New Tasting Notes
I’m surprised that no one has reviewed this blend yet.
After opening the zip-bag you can only smell the bergamot oil.
After steeping the aroma is mellow, with only a bit of bergamot plus malt, a bit of sweetness.
But it’s the taste that reveals the complexity of this blend. Three kinds of the black tea complement each other really well, creating a rich effect, only slightly enhanced with the bergamot oil
I don’t add sugar to my teas and I very rarely use milk, but I guess this blend would go well with both these things.
Flavors: Bergamot, Malt
I bought this on a whim for a women’s weekend away the weekend before the USA realized a pandemic was actually a thing to worry about. I’ve not seen it in the stores since. I truly do enjoy the tea. I find the flavors to be well balanced.
Flavors: Apple, Vanilla
Additional notes: This was quite good when I originally had it years ago. I was hesitant to finish my sample, but now I’m glad I did, because this session just wasn’t anything special. It tasted like a generic sloppily stored pu-erh which was too bad. This was stored relatively well — in the sample pouch within the larger Teavivre zip pouch with only other Teavivre sheng, so I don’t think it was a storage problem — but it’s not like I’m monitoring humidity or anything. Originally this tasted like fruit – sweet apricots but now it simply tastes of swampwater. It’s possible I overleafed it — about 2/3 of the sample pouch. It’s just too bad, as pu-erh is supposed to age better and the first session years ago was lovely….
2020 Sipdowns: 76 (Tealated – Chai)
This tea smells great! I’ve read others mention it reminds them of Butiki’s 3 Friends, and I’d have to agree with that association. My first steeping of this was rough. The flavor was strong, but there was a hard edge almost like there was too much orange oil in the mix. A little creamer mellowed it out. The second steeping was much more mellow. There is still a little something distracting in the finish, but it’s a lot less noticeable. Both cups were steeped for 4 minutes. I feel like a bit of tweaking the steeping parameters could help deliver a better cup from the start. If/when I order this again, I need to make sure it is in a cooler time of year. It arrived to my house at the end of September during a touch of heat which started to melt the chocolate bits in the mix.
So Roswell Strange shared this with me (thank you!) and its a puerh and a non-flavored one at that so I was particularly worried about trying it. I don’t like puerhs so I didn’t have high hopes here. Yet I decided to brew it up yesterday as part of september sipdown.
I decided to use my gaiwan to brew it and full disclosure…I didn’t like it. However, I was incredibly surprised at my reasoning for not liking it because it was not for the usual puerh/muddy/mushroom/dirt/etc. reasons.
I tried really hard to write this note yesterday by the way but could not access the page. Kept getting a 404 error so instead I took very brief jot notes.
When I started drinking this, the first thing I noticed was a very drying floral quality to it. Like potpourri or like when you get something like the tiniest bit of sanitizer or deodorant in your mouth and it has this horrible drying/bitter quality to it. I got that for the first 5 steeps so those mostly got dumped.
At the 6th steep, I noted that it was still floral but the drying aspect was going away . I also thought it was maybe buttery or possibly had a pea note.
My notes for steep 7 are: floral, but better though still not great. Beans and grass. I then wrote “green tea?” since once I got through the more bitter steeps, it started to have straight green tea qualities. I am not a huge fan of straight green teas either but I do prefer them to puerhs so it was weird to be getting those tasting notes here.
Steeps 8-10 were similar to steep 7 but with a fuller body. They were also less floral. The more I steeped, the more I got oolong instead of green tea.
Ultimately, it was fine. I don’t think I would flag it as a puerh based on the flavors I got. In my case, that is a huge compliment. With that said though, it was not really a tea that possessed flavors I would want anyways. As such, I didn’t like it but I liked it more than expected. Is that a success? Who knows…
It’s not really what I expected.
Solid tea, but the overwhelming, almost artificial, almond/coconut flavor tends to drown out the others. It’s not bad but I feel like that lowers the rating overall for me.
Smooth, but a blast of almonds and coconuts. Underneath there’s some chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Hard to taste anything else.
I would turn down the almond/coconut – from 10 to like 4? – and I think this tea would be better. I’ll be drinking it through the cold months, but not sure I’d order again.
Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Chocolate, Coconut, Vanilla
Unlike the “Matcha Ginseng Green” that wasn’t really a Ginseng Tea, this is a successful attempt at replacing a tea I can no longer find(roasted kukicha from TerraSana – it still exists but is no longer sold in stores) – and far easier to obtain, too. Or maybe not easier, but certainly more sustainable – I found this one in the “Matcha Café Wakaba” after I went there to drink some of their tea. The only thing that could be seen as a downside would be that it was only available in a 250gram bag – but I figured, I tend to drink plenty of Houjicha, and anyway, it’s not as though it goes stale like “normal” green teas, anyway
Nice balance of spices, though I wish the pancake aspect were amped way up. I’d really just call it a gingerbread tea. Good with and without milk. It’s quite nice, but I would have loved some more bready/cakiness in the base. In my large mug of this, I only really tasted a maple/pancake note once. But it is distinctly gingerbread rather than just ginger or chai, so that aspect was done well.
Wonderful aroma from the zip bag – just like a very high quality pipe tobacco. A hint of smoke (much lower than in the pure lapsang souchong), caramel, toffee, dried apples.
Very rich, complex aroma after steeping, with mellow smokiness, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, fruit pie and burnt twigs.
And the taste? Slight sweetness that really complements the rest, smoke, maltiness, earthiness of the good base black tea.
That’s exactly my kind of a flavoured black tea. I would like some more of the smoke character, but it’s still great.
Flavors: Apple, Ash, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Earth, Fruity, Malt, Smoke, Tobacco, Toffee
This smells incredibly sweet and caramely. Unfortunately, even with the addition of honey, it reminds me of a bowl of oatmeal. Specifically, a bowl of oatmeal covered in whiskey and honey that I had in Northern Ireland. While I’m enjoying the flavor and the nostalgia it’s stirred up, it’s not quite the caramel flavor I was looking for.
I still consider myself a novice when it comes to oolongs, so I’m not really sure what the flavor profile for Iron Goddess of Mercy “should” be. The description mentioned almonds, honey, and flowers, but I’m not really getting any of that from my first cup! It is a bit nutty, but more like walnuts than almonds (there’s an almost woodsy tang to it) and has hints of smokiness along with that distinctive buttery-smooth texture I expect from an oolong. Overall, I liked this one much better than the “Golden Dawn” oolong I purchased in the same order and am curious to play around with the steeping parameters to see if I can bring out some different notes in the flavor.
Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Smoke, Smooth, Walnut, Wood