New Tasting Notes
Reposting this since I logged the wrong tea. Whoops.
This is what I was hoping Strawberry Fields (from DAVIDsTEA) would be. To my taste buds, this black tea blend is quite astringent (but not bitter). The strawberry flavor is wonderful and natural, not candied. The tea is a bit sweet and a bit creamy. I added the tiniest bit of stevia and that helped to bring out the custard notes. As suggested on the packaging, allowing the tea to cool really helps round out the flavors as well. Not to sound like a broken record but the black tea base is so smooth and isn’t overwhelmingly assertive (a good thing, in my book). I imagine it’d be just as tasty cold or iced.
A sample from Miss B. I made up a cup of this hot today, because I’m odd like that. It struck me as a bit perverse at the time, but I really wanted something summery and peachy, and it’s warm out, so I decided to go for it. I’ll really have to start bringing cold brewed tea to work again now it seems like summer is finally here, and potentially to stay. This is a strong candidate for one of my first cold brews – I have three teabags left, so I’m going to save those for that. I can see it working well!
This is just fine hot, though. The initial sip has a strong, sweet, fuzzy peach flavour. It’s a touch artificial, but not outrageously so. The mid sip is mostly orange (I’d say blood orange, if I had to pin it down). Again, it’s not entirely natural-tasting – more like sour orange candy. There’s a tartness at the end of the sip that makes me suspect there might be a touch of hibiscus at work, but it’s pretty subtle so I’ve no real complaints about that.
The colour of this one is the most surprising thing, to me. It’s bright orange! Usually, fruit teas with hibiscus are either a tell-tale pinky colour, or outright deep red. This is neither, which is novel if nothing else. Artificial colouring, though? How else would it be so orange?
I know this is Tetley, and bagged, but I actually like it a lot more than I expected to. It does taste like a Bellini, without the alcohol or grenadine, and although it’s a little on the artificial side it tastes pretty good. I’m looking forward to trying this one iced in the days ahead.
ETA: GINGER! I knew I could taste something in the background, and then it occurred to me in a fairly blinding glimpse of the obvious. It works pretty well with the orange, so I’m happy. Even though ginger isn’t one of my favourite things, it didn’t stop me enjoying this one!
Sipdown! I had enough leaf for two weaker cups of one slightly overleafed, so I went for the overleafed with a bit of additional sugar and a splash of milk. I’d rather have one memorable finale, rather than two lackluster ones! Fortunately, that’s what I got. The root beer and vanilla/ice cream flavours are both present and correct, meaning that I leave this one with good memories. I still have an unopened reblend pouch of Butterbeer, so I’m not too sad to see this one depart for the moment.
This tea is very smoky but also delicate and floral. It’s like a less in-your-face lapsang souchong. Not what I would expect from an orange pekoe, but a nice surprise nonetheless.
I like Chinese black teas because in my experience, they tend to be mild and smooth, not astringent or sour. This particular blend is a nice intro to yunnan.
Flavors: Floral, Perfume, Smoke, Smooth
So I just reviewed this a few days ago, but I had to update because I finally tried it with milk! The aggressiveness of the cinnamon does wonderfully with milk. Adding a little bit of milk just makes it creamy and comforting, while the spicy cinnamon still shines through (although not as assertively as plain). This tea honestly works better with milk than a lot of other spiced teas I’ve had do, as the basic spice in this one is strong enough that the milk doesn’t overpower it.
This is my tea from yesterday.
I really enjoyed this one. Found it very buttery with a bit of fruity taste. Could also pick up faint notes of vanilla. It was very smooth and silky on the tongue. Early steeps didn’t have any bitterness at all but steeps after No3 seemed to have a bit of bitterness creeping in. I wonder if that was because I put too much leaf in the gaiwan? I tend to like my teas on the lighter side and when it comes to sheng I always seem to get a little too much leaf for my liking.
Anyway, if this tea was still available , I would probably order a cake since it was that good.
Flavors: Butter, Fruity, Vanilla
Having this one this morning. I just brewed in my mug, 30 sec, 80C. It’s very nutty & buttery. I was expecting deep green taste and even though it’s there , the nutty/buttery flavour is what I noticed first. I also pick up vanilla. I wonder if the nutty/buttery flavour is coming from the jackseeds? Overall a pretty good tea. Seemed perfect brewing only for 30 sec.
Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Vanilla
I’m SO tired this morning that I honestly feel close to dead. I’m not even sure why I’m tired – I had an early night, decent sleep, sit-down office job…I’m still shaking off the last remnants of my cold, but the worst is definitely over. I think there’s probably some underlying heath issue, but the doctor is being no help whatsoever in helping me determine what that might be. They’ve put me on gluten free food for three months to see if it’s a wheat allergy, but somehow I don’t think that’s going to cut it. I can’t go on feeling like this long term, though, because it’s awful.
The only thing I could think of to help this morning was matcha, which I’ve had some success with before. It doesn’t solve the problem, and I’m not expecting it to, but it does seem to provide a welcome energy boost. I’ve stayed away from the flavours because of my lingering sore throat, and this morning’s cup is plain instead. It reminded me that I’m not scared of plain matcha anymore, if nothing else. It’s quite vegetal, but it also has an underlying nutty but lightly floral flavour that’s more palatable than I recall. This morning’s cup seems a little salty, and overall quite savoury. A good experience.
1/4 tsp, boiling water. Prepared as a latte.
White2Tea mentions in their description that this is a great entry point for beginner ripe drinkers however it should also be stated that it’s pretty happening for us non beginners as well. This is the shu you want when it’s time to sit back and relax with a good sized pot and plenty of time on your hands maybe even a friend or two.
10g of dark chunk, 180ml zini, boiling temperature, one rinse which fell into my mouth and down my throat by accident, strange how those things happen. 10, 10, 15, 20…and up increments for endless amounts of creamy, earthy sweet, little medicinal tang, ripe infused comfort. Pretty gorgeous looking hues of molasses too. I keep saying I’m more of a sheng guy but these lovely little shu chunks keep crossing my puerh path. If they keep tasting this good and making me happy I can live with that.
Note: Another Dark Matter 2016 selection.
Thanks for this one, Greenteafairy! This is NOT just raspberries in this blend! Within the steeped leaves, I’m seeing all sorts of fruits: something that looks like a tiny cranberry, strawberries, either a blueberry or black currant… basically a lot of things but not raspberry. I love a fruity oolong anyway. The oolong leaf itself looks more like pouchong than a rolled up leaf oolong. It’s tough to tell what type it is exactly, especially mixed with all that fruit.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // few minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few min a.b. // 2-3 min
Picked this up the other day because it looked interesting. I thought it was a new tea but I see there are already a lot of reviews. It seems to remind other reviewers of a tea called Sleepytime but I have never had that. There is nothing in this tea that is likely to have the effect of putting me to sleep. A number of flavors emerge from this tea, first the chamomile, and secondly the lemongrass. I think there is another flavor in the background but I’m not sure what it is. This is a nice tasting herbal. Because of my insomnia I limit myself to herbals at this hour and the occasional cup of decaf. My new job has me getting home late at night.
I brewed this one time in a Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 8 minutes.