New Tasting Notes
Hm. It smelled good dry. But I honestly got nothing but tea taste. No cream, no cheesecake, nada. I tried adding a bit of sugar but that just made it sweet tea. I need to try this at home. I had this at work with filtered water and sometimes I find I like teas better and notice more flavors with my tap water at home, as weird as that sounds. So no rating for now.
And I now have to make a cheesecake this weekend.
I like this one a lot. It’s similar to the Qing Pin tea from the same company. It’s very flavourful and not bitter at all. It has a cocoa smell but it doesn’t really taste like it. I prefer the Qing Pin over the Jin Pin just because I find the chocolate taste is stronger.
I picked up a couple of samples in my recent Tea Spot order, this being one of them. It’s Spicy, sweet, tart & bright, & a very pretty tea to look at. I added a pinch of stevia, & it was a decent evening cup. I’m sure this would really be good as a cold brew!
This was very good. Fruity, most definitely curranty and I got hints of cherry initially. It was slightly dry but still juicy if that makes any sense. :)
I absolutely love this tea. I haven’t tried brewing it gong fu style yet, I used an infuser mug. It has very strong chocolate notes, even more than laoshan black from Verdant in my opinion.
nom nom nom. I really need to try this as a latte just for funsies. Still loving the option for non black blends so i’m glad i got this one. At this rate though, i’ll be finished up the 100g in no time flat :)
oh man… speaking of orange creamsicles….i so wish this tea tasted exactly like it smells…but it doesn’t ‘cause it’s chocolate and orange. But man, ditch the chocolate and THIS would be it.
Now…having said that. YES! i am a fan! I have no issues with rooibos so it’s game on for me.. orange and cocoa and soooo good! Glad i picked this one up during my winner’s fauchon splurge :)
The first time I tried this tea months ago I really wasn’t too sure. I got some teas in from jessiwrites a couple weeks ago and I requested this one to try again.
Perhaps it was the batch I ordered, but this cup is much better. I’m generally not huge on mint unless I’ve got an upset stomach, but the mint paired with the marshmallow leaf makes it much less overwhelming, and more to my taste. The chocolate is a nice, light addition.
I’m so happy I gave this one another go. I have a feeling this will go into my next Butiki order.
Having this one again. Its the best of the 3 I’ve drunk today from my stash. I think I need to get more herbals.
No idea why I brewed this, but I guess it’s what hit me in the head from cupboard #1 of tea. It’s okay, however yet again I oversteeped it, and so all I’m really getting is lemongrass.. which is okay since I like both of these things, just wish I’d picked differently.
I have a bit of this to try thanks to Janelle! I am so glad I got to try a few cups of this! I missed it because I was not drinking tea when it was out (gasp). I really liked this, not too sweet, not to heavy. I didn’t sweeten and I let it have a shorter steep time, the resulting blend was lightly sweet and really reminiscent of cookie dough. I don’t know how they made white tea remind me of cookies, but they did it! I really liked it, but, luckily for me, there are quite a few white teas I like so, even when this tea is done, there will be plenty of other types to drink!
Broke down, currently on the Steepster favored “Queen Catherine and a toasted bagel” (with lox and cream cheese) diet, ha. All of this Queen Catherine love got to me. And I’m glad, because this is exactly what I needed. Was in a foul mood this afternoon, sick of everything, hungry, cold, wondering where my husband was, stressed about our plans to be on the road for 11 hours tomorrow in icy rain…this made things better. So much better. Thank you keychange for your wonderful contagious enthusiasm.
Either I’m doing it wrong as my taste buds are broken. I follow the directions on the bag, but I am not getting salted caramel anything. sad face I might try doubling the leaf I use. I do add milk to this, so maybe its diluting the flavor? Anyway thats my gripe.
So I forgot about the pot of this and went to the gym and now it has gotten quite cold. With that in mind, this is making for a sweet and juicy cup. When it is hot, I taste more of the tea flavor and the lychee is not quite as artificial. As it is now, this tastes almost like a child’s juice box due to the heavy artificial sweetness (oh god that sounds far worse than it actually is). Right now, the sweetness is quite satisfying actually but typically I think I prefer this hot.
I brewed this with 140°F water for about 10 minutes. So, I didn’t follow the guidelines this time, but I was curious. I think it came out much smoother and more minty this way.
I have discovered that I tend not to appreciate Puerh tea. So, I was hesitant to try this. However, the addition of the mint and tulsi is great. The taste is very earthy with a minty and juniper main body. Definitely a thicker feeling tea. This tea is so smooth and slightly anise sweet. The aftertaste is very short and pleasant.
This tea was definitely interesting and fun to try. I preferred the other two though. Northern Wilds was awesome!
Black tea with oranges and who knows what else, the can says it’s got a vodka-like aroma and notes of orange and grapefruit, and they’re really not wrong. Described by a family member as the “Screwdriver” of teas, as it smells just like the popular mixed drink.
Once it’s brewed, however, the story changes. I tried it at 6 minutes (two above the encouraged 4 minute steep time) and it’s still a tad weak for my tastes. Tastes like standard black tea at first, but the finish is all oranges all the time. It’s like drinking warm orange juice, but with a tea twist. A great accompaniment to breakfast. I enjoyed this one, but need to let it steep a little longer next time.
I seem to have flip-flopped back into a nocturnal sleep schedule again, and I am ok with that because it means I am super creative. Not sure why that goes hand in hand but I seem to be much more keen on spending hours on various craft projects when they are in the wee hours of the morning. Last night I discovered that mixing Perler Beads and embroidery makes for some awesome designs, of course these observations were made with the help of copious amounts of tea.
Today’s tea Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea by Teavivre is a beautiful Red tea (or Black tea to us Westerners) from Huangshan in Anhui, China. Fun fact, Keemun is one of China’s Ten Famous Teas and is one of the prominent ingredients in English Breakfast. The aroma of this tea is a wonderful blend of earthy, floral, and muscatel. It combines the rich, loamy aroma of the forest with freshly harvested grapes and a gentle hint of squash flowers. This tea has a very pleasant and gentle aroma, even though they are all very distinct it feels more like an olfactory caress than a bombardment.
While the leaves are steeping I notice a lovely muscatel aroma filling the room, it is honey sweet and reminds me of scupernongs. The leaves out of the water still retain their muscatel aroma with notes of honey and wildflowers. The earthy notes are less pronounced in the steeped leaves, and there is a mild yeasty note at the end. The liquid’s aroma is warm and sweet reminding me of honey, apple butter, and sun-warmed scupernongs. The aroma very much so reminds me of warm summer days in my Grandparent’s garden.
The first thing I notice about the taste is the strong muscatel note, it is sweet and rich, again reminding me of scupernongs. There are also notes of earthiness and a slight hint of oaky astringency at the mid-taste that adds a wonderful brightness to the flavor. There is a honey sweet aftertaste that becomes more prominent as it cools. I also noticed a very slight note of squash as well which was surprising but enjoyable. As the tea cools the earthy mid-taste fades to loam which compliments the oak notes. This tea is wonderfully complex and enjoyable! I certainly recommend drinking it straight as additives would not blend well with the flavors.
With a lemon creme Smallcakes cupcake, a snoozing kitty, and my best hubby (uh, the only hubby). Sometimes you just need a little pampering.
This was the second tea I tried from the December Amoda Tea Box. I was excited at the prospect of a honeybush with warmth and complexity…something I could feel cozy with later in the evening and not worry about caffeine. It has enough body to hold its own on a cold night, or even day, which I find not all teas do
You can see the big pieces of apple and orange in the mix, and it smells more of a cider than a champagne, which I found to be true as the taste as well. I’ll try it again with my eyes closed and see if I can pick up any fizziness on my tongue.
I had thought that making this into a syrup and adding to champagne or carbonated water might be interesting, but I like it the way it is, even if I don’t get much champagne flavour…it’s ok with me as is.
This green is more sweet the vegetal, but different than other “sweet” greens that I’ve had. I can’t quite explain the difference though. I steeped it according to directions with 160F water for 3 min. There’s a very tiny hint of bitterness, but not bad.
It’s an OK green tea, but I prefer a serious vegetal soup most of the time. I have room for some exceptions for sake of variety, but this one doesn’t quite make the cut.