2750 Tasting Notes
A tea I have the chance to try due to a sale from Cameron B! Thanks so much! I wanted to try this one while it was still colder weather a couple days ago. The dry leaves certainly smell wonderful… reminds me of some type of food I eat, but it definitely isn’t mince pie, since I’ve never had mince pie. I’d probably like mince pie if I tried it, but it seems like that was around in the US more when I was a kid. Not so much anymore. The blend is a strong black base with almonds that taste like marzipan. I’m certainly glad I managed to wait for almost twenty minutes and steeped for a relatively short time… the tea was a little brisk even with one heaping teaspoon. So note to self: don’t steep over a teaspoon. I’m GLAD it’s a heftier Ceylon these days though (also, the black tea leaves were fairly small.) The flavor is lovely, it has almost an apple note, without actually being apple, with a nuttiness and baked goods type of flavor. It’s really good. But be careful with the steeps!
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug // 19 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
A sample from Meowster! Thanks so much! I couldn’t find this on Steepster anywhere… but it’s a good ripe. No offensive tastes or scents. Pleasant all the way. A nice dark ripe pu-erh. A good earthy lingering flavor. The first cup I swear had notes of marshmallow and not just because I’ve been dreaming of a marshmallow flavored dark pu-erh. So this would be a great candidate for flavoring with marshmallow. Three solid steeps. I wish I had more to say about this one, but I liked it!
Steep #1 // rinse // 20 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 5 min
The last of my free samples from AprTea. Thanks so much! These types of oolongs are usually tough for me to describe, but I’ll give it a try. The leaves are dark and twisted, but wide, with a red/purple tinge to them. The flavor is certainly very sweet with a caramel note, almost like a minty cooling feel after the sip. There is also a roasted flavor, not too much but noticeable. (The roasted flavor might be why I don’t gravitate towards teas like these, but it is pleasant enough here.) Almost a starchy quality too. The flavor is definitely CARAMELIZED something or other. It’s very much like maple syrup over roasted maple leaves, if I had to describe the flavor. With the third steep, the roasted flavor is mostly gone and I’m left with an incredibly sweet and smooth drink. I don’t think this one can be oversteeped, and I think I could have kept steeping past three mugs. If I had to stock up on this TYPE of tea, it’d probably be this one. Though again, I don’t have much experience with these types of oolongs because they aren’t my favorite. But this was certainly an enjoyable tea drinking session.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug // 11 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min
Flavors: Caramel, Maple, Maple Syrup, Roasted
I bought this in the Boxing Day sale. It’s one of those blends that I was happy to see pop up in the sale. Usually they have some limited time blends appear for the sale, which I certainly appreciate. I wouldn’t say this is cobbler exactly — it’s peaches and cream all the way. It’s mostly a black tea base with tiny peach pieces and lovely pink flowers. I went with a teaspoon and half but that many leaves are a bit bitey, so I don’t think it really needs that many leaves. But that means the black tea base isn’t weak, which I wouldn’t prefer either. Both steeps have an equal amount of peach and cream flavor, which I can appreciate. I love it. It’s a GREAT peach flavor too, as some can be very artificial tasting. Not this one. Another unique and lovely cup from B&B.
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Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
2019 sipdowns: 38 (Angry Tea Room – Amazing Apricot)
I received this in a sale from Ost (thank you!) and was pleased to see it is one of Anne’s blends. (The original blend from frank was almost ten years ago so yes, I’m very glad this is a reblend. haha) I love the honeybush blends from 52Teas that no other tea company really seems to attempt. This one looks like it uses HUGE pieces of honeybush that I’ve never seen before. Some of it even looks like black tea. The resulting brew actually looks quite dark. There is a great balance here between the spearmint and creaminess. I must recommend the very long second steep — the flavors really meld and linger to the point it seems like a minty milkshake with the spearmint and white chocolate chips. So this is a lovely blend, slightly different from the mint/chocolate chip blends that are more typical.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 10 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 10+ minute steep
I had to try a sample of this from an order a while ago, as it sounded amazing. With additional elements like nutmeg, chocolate and vanilla, it sounded like a blend I should try. It’s also on a base of Chinese and India black teas which also seem perfect for the tastes going on here. All the ingredients look extremely small in my teaspoon, so I just used one teaspoon. Overall, sadly, I was imagining the blend much better than the result: it seems like a typical chai, but with only a hint of mediocre chocolate flavor. The second cup I let steep for quite a while, so I think the flavors really made it into the cup. Somehow there were still a ton of chocolate flavor in the second steep. I’m also surprised the oversteep didn’t get a bite to it. It was actually quite good. I’m glad the black tea is brisk, as this is chai, but I was imagining the Chinese black tea itself to have a natural chocolate flavor. So this blend couldn’t live up to my imagination, but it’s a decent cup.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 minutes after boiling // 5 minute steep
Thanks so much for sending this, Tree Gal! I’m happy to try any tea… however this is…
turmeric…. and turmeric…. and turmeric….
with hardly notes of anything else that happens to be in the blend. The green tea/ black tea combo is also a bit odd, as I had to steep it cool for the green tea, so how much did the black tea really appear in the mug? Not sure, as all I could taste was TURMERIC. The color of the brew was also the color of TURMERIC. So I’ve found I’m just not a fan of turmeric… it’s just bitter and blah to me, therefore not a fan of this blend. Again, happy to try it though, even just to see that I don’t like turmeric.
2019 sipdowns: 37 (52Teas – Candy Cane marshmallow treat genmaicha)
My tiny tin from my free Davidstea set is nearly gone, so I suppose I should write a note. There was a huge cherry and plenty of coconut in my teaspoon among all that green tea. It’s a tasty tea. Not sure if it’s cherry blossom persay, otherwise why might there be coconut here? Who knows, but this is a lovely cherry tea with a green base. A nice note from the coconut adds a flavor level, even if I’m not sure why it’s there at all. I forgot rose was even supposed to be in this cup, so no notes of that at all. I was on the last sip of my second cup when I realized it tastes exactly like one of my favorites: Quarter To Tea’s Spumoni. (and hopefully it wasn’t just the parceling of the ingredients in the teaspoon were so similar to Spumoni.) So if you’re a fan of this or the other, give them both a try!
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 28 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Flavors: Cherry, Coconut
This one is from Meowster! Thanks so much! This sounded lovely — a High Mountain Darj. Sometimes I just crave some Darj, and a High Mountain Dark sounds even better. It has a very fruity, bright flavor, a note almost like an assam but with plenty of muscatel. A deep red color. It’s a darker Darj… while some usually have a light flavor, this one is like a mid-level black tea. It gets a bit brisk even with one teaspoon and a low steep temp (note to self). I’m not describing it well enough, but let’s just say it’s delicious. And it’s certainly a Darj I’d prefer to steep up.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug // 25 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 13 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
This one is from Cameron B! Thanks so much and now it’s a sipdown. I really like the couple barley teas I’ve tried from Lupicia…. I’ll have to be on the look out for more barley teas! I don’t think I’ve ever had any other barley teas? They seem so healthy for so many reasons and barley teas are a unique flavored no caffeine option. The flavor is like a roasty tasting coffee, with slight bitterness but it’s a delicious bitter, if that makes sense. This is a bit like the Teavivre Buckwheat that I love, but that is much sweeter and less bitter. I’m really trying to notice the plum flavor, but I really don’t. The second steep has just as much barley flavor and nutritional goodness. Anyone know of any tasty, cheaper barley teas that they like?
Steep #1 // 15 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 8+ minute steep
2019 sipdowns: 36