624 Tasting Notes
This is the final sample I grabbed from the Traveling Tea Box before mailing it on to Michelle yesterday. It tastes kind of like the classic Bigelow Constant Comment tea, except with a white tea base instead of black. Orange and cinnamon are definitely the dominant flavors. There’s a bitter aftertaste that I can’t quite pin down, but which is significantly reducing my enjoyment. This one wasn’t a favorite, but overall I very much enjoyed my experience with this traveling tea box! Such a treat to get to try so many new-to-me teas and tea companies. I hope others enjoy the teas that I shared from some of my favorite companies!
Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Orange
A huge THANK YOU to whoever put the Tea Side oolongs in the traveling tea box! I’m a pretty casual oolong drinker and had never heard of this company, but both of the ones I tried from them were outstanding. This one somewhat reminded me of a milk oolong, as it had a very creamy flavor and silky texture, but it was sweeter than most with notes of caramel and berries. The second steep was just as delicious as the first and I’m guessing I could get several more good steeps out of these leaves before they give out. I may be placing an order with this company in the future!
Flavors: Berries, Butter, Caramel, Creamy, Sweet
Before taping up the box to mail to Michelle last night, I removed a couple more samples that only had 1-2 cups left, including this one. I don’t really know much about GABA tea, but I will say that this is a very nice oolong! It’s super smooth and buttery with a delicate floral flavor. It actually reminds me quite a bit of a green tea (except smoother), which surprised me based on the dark brown color of the leaves. Not sure if it actually has any magical health benefits, but it was a fun tea to try!
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Smooth
This was not only a new-to-me tea blend, but a tea company I’d never even heard of! Based on this one, I’d be interested in trying more from Satori in the future. The fruit flavors are clean and fresh and not at all artificial and the black tea base provides a nice depth. This one’s staying with me!
Flavors: Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet
Turmeric is so good for you, I’d love to find a turmeric tea I actually like! Unfortunately, this is not it. It’s super earthy and spicy with strong notes of ginger and turmeric and also a hint of…carrot, I think? I like my tea sweet rather than savory, so this one’s not for me.
Flavors: Carrot, Earth, Ginger, Spicy
If they’d only left out the stevia, I think I would have really loved this tea. It had a mouthwatering aroma and a delicious flavor of chocolate and coffee, marred by the overly sweet stevia. I added some milk to cut the sweetness and that was better, but it still had that stevia aftertaste that I really don’t enjoy.
Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate, Coffee, Sweet
Oh wow, this is good! My whole kitchen smelled like lime while it was brewing and the flavor did not disappoint. It has a STRONG lemon-lime flavor with just a touch of marshmallow sweetness. I enjoyed it hot, but I bet it would be amazing iced!
Flavors: Citrus, Creamy, Lemon, Lime, Marshmallow, Smooth, Sweet
Such a fun blend! It brews up to a warm golden color with a subtle sparkle from the glitter. The flavor is a nice balance of sweet plum and spicy ginger with a smooth finish. A pleasant warming tea for a cold January day!
Flavors: Ginger, Plums, Smooth
I didn’t love this one, but I think it’s because I drank it hot. It’s basically an Earl Grey with jasmine and mint added and it wasn’t the greatest combination hot. But it looks like this was actually intended to be an iced tea and I could see how it would be quite refreshing iced!
Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Jasmine, Mint