70 Tasting Notes
This is the upcoming week’s Tea of the Week and it’s nearly sold out! I even made some extra of this tea when I blended it because I did anticipate that it would be a popular flavor and I think that’s the only reason why I still have a few of these in the taster size.
This is sweet and yummy – it tastes like someone melted some cotton candy in my teacup – or perhaps someone ground fine some genmaicha and added it to cotton candy sugar and created a batch of candy floss.
I really don’t know what else to say here – we’ve got cotton candy flavor – we’ve got genmaicha – and it’s a delight!
As I mentioned in our Forum Thread, we are launching “D’s Teas” which is the permanent collection of 52Teas’ teas. We’re starting out with 3 teas: Graveyard Mist, Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha & Pancake Breakfast.
Our Pancake Breakfast tea was just packaged up last night – and is now ready for shipment. YUM!
I’ve taken a different approach with this tea (again) as I’ve recently (within the last 8 months or so) have changed primary suppliers, so the teas are different here. I used a golden Yunnan and an Assamica from the Jing Mai mountains in China. I absolutely LOVE this combination so you can pretty much expect that many of my black tea blends will start with this blend. It’s hearty with a bold flavor – rich with notes of malt but not as astringent as some teas can be.
And I love these two teas as the base of the Pancake Breakfast flavors … there’s a natural note of starch to the blend – and it enhances the pancake aspect of this tea. The maple is prominent and I do love maple – and the butter notes meld beautifully with the maple.
This is the upcoming week’s Tea of the Week and I absolutely adore it.
I love cucumber teas. I absolutely love them. I especially love cucumber blended with a lovely white tea like our Bai Mu Dan – the delicate, sweet flavor of the white tea melds beautifully with the notes of cucumber to create a flavor that reminds me a lot of cucumber water (which I love) but even better because – tea. In the past, I’ve done a couple of cucumber blends with melon flavors (cucumber watermelon is my absolute favorite aqua fresca and so I find myself wanting to do a spin on this flavor combination frequently and then I think – oh yeah, it’s already been done) but this time I wanted to do something a little different.
The mint and lime here are actually rather soft in flavor – even though the tea is named “Limeade” I didn’t want the lime to overpower the cucumber. I really wanted cucumber to be the main event. I feel like cucumber is a difficult flavor to accomplish in tea so that it’s a well-defined flavor. (There are a few flavors like that.)
Here, I think I managed to accomplish a very pleasing balance of Cucumber, lime and mint where each of the flavors is discernible without overpowering the balance – and the white tea is not overwhelmed either. I get that fresh, crisp flavor of the Bai Mu Dan – which is absolutely complemented by the presence of cucumber and mint and the lime adds a pleasing brightness to the cup.
Really nice – even if I do say so myself. :)
Flavors: Cucumber, Lime, Mint
This weeks Tea of the Week – I love this blend even more than I expected to. I am a huge fan of bergamot and I have really taken a liking to how nicely it plays with berry flavors. This blend is more berry than it is bergamot – I just wanted a hint of bergamot for this. I find that the bergamot is most noticeable when the tea is still quite hot so if you’re one who takes a sip before the “waiting/cooling period” to let the flavors develop, you’ll notice the bergamot strongest then.
After the 10 minutes or so cooling time, the bergamot becomes more of a background note – something that just perks the flavors up a bit without tasting strongly/definitively of bergamot.
The berries here are difficult to pick out – that is to say, I’m not certain where the blackberry ends and the strawberry or raspberry begins. It’s more of a medley of the three berry flavors. The marshmallow adds a lovely softness to this – toning down some of the tartness of the berry that would have been otherwise accentuated by the bergamot – as one who prefers things a little less tart – I appreciate the soft, fluffy marshmallow-y flavor here.
Sweet, creamy and just a little bit tart.
This is the upcoming Tea of the Week (for the week of April 10th) that I just posted because 1) this upcoming week, especially the first couple days of the week, are going to be very hectic on the personal front and I won’t have a lot of time to sit in front of the computer and do everything that needs to be done to post the tea to the website and on social media sites; and 2) because Mat asked me to make some tea because he needed some caffeine so I decided to grab this because I actually DO have some time to sit in front of the computer and write a tasting note tonight – so why not enjoy a cuppa now?
This is so good. I was inspired to create it after coming across a banana pancake recipe online that required just 2 ingredients: bananas and eggs. Now, I haven’t actually tried this recipe but when I discovered the recipe, immediately my thought was “Hey! Banana Pancakes would make a great tea flavor!” (This happens frequently – I come across a recipe for something that sounds tasty and I think ‘I want to try that as a tea!’)
And so it was that I made the tea. There is a very forward banana flavor with a strong maple presence. A barely there hint of butter (which is intended, I didn’t want too much of a buttery taste because I didn’t want to interfere with the banana, pancake and maple flavors) – and a delightful kiss of nutmeg along with a nice background of pancake. This is a satisfying, distinctly starchy pancake flavor – not like the aforementioned banana and egg pancake recipe. I can taste the pancake part of this – right down to the crispy fried edges.
A really tasty, cozy kind of blend.
Flavors: banana, Butter, Maple, Nutmeg
This week’s Tea of the Week – I love this Zomba Steamed Green Tea from the Satemwa estate in Malawi – it has a natural fruit tone that is somewhat citrus-y to it and so I like to play to that as you probably have noticed with some of my blends with this base. I realize that neither fruit flavor featured in this tea is actually a citrus fruit but pineapple kinda reminds me of a citrus fruit because it has a juicy, bright flavor that is sweet and tangy.
And I thought that pineapple would work fantastically well with this base so I decided to blend it – but what flavor to go with? I wanted something smooth and sweet – so I went with peach.
This combination is absolutely delicious.
Ugh – I just finished writing a tasting note for this and the interweb gods decided to destroy it and it just feels weird writing the same thing all over again. So I’ll try to summarize without getting all flowery or magniloquent.
I’ll just say this: This was last week’s Tea of the Week – it’s simple yet delicious. Bright strawberry flavor, warm, roasty-toasty genmaicha with a hint of creaminess from the Matcha (I use Matcha infused Genmaicha). A really nice cuppa that’s almost sold out.
This is the featured reblend for March. I just announced this tea in the wee hours of yesterday morning and it’s already nearly sold out with just a few taster pouches remaining. (I have a couple of people out there who absolutely love this tea!) This tea had a lot of votes during last year’s poll for the 12 Teas of Christmas box – a lot but not quite enough to make it into the Christmas box – so I decided to reblend it now. Besides, summer is coming up and this tea tastes amazing iced! (It’s good hot too, which is how I’m drinking it now – but it’s spectacular iced!)
When its piping hot, I pick up on a lot of creamy vanilla notes. The fruit flavors are more like a fruit medley rather than specific fruit flavors. I can definitely taste fruit but does it taste specifically like raspberry, lime and orange? I can’t say. However, the creaminess of the vanilla along with these fruit notes is absolutely delightful so I’m not complaining that I can’t distinguish the fruit flavors.
The black tea is a solid, well-rounded flavor that isn’t too aggressive – but it’s strong enough to be noticed.
As it cools, more of the fruit notes begin to pop. I still get a nice hint of vanilla but as the fruit emerges more, the vanilla seems content to soften a bit and let the fruit shine. The lime and orange are bright and those are the two fruit flavors I notice first. The raspberry weaves it’s way in and out.
As it continues to cool, I sometimes notice more raspberry than orange or lime. Sometimes it’s more lime than the other two – and sometimes it’s more orange. It’s kinda like if I were actually eating a bowl of rainbow sherbet – sometimes there’s a bit more raspberry in the spoonful than the other two flavors, and other times the other flavors are more prominent. They aren’t competing with each other – they just seem to pop at different intervals.
I did inventory last night and came across 2 pouches of this tea that had not been added to the website – so I have this tea in stock again (temporarily) – and while finishing up inventory, I came across my little stash of this tea so I decided I should start steeping! I love this tea – the coconut, the custardy ‘flan’ notes – and the way they play with the toasty flavor of the genmaicha. So delightful!
This week’s tea of the week! I enjoyed January’s Fruit Salad blend, but it was just a wee bit sweet for the spicy side of me so I thought – what would happen if I made a fruit salad green tea and added just a little bit of spice (with some black peppercorns, long peppercorns and cayenne pepper)? Of course, with the heat of these spices, I figured that some warm, herbaceous tulsi would add some interest to the overall cup.
And YUM! I love this blend! The green tea is a blend of Fair Trade, single estate Zomba Steamed green tea from the Satemwa estate in Malawi and organic Chinese Sencha and Gunpowder teas and the tulsi is a blend of green, purple and wild leaf holy basil. I added strawberries, pineapple, limes and some melon essence. Then I added some crushed black peppercorns, long pepper and cayenne pepper to spice things up and some juniper berries because – why not?
This has a sweet, fruity background with an distinct peppery note. I find that the first few sips tend to strongly introduce the pepper, but after those first few sips, the palate becomes accustomed to these peppery tones and the fruit flavors begin to really shine through. I don’t find the heat to be overpowering or too assertive – but if you’re one who tends to be sensitive to peppery flavors, this may not be the tea for you.
But if you like the combination of spicy and sweet – I think you’ll like thi one!