521 Tasting Notes
I have just finished dinner and was in search of something sweet and savory. This little guy was the winner! The word custard, when used along with tea, automatically intrigued me. I brewed this western. The aroma of silky rich creme emitted from my brew basket. I inhaled the scent of a rhubarb cream pie. I sipped this down rather quickly. Surprisingly, the taste of rhubarb dominated this brew. It had a finish of cream and vanilla. This brew had both of these flavors swirled around with a dusky earth taste. I actually really enjoyed this tea. The taste was not overwhelming. I think a flavored tea is beginning to grow on me.
Flavors: Cream, Rhubarb, Rum, Vanilla
With the day that I’ve had, I needed something smooth to start out with. I picked this solely because it had white tea. I looked at this tea a little more and noticed the ingredients on it. It’s simply amazing the technology we have now days to actually put fog into a tea, hahah. I brewed western with a small amount. I caught the immediate tone of a smoky peach. This aroma reminded me of a peach hookah. The flavor of this brew is very diverse. It starts with a distinct peach flavor and then slows into pineapple. After the initial first sip I began to taste lychee and sweet desert herbs. Afterwards, I am left with the aftertaste of cacti and vegetal. I enjoyed this brew and with the bouquet of flavors I thought it be relaxing.
Flavors: Cactus Flowers, Cream, Lychee, Pineapple, Vegetal
Before I head back out I needed something to “pick-me-up.” This blend had black in it, so I picked this one, hahah. While brewing, it reminded me of this soap bar my Grandmother sent me from London. I know that sounds bad but its not. This soap smelled amazing!! I brewed this “soapy” tea western and with small amounts. The initial flavor was very strong. I can taste orange peel, white grape and rose. This is a very flavorful tea but for me the orange peel is little overwhelming. If you enjoy flavored and sharp black tea then this is for you :)
Flavors: Anise, Licorice, Orange Zest, White Grapes
I chose this solely based on its name. I love creative names with blends. I enjoy sipping my brew as I sit and imagine what inspired the creator. It has a lovely mix. I can spot small flowers and Sencha. I brewed western with a small amount. As soon as the water touched the leaves the aroma of peach exploded throughout my tea room. It reminded me of a fruitful peach smoothie. The flavor is very floral. The word perfume comes to my mind. I can distinctly taste peach and flower petals. The flavor then smooths out to a grassy and spring taste. Lastly you’re left with undertones of fruit and twigs. This brew leaves a sweet jolly rancher aftertaste. I enjoyed this tea but I don’t believe it is the one for me.
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Jam, Peach
I opened the package to be greeted with the essence of Lapsang Souchong. I am usually not a fan of the overwhelming taste of smoke and charcoal, but I took a chance. While brewing the aroma does resemble wet wood and socks, which wasn’t the best. The brew itself though is very flavorful. I can distinct the taste Lapsang Souchong, but it has calmed out. The dominant smoke flavor has smoothed unto a more soft pine flavor. The oolong adds a slight desert floral hint. The liquor is a bright bronze! Its a very nice blend and simply tasteful.
Flavors: Dark Wood, Pine, Smoked
The name of this intrigued me. I love it when companies get inspired and creative and let their ideas flow. I had no idea what to expect with this brew. I believed it to be a robust rooibos with the almost coffee tobacco flavoring. Instead I was greeted with a silky smooth caramel treat. This blend has just the right amount of sweet and spice. I can hint at undertones of chai, allspice, and zest. I picture a golden strip in the desert with a cherry red mustang roaring down the road. I love this brew, and I usually don’t appreciate flavored tea. I will definitely add this to my stock in the future.
Flavors: Caramel, Root Beer, Smooth, Vanilla
I picked out this tea because the label was intriguing, and it looked very unusual. I brewed western with one heaping teaspoon. The leaves were very creamy and soft. I loved the texture. The aroma was creamy but slightly overwhelming. Upon brewing the aroma intensified. My tea room was filled with the air of coconut stuffed truffles. It was a very desert styled tea. It tasted of creme, coconut, and white chocolate. The flavors were very weak though, so it was all undertones. I enjoyed the aroma, but it might not be the tea for me. The aroma was very pleasing. I couldn’t taste the pineapple in this brew.
Flavors: Cake, Coconut, Creamy, White Chocolate
This brew is heavy. While looking at the dry leaves I can spot Yunnan Dian Hong and what I thought was Kenyan Estate black. It turns out its a pellet formed Assam. I brewed western at a very high temperature. The liquor is stunning crimson orange, which I love. I’ve been searching for this particular color so already the tea had me won. The taste is powerful and smooth. It has a very hearty depth and follows through with a silky finish. This is some strong stuff. It has a sweet coffee flavor. This would be perfect for an early morning pick-me up. Also, I couldn’t stop hearing Dark Horse by Katy Perry playing in my head while drinking this, hahah.
Flavors: Clay, Coffee, Dirt, Malt, Oak
As soon as I spotted the word “bamboo” I was very intrigued. The dry leaves smell of a floral perfume. They’re a beautiful assortment. I can see red, blue, green, and small bamboo shavings. This is truly an interesting blend. I brewed western with a very small amount. The aroma was magnificent. It was a blossoming sencha! The flavor is smooth and rich in scents. I am drafted in Rose, Hibiscus, Vegetal, Jasmine and a sweet undertone of Spring. This is a tea of growth and I enjoyed it :D
Flavors: Green, Hibiscus, Rose, Sweet, Warm Grass, Vegetal
This is spectacular!!! The buds are a golden topaz and so fluffy! This is a brilliant Yunnan! The brew was gorgeous! The dry buds have a faint smoked scent and slight tang. I brewed western in my press. The aroma reminds me of a steak dinner and Thanksgiving all in one. This is a very hearty brew. The liquor has such depth and tastes of baked sweet potatoes and mahogany. The steeped buds give off the scent of a grand feast. I am in love with this Yunnan, and I need it in my life haha
Flavors: Cherry Wood, Maple, Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potatoes