1528 Tasting Notes
365 Days of Tea Challenge – Day 13
I did something very unusual (for me) with this one – I prepared it extra strong and added soy milk & sugar. I’m a person who virtually never adds anything to tea, but once I decided on this blueberry black tea the thought just wouldn’t leave my head.
So now I have a tasty mug of blueberry muffin. I actually added a little too much sugar, so of course it’s extra delicious, hah! Sugar makes my brain go “wheeeeeeeeeeeeee”!
So really, this is not a good tasting note for this tea since I added so much to it. But that’s okay! I’ll just leave the rating as-is and revisit it next time when I’m drinking this plain.
Flavors: Blueberry, Creamy, Smooth, Sweet
Tea Swap Sample Sipdown Catch-Up! 4 of 4 (12)
Yay, my last catch-up swap sample! This one comes from VariaTEA again (she sent me a boatload!).
I would love to try more teas from Dammann Frères, they have so many that sound amazing. But why can’t they just offer 50g sizes?! I would want to order multiple different teas, and there’s no way I could ever drink 100g of each one… So I guess I’ll just wait and see if anyone is up for a group order sometime this year.
This is a nice fruity black tea. I taste the apricot and plum most strongly, and they add a bit of nice tartness. They’re closer to dried fruit or potentially preserves than they are to fresh fruit. The fig adds a nice richness and rounds out the bottom note. I’m not sure that I specifically taste vanilla, but there are some sweet woody notes that sometimes go along with bourbon vanilla.
It’s yummy! I’m not sure it’s unique enough that I would order it, and I do wish there was a stronger vanilla presence to add a nice creamy element.
Flavors: Apricot, Dried Fruit, Earth, Fig, Jam, Plums, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tart, Wood
Tea Swap Sample Sipdown Catch-Up! 3 of 4 (11)
Another 52teas marshmallow genmaicha from VariaTEA!
Wow, does the dry leaf have a powerful aroma… Super strong maple!
This has sort of a pancake syrup flavor. There is maple, but it’s more of a somewhat artificial version than a real maple syrup flavor. That combined with the buttery and toasty genmaicha is making me think of frozen waffles with butter and pancake syrup.
There is a slight alcoholic note here too – I’m assuming because of the large amount of maple flavoring used. I could do without that aspect of it, but it’s not overpowering.
Overall, it’s tasty and I’m glad I got to try it. I probably wouldn’t purchase this one, though. I seem to have difficult finding the marshmallow flavor in these blends, unfortunately.
Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Butter, Maple, Pancake Syrup, Sweet, Toasted Rice
This one was a bonus sample that tea-sipper sent when I purchased from her stash sale.
I admit, I was a bit worried when I saw this one, as I’m not a fan of rose. But I gave it a sniff, and it didn’t seem overly rose-y, so I decided to give it a try. And looking at the ingredients, it looks like the rose is just rose petals and not flavor or essence, so that’s a good sign. Makes me wonder why they put “rose” in the name though.
This is interesting, and I like it. The green tea base is smooth and very mild, with a soft dry grass flavor. I can taste a bit of spice – definitely cardamom and licorice with a bit of clove. They give a lovely warming sensation as well. I’m really enjoying the herbs, though the flavor is hard to describe. I can pick out ginseng and mint with perhaps a hint of rose. The overall flavor is warm and aromatic with a lovely sweetness.
This is lovely and relaxing, perfect for the evening. I bet it would make a delicious iced tea as well. Thanks tea-sipper! :)
Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Clove, Dry Grass, Herbaceous, Licorice, Mint, Rose, Smooth, Spices, Sweet
Tea Swap Sample Sipdown Catch-Up! 2 of 4 (10)
This is a swap from AJRimmer. It’s a plain paper packet that has “Jasmine Tea from China” handwritten on it, but doesn’t list the name of the tea or the company. The tea itself is the jasmine dragon pearl variety. For some reason, I really like jasmine teas, even though I don’t really enjoy floral flavors in general. I actually just ordered a selection of jasmine pearl samples from TeaVivre to try out!
Wow, this is surprisingly good! I wasn’t expecting all that much from a generic, unknown jasmine pearl. But this has some very strong peach notes – strong enough that I’m wondering if it’s a peach-flavored jasmine pearl? I know TeaVivre carries one, in fact I ordered a sample! The jasmine is sweet and smooth. I’m not getting much from the base tea, but honestly that’s what I’d expect from a dragon pearl – they’re mostly about the jasmine flavor.
Overall it has a nice peaches ‘n’ cream sort of flavor to it, with the jasmine of course. Tasty!
Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Floral, Jasmine, Peach, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet
365 Days of Tea Challenge – Day 12
Yay, my nommy little cocoa pearls! ❤
I picked up a 100g bag of these with my TeaVivre sample order when they were having a sale. They’re tasty and I love the cute pearls much more than I should.
Today I think I overleafed more than usual, as the malt is quite intense and there’s a soft leather note that I don’t recall tasting previously. Still delicious, just slightly different! There’s still a excess of cocoa, of course! And definitely some wood – perhaps sherry oak? I really should familiarize myself more with different wood types, it would be nice to be able to describe the flavors more accurately. At the end of the sip, there’s an uplift in intensity that almost approaches bitterness, but doesn’t quite get there.
Nommy nom nom pearls of nom…
Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Leather, Malt, Smooth, Wood
Tea Swap Sample Sipdown Catch-Up! 1 of 4 (9)
This sample is from my swap with VariaTEA!
Zhi Tea is actually native to Austin. I haven’t been to their location yet, but I definitely plan to go!
This one’s just okay. The bai mudan base is smooth with soft hay and oat notes. There’s a bit of dry autumn leaf flavor as well. According to the description, the blueberry here is from botanical blueberry extract. But somehow, to me, it still tastes somewhat candylike or artificial.
It’s not bad, but not great either. I do like the idea of white tea and blueberry together though, as blueberry oatmeal is one of my favorite flavors.
Flavors: Artificial, Autumn Leaf Pile, Blueberry, Candy, Hay, Musty, Oats, Smooth
Tea Swap Sample Sipdown of the Day! (8)
Yay, I’m back home! I’ve been traveling for work the past few days, so I haven’t been posting many notes. But I did keep up with my 365 Days of Tea Challenge on Instagram, so that’s good. I plan on catching up on my tea swap sipdowns today, since I missed 4 days this week. Onward!
This swap sample comes from Arby. According to her tasting note, it’s a 2016 harvest – not sure which season.
I don’t know why, but I seem to be reaching for the oolongs lately. Apparently I have grown fonder of them than I remember being… As long as there’s not too much floral action going on, we get along just fine! This one is an unflavored milk oolong.
This is really a delicious tea. The base flavor is more vegetal than floral, which makes me very happy! It’s lightly vegetal though, reminding me of a Chinese green tea with soft sugar snap pea notes. There’s a touch of mineral flavor, which along with the clear, refreshing nature of the tea brings to mind the image of a cool mountain stream. The milky note is delicious, and it’s definitely milk as opposed to cream. It manages to be both indulgent and light at the same time, and has a slight edge of sticky rice flavor. I can taste apricot at the end of the sip, which again makes me think of a Chinese green tea.
Yummy! This somewhat reminds me of dragonwell, with a silkier mouthfeel and that lovely creamy, slightly rice-y note. And I happen to love dragonwell, so that’s a good thing! ❤
Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Milk, Mineral, Peas, Rice, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet, Vegetal
365 Days of Tea Challenge – Day 11
Sample Sipdown! (7)
The first to be tried from my A Quarter to Tea sample order! :)
Hmm, I do admit to being a bit disappointed. I actually overleafed a bit, and still this is quite light on flavor.
But the flavor that is there is quite good! There’s a lovely creaminess here, and I do taste a hint of eggnoggy nutmeg as well. I can taste the base tea, and it has a smooth oat & hay flavor. There’s perhaps a little hint of amaretto or rum flavor in the background as well?
It’s good, just a bit lighter than I was expecting. But definitely custardy! If it were a bit stronger, it would be completely amazing.
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Custard, Eggnog, Hay, Marzipan, Nutmeg, Oats, Smooth
Tea Swap Sample Sipdown of the Day! (6)
This one comes from VariaTEA!
I’m always intrigued by the concept of marshmallow genmaicha, but I’ve been disappointed by it in the past. But I do love a good genmaicha, so here we are! Plus this one has cute sprinkles.
I admit, this one is a bit disappointing too. Mostly it tastes like a plain ol’ genmaicha with a hint of bitterness from the grassy green tea. I suppose I can taste a little hint of vanilla or marshmallow if I concentrate. There is a note of artificiality to it as well.
Not for me. Oh well! It smells nice at least.
Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Grass, Marshmallow, Sweet, Vanilla