New Tasting Notes
Tea 3/6 from the fruit tea sampler I got off of amazon. I bought these teas with the intention of making pitchers of iced tea, and ironically this is the tea I had the least hope for, but so far it is the best out of the collection.
I steeped 1 tea bag in a 16 oz glass of cool water (cold brew) in the fridge for two hours. Threw the tea bag out, and now I’m drinking it. There is a some tartness from the hibiscus, but immediately afterwards there is an awesome raspberry flavour so any tartness from the hibiscus works with the strong raspberry flavour. Delicious, and just as good as the celestial seasonings zinger teas I’ve tried cold brewing so far. The other 2 stash teas I’ve tried have been only okay, but this one redeemed my hope in the brand.
Flavors: Raspberry, Tart
Another one I get to try, thanks to Nicole! This one is a very unique flavor for a plain black tea. I would never think that Yunnan, Darjeeling and Ceylon together would taste like this. I like it a LOT more than I thought I would after seeing these three teas were in the blend. I like Yunnan but Ceylon is not a favorite. I can’t really describe the flavor though. It’s medium strength, with a lingering fruit flavor at the tail of the sip. I don’t even know which base the fruit would come from. Brewing the tea this way doesn’t seem to oversteep the Darjeeling at all. And it WOULD taste really good with cookies. Also, I sipped a “holiday” tea on the hottest day of the year. :D
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min
note to self: when steeping 2 similar looking teas side by side, unbox teas in separate areas. i almost mixed up this one and the heavily roasted! but thank goodness, i can see the slight difference in color as this was just the teeniest bit greener. the color of the brewed tea did show that i was right – and i had put this in my white teapot while the other in my brown kyusu (haha, sorry purists, it was the only other pot i had available!)
on to the taste: like i have read, i fall under the majority preferring lightly/moderately roasted! thank you Teavivre for helping me figure this one out with your nice teas!
this one is naturally sweet but i need to steep it longer (for a minute or so) vs my usual less than a minute steep to get my desired strength but it’s all good coz the instructions say 1-3 minutes. and freshly boiled water (some oolongs need lower temperature and shorter steeps to avoid getting bitter but this one and apparently the really good quality ones allow/need higher temp and longer steeps). not gonna work for cold steeping i guess.
Thanks so much for the teas, Nicole! I got an awesome package just for shipping and I super appreciate it. If it wasn’t for such nice Steepsterers, I wouldn’t have been able to try nearly as many teas that I have. It says something when I mostly organize my teas by who has sent them to me… and I can usually actually remember WHO sent them to me! :D
The leaves here lead to a lovely dark amber brew. It’s light for a golden monkey – probably the lightest one I’ve ever sipped! The flavor is more like one of those teas that are all golden leaves – like Yunnan Sourcing’s delicious Imperial Mojiang. The flavor isn’t chocolate at all but a light molasses/honey/maple syrup maybe hints of stone fruits. So delicious. Two excellent steeps.
Steep #1 // two teaspoons // 10 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute
oolongs are harder to steep, i think! i like that it doesnt get bitter so easily and i can steep it over a minute no problem. but maybe not for 3 coz it does get every slightly bitter along the way. i got more of the tgy taste in this one but like the sweetness of the lightly roasted oolong more :)
on the other hand…the flavor of this remains for more steeps. i think i will enjoy this more gongfu style or shorter more frequent steeps
I really like this rooibos. The rooibos itself is the most dominant feature, almost overpowering or blending the other fruit flavors together into it. I over-steeped it a little bit, but I was able to get the other fruits more.
It really deserves a 80 rating in terms of taste, but since I had to soak it longer to taste the flavors and rooibos itself is a hit or miss for me, I’m rating it 75.
Thank you for this free sample, Liquid Proust!!!!!
Flavors: Fruity, Rooibos, Tropical
it’s good coffee..but not tasting any puerh. hmmm…maybe flavored puerh is not for me. did a side by side with samovar blood orange and natural tea leaf lavender puerh. i was able to detect puerh in the others but the coffee flavor in this makes up for the lack. great for those wanting to sub tea for coffee but now im wondering about the caffeine content of this.. it might be half coffee half tea lol
Another resounding thank you to Liquid Proust!
I’ve had Jin Xuan without flavoring from Teavivre and Mandala, and the full Milk Oolong from Mandala. I’m going to be comparing it to the latter one for the majority of my review.
I get a little bit of orchid, but cream perfectly reenacted in this oolong. I also get some notes of vanilla. The texture is soft and silky like a lilac, but does not quite have that note (SCRATCH THAT: it’s cooled down, and I totally taste the lilac, especially in steep #2). Mandala’s Milk is more buttery, and a tad bit thicker whereas this is light, medium, and creamy. Like milk itself, this is the vanilla 2% milk version of a milk oolong to me, whereas Mandala’s is whole milk. Mandala’s is almost fattier compared to this one, while this is a lighter vanilla dessert.
Both are really good for those reasons: if I were to pick, it would honestly depend on my mood. This one is lighter in a refreshing way. This one is also more like cream to me than Mandala’s, but Mandala’s is a little more like toffee. The final decider is really price to me, in which Mandala has the upper hand. I’m so glad that I got a sample, and it is sooo good.
And now, I’ve had way too much tea. I was originally going to save it for school, but seeing how quickly some of my green oolongs are starting to come closer to their shelf life’s end, and how drastically the humidity has changed in my house (curse Michigan whether!), I’ve been paranoid and downing all of them before they go bad. I’ll be more conservative tomorrow, and aiming for the other Liquid Proust Co. samples. Yet currently, I need the L-theanine and caffeine to keep me awake and painting a certain phoenix I commissioned for my sister.
Flavors: Cream, Milk, Orchid, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla
I JUST COULDN’T WAIT!!!!!!!
Opened up Nostalgia for the first time in weeks to see how it is doing and let’s just say that I am quite excited to share this with as many people as possible : )
^ Isn’t it pretty?
and yes… I brewed cup ;)
Thank you, Liquid Proust again! It tasted like a paler version of Mandala’s Tie Guan Yin. I definitely got Orchid, some cream, and some sweetness with a butter aftertaste. I am glad I did the western because I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise taste it. I liked it, and it reminded me of my new coming preference for greener style oolongs. Only complaint is that it was watered down. Glad I sampled it.
Flavors: Cream, Orchid, Sweet
The instructions say steep at 180F, but I’m easily overwhelmed by strong green tea so I steeped mine at 10F less. This worked out to my tastes, with the green tea still being on the nippier, albeit acceptable, side of my preferences. A little nip and a generous temperature are probably preferable for coaxing out the lemon balm and lemongrass anyways.
I had this tea years ago, for Christmas advent, and, as far as memories of taste and smell are reliable, this is a true version to that older batch. I liked it back then and I still like it now.
The old image of a soft, kitten surrounded by citrus sunshine and marshmallow clouds is an apt metaphor for the textures and tastes that the ingredients invoke. That’s not to say it’s like drinking literal kittens, because that sounds horrifying in so many ways. Erm, this is what happens when I forsake my fantasy niche and pick up something like Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Only bad things- blame the media.
I hope you all go away with sunbeams, bouncy clouds, and soft, purring kittens today!
Flavors: Floral, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marshmallow
I can get behind this one, since it’s full of many of my favourite things: a creamy “hay” white tea with the smoother qualities of an oolong, flavoured to taste like baked goods and blackberries. Yep, Crowkettle tea.
Flavoured white teas don’t always seem to have the base thickness and consistency necessary for rich flavourings, but I think this one works out pretty well. The aroma of the liquor alone is alluring, full of fresh blackberry dessert goodness.
This tea makes up for the fact that there are no blackberries to be found in this household right now, except for the huge blackberry that magically appeared in my strainer (bonus). One (berry) definitely feels like many here. Now, I’m off to see if I can get a decent second steep!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Blackberry, Butter, Cream, Hay
The smell of this in the tin can only be described as divine! The smell of this once it’s steeped, reminds me of cherry ‘hubba bubba’ bubblegum. The taste (imo) is a very light version of that flavor. I also brew this at a lower temp, for a short steep (2-3 min) to avoid the bitterness that can happen with this one. Brewed properly, it’s quite lovely to drink.
I am really exhausted right now and I’m loving it. Being this busy makes me feel so alive and appreciate the moments in life where stillness occurs and there is time to just relax. Savoring that time wasn’t so easy when I was unemployed, so I’m glad to have some time to reflect on it.
It has been a great day as I am progressing at my job over these 9 hour shifts. Coming home to mow the lawn, cook, and read up on some legal issues with being an LLC (which was some BS scam letter that took 15 minutes to figure out) was actually fun. Now I’m sipping away at this beautiful tea while I prepare the gift bags for my sale next week for my birthday… purely because I can’t sit down and have tea with everyone in the world, so I figured a small way to give back is just that.
Anyways, this is wonderful and being tired while drinking this makes me feel high. My body is a bit worn because I’m in the mood to keep pushing after mowing the lawn. Sitting down and drinking this makes me feel amped with energy but not using it makes me just bug out a bit.
I’m happy and I’m quite glad to not just feel it but know it.
This cake arrived in the mail dry as a bone and hard as rock. I wanted to do some experimenting with storage and aging without ruining a good/expensive cake. This cake was a cheap buy off of Amazon (don’t judge me!) so I went for it. Plus, you know, two day shipping. Anyway, I did have some the very first day it arrived, and it was just “ok.” I put it in a crock inside my makeshift pumidor, and waited a few weeks. Came back to it tonight. The cake is more fragrant, more pliable, and has definitely improved a bit. I know I should have waited longer, but I was in the mood to try it again so I did. 6g, boiling, gongfu, short steeps. 3 rinses. Earth, peat, wood, mushrooms. Not much sweetness. It’s slightly sour (probably fermentation) in early steeps, but mellows out later. I do know that I will continue to re-visit this tea over the course of several months, and it should be interesting.
Tea 2/6 from the fruit tea sampler I got off of amazon. I bought these teas with the intention of making pitchers of iced tea, however this tea sounded like it might be better hot, so I made it two ways: iced and hot.
For the hot tea I boiled a mug of water and steeped the bag in it for one min. The taste of the tea is very mild ginger with a stronger presence of what tastes to be lemon juice. After reading the ingredients I was surprised to learn there was hibiscus in this tea. I suppose that’s what’s giving the tea a sour-lemon juice taste: the hibiscus is pairing up with the lemon ingredients. Either way, I didn’t care for this hot sour drink; it kind of tasted like neo-citron with a mild touch of ginger.
For the cold tea I steeped a tea bag in a glass of water in the fridge for 2 hours. I must say, I do like this version better. For better or for worse, the ginger is even more mild in the cold tea form, and the sourness is toned down as well. It still tastes like someone put a touch of lemon juice in, but it’s not tasting like neo-citron.
Overall, this tea is alright, but I dunno if I would repurchase. Generally when I buy lemon-ginger teas I prefer no sour notes (so either the lemon comes from lemongrass or lemon myrtle- no hibiscus) and in my opinion the ginger should be stronger. I will use this up by making iced teas, but usually I prefer my lemon teas hot. This tea is alright cold, but I have had better iced teas too. So for me, this tea juts doesn’t fit well under iced teas or hot herbal teas- I’ve had better teas in each category. This is still better than acai berry from Stash, but so far the two teas I’ve had from Stash have been kind of “meh”.
Flavors: Lemon, Sour
This was the second tea of tea party. It is very good, but honestly the aroma of the dry leaves is a little off-putting for me. The cherry flavor comes across as medicinal in aroma, but the taste is good. Fortunately, the almond flavor hasn’t faded as that is my favorite part.
This tea is rather old now and we are working hard to sip down the oldest teas. Fortunately, my youngest daughter puts away copious amounts of tea every day and doesn’t mind drinking whatever I am working on a sipdown for, so she always asks what to get rid of and I choose a few things. Of course, we also indulge ourselves with a tea or two that we are hankering for, regardless of how long it has been around.