3170 Tasting Notes
A sample from Meowster a while ago, thank you! This is a great pu-erh that reminds me of the Teavivre that I had last. Very rich and biscuity, bakey, doughy more than a usual pu-erh (and the quality I like best with that Teavivre ripe I just had) with zero negative flavors/aromas. It’s very good and just what I’m looking for in a ripe. Not much else to say. Sadly, it doesn’t look like this shop is around anymore. Two excellent steep sessions with this sample!
Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // rinse // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 7+ min
2020 Sipdowns: 84
I had to try these lovelies! Very fragrant and bright in the tin! I do all sorts of things with this lavender - I drink it plain. I add it to other base teas. Last night, I added 1/2 teaspoon of lavender to 1 1/2 teaspoons of Simpson & Vail’s amazingly delicious cocoa shells. I don’t know why, but this combination is the best. Why do lavender and cocoa shells work together so well? The first steep was a little heavy on the lavender, even with less than a three minute steep. The second steep was much more tempered on the lavender and more of the chocolate peeked through. I tried two teaspoons a couple times by itself, and that was much too much and became a bit bitter. I really like whatever I happen to do with this lavender. Get creative!
I hope everyone had a safe but festive Halloween yesterday! I tried this one last night with the first steep being the night before last. THANK YOU to AJRimmer for sharing a favorite! (I also had the scrumptious Angry Tea Room’s – Candy Caramel Apple tea yesterday, based on AJRimmer’s suggestion when I reached out for spooky suggestions, and it steeped up perfectly. Sadly, it isn’t available at Angry anymore… along with so many of my other favorites… I wonder if they can be sourced elsewhere. I also had Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee.)
I’ve always been a bit puzzled by the name here – what makes it Monster Mash? Some variations seem to have sprinkles. This one does not – only large sugar crystals which I’m hoping at least aren’t some sort of stevia crystals. I’m one who doesn’t drink diet soda. Just full sugar soda. If I’m gonna drink soda, I’m gonna go full sugar (though sips – and in moderation, I guess I could also be called “soda-sipper”). The flavor here is very sweet on the first steep! The description mentions pumpkin butter but I’m thinking more along the lines of a very sweet rooibos chai with a hint of pumpkin. The second steep – I think all the sugar went into the first steep so now it’s mostly spice. It’s good! I’m glad the apple didn’t take over, like the photo of the tea suggests it might. Grateful to try without buying. :D
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 10 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 6 minute steep
The last of my teakruthi teas I haven’t reviewed, even though I had to throw out the four hibiscus blends with living bugs in them: https://steepster.com/teas/teakruthi/91972-summer-isle I can’t say that I’m not hesitant. sigh. This is supposed to be “chai” but only has cinnamon added. To me it seems like a cinnamon flavoring, because it’s certainly not a cinnamon I’m accustomed to. This is Ceylon cinnamon, of course, so maybe I never had Ceylon cinnamon. Anyhow, the base tea is extremely savory: notes of black pepper, basil, tomato and the savory cinnamon fits right in there. Not really what I was expecting, but it’s different.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 16 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Soo… my sister tested positive for covid yesterday. Now we are waiting to see if she passed it to our parents (or me) but they’ve had no symptoms for a week since seeing her, so far, but I know symptoms can’t always be present. She thinks she got it at a bar. Personally, not to harp, I have thought from day one that it is not the best idea to go to a bar/restaurant during a pandemic, but we have always had the most opposite of mindsets. All of my relatives on my dad’s side of the family went to a restaurant about a month ago (including 92 year old grandma) and I thought this was um, ridiculous that I had to worry about losing all my relatives at once. Please everyone stay safe and keep in mind that if there ARE uncaring people out there, who know they already have the virus, they could be being reckless and going out to bars/restaurants.
Thank you again, AJRimmer! Again, another cup of hibiscus hibiscus hibiscus, or Teavivre calls it roselle. I would hardly believe there is orange even present in this cup, in a blind taste test. But I made sure to get a healthy, lovely looking orange wedge in the infuser. The second steep was the same. It’s just a missed opportunity drowning all of these herbal teas in roselle. Too much is too much. And maybe that is the key to so many disliking hibiscus. It’s not a bad flavor, really, until it ruins too many blends that you’re expecting so much more from.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 5 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep
Thanks very much for this, TreeGal! It was a while ago. And sadly I think the stevia here is telling me it HAS been a while. I hope these curls of white chocolate aren’t just stevia. The flavor is mostly cloying sweetness. Hardly a hint of spice! I feel like this definitely didn’t taste like this the last few times I had it. The black tea itself is medium strength. It simply tastes like raisins covered in ick stevia. Even with cocoa nibs and cocoa powder, I’m not actually tasting chocolate at all. I was enjoying it better the few times I had it before. However, the second steep tasted much more like a traditional chai, so I guess most of the stevia went into the first cup. I had the feeling that would happen. ALWAYS appreciative for trying but the stevia ain’t for me!
Steep #1 // almost 2 teaspoons for full mug // 22 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
Additional notes: Sadly finally finished this. It was a unique one! Definite vanilla notes with sarsparilla. I would say this particular vanilla DID taste like ice cream, so that is great! I already wish I had more. Also, this has three listings on Steepster for the same tea. When does the combining of teas start happening, Steepster?
2020 Sipdowns: 83
Additional notes: This must be one of my favorite ripes. Even the leaves look different in the infuser: rustic, twistier, bigger, meaner, earthier. It’s hard to describe how it looks different! How could it be unique from other ripe pu-erhs? But I notice it every time. And really, how do the golden leaves end up looking so dark in the infuser and having such depth in the flavor? The biscuit flavor when I’m enjoying the mug out in the cold weather is even better. I would buy a cake, maybe possibly.