1528 Tasting Notes
365 Days of Tea Challenge – Day 22
Earl Grey time! :D
This one is simple but lovely. The base has at least some Chinese black tea in it, as it has a nice smooth and mellow earthy flavor. I would guess that there’s Ceylon here as well, as it has a subtly astringent coppery note. It’s acidic enough that it’s a bit rough on my empty stomach.
The bergamot is restrained, and it’s in perfect balance with the black tea. The two complement each other well without either overpowering the other. It’s a lovely citrusy bergamot, and the added finger lime flavor really brings out the citrus notes, while also adding a nice brightness to the blend.
It’s really a good one, and a slightly more demure Earl Grey blend that would be perfect for the afternoon (or a lazy weekend morning!). Plus that gold tin is stunning! ❤
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Citrus, Earth, Lime, Malt, Mineral, Smooth
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Another one from Kawaii433!
I’m not sure how I feel about honeybush, mostly because it’s been a long time since I’ve had any. It’s not a very common base for flavored tisanes, especially compared to the more popular rooibos.
The honeybush here has an interesting woody flavor, one that’s quite different from the woodiness of red rooibos. It’s almost peppery? I’m not sure how else to describe it.
The cinnamon flavor is surprisingly mild. I can taste a little bit of buttery or pastry-like flavor here as well. Overall, I’m just quite surprised by how subdued the flavoring is in relation to the honeybush base.
There’s also something here that’s adding some natural sweetness, perhaps it’s the cinnamon chips? It almost tastes like there’s a sprinkling of stevia, which I know there is not. It is a pleasant sweetness though, and doesn’t overwhelm the cup.
Overall, it’s perfectly pleasant to sip on. But for me, it’s not very memorable – it’s mostly a mild cinnamon honeybush.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Butter, Cinnamon, Frosting, Sweet, Wood
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One of the many 52teas selections sent to me by Kawaii433! I do enjoy root beer, so I’m happy she chose this one to share.
Hmm, I’m not sure about this one. It does have a fairly accurate root beer flavor, which is very tasty. However, it’s also quite woody. I’m not sure if that’s from the base tea or the added sarsaparilla root, but I’m finding it very distracting.
I definitely taste root beer, but I’m not sure I’m really getting the creamy “float” element here, and that may just be because of the strong woody overtones.
It’s still an enjoyable tea, and it does have a lovely root beer flavor. It just misses the mark for me a little bit with the ice cream element of the root beer float.
Flavors: Root Beer, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood
This is the third and final fruity white tea from Lov Organic. Coconut is not one of my favorite flavors, but I do love blueberry! And I do enjoy coconut teas every once in a while.
Hmm… This is mostly coconut, and it’s the artificial suntan lotion sort of coconut. I can maybe taste a little hint of blueberry at the beginning and end of the sip, but if I didn’t know it was supposed to be here, I wouldn’t pick it out. I think it’s because both the blueberry and coconut are quite sweet, and the strong, creamy coconut flavor overpowers the blueberry a bit.
It’s tasty, and I think white tea goes very well with creamy coconut. But the coconut here is a bit too artificial for me, and I was looking for more blueberry flavor and perhaps a little tartness.
Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Coconut, Creamy, Hay, Oats
Well now that I know these white teas from Lov Organic are going away, I have to try the three that I have and decide whether I should order some in sachets…
This is tasty, but for me it’s too close to the Blackcurrant-Peach version. The mango here is quite peachy in flavor in my opinion. It does have an extra little tropical hit to it because of the passion fruit. The white tea is mellow and pleasant, with notes of hay and oats.
It’s yummy! But I don’t need both this one and the Blackcurrant-Peach white tea, and I prefer the latter.
Flavors: Creamy, Hay, Mango, Oats, Passion Fruits, Peach, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical
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From VariaTEA! I think this is a fandom blend from Adagio that the designer has since started selling on their own website? Which seems a bit disingenuous to me since the website doesn’t actually specify whether or not they blend their teas in-house. At least the price is somewhat reasonable, at $11 for 50g compared to Adagio’s price of $12 for 85g.
I will say, to me an elven-inspired blend should be a green, oolong, or herbal base. But that’s okay!
Mostly this just tastes vaguely peachy with a hint of cinnamon and perhaps some caramel or vanilla. The base is extremely generic and doesn’t taste like much. It has a slight mustiness.
So anyway, it’s okay but I wouldn’t call it “good”. But that’s what I generally expect from Adagio teas (though this once isn’t specified as being an Adagio blend).
Flavors: Caramel, Musty, Peach, Stonefruits, Sweet, Vanilla
365 Days of Tea Challenge – Day 21
Somehow, I always forget how much I enjoy these fruity white teas from Lov Organic. Although, I’m a bit worried they’re being discontinued as we speak, because all three flavors are 40% off and a lot of the package options (including the tins) are out of stock… :( I’ve asked about it on Instagram, but who knows whether I’ll get a response.
Mine is in sachet form, as it’s from a white tea sachet sampler pack.
It’s really good… The white tea base is fairly generic, with a soft, mellow hat & oats sort of flavor. But the fruits! The peach is juicy and sweet, and creamy when combined with the white tea. As for the blackcurrant, I’m not sure I would pick it out specifically if I didn’t know it was there. I might guess it was blackberry. But either way, it does add a lovely depth and slight jammy richness to the blend, and accents the peach perfectly.
Now I’m annoyed because I want a tin of this, and I’m very worried it won’t be available anymore. At least there are still some sachets in stock, maybe I should order a bunch…
Flavors: Berry, Black Currant, Blackberry, Hay, Jam, Oats, Peach, Smooth, Sweet
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Ugh… I don’t know why, but I feel so tired this morning. It’s 10:30, and I still want to go back to sleep! XD Hopefully more tea will start to perk me up a bit.
This tea actually reminds me of a Taiwanese black. It has noticeable waffle-like cinnamon and honey notes, along with a nicely fruity flavor. It does also have the thick and satisfying malty sweet potato and bread notes that I would expect from a Yunnan black. There’s a touch of savory flavor, along with a smooth and mellow earthy undertone. And perhaps a wisp of a floral note at the end of the sip?
I guess I don’t know enough about Keemun to recognize which notes are characteristic of this type of tea… Luckily, I went crazy when TeaVivre had their samples sale, so I now have several of their Keemun varieties to try!
Anyway, this is a thick and satisfying Chinese black that makes me think of soft toasted bread drizzled with honey and perhaps a touch of apricot or plum preserves, and sprinkled with cinnamon.
A definite nom.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Earth, Floral, Honey, Jam, Malt, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Thick
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Getting back to these AQ2T samples! I love kukicha and all things melon, so this was a no-brainer to add to my order. Hopefully the sage isn’t too powerful, as it’s not one of my favorite herbs.
This is a tasty one! It’s a smooth and sweet kukicha base with a mellow grassy flavor. The melon here is definitely cantaloupe, which is a nice change from the more common honeydew flavoring. Overall, it has a nice creamy melon flavor.
The sage is fairly mild, thank goodness! And I think it does add a bit of interest, and it’s nice to have a different and more unusual flavor.
I’m not sure whether I’ll reorder this or not. It is very tasty, but I’m not sure I need multiple melon teas in my cupboard.
Flavors: Cantaloupe, Creamy, Grass, Herbaceous, Melon, Sage, Smooth, Sweet
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I admit, I feel a bit silly drinking these oolongs Western style, but gongfu isn’t really my thing… I did order an inexpensive gaiwan off of Amazon today though, so I’ll try to set a goal to do a couple of sessions per week or something. It’s good to get out of my comfort zone! It seems to me that oolong is one of the tea types that lends itself best to gongfu preparation, so I’m happy that I have all of these great samples from Kawaii!
But for now, Western style!
This is certainly an interesting one. It has a strong mineral note that I wasn’t expecting! I do enjoy mineral flavors in tea though, and happily in this case it reminds me of a clear mountain stream rather than the odious “licking a rock” sensation I’ve also gotten previously.
So because of that, this tea feels very refreshing to me. It does have some floral presence as well, and it’s a tad bit more than I would prefer (not being a flower lover). But it certainly doesn’t go anywhere near perfume – it more makes me picture a lovely trickling spring carrying large pink blossoms floating past. I’m not sure I can place the flower specifically, but my best guess would be gardenia. There’s also a light and sweet peach note that goes swimmingly with the floral flavor.
I have a hard time describing the greener flavor in oolongs… It’s not particularly vegetal, perhaps grassy in the sweet and fresh sense? I suppose it’s because I am more used to green teas, which are often grassy, and this is not the same as that.
So much sweetness here! There’s a very light honey note that lingers on the tongue, as well as a clear honeysuckle nectar-like flavor that almost verges on melon-like.
I very much enjoyed this one, even if it was a bit more floral than I’m accustomed to. And even if it’s not my very favorite flavor profile, I can still appreciate that this is delicious tea.
Flavors: Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Gardenias, Honey, Honeysuckle, Melon, Mineral, Nectar, Peach, Smooth, Sweet