245 Tasting Notes
Put the last of this in my daily sipper. It tastes like a chocolate malt to me. It’s sweet but not overly so, can actually taste the chocolate in this one, and it’s malty too. It seems forgiving with time. I left it in my thermos for most of the day, no bitterness, held up well. I think this one, the grapefruit one, and the Banana and Cream were my favorites of the bunch.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Malt
Another TeaVivre free sample. It’s a 3g tea bag, I can see big chunks of yummy ginger in there. The ginger aroma is super strong. I’m ginger crazy so I like it. First or maybe the second time I’ve tried store bought ginger tea so no experience in comparing it to others. Its a reddish-amber liquor that smells like surprise… Ginger. :) It’s a smooth tea, mild in flavor, lots of ginger taste with some spices. A little peppery feeling on the tongue, cinnamon notes. What I liked about it is that it was mild in flavor despite the strong ginger aroma, and it was delicately sweet so if you have to have honey in your ginger tea, you may be able to bypass that on this one. The black tea was mellow and a little malty. Overall, it was a good experience and a good cup of ginger tea.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy
Nice afternoon genmaicha. It has only two ingredients: Brown rice & a good sencha base. The teabag is 3g and I got it as a free sample. It’s a very toasty, roasty cup of tea with nice toasted rice and seaweed-marine aroma but not fishy. The liquor was golden yellow with green hues. It was a tasty genmaicha with no bitterness or astringency, delicately sweet but nothing artificial. I just had a genmaicha at a restaurant the other day, and it was far too sweet. Ick. Not this one, thank goodness. It’s a simple, straightforward, yummy sencha genmaicha.
Flavors: Rice, Roasted, Seaweed, Smooth, Toast, Toasted Rice, Toasty
Thank you, Cameron, I had this last night. I finished all your samples except one (the peppermint cream) and enjoyed them all so much!
Interesting and yummy tea. Unfortunately, I accidentally threw out the tea after the first infusion. Doh. I was cleaning out my other gaiwan and went on cleaning autopilot. At least I got to drink the first infusion. I do not know what juniper or cedar tastes like but whatever all the flavors in this tea, it was tasty and different. It was sweet, had honey, smoke, malts notes with a nice roasted-toasted comforting flavor. I enjoyed it so much. Thank you again, Cameron B.!
Flavors: Honey, Malt, Roasted, Smoke, Sweet
Now that work is done, I’m going to go play some Civilization VI but before I get to gaming for relaxation and fun, I’ll drop a little note on this tea. My motto is work hard, play three times harder. hehe
This Dragon Ball weighed 8g, wrapped tightly in white paper with a bow. I read that it was shaped with cotton instead of saran wrap. It’s an Autumn 2017 harvest. The liquor is a pretty deep reddish brown color. By the third infusion, the tight Dragonball had broken up completely. It is floral but not perfumey at all (good hehe), has honey and molasses aroma and taste, some malt, sweet potato, and brown sugar. It’s a medium bodied tea but it has a pretty thick mouthfeel and a very sweet after-taste. It’s a nice on-the-go type of treat… Small, compact, good flavor.
Yixing gaiwan, 8g, 212°F, 110ml, rinse, 6 steeps: 10s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s (flavor drop)
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
Thank you Derk for this good couple cups of tea :D
Busy day yesterday and I got to try this and it was a really good brew. Not going to go into it, Derk has a good review on it. I had oversteeped it both times. I had meant to follow Derk’s exact directions o.O but got involved in work… However, even with my horrible attention span, it was still delicious. :D
Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Malt, Spices, Sweet
I got my YS package today. :)
The dry leaves are dark, long, twisted, whole leaves. It has a roasted nuts aroma, along with a floral aroma, some sweet tobacco. The taste of the early infusions had hints of sweet tobacco, earthiness, floral, borderline perfumey. As it progressed the earthiness toned down, roasted nuts emerged more, peanuts especially. I really liked it in the later infusions, less earthy, more minerals, more roasted nuts, less perfumey, some raisins, sugarcane, fruits, peanuts. There was very little smoke, it was more a toasted, roasted taste with a lot of honey sweetness, fruity sweetness, and lots of flavor. Bold, but balanced, clean. Overall, it’s sweet, roasty, and minerally has a super soft mouthfeel, and a long sweet minerally finish. No bitterness, a little dryness but it adds to it.
Do I like this better than the Wild Da Hong Pao Spring 2018? Nope… It’s less nutty, fewer cocoa notes and more floral. Is it a good Da Hong Pao? Yes, no question.
7g, 212°F, 130ml, rinse, 11 steeps: 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 1m5s, 1m15s, 1m30s, 2m.
Flavors: Earth, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Mineral, Nuts, Nutty, Peanut, Raisins, Roast nuts, Roasted, Sugarcane, Sweet, Toasty, Tobacco
Last free sample. I wonder why companies give samples of their so-so teas instead of their good teas (like Paris was good, didn’t write a note on that yet). You would think if you want to get someone hooked, you send them a good one. Hmm…
This was an average tea. Not horrible or anything. Some malt, plums, raisins, sweetness.
For the past couple of hours, it’s been crazy around here. There was someone throwing furniture and lots of running around above me. It started a little before 3 am. I was up, of course. Then I heard serious screaming of calls for help. So I called for help. It took the cops a long time to arrive, they brought like 7 cars and an ambulance. One hour of pure screaming and terror from above. She said he was beating her up and her dog. She was throwing up over and over. From my porch outside, I was screaming up to her to hang on, she was on her porch screaming for help… Etc. Crazy night.
Flavors: Malt, Plums, Raisins, Sweet
Hmm… Got this as a sample when I ordered Paris and a stump teapot. I never had Chamomile tea before. I don’t know what a good or bad one tastes like… It’s not bad at all but it’s very odd. Kind of like a spicy flower while sipping, then a strange & curious aftertaste. Really strange. I am reluctant to rate it since I have literally zero experience but for the purposes of possibly needing something to help me sleep in the future… It’s known to help with sleeping and supposed to be super calming, I’m going to rate it “70” so I’ll know that it wasn’t disgusting and I could buy it lol.
In other news, Civilization 6 came out with an expansion so I’m spending some time playing it, and I’m still working on getting my cupboard down some without buying too many new teas, hehe. I should be getting my YS package soon (after a 2.5+ month wait, it finally made it to USA. I was unlucky this time around, usually never takes that long.) so I’m looking forward to that. I log my tea in the cupboard when I order it (vs when I receive it). I also put in all my tea-swaps in there. How do you all do it? :)
Flavors: Floral, Spices, Sweet
Happy Valentines Day all ❤️
Thank you Derk :D for this sample. This has been on my wishlist for a very long time. Like many of my wishlist items, it was a tea that is long gone (at least for now) and the likelihood of being able to try it is also long gone. I was so delighted to get this that I just wanted to keep the sample of it for as long as I can… Maybe just frame it. lol
There are a few really great and thorough reviews on this tea. It is such a complex tea. I enjoyed reading them all. First thought after taking my first sip or two… This is Yunnan black tea? Did I grab the wrong one? Started out woodsy, citrusy, fruity, stonefruits, slightly floral, orchid. For an infusion or two, early on, it reminded me of a sheng I like. It was unique in its taste because it just didn’t taste like any of the Yunnan black teas I’ve tried (note: I don’t have a lot of experience with black tea. Thankfully someone else far more experienced said that too.) But this “Sheng” taste went away, it’s so complex that when I thought I somewhat understood the taste profile, it morphed into something else. Just as tasty, but different. There were berries, fruits, honey, clove, spices, and later some minerals, sweetness versus perfect tart notes here and there. In the long infusions, in the end, I got the malt, the sweet potatoes, the brown toast, the caramel along with the citrus and berries notes that were still there. Ah! I didn’t grab the wrong sample after all :).
So yeah, this was quite a journey. It lasted throughout the whole day. I look forward to trying it again if it ever becomes available. So, for now, my first impression is that it is a wonderfully complex and tasty wildcrafted black tea. I’d like to try it all the different ways as well.
3g, 110ml, 205F, rinse, 10 steeps, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s, 2m, 3m, 5m.
Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Cloves, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Malt, petrichor, Spices, Stonefruits, Sweet Potatoes, Toast, Wood