518 Tasting Notes
Ok, I admit it, I signed up for the Republic of Tea catalog for the free samples. Guilty.
Anyway, it smelled really tart when I sniffed the bag while waiting for the water to heat up. It also, of course, smelled like dried hibiscus without the bitterness that fresh hibiscus flowers have. The second I poured the water into the mug, it turned magenta, then proceeded to get very dark.
Hmm, as far as the taste goes, it’s a little mediocre. I can detect what I think is lemongrass, plus maybe some kind of berry, but it’s very mild. It’s tangy, and something about it reminds of Tazo’s “Passion”. (But it’s not as good.) I wouldn’t pursue this tea again, but it’s not bad.
My first tea by the legendary LiberTEAS!
This is absolutely wonderful. I would never have thought to combine rose and cinnamon, but I love it. There is just enough rose in it, as I’ve had rose teas before that were almost peppery, but this is much better balanced. The cinnamon softens the rose and creates a really warm, delicious taste. The vanilla adds another dimension, especially in the aftertaste, and it’s just icing on the cake at this point. And the vanilla compliments the black tea’s natural taste, which just makes it even better. I’m definitely making a strong cup of this tomorrow morning before I work a double.
I’m actually really sad now that LiberTEAS isn’t in business anymore. Because yum.
I have LiberTEAS to thank for a sample of this!
This is definitely interesting. I’m still getting used to yerba mate itself, so this tasted a little light and foreign to me. I’m used to black tea chais, as one might expect. I like the balance of spices, and it has that chai warmth to it, but I think I prefer traditional chais. Still, I’m glad I got a chance to try it.
My mom handed me this the other day and I finally got around to brewing it. It’s a fairly strong black tea, though somehow no flavors in it really stand out to me. Essentially, this is very standard, and frankly not bad. I wouldn’t spring for it again, on the other hand. It’s just a little too plain for me.
Made a pot of this thanks to Teafreak, who traded with me.
(How are you guys bolding each other’s names?)
I’m really impressed with the way this looks. It’s like silver needle plus some sort of flat-leafed white tea, and then mixed half and half with dried honeysuckle flowers and buds.
It’s very mellow, even when brewed for a little over three minutes. It has a slightly vegetal taste, and sort of grassy also. It finishes with that white tea aftertaste that’s satisfying and mild. I can’t say that the honeysuckle taste is very strong, but it’s there and I really enjoy it. It’s more in the scent of the tea once it’s brewed. Reminds me of spring!
Oh good lord. I’m glad I still had a bit of tea in another cup to wash the flavor out of my mouth. This matcha is apparently soluble in hot or cold liquids, so I went with a small cup of cool water. It dissolved fine, though it did leave some dark dregs in the bottom. The flavor is like oversteeped green tea leaves that sat out for a few days and started to rot. Plus lawn clippings. I basically chugged it just so the herbal content wouldn’t be wasted.
I am buzzing pretty hard by now (not like Red Bull hard, but it’s more than tea usually gives me). But I can get a buzz somewhere else without having to suffer through the taste of this stuff!
ETA 15 minutes later — MY EVERY THOUGHT IS IN ALL CAPS!! Time to clean ALL THE THINGS! OUT OF MY WAY!!
Backlogging from the day before yesterday.
This tea is so interesting! I’ve never tried pu-erh from a little cake before. Or green pu-erh, for that matter. I used an entire cake for a pot that usually makes around 4 cups and as it steeped, I broke it up with a spoon to make sure it soaked all the way through.
In hindsight, I should have steeped it for longer. I saw that it was a green tea, almost like a white, so I treated it delicately. Somehow the fact that it’s a pu-erh slipped my mind. The flavor was very light this way, much like a white tea, but with the sort of aged aftertaste of pu-erh. The tea’s liquor was a light yellowy green.
My second attempt will steep at least five and a half minutes.
Backlogging from around 2:30 today.
So sad to be at the end of this sample. I had been holding out, but I’m back from vacation and wanted to have something nice on my first day back. My friend had never had darjeeling before, so I was happy to introduce him to it today. He was out of regular sweetener or sugar, so we used brown sugar instead. That made this seriously decadent. I probably should have given it one more minute to really bring out the muscatel flavor, but I’ll know next time.
Yeah, I’m definitely getting myself a bag of this. I’d miss it too much otherwise.