Featured & New Tasting Notes
Another sample from greenteafairy! She sent me both the black and rooibos versions of Dammann Freres Pecan Pie. Of the two, this one is my favorite! The rooibos isn’t overly medicinal and the tea has a nice smooth, creamy mouth feel. The flavor is definitely nutty (more almond than pecan) and has a honeyed aftertaste that just hints at the syrupy sweetness of a pecan pie. While this isn’t pecan pie in a cup, it is a very nice caffeine-free nutty dessert tea. I would totally drink it again!
Flavors: Almond, Honey, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet
Work pressures are building and I’ve been super stressed out lately. This weekend has been bad. Pretty much an ongoing panic attack. (in addition to my cough. Bah)
Basically, I am in an impossible situation with this project, two of the stakeholders that I report to have competing priorities/ideals. I literally do not have time to get all of what is needed done in the time they pay me for. It isn’t like I can get it done faster, as much of it is delivering seminars etc.
Tea has been a source of comfort, and I knew this one would provide. Without any sweetener it is quite sweet already, and really does give me a nice boost. That cola flavour just fills me with happiness. Especially that moment just after a swallow, but before what I generally consider “aftertaste” sets in
With maple whipped cream, because I made some yesterday for my coffee and why not.
They’re going more construction on the building again today – it’s a holiday. Spraying noxious chemicals outside my kitchen door, and drilling into the supports under my living room floor. I have a very tiny apartment, so there is no where else to go.
At least I have tea. And I think I shall make some of these. https://www.budgetbytes.com/2017/02/homemade-chocolate-crescent-rolls/
I made this one this morning in my totally awesome new Stelton mug, courtesy of min amazing girlfriend! I am currently sipping away at my desk.
This has always been, and I believe will always be, one of my all-time favourite teas. The mixing of the flavours with the green tea base is just perfection!
P.S. I found a place to score these in Canada, and already placed an order, so now I can sip down what’s remaining of my old tins of both Bangkok and Tokyo. What an awesome day!
I am revisiting the teas that I had packed up and sent Sil’s way at the tea festival. Actually, the box that I had collected them all in is sitting in my line of traffic at home, so I thought I’d sample them before I put them away, if the putting away happens.
This is one delicious tea blend. I think I may have added the slightest bit too much leaf to my steeping cup which has resulted in a teeny bit of astringency that normally I don’t detect with the almond, pastry, light raisin fruitiness. Boom—solved that problem by having 85% chocolate alongside. Delicious.
I brought the entire pouch of this tea with me to work a while back, leaving it in my locker and hoping to polish it off there, but yesterday was finally the first time actually brewing a cup there. I used a tea bag and just left it in my mug while I was sipping on it, and it didn’t go bitter at all. Whatever temperature the hot water which our Keurig dispenses seems to stay kind to tea. The flavours and freshness have been holding up well considering that I’ve had this for ten months now. Still malty and slightly honey-ish, and no dusty or stale notes to be had.
Speaking of work, I did my very first full makeover on a customer yesterday and it seemed to be a success despite it being a terrifying experience for myself. She claimed she liked it! And co-workers said it looked sultry but I hope they weren’t all just being nice. Nothing is scarier than applying eyeliner on someone else haha.
So the last time I had this it was as a latte and it was amazing. Today I decided to try it plain and though the smell of sticky toffee pudding took over the whole apartment the taste was lacking. It’s like toffe syrup sweetened black tea. Not bad but the milk definitely brought out more sticky toffee pudding flavor so I’ll stick to having this as a latte.
I bought samples of this with my last order. A few grams goes a long way with this one. So many leaves in the sample pouch! The scent is very strong, it almost blew me away with the mintiness right from the pouch! The leaves of mint aren’t too broken apart, which is a good thing, as it is already very strong. I figure the same rule applies to mint that applies to small leafed tea: stronger flavor. On Teavivre’s site they suggest 10 TABLEspoons of leaves for a teapot, which seems a little impossible. Even 10 teaspoons would be a lot. I went with 1/3 of a sample pouch of leaves for a mug which ended up being many teaspoons anyway. The taste is so complex, so many layers which is odd because it is simply leaves of peppermint! There is an earthiness, but also obviously a mint flavor, but then there must be a large amount of peppermint oil that lingers in my mouth as it is still very strong after drinking. I probably could have waited a few more minutes after boiling to steep, but the result is fine as is. Basically this was everything I was hoping from a mint leaf. Absolutely perfect herbal and I can definitely mix this with other teas! This could certainly be a mint herbal I’d stock up on, especially for my headaches. I should have went for a second steep with these leaves.
Steep #1 // 1/3 of a sample pouch for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Today I am going to have at least one pot of something I am not enthusiastic about, in an attempt to sip it down and try and get my cupboard in better order. And todays pot is this blend, from a holiday collection a couple of years ago. That should tell you how unenthusiastic I am about it.
Its not a bad tea, but its not well blended. I should be happier with an oolong with these notes, but the spice and citrus do not seem to go well with the oolong base.
Ah well. I will work on this more regularly until its drunk down.
From my sample basket, most likely from Sil.
This most definitely has both a pear scent and taste, but I am not loving it. There’s some sort of bitter unlovable after taste and leaves my tongue with a sort of sickly feeling. Imitation flavours? I don’t know. The tea in general is bringing on both a headache and a tummy upset that I didn’t initially have. Perhaps I used too much dry leaf in making this.
Thank you, Sil, for letting me try this one. For me, it’s a big nope.
Finished this one off as a latte with a little bit of agave added in.
- Sweet cherry top notes; agave brought them out more
- Very smoky finish with a woody aftertaste
- Woody notes/smoke made this feel campfire-esque
Again, I continue to enjoy the contrast between heavy, thick and savory smoke note sand brighter cherry/fruit components. As a latte, the smoke was a LITTLE bit weird because it still had some bitterness to the flavour, but the mouthfeel was thick and creamy and somewhat disjointed. I still enjoyed it a lot overall though.
This song is actually the one that was playing on the radio at work when I drank this – and it took me a VERY long time to find it because I wasn’t familiar with it prior. I had to reverse search for it using only some snippets of the chorus that I remembered. That said, I think it was well worth the hunt because the song is so good. Really moving, and emotional video too…
Goodness gracious, this is some seriously fine tea! Fine, as in my cup of tea.
The search for a decent night’s sleep continues between screeching baby next door and my own issues, screeching or otherwise. Exhaustion pitted against rest are such big big things for me right now, looming over all else really, because sleep and rest play such a part in the rest of my health and well being, especially as things are now. It feels rather life and death and rather desperate at times. So that’s the thing.
I continue with various interventions to block out baby next door. Sleep continues to be broken despite my efforts. That said, when I get seven or more hours of sleep, even while divided up in three parts, I consider that a win and when I finally do emerge, I do so as more fully human. So yay.
When I stumbled towards the kettle this morning, I reached for this one in the bag Sil had packed up for me at the tea festival here. Score! This is one divine tea. The scent of the steeped leaf is heavenly. There’s that Yunnan breadiness going on, a bit of prune or stone fruit, a bit of chocolate. All in all, just splendid and I will greedily gobble up all my sips and gulps until the last of my sample is gone.
And then, as I was just checking my email, I noticed that YS is having a sale, and yep, I did the thing. And another miracle, my credit card cooperated.
Sil, you enabler. Much appreciation for sending this my way. Thank you!
All in all, it’s a pretty perfect day here already.
Flavors: Chocolate, Plums, Stonefruits
Actual sipdown! I’m not updating my sipdown challenge for this particular tea because I’d already logged it as sipdown #25 two years ago, until I found a one-cup sample today which I took from the EU TTB before receiving the bigger sample in my swap with KittyLovesTea. So it’s been gone from my virtual cupboard for a long time, but now it really is sipped down. It’s lost a lot of the flavour I remember from back then, but what’s left is still tasty. In fact, the passion fruit note seems more prominent than it previously was, because I couldn’t identify it originally but it’s quite obviously passion fruit now. I might bump my rating up a point or two from 67 to reflect that.
This one is so much better when it’s fresh. My sample amount that I had left wasn’t fresh and I could tell. The flavours weren’t very good anymore. I was very disappointed with the iced tea I made last night as it didn’t really have any good flavour… I ended up tossing what was left of my sample….
Another tea that I shouldn’t have hoarded. I think with this one I just kind of forgot I even had it, so it sat around and wasn’t enjoyed… It’s too bad.
Ah, the euphoria of waking after having had a full night’s sleep! It’s been weeks or months of sleeplessness for me due to my neighbours’ baby shrieking through the night and their daily early morning exercise thumping and banging and motivational videoing on wooden floors in an old house converted to open concept space. For someone with chronic illness, I can assure you that being sleep deprived does not help any of the rest that I am dealing with. I’ve been experimenting with all possible interventions in order to sleep through the night. The winning combo seems to be acupuncture in the day followed by silicone earplugs and campfire white noise throughout the night. Let’s hope this lasts because seriously.
This morning’s spoon of dry leaf contained a raisin and this alongside whatever leaf combination present here has resulted in a faint grape raisin echo with the smoke and butter. This will be the first raisin that I’ve come across in my sample pack of this tea. Quite enjoyable. This is a tea that I would purchase should it come back again. I am bumping up the rating of this one and putting the kettle back on to savour the next cup.
Flavors: Butter, Grapes, Raisins, Smoke
I have brought this, one of my favorite peppermint teas, with me to work. Its a self preservation thing, because I’ve been feeling highly wobbly and sad lately, so when I’m really starting to feel it, but still have things to do, I can brew myself this.
That was a long sentence.
I love this, and when its gone, as it will be all too-soon, I’ll have to wait till next winter to get some more. (Damn you, limited edition teas!). But I’m making a point this year of not hording things, not saving things for best, or agonizing over the right time to drink/wear/read/use something. I want to use what I have. Also I’ve got so much that I want to work on narrowing down my collection of teas, and keeping it manageable. I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by my cupboard. I want to find it inspiring, and have plenty of space to try new things in it as well, without feeling like I’m neglecting other teas.
Long winded way of saying that this is hitting the spot exactly right, lately.
I changed up my steeping parameters for my last cup of this in the hopes that I would like it better, but to be honest it didn’t change all that much. This time around with half a sugar added the root beer flavour was maybe a little stronger in small sips, but again the astringency was too much and I had to add milk, killing anything root beer about it. Maybe it was because I used an extra 1/2 a tsp of leaf this time, but I lowered the steep time and water temp. enough that I thought if anything the root beer flavour would be boosted and the astringency dampened, but no such luck. Oh well, time to move on and accept that this wasn’t for me.
First to review!
I really enjoy rolled puerh, for they are perfect for when I am traveling. I can fit them in my teaware pouch and just pop them into the pot. This rolled ball is very very dark leaf and gives off scent of sharp greens like bok choy, kale, and some sweet wood. I warmed my pot up and rolled the planet inside. The scents opens into some off metallic (iron) scent with the same greens. bitters, and roasted asparagus. I washed the ball twice and prepared for brewing. The taste begins sweet and green with green bean notes. I can note some huigan that is delayed, but it sits nicely and lightly in the back of the throat. The grassy tones give a warming feeling on my forehead, and I can note a faint amount of smoke in the background of my brew. The brew continues in the fashion. The later steeps give a slight lemongrass bite. This tea does lack complexity, thickness, yada yada yada, but its inexpensive and rolled, so you can’t complain too much. The qi is nice and gives me a good spatial feeling.
Flavors: Bok Choy, Grass, Green, Kale, Lemongrass, Smoke, Sweet
Second Fauchon try of the day. This one is a CTC based blend, which surprised me initially. It also had a rather odd scent about it…maybe slightly perfumey? I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, which fortunately behaved well in my filter. It’s very fine, but not so fine that it gets through the holes. It brews up quickly and very dark, so I added a splash of milk to round things out. I wasn’t going to do that originally, because apple and milk don’t really fit together in my head, but it wasn’t really an option not to.
To taste, I’m very pleasantly surprised. The initial sip is sweet, almost candy-like, and then there’s the fresh, slight sharpness of the apple. The base tea is a little astringent, although a shorter brew time might go some way towards fixing that. It’s not too heavy in terms of flavour, though, so the “apple” aspect shines through.
What I’m reminded of most, drinking this, is one of those red-glazed candy apples you get at the fairground. There’s a lovely syrupy sweetness to begin with, then apple, then base tea, and it’s deceptively delicious! I took a risk when I bought these, because they’re 100g tins, but I’ll have no problem finishing this one off, that’s for sure!
This tea renewed my love for rooibos. It has one of the best rooibos bases I have tasted in my entire life (and I’ve sipped on a LOT of rooiboses in that time). It is phenomenal! What is really odd is that I can’t taste any woody or mineral flavours from the base at all. I’ve never had a rooibos that didn’t at least have hints of that.
Strong fruity notes of pear and red current. Slightly sweet, but also refreshing (like how fruit is normally slightly acidic but not sour). I can’t tell if I’m tasting apple and maybe some other tropical fruit that I can’t place.
Very creamy, flavours of almond but not nutty.
Slightly drying to my mouth, but not unpleasant at all.
Flavors: Almond, Black Currant, Creamy, Fruity, Pear, Rooibos, Sweet, Tropical