New Tasting Notes
In London now, while a friend has moved into my apartment to take care of my cat, my plants and tea collection during my absence :)
I use teabags when I travel, and I really needed this cup of TEA.EARL GREY. HOT. I had a morning flight, so my head is aching pretty badly due to sleep depravation. This tea has a calming effect on me, probably because it always conjures up the image of Captain Picard.
Find comfort in the little things.
This tea came to me via the lovely Blodeuyn. Thank you!
I’ve been curious about this tea for a while because it is in soooo many fan blends. I was also wondering exactly how Adagio would interpret cream as a flavor. Turns out with about a teaspoon of sugar this tea taste a lot like whipped cream. The base tea was smooth which added to the cream feel. I have to admit that I sipped my way to the bottom of my cup fairly quickly. This is a fun and easy to enjoy tea. I can see myself picking up more of it in the future.
2nd steeping. The pre-rinse really does help with this tea. The aroma and taste are so much clearer, brighter, and more pronounced while not getting that bitter taste and feel from oversteeping. The sweet taste is the best thing about this tea, and the rinse really brings it out and lets it shine.
With that beautiful sweetness, combined with just a hint of smoke and nuts and some fruity overtones, this is maybe one of the better balanced teas I have ever had.
Flavors: Fruity, Nuts, Smoke, Sweet
AND seriously spot on with the candy flavour. Lately, I haven’t been so much into white teas but this here is a wonderful exception. Oh yes it is!
I love how complex the notes are. Mocha, a touch of caramel, white, shu, and that candy sweetness that pushes everything over the top. I kinda wish there was a tad more caramel depth. As for the hazelnut, I am not sure, but I think I can detect that as well? I can’t be sure.
That said, this is definitely something to pull out once in awhile. I can see myself enjoying this when company comes over or when my sweet tooth demands a little something :P
Sipdown! Organized my tea cupboard this morning and dumped a whole bunch of teas that only have a sample size left in a bag to sip down. This tea is okay but it doesn’t really live up to it’s name. I could swear I was drinking plain white tea. It’s not a bad white tea. It’s actually pretty good (sweet & light) but I wanted strawberry.
Bye bye Strawberry fields forever. Won’t be buying this one again.
Yup. This is licorice. But GOOD licorice. Not the kind that makes me wince with that odd sweet aftertaste that I really cannot stand. So let’s talk about the good things in this one.
So far, I’ve had two cups. One plain, and another with milk and sugar.
Both are great, but guess what?? I know this is an amazing tea because I actually kinda prefer it bare! This is very rare for me when it comes to black tea, much less chai!!!
To be fair, I think an extra bunch of spices snuck into my spoon under some tea leaves when I made the second (milky) cuppa. It is possible that the next one will be a bit more mellow (after all, it doesn’t make sense that the dairy version would be more intense than the sans dairy!)
Anyhow. What I love about the blend when bare is how smooth it is! I swear it’s like drinking a super fine liquor that was distilled a hundred times. Some serious happy moments there.
Of course, this will be my once in awhile treat, because as much as I don’t mind the good licorice, I really want to continue loving this and not get overwhelmed with the flavour :)
With Steepster being mostly down this week, I haven’t logged any teas, so get ready for quite a few notes from me! I’ve decided I don’t want to wait anymore for the site to be perfectly fixed. At least we can read the latest notes from the link on the explore page.
I ordered a sample of this tea in my last order, because I thought it would be fun to try another Keemun. I am really liking Keemun. This one was really different. It had a nice cocoa aroma, but when I tasted it, I was blasted with this smooth stone fruit flavor…maybe plum? Whoa! Fruity! There was a hint of smoke, but it was very subtle. This was pretty delicious, and not what I expected. I think overall, I prefer other Keemuns, but this was a nice departure from the usual.
Pleasant, but like others noted, not overpowering, even though I accidentally oversteeped it on the first brew. Mild but indistinct floral notes, not much finish, but again, may be altered by accidental steeping for almost 2 min.
Flavors: Floral, Perfume
Sipdown! I’m not over keen on this one at the moment. It smells delicious dry — very strongly of berries, but I find it overpoweringly toasty to taste. I think I ruined this one for myself when I tried it iced, somehow! I love the SBT version of this tea, so I think the Razzleberry black might have been better suited to my tastes. Sadly, I’ve not had the opportunity to try it so far. Green tea and genmaicha aren’t ordinarily for me anyway, so I’m not too surprised. I’m glad to have had the chance to try this one, but it wouldn’t be a restock.
I enjoyed drinking this a lot – this was my first week of student teaching, and it was a really rough week. Everything went well, and my kids and cooperating teacher are great, but the 12 hour days so far are killer. I made this each morning from a sample I had to take in the car with me and it was great. I didn’t get any caramel flavors, but it was definitely spicy and very good when prepared with a little honey and almond milk like traditional chai. I have a 30 minute drive to my placement each day, and this makes me think chai will need to become a very regular part of the morning routine.
This is less of a review than an update of my personal journey into pu-erh land. I know there are folks in Steepster who have been encouraging this journey, so this note is for them. For those expecting a review, I apologize.
I am still trying to understand my reaction to this tea. It is not at all what I usually like in a tea: it has a tinge of bitterness, a flavor that is earthy and not terribly complex, but slightly sweet. The main positive characteristic is a really great feel in my mouth; kind of like umami. And yet, when I drink it I feel really satisfied. It is also VERY conducive to relaxation, which is something I find very hard to do (serious type-A, with the high blood pressure to prove it).
I recall a discussion about drinking pu-erh for non-taste reasons. Perhaps this is it?
I bought this tea at World Market yesterday. Just imagine, there I am in front of the teas there, looking at Steepster on my phone, trying to find the ratings for the teas I’m looking for.
I was looking for a ‘breakfast blend’…something to wake up to. I read (on Steepster, of course), that Irish Breakfast Blends were stronger than English, so I decided to buy this tea (it also had fairly good ratings here, which helped).
I enjoyed this tea this morning. I can definitely taste the malt. It did provide that jolt I needed, and I thought it was a good tea, bagged or otherwise. I don’t know if a loose leaf variety would have been different, but I got 2 steeps out of the bag, with the 2nd steep being weaker. I would drink this again.
Creamy texture and caramel, spice, and fruit notes. Slight mineral quality, excellent cinnamon/floral aroma.
This is the best Wuyi I’ve had, though that being said I haven’t had very many.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Floral, Mineral
I haven’t been posting as many reviews lately because Steepster has been so flipping annoying!
Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with mixing this tea with loose leaf shu. mad scientist laugh The first time I tried it didn’t turn out so hot. I did 1tsp of this tea and 1tsp of shu. It was too weak in the flavor department. This time I did 2tsp of this tea and 1tsp of bu lang gong ting and it is just about perfect! My cup is about 12 oz. The shu just bumps up the base note of this tea, making it even richer and earthier. Good times. Happy Friday everyone!