3744 Tasting Notes
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – July Tea #4-A tea from a Canadian company
Another low hanging fruit for a prompt. I imagine everyone will choose David’s for their Canadian company! This was a sad sipdown, as so many favorites have been recently. I just love this thick, authentic pina colada flavor. So much pineapple. So much coconut. Just a hint of mango to keep it interesting. No fake sugars. Comparable to that amazing Zen blend I love. Happy I got to try it! I haven’t seen the turtle for a couple days… it might have moved along, which is fine with me. I’m glad he had a visit anyway. :D
2022 sipdowns: 81
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – July Tea #3 -A mango tea
Another old favorite gone gone gone. Yes, there is mango in this mix! However it now mostly tastes only like ripe puerh, even though there are so many tiny crushed rose petals here. This was a unique blend: rose, mango, strawberry and little sprinkles that look like pearls on a deep puerh base. I would order this again! Though hopefully not take quite this long to sip it down.
2022 sipdowns: 80
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – July Tea #2 -A peach tea
So many fruit teas on the prompts this month that it will be easy for me just to look at my “penultimate sipdown” email draft list and just pick those… low hanging fruits of sipdowns from that list (pun intended). Here’s one! This cute tagalong tin is finally finished. Sadly even such a small amount of tea (only a few teabags in that tagalong tin) has already lost so much flavor. I have hardly tasted peach or ginger these last couple of steeps. The black tea seems muddled and generic tasting. Ah well, it’s gone now. It looks like I never wrote a note for this when it was fresher. It was better then. Thanks for sharing, Skysamurai!
2022 sipdowns: 79
additional notes: I forgot to write a note for this when I finished it on the perfect hot day a few days ago (I was waiting for a perfect hot day to finish this since last year!) If you want a perfect MOJITO tea in the cupboard, this is the one to go with! I love the perfect balance of citrus and mint on the refreshing green base. I really want to have this one around. Maybe in a future adagio order. There are a handful of teas I’d really like to get from adagio. On a roll with sipdowns lately but they have mostly been favorite teas!
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – July Tea #1 -A pineapple tea
Yesterday was pina colada day, so I guess I forced myself to sipdown this tea that I will miss terribly. I left a little bit of dry leaf in the bag so I could remember what it looked like, as I THINK this blend is one of these: https://www.steepster.com/teas/special-tea-company/92378-pina-colada-black OR https://www.steepster.com/teas/special-tea-company/92377-pineapple-coconut-black So maybe I will drink this again one day. This had such a nice balance of coconut and pineapple! But if anyone has any of this (no matter how old) that they would like to pass to me, let me know!
2022 sipdowns: 78
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – June Tea #6 - A vanilla tea
I finished one sample of this! A favorite but I have a little more around here. Found a baby turtle today! So cute. definitely not around any water. Moved it to the tiny pond, but I won’t be sad if it wants to migrate elsewhere.
2022 sipdowns: 77
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – June Tea #5 – A pricey tea
Teavivre doesn’t sell this one anymore so I can’t really check, but I imagine it qualifies as a “pricey tea” for me. I only ever had samples but I REALLY liked this oolong when it was fresh. But since it’s from 2018, the nuance in flavor is mostly gone. Mostly has a bitey quality and a mouth drying effect. I loved the full flowers flavor when this was fresh. My original tasting note says it’s the oolong I would stock even over the original amazing harvests of their Iron Goddess. So it’s a shame they don’t sell this anymore. I’m still learning the lessons on fresh teas, which may take a while. But good news! Halfway through the year and I have spent ZERO DOLLARS on tea. I’m only sad about that because I’m not supporting the great tea companies more than I would wish.
2022 sipdowns: 76
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – June Tea #4 – An African tea
Ima miss this one. Robust, smooth yet with plenty of depth. Wonderful for its age. Luckily this is only one pouch. It looks like their “Mt. Kenya” tea is now their representative plain black tea now though. The original tea never said “Mount” or “Mt” and it looks like the Steepster name has been changed. I’m glad JusTea is still around AND I just looked and they have a sale on a ton of things right now.
2022 sipdowns: 75
From Tiffany:)! Thanks very much. I wanted to try this one asap after the Earl to make sure the lemon was distinctly different in both blends. It is. Upon opening the pouch, there is such an intoxicating scent of bakey cinnamon. It certainly smells like a pastry. And that cinnamon also seems to take over the flavor. Much more cinnamon here than lemon, despite so much lemongrass floating in the infuser. But I will definitely gravitate to this blend when I’m craving that bakey cinnamon flavor. It could be a cinnamon roll tea, really.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 25 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep
additional notes: The last time I had this tea… about a year ago… there was this intense chemical flavor but this time it was back to its old self… so maybe it was never the tea last time, but something else happened… maybe I didn’t rinse the mug out well enough or something. But if I recall, it was ALL the steeps, not just the first (and wow, that is how much I will not waste tea, I will keep steeping a tea I think is chemically and bad?!?!) But I’m glad this steep session was back to somewhat its (old) normal self and I’m glad I didn’t toss the pouch. Who knows what happened last time though! So weird.