379 Tasting Notes
I buy Goji berries (dried) all the time and I put them in homemade kefir jello and smoothies. I got this as a sample from TeaVivre and well, just like any other Goji Berry… If you make a tea out of it, all you taste is sweetness. It is natural sweetness. I can vouch for that because I tried making a tea out of my no sugar added organic goji berries that I have in the fridge and it was exactly the same. So, I’m just going to eat these straight because if you make a tea out of them, the berry taste doesn’t come out in the tea, just the sweet taste of the berry. I’m not going to dock the rating though because it is far too sweet for me because I’m sure people who enjoy Goji berry tea will love this too.
Flavors: Goji, Sweet
Quick note. I see mixed reviews on this one but I really liked it. It was a very light fruity taste, but it was perfect for one of those super thirsty days. Good sencha. I really like the Bird & Blend teas, at least the ones I tried. They aren’t overly sweet and they don’t have artificial sweeteners. At least the ones I tried.
Lemony, raspberry flavor, a hint of apple. The color threw me off before I tasted it. It’s so… BLUE! lol, It looked like Koolaid. I recommend it and look forward to buying some B&B teas and matcha once I get some more sipdowns. Thanks so much, Tea-Sipper!
Flavors: Apple, Grass, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Raspberry
Yummy. It’s vacuum freeze-dried lemons so you can guess what it tastes like. lol It tastes incredibly fresh unlike other types of lemon tea. It was sour but not too acidic like if I dropped fresh lemons in there so it was a wonderful nighttime drink, especially after a heavy meal. I’ll have to stock up on this because it is so convenient. I could also use it to add to my other teas. I like sour so I brewed it Western 16oz / 355ml, 212 ºF, 4 or 5 pieces lemon but I would think most would like a little honey with it.
I’ve been having to drink herbal tea instead before I go to bed cause all the tea was keeping me up all night. I still stay up all night hehe but at least when I fall asleep, it’s less interrupted. I usually drink their Tartary Buckwheat and/or Hawthorn Berry Herbal tea so this was a nice switch. The Goji berry is good too but in tea form, it’s far too sweet for me.
I’m shocked, as is the world, at NBA Legend Kobe Bryant’s and his 13 yr old daughter’s death. Some of my fondest memories are going to Laker games with my dad. #RIPKobe
Flavors: Citrus, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Tart
Lovely sencha with a perfect balance of apricot and spices. I always appreciate a good high quality cup of sencha. Creamy, vegetal, slightly buttery feeling. The little freeze-dried apricot bits give this an authentic apricot taste. The ginger notes are subtle, not overbearing, not artificial. Nothing in this cup comes off artificial. A perfect balance of nutmeg, spices to make it a warm cup. I adore this one. Highly recommended especially if you love apricots.
Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Fruity, Ginger, Grass, Nutmeg, Spices, Vegetal
I had read that one of the reasons Anji Bai Cha is so healthy for you is because less of the theanine is converted to chlorophyll, and therefore, it has a much higher theanine content, ~3-4% higher than most green teas. Theanine has lots of health benefits, if curious, there is a lot of data on it. I personally like the relaxation aspect but it doesn’t make you sleepy at all. Adds concentration and mental alertness.
The dry leaves are long and slender, a pale green, sharp looking. The dry leaves had a slightly grassy aroma, and the extremely pale yellow-greenish liquor also had a slightly grassy aroma with hints of fruits, citrus.
Deeply umami. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. Slightly nutty, maybe chestnut. Definitely vegetal: Asparagus, celery, green beans, some soybean notes. Don’t quote me but I believe the high presence of amino acids also contribute to this thick mouthfeel, the brothy-ness, a little sweetness in some infusions, and alas, a complex tea. It’s full of amino acids that help lower cortisone, therefore reducing stress levels.
Flavors: Asparagus, Celery, Chestnut, Citrus, Fruity, Grass, Smooth, Umami, Vegetal
Very nice sweet potato Yunnan tea. You can see the little bits of sweet potato floating in it and the cinnamon is just right to add more warmth and flavor. Without the sweet potato, I’m positive it would still be a delicious cup but the added bits of dehydrated sweet potato, as well as the added organic flavors, kicks it up a notch for me.
Highly recommended. It’s really yummy.
I had a quiet Christmas. I am watching a Russian drama series called Life of a Mistress. It’s pretty interesting :) and a couple of weeks ago, I got to visit my family and saw my nephew again. I was happy to see he was still interested in tea! I brought him another package of a tea he really liked. My brother is doing better, my mom is taking care of him. He’s put on some weight but still dreadfully underweight. It still doesn’t feel like Christmas since I lost my dad awhile ago. I still say “Gotta go visit mom and dad”. Having said that, I still had a pleasant visit… And after coming home, having a beautiful peace and quiet Christmas at home, good movies, and nice tea was great. :D
I hope you all had a great Christmas.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays tea buds <3
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Sweet Potatoes
Received a free sample of this and oh, yum!
Busy day on a chilly overcast day, so I’m drinking this grandpa style. I saved a little to do it gongfu next time. This is so good that I may just grandpa it again.
First impressions: The leaves are awesome looking, long and thin, vibrant green. The liquor is virtually clear with a light greenish-yellow tint. Very creamy mouthfeel, almost buttery, when sipping but has a crisp ending. Because I just used a little of the sample, so I can gongfu it later, it was perhaps more light than usual. Maybe with more of a sample, I’ll get more umami or vegetal taste. I did get a little of that but not much. It was just a calming, delicate fruity taste, a twinge of lemon and other fruity notes with lemongrass notes, with no bitterness, really low astringency and slightly naturally sweet throughout. Highly recommended.
Flavors: Fruity, Grass, Lemon, Smooth
Additional notes on this lovely tea. Last time I had it, my nephew was staying with me so I didn’t gongfu it. This time I did.
There is still that warm, comforting spice that I can’t name and it goes well with the oats notes. I still don’t believe it is cinnamon. What is it?? lol Anyway, it’s a warm taste. Lovely.
Lots of fresh red apples, apple skin, some berries… As it tasted when I made it as directed, it still comes off as a yummy lightly spiced-oatmeal-apple pie. Creamy barley notes, more raisin than honey sweetness. No bitterness at all, almost dessert-like and it’s rich, full. In the beginning, I got some sweet potatoes but only, in the beginning, it remained full of oats and fruity notes throughout all the infusions. Tasted some lychee and stonefruits notes somewhere in the middle. Warm, fruity, oat-y, yummy. I think I prefer my ‘Golden Lily’ this way now.
Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Bread, Creamy, Fruity, Lychee, Oats, Roasted Barley, Stonefruit
Really nice flavors throughout the infusions. Sweet Potatoes, baked bread, sugar cane, dark cherry, hints of cocoa and caramel, malty, earthy, honey, mineral, and stonefruits. Slightly astringent.
Gaiwan 208 ˚ F, 110 ml, 6g, quick rinse, 6 infusions: 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 1 min., 2 min.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. :) I made a huge bowl of soup and watched The Irishman which I enjoyed and also The Crown Season 3. It sucks being away from my whole family who are in Southern California but I enjoy my peaceful evenings with games, knitting, and movies very much!
Flavors: Apricot, Bread, Caramel, Cherry, Cocoa, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Sugarcane