Sweet to the point where I thought I put sugar in it. therefore it takes sugar really well (something i normally don’t do to teas). a bit mellow. it went really well with the lapsang souchong marinated thin-cut steak i had for dinner. it was a perfect balance. a great tea but not one i’d want to have daily.
48 Tasting Notes
(This log is the second steep.) Just as I thought. This tea loses it’s astringency after the first steep. The second steep was much brighter and delightful. This tea is definitely a winner!
This is the first Assam tea I’ve had. I really enjoyed it. It’s malty just like a Ceylon but I’d think I would now prefer an Assam tea over a Ceylon, although I still really enjoy Ceylon teas.
It was slightly astringent but I get that from every black tea I brew on the first steep. I really liked how mellow and malty and sweet (without adding anything to it) this tea was.
A really good tea.
To me this is a sit and relax tea. But not a sleepy tea, although it comes off more as an herbal tea than a white tea. It’s more a thinking tea.
The citrus flavor gave me a bit of a zing and got my mind working. The citrus flavor was the more prominent flavor. There were also some less notable bright floral tastes. I can’t say too much about this one since I used only slightly less than a teaspoon for an 8 oz cup. Next time I’ll use a larger portion and steep it longer or use hotter water.
I can see this as a tea that I would drink often in the summer time.
This tea was not made by me last time I logged it. This time it was.
This 1st flush is really amazing. The steeped leafs have a fresh cut grass smell. But the tea doesn’t smell that way. The smell and first taste were astringent. So I thought I wasn’t going to like it. However, it was only on the first part of the cup. The rest of the cup was slightly sweet almost described as fruity but I can’t think of a fruit to describe it. It had the sweetness of a fruit. I took a sip and couldn’t go more than 20 seconds without sipping some again. It was one of the best teas I’ve had in a while. I’m going to raise my rating from 79 to 83
This is the most pleasant smelling tea I’ve smelt. It has sweet fruit and floral scents.
The tea has a nice hint of citrus, very light and refreshing. The goji berries really add a lot to the tea and give it distinct flavor that I haven’t tasted in any other tea. To date this is my favorite white tea.
I’ve had some Ceylon teas that I’ve really enjoyed in the past, particularly the first Ceylon I tried Ceylon Neeraja from Teavana. So that set the bar for most other Ceylon teas I’ve had.
I steeped this tea for two minutes and it seemed a bit too long. The tea came out a bit strong. Although I redeemed it by putting a teaspoon of milk in my cup. This tea takes milk very well. I love the smell. It has a sweet barky smell to it. I enjoy the malty taste but right now it’s just too strong. I have to make a new pot of this and either steep a smaller amount of tea or lower the time.
I don’t normally like rooibos teas. So according to me the rating I am giving this tea is good for a rooibos tea. I liked this tea but the vanilla was overpowering. Once I got past the vanilla it was enjoyable, smooth, and relaxing. I expected a fanning grade tea but got a better grade tea than most Taza teas that I’ve tried. Therefore the tea bags were larger. Tossed out the tea bag and then realized I should have tried for a second steeping.
This tea has a light earthy taste. There are notes of roasted brown rice or roasted barley, slightly reminiscent of genmaicha. This is a fantastic tea. It’s like a rollercoaster on the palate. At first it’s light, then comes the more bolder earthy taste, and lastly on the end is the slight sweet taste. Overall it’s a light oolong that’s good for multiple steepings. I steeped two teaspoons seven times. I probably won’t go over five or six times again.
This tea smells like intense oak campfire embers, as everyone clearly states. It tastes nearly exactly how it smells. I did not enjoy this tea. It was almost like drinking the remains of the embers of a forest fire. Slightly better with milk.
This tea was a light black. It was also very slightly sweet reminiscent of an Oolong yet with the distinctive Darjeeling taste. There was also a slight metallic taste. I was surprised that I liked the second flush more. There weren’t as many things to note in this tea.
I brewed this in a cast iron teapot. When I took the lid off to take the leaves out from steeping I saw the leaves had opened up significantly and were noticeably above the water. So next time I think I’ll brew it in a much more open way than a little strainer like a French press.
This tea surprised me. It’s backward from most other Oolong teas I’ve tried. It was sweet on the front end and on the later it was a woodsy russet floral taste, slightly bitter, yet sweet. It reminds me of the balance of a guava fruit without really tasting like a guava fruit.
After steeping the leaves really smelt grassy, like a Japaneses green.
The best Darjeeling tea I’ve had to date. I went to Temple Coffee and Tea in Sacramento and wasn’t sure if I should try the 1st flush Darjeeling or the 2nd. Sounds like a no brainer; go for the 1st, right? But I wanted to try to taste the muscatel note that it claims to have. So . . .
The first sip was so good. It was crisp and refreshing, lighter, and not astringent like other Darjeeling teas I’ve had. Now I finally understand why they call Darjeeling tea the champagne of tea. I just had to have a good one to understand it. Super good, I hope to add it to my cupboard.
The leaves are a green color. This tea is astringent and has a complex woodsy floral taste, a very floral taste. It’s slightly bitter yet has a punchy after taste that I can’t put my finger on. On the second steep it isn’t as bitter. I didn’t enjoy the third steep very much.
I don’t like most chai teas I drink, but this one was superb. I followed the “traditional” method of brewing this tea. I put 3 tablespoons of tea into tea bags (leaving it loose gave me a hassle) and then put the tea into a small pot and boiled water (1.5 cups) and milk (1 cup). It gave me two servings. After it reached a boil the milk started to foam I let it simmer for a few minutes. It was bitter, probably from sitting in the water and milk for so long, so I added sweetened condensed milk as a sweetener and really enjoyed it. It was better than any other chai latte I’ve ever had. I’m yet to try it as a plain tea. But I’ll try it and log that next.
By far one of my favorite teas! So good. Smooth, chestnutty taste, pan-roasted flavor, and good for multiple infusions. It’s suprisingly good for the second steep. Try it in a cast iron tea pot. It tastes even better in my cast iron teapot. Not sure if it’s from the cure or what, it just tastes better in cast iron. I’m almost out of this. It was on sale a few weeks back at Whole Foods. HIGHLY recommended.
It’s an average tasting Jasmine tea. Not overpowering like other Jasmine teas. The tea leafs look good like an orange pekoe grade. When it steeps it looks like a green tea. Probably a green tea base Jasmine. Not my favorite but I will drink it from time to time.
Beware of the steep time. Teavana’s sticker said 2 minutes when it’s really 30-45 seconds. They didn’t tell me that when I purchased it. However, I’d go with a steep time of around 1 minute and a temperature closer to 180 degrees.
The liquor of this tea is a perfect green. It’s one of the best smelling green teas I’ve had in a while. The taste is so smooth and fresh and light and satisfying. At the end of the tea pot you get the pan fried taste. It’s my favorite green tea. Rishi does Dragon Well very well. One of their Dragon Well green teas won first place and another one second place in the World Tea Championship in Las Vegas in 2009. I don’t suspect that this is one of them but it still is an amazing green tea! I love it!
I wouldn’t say this is an excellent tea but it is definitely one I can enjoy time and time again. I would like to see more green tea in it though. It mostly consists of brown rice, which isn’t a bad thing but a little less brown rice and a tad bit more green tea would make it awesome. The smell isn’t my favorite since I’m not fond of the smell of popcorn but I can get over that part. A great tea.
I had to change my rating on this tea. I lowered it to 72 from 80. The tea doesn’t seem to have a pure smooth taste as it did the first time. I’m not just brewing some old tea that has been opened for a while. I bought more of this tea so it should be fresh. It’s got a hint of a young dandelion taste.
A happy flowery soft and gentle scent. As most white teas the Select Tips has a light taste and is soft to the palate. Doesn’t taste as clean as a Rishi Silver Needle white tea. A decent tea. Next time I will be getting a different white tea.
Great earthy smell. Full-bodied and lots of deep earthy flavors! This is probably the darkest tea I have seen. Looks like a cup of coffee. If placed next to drip coffee I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. A very excellent puerh tea. I would definitely buy this one again.
First impression is a strong smell of hibiscus, so immediately I thought cough syrup. The tea, however, has a great balance of rooibos tea and herbal flower leaves. It has a smooth sweet taste. A fairly decent rooibos tea.