824 Tasting Notes
Kind of a roasted fruit jam flavour, and very close to tasting like the morning burnt toast. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be but I still don’t Love this type of tea. At least it isn’t burnt flower offerings this time!
Flavors: Blackberry, Butter, Char, Floral, Jam, Raisins, Toast, Wood
The name makes me think there should be Star Anise present, when it’s actually a blueberry eucalyptus tea.
This is very much a “spa tea”- suitable for when you want that “clean” feeling inside and out. Right now I’m a little resistant ball of stress and the eucalyptus isn’t taking at all. I’m supposed to get Christmas and final bathroom reno touches (towel rack, toilet paper, garbage can) done with the family but everyone is booked up until the 23rd. Argh… The only thing we agreed to do together was see Star Wars, so now you can see what my family prioritizes! It’s probably much needed after what has ended up as almost a year of big renos though (we started in January).
Flavors: Bergamot, Blueberry, Cream, Eucalyptus, Vanilla
Earl Grey is Earl Grey. The citrus-wood notes are a little on the perfumey side, and my tea leaves were not as depicted in the picture here (they’re CTC, but that’s alright). I shouldn’t have a problem drinking up the pot though! It’s turning out to be a good “start the day and cut through the cardamom rice” tea.
Thanks for the sample, Arby! It’s been a while since I had an Earl Grey that wasn’t a Cream.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Wood
Yes, this is good too! Another magic black tea strikes again! I looked more into my previous black tea apathy, and it struck me that I actually have more black teas in my cupboards than any other tea type (including oolong). Seems I’m generally not picking up the right black tea for me. Maybe I need to go for more of this and less of the flavoured stuff.
Thank you for sending me some of this beautiful tea, Arby!
Steep Count: 2
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Melon, Plums, Sweet Potatoes
This one brews up a moderate and mellow cup, with nothing too attention-grabbing. It’s a quite fruity, with a seasoning of herbal grasses and spices (basil, thyme, parsley, etc.).
If Darjeeling tea is like wine, this is the one you have because someone, who probably mainly drinks beer, picked it up last minute for that light house party. It’s your low budget, “promotion without endorsement from any of the staff” wine, and it’s alright- just not amazing! It may pair well with a crockpot chicken though (cooking currently in progress).
This sample was generously provided by Camelia Sinensis and, if anything, it’s a reminder that I need to get back to exploring Darjeelings. I had some really intriguing samples a few years back, but this kind of tea is an acquired taste.
Flavors: Blueberry, Dandelion, Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Hay, Herbs, Parsley, Thyme
Bai mu dan is an interesting choice to blend with ceylon but it works to create a nice blueberry-citrus base, which enhances the ginger and pear flavours. The hot spices remind me a little of a night cap or a spiced wine. I think it could be slightly more “cakey” with a baked goods vibe, but maybe that’s what sugar and milk are for. There’s already a bit of jam and cream seeping through the fruit notes, so 120% dessert effect can’t be far away!
Looking forward to playing with this one during the holiday season! For now, it makes a nice sipping companion while I finish off another Vorokosigan book (I’m on A Civil Campaign, and the butter bugs have won me over).
Flavors: Berries, Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Cream, Ginger, Jam, Pear, Spices
The blackberry flavouring in this is delicious- like some fresh creamy pastry bought and eaten right at the berry farm. A possible downside of this is it makes me wish it was one of 52teas’ full blown “Danish” blends instead of “just” a berry green tea. It tastes so close.
The Zomba works really well here by not intruding into the berry deliciousness with any strong veggie notes. This base does seem to pair deliciously with fruit flavours; I’m down for liking 2/2 of 52teas’ Zomba blends I’ve tried so far (more on the way)!
Thank you, Arby, for sending me this! I’m definitely enjoying it.
Flavors: Blackberry, Butter, Citrus, Cream, Tart
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Keemun, Laoshan Black, or any other non- What-cha Golden Snail black tea (so good). I’ve forgotten how comforting they are in their cocoa-malt predictability, and subtle but rich profiles. I thought I was over Chinese black teas; it’s probably the time of year? Oolong is out, black tea and white tea are in- I need to draw a better year plan for my tea drinking habits so I’m not struggling at the height of tea-drinking season.
Anyways, this one is really red. Red is good. Red is warm. Red is Christmas. I’m drinking this in a festive red cup too. Lots of red happening.
I’ll write a more thoughtful note later.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Fruity, Malt, Muscatel, Red Wine, Stonefruits
I am designating this Sipdown Priority No. 4. It’s going to take a few days but it’s time overdue.
Drinking floral cream candle tea after honey cough drop tea is probably ill advised; I think the aftertaste of the honey cough drop is winning! Argh, my life choices!
Flavors: Cream, Custard, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, Mineral