757 Tasting Notes
Looks like it has been a number of years since I had this last, so thought it was time to try again, especially as spring is emerging, and we are having more sun and warmer days. I have to admit that I am mostly drinking green teas at the moment, with the occasional oolong or something else, so busting this white out was a refreshing change.
As noted before, the leaves are fluffy and greyish green, due to the light fuzz on them. The leaves are long and the tea is lofty, with them intermingling with each other and twisting. Because of the leaf size and fluffiness, I opted to use my wide bamboo spoon. For the first steep, I used only one bamboo spoon, feeling that maybe I was under-leafing for my 10 oz cup. I was not sure exactly how much of the sample packet to use. I assumed that I had 2-4 servings in the small packet, and went from there.
I brewed the water to 170, which was in the middle of the steeping temps listed…I think I let it steep for 2-3 minutes, but I admit I did not time this. The colour in my white mug was very pale, and I was afraid that I had either under-steeped or under-leafed the cup. The taste though, was pleasantly flavourful though. It was mild, yes, but had more flavour than I was expecting to get. What I mostly noticed was that the infusion was not bitter, and that it was creamy feeling on the tongue. I feel like sipping this was very easy, and I could have easily downed this fast. There was a some hay notes, and a slight drying sensation on my tongue, but only barely.
The second steep, I decided to add another bamboo spoon of leaf to the existing steeped leaves, and using the same water temperature and steeping about 2 minutes, I got a darker infusion and a stronger aroma. Still creamy feeling, but slightly more astringent and drying on the roof and back of my mouth. Stronger hay notes.
Both steeps were drunk plain, with no sugar or sweeteners added. I would love to try this iced with something apricot or plummy. Maybe a cold steep. I definitely felt a sense of refreshment with this. Not in a satisfying your thirst sort of way, more more in a soul nourishing kind of way that spring has a tendency to do. I have an appointment in an hour and I will be steeping the (extra leafed) cup again, for my Timolino. I enjoyed this today, and am glad my message from Angel at Teavivre reminded me that I have some tea that I have not had in a while. Many thanks for the sample.
This tea is delicious…have I had it before? Pretty sure I never had it when it was out for Mother’s Day last year…found about it too late, somehow. Yet. all I taste is deja vu and familiarity.
Is it pound cake-y? Not really, but it is a lovely creamy lemon and vanilla oolong that sits well with me. I had this unsweetened and without milk, but I may indulge and have it as a latte sometime.
It’s pu erh with berries…pretty tasty. But not wow tasty. I did enjoy this as my wake up tea today, and grateful my friend sent me some to try. I did drink this with milk and a little organic cane sugar. I’m sure I will drink the rest of the bag over time. It’s nice and sort of brightening as we sort of struggle between winter ending and spring beginning. This tea is hearty and earthy for winter, but with the fruit flavours that entice spring. I might try a cold brew of this.
I picked some of this up today (it is the only one of the ice cram shop ones I can do because there’s no stevia or blackberry leaves or anything else I am allergic to or dislike) along with Lemon Pound Cake and the new mw matchas (minus the genmaicha, since I can mix my own at home if I choose to).
In a word, this smells HEAVENLY. If you like sweet stuff. I brewed this up tonight and was surprised that I was able to drink this straight, with no additives. Though, the thought did cross my mind of making this into a latte with a little organic cane sugar for indulgence. But then I think, a green tea latte? Really? But then I think back to the white teas I have latted before, where it works (Buttercream and Gold Rush, both gone now, sadly). And then there is matcha. Soooo..I may give this a latte treatment in the future.
For starers, I really do love a good strawberry green tea. I don’t know what it is about the pairing, but it really suits me somehow. This one is creamy feeling, probably from the your chips, and the papaya adds a sweetness that I think pushes it into that milkshake territory. Under it all, there is the green base, not bitter or astringent, or missing. It is there.
Although this preparation was hot, I would like to see how it is iced. Perhaps with sweetened condensed milk, for a real milkshake feel. I will not cold brew, as I think the yogurt chips will go funny like with Raspberry Pie. I got 20g of this and feel like I will get more. Especially as the weather warms.
I had this the first night I opened the tea package from my friend. I can only remember right now is that it was a sweet berry white tea. I was surprised that the instructions called for 1tbs instead of 1tsp, but I guess the white peony base is fairly fluffy so you need more. I think I might even try more next time, because the directions on the bag say the amount is based on 6-8oz of water, and my mug is 12oz. I will have to make a note the next time I drink it.
This tea was kind of meh. I had high hopes for it, but it just felt a little bit weak. Maybe I need more leaf. It tasted fine, but I mostly only picked up on the cinnamon notes. I’ll try more leaf next time. I noticed it said 1tsp per 6-8oz of water, and I used my 12oz mug. I used a heaping tsp, so I figured that would be enough. I’ll try 2tsp next time.
I can’t recall if I have ever had this one before, but I have no notes listed, so it is possible. It is also possible I have had it and never made a note.
I am having this straight. No milk, no sugar, no additives at all. And it is actually sweet enough for me this way. There is cane sugar in this pretty high up, plus the chocolate bits, so I’m sure that is why I am ok as is (though I still prefer to add my own sweetener thank you very much DAVIDs!). That said, it is on the artificial side. I wonder if milk in this would tame that aspect of it. I have a small sample that I can try it with. I might try to resteep with the existing leaves and try, though it may be less flavour all over this way.
Aside from the slight artificial notes, it is a creamy feeling tea. My guess is that the chocolate chips are providing this. They are also providing an oil slick on top of the tea. While I know some people are bothered by this, I’m not. It isn’t super pretty to look at, but meh…whatever. I’m not fussed. It’s just tea. It doesn’t really reflect the taste much, if at all.
I was admittedly nervous at trying, given the hibiscus listed, but it is really low down, and I do feel it lends a slight tartness to the raspberry component. It is not actually that terrible in this, and not a bully at all. If anything, the artificial notes override and bad hibby ones.
As for the pie aspect…nope, not getting any whatsoever. I can feel like I smell some kind of graham crust, but I can’t really taste it. Well, maybe just a teensy bit as the tea cools down. I think it is mixed with the artificial notes.
So the big question is whether or not I will buy more of this once my sample is out. I think the verdict is yes, despite the bit of artificial taste. What it has going for it that is important to me is that it is free of stevia or blackberry leaves, licorice or anything like it, and flowers like rose or jasmine. I am finding it really hard with so many new teas from DAVIDs having stevia or blackberry leaves. I’m mildly allergic (more sensitive than anything) to the stevia…it can be a headache.migraine trigger, and makes me feel like throwing up in an acid reflux kind of way. Also in its favour is that it is caffeine free and I am all about trying to monitor how much caffeine I have a day, and since I like tea, finding alternatives is good (even if not true tea). It also uses green rooibos, which I vastly prefer over the red.
I had this yesterday. I had no idea what I was tasting. as I’ll be honest and say I have not had this tea in a long time, and this was a sip down. I actually had I straight and it went down incredibly smooth. If I had had more, I might have maple latted this. Or just used a touch of organic cane sugar and milk. I really need to get back to Janet’s…been a long time since my last visit.