7 Tasting Notes
Before I dive into the actual steeping experience I just want to give Soleil Tea a big THANK YOU for the excellent customer service. I’ve had Amazon packages missing when I sent things to my apartment before and my sample order from Soleil was no exception. I know it’s not their fault that I didn’t get my tea but I sent them an email to let them know that I didn’t receive the shipment despite the tracking info says that my package has been delivered 4 days ago. I was so surprised that I received a reply from Soleil within hours and they told me not to worry coz they would send me another box right away with no extra charge whatsoever.
What amazed me even more was that they even threw in extra samples of their vanilla black, Casablanca, and another sample of their TKY! Soleil Tea you’ve made my day :D
Now let’s come back to Van Dyke. An airy and almost masculine fragrance enveloped me when I first opened the bag. It reminds me of all the hikes I go on with my hubby. I carefully measured out 2 tsp (picked out about 8 petals of hops since I love the hoppiness of beer but most definitely didn’t want a bitter cup). Since the tea base was a black tea I wasn’t the most concerned with temperature and poured in 8oz of boiling water into my handcrafted ceramic mug. I was planning to steep it for a minute but forgot and let it steeped for about 2 minutes instead.
Van Dyke came out robust but not astringent or bitter at all. It was impressionable. Something unique with its own character. I can’t compare this to other blends I’ve had since I never had anything close to this tea before. Definitely getting more once I finish the sample!
Flavors: Absinthe, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Dark Wood, Hops, Pine, Rainforest
I have a cupboard full of fruit teas so I decided to try something different this time. This ginseng tea is sweet and warm. Not quite honey sweet but closer to licorice. I taste an earthy undertone, especially when it cools down. I guess that’s the ginseng I’m tasting. Very interesting.
Flavors: Earth, Licorice
Jasmine is one of those scents that just goes so well with tea. I love to watch these little pellets unfurl as they steep in hot water. Love the cup overall. Just wish the Jasmine is stronger so I don’t have to use as much tea. The green tea gets bitter easily, especially if you use more tea.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Jasmine
I’m a big fan of dian hong! Morning Sun brews up a strong up which I like. I used roughly 8 oz of 200 F water for 1 heaping teaspoon. I wanted to be careful about the steeping time and did 90 seconds for the first steep. It was a strong, aromatic cup without much astringency. The amber color infusion tasted like honey, dark fruits, and malt. I could taste dark cherries, chocolate, and toasted walnuts.
Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Walnut