New Tasting Notes
I got a pot-sized bag of this tea in the mail with a tea cozy someone made for me so I made it even though I wasn’t very excited about it. It’s very bitter and needed a lot of milk to make it drinkable but was otherwise not very outstanding in any manner.
Great Taste Award winner of 2014, this heavy roasted oolong has been slowly fired over wood charcoal for 2-3 days, in order to give it distinct warming caramel and toasted notes, making it a perfect fire side beverage.
Flavors: Caramel, Toasted
Flavors: Citrus, Honey, Spices
This tastes just like DT’s Birthday cake, except they’ve added white chocolate chips. I can’t taste anything resembling white chocolate, but it is still a good blend. I don’t normally drink teas with dairy in it, but since I received this sample in a tea exchange and didn’t buy it myself, I figured I might as well use it up. Considering I can’t taste the white chocolate, it seem to me an unnecessary ingredient.
As for the flavour, it resembles caramel, cake frosting, and vanilla. It definitely is very palatable by itself, but it also does well as a latte. I have one more cup’s worth of leaf left (~1 tsp) and will probably drink it tonight to accomplish today’s sipdown goal.
This blend is safe for those who dislike rooibos. The honeybush is pleasant and not woody.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Frosting, Sweet
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet
O Teas got the aroma of Santa’s Helper bang on! It smells like a spiced Xmas Yankee candle! Smells. So. Good. Unfortunately, the flavour isn’t as glorious, tasting much like a standard malty black tea with a spoon of cinnamon dolloped in. It doesn’t taste bad, in fact it may even taste good, but it’s not particularly complex, nor does it match fabulous the aroma.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Malt, Spices
i have maybe one more cup of this. I brewed this one up as we had a fatbike adventure to go on this afternoon and i haven’t been riding in forever. I wanted something warm and declicious waiting for me when we got back from riding. It was a fantastic time – though my legs are feeling it. However i did get a number of personal bests out on the track and it was good to be outside. I very nearly didn’t go, but i’m glad i worked up some motivation and went.
Flavors: Caramel, Spicy
This carries the aroma of a good strong and classic chai. As with most chai blends the taste is a little bitter, so it’s best taken with sugar or honey and a little milk, to create a lovely warming malty tea. Dandylion Tea suggests this to be a dessert blend, to be paired with anything sweet.
Flavors: Malt, Spices
Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Fruity, Red Wine, Spicy
Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Ginger, Musty, Orange, Spicy
Another sample I have yet to write a note for, so keep in mind this is not the freshest tea from Teavivre but it’s still the 2017 harvest. It’s a crime not to write a note while it’s fresh though! I think I received if from another one of their lucky draws but I think it was in spring? Or else they waited to ship the spring teas until I ordered. I may have used too many leaves on accident but it definitely didn’t harm the flavor! There was only a slight hint of tanginess with the DELICIOUS green tea flavor. This flavor just says “high quality”. The dry leaves: they had a very sweet fragrance and look like short flat blades of grass. Definitely not as long as some of the green teas that Teavivre carries. The flavor is so very good. You can tell it is of the highest quality, whatever the heck makes it so different from other green tea. Such a sweet leaf with very nutty flavors. It is divine. The lingering aftertaste is even amazing. So the 2/3 of a sample packet didn’t ruin the cup but I definitely don’t want to waste these amazing leaves. Complex flavor, tasty and refreshing! Thanks Teavivre, for allowing me to try this one. I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.
Steep #1 // 2/3 sample packet (too much!) for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Harvest: Spring 2017
Flavors: Nutty, Sweet
Sad Sip Down!
My friend Robyn from Winnipeg came to stay the weekend (she also stayed Monday night on her way to Minneapolis, but returned on Friday for the entire weekend). We had a couple of different teas, but this one was our wake up breakfast tea. We both agreed it was marvelous. Hearty but smooth, with just enough bite to help us get moving this morning. Not that we did, of course. Move, that is. We lazed around most of the morning, drinking tea, eating raspberries, and perusing our devices for updates from Facebook friends. It was a great morning made even better byu a pot of this tea.