New Tasting Notes
Although this one was quite chocolaty, I found it has a sharp taste (I’m guessing from the mushrooms) that I did not enjoy. It’s a good thing I had a sample of this to try, because I was just about to buy myself 50g of this tea. I find there’s other detox teas by Davids Tea that I would choose to drink over this one. It did taste a little bit better with milk and sugar… maybe a little less steeping time next sample.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Mushrooms
Received a sample of this in December’s Sipsby box. It’s a lovely, delicate white tea. I steeped gongfu style. The first steep at 10 seconds was very subtle and grassy. Further in the tea seemed to open up, with notes of honey and hay. In total, I was able to get about 5 good steeps from this tea.
Flavors: Grass, Hay, Honey
I found this at my local grocery store. Didn’t know
Much about it as the label is in German. I’m pretty sure it’s from Rwanda and it is fair trade. My favorite Tea is black tea. But not this one. This one is just not good. Also I think the packaging is terrible. Doesn’t keep Tea fresh at all
I am drinking this gongfu style for the first time out of my new cup… which I am also drinking out of for the first time (found here: https://yunnansourcing.com/products/pure-silver-999-and-hardwood-cup-30ml ). I’ve had my eye on that cup for a while. It is just so pretty. It reminds me of a coconut. I don’t know how much of a flavor impact the silver has but I feel happier using it because of the aesthetics. ¯\(ツ)/¯
Back to the tea. This tea is reallllly good. It has a wonderful roast on it without being char or ashy. It is more like a caramelized flavor that comes through. My tea book club will be meeting next week to discuss Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and so this is one of the teas I picked to pair. It is not disappointing.
There are a lot of flavors going on here. I’m picking out roasted coffee, caramel, mineral, malt, and some fruit. Goes strong for at least 4 or 5 steeps. This is an overall really solid dark roasted wulong tea. If you are looking for a bash you over the head roast, this might not satisfy that desire. But I would (and soon will) gladly introduce more novice drinkers to this style using this tea.
Flavors: Caramel, Coffee, Malt, Mineral, Roasted, Stonefruits
I have this tea as “Toasted Almond Cookie” by Par Avion Tea; it is sourced from TeaGuys. TeaGuys used to have it as “Toasted Almond Cookie” with the same blend ingredients that are listed on my tin (this was gifted to me in December of 2017, but who knows how long the little knick-knack shop my friend found it at had it before that!), but TeaGuys has since renamed the blend to “Vanilla Almond Coconut” and changed the blend ingredients a bit. I’ve noticed this quite a bit on several of these old TeaGuys blends I’ve had in these Par Avion Tea tins. This just happens to be the OG version of the tea! (Hopefully the coconut isn’t bleh, but I’ll know soon enough. Honestly, I don’t even see any in the leaf, despite it being listed in the ingredients… another thing I’ve noticed about these Par Avion repackages… I almost wonder if they got the… uh… rejects from the TeaGuys factory or something, because several of the other tins have been like that, missing flower petals or having them in when the ingredients don’t list them, weird things like that…)
The steeped black tea smells quite malty; the aroma doesn’t smell all that different from a breakfast tea to me. There is maybe a touch of graham cracker to the aroma? The flavor… The black tea is at least quite smooth and not leaving any astringency, but I’m not really getting any real flavor. A touch of small cinnamon toward the end of the sip, with a slight candied sweetness to it rather than a spicy note, but I’m not getting any nuttiness/almond flavor. Maybe a very subtle marzipan-like flavoring? But it is quite subtle. And definitely no coconut (I really don’t think there is any coconut in this leaf at all). All in all, a completely forgetable cup and I’ll be happy when it is sipped down.
Flavors: Artificial, Cinnamon, Graham, Malt, Marzipan, Smooth, Sweet
Grandpa, 3 grams for 350 ml of water.
Nice oolong (and my first roasted). I really had promised pear notes; roasted and smooth taste – maybe bit of liquorce or genmaicha?
I like its smooth taste, no astringency; bit sweet as well.
Flavors: Licorice, Pear, Pecan, Roasted
1.25 tsp for 250mL water 100C, steeped 4 minutes 30 seconds, drunk bare.
Dry leaf: lots of long and wiry brown leaves, small dark copper leaves, a few flecks of dull green. Aroma: toast , earth.
Wet leaf: brown, bright copper, dark green. Aroma: Ceylon copper.
Liquor: very dark reddish brown.
A touch bitter, but I did oversteep — I got interrupted in my timing. That said, this is a strong and heavier-bodied tea. The bitterness seems to be from the Keemun, as there’s a touch of smoke to it. The Yunnan is malty and sweet, and the Ceylon gives brightness and heft. Potent and delicious.
This came in my January Sips by box. I think it’s my third by Fava Teas? I’ve liked them all so far.
First of all, this tea smells so wonderful. Such a festive and spiced citrus aroma! There are so many goodies mixed in. Big pieces of dried orange, pretty pink peppercorns, whole cloves and cardamom pods, and a generous amount of cinnamon chips.
It brews up to a dark reddish brown and smells sweet like Christmas. Upon first sip, I notice an unexpected creamy vanilla note. Oooh. The vanilla is followed by bright, sunny orange, then spices. The spices all sort of blend together, with cinnamon being the most noticeable. The clove and cardamom are there, but in the background. I didn’t see it in my sample, but I swear I also taste star anise. Or maybe allspice?
Basically, this tastes like a holiday dessert and I am here for it. Glad I got to try this.
EDIT: Cooled, this tastes like a spiced Creamcicle.
Sipdowns in 2019: 5
Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Clove, Cloves, Orange, Orange Zest
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Lemony and cakey, with a bit of creaminess, but I think I’d rather a different base tea. I’m getting a bit of astringency despite being pretty cautious with the infusion time. The flavouring is good though, and unlike others, I enjoy when lemongrass is included to amp up the lemony flavour. It works well for me.
12 Belated Teas of Christmas – #11
Drank this one “blind” – it tastes to me like an apple pie tea, complete with crust and delicious cinnamon. Actually – I just figured out what exactly it tastes like – a caramel apple blossom! I haven’t had Caramel Monkey Bread before, but I have to imagine that this is pretty true to the flavour. Honestly? I’m very impressed. This is really well- flavoured. It’s rare that I find a rooibos I actually want to drink, but this falls into that category. This isn’t any old cinnamon tea; the caramel really elevates it. Delicious.
Another review of same tea; just prepared it gong fu, 3 grams for 85 ml of water. Mulitple steepings, each for 30-40 seconds.
And it´s completely different! Finally I got jam notes, with slight of malt. Then malt is becoming stronger and jam weaker. Weaker jam – stronger citrus fruits after taste and smell.
Wonderful and complex tea!
P.S.: It has got probably good amount of caffeine – it woke me up a lot.
Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Jam, Malt
This looks like a steeper basket full of candy! Little tree sprinkles and chocolate chips. It smells very mocha like. Mellow candied coffee with chocolate undertones is what I get when sipping. I see little apple pieces, but don’t taste any in my cup. Perhaps they are just carriers of the added flavorings? I had a cup of this straight last night and enjoyed it, but decided to add creamer to this cup. It’s really enjoyable… probably in part because of all the sugar. The finish has a touch of bitterness lingering, but that is the same as coffee which this seeks to emulate. I’m not tasting the pepper, which I’d like to taste, but it’s still a pretty good cup. Decadent dessert in a cup!
Teabox… Thursday? Extra teabox tea this week, because I’m feeling in a hibi mood tonight and saw this single teabag I snagged from the Discovery Teabox. Thank you Skysamurai for organizing and all participants of the box!
So this is a hibi/rooibos blend with pomegranate and cranberry flavoring. Stash is one of those bagged tea companies that is pretty hit-or-miss for me… I love their hibiscus tea Apple Cinnamon Chamomile, but hated their Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea, so I imagine this could go either way for me. Perhaps the hibi will save it for me, or perhaps their pomegranate flavoring will be entirely unappealing to me again… or, if the scent I’m getting through the bag is anything to judge by, it could be the rooibos that will be the problem. I normally have no issues with medicinal notes from red rooibos, but this tea actually smells like cough syrup through the paper bag. Hmm.
Well, let’s steep and see…
The tea does have a strong tart, fruity aroma, but it does still smell a bit medicinal just from the aroma to me. The flavor is… yaaaa, I am definitely picking out that cough syrup note. It’s not horrible, but it is there. I honestly don’t get it from rooibos often, but I’m getting it from this one. Maybe there is something about the tart, fruity cranberry flavor paired with the rooibos that is bringing out that particular medicinal flavor note and really making it have those “black cherry cough syrup” vibes. If it didn’t have that rooibos base, this might have actually worked for me, because I think the hibi and cranberry flavor pair okay, and I’m really not making out the pomegranate flavor much.
I’ll finish the cup, and try to convince myself it’ll keep me from getting a sore throat/cough. But it is another miss for Stash for me, unfortunately.
Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Medicinal, Red Fruits, Rooibos, Tart
Wow. Super super silky Lishan.
The light to medium green leaves were tightly rolled into little balls. Some tea dust, nothing major. Some stems, nothing major. The wet leaves were highly aromatic: Floral, orchids, vineyards, cream, vegetal, umami.
The liquor was a very light, clear, yellowish-green color. I found it had a really great flavor profile that suits me. Light floral (not heavy at all), some mineral, umami, buttery, cream, steamed greens. The super silky, creamy texture, the rich body with very light floral notes that were long lasting, as was the natural sweet aftertaste. It continued to linger in my throat and back of my tongue. Throughout the infusions, no bitterness, light or no astringency, and remained silky smooth throughout. Sometimes some Lishan has sour notes at the end, this one didn’t at all.
6g, 190°F, 110ml, rinse, 9 steeps: 10s, 15s, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 120s
Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral, Smooth, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal
Ok, this is one from Sips by that I have been avoiding. I have a vague memory of trying plain mountain tea before and not liking it.
The tea itself is beautiful to look at. Fuzzy green budded stems mixed with whole yellow flowers. Petals and chamomiles stems. Lovely. Though the aroma doesn’t really appeal to me. I smell the chamomile, but it’s mostly covered by an odd minty herbal scent. And something that reminds me of apples that are starting to ferment.
I used 2 tablespoons and steeped them for 7 minutes, as the packet advised 5-10. It comes out to a medium yellowy green. There is a new sort of pungency to it that makes me a little nervous. Although, it doesn’t translate to the flavor. This mostly tastes like a disappointing chamomile. It doesn’t give me that clean, soothing feeling that pure chamomile does. There are apple notes and they’re ok, but this just isn’t what I want it to be.
Flavors: Apple, Floral, Flowers, Herbs, Mint
I rode my bike around town today and everything was fine until I got to the credit union to open a new account. I’m at the tail end of some kind of cold and just when I stepped into banker’s office, a coughing fit hit hard and I had to excuse myself from opening a new account today. Now my voice is all froggy again, so I’m having a cup of this because it does actually seem to placate and coat my angry throat.
Yeah, it smells and tastes a lot like licorice but I kind of like it — the sweetness is tolerable.
And there’s fennel. Strong enough to balance those cool aromas and flavors is a good hit of floral cinnamon. There’s also a kind of nutty aftertaste. Is that from the marshmallow root or slippery elm? I’ve not had either before.
This was a good night cap to sip on right after I took a shot of whiskey and laid down last night.