ZenTea has it $1.50 cheaper sooo we’ll see.
Thanks Kallieboo! for this sample!
I gave it a little rinse over prior to infusing. Maybe useless but whatever, I’ve been burned too many times by Chocolate Orange.
This isn’t mindblowing at all, so I don’t think I’ll be buying creme de menthe, I was hoping for minty mint mint but the cinnamon is a lot stronger.
I let it cool off and now it finally has more of that obnoxiously green mint candy taste but I think the rest of this sample from Kallieboo will suffice for me, and if I really crave it more, obviously I can order from Zen Tea instead.
I gave Sebastian broccoli for the first time and he’s turned into a birdie vacuum. He was even eating past midnight last night. So funny.
I was thinking I should have a rose tea today and was going to have one later without realizing this one is most definitely rose! Raspberry, rose, clove, apparently. Not getting clove, but there’s definitely a unique sweetness to the rose that comes from the raspberry.
This is really well done, it’s only the second time I’ve had a rose tea because I was apprehensive of them, but I’d put this one tops now. It’s sweet and not soapy at all.
I just downed this in five minutes.
I think I might like it.
I was afraid to try this one for the longest time because I thought it was a very almondy tea and I figured there would be added flavor, which is usual what makes me hate almond. Instead, it almost reminds me of Mom’s Apple Pie minus any green tea…
It has the smell of those candied almonds you find at fairs and what not, but when you drink it, the apple is a lot stronger of a flavor. There’s still almond in there, but it’s behind the tart/sweet apple. And I love it.
Definitely getting more of this ASAP! Thanks Kittenna!
Sipdown…so sad :( but I have a different silver needle on the way hopefully soon for the time being.
Since it was the last I steeped it twice. I used the entire packet for one mug so it was pretty flavorful both times. I was definitely getting fruit from this, some kind of mix between watermelon and berries. Just a little pepper too, but mostly sweet hay notes. It got cold all of a sudden (or maybe not suddenly, I just didn’t know to expect it!) and this makes me feel like it’s back to a nice 70 degree day.
I’ll always love this tea because it helped me learn there are flavors to white tea, and it tastes best when it’s something so pure.
And this is why Steepster gets on my nerves. This doesn’t come up at all when I searched for the tea and yet it’s been on here for several days. And that was with the right name! I tried both and then just used the other one and that’s why I couldn’t find it.
Whatever. Here’s my moved tasting note then.
Since I stayed home today I figure I can get my backlogging started. I couldn’t help but get this one as one of my samples. It seemed like such an interesting mix of fruits. It was okay, I kind of wish I knew what the proper way to steep it would be, because I have enough to do another cup and I’m not sure if it would be better suited to a higher temp and/or a longer steep.
Everything just kind of meshed together into fruity black for me. Good, but I’d love to taste all the fruits individually in there.
So this is pretty similar to Darjeeling but I like it a lot better than first flush Darjeelings. It seems to be even fruitier and then it also has a bit of butter to it. It definitely has a lot of green tea-ish notes to too.
I didn’t get much in the way of astringency from it. It was very sweet, and I drank it way too fast to notice much else than what I already said. It was that good.
I may need to steep this one longer. It tasted a bit like coconut water.
Other than not being able to taste black tea in here whatsoever, it wasn’t too bad because thankfully I like coconut. It smelled better than it tasted though.
I’ve got enough to make maybe 2 more cups so I’ll be steeping it a bit longer and hoping that works better. It smelled like cinnamon and chocolate (and black tea) while steeping but it just didn’t transfer that well or something.
Another sample from the Traveling Tea Box, this is a four seasons oolong. Normally I’m not a big fan of them. I love floral oolongs, and four seasons definitely are but they just fall flat for me.
Brenden suggested a 1/2 tsp, 5 min steep with boiling water to emulate the first and second steeps and get a sweeter tea. Sounded good to me so I did so.
It was sweet, and it was far better than the other times I’ve tried a similar oolong. I just haven’t given four seasons a try in a gaiwan or my yixing pot and that might be something I do with this one. Orchid is definitely very strong here, with just a little honey and cream depending on the sip.
I started typing a mix of guranse and guayusa when trying to pull this up ahaha. I had this with my piece of king cake because YEAH MORE DESSERTS.
I’ve been studying instead of writing notes and I have my weekday ban on Steepster still in place so really that doesn’t end at midnight right? Right, that’s why I’m doing homework in the morning…not looking forward to this test.
I thought this had some peppery notes to it, but it really did remind me of Darjeeling minus astringency. It has a little floral note to it, and it’s kind of citrusy. There’s just a little malt like an Assam, and it kind of reminds me of the Ceylon I had Friday.
It actually ended up cooling off and I liked it even better cold! This could be an interesting iced tea. I will find out at some point.