100 Tasting Notes
I saw this tea repeatedly during the summer and ignored it going on sale more than once. I didn’t realize it at the time but since I started drinking loose leaf I had completely stopped drinking any sort of ‘breakfast’ teas other than a heavy dose of CTC in my chai mix. All those finely cut leaves just screamed low quality, and when I tried this tea during a sample day my suspicions that ‘taste test winner’ or no this was still a tea not fit to be drunk without sugar or milk were confirmed. So I continued to ignore it until after drinking through a bunch of chocolate malty Chinese blacks from yunnan sourcing made me start craving something brought and bold in the morning. I picked this up on a whim after that and ended up quite enjoying it. it had a number of small golden tipped pieces and brew up a beautiful clear ruby brown color. It does taste indeed a lot like the English breakfast tea bags I remember but clearer if that makes any sense. It certainly does not need any milk or sugar although it does have to be brewed with care to prevent the bitterness from getting out of hand much like what must have happened to that sad sample I tried.
TL;DR Good bold bright breakfast tea, no milk or sugar required.
Moroccan mint is one of the first loose leaf teas I started drinking and one I’ve continued to buy semi-regularly. I picked this up along with some nilgiri to ice on an unseasonably warm day and was satisfied that the mint is nice and zingy. Nothing is worse than the dead mint flavor of bulk bin mint tea. I can’t say I’ve ever had a version of this that ever wowed me, but this seems nice and solid if perhaps a bit heavy on the mint. The gunpowder tea does have a tendency to settle out so perhaps I got the top of the bin (or perhaps I’m not mixing my bag enough). Anyway this is nice, reasonably priced, and great iced.
Dragon ball from 2017 sheng Olympiad.
Should have started this on a free weekend since it steeped out forever and I had to refrigerate it a few times. I think maybe half a tea ball would have been a better amount for me if it were possible to split tea balls. Brewed this on a 200ml gaiwan with just under boiling water for the first steeps then a thermos of very hot water for most of the sessions. I found this to be very floral with a lot of lingering aroma in the back of the mouth. There was almost no bitterness, which I actually would have liked more of. A few times it verged on being sweet but that faded rather quickly. As I said it seems like this steeped out forever with long 20-30 minute steeps at the end.
Out of my last YS order this was definately the immediate stand out as I could smell it opening up the box. I smelled apricots, and I could not believe it was coming from this and not a sheng sample. I’ve brewed it gong fu style and was unimpressed. It did tease out that lovely fruity aroma, but I find most black teas more enjoyable western style.
I brewed this at work today in a travel infuser. The leaves were more tightly compressed than I thought and I ended up with half the infuser filled with leaf by the time everything unfurled. I steeped it multiple times over the day with the leaves staying in the infuser the entire time. After all that punishiment I could not be more pleased with this tea. It was strong, rich, and flavorful with just enough of a tannic flavor to keep it interesting, but it never got too dry or bitter. Lighter steeps have that lovely fruity aftertaste. Almost my entire YS order was devoted to tea I could abuse like this at work and this so far is the only thing that has far exceeded my expectations.
Now if only it came in 200g cakes.
Bought a sample of this in my last order since I really like the Chesnut tea and thought this would be similar. It smelled and tasted to me exactly like peanut m&ms. There’s definately a Nutella-ness to it as well. This is much more of a “dessert” tea to my tastes than the Chesnut. I tried a second steep with (probably too much) whole milk and honey, but I think I overwhelmed it a bit. Seemed good.
Dessert teas aren’t my thing so I don’t think I would buy this again, but if you are into seasonally themed desert teas and want something nicer tasting than hazelnut creamer I can see how this would be good.
Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Peanut, Vanilla
From puerh plus TTB:
3g in a small gaiwan multiple steeps at boiling water. Finally getting back to these Puerh samples. This was pleasant with only a mild briney fermentation flavor and sweet fruity later steeps. No cassia though, which is a shame since that’s what made me pick this up in the first place. I think I might try adding some cassia cinnamon to my next batch of everyday shou to see what it would be like.
This tea made me a bit uncomfortably warm even with only drinking a 3g sample and not being able to steep it out completely before bed.
I’ve been drinking this at work so with an eyeballed amount in a Libre tea infuser being steeped multiple times with random water temps. It’s been holding up to this abuse pretty well. There’s just a slight amount of astringency that comes out, enough to keep it interesting but it has yet to become overwhelming. It’s full flavored and still manages to be so three or four steeps in, surprising for the smaller leaves. Tastes like a light Darjeeling crossed with a higher oxidized oolong. Fruity, hay, and a bit of toasty goodness.
On the walk home I stopped in a small grocery to look around and felt weird about walking out empty handed after being in there so long. Grabbed a cold bottle of this one the way out. This is my first time trying Honest Tea, and I always thought I’d like it because it’s everything I want. It’s in a glass bottle, only lightly sweetened, not flavored overwhelmingly with cheap flavor, and uses citric acid as a preservative. Plus oolong! Oolongs are great iced!
Unfortunately this was not very good. Tasted like watery black tea that’s been sitting out for too long. Has a weird flavor I always associated with American plastic bottled teas. Sweetness and peach flavor was spot on though. I’m not sure if I will try another, but I’m almost wishing I picked up a kombucha instead of this and I know I don’t like that.