3125 Tasting Notes
I thought I would try this herbal blend with my last order. S&V has quite a few Yoga blends which is a fun name, because I would never do yoga, especially publicly (I shudder to think at how this appeals to anyone — but to each their own!) I don’t think this is the Yoga that S&V means anyway. The nine Yoga blends focus on certain Chakras. ‘Shanti’ means ‘peace’. In my mind, “peace” means this blend should be calming and peaceful and reduce anxiety. It seems I need it now more than ever, especially for anxiety, especially for these times. A large mix of ingredients here (copied from the description): Birch Bark, Rosehips, Organic Cinnamon Bark, Orange Peel, Organic Cacao Nibs, Eleuthero Root, Damiana Leaf, Pau d’arco, Organic Spearmint Leaf, Cloves, Sarsaparilla, Organic Ginger & Organic Peppermint. It seems like a bunch of earthy ingredients, but the flavor is fairly pleasant. Mostly I’m tasting the sarsaparilla, with hints of mint, cloves and cinnamon. A fifteen minute second steep results in a depth flavor similar to the first steep, surprisingly none stronger. It seems like a thoughtful mix of ingredients. Did the tea bring me peace? I’m not sure if anything can. I try. Maybe if I mix all nine of the Chakra blends together and drink them at the same time? I’ll drink this blend anyway — maybe it helps some. Wishing everyone health and happiness.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 17 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 15 minute steep
I’m very glad I haven’t gotten sick of flavored teas yet. I don’t think I ever will. Flavored teas just mean a billion more options. I can’t imagine halving my options and only drinking straight teas. This is a fun blend I nabbed primarily because it was on sale. I don’t hate it – definitely don’t hate the flamingo sprinkles. The flavor is sweet and even though the cup is definitely flamingo pink, I’m not tasting an overabundance of hibiscus. To be honest, it does taste a little bit like Flintstones vitamins, but only slightly, and if I can get past that, the flavor is fruity enough. I paired this one with Teavivre’s lychee black and it was a great pairing. I’m usually sipping two different teas side-by-side with caffeine throughout the day, then the re-steeps in the afternoon and one no-caff herbal at night, so it’s really lovely when my two daytime choices actually complement each other!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 40 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 20 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
I drank this during The Freeze. I’ve tried it many times. I’ve tried, really tried. The pouch is almost gone. But all I can taste is PICKLES. DILL PICKLES. Is this because of age? I’m not sure, but I think that is always what I was tasting. What the heck, Snow Chrysanthemum Buds? Not an extensive note, because you know, PICKLES. (I do notice someone added ‘dill’ to the flavor list so it’s not just me.) At least they look pretty.
This might be the first from Teakruthi that I did not enjoy. I guess I blindly went for samples of their fruity black teas, hoping the fruit would be similar to their lovely Emerald Green. So I was ignoring the fact that these fruity black teas had hibiscus. And there is a lot of hibiscus here. The first time I steeped it normally, and I was mainly tasting an earthy tart hibiscus. I didn’t love it, but re-steeped the leaves anyway. Much of the same flavor. I don’t like it. Then I thought to steep up fresh leaves but take out most of the hibiscus. I tried, though there was still a lot of hibiscus. I guess the flavor was mostly the same, just muted. Very tart. Somehow the hibiscus in the blend also looks close to the black tea. I was expecting much more from this blend, as there are so many great fruits here: mango, pineapple, papaya, banana. But it’s like all of those were missing and I was drowning in hibiscus. Please remove the hibiscus from this, Teakruthi! The other fruits can stand on their own.
(Also I was thinking Mastress Alita would be the perfect person to send this to, but then remembered there is banana in it… or supposedly banana here anyway. So I won’t try to send it.)
From TheLastDodo a while ago, thank you! I never wrote a note for it yet and it’s almost gone. Also no other tasting notes for this one, sadly. This is one of the teas from the wholesale seller of Della Terra, but not sure if Della Terra ever carried this one. There are actual rice krispie cereal pieces here, which is fun. The black tea is extremely light when brewed up (as Della Terra’s teas usually were) but also the age might be contributing to the lightness at this point. Also, my latest patient steeping probably helps. The flavor to me is MAPLE. Very sweet and surprisingly flavorful after all this time. However, I wish it had been more marshmallow treat than maple.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // 23 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Thank you for getting Steepster up and running again, new team! I knew that with patience, Steepster would be okay again eventually. So I will get back to posting some tasting notes that I had written before The Freeze.
Thank you, AJRimmer! I really wanted to try this – I love fruity, spicy black teas. This seems a bit muted in the spice and fruit departments, even while using a teaspoon and a half. There were at least two huge pieces of fruit in the infuser. Spice, mango and pineapple should be such a great combination for me. Maybe mango never really steeps full of flavor in any tea, especially if it’s only natural mango that 52Teas uses — the mango is too weak here. For Daenerys, I expect a punch of fierce flavor (what do I know – I only read the first book…) This isn’t what I was expecting, but this also isn’t a brand new tea.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 28 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
One tasting note for now!
A sample from Tiesta Tea! Thank you! A lovely, bright summer herbal. Though the dreaded hibiscus is here, it is a tame beast, not obnoxious in this golden hued mug. I really couldn’t even guess the hibiscus is here. So now that that’s out of the way, I can say this is an acceptable herbal! This isn’t overtly sour citrus as the name suggests, mainly a nice balance of fruits. Fruity and refreshing, especially on hot summer nights.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 19 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
2020 Sipdowns: 66 (Teavivre – Mango Time + 1 sample of Teavivre – Lychee Black)
Testing testing… a backup tasting note to post from the last freeze… no new tasting notes for a while. I’m sure all the Steepsterers are congregating in some tasting note I’m not seeing….
From a long ago order, just never wrote a note yet. First, for some reason I expect this to be like the rocket popsicles, but no, those aren’t chocolate. Then I always expect this to taste like raspberry, but then I realized I’m thinking of the David’s tea that has a similar name — I think I only had that blend once or twice, so my memory is a bit hazy there. This blend isn’t raspberry… it’s mainly black tea, chocolate, yerba mate, and coffee. The yerba mate is the green rather than the roasted, which seems a bit odd with chocolate and coffee. It works well enough anyway, but it’s not really a flavor profile I’m ever gravitating towards. Earthy, rustic, a bit bitter, even with only a teaspoon. At least it doesn’t have the chicory the David’s blend had. Maybe the caffeine is supposed to skyrocket me into space or something.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 23 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Another from StarFevre! I’m on a roll with StarFevre’s teas. THANK YOU. I recently saw a stellar note for 52teas normal version of this, didn’t think I had any, but StarFevre had sent me some of the SBT’s blend. Of course, it probably isn’t as good as the normal blend, but opening the pouch, I was thrilled! It definitely had the scent of lime marshmallows. YES. I brewed a teaspoon hot and the flavor was there. It reminded me a bit of Butiki’s Lime Marshmallow. Glad I’m able to try this!
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoons for full mug // 35 minutes after boiling // 45 second steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Thanks so much CameronB! I always wanted to try this one when I first saw that gorgeous artwork and photo and description for the tea. Sadly, I think I like the artwork and name better than the tea. It’s a perfectly acceptable black tea, but I really expect something special to go with said name and artwork. It’s a dark cup anyway, which seems only fitting with the name ‘Black Sunshine’. The dry leaf has a slightly smoky aroma and the flavor is like a high quality assam. Bright, brisk, strong, maybe a hint of berry on the backsip. But I really expected special here…
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 22 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep