Featured & New Tasting Notes
This is a fairly interesting herbal with a lot of ingredients. The main flavor that comes through though is the ginger, probably followed by the lemon. The rest of the ingredients are not really noticeable. I like this tea well enough so it will probably become a regular night time tea for me as it is caffeine free.
I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 8 minutes.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon
Honey! A delicate honey smell and flavor. It seems pretty balanced with only the slightest hint of toasty. The 3rd steep turned a red gold color that may just be one of the prettiest cups of tea I’ve seen (alas, no pictures!). I brewed this in a gaiwan but there wasn’t much of a change until the very end steeps where a bit of mineral came out. It was pleasant but I’m not sure how often I would want to come back to it as opposed to a bolder tea.
From the 2016 Dark Matter series.
I’ve been playing video games all weekend since I’ve caught up on homework, so I was trying to avoid “serious” tea sessions. However, after reading a few reviews, I figured it’d be time to try this. Unfortunately, I hadn’t written much while giving it a go. I was most likely preoccupied this afternoon when drinking it.
1st steep: Not much happening. Very light nutty/roasted note. Heat water to 195F instead of 175F (I must’ve thought, “Smells like Genmaicha, so I must brew it at a lower temperature”).
2nd Steep: Really tasting that oolong base. A little bite of sesame seed laced with roasted honey (?).3rd steep: Really getting into the flavor. Reminds me of a Genmaicha, but with the roasted Oolong notes that really bring out the straw and sesame notes. Very sweet roasted oolong notes.
That’s all I had written. So, that’s all I’ll write now.
P.S. I had finally beaten Uncharted 2 yesterday. I must say that this game series is quite enjoyable.
Flavors: Honey, Roasted, Straw
I usually save green tea and oolongs for leisurely Sunday afternoons. Haven’t had many of those for a while—have been serving on a committee at church for several weeks in a row (a good thing; but a time commitment all the same). However, mission was accomplished this afternoon. I’m celebrating by ripping open my little sample packet of Paige Turner.
I am a lavender enthusiast for medicinal reasons, but have always thought it was a little florally much in tea. The sweet vanilla in this blend tones it down gently and pleasantly. The green tea base is nice and crisp. Holds its flavor well for a 2nd steep.
I have brewed tea the past few days but unfortunately had no desire to drink it. The cups have sat next to me all day without one sip taken. Tea apathy. I had it before and I am trying hard to ensure it doesn’t happen again as I have a stash that needs drinking.
Today I took a sip. It’s not a lot but it is a step in the right direction. It also helps that this tea is great. Today it’s a smokey yet still very silky vanilla. There are spots of cherry essence but the vanilla is what coats the tongue and leaves you satisfied.
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Dry leaf: floral, dill, red/green peppers, ground pepper.
Wet leaves: floral, dill, red/green peppers, ground peppers.
Medium steep: I taste/smell; strong dill. Medium
-> red/green peppers, ground pepper
Heavy steep: I taste/smell;
Medium dill and red/green peppers. Light ground pepper and floral.
Gives me a buzz right about now…. Somewhat pleasant, somewhat not.
All in all, an amazing tea! The flavours, aromas…. Just lovely. I rate a 100.
Flavors: Bell Pepper, Black Pepper, Dill, Floral
This tea comes in small 2g sachets. Directions are to steep 4 minutes at 90C (194F) in one cup. Hard to say if one cup is 8oz, rather doubtful., probably less is better. I used 208F slightly hotter water and brewed for 2 minutes.
Flavor is malty and sweet, rather like a Yunnan black but nowhere near the strength. Adding milk somewhat kills the delicate profile. I only ordered 50g or 25 tea bags for $9.99 and wish I’d ordered the 500g, but then this is really pricey for tea bags. Not exactly economical if you drink two a day. So it’s back to English tea bags, this is carrying me over until my box from England arrives. I’m trying to stay off coffee in the a.m., but I need milk in tea to buffer my a.m. Meds. The good news is, haven’t had a cup of coffee since mid-December of last year.
Still, have to recommend these as a step up from regular tea bags. Wish I was a tiny Japanese woman using an equally tiny tea cup. I’d feel so elegant and Zen instead, but have to accept I wake up Slavic rolling with a heavy mug. Japan all the way in the afternoon though.
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2x 15s rinses
Wet leaves: slight earth/fermentation smell, Old books and autumn leaves. Light musty smell
Medium steep: I taste/smell;
-> earth/fermentation, old books, autumn leaves. Light -> camphor.
Heavy steep: I taste/smell; medium to strong
-> earth/fermentation, old books, autumn leaves. Medium -> camphor.
All in all this is an extremely tasty tea! The aroma, the flavour, the qi! I rate this a 100!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Camphor, Earth, Musty
I had this on Thursday in the afternoon. I didn’t have much time to write about it, but I did record a message on the phone, reviewing the tea. There wasn’t much that I said about the tea, expect that it tasted like “old fruit that was sitting out too long; however, there’s an odd sweetness to this tea.” The “old fruit” flavor remained as an aftertaste that was almost unsettling. I usually like Zhena’s Gypsy teas, but this wasn’t one of them that I had enjoyed.
Buttery and salty and oolong, but who stole the caramel? I am adding a teaspoon of honey to see if I can coax the caramel back. Yes, yes, better, but still not that sexy dripping luscious caramel of my imagination.
The second steep is super buttery too, maybe even more so than the first. A bit more vegetal with the slightest echo of salt. Delicious.
That said, the name of this tea is a lot to live up to. Perhaps I would be enjoying this tea so much more if my imagination were not as vivid.
Thanks, Sil. I’ve been looking forward to trying this one.
Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Salt
sadly the flavour on this one has faded. It’s not nearly as amazing as it was when i first picked it up – so the shelf like on it is probably ideally between 1-9 months. That being said, it’s still delicious but i’d rate this at about a 78 versus the original 90 in terms of intensity of the taste. I’m going to add some to the GCTTB so that others can try it before it totally wanes – just be aware that it’s a shadow of what it once was. I just have too much to be able to finish it all on my own in a fast manner heh.
I got a sample teabag of this with an order. Used my regular teabag cup, but the teabag has only 2g of tea, less than a usual teabag so admittedly I may have steeped in too much water. The tea has a slightly marine seaweed odor on the first steep, not unpleasant. I get slight flavor of black tea, but otherwise the color of the brew looked normal with almost no taste. Maybe the sample is old, I don’t know.
I did buy an order of black tea bags of another type from Yunomi, along with some loose leaf too. Will compare to see how those are. But otherwise, I prefer a tannin bite when I drink black tea, that savory sharpness.
Flavors: Char, Marine, Wood
This kind of a non-tea post. I’ve said before I love this stuff. Last night I was mostly sipping memories. The end of this box is over a year old and it shows. I think. It took two bags. I normally just use one. I could barely taste the orange. Now I say I think this is showing its age because it may be me. I am using Flonase along with an inhaled steroid. I’ve noticed lately I am having problems pulling out and and separating tastes. Yesterday, I also had an herbal tea that to me was mint and ginger – except there isn’t any of either in the mix. I am barely functioning with the meds, hate to think I may have to stop blogging because I am not sure what I’m tasting. Hopefully, my senses straighten up on their own soon.
Funny non-tea related story – Tuesday night I was at praise band practice when it began to lightening with torrential rain and wind. It made some of them real nervous to where practice became almost impossible. After it slacked off and without the singers realizing it, they wanted to sing “I’ll Praise You In The Storm”. Then one asked for “Til The Storm Passes By”. I kept quiet until one of our singers blasted into “Wade In The Water”. I lost it and rolled on the floor laughing. I had to explain it to them as they were totally unconscious of what they were doing.
Anyway, Sugar Cookie – I still have a sealed unopened box. I intend to break into it soon.
I am enjoying this twisted green tea this morning. It is very delicate, vegetal , and light. Perfect for a spring morning. There’s a bit of green bean in there and a faint chestnut. As I take a sip it’s followed by a light sweetness too. I really like it but it’s not my favourite type of green tea. I prefer ones that have a bit more greenness, umami, deeper & sweeter chestnut. However, I would soon get bored with all my greens if they were all alike. This one is definitely different.
Flavors: Chestnut, Green Beans, Vegetal
So the cold I thought I’d got rid of came back for a second swipe, and this time it’s a fair bit worse than it was originally. Yesterday I had a conference at work between 11.30 and 4.45 (with only a 10 minute tea break and no lunch), so I drank virtually nothing all day and unsurprisingly felt like crap when I got home. After a shower, which made me feel at least 1/4 human again, I made up a cup of this one. On its own it restored another 50% – the rest won’t come back until I finally shake this off.
I don’t usually drink my “better” teas when I’m sick because often there’s just no point. I found that I could taste this, though, maybe because the chocolate and fruit notes are so strong, or because it’s so thickly malty. Either way, it was A-MA-ZING. I’ve gone into the specific taste of this one a couple of times before (once very recently) so I won’t do it again here. The point of this note is purely to say “I drank this one and it rocked” and the fact that I felt better as a result is just a happy bonus.
Finally writing about this despite being over 2/3 done with my pouch. I’ll say right away that while it’s good, it’s not super amazeballs ZOMG best EVAR like WOWZA. It’s indeed majorly chocolatey and nutty, but hazelnut rather than chestnut, which is unsurprising seeing that this actually has hazelnuts in the dry leaf. The cocoa husks, I’d say, play an important part in enhancing the chocolate notes in here.
I prefer this black rather than with milk, which seems to drown out the gourmand, desserty vibe this tea has, and oddly makes the chocolate note waxier and more artificial? Highly strange. You’d think it would just make it like milk chocolate, but no.
For a fraction of the price, I’d rather have Bayswater’s nutty/chocolatey teas: Divine Temptation, Creme Brûlée, and Chocolate Macchiato. Would I ever pass up a cup of this? Of course not, it’s delicious. Would I have problems finishing this? No way, it’s definitely enjoyable. But I won’t be crying in my sauerkraut once it’s gone either.
Haven’t had this one forever.
Today was a day of medical tests and sitting around waiting from ridiculous o’clock onwards. I still feel like I have sand and grit in my eyes from lack of sleep (and probably fluorescent lighting making things worse). The moral of the story is that hospitals are to be avoided, if at all possible.
I treated myself to that rare espresso latte after lunch, so when I got home, it was all about low or no-caffeine. This was the choice. In my memory, this tea is ever so much better than what landed in my cup today. I didn’t add anything to it, perhaps that’s the problem.
I won’t change my rating though, because I am holding firm to being an optimist and I suspect this tea can still be glorious with the right moment and the right touch. And yay, so lovely that the sun is still shining so brilliantly so late in the day.
Well, today I’ve finally had a moment to sit and drink tea; to contemplate my life. The last couple of weeks of college are nearly complete (4 classes left until I complete my Education major, and then can continue onward for another year, to become a certified middle-grades History/English teacher!), my wife’s car is on the verge of falling apart, we’re waiting for our caseworker to get a hold of us to set a date for the home study, and we’re eager to have our children out of the terrible foster system—and into a loving home—where Mom & Dad will give them the best that we can give them….
Okay, that was sentimental….
Anyway, I’m currently drinking my third cup of Liquid Proust’s ‘A Dark Kitchen Sink.’ As of late, I’ve been wanting to eat everything candy and/or ice cream. However, I need to resist the temptation, and just pluck from the cupboard, these types of tea that I purposely have for these stressed induced situations. Fortunately, this was in there—and what a treat! If I were to close my eyes at this moment, I could say that you’ve watered ice cream down (particularly a Turtle sundae) by a whole lot, and reduced it to a simple drink; to which I’d say,
“My, oh my, what a fine treat! Is this hot watered down ice cream?”
Then I’d hear, “No you dope, it’s simply the best damn dessert tea that you’ve ever had.”
Alright, there’s a huge nutty flavor which comes from the whole pecans within the tea. There is definitely a nice black tea flavor after the third steep that jumps out a little (from the description, I’m assuming that’s from the Golden Pu-erh needles); which gives it the sweet cocoa note. The honey gives it a nice caramel note, too. I mean, I could list the ingredients that I try, but when I go about reviewing a tea that way, I get sidetracked, and then my review turns to mush.
I will just say that this is GREAT, remarkable, extraordinary, amazing, astonishing, astounding, sensational, stunning, incredible, and unbelievable! Buy it. Try it! Drink it! It’s liquid ice cream! What could be better?
P.S. Today’s tea soundtrack comes from the Japanese instrumental rock band, MONO, “Hymn to the Immortal Wind.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbnhjsDI_ho
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cocoa, Honey, Pecan, Vanilla
farewell my delicious friend. While i haven’t had time to really write about the things i’m drinking, i am making a conscious effort to make note when something leaves my cupboard or it’s a brand new tea that i’m trying. I think this officially means i have no verdant teas in my cupboard beyond a couple puerhs. eep!