New Tasting Notes
The leaf is long and threaded loosely. I am picking up tones of sweet roast, fresh greens, butternut squash, and popcorn. I warmed my pot up and placed some inside. The scent explores into some sweet steamed greens and minor tobacco with smoke. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The taste starts with sweet sugar water. The thickness is on the medium side and a wildflower honey tone comes up in the aftertaste. The brew moves into some peppercorn spice territory along with a heavy green base. The brew balances out with smooth and bitter grassy tones with an alternating sweetness. This tea is pretty average, but it isn’t a bad drinker.
Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Green, Honey, Pepper, Peppercorn, Smooth, Sweet
This is delicious. That said, I prefer the third steep because the first two are far too much in your face, far too perfumed. Perhaps I am using too much leaf though I use just as much as I would for an oolong, way less than half of a DT’s spoon. I drink it black. Maybe that is the problem. Either way, my experimenting continues to find that immediate perfect cup. And the next and the next.
This tea has definitely got pu-erh in it. So, points for that flavor still being able to come through with all the rest that’s going on. :) The first few sips are QUITE bitter, because I didn’t add any cream/milk or anything, just a Perfect Tea Scoop of sugar like I normally would with a flavored black. So the coffee makes the first few sips a little too astringent… but about five or six sips in, my palate adjusted, and I can really taste just about everything that’s going on, except the chamomile (not sure what chamomile is doing in this blend, anyway, as it’s never going to outshine the pu-erh OR the coffee. The black tea base is also pretty muted, but if it was all pu-erh, I wonder if we’d even taste the coffee. So I’ll allow that the black tea serves a purpose. Overall, I am not as turned off by this as I was afraid I might be. The price point was good, so I might consider purchasing it again, if the hubs likes it.
Flavors: Caramel, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Wet Earth
My non tea drinking husband liked this one, that says a lot. I am a maple lover, I lived in Vermont for 7 years and even though maple wasn’t like a huge part of my existence there, it’s special to me as a symbol of that time. So I tried this without high hopes and IT’S SO GOOD!!! I love that I can still taste the black tea base but there is totally a mapley warm sweet flavor to this! I imagine this as a latte made with vanilla almond milk and with some sugar on a cold rainy Sunday. Daydreaming…
I drank this one at the movie theater over the weekend watching Beauty and the Beast :) The thing I like about Tea Guys, well there are a lot of things, but one of the main things is that you can still taste the tea. It isn’t so dense with artificial flavors that you don’t know you’re drinking tea, you can even tell what kind of tea is in the base. This one…I got the chocolate flavor and I got a hint of the nuttiness but I didn’t quite get the toffee. I think toffee is a hard flavor to capture without sweetness so maybe if I added sugar I would get it. I did like this though, and I have some more so I will try with a tiny bit of sugar next time.
Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty, Tea
I got a sample sachet of this one in my birthday order, and oh my goodness, oh my goodness, OH MY FREAKING GOODNESS! This. This was wonderful. I am going to have to place a The O Dor order because these teas have been amazing.
Creamy. Oh so creamy. Hint of butter. Smooth. So easy to resteep and actually get a really good cup of tea.
This is a nice raspberry blend. It has more of a realistic raspberry flavour to it, and I can’t really pinpoint what else it tastes like other than raspberry.It’s kinda like a light tangy taste which I suspect is the meringue. It’s basically a better, more mellow version of RCP. It was lovely as a hot tea with a little sugar added.
Flavors: Meringue, Raspberry
Golly I love this tea. I had a morning with enough time to brew a pot, instead of just a mug, and this is what I chose.
Its just perfect. It speaks to me in every possible flavor way. Its fabulous any time of day. I m, truly happy with this blend.
My pot is getting low. In no time at all I shall be done with it, and I’m resolved not to buy more until I’ve sipped down a lot more teas, and when the air gets cold again. That’s when I like it best.
This was an interesting tea for a cold, rainy day. Very spicy, full of flavor and fragrance. I sweetened it with some truvia and a dash of half and half. The aftertaste is very vanilla and caramel but it fills the air with a sweet, spiced smell.
Flavors: Caramel, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Spices, Vanilla
A good Earl Grey, even if it isn’t labeled as such in its name. The bergamot isn’t too overpowering and adds to the flavor of the Assam. My kids get the snack boxes from Graze.com and always leave me the teas they receive. I’ll be happy to drink them as I get them.
I really appreciate the longevity of this tea! Just 5g took me from morning to afternoon (around 8 steeps at 200ml each). It’s so smooth, tasty and buttery, without any bitterness at all in any of the steeps. This is the first Sheng I ever tried with some age behind it, and would likely reach for this over a ripe puerh (though I tend to favor young shengs and oolongs overall).
Very nice sessionable tea.
Flavors: Apricot, Smooth, Stonefruits
So its mid day I have been up since 6 am done a 40 min cardio, taken the kids to school and currently at work and have already put in 13,000 steps and needed a pick me up. I quickly remember that I took my Shagadelic English Breakfast sample to work today and after all it does say to boost your mojo which is exactly what I needed.
I let this brew for 3 mins as I was anxious for my first sip and boy I was not disappointed. This is a gorgeous blend incredibly smooth taste with a hint of honey and malt with a subtle aftertaste. Oh yeah this is a great cup!
Flavors: Honey, Malt
A good tasting sheng with interesting flavors. Dry leaf smells smoky and green, while wet leaf smells of camphor and smoke. Flavor is mossy with camphor, but smooth and easily drinkable. Very light sweetness exposes as more infusions are poured.
Flavors: Camphor, Moss, Smoke
I never imagined I’d be describing something with the word peanut butter as “tangy.” The flavor mellowed out after I added a splash of creamer but it’s still strange to smell peanut butter yet taste zest. I’ll try adding sugar to see if it tames the citrus notes.
Flavors: Apple, Coconut
Possibly my favourite tea ! ♥ It’s a bit Christmasey, wthout the citrus flavouring though… Cardamom and liquorice are my favourite. Add peppercorn to a black tea and there you have it: my fave!
Spicy and sweet. To me it’s the most comforting tea ever. Perfect with a splash of milk. You can definitely let it brew for only 4 mins, but what’s great about Kusmi is that their tea never get sour if brewed for too long.
I tend to leave the leaves in for as long as I can for a more intense taste.
Flavors: Cardamon, Licorice, Peppercorn, Spicy
Drinking this for my health. It’s very tasty though. The cinnamon is divine. It’s fruity and sweet but not cloying and obnoxious. Blackberry is my favorite fruit.
Not in a great place mentally/ emotionally today. Cinnamon always cheers me up though.
Flavors: Apple, Blackberry, Cinnamon, Fruity, Spicy, Sweet