New Tasting Notes
Needed some herbals due to sleepless addiction to blacks and oolongs. Well, this tea packs a really strong smell and flavorful punch. I taste the plantain the most with the coconut coming in second as texture against the green body of the rooibos. Honey really brings out the plantain and makes it all the better down my throat. Every time, I get 2 solid steeps out of this tea first 4-5 minutes, 2nd 5-7 minutes. Also great cold. Totally worth the near $8 bucks for 36 bags.
On the note of bags, I’ve been going back to bags lately more out of portability, time management and getting the better water from the school cafeterias on campus. Though I could bring my strainers and leaves with me, this is more convenient. I overall think now that I just prefer a flavorful leaf, with that leaf being full. The green rooibos already has small leaves, so this type of tea bagged never bothers me because I know I have the whole leaf. As for actual tea, I’m pickier, but I still enjoy some bags. I know, blasphemy, but as long as the tea has a full profile, it’s good to me.
Flavors: banana, Coconut, Green, Rooibos, Sweet, Tropical
This is a tasty ripe puerh with a lot of fermentation flavor left. Despite this I didn’t notice any fishy taste or such flavors. The tea was fairly bittersweet at the start. The bitterness took a while to go away. I’d say six steeps before the bitterness disappeared. There was a bittersweet aftertaste as well. I did notice some notes of chocolate or cocoa in there as well as a slight fruity taste in the end. This was a medium priced tea, not real cheap, not real expensive. A good quality Dayi bing for sure.
I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8.4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. The tea was still fairly dark at eight steeps. It was not played out. I’m sure I would have gotten another four or five steeps out of it with longer times.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
This is the first silver needle I have drank, and I love it. I would say it is my favorite tea at this moment. It has a slightly straw or hay taste, just a twang of smoke. Very light and delicate. This has definitely become a staple in my cupboard. I have only been up three hours today and have already had five cups of this tea.
Flavors: Grain, Hay, Smoke
I’ve always been a fan of these kind of teas, liking the slightly spicy apple-ly, so I was happy that DAVIDsTea had decided to make a Spiced Apple tea for not only Fall, but part of the permanent collection.
What do I think of it? I love it actually, it is not as spicy as the Celestial Seasonings Spiced Apple, but it’s pretty close, so I’m happy.
The spices are quite nice, the star anise is a nice featured ingredient, but nothing really overpowers anything else. The apple pieces are HUGE, so this is a heavy tea, but I don’t find it that big of a problem.
I will be definatley be adding a tin of this to my tea collection on my next order.
I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this one as I don’t tend to love floral scented teas (as much as I love floral notes in my teas) and this one was baked as well. But I’ve never seen pomelo flowers added to tea (or anything!) so I went conservative and picked up 25g just to try. I have to admit, I’m regretting not picking up a bit more!
It’s so delightful! Light, refreshing, more complex than I assumed. Very floral, of course. Close to magnolia or jasmine but much less perfumed. A good bit of tangerine comes out in both scent and taste.
I steeped this gong-fu first and fell in love! Absolutely perfect in every way, especially the latter steeps where the citrus flower scent is lessened and you can taste the other notes in the tea. Later I continuous steeped this one and loved it as well. Less complex, but so yummy.
I just have to say how impressed I am with Taiwan Tea Crafts. Every single thing I’ve had from them has been incredible. And the free samples they give come with handwritten personalized notes, which is a lovely touch. Shipping is quite quick as well, only 2 days from Taiwan to SF customs and 4 days to my home from there. I’m desperately trying to put myself on a tea buying hiatus, but I may need to make just one more TTC order…
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Jasmine, Orange Blossom
this one came to me via cavocorax and isn’t half bad. I don’t generally enjoy darjeelings…they’re like fake black teas to me that taste like greens and oolongs – not my favourite. however, since i’ve had a few in my time that i have liked, i’m always willing to try new ones. This one isn’t half bad. It’s got that green taste to it, but it’s not drying or bitter and i drank all of it! thanks cavo!
my other half better appreciate me. We got him a bike before the wedding, now he’s getting a car and he volunteered to dog sit for 4 days…at our place. sheesh! lol the things i let him get away with. Finished off this tea today and it was an enjoyable cup. Still have a bunch of sipdowns i want to try and get through over the next three days. but i’m glad that some of those cups will be tasty cups of tea like this one.
I find myself having to breathe out through my nose in order to actually taste anything. It has an oddly sweet, vanilla-type flavour that pairs in an almost sickly way with the light pear notes. I think it could be pleasant to drink while surrounded by piles of shortbread cookies, but otherwise it gives the feeling of overindulging in an entire plate of desserts.
Flavors: Pear, Vanilla
I have to admit, the only reason I bought this tea was because it has ‘mushroom’ in the title and it intrigued me since I’m very allergic to mushrooms. Though the tea itself has little to nothing to do with mushrooms, it still felt kind of cool to get to say I was ‘having them’. #TeaOnTheEdge #ButNot2Edgy
I only bought a sample amount; two blooms. When I opened up the package I was pretty taken aback because the smell was very pungent and defined. It certainly smelled strongly of apricots but also something sort of akin to sweet and sour sauce? I wasn’t expecting that level of smell at all, though it was intriguing to say the least.
I made three 12 oz. infusions of this one over the course of a work day, making sure to take note of the differences. I certainly freaked out a few coworkers at my new job; they saw this unfurled tea bloom from a distance/in passing in my mug in the breakroom and assumed something fungal was growing in my mug and that’s because the bloom certainly wasn’t the most attractive one I’ve come across – there’s no “flower” tied into it just an arrangement of white tea leaves tethered together. Which is fine: I wasn’t drinking this tea for the aesthetics however I’ll admit I did expect the “mushroom” to tie in with the overall shape of the bloom but it certainly didn’t look like any mushroom I’ve seen.
The first infusion was a mix of sharp, lively, tangy notes of apricot and peach. Again, the intensity of the ‘tang’ reminded me a little of sweet and sour sauce. Actually, in particular I couldn’t help but think of a very particular flavour from highschool cooking class I’ve only experienced once: we made vegetarian meatballs with a “sweet and sour sauce” that used apricot jam and ketchup in the sauce and this was quite similar to my memory of that sauce. There was also a very slightly malty taste to the finish of this infusion.
The second infusion was about 50/50 malt and apricot/peach with less of the piercing tang. It was probably the smoothest infusion overall and I’d say my favourite. Finally, the third infusion was more malt than anything else with light notes of apricot and a bit of a peppery finish. I swear there were also very light cocoa notes on the top of the sip as well.
Overall, I thought this was surprisingly delightful – more so than I actually expected it would be if I’m being completely honest/transparent. What started off as a bit of a ‘gag’ purchase actually resulted in a wonderful tea session and intriguing learning experience. Also, credit where credit is due: What-Cha has done a marvelous job describing the overall flavour of this tea on their page for it. While I was taken back by the intensity of the apricot notes there’s no doubt in my mind that their flavour description was super accurate. I absolutely recommend trying this tea!
I was a little disappointed in the Mangnuo Tengtiao so I decided to try this because it’s my last Wymm sample, I don’t feel that great today, and I wanted an enjoyable if not comforting sheng session. The verdict is that I saved the best for last! This sheng is definitely spicier and less sweet than the Mangnuo, but also more complex and (thankfully) less floral too. When I have to really think about a tea, and struggle to figure out what exactly it is I’m tasting – that for me is a sign I’ve got a good one. It’s lively, slightly sweet but also spicy/peppery, but not bitter. The energizing qi hit me right away whereas with the Mangnuo, there was none at all. The only downside to this tea really is that it doesn’t last very long (less than ten steeps) but otherwise it was enjoyable for me. As for whether or not I’d buy it again, I’m not sure. There is such a huge world of pu’er out there to discover, but I also have about another 20 grams of this to enjoy, so who knows?
This came in the Lupicia tea magazine for October. I better enjoy this cup because my kitty decided to walk by and lick the tea bag. LOL
A amber colored liquor with a soft malty scent. The astringency definately there, even thoughI brewed it lightly. I brewed it in a mason jar too, that was a bad idea because it’s currently too hot to hold.
I went and bought donuts after going to the gym this morning, before I posted my Secret Pumpkin package. Apple fritter goes well with this tea. Even brewed lightly it holds up well to the sweetness of the donut.
I’m generally not a black tea person, and prefer darjeeling to assam, but this one’s not bad. I would consider it as a gift to people starting out in the world of tea. Throw out that Lipton.
This tea has been kicking around for what feels like forever. I expected thick, creamy Andes mint level flavor and got … black tea with a hint of mint. In my disappointment, I’ve avoided this one, only returning to it because it’s a mindless work tea and I’d be happy to sip it down.
I made this yesterday at work and discovered it doesn’t oversteep! I completely forgot about it brewing while talking to my boss and a ten minute steep only served to bring out the mint. Granted, I added creamer, but I do that with all my black teas and this was great! Still not my favorite, but I’m glad this was somewhat redeemable.
Nicole sneaked some Shang Tea samples in with my TeaLeaves order… I’ll pay her back soon enough though :)
To me, which is probably going to be different from others, the taste of this tea is like a strong white tea had a child with some Oriental Beauty and this is the child. The taste is brisk and reminds you of what you are drinking with a slap across your taste buds, but that slap is packed with flavor so it is welcomed.
The best part about this tea, for me at least, is watching the color come to life as you steep this tea. I steeped my sample size three times and then half steeped another to see if the dark liquid still came about. Almost a solid brown color unlike Shang Tea’s website, however preparations could be different as I used 190’ish. Yes, this is good; however, I am not a fan of Oriental beauty (which this is not) so the notes of ‘spice’ that come through the brisk flavor of this tea don’t appeal so much to me. The word rich does describe this tea :)
Looks like most of the reviews on this are a couple years old. Most complained about the lack of matcha and the sweetness. Greanted, the name is confusing, matcha is the last ingredient, green tea the first. On the other hand, does anyone really expect a tea bag to be able to hold matcha? Well, not after I thought about it. The sweetness is from licorice root and stevia (I know almost as hated as hibiscus).
The dry bag has a vanilla orange scent. The steeped tea smells like root beer to me. The taste is orange creamsicle with a ginger finish. Personally, I like the sweetness. I like the creamsicle, and I like the light ginger bite. It is like drinking sugary orange soda without the calories. I would not want this everyday but find it kind of a fun drink. If I had another bag I would try it iced because I think it would be pretty neat that way.
Probably available at your Walmart. I’m going against the flow and giving a thumbs up for this bagged tea.
This was a really rich-smelling tea, one that reminded me of Christmas puddings and dark fruitcake. Nice rounded flavor (I steeped mine for four minutes) and added vanilla creamer, which gave it a deeper flavor with figgy, very slightly plummy undertones.
Flavors: Cherry, Fig
I’ve made some progress with gongfu, and finally discovered what is meant by “sweet aftertaste”. So, I thought I’d give this one a try, and I happened to have some lying around. I remember not liking it, before. It had no flavor, but seemed to smell nice. Today, I decided to use a full 7 grams to 4 oz ratio, and a long 45 sec steep. Turns out, this helps dramatically. Spicy notes were in the aroma. But, there’s also a sweet white chocolate, and slight butterscotch note, as well. They are also very present in the taste, even though the spice notes are absent. Mouth-feel is creamy smooth. There’s also a sort of taste that reminds me of the corn meal coating around the corn dogs at the Fair. Sweet, and buttery. It’s ironic that this tasting would coincide with fair season, where I live. Although, I wasn’t even thinking about it at the time. I’m also noticing a caramel flavor, which reminds me of Autumn candy. The white chocolate part is my favorite aspect to this tea. It’s also a little bit like cake frosting. The taste is very subtle, and I would only recommend this tea to an experienced taster. It’s rather unique, and certainly adds a completely new experience to be discovered for those who appreciate such things.
Edit: Aha! I knew I recognized that sweetness… It’s definitely like Blue Agave nectar!
Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Cream, Frosting, Marshmallow, Pine, Plums, Vanilla, White Chocolate