New Tasting Notes
Here is a tea I picked up at the Portland Saturday Market in March of 2017 when I was on vacation in Portland with a friend. I had a blast that day; it’s like a farmer’s market on steroids! Nil Organic Tea was a tea vendor booth I found there, that makes their own tea blends using organic ingredients. This was one of the sampler teas they had at their booth, prepared iced, and I enjoyed the flavor and had made it my goal to learn to make iced tea that summer so I picked it up. Note I grabbed their herbal blend of this tea; something notable about this company is they offer herbal and tea versions of most of their blends!
My most hated tea I’ve tried to date has been Traditional Medicinals bagged raspberry leaf tea, but I actually really enjoy this tea, and it is very raspberry leaf-heavy! It does have some noticeable grassy flavor notes in the base from that ingredient, but since this tea uses a lot of (trigger warning, I’m about to use the dreaded h-word here on Steepster!) hibiscus petals, it has a very tart and tangy flavor that helps me out a lot when it comes to tolerating the raspberry leaf (and I’m really in need of it right now for some hormonal health issues). The tea also has some nice citrusy lime notes, but they aren’t overwhelming like the Lime Pistachio tea from Fusion Teas that I tried not long ago… here the lime is blended in with the fruit punch hibiscus flavor and the grassiness of the raspberry leaf so it feels more like a cohesive lime fruit punch.
Over the last year I’ve tried this tea warm, warm brewed and then chilled, made into tea pops, and cold brewed, with varying levels of success. To me, the flavor profile just doesn’t really work for me as a hot tea, and I find it has a nice, full flavor when prepared iced both prepared warm and then chilled or simply cold brewed from the start, so now I opt to just cold brew it for an easy batch of lime-flavored fruity tea that helps me get that raspberry leaf down. The tea pops weren’t a bad way to go either, but I haven’t figured out the proper way to sweeten them yet, and when I make it as iced tea, I find I don’t even need to add sweetener, since my tongue takes those tart n’ tangy flavors like a champ. As a popsicle, it just seemed strange without some sweetness. With a bit of practice I’m sure I’ll figure out the proper sweetener-to-tea ratios before freezing, though.
This is a refreshing iced tea and I’m sure I’ll be finishing it off this summer. It’s quite the testament that it manages to make raspberry leaf palatable for me!
Flavors: Citrus, Fruit Punch, Grass, Hibiscus, Lime, Tangy, Tart
Made this for a family member since I had an sample packet leftover from an old order. I remembered that they liked this one when they tried a sample of it iced in stores. I didn’t care for it at the time. This time I made it hot and there were no additives in it.
I tried a few sips because I’ve been craving fruity teas lately and Lemon even though I used to be pretty picky I’m getting less and less regarding fruity teas. It seems that I really need to order some more since my cupboard doesn’t have much fruit flavored teas. I feel like I still have too many teas though to order yet even though a fair amount are samples.
This time trying it hot for the first time It really fits the name, The yogurt notes and rhubarb come through strong. This reminds me of the Rhubarb Cheesecake I made last year for my mother’s Birthday except less sweet of course. There are some soapy notes as well though which is unfortunate. Perhaps I steeped it a bit too long. I’m slightly wishing that this cup was mine to drink now but still ended up giving it to the family member. I remember the other sample packet I had of this ended up down the sink after a few sips. Now I have no more samples of this. It’s funny how your taste buds change and adapt/expand. I finally see why a lot of people like this one. This tea will sit at the current rating because I would have to try a few more cups of this to really get a good test of how much I like this tea. It came up from a 5 to a 54 though which is a lot.
Flavors: Cheesecake, Rhubarb, Tangy, Tart, Yogurt
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Flavors: Mineral, Wet Earth, Wet Wood, Wood
Unlike a lot of the teas I go for, this tea is by no means assertive or flashy. It is, however, thick, durable, and a pretty consistent qi bomb. The flavor is tough to pin down; maybe a hair alkaline, but mostly juicy, sweet, and without a hint of bitterness. It can be finicky, though; if you steep it aggressively, it’ll get really astringent really fast. So long as you can keep that in check, you’ll be rewarded with an excellent, long session that’s all but guaranteed to leave you in a state of blissed-out relaxation. I’ve seriously brewed this tea to calm my wife down from a panic attack before.
I’ve owned two cakes of this for a while, but it’s taken me some time to get around to reviewing it. This is up there with Last Thoughts and Treachery of Storytelling for me, and I’m very fortunate to have it in my collection.
This tea cold steeped and served over ice with some cream….. SO dreamy! Warm weather and a cup of this tea iced screams summer to me. I think I either underleafed it or the tea has aged and lost some of it’s bang because it is slightly less intense than I recall. Either way I think I can solve the issue the same way I solve a lot of issues: ADD MORE TEA!
Every time I revisit this one I am impressed and yet I don’t reach for it often so rather than letting it grow old(er) in my cupboard, this is going somewhere it will be truly appreciated…Sil’s cupboard.
This cup is malty and rich with sweet pastry notes. Blueberry is also present, of course, and very reminiscent of homemade blueberry pie filling (well I guess danish filling). Cream cheese doesn’t come through as clearly for me but tbh I don’t miss it. This really is good and if my cupboard was smaller I would happily keep it and sip away but this has sat for so long already and I know it will be forever before I grab it again. Better it go somewhere to be enjoyed while it is still fresh…ish.
So This tea is a bit of a sad sip down but shouldn’t be. The cherry comes across as cough syrup like in this blend and is very strong. I’ve been sipping on my bag of this so much that I’ve come to reach for it. That’s probably because green teas are my favorite and I haven’t had a good green tea in ages it seems like because I currently have tons of black teas. Since I wanted to branch out. The very slim to none green teas I have are unopened and so I’ve been saving them till my cupboard shrinks down a ton. I never did get to try this iced which was disappointing because I forgot to cold brew some. I definitely would like to try some more cherry blossom green teas in the future.
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person on steepster who favors green teas more than any other variety.
Flavors: Artificial, Cherry, Floral, Toasty
It has happened! I have sipped this down. This morning. Its all gone.
I feel both jubilant (it was a pound of the stuff), and sad (its one of my favorites!)
It won’t be gone forever, thats for sure, but for now its a sipdown.
I really am going to need to buy some new teas soon. My cupboard is getting amazingly small.
Milk, caramel and sweetness are dominant, you can barely taste the black tea. Not actually bad and it really brings the proper chai to mind, but could use more of the tea component.
But if dissolved not in water, but in previously brewed black tea, it becomes much more interesting, more rich and complex. I suggest this way of preparing.
Flavors: Caramel, Milk, Spices, Sweat
First to write a note on this? Unbelievable.
I tried to fix the picture but I couldn’t. (Why? I tried several different ways and all I can get is more images farther down the page.)
I wasn’t sure I’d like this one from the smell of the dry leaf. It has no sweetness in the dry leaf aroma and a rather ashy fragrance that usually spells dislike for me with lapsangs.
But you can’t judge a book and all that. The aroma of the steeped tea is quite different — sweet, molasses-like, leafy and tree-like, with a lot of depth and surprisingly little smoke. The smoke is really verging on not there at all, except in the aftertaste and fortunately it doesn’t add bitterness to the lingering flavor. The liquor is dark amber with a reddish tinge and clear.
The flavor has a quality that reminds me of black coffee, but not as bitter. The smoke, molasses, and tree are all there in the flavor as well in pretty much the same way they were in the aroma. Thankfully there’s no ash, no meat, and no resin (though if you like those things in a lapsang, I guess that’s not a plus).
I’m torn because I think this is great compared to others I’ve had recently, but that’s because it departs from qualities I associate with lapsang that make me view it as a once in a while thing. If this is the sort of flavor Churchill prized, I can see why he drank lapsang daily.
I haven’t had the Samovar in a long time. I rated that one 90 as well, so I think I should taste it again sometime soon and see if adjustments are warranted.
But it makes it a bit easier to decide which is the next sipdown candidate in project lapsang sipdown. It won’t be this one.
Flavors: Coffee, Molasses, Plants, Smoke
I went to my local DT yesterday and they had 100g tins of this tea on clearance. It’s not great in my opinion. It has a very mild flavour. The taste kind of reminds me of cereals that have those bits of freeze dried strawberries in them! It’s not bad, just kind of lacking flavour. I had it hot the first time, and I see a lot of people try it iced. So I made it iced today and it’s still just ok. Will not be rebuying this if it comes back this year.
Flavors: Rooibos, Strawberry
I liked this one more than I expected to from the smell of the dry leaf.
It has a strange, papery smell in the tin, but that doesn’t carry over (much) into the steeped tea, which is a reddish brown and translucent.
The flavor is rather more subtle than I would like, but it’s tasty. I get a nutty, caramel/toffee flavor from this that approaches, but doesn’t quite become brittle. There’s not enough nut, and not enough overall oomph to get it there.
I generally count lots of points off for teas that don’t live up to their names, so I feel constrained to do that here. But like the Leland Pear Caramel, the tea is better in an absolute sense than my rating suggests. It’s totally pleasant to drink, it just doesn’t taste like Cream and Nut Brittle to me.
Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Paper, Toffee
I had this as an iced tea yesterday! I bought just enough of a sample to try it and it was delicious. I steeped it for a long time! This tea had a very strong coconut and mango flavour with a slight spicy flavour at the end of each sip. I’ve never had tumeric before so I don’t know if I can taste it or not. It was very sweet without adding anything to it. I really enjoyed it and will be stocking up for the summer! I can see this one being a go to tea for sure!!!
Flavors: Black Pepper, Coconut, Mango, Pineapple
I have never tried this tea hot. I always have it cold when I don’t have time to make my own tisane. A tablespoon with about 2 liters of water is wonderfully refreshing and delicious. I think this is the best one out of 3 similar teas blends I tried. I continue filling up the pitcher with water and it gets weaker, but the longer it has to infuse the better, so it is best to start overnight.
Flavors: Apple, Strawberry
Good afternoon, folks!
This is my attempt to get back into the tea reviewing business….I might stop by more often now…I’ll do my best. Life gets pretty complicated at times. xD
Today’s tea of choice is “Aged Puerh, 10 yr. old shou” via Tea Swap from a long while back. I’m finally getting to the sample drawer (I’ve mostly been drinking the teas I like the least at work, so it makes things difficult for me to rate anything fairly, I suppose).
This one has a slight ‘Indian spice’ with the creaminess of the flavor. It has a thick body, which is pretty consistent throughout the session. I managed to get about 10 steeps from the leaf before I grew bored with the same flavor….However, it was definitely an interesting tea overall.
This tea, which I’m finally finishing today, is from the 2016 harvest. It might not be the most refined dragonwell out there, but I really enjoyed it, especially when slurped from a mug while working. I brewed it Western style: about 4 g of leaf in a 355 ml mug for 1:20, 2:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 8:00 minutes.
The first steep has notes of chestnuts, beans, peas, Brussels sprouts, umami, and a hint of cherry. The chestnut sweetness is balanced nicely with the vegetal bite. I could have gone with a one-minute infusion, as the liquor was slightly astringent.
In the second steep, the cherry is more prominent, and, as another reviewer mentioned, has kind of a cough-syrup-like quality. This flavour profile persists over the next couple steeps. As one would expect, the final steep was a lot less nuanced and more vegetal.
This was a nice, easy-drinking dragonwell that had an extra something special due to the hint of cherry. I’d gladly purchase it again.
Flavors: Beany, Cherry, Chestnut, Garden Peas, Nutty, Umami, Vegetal