730 Tasting Notes
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
Oh, Fortnum & Mason, you confuse me sometimes. This is listed as a black tea, and while it does posses qualities that I would ascribe to a light black base the actual tea name says pouchong. I swear that’s a tea that straddles the line between green tea and oolong; it’s one of the reasons I bought this in London.
But then the description on the back of my tin says “large-leaf Maofeng Keemun”, which is a floral black tea. I’m going to assume that’s what it is, as all physical tea evidence points in that direction (dark leaves, red broth, chocolatey floral base with slight astringency).
I can’t say I’m too disappointed in this not being an actual pouchong , which may have been a little light to handle the lovely rose notes. The keemun is actually quite pleasant and smooth.
Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Rose
Smells delicious, tastes alright.
Like most Silk Road teas, I find this one benefits from a shorter steep at a lesser temperature than what I would normally go with for a black tea.
It did not like me adding milk. Apple flavoured things in general don’t seem to like milk.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Oh, man. Finding this buried in the very back of my cupboard was the tea drinker’s equivalent of striking gold. Practically untouched, this incredibly smooth and creamy puerh has remained hidden from me for over three years. That fourth short steep is glorious (thank you, tea gods).
And now it’s all gone.
At least my faith in delicious tea is restored (booo, rancid coconut rooibos infested cupboard).
Flavors: Bamboo, Cream, Mushrooms
I think this tea may be my bank account’s kryptonite.
This probably would appeal to lovers of 52tea’s Graveyard Mist and that ilk. Otherwise, I can see how this would come across as toothpaste to some (lots of spearmint, minimal vanilla).
Flavors: Anise, Cedar, Pepper, Spearmint, Vanilla
Smells amazing, tastes alright. Mate saves my bacon again. Must steep conservatively to avoid stirring the hibiscus dragon of despair.
It’s been a while since I had a mate or guayusa around the house. This long hiatus has made me realize that it’s essential for basic functions after sleep deprivation.
This was a Christmas gift from a friend who claimed to have chosen it based on the merit of smell alone (she doesn’t like or know a lot about tea). I’m glad I can show her how much I appreciate it by having it with me whenever we meet up in the morning.
Flavors: Earth, Hibiscus, Lemon, Raspberry
For years, when rummaging through my cupboard I kept passing this sample up. I guess I still haven’t recovered from my years of overexposure to cinnamon at David’s Tea (also it’s rooibos, which is synonymous for boring).
It’s too bad I skipped over this tea’s golden years of freshness because it’s actually well balanced (for a rooibos). The sweet-spice of cinnamon only plays as supporting role to the tangy orange peel . The flavour profile is up there for comfort, along with awesome things like mulled wine and hot apple cider.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest
We’re getting there (down to 44 teas)!
This was such a good find in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon and I will miss it’s “toasted coconut rice with a dash of pineapple” profile. I should have sent this out people but I got greedy- and no one else likes green tea, right? It appears impossible to buy this brand outside of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which is one of the saddest tea related things I’ve seen this year.
Until next time, delicious Vietnamese tea.