562 Tasting Notes
Sipping this one at work. I have to say, Steven Smith has some of the best bagged tea I’ve tried! Their sachets are made of fabric and nice and large with plenty of room for expansion. The leaves inside are large and uncrushed and have a nice aroma. This is definitely one of the better Earl Grey teas I’ve tried (and I love Earl Grey!) Thank you to whoever slipped these tea bags into the Discovery TTB…I have a new brand to add to my list!
Flavors: Bergamot, Smooth
I believe this was from the Discovery TTB. I brewed it up at work so not sure of the water temperature, but it turned out well! A smooth, sweet green tea base with a refreshing lemon mint flavor. Mint can be overwhelming, but this blend had a good balance. It reminded me of Tazos’ Zen (one of my all-time favorite grocery store teas!) but I may actually like this one a bit better.
Flavors: Lemon, Mint, Smooth
This has become a staple in my collection, because it’s one of those tisanes that even people who think they don’t like tea often enjoy. It has a strong pineapple flavor that mellows out into creamy coconut at the end of the sip. Very smooth and easy to drink. And it’s great both hot and iced!
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple, Smooth
Discovery TTB #20
The purple oolong from this box was a surprise hit for me, so I decided to sample the other purple tea as well. There was barely a teaspoon of this tea left in the box, so I brewed up a single cup and finished it off. The color wasn’t as “purple” as I was hoping…more of a light, slightly blueish brown. And the flavor was surprisingly light (it tasted like a very mild green tea) and unpleasantly astringent. Not a fan!
Discovery TTB #19
I’m generally not a big fan of Japanese green teas, but there was a large bag of this one in the box so I decided to give it a shot. The leaves brewed up to the brightest lime green tea I’ve ever seen! The flavor was unique: quite savory and a bit salty, reminding me of seaweed or perhaps a seafood broth. Not something I’d personally care to drink again, but it was a unique experience and I’m glad to have “discovered” it in this box!
Flavors: Fish Broth, Salty, Seaweed
Discovery TTB #17
Chocolate-flavored teas tend to be hit and miss for me, but this one is quite nice! The toasted rice adds a nice dimension to the chocolate flavor and keeps it from being thin and flat. I’m not really getting much marshmallow, but still enjoying the combination of rice and chocolate. Not a standout, but I’d drink it again.
Flavors: Chocolate, Rice
Discovery TTB #16
I don’t think I’ve ever tried a “purple” oolong before and since purple is my favorite color, I just had to give this one a go! It’s definitely a deeper flavor than most oolongs I’ve tried in the past: rich and nutty with hints of chocolate and smoke. There’s a lingering buttery aftertaste that I’m enjoying as well. Quite lovely, actually!
Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Nutty, Smoke, Smooth
Discovery TTB #14
I usually love golden tip black teas, so I had to give this one a try. Sadly, it seems to be lacking the sweetness I usually associate with this type of tea. Instead, I found it to be quite bitter and astringent. A splash of milk smoothed it out nicely, though!
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter
Discovery TTB #13
Pretty sure this is another old sample, as the caramel flavor has almost completely faded. It just tastes like a rather bland, smooth black tea. Not leaving a rating, since I’m pretty sure the flavorlessness is due to age and not a poor blend.