2454 Tasting Notes
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
Flavors: Banana, Coconut
I’ve never read Joyce but this tea is fantastic. I’m glad that S&V included a plain black tea blend because this one is amazing. The blend uses three black teas from India, Sri Lanka and Kenya. Not sure what they are specifically, but the result is perfection. I would agree with S&V’s description that this is a malty brew with a fruity aftertaste. The sweetness and depth are there. I love a strong yet sweet black tea. I can appreciate a great complex black tea. Too complex to really fully describe. Note to self: I brewed this perfectly. I’d stock up on this one!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep
Oh wow, this one is GOOD. Thanks so much for sharing this one, Mastress Alita! My teaspoon was sure to have a little cucumber slice and little piece of melon included. And the flavor is perfectly balanced between the melon and the cucumber and the fresh green tea. Plenty of flavor here! I’m not usually a fan of cucumber but I love when the flavor balances other flavors. This is fantastic, couldn’t be better, and I will savor this one in summer. I wish I had tea shops like this around here and if they blended this one they are pretty darn good at it.
Flavors: Cucumber, Melon
Guys, I’m super excited that I won the 52Teas giveaway this month! EEEEEE. Anyway, this is one of Frank’s blends that I’m slow to write a note for. Green tea with strawberries. Sadly, this blend has hardly any flavor of anything at this point, even the green tea. Though I appreciate how many strawberries were thrown in the blend. I used two teaspoons because of this. Sadly, the flavor isn’t what I would wish. Though that probably is my fault and not the tea’s. It’s almost gone anyway. So many teas and how quickly they fade. Usually a tea doesn’t fade THIS quickly. If they would stay fresh, I’d probably stock a billion more teas anyway. It’s probably for the best.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Additional notes: I had to mix two teaspoons of this with one teaspoon of creamsicle rooibos to go for a creamsicle pu-erh and it is delicious. I made sure to put all teaspoons in a teabag instead of an infuser so all the rooibos wouldn’t escape. Somehow even the third steep still had the flavor of creamsicle and the blend is even pretty old. I love this combination!
I won a sampler pack for Teavivre’s Black Friday wheel spin, so this isn’t exactly fresh but it is still DELICIOUS. I always expect magic from Teavivre’s jasmine blend and the magic is delivered. The jasmine is always so amazing, strong and sweet. The perfect flavor for these lovely green pearls. Teavivre’s jasmine teas are always a fantastic quality, even though Teavivre has three types of jasmine dragon pearls. I probably couldn’t tell the quality apart. I know I couldn’t really tell the difference when I tried the premium pearls and the superfine pearls years ago, when the harvests were different. These pearls seem very similar to what I remember of the other two, but of course that was a while ago. Harvests can change. In this cup, so much lovely jasmine that I can’t really taste the green tea. I would only buy my jasmine tea from Teavivre. Also, this one is 20% off on Teavivre.com right now, if anyone is interested!
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug// 28 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Additional notes: I’m trying to drink my favorite ripened pu-erhs again (mainly going in order of my favorites) and this one, according to my ratings, is my favorite. I ordered a whole brick of it before (and I definitely rarely do that.) I think I’m finding, for all the pu-erh that I rated highly, that I used a ton of leaves. So overleafing pu-erh might be what I like to do. Of course, I don’t think you can really overleaf a ripe pu-erh… to me, it just gets more delicious. I think even after cleaning my infuser, it isn’t infusing like it used to, and that plus not overleafing the pu-erh, makes the resulting flavor not as deep as I wish it was. Luckily I have a whole brick to get this right!
From my last mystery bag order! I love a good mint tea. I don’t see too many that combine the mint with white tea. I made sure to get at least one candy cane chunk in the infuser with all these huge leaves! Now, occasionally, if I sweeten a tea with anything, it will most likely be half a candy cane I throw in a mug left over from the holidays, so I’m no stranger to candy cane tea! This is perfectly delicious. The flavor of the white tea pulls through the mint, that is both minty and creamy. Not too minty. Definitely balanced like the mint of a candy cane. I’m not sure if the cream is coming from the candy cane, additional flavoring, or the white tea itself, since sometimes a white tea can have a lovely creamy quality to it. But whatever it is, I do appreciate the creamy with the mint. The second steep was only a few minutes after boiling, but it tasted great this way. A balanced blend!
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 28 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep