2559 Tasting Notes
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Another older sample I had stashed away from TTC. Mine is actually lot 657, but I didn’t want to create a new listing for this one note…
This tea is simple but very tasty. Heavy on those lovely bugbitten honey notes combined with sweet dried fruits and a hint of cinnamon. Some nice fluffy enriched bread notes as well, so it’s a bit like lightly toasted brioche with a touch of fig jam, honey, and cinnamon. There’s a bit of a toasty autumn leaf note at the bottom as well.
I always love bai hao, and this one is no exception. Will definitely need to get some in my cupboard one of these days!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fig, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Smooth, Sweet
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This is an interesting one.
It does have a sort of ginger ale or maybe even cola flavor to it. The lime pairs nicely as well, giving it a Moscow Mule kind of feel.
But to me, the ginger is a bit too strong, and this last mug is especially spicy. Also I’m not a fan of the cloying licorice root aftertaste. I bet this would be super interesting as an iced tea though…
Flavors: Citrus, Cola, Ginger, Licorice, Lime, Spicy, Sweet
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I quite enjoyed this one. It reminds me of a cereal I used to like when I was younger, called Blueberry Morning. Apparently Post still makes it, I just haven’t seen it at any stores near me in a long time. I’ll have to keep an eye out!
Anyway… I don’t generally like almond flavoring, but I don’t really taste it here. It reads more sweet and jammy blueberry with a little bit of toasted almond. There’s a brown sugar sweetness that’s reminding me of the sweet granola clusters from that cereal. The black base, as usual, is not my favorite and has a slightly tannic character but not much else.
I will say after having several cups, I remain surprised that there’s no blueberry flavoring in this. The blueberry taste has been very present and consistent, which is unusual for something with just dried berries.
My only complaint is it’s a bit too sweet, and because of that it won’t be a reorder for me. I enjoyed my 25g pouch though! :)
Flavors: Almond, Astringent, Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Dried Fruit, Jam, Maple, Sweet, Tannic, Toasted
Nope, too much lavender for me. XD
It does have a nice creamiscle-y citrus & cream flavor profile, but there’s also a strong lavender presence. Which makes it a little too soapy for me.
Oh well, into the rehoming box!
Flavors: Creamy, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Soap, Sweet, Vanilla
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Meh. Not the biggest fan of this one.
The white tea is quite musty and earthy, but then the pomegranate tastes artificial and candy-like to me. I don’t think I would’ve identified it as specifically pomegranate either, more of a generic berry-esque flavor.
So musty hay and mixed berry candy. Not a favorite, ha ha.
Flavors: Artificial, Berry, Candy, Hay, Herbaceous, Musty
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Smoked lapsang isn’t a favorite of mine, I find it to be generally overwhelming even though I typically like smoked foods. This one was gifted to me by an Instagram friend in a tea swap.
It’s fine, a mix of dark wood, campfire smoke, savory smoked meat, and earth. Quite a bit of minerality as well, which ties in with the earthy part.
Anyway, not a favorite for me. But it’s the thought that counts! :)
Flavors: Ash, Campfire, Dark Wood, Earth, Meat, Mineral, Savory, Smoke, Smoked, Smooth, Wood
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I’m not generally a floral person, but I love osmanthus, and this tea is no exception. The baozhong base is light yet creamy, with a silky texture. It has a lovely soft mineral flavor that makes me think of a clear mountain stream. The osmanthus is sweet, nectarous, with a beautiful apricot flavor that melds perfectly with the hints of stonefruit found naturally in the oolong. There’s also an additional floral note here, reminiscent of honeysuckle.
I should really keep an eye out for osmanthus teas, they’re always so lovely…
Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Floral, Grass, Honeysuckle, Mineral, Nectar, Osmanthus, Spring Water, Stonefruit, Sweet, Thick
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This is a fairly tasty one.
Like most chocolate and mint teas, the mint far outweighs the chocolate for me. The peppermint is the strongest note here, and it has a strong herbaceous quality that’s not quite wet rag-like but in that same area. Next is the rooibos, adding its woody notes. The cacao is quite subtle, though I do taste little hints of dark chocolate. I will say I’m thankful it’s just cacao here and not chocolate flavoring, which I don’t tend to enjoy.
I guess it makes sense for a mint chocolate ice cream sort of profile, with mostly mint and just an accent of dark chocolate. But I would like this much better if the two flavors were more balanced, as it ends up mostly tasting like a plain peppermint tisane.
Flavors: Cacao, Dark Chocolate, Herbaceous, Mint, Musty, Peppermint, Rooibos, Wood
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This one is just bland.
The base is a very generic woody, leafy oxidized oolong with no real personality. As far as the peach, it’s very subtle and actually reminds me of cucumber, the same as in their Fredericksburg Peach black tea. Ginger is very mild too.
So overall, just bland and boring. Meh!
Flavors: Cucumber, Earth, Ginger, Wood
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Definitely overleafed this one, as I didn’t want to have a weird small amount left. So it’s a little bit stronger on the honeybush woodiness than usual, but still tasty.
This tisane has a nice balance of gentle sweet apple with natural-tasting cinnamon and almost pastry-like notes from the honeybush base. It’s somewhere between apple cider and a cinnamon-heavy apple pie.
Such a pleasant bedtime tisane. I’m certainly not mad that I have another unopened pouch somewhere! :)
Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Pastries, Sweet, Tart, Wood