149 Tasting Notes
This is a tea I have been using since a while now, and it seems I just have one more cup left. I bought it in a small tea shop in Pau, France (where I used to live), and cf another tea I bought there, I assume its origin is Dammann Frères as somebody on Steepster said it could well be.
In another tasting note I wrote that I´m quite fussy about orange flavoured teas. Nothing seems to come close to the taste of a real orange, and I don´t like it to overwhelmingly smell/taste as orange zest either. I love fresh oranges (and anything that comes close, like a good clementine), but a blood orange is really the top. The extra acidity of a good blood orange makes it so refreshing (as a matter of fact, when I juice oranges which are rather sweet I tend to add a lemon or a grapefruit to get the acidity up), in my opinion.
I bought the tea for it being blood orange flavoured, and although its original aroma´s have gone, this can still be noticed when brewing the black tea : it´s primarily a black tea, with the blood orange acidity coming through in the finish. Another positive note : there´s nothing artificial about the flavour. I really should try to get another bag or tin of this tea, to refresh my observations about the tea. So long, one more cup to go ;-)
Flavors: Blood orange, Tea
A lot of people adore the combination of orange with let´s say chocolate (my brother is a big fan of Pim´s Cakes, for instance), or vanilla, and that´s great, but according to me no combination is as good as …a simple orange itself! Needless to say, I´ve encountered very few orange teas I really like. This 75% green tea (with white tea completing the blend) might be one I can enjoy more than once ;-) …and it truly smells like when peeling a ripe orange!
From Bruu´s website :
What it is? A premium blend with the aroma combination of oranges and vanilla. Deep red rose buds, bright carrot shreds and golden orange triangles will lighten up your day.
Why we love it : Teas have been selected very cleverly to create a subtle blend here. We’re pleased with this one, we think you will be too.
Where it’s from : Green tea from Kawane, Japan. Located on the mountainside on the upper stream of Oi river, Kawane is famous for producing refined, deep-steamed Sencha (green tea). Around this area, there is a nostalgic steam locomotive that still operates on the Oigawa Railway. Take the train to see the huge tea plantation from aboard, or get off the train to capture the lush scenery of this tea plantation as a backdrop to the whimsical black locomotive. Surrounded in mountains, Kawane features no shortage of unforgettable natural scenery.
How our drink hits the senses : Imagine the scent you get when you peel a ripe, juicy orange.
The taste journey : A taste with sweet notes and a special finish. A real pleasure without caffeine.
Flavors: Orange, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest
This was actually a tea included in my first month´s Bruu tea subscription, but one way or another, I took it on holidays with me, forgot to taste it, travelled back with it…and so, almost 6 months later, I finally drank it. It´s a very easy drinking tea, fruity (in a tropical way even : mango!) and light. So, its name is definitely a good pick.
What Bruu themselves say about the tea :
What it is? A harmonious premium gourmet blend of green and white – a real Spring-time delight, all year round.
Why we love it : The scents from the initial opening become more prominent in the steeping stage. A desirable green with fruity kicks throughout. The palate is teased by a fruity, nippy aroma composition that makes this tea blend a real speciality. The combination of the different fruits flatters the smooth, fresh taste of the tea.
Where it’s from : Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The region has a long history of volcanic activity with eleven still active, such that much of the land throughout Kagoshima has been covered in a layer of volcanic ash known as “shirasu” (in Japanese). This ash helps produce soil that is exceptionally rich in minerals.
How our drink hits the senses : The scents from the initial opening become more prominent, a real fresh green and white mix that is reminding us that summer is coming!
The taste journey : A desirable green with fruity kicks throughout – a harmonious blend.
Flavors: Green, Mango
The first time I bought teas from The Capsoul, I must admit the beautiful tins were part of its charm. So far, the teas inside haven´t really been overwhelming me, but this is a nice surprise! I´m more of a black tea fan, so green teas often seem grassy and weak to me. However, the addition of jasmine flowers and flavourings, and of mint, bring out the essence of the green tea! Jasmine and mint tend to overwhelm, but this isn´t the case here : jasmine is everywhere in nose – both for the dry loose leaf tea as for the brewed tea – and is very subtle in mouth, while the mint only shows itself in the aftertaste. I could drink this tea all day, so balanced it is. The only draw-back is the very fine cut of the tea leaves, which makes it necessary to filter the liquid before drinking.
Flavors: Green, Jasmine, Mint
From my Bruu tea subscription a couple of months ago. I need to make sure I write a review before the sample is finished!
What Bruu writes about this tea :
This extraordinary blend of black tea with a portion of green tea enjoys great popularity. This tea is not only strikingly decorated, the selected ingredients unite to create a completely new taste experience: the sweet papaya interacts harmoniously with the fine tartness of the intensely red, shining rose hip peel.
What it is? Magic Moon is an aesthetically pleasing tea, with generous cubes of sweet papaya combined with rose-hip peel.
Why we love it? The selected ingredients unite to create a completely new taste experience. The sweet papaya interacts harmoniously with the fine tartness of the intensely red, shining rose hip peel. a unique taste sensation. Simply magical!
Where it’s from? Assam Green and Black Tea, India. In Assam’s subtropical conditions, the plants suffer for nothing, least of all water: Assam is one of the wettest places on the planet. In the tropical moisture, the tea bushes draw from the rich, alluvial soil to generate thick, big leaves from May through June. In the humid air, tea makers have to rush to process the tea.
How our drink hits the senses? The crisp sweet and fruity, refreshing smells hit the senses as soon as you open the pack, there is no saving this tea for later it smells just too good!
The taste journey : Bursting with fruity flavours of select, high quality, exotic but also popular domestic fruits. Each sip makes you quickly take another and another and before you know it you’re BRUUing another pot.
This is primarily a black tea, but a bit of green tea and other – sweet – additions make this a very easy drinking tea for all to enjoy. I cannot really say there´s papaya in the blend, but the warning “contains sugar” is easy to understand when drinking the tea. Lovely to see, lovely to smell, lovely to drink, not giving any hard feelings at all, but I prefer my black teas more tea and less add-ons.
Flavors: Fruity, Sugar, Tea
When I returned to León (northern Spain) last year, I needed to return to the wonderful tea shop “La tienda del té” there as well. Apart from the pu erh caramelo belga I bought this other pu erh, recommended to me by the teashop´s owner.
In nose the orange is quite subtle, while the strawberry gives a gentle aroma. Once brewed, the aroma´s are less fruity and more biscuitty, and in mouth this pu erh is quite similar to the caramelo belga version, minus the caramel sweetness. I definitely prefer the caramelo belga pu erh, but this is a balanced and easy drinking afternoon tea.
Flavors: Cookie, Orange, Strawberry
12 days of (Christmas) tea (Tea Revv) – Day 5
What it says on Tea Revv´s website : A rooibos and fruit blend with sweet cinnamon, pear and apple. Try this Cinnabon as a lattea with hot frothed milk and a drop of Honey.
My experience : firstly, this is a rooibos based tea, so not that easy to drink when using a ceramic filter for the loose tea (the rooibos goes straight through the holes of the filter); the dry loose tea doesn´t have a nice smell, more like an artificial wine flavour coming through. Fortunately, this changes – for the better – when steeped : it reminds me of pears prepared in wine, with some cinnamon…a dessert I really like. In mouth I cannot find the pear anymore, it´s a kind of mulled wine taste according to me. Not bad, and certainly in line with the season, but lacking elegance. Although Tea Revv recommends drinking this tea with milk, I cannot really see its interest.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pear, Red Wine, Wood
12 days of (Christmas) tea (Tea Revv) – Day 4
“Tea and biscuits in one! A black tea with a sweet honey and maple cookie taste, blooming with rose, jasmine and cornflower petals. Try this one as a lattea with hot frothed milk.” Tea Revv describes its Cookie tea blend like this.
As far as I am concerned, it might have worked as a lattea, but I hate milk in my coffee or my tea, so it comes down to the blend for me, and that hasn´t been a huge success, I´m afraid. I don´t associate the aroma´s with a cookie, and neither does the taste indicates anything biscuit-like. Especially in nose it makes me think of a grog, and not exactly one made with the best alcohol. That´s also the smell that lingers on in the mug after having drunk the tea.
Well, hopefully back to something better tomorrow…
Flavors: Alcohol, Spices
I remember buying apple tea when I went for a long weekend (coinciding with the European Championships basketball, in September 2001 : because Turkey ended up playing the final, it was almost impossible to get tickets, but I managed to get one for the second semi final Yugoslavia-Spain because many Turkish fans left after the first semi-final) to Istanbul. I was offered apple tea whenever I visited a market, and ended up buying a huge sample to take home. It was a type of soluble tea, which I admit tasted much better in Turkey than it did when I prepared it at home ;-) … but here Bruu has sent me a tea called “Turkish apple” and I was kind of expecting what I first discovered in 2001. Nothing further from the truth, I think…this is primarily a real dried fruit based infusion, and it needs more than 10´of steeping, but it then is possibly the best fruit infusion I ever had! Fruity, but nothing overly sweet, elegant both in nose and mouth, a bit tending towards a sparkling wine sort of experience, without the alcohol, and with a balanced little acidic touch to it…great!
Bruu says : The finest West Indian lemon grass, sweet apple pieces grown and dried in the hot Turkish sun with succulent latin American pineapple. It is a soothing hot beverage during cold winter months and a refreshing thirst quencher in the summer when served over ice.
I´m not sure whether there will still be sample left to get to summer and try the iced version ;-)
Flavors: Apple, Champagne, Floral
12 days of (Christmas) tea (Tea Revv) – Day 3
Today´s tea is a very traditional Christmas blend called Christmas Spice…and although I´m not a huge fan of chai and other very spiced tea blends, I could really appreciate this one : when opening the pouch, it smelled like “peperkoek”, a typical Belgian type of cake we have for Saint-Nicholas day on 6th December. I had some the other day with coffee, mmm.
So, this tea then : it smells really great, “peperkoek” entirely. A while back, I bought a tea called Biscottea from Bruu, which has a very similar smell; and it also tastes great, peppery spicy without overdoing the sweetness or the cinnamon-like touches to it. This tea performs a bit worse in mouth : it seems like a de-theine-ated ;-) version of Biscottea, lacking some of the peppery spiciness it truly shows in nose. But even then, it´s still a very balanced brew, which I wouldn´t mind repeating some day…
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Cookie, Pepper, Spicy, Sweet, Tea