95 Tasting Notes

100
drank Ice-wine Tea by Cup and Kettle
95 tasting notes

I once picked up a bagged icewine tea on a road trip in Victoria, Canada from a corner gift shop in Chinatown. It was amazing! Grapey and delicious. I was so happy to see an icewine tea in a little tea shop in Leavenworth, WA while on my honeymoon! How exciting! Since I had just one sachet of that original icewine tea tucked away, and my new hubby had given me a budget of four teas (I have a habit of spending money freely, ESPECIALLY when it comes to tea, ESPECIALLY when I’m in a physical shop where I can SMELL everything), I totally snagged an ounce. You can order online, so I figured if I fell in love, I can order more. ;)

I have fallen in love with this tea! I didn’t realize when I bought it that it’s a black and white blend. How interesting! I read the ingredients before brewing, so I brewed it like a white tea. Measuring the leaves into my Cha He, there isn’t a lot of white tea leaves, so I think it would be safe to brew this at a black tea temperature.

It tastes so amazing! It has a very floral flavor that I think comes from that ambiguous “natural flavors” on the ingredient list. A little pinker than jasmine… for a non-synesthetic person I think you could say… (insert a couple more sips here) It’s more perfumey, but not musky… like you would smell on a lily or tulip. Tulip! That’s it. It tastes like I’m drinking grapes and smelling a tulip garden. Talk about amazing! Oh, there’s also an aftertaste like lavender. Perplexing…

The tea also has a fruity smell to it, like grapes and sweet pea flowers. It’s just a whole roller coaster of floral smells and tastes that I really wasn’t expecting, but that I’m totally loving right now.

I could end each day with a cup of this…

Second steep loses some of the tulip, gains some lavender, and the grape is less bitey and more smooth and… relaxed?

Yeah, I’m ready for bed now. :)

Flavors: Flowers, Grapes, Lavender

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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65
drank Chestnut by Cup and Kettle
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Decent quality black tea with “natural chestnut flavor” that isn’t overpowering. It has a maple smell and flavor to it, though. I’m very adverse to maple, so I will be drinking this sparingly; however, I do recommend it to those who love the idea of roasted chestnut with maple. The fact that I still enjoy it with the maple taste says a lot. :)

Flavors: Chestnut, Maple, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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65
drank Chestnut by Cup and Kettle
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100

I think I tried a sample of someone’s Jin Jun Mei once, and fell in love. So, I splurged and got me some.

Does not disappoint. One of my favorites pretty much ever.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

I’m pretty excited to try this tea. Greener, floral oolongs have always held a special place in my heart. :) It smells buttery/squashy. Oh boy! I’m doing relatively short western style steeps (~2 mins each, increasing to like… forever?).

I loooove watching the tea leaves uncurl when they’re so tightly rolled like these. They always end up completely filling my little glass teapot. :D

OH. I’ve died and gone to heaven.

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Floral

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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90

Oooo, My first impression was this is “nutty” of some sort. Macadamia? No… not walnut or almond, either. But a tree nut nonetheless. Like, acorn or chestnuts. Chestnuts! That’s what I’ve decided! Haha!

Flavors: Chestnut

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

I almost don’t want to admit how long it took me to figure out the plastic piece across the top of the package. But I figured it’d out. I did it. All by myself, and before drinking my tea!

The dry leaves smell so strongly of cocoa! I had my mom smell them because I thought it so novel, but she couldn’t smell anything. :/ I did a short Western-style first steep, and on top of the chocolate smell is… grapes? Yes, that there be a grape smell.

Oh, it tastes just as good as it smells. How can this be? Just when I think all of my socks have been blown off… A bit vegetative/vegetal/planty taste peeking through. I totally skipped the sweetener on this one because it smelled so great I didn’t want to risk ruining it.

I wish it would cool down faster. So I can drink it faster.

Second steep called for sweetener, as it’s turned more vegetal than the first steep. Like a totally different tea. Hmmm. I wonder what I did to displease these great tea leaves?

I let the third steep cool to room temperature and the candy flavor came back. Yay! :D

Flavors: Cocoa, Grapes

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

I’m surprised this isn’t a smoked tea because it certainly smells like one. I feel like I’m drinking a forest. The whole thing. Trees, moss, rocks, bushes. Very complex. I wasn’t expecting the smoky flavor, so it kind of took me off guard. ;)

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95
drank Feizi Xiao by Verdant Tea
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95
drank Fo Shou Wuyi Oolong by Verdant Tea
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I discovered my love of tea in college, in Oregon, where nearly constant rain and clouds and fog demand some sort of warm, cuddly beverage.

Since moving back to Idaho, where seasons actually exist, my adoration for tea has bordered on obsession. I like a variety of teas depending on my mood and the alignment of the planets. I’m pretty sure my love of tea saved my life after coming home from the deep freezer with hypothermia day after day. ;)

I am recently married, and my next project is convincing my husband that instant Lipton iced tea does not count as tea. ;)

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