New Tasting Notes
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #21
This one is quite nice! A lovely granny apple flavor (or a type like it) on a light buttery sencha. It tastes like a dessert made with butter and apples. Not sure which dessert. Only a tiny piece of apple fell into the infuser too. A very refreshing cup. It would be amazing iced, I’m sure.
This tea tastes more like mint than anything else, but I still enjoy it. It’s refreshing and I find it makes a soothing cup after a long day. I found it to be slightly disappointing when I first tried it because I could not taste the chocolate.
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #20
There is actually quite a pu-erh collection in the teabox. This one is a decent pu-erh but it’s tough for me to distinguish any unique characteristics to make it special. I think Verdant’s flavor description is just wacky. haha. The very small leaves are dark with touches of gold. The flavor is deep and dark, but not the deepest or darkest pu-erh I’ve tried, which is odd considering the tiny leaves. Only pleasant flavors, no pond or barn. But like I said, tough for me to pick anything out specifically. Mushrooms and coffee? Since it isn’t distinct with flavors, OR full of unpleasant flavors, I’m sad to say this pu-erh is only average.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// rinse // 7 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #19
First tasting note for this one? Sad. This one wasn’t on Steepster and now Tealated is gone! You’d think a rooibos blend could never be called ‘creme brulee’. But this is the smoothest rooibos. So nice. The rooibos is also a deep red. This one is a winner just for the type of rooibos alone. Then it’s like a light mint & spearmint flavor and something else that says ‘dessert’. Osmanthus flowers are in the blend, which to me should be peachy and therefore not work here, but I’m not tasting them. I feel like there should be something more to the blend though. There are a handful of minty rooibos blends in the teabox but I love to sip them at night. :D
Back story: 2 years ago I was working in a small town in the middle of nowhere and it was cold. I mean really cold. So I was drinking this tea throughout the day to keep warm. When I brewed up a sample of this tea today it brought me right back to that small town.
I don’t like this tea quite as much as I used to. The sweet strawberries, tart rhubarb and slight creaminess from the yogurt bits are all very nice, but I can really taste the hibiscus flavour (which I do not care for). I don’t think I would buy more of this, but a sample every now and then is okay :)
Flavors: Cream, Hibiscus, Rhubarb, Strawberry
There are a number of rose and lavender teas that remind me of potpourri, they’re absolutely cloying, but the flavors in this blend are delicately balanced and don’t overpower each other. Each sip yields a gentle layering of flavors, first the peppermint, followed by rose, then the faintest hints of lavender and jasmine—it’s absolutely exquisite.
You can read my full review on my blog:
XiZiHao (XZH) is a high quality “boutique” brand of puer. I set out to taste their 2013 “Que Zhen” and “Xuan Xi”(Double Happiness) shengs in order to make a purchase decision. Nicely compressed whole leaves with a few buds mixed in. Appealing aroma coming from the dry material which yields a clear and bright golden yellow tea soup. This gradually darkens as the air works on it. There is a honeylike tone and good body in the sip. An appealing sweet finish with a pleasant mouth-watering effect and a cooling aftertaste. Sweet and fruity top notes with a darker base. Good longevity – no signs of weakness after ten brews. This is a tasty quality tea which provides a pleasant experience. Worthy of a purchase but I opted to add the Double Happiness to my collection instead of this Que Zhen.
Note: Both samples acquired from Houde http://houdeasianart.com/
I haven’t had a lot of chocolate teas but this is one of my favorites so far. I can definitely taste the chocolate in it, and it’s good with milk, making it a possible candidate for frequent drinking (there are some teas I drink without milk, such as oolongs, but I find that just a little milk with my tea helps stabilise my blood sugar, which is important for me because otherwise I tend to crash between meals). I steeped it for barely over five minutes and it’s not bitter at all. I’ll log this tea in the “evidence in favor of ordering from Harney” column. Thanks JK7ray for sharing! :)
Mmm so good! I just got this yesterday and tasted it for the first time today. I am usually a black tea fan but this is the one green tea that makes the cut! I was really surprised at how gently the smoke flavor came through and was perfectly balanced with the moderate spearmint flavor. I was expecting a stronger peppermint but it was faaaar better than storebought!
Flavors: Smoke, Spearmint, Spices, Tangy
I wasn’t feeling the heavy vegetal flavor of this tea so I decided to tinker with steeping times/temps. By cutting the steep times to 10-20s and lowering the temperature a tad to about 195, it took on a totally different character. The tea acquired a naturally sweet and fruity flavor, characteristic of a high mountain Taiwanese oolong. Delicious nectarine-like stonefruit notes emerge with a refreshing floral fragrance and taste. A gentle vegetal tone develops in later steepings, though not harsh or overbearing provided you keep the steep times short.
Flavors: Mineral, Stonefruits
Second part of my day at work I opened this up with excitement as the Green Miracle was and is phenomnal for being young. Started off with a rinse and tossed it in the snow while walking back to my desk (I have to go outside to get to the kitchen).
Fits thoughts was how rough this was. Then I noticed a tang to it which was odd. I’m guessing this one does need some time to sit in time out.
The taste is a medium depth and the dryness is present in the back of the throat which is worse than the front. Yunnan Sourcing is amazing, but I’ll always tell everyone to buy Green Miracle.
I’m pretty sure I’ve said that 1000 times. I’m just being a good friend…. If I know from first hand experience what taste better to me I will always make that known. This one will probably be something to retry in three years.
I have been drinking this one the last couple of weeks with just a piece or two of brown crystal sugar. Does anyone know where else to get the brown crystal sugar that Butiki used to sell? It is so convenient to use.
Anyway, I actually enjoyed this tea more as it aged because it seemed that the mocha notes slipped into the background, making way for the butterscotch and hazelnut to come to the forefront. The White Rhino base was delicious of course. I miss that tea too.
Mmm so glad to have this one back in my cupboard. I actually re-stocked my tin of this in November but for some reason, I am only getting around to drinking it now. I guess I forgot about it :(. It is sweet (but not too sweet) and creamy. It is a darker chocolate, which I really enjoy.
Overall I liked this tea. It was bittersweet at the start. There was a bitterness for about the first three steeps. There was a sweet note along with it. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor. I’d say it lasted until around the fourth or fifth steep, about average for a young ripe puerh. There was also a bit of a sour note that briefly crept it. I’d say around the sixth steep. This didn’t seem to last and was replaced with another sweet note. Chestnuts come to mind, but that is just an opinion. If an unpleasant note hadn’t crept in for a while I would give this a stellar review. As it is it is just a little above average.
I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.7g 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, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. I’d guess there were about two more steeps to this tea. It does not seem like a tea that will last twenty steeps. It was fairly light colored in the tenth steep. The price makes this one I will still recommend. At $25 this is a good price.
Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Earth, Sweet
I had a cup of this tea last night, not my first try though. This tea smells like Green Apple jolly ranchers somehow. My friends have said it smells like candy. It tastes good, however, it’s not my favourite. It definitely tastes like apple, almost like apple pastry, but this tea doesn’t have a very strong taste. More watery than other teas I’ve had.
Flavors: Apple, Apple Candy, Green Apple
This tea is just so yummy. Savory, mouthwatering and lip smacking. It’s buttery and brothy. No seaweed taste, not grassy, it reminds me of edamame. Provides lovely calm energy. I bought it as a sample, but this is a tea I need. Reminiscent of Verdant’s Laoshan Green, but richer.
Flavors: Butter, Soybean