2267 Tasting Notes
I bought this with the Black Friday sale last year for fairly cheap. Seems tasty enough to me! I poured some in the bottom of the mug and then waited about 40 minutes for the water to cool after boiling (around 175 degrees) then poured the water in the mug while stirring. A little goes a long way to the point where I used the remnants of the powder in the bottom of the mug for a second cup. Even much hotter water the second cup didn’t seem to have much of an impact on the powder flavor which was surprising to me. I thought the hot water would ruin the flavor. The flavor is fairly strong but I like it — I probably used way too much powder. It’s a refreshing cup — such a lovely bright green cup! I like that I can get a decent green tea powder for this price. It does the job!
Guys, I won the 52Teas draw for the month of April! I was so excited. :D Thanks for doing that, 52Teas! Upon receiving the blends, I was definitely thrilled with the five blends, but it is tough to disappoint me anyway. This one is a little like the Butiki Smoked Banana Maple that I ADORED when it was released. Even the base teas taste similar but the base teas aren’t similar. So that is odd. The leaves here are super long — a blend of three black teas: Assamica, Fujian Black and Yunnan Gold. That sounds AMAZING. I love all three base teas. The black teas don’t overwhelm the flavor of the banana or maple sweetness. Though to me it seems more like syrup and less like maple. If Anne can create a tea like Stacy from Butiki (without trying to make something similar?), I’m pretty sure we know who the new tea magician is.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
I bought this for the Black Friday sale. It came in a mason jar inside the cutest pumpkin mug! The tea is pretty tasty. I wouldn’t call it overly, definitely pumpkin flavored. But it isn’t too spicy either. Only an occasional spice ingredient here and there within the black tea (cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom). It’s not an overt chai blend though. The black tea is robust enough. Mostly what makes this interesting is a hint of creamy flavor, like a whip cream on top of a pumpkin pie (it might be the flower petals too — I’m convinced this type adds a sweetness.) This blend would be to die for with actual pumpkin pieces or more actual pumpkin flavor. But this hits the craving as is.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
This was a sample from a while ago, thanks Teavivre! Sadly not available on the website at the moment. Maybe because it is GOOD. These are the types of tea that I least enjoy, the roasted oolong, but I should have known I would enjoy the leaf that Teavivre offers. The leaf here is dark brown and twisty with a fragrance of fresh hay. The flavor is mostly SWEET honey with hints of lemon and charcoal. So very sweet — another tea I could swear that has sugar in it. Two teaspoons is perfect for me, it isn’t overboard on the charcoal flavor that I don’t like. Just a hint of charcoal in this yellow cup! The second steep has even more of a fuller flavor with a little more charcoal, but it’s evenly balanced — I like the sweetness with the roastiness. I should have steeped this a third time but it was too late for caffeine. Charcoal teas are my least favorite tea but this is the best of this type of tea that I’ve tried. Teavivre is always fantastic. I’m always surprised by almost every Teavivre tea I’ve tried.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 18 minutes after boiling // rinse // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 13 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
This is fitting for a day after Easter tea! It’s also tough to tell when to drink it because it is mostly rooibos with a little bit of lapsang souchong. So I’m not sure how much caffeine. On taste or color of the mug, I don’t think there is much. Only a few black tea leaves within a teaspoon and a half at most. I’m not British so I can’t say I’ve ever had a Hot Cross Bun. But this is a tasty tea. The rooibos is quality from Bluebird, as always. The first flavor to hit the buds is orange. Then slight cinnamon and maybe a bit of cranberry and apple. The rosehips and hibiscus aren’t overwhelming — I can barely tell they’re included (WIN). Possibly a hint of icing flavor here. The second steep is even fuller in flavor. I’m always surprised at the lovely balance that all of the Bluebird blends have. Every sip mixes things up a bit. So overall, a very tasty, mostly fruity, mostly rooibos blend. It’s very calming and warming. The only thing I would have liked is more of a pastry/bread flavor. I’m glad I bought some of this one. Bluebird is the ONE teashop I would suggest more Steepsterers try. I love them! Fun fact: a Steepster search for Hot Cross Bun only results in this tea! (Usually every search has a billion results.)
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for a full mug// 18 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep
I just received this with my small Zen order. I had to stock up on a few favorites. Tightly bundled green tea with lovely fresh jasmine scent. Very thirst quenching! A summer staple. There is also some sort of creamy smooth element to both steeps that I don’t usually find in green tea. The second steep was a little astringent. I don’t think I needed to use a teaspoon and half… one teaspoon or one and a quarter would be plenty for this tightly bundled tea. A great green tea with strong jasmine. I’m very happy with this one!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
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This is a fantastic white tea presented in a unique way! Each dragon ball looks to be about an inch across and individually wrapped in tissue paper. It has the appearance of big ole white leaves wrapped into a sphere. Such a lovely sweet flavor results! I could swear there is some sugar mixed in with these white tea leaves. The flavor is light yet smooth and full for a white tea. The second steep is even thicker, like a syrup with a lovely white tea flavor — something deeper than the first steep but not astringent. The third steep is more autumnal flavored — still delicious but I think the third steep could have waited a few more minutes after boiling for the best of that light, syrupy, sweet flavor. I think I could keep steeping this many more times! I’d stock up on this one. If you’re looking for a delicious white tea, this is it. It doesn’t even taste like a usual white tea to me — only sweetness and light.
Steep #1 // 1 piece for a full mug// 20 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 15 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #3 // 5 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep