174 Tasting Notes

90

If ever there was a replacement for David’s Caramel Shortbread, this is it! That being said, I found out that US tea drinkers can finally buy Caramel Shortbread for a limited time, so I jumped on that bandwagon fast!

Anyway, this tea is incredibly delicious. An herbal blend, so no caffeine. I added a little bit of amber sugar and milk and it totally destroyed my sweet tooth. The fudge isn’t that pronounced, but it’s a creamy, dreamy, custardy, sweet, mellow apple delight with just a touch of cocoa. Unfortunately, The Art of Tea NL is in the Netherlands, so I’ll just need to pester my Dutch friend to get it for me and bring it over when she visits. They do ship to the US, but the shipping fees are appalling! If you’re ever in Haarlem, they have the cutest shop – I could spend hours and hours there. They also sell coffee, spices, and chocolates. If you like dessert teas and have a caffeine issue (or just want to have something dessert-y after dinner) this is an excellent choice.

Flavors: Apple, Cocoa, Creamy, Custard

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

Way too floral for me, but at least that dies down after a steep or two. I wish I could get more of the sweeter notes that I expected, but at least the creamy, buttery finish comes through. I still think it’s an excellent tea that holds up over many steeps and has nice flavor development, it’s just not my favorite.

Flavors: Butter, Floral

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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89

I’m going through these dragon balls slowly, since I know Bitterleaf is sold out of them. So good! Definitely honey notes, a bit of caramelized sugar, and a starchy, bread-like finish. It goes strong for many steeps – I got seven good ones (and a weak eighth because I always try to go too long to get as much as I can out of a tea that I can resteep). Thoroughly enjoyable, and comforting to have since I’m on the last bit of All Day Breakfast, which I will miss greatly.

Flavors: Bread, Caramelized Sugar, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Ringo Sencha by Momo Tea
174 tasting notes

OK, so I’m officially catching up on tea reviews, I guess. Picked this up at the Toronto Tea Festival (boy, was THAT whole weekend a blast!) and just started digging into it recently. The flavoring is a bit overpowering when you first open up the bag, kind of astringent with a super strong apple scent, but I think it makes the taste hold up well after brewing. Just don’t get your nose too close to the bag! Super fresh apple and green tea flavor, which makes a nice pairing. I manage to get 3 infusions (one minute each) out of this, which I think is amazing for a flavored green tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Fresh, Green Apple

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

Had a pot of this last night after dinner, caffeine be damned. Rich chocolate, juicy raspberry, a great dessert black tea with a teaspoon of amber sugar (highly recommend that as well!) and some milk. Glorious.

Flavors: Chocolate, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Karamellisimo by Tee & Ton
174 tasting notes

A gift from my friends over in Europe – they are the best! Creamy, milky, caramel flavored black tea that is comforting and dessert-y, especially with milk. I shamelessly have it with breakfast often. Once the weather gets warm enough I may look for less rich fare, but this is a favorite, and such a treat as it comes from a small teashop in Berlin that doesn’t do online orders or ship (the proprietor doesn’t speak English at all, my German is nonexistent, and so I’d need my friends to translate!). Makes it that much more special.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

Normally I go for Bellocq’s No. 1 Breakfast Blend, but awhile ago I was in the atelier and picked this up as well – couldn’t resist. Awesome stuff. I love Ceylon teas, and this is a wonderful example of why. Bright yet still rich, with honey notes and that fruity, citrus-y quality particular to Ceylon teas. Super enjoyable. Great with milk, unsweetened, per my usual.

Flavors: Bright, Citrusy, Honey, Rich

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

Deleted this from my cupboard as I finished it, but then realized I have no tasting notes for it! I bought this as a comparison to Song Tea’s Eighteen. This one’s heavy on the honey (I love that), and I got maybe, six steeps or so out of it, which is great, IMO. Super enjoyable, but it doesn’t have quite the depth that Song’s does. Still, an excellent tea. I didn’t put it through all its paces, since I ordered a 25g bag, so I only gaiwan’d it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
ashmanra

Six steeps is great!

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90

A dear friend living in the Netherlands gifted this to me for Christmas (along with another flavor that I’ll hopefully get around to adding soon). Apparently the Dutch have a drink called Advocaat, which is kind of like eggnog, but much richer and creamier. The ingredient list also includes “cat’s paw” but I don’t think it adds flavor so much as pretty tiny yellow flowers to the tea.
I am utterly hooked on this stuff. It’s so delicious, and very natural tasting compared with my ultra-artificial (but still beloved) Eggnog’n tea from Bigelow Teas. Honestly, they are completely different things even though they are both eggnog flavored black teas. Add a little milk and a tiny bit of amber sugar and it’s just heaven. When I go to visit her in the late spring, I’ll be sure to get some more as I don’t think this will be around for long in my stash!

Flavors: Eggnog, Rich

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Richer and creamier than eggnog? That’s almost custard!

Sakura Sushi

Haha, I know! So of course I had to research this some more. It’s actually a liqueur! Via www.bythedutch.com: “Advocaat is a traditional Dutch liqueur made from barn eggs, sugar, brandy and vanilla. This rich and creamy drink has a texture and flavor reminiscent of custard or eggnog. The original recipe is one of Holland’s best kept secrets.” So now we know way too much about Advocaat!

ashmanra

Woooow! That sounds decadent and delicious!

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15

I had tried this one a couple of years ago and didn’t really like it, so I let it sit for awhile, hoping that it would improve. Sadly, it has not. Love the idea of puerh stuffed into a green mandarin, but even after a rinse, it tasted like musty old papers. Very wood forward, as expected, but not sweet wood. There was a leather-like note as well, but honestly, it just didn’t taste good. And not even a tiny bit of citrus to be found. I’ve tried other shou puerh teas, so it’s not that I don’t enjoy that type of tea, I just think this one is not to my liking. Unfortunate because TeaVivre is a favorite of mine, putting out really nice teas in general. I’ve got three mandarins left. Maybe shove them back into my stash to age for awhile longer?

Flavors: Leather, Musty, Wood

Preparation
Boiling

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