257 Tasting Notes
I remember really liking this one when I first got into tea. It’s been my go-to morning tea for about two weeks now and I find that the first steep is too astringent for me. I don’t get chocolate and the raspberry just seems to contribute to the sharp taste. It’s too much … until I resteep it, at which point its much softer flavor-wise. I don’t get a lot of raspberry/chocolate, but it is smooth and sweet.
I finished this off last night with an overleafed cup and … I still don’t like it. It definitely had more flavor this way, but if I let it cool down too much it was bitter and nasty. I get pumpkin in the smell of the dry leaf and maybe a bit of spices when it’s steeped, but overall, I find it disappointing. Guess this just isn’t my tea.
Oh I love this one!
I used up the last of my sample tin to make a cup last night. First sip was all toasted coconut! The following sips were sugar-sweet with cake notes.
This is just so good! I wish I hadn’t put a tea-ban on myself because I would totally get more of this. Hmm…
Flavors: Cake, Coconut, Sweet, Toasted
I got this one in the tea of the month sampler pack. I was hoping for a nice, fruity oolong … perhaps as a before bed tea like Long Life Oolong?
Yeah. This is not it.
It tastes woody. Like drinking steeped wood chips. No fruit until the very end of the mug after the tea itself has long since gone cold. I’m not sure I can finish my sample tin of this one…
I was really excited for this one — a tea reminiscent of a blueberry muffin? How could I not jump on that? Unfortunately, I seem to have forgotten that most baked goods inspired tes don’t actually remind me of baked goods; in fact, they usually disappoint me.
This one has a nice cinnamon taste and a nice blueberry taste, but they don’t meld at all for me. Cinnamon begins the sip and blueberry rounds it off. I’m glad I can taste both title elements, but I was hoping for something that blended together better than this does.
Bedtime tea last night. I used up the last tablespoon or so I had to make a big mug of this. It’s very much a juice tea – fruity, sweet, a little bit tart. I feel like I do a disservice to fruity teas — after the initial cup, their flavors blend into a generic fruity flavor and any individual flavors I originally picked up on are lost.
This is my friend’s favorite tea. It was on sale this week in the grocery store, so I picked up a box to try for myself. Dry, the scent of the tea bag is overwhelmingly french vanilla — creamy, sweet. Steeped, the smell is just as strong, though I think it only smooths out the black base and the only french vanilla I’m getting is in the scent. As it cools, this becomes astringent, in contrast to the still-overwhelming scent.
I like this one. I shouldn’t have a problem working through the rest of the box.
Made this one with an infuser mug instead of the Breville this morning, then left it to cool for about 15 minutes. It’s so much better in a ceramic cup than in my steel travel mugs! I’m getting coconut and banana, and I think the toffee is sweetening both of those notes. Yum! The flavors seem to come out more after the sip than during the sip, but that’s completely fine by me.
This whole experiment does make me wonder if my travel mugs are ruining my tea, however. I have a Timolino and two Contigos — all steel and very good at retaining heat. Maybe my tea is being kept too hot for too long and it’s messing up the flavor? If anyone has any experience with glass travel tumblers, please let me know if those lead to tea with better taste or not!
Flavors: banana, Coconut