609 Tasting Notes
Very fragrant, fruity aroma like baked plums. Fairly light bodied with a little malt and sweet potato. Good but nothing special. Will have to play around with it to see if I can bring out the fruitiness from the aroma.
Flavors: Malt, Plum, Sweet Potatoes
Smells like dried thyme or zataar. Brewed tea tastes exactly like how it smells. Initially herbaceous, then roasted sesame seed flavor intensifies. Slightly bitter thyme finish. Tastes like I’m drinking zataar. I love zataar with olive oil on pita and in labneh, but it feels odd to have it in liquid form.
The packaging mentions this is used as a natural cough remedy. I can see how this might be soothing if you’re sick. My family hated this tea but I don’t think it’s totally irredeemable. A little honey or maybe lemon would be nice and take the edge off the bitterness.
Flavors: Bitter, Herbaceous, Sesame, Thyme
Man, I’m liking these cheap bagged Tapal teas way more than I expected. This one has a nice subtle aroma of freeze dried strawberries and Nesquik. When brewed, it’s a like a creamy strawberry milk latte. Nothing fancy here. Just a classic, simple strawberry flavor.
Flavors: Cream, Strawberry
I think this is the first tea that I’ve almost exclusively cold steeped. I find that I actually prefer roasted oolongs this way. It brings out more of their sweetness and caramelized flavors and less of the roast.
For a budget tea, this one really impressed me with its depth of flavor. Elegant, brown sugar sweetness with notes of marzipan, raisin, and crème caramel. It’s fine hot steeped, but the roast is a little more assertive and loses its subtleties.
I tried the green version of this tea a few years ago and it was okay. The roasting takes it to a whole new level, unveiling real complexity and nuance.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Custard, Marzipan, Raisins
First tea from the Georgian tea group buy.
Dark green strands resembling Huangshan Mao Feng. Dry leaf is fairly odorless until dropped in a heated vessel where it emits a faint green bean aroma.
This one tastes more like sheng puerh than a green tea to me. Golden yellow liquor with hay and straw flavors and a light fruitiness. Has that earthy-woodsy sheng type flavor going on. Ordinarily not a flavor profile I’m fond of – I prefer fresh tasting green tea – but here it’s fairly enjoyable because the earthiness is soft and doesn’t have the bitterness and smokey flavor often found in puerh.
Flavors: Earthy, Hay, Straw
This was a challenging tea. I waited for a while to rate it as I’ve been trying to make it work to no avail. Now that I’m down to the last few grams of the 100g bag, I’m convinced that the problem is not me but the tea.
Despite playing around with different temperatures and times, the tea remains stubbornly bitter. Once you get past the bitterness, there is umami mingled with spinach, an oceanic saltiness, and fatty tuna. It lacks the freshness of new spring tea and just seems flat to me.
O-Cha is one of the OG online Japanese tea shops and usually has good quality teas but this was a rare miss for me.
Flavors: Bitter, Fish, Salty, Spinach, Umami
Not sure if it’s just me or whether this is what the combination of rooibos and Earl grey is supposed to taste like, but I just couldn’t get into this tea. The aromatics were certainly inviting. Potent aromas of cinnamon bark, lemon peel, and orange from the leaf. I steeped this in a tea bag as Rooibos isn’t easy to strain well. The brewed tea was far from enjoyable. It tasted medicinal with a strong star anise like flavor accompanied by notes of clove, root beer, and menthol. All flavors which I otherwise enjoy but here it just tasted weird. I may need to try this with a little milk and sweetener as it’s just not doing it for me on it’s own.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Medicinal, Menthol, Root Beer, Star Anise
Didn’t love this one as much as previous Kamairichas I’ve had. This one tasted like a middle of the road Laoshan green tea. It’s heavy on the grain and bean flavors. Notes of soymilk, chestnut, lima bean, and corn silk. While not a bad tea by any means, I miss the fruitiness and fresh flavor of better Kamairichas.
Flavors: Beany, Chestnut, Corn Husk, Grain, Lima Beans, Soybean
One of the teas I brought back from Canada. This one is unbelievably good. The smell alone is just divine. Like a freshly baked cinnamon roll. Brewed at boiling for 5 minutes. On it’s own, it’s cinnamon forward but not offensively so. More like cinnamon spice oatmeal. A touch of sweetener however transforms it into something like cinnamon buns or an apple fritter donut. Would have never expected something this mouth wateringly good from a fast food chain.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon
Another humble bagged tea that far exceeded my expectations. At $1.49 for a box of 30 teabags, it’s some of cheapest tea I’ve ever bought yet surprisingly good and a better value than similarly flavored loose leaf teas. Very tropical tasting with notes of honeyed peaches, mango, and papaya. The fruitiness is reminiscent of an old Teavana favorite, Fruta Bomba. Don’t taste the green base but for a tea at this price point, that’s probably a good thing. Can’t wait to try it iced.
Flavors: Honey, Mango, Papaya, Peach, Tropical