569 Tasting Notes
Just received this in an order of 3 samplers from Taiwan Tea Crafts. Since I’m home so much, I liked the idea of tasting multiple different varietals in the same category from the same brand. This is a really lovely oriental beauty. Tastes like syrupy sweet stone fruits and wildflower honey. It smells incredible as well- honey and overripe stone fruits.
Flavors: Honey, Nectar, Stonefruits
I haven’t been drinking tea much over the last week. My 2 year old cat very unexpectedly went into the hospital, and in a matter of days passed. She hadn’t had any other medical issues, and suddenly lost her appetite and became lethargic. What I thought would be a pretty routine trip to the vet, revealed a mass in her abdomen. Exploratory surgery revealed one of her kidneys was completely destroyed, and had to be removed. Everyone thought she would recover, being only 2. However, her body slowly failed over the course of a few days. She was put on oxygen, we were called, and she passed within 15 minutes of us being there.
Everything seems pretty empty and sad. My cats are my world, especially my baby Remi. She was so happy, so loving.
Apologies for the personal tangent, I’m trying to get back into doing things I enjoy (like being on Steepster).
This tea was really satisfying. Really deep cherry notes, and some chocolate maltiness. I only got 3 steeps out of it, before it turned a bit more leathery than I wanted.
It’s been incredibly hot here, and I just got done with a nice rich black tea, so I wanted something light and fresh. I don’t have many green teas in my stash, as I don’t really reach for the anymore, so decided to try to take a whirl with this one again. Unfortunately, it’s just as mild as before. I tried higher temperatures and increasing the dry leaf, but it just lacks flavor for me. This one will be retiring to the trade pile.
This really does taste like some kind of chocolate pear dessert. Not quite a cake, but perhaps a pear tart drizzled in chocolate and caramel. There’s quite a strong caramel note, and the chocolate is distinct but not overwhelming or synthetic tasting. The pear flavoring isn’t my favorite, and is bordering on artificial. There’s a slight banana note to it as well. It’s quite sweet, and would probably do better as a latte.
Another cold brew. It’s been so hot, so I’m finally trying many of the teas that are better suited iced. Not getting any peach, which is strange because there were plenty of big freeze dried pieces. Mostly spearmint, with a hint of lemon. Much like Kiwi Mojito, it’s a perfectly fine blend, but mint just isn’t really my thing.
I’ve tried this one on two separate occasions, and I pretty strongly dislike it, despite consisting of flavors I generally love (orange blossom, honey, almond). The first time, it somehow tasted like pencil shavings. This time around, it has a strong alcohol flavor that overpowers everything else.
I’m not huge on mint, but if I am going to drink it, it’s generally iced. As it’s been approaching 90degrees+ here, I decided to make a nice big cold brew pitcher of this….and I forgot it in the fridge for 36 hours. I thought for sure it would be bitter, but decided to try it anyway. Surprisingly, not too bitter. The lime and spearmint are very refreshing, and I can taste just a bit of the kiwi. I would’ve liked more of the fruitiness to come through, but overall a nice refreshing iced tea.