2201 Tasting Notes
Yet another sample that comes to me thanks to Azzrian! I have sampled guyusa at a tea festival before, but I’ve never had a whole cup of it. It intrigues me, so I was glad that Azzrian included this one in our swap!
I cannot believe that this thing steeps for 6 minutes, but I did it, even though it goes against all my instincts. It smells like citrus and, well, guyusa, which I know isn’t helpful but its hard for me to describe. Kind of a tad leafy-twiggy, but in a good way. The flavor is quite nice… lemon and cream, with enough guyusa to bring it down to earth. I am definitely enjoying this one, and I hope it energizes me like its supposed to!
This sample once again comes to me thanks to Alphakitty!
I am not the biggest white tea person. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them when I have them, because I often do, it’s just that I rarely seek them out. Nonetheless I requested this one from Alphakitty because although I have had Earl Grey white teas before, I’ve never had an Earl Grey cream white tea. Sounded interesting!
I don’t have much of a default steep time for white teas, so I guessed on this one. I have a feeling I should have steeped it a little longer for optimal flavor. As it is, it’s pretty tasty. It definitely smells like an Earl Grey cream, though obviously without the black tea notes. The bergamot is pretty light, and I would probably like more in the blend, but it is overall creamy and vanilla-y. The white tea base is smooth and not too hay-ish or grassy. A pretty nice tea.
This sample comes to me thanks to Azzrian! I love passion fruit and I love green oolongs, so I am excited to try this one. That said, it does have a lot to live up to… one of my favorite teas is the sublimely flavored passion fruit scented oolong from Naivetea (yet of another of my favorite teas that don’t currently reside in my cupboard).
This is quite different from the Naivetea oolong, but still very tasty. For one thing, although this is a green oolong base it is clearly not a high mountain oolong… it brews up fairly dark, with underlying nutty and slightly roasty notes, more like a traditional tieguanyin. The passion fruit flavor is nice and authentic, present but not overpowering. Overall a very nice tea and I’m glad I got to try it.
The last of my sample! I will be sad to see this one go, as its very tasty. A little floral, a little citrusy, and lovely black tea underneath.
Also I am doing a tea stash clean out over on the Swap thread with quite a lot of teas, so check it out if you want!
This is a backlog from yesterday… forgot to log this tea! This one comes to me thanks to Alphakitty!
This is a blend of a medium-dark oolong, a jasmine green, and almond flavor. I’ve never had a blend quite like this before, but it sounded intriguing! Fortunately, upon brewing it did not smell like pot to me (see Kittenna’s tasting note), but just like a roasty dark oolong with a few light sweet notes to it. Not super floral, and no flavor really took over in this blend. It was like a nice nutty oolong with some sweetness from the almond and a little bit of jasmine. It all blended rather well. I quite enjoyed this one!
Look at me go, drinking more fruity green teas. And really enjoying this one too! This is one of the teas I received in my happy bag from Lupicia, and it certainly makes me happy. This morning I opened this tea to put it in a recently-empty tin, and I was hit by the intense smell of juicy grapefruit. I knew I would be making it as my second cup of tea!
Steeped it came out very nicely. The grapefruit is relatively light and not overpowering, but it is definitely present. Grapefruit of course can be pretty bitter on its own, but I am thankful that there was no bitterness in this one. Just light, slightly sweet, citrusy goodness. The green tea was pretty standard, but it worked. I guess I do still enjoy fruity greens in the right circumstances!
Got this in my swap with Azzrian, thanks!
I haven’t tried a lot of blackberry teas, but I also haven’t really tried any good blackberry teas. I think there is something about the taste of blackberry that is hard to capture in flavorings. The aroma on the steeped tea on this one smells primarily like black tea without much else involved, but it at least smells like a tasty Chinese black tea.
The flavor surprised me… kind of sweet and tart, and surprisingly blackberry. You know, with the low ratings on this one I wasn’t really expecting anything but I am fairly pleasantly surprised. It’s not a tea that I would really crave or reach for often, but I do think the blackberry flavoring is pretty faithful, even in the hot tea. I have been unimpressed by the black tea base on Della Terra teas before, but this one is kind of nice. Pretty tasty overall.
It is f*#%ing cold outside. I am pretty sure it is colder today where I am living now, nearly the South (should feel like -10F today!) than it ever has been since I moved away from Chicago five years ago, even though I was living further north than I am now. It’s unexpected. Our house isn’t really built for this type of cold.
This matcha was nice and warming and energizing this morning. Now can I please not go outside?
I got samples of this tea from recent swaps with both Azzrian and Alphakitty. Thanks guys! I have pooled them all into one pouch so who knows who this is from. :D
I know I just got done saying earlier that I haven’t been into green teas lately, but this one is slightly different because it’s not a fruity green but rather sesame and caramel, which sounds pretty good. I do love a nutty green.
THis one didn’t quite pan out as fantastic as I’d hoped, but it was pretty tasty still. Not as much caramel or sesame as I’d hoped, although what was there was nice and natural, seeming almost like it was just part of the green tea itself. I just can’t help but wish that the base was not bancha but whatever awesome chestnutty base is on the Earl Green from Empire Tea Service.
Yet another Lupicia oolong sample thanks to Alphakitty!
This one smelled delicious but didn’t pan out in the taste so much. There was just something missing… I wanted more sweetness, more buttery floral notes from the oolong. The light tangerine was nice at the beginning of the sip but otherwise it was barely present. I’m not sure if this one suffered from storage in a plastic bag or what, but it wasn’t quite as good as some of the others from Lupicia that I’ve tried.