106 Tasting Notes
It’s been several months since I’ve been on here, and it is now the New Year so HAPPY NEW YEAR! Sorry I’ve been away—college got very busy, very quickly. I’m taking graduate courses early, while I’m still in my undergrad, so my classes were a lot harder than usual. That being said, I didn’t have time for a lot of tea drinking, sadly, and/or I didn’t have time for reviewing.
This new year, and also this cold, cold weather we’re experiencing in my area (hello, winter!) will be cause for me to finally clean out the remainder of my tea (my stash is getting low! HELP! SEND ME TEA!) and do some more reviewing.
Anyways, onto the review…
It’s strange to say this about such a simple, bagged Earl Grey but this particular cup was the best cuppa Grey I’ve had in a long while. I think what made it special is that I had no cream, and I added a LOT of honey to it, so there was this wonderful honeyed-Bergamot flavour to it. It was very sweet, with a soft mouthfeel. It was very pleasant and gentle tasting—it had the classic Earl Grey flavour but it didn’t overpower the tastebuds—sometimes that happens.
I think this tea is a classic, so there is no exact “right way” to drink it. It goes best with either milk and sugar, or a little lemon, or lemon and honey, but any of those options make Earl Grey good.
I will say, as I’ve matured in my tea drinking, that any tea, ESPECIALLY Earl Grey, should be steeped in water that is LESS than boiling, so 190 Farhenheit has always been my go to “hot” temperature, or even 200. I feel like a rolling boil damages most teas, so it’s just best to avoid dumping that much hot water on tea. (Also, let’s be honest, boiling water isn’t safe for people, and it takes longer for the tea to be a good drinking temperature, unless you…like burning your tongue?)
This cup was a pleasant afternoon drink and I’m very satisfied with it. :)
So this is a Keurig K CUP version of this tea. This is one of the first Chai teas that I ever had when I first started drinking tea (the bagged kind) and so I have a respect for this tea, and the tea company.
The thing is, it just doesn’t have a ton of spice or flavour to me, and it always tastes a little watered down? I don’t mind the tea, at all, and it’s not BAD, but it’s not my favourite Chai. I did mix it with an iced Chai drink that had soy in it, and so it gave it a milky, extra spicy taste. That made it 10x better.
Not a bad tea, but not my favourite.
Fruit teas are hard for me to review. They aren’t bad, but they often all have a very similar tart taste, as most use hibiscus or some other tart ingredient like that. This tea has that tart taste, but it also has a blueberry taste in it, and there is a touch of vanilla in it.
However, this tea doesn’t have as much of the flavours in it that I would like. The tartness is a little overpowering, and I don’t taste enough vanilla to consider it a vanilla tea in any way. It wasn’t bad at all, of course, it just wasn’t as flavourful as I’d like it, and it wasn’t my favourite tea.
I do think it may taste different cold though, so I am going to let it cool and then keep it in the fridge for a while. I’ll report back when I drink it cold.
BLACK TEA, YES.
I have not had a good, truly deep, dark, black tea in a loooooooooooong time. I have definitely had black tea recently (not logged since it was all bagged and out of town away from computer access) but not what I really consider black tea, and not THIS good.
The smell steeping was a grainy, malty smell.
I am drinking a cup of chocolate, caramel, wheat….goodness. That’s exactly what I taste. Sugar and milk definitely brought the chocolate to the forefront, that’s the first taste that hits you right away. The wheat taste is a sweet, middle tone, that develops in the middle. The caramel is an underlying flavour, tasted throughout, and strongest at the end of the sip.
Usually, I do not taste three flavours as distinctly and powerfully in teas as I do in this tea, and they usually don’t taste as delicious. I mean, I have had flavoured teas recently that taste delicious—just look at my reviews—but that’s usually ONE flavour, not three. Teas with more than one flavour can be hard to pin down. I think that is why I love this tea so much—it is SO complex and so rich and dark and I LOVE it.
Man, and this was only a free sample from Angel at Teavivre that came with a purchase. :( IT’S GONE, NOOO.
I miss having a great black tea in my cupboard. I urge you all to go drink this—sweetened to taste and with milk or cream. It’s divine!
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cream, Grain, Malt, Wheat
This tea is SO GOOD. Is it possible for Teavivre to make a bad tea?? I mean, is it possible? I’m sure that there is someone out there that has drunk certain teas and hated them, but…………they are weird, so I don’t care about that.
I opened the bag and was greeted with a lovely whiff of strawberry. The Oolong was also present, but not overpowering—very, very light.
Steeping I made enough for two large cups (always) and the strawberry scent decreased only slightly, and was tantalising.
I was expecting a darker liquor on this one, but the colour was a golden colour, as are most, if not all, of the Teavivire Oolongs I’ve drank. That is no problem, of course—I do prefer lighter coloured teas, since they usually taste lighter, and are often flavoured. It’s just interesting since a friend of mine who likes Oolong, has only ever had “dark, deep” Oolong tea. I don’t know if I’ve ever had that, so I wonder what the difference is. It’s probably amazing, either way.
The taste is loaded with strawberry. It’s a full, very obvious strawberry flavour, with a sweet aftertaste, and an almost fuzzy mouthfeel. It’s smooth, and the flavour is just incredible. I didn’t take this one with cream, but I am wondering if it’ll do well. I’ll try it and see, for sure.
Now off to make another cup, unless someone got to it before me…
P.S: Got any other good strawberry teas that you love? Or how about Strawberries and Cream? Comment, I need some recommendations! :)
P.S.S: Teavivire also has great service—I get emails every so often asking if my packages have arrived, to check if they are in good condition and if I am satisfied. I like that they want to know, and take care to make sure I get what I want. It’s a great way to keep customers coming back. Thanks, Teavivire!
Flavors: Strawberry, Sweet
Oh, Happy Day, Happy Day!
I bought some tea from Teavivire, and IT HAS ARRIVED. I bought two huge bags of this stuff, since mum and I both love it so much, and I bought some Strawberry Oolong which I will try either tomorrow or Sunday as I am going out of town for Friday and Saturday. I will finish reviewing the green teas that Angel sent me, and then go on to hopefully clear out much of my tea stock. I’ve said it a ton of times, but I really am running out of space for my tea.
I’ve reviewed the Milk Oolong enough now that I think I don’t have to do a super long review. It’s as delicious as always, and it tastes of honeysuckle with a creamy milk undertone and aftertaste. There’s also a slight touch of something grainy or malt like that I never noticed before, and it balances out the floral sweetness well.
I’M SO HAPPY!!
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Honeysuckle, Malt, Milk, Sweet
I went to Charlottesville. I am back. But I left a piece of my heart behind, because it is a gorgeous place.
There is happiness here, though, because I’m reviewing #3 on my list of Teavivre Green teas, yay!
I was worried that I overheated this one, but so far the taste turned out well. The leaves are very fluffy and curly looking, and they had a floral smell when dry, mixed with the classic vegetal scent.
The taste is hard to pinpoint. It has a nutty, grassy taste to it, more of a sweet grass than anything. But there is this floral, sweet aftertaste. Green teas all have a similar taste to me, so it can be hard to pick out the exact differences, though they are there. I think I definitely pick up on the floral and sweet notes in this tea more than the first two, and it’s a little stronger tasting overall.
I’ve been trying to read over other tasting notes for teas, to see what the common consensus is on how a tea tastes, or just common flavours that everyone seems to pick up. Teavivire also gives a great listing of tastes that are common, so that’s nice and that helps.
This tea is really nice, and maybe I’ll even try it iced at some point. It’s fullbodied, strong, with a sweet, floral flavour and it is really well-balanced. :) Now off to finish drinking it!
P.S: For my fellow teapot users—when you make tea in a teapot, I highly recommend writing a note to your loved ones inviting them to make a cuppa, or making one for them. I’ve started always making enough tea for my mother to share with me, and it’s a nice feeling to make tea for someone other than yourself. I know it can be hard to share some of our favourite teas, but I think these little actions are the things that build onto bigger actions, and lead to more love and light in the world.
Drank the last I had of this, a gift from Azzrian a long while ago. It has lost most of the fruit flavours, but gave a pleasant, kind of malty taste. That may not be anything this tea is supposed to taste like, but I still like it. I think mostly it just tastes like black tea now, and since I added cream it tasted good with that. I can slightly taste the orange and cranberry in the after-taste, now that I think about it.
I seriously need to put a dent in my tea collection. I haven’t gotten a chance to drink or review any more Teavivre greens because I just have so much other that I need to GET RID of. It’s not that I don’t like my tea—but I have no room. NONE.
Anyways, this tea was delish, and I will be reviewing more green tea in another week or so, as I am going out of town tomorrow.
I had this once, and I remember I liked it. It must have went slightly bad, because the cup I had this time just……wasn’t good. It had this weird aftertaste I can’t really describe, and didn’t have a good taste before, either. I’m going to lower or remove the rating, simply because I only drank it twice and don’t remember how much I loved it. I really need to clean out my tea stock, I have so much to go through… :/ Anybody want any tea??
This is a backlog from days ago…
I drank it with cream, and it was really yummy! A little more buttery, and almost too decadent. I couldn’t finish the cup, though I only left one or two sips behind, so I didn’t dump hardly any of it, thankfully.
It also was a little too much, as I said, so I decided to take a break from tea for a few days. Having caffeine every day can make me feel weird. I’ll move on to review my next green sample tomorrow, though! :)
This was good with cream, just perhaps not TOO much of it!