New Tasting Notes
Resteeped yesterday’s leaves for my first cup this morning. Last night I suspect I underleafed it, and today I’m totally sure I did. My sweetie’s house has much bigger cups than I have at home, but I often forget to adjust the amount of tea per cup. Oops.
Still tasty, but the complexity of the oolong wasn’t as present.
Every time I drink this tea, I abstain from writing about it because it’s just so unique. I’m a perfume/essential oil lover, and was always known as the Floral Queen when I worked at Lush, so I was pleasantly surprised when I blindly ordered this without knowing its backstory and discovered that such a perfumey tea even exists and tastes amazing.
It’s also slightly different every time I have it. I swear. I always get coconut and a hint of lemon, but it’s the floral notes that seem to subtly morph every time. Last cup was distinctly rosy, or even like lily of the valley. This time, it’s on the classic white floral side.
So nice to experience a well-thought-out floral tea that isn’t just rose or lavender.
Cold brew for the afternoon…and finally, sipdown! It took me a decently long time to get through the 4 oz tin. It was always an enjoyable, fruity and crisp black tea blend to have around, but there are many more to explore, so I’m not in a hurry to restock.
How many teas do I really love enough to want to stock 4 oz (or more) at a time? That is the question…
I tried this in the gaiwan. 1 tuocha, 3-4oz water (which started out boiling and cooled off a bit as I went along – I reheated it a couple of times). I went with the Teavivre recommended: rinse(10s),10s,10s,10s,15s,20s,30s. Then I tacked a 1min and 2min steep on the end for good measure. :)
The flavour is earthy, woody, a bit leathery. It reminds me of walking in the woods after the rain, when everything is damp. I was surprised by the thick, almost oily mouthfeel, and the sweetness at the end of the sip, that lingered. Very pleasant, no bitterness or astringency. I sometimes get a bit of a fishy odour off the leaves, but never in the cup. I didn’t perceive much difference from one steeping to the next – the colour was probably darkest in steepings 2-4, but I found the flavour pretty consistent.
This isn’t blowing me away or anything, but I’m happy to have it in my cupboard. I can see myself reaching for it when I’m in the mood for a straight shou pu-erh.
Flavors: Leather, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wood
Very good tea! Today I am getting a more roasted nut vibe from my last sample pack along with the smooth green savory broth. Excellent for an organic Dragon Well. I am so glad I ordered a large tin of this or I would be writing another sad sipdown note this week, lol.
OMGsrsly’s Melon Oolong broke my tea hiatus, if not completely removing my tea blahs. It was a good effort though; Melona bars are one of the many ways to my heart. Now that I’m back in an environment where the water doesn’t always taste of metallic algae I can work through OMGsrsly’s gift bag and remove that apathy for good.. hopefully!
I’d contemplate picking this up again as a spring flavour and for the novelty of steeping an oolong at boiling temperature.. a good flavoured oolong to have when the temp. variant kettle runs off on vacation!
Apparently the Alphonso mango is one of the sweetest and most expensive mangos. One that came about via grafting. You think your just drinking tea but you end up learning things too.
This teabreally is tasty. I’d like to try one of these mangos now. Its sweet but not so sweet that it’s too much. The base is very light. But that could also be due to the mango. I’ve had it both hot and cold and both are great.
Yum! My last wee bit of this from CrowKettle.
It’s so good today. Lots of powder in the bottom of the bag, and so the tea is extremely flavourful. I also added a little soy nog to make it even creamier.
I’ll have to do another steep when I get home.
Genmaicha is quickly becoming one of my favorite types of tea. I like how the toasted rice rounds out the Japanese style green tea and adds another layer of complexity. While this offering from Fava Tea tends to show off the tea a little more than I like it is still a well balanced tea with the toasted rice smoothing over any astringency from the tea.
Eh, this one not so much. If decaf tea just tasted like weaker tea, I could live with that, but somehow it always comes with this weird mulchy flavor — a by-product of the de-caffeination process, I assume — along with a hint of acid. Anyway, this one is no exception; while I do taste the chocolate and hazelnut, the mulch flavor is stronger.
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one because of the hibiscus, but hibiscus is reborn in this tea! You still get its tartness, but there’s a creamy flavor smoothing it out.
I’m sort of a hard sell on herbal tea in general (and this one has some rooibos thrown in to boot), but I actually really like it.
I swore I would buy no more tea, but I didn’t count on an awesome friend sending me a holiday tea collection :)
The first flavor I notice in this tea is the cinnamon, but then the cinnamon recedes and the other flavors come through and it does somehow really taste like mocha? I guess it shows how suspicious I’ve become about tea names that I was actually shocked.
I am not feeling well today, so decided I would sip this one down…
It’s definitely one of my favorites from Capital Teas and one that I would buy again (and may, since I am going to Washington DC for the holidays). This is a nice mix of mint with the slightly cocoa black tea base. I find adding soymilk to this makes it nice and creamy. I definitely have enjoyed it!
This tea smells delicious. Not exactly like gingerbread cookies, but sweeter. It smells like ginger and vanilla and really sweet. (I dropped the bag and spilled some…) Before I forget, I want to thank Naylynn for this sample.
I ended up letting it steep too long. I guess 7 minutes isn’t too bad for a chai tea, though… It still smells just as sweet. I want to try it first without anything added, but I might add stevia after. I still haven’t figured out the best milk:tea ratio, so I don’t thing I’ll add it this time.
The tea is mild, but in a good way. Rooibos can have an odd aftertaste that I can’t quite describe, but this is very mellow. I prefer a ginger tea to punch me in the face. This is more like a gentle breeze. It tastes good sweetened. It’s pleasant and would be great for dessert cravings and for drinking tea late at night.
I only brewed this tea at 195ºF, but it doesn’t get bitter from oversteeping, I’ll need to consider buying this if I want some sweeter teas.
Boyfriend has several coworkers and managers from the UK at his job, and one of them gave him these Earl Grey teabags from England. I wish I knew the brand—- they’re square and unmarked white filterbags, like the Celestial Seasonings teabags.
Holy God, is it amazing tea though. The base is nice and robust, with hints of cocoa and Assam-like astringency. The bergamot tastes both citrusy and spicy.
Oh yeah, this is the genuine article. He’s had the loose version of it, too, and says that it’s even better.