New Tasting Notes
RoT’s 12 Days of Sipping, day 6.5. Quickly prepared the second cup, this time with oat creamer and stevia. It’s still pink, but not as pretty with the creamer. The creamer and the sweetener do a great job of cutting the tartness, of course, and the result is somewhat reminiscent of Fruity Pebbles.
I’m still not sure about oat creamer: no matter how little I use, I taste it too much. That said, it worked well here.
Still not for me.
A tea bag from Izzy, thank you — I guess this is a tea for today morning, a simple tea, a caffeine boost, but not trying to find some flavours and such. As I have received it recenly, I guess it’s new blend.
This tea exactly delivers that what they say: rich and full bodied. It’s indeed full bodied tea; pretty much rich flavour and almost 3 minutes steeping was quite a lot.
I didn’t add any milk, even it is suggested for longer steeps. It was nicely astringent and a bit bitter, but I have been expecting that. Niko said it reminds him Lipton Yellow Label and I have to disagree. The Lipton tea is way more rough, their tea essence is my nightmare in pure blacks, while this was typical black tea flavour. It’s not though autumn leaf pile or some other “good” flavours. It’s a bit tannic, and “tea-ish” Don’t expect you will find anything else.
Not a tea I would drink daily, but better than Czech Pigi čaj (a bestseller here (rolls eyes) ).
Flavors: Tannic, Tea
I am drinking my last cup of this. I was so excited to try this one with my newfound love for Roobios. It has a nice orange flavor. Not much Roobios, however I just can’t get into it. For some reason I am just not a fan. Could be because I put milk in it at first. Definitely not one that goes well with milk.
Flavors: Bitter, Orange
This is another tea that I don’t have a date for in my spreadsheet. It was a gift from a friend – she regularly orders one specific tea from Art of Tea and I think this was included as a sample, so she gave it to me. It’s in an adorable little mini tin!
This is pretty scrumptious. Lovely thick and sweet cinnamon honey notes that remind me of a Taiwanese black tea, though this is from Fujian. Perhaps the tiniest bit of a syrupy dried fruit, like fig or date. There’s chewy thick bread and malt, backed by some dry autumn leaf and tobacco. I also taste a touch of molasses, especially at the end of the sip. There’s also a woodiness that makes me think of whiskey barrels. A floral note appears in the aftertaste and lingers long on the tongue.
This is really reminding me of a Taiwanese black tea, and given it’s 90% oxidized, I suppose it’s not far off. I’ll happily sip down this small amount, but wouldn’t reorder this one given the exorbitant price. Plus I tend to order straight teas from more specialized vendors…
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Dates, Dried Fruit, Fig, Floral, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Smooth, Sweet, Tobacco, Whiskey, Wood
So I overleafed this one this time to get a bit more oomph out of the base. But as I suspected, the spices are a bit too strong and drown everything else out. The ginger especially is very strong.
I wish they had added just a bit less of the dried spices here, as I really like the idea of this one. But I want more caramel goodness!
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Clove, Ginger, Malt, Spices, Tannic
This smells amazingly refreshing. Like juicy, fresh peach candy! So good.
However, be really careful when preparing this because it can go from mild to bitter in an instance. I prepared this at a low temperature, 16 oz of water, steeped this for a minute, and used only a tablespoon of tea. I find anything longer than that makes it go bitter.
Sadly, the taste just does not live up to its smell. It has a very mild flavour, like the leaves were just subtly touched by the water, which makes sense since this is a white tea. It is so subtle, I cannot even pick out prominent notes that are jumping out at me. Maybe this tastes like a mild white tea and peaches?
But when prepared properly, it is a smooth sip with minimal astringency.
Flavors: Fruity, Peach, Smooth
Another winning tea from Lexa’s gift! This one is super tasty and I would consider ordering this one every so often for the cupboard! I am wondering if they’ve reblended this one after reading some other teanotes on it?
The chocolate and orange play nicely together and are very mellow. It would be nice if they were a bit less mellow, but I’m not too bothered by it. I love the milk chocolate they’ve managed to achieve! The only thing is that I had to check the ingredients because I could have sworn they had maybe used fermented orange peel in this and it doesn’t appear that’s there case — but not bothersome, so that’s a-okay!
I would never choose a de-caffeinated black tea on my own, but it came in a mystery sampler. Chocolate mint sounded particularly delicious tonight. Sadly something is just not working with this blend. The chocolate flavor is almost nonexistent, and what is there is thin, powdery, and flat. The mint is too sharp and seems to be fighting the little chocolate flavor there is.
Work tea #1
I found this very enjoyable. There were woody, earthy notes from the puerh as well as sweet spicy grape flavors. There was also a slightly deeper note that hinted at wine, but I think it fell a bit short. The tea was full bodied and had a nice creaminess to it. All in all really good. I’d happily drink it again. I wish I could’ve tried several steeps, but work is work. If I can I’ll pick up a box to keep at home. This is a good one.
Iced Latte Sipdown (305)
My sister and I chipped in to get my brother-in-law a nespresso for his birthday. We also grabbed the aeroccino aka the milk frother. He was very surprised and very excited. He was like a kid and wanted to try all the things but it only arrived around 5 pm and having cup after cup of coffee and espresso seemed like a bad plan. So when he wanted to try the cold froth option on his frother, I said we could drink one of my caffeine free teas.
He loves caramel and this was one that I saw recently so it was in my mind. I made this while he frothed the milk. Unfortunately, this, like many of the other teas from this company just wasn’t great. We took one sip, looked at each other and dumped it. It was mostly bland and the little flavor we did get was a woody rooibos.
Still working my way through the big White2Tea ripe minis Halloween pack. I think I only have Grandpa’s and Lumber Balls after this.
The wrapper smells like fruit (is it weird to sniff the wrapper?). Dry tea also smells fruity but not as much as the wrapper. After a quick rinse the wet leaf smells sweet like caramel and dried fruit (black raisins, maybe?). I started with the little baby gaiwan because it was clean and within reach but but it was too much tea for such a small brewing vessel. And I wasn’t really tasting any of the caramel-y fruity stuff I was smelling. So after three or so steeps I scooped all the leaves into a mug and went grandpa style until it lost its flavor. Not fussing with short steeps gave me time to leisurely sip and browse teaware. I realized I don’t have a larger “real” gaiwan and should probably do something about that. I have plenty of pots and easy gaiwan/quick-pot type things but no big regular gaiwans. The tea is smoother and more pleasant grandpa style than brewed with a too-small gaiwan but I still couldn’t taste the interesting things I could smell. It’s not a bad tea but disappointing that it smells better than it tastes. Maybe stuffing it down to the bottom of the tea box and forgetting about it for a while will improve it. It’s still drinkable as is and White2Tea’s description of it being an uncomplicated daily drinker seems pretty accurate. Maybe it was those first few concentrated steeps and drinking them on an empty stomach but the “tea derp” is pretty strong with this one. I feel like I need a nap.
Tea Lemonade Sipdown (306)
I wanted something refreshing and to me that means a tea lemonade. I tried to find something that sounded like it would go well made that way and this fit the bill. Alas, this is tea bought for $1 and the green tea base wasn’t the best quality and it was pretty broken up. That means there is a lot of flavor from the base and it’s sort of a musty grass flavor…plus lemonade. Not a good combination.