2725 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! (15 | 15)
My last Zhi tea! Though some have made their way to the rehoming box, but those don’t count. :P
This is probably the best one out of what I ordered, though it’s not amazing. The sencha base is very dry grassy with some slightly fishy seaweed notes, but not much depth or really any vegetal notes at all. I do like the grapefruit flavor, it’s restrained but not too subtle and it does taste like a real grapefruit. And since it’s a citrus it goes fairly well with the more savory base, when some sweeter flavors would be a weird combination.
Anyway, it’s not bad. Lupicia’s version is much better, because the base is much better. Maybe I’ll steep up some of that tea next… Zhi in general was very disappointing to me, especially since it’s a local brand. There were a few teas that were decent, but none that were great or worth reordering IMO. Oh well.
Flavors: Citrus, Citrus Zest, Dry Grass, Fishy, Grapefruit, Seaweed, Umami
Sipdown! (14 | 14)
So I was shocked when I opened this pouch and it really did smell like panettone – sweet with raisin and citrus and a richness from the vanilla.
However, it doesn’t really translate to the steeped tea, which is sort of a bit bland? I do taste hints of all those things – raisin, orange and lemon, a woody boozy note from the vanilla. But it’s all very subtle and the earthy/woody base takes over a bit. I will say this base tea is very smooth, which I appreciate after not liking some of the other black teas with a more tannic base. Also, there’s no sugar here which is always a plus.
Flavors: Alcohol, Citrus, Earth, Lemon, Orange, Raisins, Smooth, Wood
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Yay, look at me go, actually finishing some matcha ha ha! :P (we’ll ignore the fact that I still have like 5+ 30g tins in my drawer plus another two flavored packets..)
I’ve been enjoying iced flavored matcha with oat milk every morning, and this one really lends itself to that preparation. It tastes almost exactly like that peaches & cream instant oatmeal packet that I used to love! Less sweet, obviously, but the peach of the matcha together with the creamy, oat-y milk replicates the idea perfectly. So perfect for breakfast ha ha!
And if I’m feeling frisky, I might just add a drizzle of maple or vanilla syrup just to augment the yumminess… ;)
Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Peach, Sweet
Sipdown! (12 | 12)
Don’t ask me why I ordered this, ginger is the first ingredient. And I like ginger in some things, but it tends to be too much for me as a starring ingredient.
Anyway… This isn’t bad by any means. The ginger is strong but it doesn’t burn my tongue, which is a plus. But the peppermint is already a bit wet rag-y and the earthiness of the ginger pushes it even more in that direction. I definitely don’t taste orange. The eucalyptus is there, adding a nice savory coolness to the blend.
It’s drinkable but not something I would buy.
Flavors: Earthy, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Herbaceous, Herbs, Menthol, Mint, Musty, Peppermint
Sipdown! (11 | 11)
So to me, this is very similar to Deb’s cinnamon raisin hojicha.
It has the same sweet cinnamon sort of flavor, maybe with a bit of extra spicing from the pumpkin pie spice. The apple and pumpkin seeds don’t seem to be adding anything IMO. I do appreciate that there isn’t any sugar added to this blend, but at the same time I prefer the other one heh heh…
Pumpkin spice hojicha, but a bit light on the pumpkin spice. Also, why coconut? Not that I taste it anyway.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Dry Leaves, Pumpkin Spice, Roasted, Spices, Sweet
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This had a lovely raspberry smell dry, but I wish I was getting a bit more raspberry in the taste.
The nuttiness is definitely there, I’m not sure I would know outright that it’s pecan, but it’s rich and creamy and pleasant. But there’s only a touch of raspberry, and I wish it was stronger to better compete with the nuttiness. And then near the end the rooibos rears its head a bit and takes over everything.
I like the idea of the flavor combo, but I wish for more raspberry and possibly a different base…
Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Creamy, Jam, Medicinal, Nuts, Raspberry, Roasted Nuts, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood
Sipdown! (9 | 9)
So I have this gallon Ziploc bag of Teavivre samples from a previous order, and I figured it was time to start working through them. There’s two samples of each tea, so if I have one every day I’ll get a sipdown every other day. Huzzah!
This is tasty, as their jasmine teas always are. I’m not sure where this one falls in terms of price, but it’s definitely not as delicious as their jasmine pearl teas. The jasmine is nice enough, sweet and lush with a nice hint of creaminess. But I feel like the base tea isn’t giving me much? It’s sort of just slightly grassy and mineral, and there’s some astringency even though I steeped it for just two minutes.
Still a pleasant and relaxing tea this evening, it just doesn’t measure up to a lot of Teavivre’s other jasmine teas that I’ve tried in the past.
Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Dry Grass, Floral, Jasmine, Mineral, Peach, Sweet
Sipdown! (8 | 8)
The last of my yummy samples from a previous Mountain Stream order…
Another lovely red oolong, which is possibility my favorite kind. Probably because I adore Taiwanese black teas, and this is sort of like an oolong pretending to be that. :P
Very sweet and rich, with lots of dark brown sugar and honey mixed among hints of red and golden fruits. A generous sprinkling of cinnamon as well, which is a note I only tend to find in oxidized Taiwanese teas. This one actually has a bit of malt as well, and could probably convince me that it was a black tea if it was so inclined…
Yummy, sweet, cozy goodness. A perfect tea for fall and winter weather. :)
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bread, Brown Sugar, Caramelized Sugar, Cinnamon, Dry Leaves, Honey, Malt, Red Fruits, Round, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet, Wood
Sipdown! (7 | 7)
This one sounded good from the ingredients, but I don’t taste much besides chamomile, a bit of mint, and a touch of licorice root. And I would’ve guessed peppermint, not spearmint which is the actual ingredients. Not that I dislike any of these things, it’s just rather boring and muddled together. There’s no crispness to the mint and the chamomile is sort of a bland.
Not a winner for me! But one step closer to sipping down all of my herbal tisanes so I can buy shiny new ones! :P
Flavors: Chamomile, Licorice Root, Mint, Peppermint, Sweet
Sipdown! (6 | 6)
Ooh, getting a really lovely rich cacao flavor in this last cuppa!
I never really got much marshmallow from this, despite there apparently being both leaf and root. But it is a nice mix of peppermint and dark chocolaty notes. Often I can’t really taste cacao much in teas, so I appreciate that it has a strong presence here. So much better than chocolate flavoring!
It’s tasty, but not something I would reorder due to the price ($9 for 1 ounce). I might have to try creating my own version with mint and cacao nibs one of these days.
Flavors: Cacao, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Mint, Peppermint, Sweet