394 Tasting Notes
Opened this one up last night. The dry leaf scent is incredible – berries and cream! Steeped, this reminds me a lot of Teavana’s Strawberry Cream but not as sour/biting. I definitely get berry notes in this, though I’d be hard pressed to actually identify which berries I’m tasting. Each sip finishes with cream notes.
Flavors: Berries, Cream
Sipdown. I’ve had this sample sitting by my kettle for about a month now, waiting to be sipped down. My thought process was that if I could see it, I’d drink it sooner but that (along with most tea drinking lately) didn’t happen.
This has aged okay – I still get some grape flavor but it’s definitely subdued compared to the first time I had it. Not bad, probably wouldn’t restock in anything other than a sample size though.
So, I’m in the habit of making tea packages for people at work who express interest in tea. Mainly because I don’t have many real life tea friends and I aim to convert as many as possible. One of the recipients recently gifted me with samples of tea he’d picked up at Teavana. None of the teas he picked out are ones I would have chosen for myself so hooray on that front!
This is my second time having this tea. First impression was that it was all mint, some green tea, and I couldn’t find the citrus. Seriously, the mint is strong in this one. The tea itself really light, which is perfect for the warmer weather we’ve been having.
I reached for this tonight because I’m feeling terrible. I haven’t had the energy for tea all week, finally felt up to making some today, and then I couldn’t finish the cup. I kept wanting to make the Strawberry Grapefruit Xue Long I was drinking into a tea soda, then it was making me feel nauseous, so I reached for some stomach-soothing mint. Here’s hoping it works on headaches, too.
I really like this one. It’s smooth and very minty. It’s unexpectedly sweet, too. The whole combination is quite soothing. I’m also getting some citrus (faint lemon?) this time around too, which makes me think this would be an awesome sick tea. With some actual lemon slices, maybe some sweetener, I can see this making a kick-ass iced summer treat as well! Nice!
Flavors: Lemon, Mint
We had Pre-Cana yesterday, which went well and was very informative … but also lasted about 12 hours. Lucky me, this came in Friday so I was able to make up a cup before we headed out. I used the electric whisk I have and was so surprised that the matcha blended in and frothed! I’ve only had matcha once before and that didn’t happen, so yay!
Dry, this is very vegetal and unappealing. Frothed up, it’s ridiculously thick, tasting of cheap coffee mixes and maybe hot cocoa. Close enough?
This should be easy enough to finish off (50g is not much – wow!). Now I just wish I’d picked up vanilla and mint matcha too, and I think I’m going to need some Red Leaf Tea flavored matcha too. Hehehehehe.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee
I was so excited when I first saw this. I actually waited through it going out of stock twice so I could order it. And … I sort of forgot that I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin flavored things. I always do this – fall comes, there’s pumpkin everything, and I buy it thinking it will be delicious.
This isn’t a bad tea. The scent of the dry leaf is kind of musty and harsh to me. Brewed and with some creamer added, it’s vaguely pumpkin and smooth. A decent, zone-out-and-drink-me tea.
And of an older tea that I had purchased in relatively large quantity, too!
I probably wouldn’t have logged this sipdown if not for the fact that today’s cup is very sweet and cinnamony. I upped the amount of leaf I was using to correct for the tea’s age and we’re back to fantastic on the flavor front. Yay!