757 Tasting Notes
Nabbed some of this tea while house sitting for my aunt.
Swept up in my mission to drink all the strange and wonderful (rooibos) specimens in my increasingly limited cupboard, I’d forgotten the simple pleasures that are gleamed from a nice cup of Cream Grey. The more pots I consumed (and it was pots) the more I realized that I’d been committing a personal tea blasphemy by going without Cream Grey. These last few years have been hollow.
I’m not sure if David’s has the best Cream of Earl Grey but it will definitely do for the time being. I’ve been super apathetic about tea lately, and I clearly need to go back to the basics for a bit.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Tart, Vanilla
This little sample has lived in my cupboard for a long time now.
Steeped hot at the recommended 95C, it’s everything I don’t like in mango/tropical fruit teas. Something about the combination of tea and mangoes makes my tongue jump to fruity cardboard dirt. I’ve also never been a fan of this type of oolong base.
I’ll try the last of my sample in a cold brew and hope that makes a difference!
Flavors: Cardboard, Mango, Roasted
This is the original 52teas blend and it has aged considerably.
Essentially tastes like a root beer float mixed with stale malt. Needless to say, this is not the glorious tea my memory claims it to be. Oh, well.
Part of me wants to steep this in whip cream or melted ice cream. I should probably dump it and get rid of the temptation..
This strange blend has been my go to cup for the last week or two. The house is undergoing some major renos, and I’m pretty sure this, along with a few other teas, are what has kept me sane.
It’s somewhat dry, medicinal, and grassy, which I find pleasantly unpleasant. It also tastes of sunscreen beach days and toasty pineapples, which is simply pleasant.
The word “detox” generally has me roll my eyes, and I’m not sure the flavour profile would please the majority of people, but Blue Detox still made my repurchase list!
Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Grass, Mint, Pineapple
Marzipan with vegetal green tea. My main hangup is the actual tea doesn’t have a lot of heft in the face of that marzipan flavour. My mind keeps wanting to add salt to turn the dessert nuts into savoury ones (but it would possibly also turn the veggies into seaweed)!
Oh, well. There’s still a lot to enjoy about this one. It won’t be hard to drink the rest of the sampler tin up! Will play around with the temperature next time.
Flavors: Grass, Marzipan, Vegetal
My aunt brought me back three Kusmi teas from Paris, and she said this is her favourite one. I was pretty skeptical, because my one prior encounter with Kusmi wasn’t that awesome and “detox” is in the name, but I should’ve had a little more faith.
I’m currently addicted to this tea. I haven’t even tried the other two gift teas; I just keep making pots and pots. It’s the tropical pineapple tea I never knew I wanted.
The choice of bases (unknown green tea (37%), mate (17%), rooibos), creates an incredibly earthy backdrop. The mint accentuates the pineapple flavouring and the mate in a lovely way- I’ve always been a big fan of sweet, fresh mate blends though.
This also contains sunflower petals, nettle leaves, guarana seed, and rosehip seeds; I’m less familiar with most of those ingredients but they seem to have worked out well here.
I’m only worried that it’s possible to drink too much nettle tea (no clue how much is actually in here)!
Flavors: Earth, Floral, Grass, Mint, Nutty, Pineapple, Spices, Wood
Picked this up at Taipei 101 (their crazy tall skyscraper), when I was going through an oolong withdrawal.
The flavour profile is crisp, floral and sweet. Minimal butter. It’s a gentle tea but I can still taste flavours which, if steeped longer, contribute to the strong flavours found in bottled oolong beverages. There’s the potential of bitterness in those floral caffeine laced notes.
I prefer my green oolong milky or, if it’s buttery, to be incredibly buttery, but with only two green oolong varieties in my cupboard this is gold.
Flavors: Butter, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Flowers, Honey
Goodbye, White Wolf. I’ll see you on the other side of 2017!
I hate how “bottom of the bag tea” tends to be crushed or not quite enough for a proper serving. It makes the last cup literally bittersweet! #teastruggles
Flavors: Anise, Cream, Pepper, Spearmint, Vanilla
I wasn’t expecting much from this one because rooibos, but it somehow became a family favourite. My sister and mother both asked where this tea came from and when I could pick up more, which never happens; usually everyone’s on my case about too much tea!
Cardamom and ginger are the main spices (they actually give off a bit of real fire!), with a slightly sweet appeal. Needless to say, it tastes good in milk.
So that’s a winner, Bluebird Tea Co!
Flavors: Cardamon, Cookie, Ginger