3320 Tasting Notes

88
drank Silver Bud Red by white2tea
3320 tasting notes

Sipdown! (32 | 32)

Sorry, it’s been a few days since I’ve written a note. I had a couple of all-day work events this week which really just wore my introverted self out. But thankfully now it’s Friday and a half day, woo!

This tea was delicious. It’s been my first tea of the day for a couple of weeks now, and is such a lovely start to the morning. It’s gentle and smooth and just tastes like pure honey with a touch of bread. I’m not sure I’ve tried another tea with such a strong and distinct honey note to it. And not like generic honey flavor, but like actual clover or wildflower honey with those subtle pollen-y floral notes. It reminds me a bit of Taiwanese black teas, but without the other fruity and cinnamon flavors those tend to have.

Anyway, not a very complex tea but super delicious and I would absolutely buy it again. :)

Flavors: Bread, Creamy, Floral, Honey, Malty, Pollen, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

This sounds incredible!

Cameron B.

Sorry I don’t have any left to share! :P

Courtney

You’re far too generous as it is! ❤

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

82
drank Blueberry Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
3320 tasting notes

Sipdown! (31 | 31)

So I haven’t been craving matcha much lately, not sure if it’s because of the cooler weather or what. But I don’t want to let my matcha languish into sad brown blandness, so I’m going to make an effort to have some every day or two until I sip through everything.

This pouch was my first time trying this one from 3 Leaf, and I really enjoyed it. To be honest though, I’ve enjoyed all of their flavors so I wasn’t surprised. I always prepare my matcha as an iced oat milk “latte” (although it’s not foamed), and this flavor has a really nice blueberry oatmeal or muffin sort of vibe that way, especially since I sweetened it with maple syrup. The blueberry here is definitely more of a dried blueberry flavor IMO, like you might find in blueberry instant oatmeal or Blueberry Morning cereal. So it has more of a concentrated, sweet flavor rather than a tart, fresh one.

Very tasty! I think the raspberry is still my favorite of their fruity flavors, but they’re all good. I probably won’t order again for a while since I’m not really drinking a lot of matcha at the moment, but I would buy this one again.

Flavors: Blueberry, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Freshly Cut Grass, Grassy, Oatmeal, Sweet, Syrupy

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Jean027

I really like the matcha’s from 3 Leaf. I have tried birthday cake, lemonade and banana. I will have to try blueberry and raspberry. Have you tried their hojicha powders? I definitely want to try theirs.

tea-sipper

I just got this in my inbox from 3 Leaf two days ago, for anyone interested: offering 20% off all matcha and hojicha through Jan 31st – just use coupon code CELEBRATION at checkout. Excludes starter packs, kits and bundles.

tea-sipper

site might help: threeleaftea.com

Cameron B.

@Jean – The peach matcha is really good too! I have tried some of their hojicha powders and the banana is definitely my favorite, but I haven’t tried the cinnamon yet.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

So I have this bad habit of making orders from companies and being really excited about the teas, but then neglecting them because I’m trying to sip down other things. So I’m trying to make an effort to keep a tea from each haul on the counter with my sipdown teas, and right now I’m working on Monsoon and Simpson & Vail.

All that to say, this is the first tea I’ve tried from my order back in October! Sadly, for some reason it just doesn’t quite jive with me. It’s a green tea with mango and coconut flavors and pandan leaf. I think it’s the coconut that I’m not loving? It’s a little bit suntan lotion-y. Overall something about it is just slightly off for me. A shame, as the tea leaves are beautiful – huge and spindly.

So I think this is destined for the rehoming pile, as I’m sure someone else who loves coconut more than I do would probably appreciate it.

Flavors: Artificial, Butter, Coconut, Creamy, Floral, Mango, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

60

Sipdown! (30 | 30)

This has potential, but the base ruins it for me. It’s too metallic and tannic and works against the creamier banana and cocoa flavors. And if I steep it less, I don’t get as much of the chocolate notes. I didn’t see any chocolate pieces in my package? Not that I mind, chocolate tends to make tea oily and gross.

Anyway, the banana flavor is nice but that’s about it.

Flavors: Acidic, Astringent, Banana, Cacao, Dark Chocolate, Metallic, Sweet, Tannic, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Chiffon by Chroma Tea
3320 tasting notes

Sipdown! (29 | 29)

So this wasn’t my favorite, just because I’m not a ripe puerh fan. That being said, it was still very enjoyable. The cardamom and the tulsi do a nice job of freshening up the damp earthiness of the puerh and counteracting its slight fishy notes. I don’t actually taste much of the chrysanthemum, but it’s probably just melding with the tulsi since they’re both a bit peppery in flavor.

A nice tea, just not one for my personal preferences. Also the color seems like an odd choice given how earthy and herbaceous this tastes…

Flavors: Cardamom, Earthy, Fishy, Herbaceous, Marine, Pepper, Roots, Smooth, Soil, Thick, Tulsi

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80
drank Auburn by Chroma Tea
3320 tasting notes

Sipdown! (28 | 28)

So I seem to like this more than a lot of the other reviewers.

Yeah, it has a lot of stuff in it, and I’m sure I’m not tasting all of it. But I don’t really find it muddled. To me, the spices are the main flavors, and I can taste mostly the cardamom, ginger, black pepper, and a bit of clove. The vanilla sort of rounds out the edges and adds a touch of creaminess. And then I can taste the elderberry in the background, giving a hint of dark and jammy berry that I actually really like with the spices.

This last cup is a tad heavy on the black pepper, so I guess there must’ve been some dust at the bottom of the pouch. But in general, I quite enjoyed this blend and I could see it being nice in the fall and winter as an herbal chai option, or a mix-in for other teas.

Flavors: Berry, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cedar, Clove, Creamy, Earthy, Elderberry, Ginger, Jam, Pepper, Pine, Spices, Spicy, Sweet, Thick, Turmeric, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

78
drank Mauve by Chroma Tea
3320 tasting notes

Sipdown! (27 | 27)

I enjoyed this one. It was definitely a bit inconsistent on how much of the Laoshan green tea I tasted with each cup. This last one doesn’t taste much like green tea at all, which doesn’t surprise me since I’m sure there was a lot of mint dust at the bottom of the bag. So mostly I’m tasting the mint and a bit of earthy burdock root.

I’m not sure if I would reorder this. I did really enjoy the cups where I got more of the nutty, beany green tea flavor. I wish I tasted more fennel as well, I don’t even notice it’s there. Maybe it would be worth mixing this tea with a bit more Laoshan green to bump up the green tea notes. We’ll see, I still have the herbal and shou puerh versions of this blend to try!

Flavors: Earthy, Mint, Peppermint, Roots, Smooth, Spearmint, Sweet, Tulsi

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88
drank My Panettone by Dammann Frères
3320 tasting notes

Sipdown! (26 | 26)

Gabby was kind enough to send me a generous portion of this tea in her holiday package, thanks Gabby! I really enjoyed this tea in the Dammann advent, so I was more than happy to have more.

I won’t say it’s exactly panettone, just because it’s missing the raisins or other candied fruit, but it’s definitely very close. It tastes like a delicious orangey brioche, which is essentially what panettone reminds me of. Buttery and rich, yet light and perfumed with sweet citrus.

A scrumptious tea! Definitely on my list to purchase the next time I order from Dammann. :)

Flavors: Bread, Butter, Malty, Orange, Orange Zest, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

60

I don’t get this one.

It doesn’t taste anything like the name to me. Like yeah, there’s a bit of a caramel thing going on, but it’s more of a dark, almost burnt, caramelized brown sugar note to me, which isn’t what I think of for salted caramel. And it’s not super strong either. I taste a lot of the base, which is smooth and fine but nothing special or interesting. A bit woody, mostly earthy with some mustiness going on. Certainly no pumpkin to speak of.

So anyway, into the rehoming box it goes! :P

Flavors: Artificial, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Caramelized Sugar, Earthy, Musty, Smooth, Tea, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Shae

I love that you have a rehoming box so no tea gets left behind. <3

Cameron B.

For sure! If a tea is really old or just crappy, I will toss it, but there are a lot that just aren’t my preference so I like to put those aside to pass on in swaps or TTBs. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

82
drank Umber by Chroma Tea
3320 tasting notes

Sipdown! (25 | 25)

So I did really enjoy this one. That being said, I’m not sure how much of that is from the added ingredients, and not just the Laoshan black base. Also I was always left wanting more toasty rice. The coconut didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would, mostly because I couldn’t really taste it. I think it added more of a rich mouthfeel than a flavor.

It’s been ages since I’ve tried Laoshan black plain, and I noticed Verdant sells the toasted Laoshan rice as well. So I’m thinking I may order those two at some point and try them mixed together. And then I’ll reevaluate whether this is worth reordering.

Flavors: Bread, Caraway, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Malty, Milk Chocolate, Savory, Sweet, Thick, Toasty

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby-related things… ;)

~ 2023 SIPDOWN CHALLENGE! ~
- February Sipdowns: 10
- Total 2023 Sipdowns: 46

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I’ll also often use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, and honeybush. I love matcha and drink it often! Fruit tisanes are not a favorite, but I’m always willing to try them.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura, chamomile, and elderflower. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Companies:
LUPICIA!
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

Cupboard Spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZEuKf1-ppR-VXajO4vV39zU1N3zjFJteEPAynqD2yl0/edit?usp=sharing

Location

Austin, Texas

Website

https://www.instagram.com/tea...

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer