729 Tasting Notes
I have completely no idea what is this tea. I just know I have received it (order on my address) from White Antlers. So thank you a lot, hopefully Alistair pop in here and tell us bit more, as it is not available on What-cha website at all!
So, moreover it doesn’t have even the typical white label that all What-cha teas have! It is handwritten, saying name of the tea and vintage 2019.
I took water when first bubbles started to appear. That is my rule of thumb while making temperature sensitive teas, as it is usually green teas.
I took 5 grams for my 300-400 ml mug. Bit untypical set-up but perfect for cold (around 16°C) morning. Steeped for 3 minutes which wasn’t too much but it was quite exact for perfect cup.
The tea was somehow simple in flavour, grassy/grass seed, vegetal, overall indeed typical cheap green tea without any off notes. Hints of astringency. But the palate was amazingly smooth, little bit bitter (but I think I have over-leafed & maybe too long steep). Certainly a nice tea, which I will gongfu for sure, as leaves are big and wonderful! Preparing it western, even in a big tea bag instead of strainer, is bit contempt.
Flavors: Grass, Grass Seed, Smooth, Vegetal
Received from ashmanra, probably it was sample for her, as it was one serving foil wrapped pyramid sachet.
I wasn’t impressed honestly. It was quite generic black tea. Hints of malt, hints of astringency, but that’s all. But at least it seems it is caffeine boosting which is nice in the morning.
Another tea from August 2020 subscription.
Well. It is weird tea. Haven’t seen tea with: rooibos, cocoa nibs, Ceylon black tea, puffed quinoa, cat flowering tops, stevia and flavours.
Although it is pretty much creamy and dough like in taste, stevia is honestly somehow overpowering everything, although I understand that the taste can remind bit that dough.
As I don’t really know how honeycomb cookie should taste like, I can’t much say it is similar to taste. But the tea itself is somehow in the middle. I like it, but it’s sweet. But it’s called honeycomb so it is supposed to be I think. Creamy qualites are high. Missing bit of some other flavours. Maybe more cocoa nibs next time? I have just looked inside pouch and can’t see any!
Flavors: Creamy, Sweet
I have received a huge box just before my getaway. Lovely White Antlers decided to send me some teas. Ordered from What-cha, delivered here. And this tea is sample from Alistair himself. THANK YOU both!
3 minutes steeping brews wonderful golden colour tea. The aroma is indeed very sweet as it is in the description, (dry) tea was very similar to picture. Long wire-like leaves, with hints of golden colour.
Brewed… aroma was already described, as well the colour. The taste is bit drying, but sweet. Maybe sweet potatoes a bit? Hints of malt for sure. Maybe it is not one of the most complex black teas, but certainly very nice and the price is very nice as well.
For now 90/100. But it may go up or down as I am, naturally, tired. And maybe another preparation method will make the tea better. How to spend remaining 3 grams? Should I brew it gong-fu?
Flavors: Drying, Malt, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
Made a hot drink today morning after two hours of sleep in bed and 30 minutes in train home.
I returned from my getaway and jumped to night shift part-time job right after. Tiring!
The tea made its job in the morning though, it extinguished my thirst. And it was easy drinking so it was nothing to think about while drinking it. My father was amazed by colour, well, blue pea flowers + blueberries indeed delivered purple-dark blue colour.
Tea itself was blueberrries mostly today with sweet notes of peaches. And tartness from hibiscus. Somehow expected.
Flavors: Blueberry, Peach, Tart
I still have this tea!
Although it is past it’s best times, it was like green and mineral tea; hints of stonefruits a bit maybe. I need to finish the rest quickly I think. It lose its floral qualities for sure, but it was still nice.
Thank you derk!
Let’s continue with postcrossing THANK YOU envelope, tea 5/6 After 26 days.
I am not a fan of Chamomile as you all know already. Especially when it’s only ingredient.
This tea isn’t an exception. Just seeing the chamomile dust in the bag made me gag. Aroma, yuck, chamomile.
Taste is dusty. I had so many better chamomile teas! Dusty, with hints of herbals, mostly naturally chamomile. It isn’t sweet, rather like easting raw pollen, it tickles a bit in throat. Well, well…
Cozy? What’s cozy on chamomile (of course I know the relaxing effect)?
Tomorrow I am leaving for weekend getaway (thanks ashmanra for this word). So I won’t post on Steepster, though I will try have at least tea for breakfast. I hope I will return to same Steepster as I am leaving it. Although it was okay most of the day, I got few 504 ERRORs now. But okay I guess.
Tried again. Again not that good. It was bit earthy green tea. Where have been peaches?
I will be happy to sip this tea down. It’s just a bit earthy, green tea. It used to have peach flavour, but it seems it’s gone? Or I have prepared it again somehow wrong? Umm…
I wanted so much to do a SIPDOWN, but couldn’t decided which flavoured tea I would like to drink, so I made a line of them, counted them and let the random.org choose a tea for me. If I was clever enough to don’t include the new teas… I would not open tea from AUGUST 2020 subscription
So yeah, I am having a fresh new tea, so new, it isn’t on their website yet.
Opened the pouch and something familiar hit my nose. I found out bit later it is dark chocolate covered violets with vanilla notes. They have this line on their pouch and it is exactly that I think. Dark chocolate with strong violet aroma. Vanilla not that much. Typical set-up; DIY tea bags (need to buy new box (100 pcs)), two teaspoons, 300 ml cup.
Steeped for recommended 4 minutes and well, cloudy copper brew appeared. I probably overleafed it or steeped for long as, well, it is quite bitter with vanilla aroma. And cocoa aftertaste. It is as well somehow floral from violets and all the tastes/aromas are fighting each other what should be the most present and best for tea.
But as it cools down, it has specific flavour, which is nice! It reminds me some floral Darjeelings a bit (but not that smooth). I think I will try it again with shorter steeping. Or less leaf? I am just sad there is no violets in, instead there are mallow flowers. Probably cheaper?
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Floral, Vanilla, Violet
JUNE 2020 subscription (probably)
Maybe I do too many tasting notes now? Well, I have lots of teas coming to me and I need to reduce numbers greatly. And I have to drink lots of few last cups of teas. I keep last cup in pouch and… well it doesn’t disappear.
Moreover, I have received already August subscription envelope and this haven’t been even opened! Probably I have been waiting for hotter days, but colder ones came instead.
Dry leaf aroma reminded me some opened and bit stale 7Up drink. The ingredients looks fresh, lemongrasss kept its green-yellow colour.
Brewed, grandpa, 3 tsp, boiling water makes bright yellow colour, while lemongrass is on the bottom and peels are on the top. It won’t be easy to drink it (and I am lazy to strain it).
Well, aroma of brewed tea is pretty much same. Taste… well, it is not a lemonade but I notice lemons for sure, among other citrus fruits, lemongrass, and… well that’s it.
Pretty nice even hot.
Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Lemon, Lemongrass