428 Tasting Notes
It turns out that the other intern who is working with me this semester and I have a lot in common, including being total tea nuts. Yayyyyy! Now we have stuff to talk about during those excruciating periods of down time in the mornings. Plus, it’s tea. Which I love.
Anyway, this tea has really grown on me. I’m really digging the smoky black teas lately. Mate, lapsang souchong, black-and-mate blends… I love ’em.
Something about the winter makes me crave them. Maybe it’s because they remind me of fireplaces. The smokiness makes me think of warmth, which is what I want in the winter. It makes sense, right?
I like the taste this tea leaves in my mouth. It’s like an old-man tea, but whatever. I’m old in my soul.
This tea has the weirdest ingredient list ever… But it tastes amazing! The spearmint and the fruit in this blend round out into a beautifully smooth, sweet bouquet. I love the warmth in the flavor, but the most striking thing about it how seamlessly it’s balanced. It also has surprising depth, considering that it’s a bagged tisane.
Have 3 oz of this and need to use it up because it is very very old! I made a pot of it yesterday and chilled it overnight.
Upon first sip, it almost tastes like pickle brine! Uh-oh. There is also something soapy about it that I really don’t remember while drinking it hot. I thought maybe it was the container I was storing it in, so I tried a sip from a different container, and nope! Still soapy.
The aftertaste is yummy- floral and light.
This makes me sad. I know that this is high-quality tea, but I can’t seem to get this right.
Tried this one again, and got it right! I used the perfect amount of leaves and a cooler water temp, and tried a different method of infusing them. It worked! I could definitely taste the ginger and the buttery-tasting dragonwell, which both gracefully joined together to form a toffee note. I got just a hint of sweet strawberry, too.
During the second steep, the strawberry took even more of a backseat- I could mostly taste ginger and the a vegetal, almost marine quality of the tea that I didn’t pick up on during the first steep. It was nice, because having the second cup kind of stretched the range of notes and flavors that this tea has.
My first Sencha! It also contains Lung Ching and Pai Mu Tan white teas, which I have also never tried. However, I can tell that these are really high-quality tea leaves that the Tiesta guys use. And they definitely don’t rip you off- this 4 oz tin is literally full to the brim. For $9, this is a really great buy!
I like the image that Tiesta presents as a company- they’re a small group of laid-back young men who are creative and also want to make loose tea accessible to the average shopper. Their teas are very cost-effective, high-quality, and delicious. They also provide a lot of good information on their packaging, such as caffeine content, the purpose of the tea (this one is to support weight loss, so they’ve categorized it as a Slenderizer. I have another blend by them called Fireberry, which is an Immunity blend. They also have Energizer, Relaxer, and Eternity blends) how many cups you should get out of the tin, and which temperatures and amounts to use. Plus, the tins themselves are very attractive.
The dry leaves smell fantastic- green, earthy, and lightly fruity.
Easy to steep- (although somehow my tea ball came unlatched in the water and spilled all the leaves into the mug, forcing me to get a big strainer and dirty another mug… Grrrrr…) The leaves opened up really big.
Sipping… I don’t taste much fruit. When I scooped it, I didn’t get many fruit pieces though, so perhaps they’ve sunk toward the bottom of the tin. In any event, this is a wonderful green-white blend. Very smooth and rich.
I hope my next few steeps go a little more smoothly in terms of operator errors, but even though I goofed up a little, I still enjoyed this cup! The sign of a truly fantastic tea!
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers
Tried making this with a lower water temp to avoid cooking the leaves.
It worked quite well! A lot more of the sweetness in this blend came through. It is very fruity. The plum is almost enough to knock you over. I personally don’t mind a lot of fruityness (as long as the base isn’t rooibos) but I would caution anyone who prefers more subtle fruit notes to try something else first.
Despite some of the other reviews on here, I think this is one of the best, most delicious, delicately flavored herbal teas I’ve ever had.
Once brewed, it gives off a smoky scent, almost like tobacco.
Sipping… The rose is strong, definitely, and it lingers on the tongue lightly. The tulsi base gives it a richness and earthiness that works wonderfully. There is the perfect amount of stevia in it to make it a little sweet, and the chamomile adds some thickness to the mouthfeel. I can taste the lemon myrtle a bit after I swallow my sip.
A beautiful, delicate, relaxing blend. The perfect drink to unwind the day with.
Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Lemon Zest, Tobacco
I swear by echinacea! This is my favorite herbal blend with it. It’s amazing with a little organic honey.
It tastes earthy and mildly minty. Lots of umami. It’s a bit like Tulsi; flavor-wise, it isn’t the most thrilling thing ever, but in terms of how it makes me feel while I’m drinking it and afterward, it’s spectacular! I really only make it during the winter or during seasonal transitions. Basically, the times when getting sick is really likely.
In this case today, I’m also trying to finish the box to make room in my tea chest.
Flavors: Earth, Nuts
Ugh, I hate calling up my bosses and asking for letters of reference, especially on short notice. I wish finding a job was an easier process, especially for shy people.
Backlogging from months and months ago… I always kept forgetting to log this one. Perhaps that’s indicative of my experience with it. I was distinctly underwhelmed by it. It was my first and last honeybush. Usually, with chai, you have to worry about the flavors and spices being too strong, but that was decidedly not the case here.The base was bland as all getout, and there was no helping it with sweeteners or milk. It was basically like drinking hot water with a bit of cinnamon thrown in.
Not exactly thrilling. There are far better herbal chais out there.