242 Tasting Notes
Adagio sent me a tea mail with 4 samples and suggesting a place an order. I will say their little sample sizes do travel well. This wuyi was pretty tasty, but the third steep has lost its punch. Floral, sweet, and a tad smoky, certainly not a bad example of an oolong, but I’m not inspired to place an order until I sip down some of the rest of my tea. Though I am in Texas, and I did buy a box of cinnamon chamomile from HEB yesterday, so I guess I’m not on a buying hiatus?!?
A tea I got for christmas from my cousin, and its not something I would normally pick out for myself. It has a bright citrusy lime note and a dull milky chocolate aftertaste. I don’t really taste the black base at all. An interesting tea, but not something I need to seek out.
Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus, Lime
This one was sent by Shae, and I’m just getting around to a note when it’s a sipdown.
I’m not sure if this has caffeine in it, the ingredients are Lapsang, but it’s in the herbal section of the Tupelo tea web site.
I like this tea because it has a bunch of different notes that may not seem to work together, but I like cinnamon, licorice and pepper so I don’t mind them all melded into one. Add a bit of smokyness from the lapsang and there is a lot going on here! I’m not sure if I need this in my cupboard, but I’d be tempted to add it to an order. Thanks for sharing, Shae!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice, Pepper, Smoke
I think I chose this one for a christmas gift tea due to the good reviews on the Upton site. My dad seems to like this one but it took a few times to get a good brew time and leaf ratio (less leaf and less time is best). This certainly does brew up strong and quick. It has a nice metallic and amber twang to it without bitterness. Of course I compare this Awesome tea to my favorite S&V CTC tea in my head and this comes up up short in the complexity department. I’d like to do a head to head taste test but I need to restock the Assam Beesakopie to compare. I would add this to an Upton order if I was low on Assam.
Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Metallic
This one was an impulsive christmas purchase for my dad, and he really likes it! It’s quite complex for an ‘afternoon tea’, fruity and spicy with a hint of metallic astringency. If I had to guess what type of tea, I’d say it was an Assam, but I have had one Kenyan tea that was this nutty and smooth. That one was in tea bags and its been out of my cupboard for a while. My dad likes this one enough that he wants to purchase more, and I’m glad I took a gamble on tea from Marshalls :)
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Metallic, Nutty, Smooth
A complex and tasty tea with different layers of fruityness, briskness, and metallic taste depending on steep time and tea temperature. I got mostly coppery notes on a first sip, with fruity and complex notes arriving as the cup cools. An interesting tea to experiment with or blend (Yunnan comes to mind). I might add it to an order, but its not something to seek out.
I do tend to brew my Assams rather strong and this one was up to the challenge. Too much leaf in this cup or just enough, there is the line to balance on. I think there was plenty leaf in the cup and it makes a dark, astringent, but not bitter, brew. I may have drowned all the maltyness out by using so much leaf, but hey, a girls gotta wake up in the am. Second steep is just a muted version of the first. Easily drinkable but not memorable.
Thanks to gmathis for sharing!
I got some tea for christmas from my cousin, I just gave her the link and said ‘pick me out some tea’!
This is quite nice, very smooth, caramel and butterscotch with a hint of root beer spicyness at the end. I’m on steep number two and am enjoying this sweet flavor profile. I might try a bit more leaf when I brew it next.
Somehow this tea manages both a chocolate and vanilla note without canceling each other out. This is yummy! The chocolate isn’t chalky and the vanilla doesn’t taste artificial. Brewed it smells amazing and tastes just as good. I think I need this one in my cupboard.
Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate, Vanilla