149 Tasting Notes
My thanks to JustJames for a sample of this one. I had been wanting to try this one for a while, but the fruit in this one held me back, because I thought it would give the tea a tartness that I would not like.
The dry leaf smell is chocolaty and fruity. The tea brews to a light golden colour and smells like hot chocolate. It also tastes like hot chocolate. I didn’t get any of fruitiness of the tea until I started to get to the bottom of the cup. The fruit presented itself in light tart manner. I sadly didn’t get the chilies in this.
Glad I got try it.
I got this amazing sample from the generous Dexter3657 – thank you!!
So, I’m not sure I get carrot cake, but I certainly get a spicy sweet dessert tea that tastes as wonderful as it smells. I was tempted to add a little sweetener to this to see if I could pull out more carrot cake flavour, but decided not to, as it already has a sweet taste to it. Besides, I really love the spiciness of this one, and don’t want to take away from it by adding sugar.
I will definitely be putting this tea on a ‘must purchase’ list.
The dry leaf smell of this tea is strong scented with amaretto, but I didn’t taste any amaretto in the hot brew.
As a hot brew it’s a little too tart for my preference. I fortunately have only a little bit left, and will cold brew the rest in hopes of toning down the sour aspect of this.
I got this lovely sample from the extremely generous Dexter3657 – Thank You so much for this tasty treat.
This tea is not as strongly spiced as the dry leaf smell would indicate. The spices are light and complements the nutty earthiness that this tea offers.
I really enjoyed this tea, despite the spices being a little on the light side for my preference.
The generous JustJames sent me a sample package of Verdant…THANK YOU!!!
I was a little intimidated by the Verdant tea…I didn’t want to mess it up, so I had delayed a little bit before opening any of the packets. I thought to myself ‘stay on top of the water temp and steep time’. Forgot to stay on top of steep times, but I didn’t have any issues with the taste of this tea.
My first steeping, I got a strong floral note on my first few sips, and as the tea cooled, I found it to be deliciously nutty.
My second steeping I found the rocky/mineral taste.
Third steeping was so deliciously creamy and sweet. This was my favourite steeping of the three.
I can probably get another steeping out of the leaves, which I will attempt a little later.
This is really delicious tea.
My thanks to Short Sorceress for a sample of this tea.
This a very slight flavoured tea. The blueberry taste is evident, but barely there. The white tea base provides a light, fresh backdrop to the subtle fruit flavour. This is a refreshing change to the strong and tart fruit flavoured tea’s that I currently own.
Unlike Short Sorceress, I did find a blueberry floating in my tea, and I promptly ate it.
This is one of the very first tea’s I bought when I began my tea journey. I was ‘talked into’ 150 g’s of this, and now I’m down to my last cup of it.
I wasn’t too impressed with the tea when I first tried it, I thought it was a little boring; but that’s because my friend, who started me on this tea journey had purchased me 2 flavoured tea’s that I adored.
Now a few months into my tea experience, I can appreciate the subtle nuttiness that flavours this tea. It is a smooth with a light earthy flavour. I don’t recall having this tea ever going bitter when steeped a little too long. It steeps really twice, and sometimes I got 3 steeps out of it if I was careful with brew times.
This tea came my way from an amazing swap with Dexter3657…thank you!
In my limited tea experience, I am finding that I really like these spicy chai tea’s, and this one is no exception.
The dry leaf smells strongly of ginger (in a good way). The brewed scent doesn’t have the strong ginger scent, but it comes through in taste. The ginger isn’t overpowering, but I definitely get the spicy ginger flavour from this tea. It is very tasty with a perfect balance of spicy ginger.
On opening the bag, the dry leaf does smell like lychee. I don’t smell too much of the peach. I have to admit, I love lychee in syrup, but I didn’t imagine the taste translating well in a tea, but this was ok.
The black tea base wasn’t so strong that it didn’t allow the lychee note to come through. I found the lychee flavour as a lingering aftertaste. The next time I brew this one up, I’ll add sweetener to see if more lychee flavour will come out.
Thank you JustJames for sending me this one to sample!
I hate it when life gets in the way of tea drinking, and I have a lot to catch up on…my own tea purchases, as well as from some amazing swaps.
While this tea is called a pu’erh, it is more reminiscent of a white tea. The taste reminds me of White Peony. I don’t mind. I like white, and go to it when I don’t want heavy or strong flavour.
On opening the bag, the dry scent is fresh. Brewed, the taste is light, fresh and slightly grassy. Not bad, but since there are so many other tea’s to try, I wouldn’t find this one a mandatory staple.