2247 Tasting Notes
From my order during the boxing day sale. This has been a solid member of the Bluebird teas collection since I can remember and I thought I’d give it a try. I see banana bits and calendula petals in the blend. Overall, there is a light banana flavor which is great, a little creaminess. The ingredients lists vanilla but I don’t really notice that. I could swear that calendula petals create a creamy flavor though, or else calendula is always in these types of teas that have that additional flavor (pancake, etc). Otherwise, the Ceylon is a little boring to me as Ceylon usually is. But if there is some banana and a little creaminess here, I’m fine with that.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min
Thanks so much NayLynn for a sample of this one with the Nutty & Spice! I was bound to love it. And I do. Nothing beats a fresh coconut tea. This seems to have two types of coconut (and probably some coconut flavor?), all delicious. There are some sugary pieces that give the tea sweetness. Otherwise, the green oolong flavor hides behind all the lovely coconut. I think using a Bao Zhong oolong base would have been even better, but this one is very enjoyable — three great steeps! One serving after this will be a sipdown…
Another lovely tea I get to try from my last Teavivre order. I have absolutely adored past harvests of the other Iron Goddess oolong that Teavivre sells (I think it’s my favorite oolong ever), so I wanted to try this one. I went with one and a half teaspoons leaving one teaspoon in the sample for later. The dry leaves smell so fresh! The taste could not possibly be sweeter. I could swear there is sugar on these leaves. The main characteristic of this flavor is simply sweetness. The other Iron Goddess oolong tastes like a bouquet of flowers. This one is a sweet and delicious oolong – three solid steeps of this lovely flavor. It’s an amazing result, though I do love the bouquet of flowers flavor of the other oolong. Harvest: May 2016
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 15 minutes after boiling // rinse // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Flavors: Sugar, Sweet
Thanks for this one, NayLynn! I didn’t expect any extras with my Nutty & Spice blend we split. There was a LOT in this sample. I really should have saved half for another steep session but it was already in the teabag. :D It looked like a solid mix of ingredients here. I expected more spice but was pleased with more sweet coconut than spice. Just as long as the coconut is fresh and here it is. The next night, the second steep was a lot more spicy (mostly sweet cinnamon) and the coconut was almost missing entirely. Such an odd switch! I think I liked the coconut first steep better. It was interesting that with all these ingredients, only coconut and cinnamon made an appearance.
Steep #1 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5+ minute steep
Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut
I’ve always wanted to try this classic Bluebird blend and I finally was able to with a free teabag with my order. I’m a little glad that I didn’t buy any, as this Earl just isn’t MY Earl. Nothing here is what I would prefer with an Earl, but that is just my tastes. First, the bergamot isn’t my favorite… I’m a little picky with what particular bergamot flavor I like. There is NO creme flavor to speak of, which surprised me. Bluebird flavors are usually spot on. Even though there should be vanilla here, I don’t taste any of that either. The black tea brews up a nice dark red on the first steep, but the second steep the flavor is barely there even though I let it steep for seven minutes. I’m a little glad there is a Bluebird tea I DON’T like…. just wish it wasn’t this one as I’m still on the hunt for my favorite Earl.
Steep #1 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 7 minute steep
Additional notes: This black tea base seems to be on the rare side and I’m always craving it. I love chocolate/marshmallow combos so I’m upping the rating from an 82. I’m sipping this one on a blustery day and will hopefully get some reading done: Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad (for themorningnews.org’s Tournament of Books!)
Additional notes: So this is what happens: I drag out having a sipdown of a tea, savoring that last teaspoon… but then I go to remove it from my cupboard and realized I gave it a 68 rating?!?! I’m like… WHHHAAA?? Now this isn’t the best blend, and it seems in the description that Frank says not all of the ingredients were present in the blend, but it certainly seemed better than 68. I’ll raise it a little. This one must have grew on me, but a phenomenal cinnamon roll tea would be AMAZING. Closest was probably Steap Shoppe’s Cinnamon Bread.
Additional notes: “Tea magician” I think, when I sip this one. The concept of the tea seems to simple, the ingredients, but I can’t get over how MAGIC this tastes, every time I sip it. Which might not be many more times. How can it be so perfect? So chocolatey… the orange and base tea: perfect. If the Butiki tea magician would come out of TEAtirement, I’m sure MANY people would be very happy…. even for just a few years? Raising the rating from a 97.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 10 minutes after boiling
Steep #2 // just boiled
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Orange
Additional notes: Back to the old favorites after the teabox is sent on the way! I still love this one. Steap Shoppe, can you come back so I can buy this one?!? I’m almost out and that will be a sad sad day. I will be sipping and reading the Tournament books all day: Jonathan Lee’s High Dive. Not enough people follow themorningnews.org’s tournament!
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #39
Another one I took the last serving of before sending on the teabox. Blueberry and jasmine is an odd combination! The green tea is a little tough but I like the blueberry flavor. I wish more of the jasmine made an appearance though.
I was also sipping Mountain Tea’s Sencha that I took out of the teabox because I saw it before and it was in a thin bag, but it still tasted delicious! So if a sencha can hold up in a teabox, I shouldn’t be too worried about other teas. My tasting notes might be slowing down a bit, as I will be focusing on getting some reading done for themorningnews.org’s Tournament of Books! I’ve got about six novels to read in about three weeks which will never happen because I enjoy being a slow reader. :D