268 Tasting Notes
Thank you so much for this sample, Nina’s Paris! This tea smells wonderful and the taste delivers! Like the other Nina’s teas I’ve tried, the flavors are well executed and perfectly understated without seeming weak. How do they do that? Along with the black tea base, this tea is all tart strawberry with a creaminess from the vanilla. It reminds me a bit of strawberries romanoff. This tea does dry out my mouth more than I’d like, but that’s really the only criticism I have. Tea of the angels indeed :-).
Flavors: Cream, Strawberry
This is so different than the Planter’s Pride Darjeeling I had the other day…maybe that one was a first flush? There was no info on the package :-(. Anyway, this tea has a much heavier and more savory taste to it. It’s got a nutty quality to it with some citrus highlights at the end. Bonus though, it’s not astringent at all. I am really enjoying darjeelings lately and this is no exception. I expected it to be a bit lighter, but maybe it’s a good transition tea to sip on while I wait for my jambalaya to finish simmering. There’s no light flavors in jambalaya, y’all! Thank you for including this in our swap, Cheri, and also Happy Birthday!!
Also, I went rogue with my preparation and declined to follow the instructions to use boiling water thanks to the fine tea education I’m getting from all you lovely Steepster-ites :-)
Flavors: Citrusy, Nutty
I got some of this with my DT order last night and immediately set some up to cold brew. I love cold brewed tea, but can I just say that sometimes it SUCKS to have to wait that long? Especially with this one because it is my favorite tea to cold brew. It’s super refreshing and I like that it has a white tea base. It adds a dimension that I very much enjoy. Also, this is one of the rare super fruity blends that does not have hibiscus so it is light, naturally sweet, and you really get to taste all the different fruit. I mean, I don’t actually mind hibiscus but it does have a way of taking over the taste. In conclusion, why did I not buy more of this?? Because of the huge chunks of fruit, 50 g is actually not that much at all :-(
I’m bumping the rating on this one.
I just got my first perfect mug today! I’m brewing some Bamboozled in it for its inaugural run while I make some tea cup candles (not in my perfect mug, obviously) to give to my grandma for her birthday. Check it out:
How cute are those whales? Major points for cuteness. The mug is a nice size too…about 12 oz I think. The infuser basket is HUGE, so there’s plenty of room for your tea to grow :-). I love this mug. The only slight detraction was that when I washed the infuser, the plastic bristles from my scrub brush kept catching in the holes. Not a big deal though.
Also, I’m dying to try out my new tea pot and cups, also from David’s Tea. Who wants to come over for some tea? :-)
This is another gift from my friend, Lucky :-). I like this tea a lot. Unfortunately, there’s no information on the package other than that it is a darjeeling. I haven’t had one in a while, but I feel like darjeeling is a good summer tea. It’s fruity, sweet, light, and fresh. To me, it tastes like mountain air. There is an astringency at the end, but that’s the only downside for me. It’s not too overwhelming, so I’d gladly drink a lot more of this tea. Good thing because I have 100g of it!
I wanted some caffeine free tea after I got back from a wine wednesday at a friend’s place. I picked this one because parts of the packaging are written in greek and I kind of love foreign things. I also love Greek things, like especially their food but also their mythology. And also, you know, thanks for geometry and democracy and all that. But I digress. I’ve never had a saffron tea, but I do enjoy it in rice and paella! To me the citrus notes stand out in this tea but there is an “otherness” lurking in the background that mellows everything out. I guess this is what saffron tea tastes like? I’m not a huge fan of citrus, but I am enjoying this tisane. Thanks for the very interesting addition, Miss B!
I just have time for a quick review of this tea before my meeting that starts in 3 minutes. I drank this while finishing my presentation for said meeting, which completed 15 minutes ago because I live in the land of procrastination where I rule as queen. Anyway, at first sniff I was like “Holy mint monkeys!”, but the taste was much more tame. It was pretty much exactly as you’d expect? Chocolate, mint, tea. It left a funny taste in my mouth, but that could have been adrenaline from trying to beat my deadline. I’d have to say in the rankings of chocolate mint tea, it’d have to go:
1. Read my lips- DT
2. Chocolate mint- H&S
3. Chocolate mint- S&V
This was my first S&V tea though! Thanks Miss B for putting it in the grab bag!
This is another tea my friend brought me from India and this one is WEIRD. It tastes nothing like the Masala ‘Spice’ Tea by Planter’s Pride that he brought me, yet this is also a masala tea? The Planter’s Pride one was GOOD and is my favorite tea with spice that is chai-like. That’s kind of confusing. What I mean is that I kind of place that one in the chai category and it wins that category by a landslide, but I don’t think it’s technically a chai.
This one seriously tastes like all the spices you put in pumpkin pie, but instead of pumpkin there is orange. It’s weird and super strong even though I brewed it for the “regular” strength amount of time. This was fun to try because it surprised me, but it’s not my favorite.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange
This tea came as part of the grab bag of awesomeness that I got from Miss B. I was excited to try a Whispering PInes tea since there are so many WP fangirls on Steepster! When I opened up the pouch, omg it smelled like smoke. I’m not really a fan of smoky teas but I thought I’d try it anyway. Taste-wise, the smoke really dominates so this tea is not really for me. Underneath the smoke, I feel like this tea is pleasant and roasty but I can’t really tell because the smoke just lingers and takes over. I have two more WP blends that I’m excited to try though:-)
This is a great after dinner tea. It might keep me up, but I need to be up working anyway. I’m not much for green tea, but I really like it like this, in combination with mint. I had a Moroccan Mint for the first time at a little coffee shop in Bethesda a couple of weekends ago. There, I had it iced, which I highly recommend. This one by Teavana is pretty similar from what I remember. I like how the green tea grounds the mint and gives it more dimension and I like how the mint is super refreshing. That is all :-) Thanks, carol who for sending this to me!