156 Tasting Notes
Love the tin, so I picked this one up from positive reviews, description, and yes the tin (I have a small Edgar Allan Poe and Raven thing)
Happy to say I actually really enjoyed the tea. Pleasant all-around black tea with a silky feel. Not bitter, strongly flavorful. Dropped in a cube of sugar. Would go well as a breakfast tea or if you do want a splash of milk. I oversteeped it the first time and it wasn’t bitter despite this. It is not strongly smokey, so if you do not like smokey teas, this description note shouldn’t be a big deal. I like smokey tea myself, and Earl Greys, so blending that with a subtle black tea and oddly beet note was a treat.
Second steep even better. I steeped from the same leaves at 5 minutes exactly. Oddly as this tea cools even more flavors come out of it, well rounded tea. Hopefully I still enjoy it as much when I drink more of it.
I really thought I’d like this one and was excited to try, but sadly did not enjoy. To me it’s slightly bitter and cherry tasting like the same cough drop or candy type flavoring that I don’t want to see in my tea. Not my thing at all.
I wasn’t sure I’d like since the primary note is listed as Pine Needles, and then Maple Sap. I do like it well enough, but likely not for a reorder other than this sample.
Steeped at 4 min. I can see a tendency of this tea, and a few others I’ve tried from this company, to be easily bitter.
It’s a strong tea, and I added two sugar cubes to help offset. May try rest of sample at a weaker 3 minutes.I do like that it’s different and unique, but not a huge fan.
My third of the samples, and the one I enjoyed the most. Two other two are reviewed on notes on my phone, will have them up soon (it’s charging). I havent’ been that impressed so far with the samples, but I have a lot to try fortunately. This one is delicious!! Sweep and reminds me of maple syrup, sweet luxury, warmth, and pleasant nights. I added in two sugar cubes to really heighten the sweetness. It’s pleasant and not at all bitter. Brewed 4 minutes at boiling. Will be a keeper and a re-order.
Not getting any smoke in this first brew, though.
I’m not a big mint fan with teas, but if you, this one is recommended. It’s smooth and not spicy, the mint is definitely dominant. it’s a white tea but not at all weak. I steeped a little over 3 minutes and the tea and mint come through smoothly and with strength. The tea boasts of having mango as well, but I’m not really catching it, although that may be what is soothing the mint down a bit. There is a little bit of a drying feeling after a few sips in the back of the throat. Not my usual tea, but I like it and find it soothing. It gets better the more you sip it. Would be great for calming evenings.
It’s unique and I enjoy it – but I do agree with the reviewer below me it reminds me a little of a cleaner. At first I thought “soapy” but that fades. It may be the way the fruits are blended. The first sips I got florals, the second sips I seemed to get more of fruit. It is not bitter, but it can be, sort of borderline when the fruit rind taste comes out. Did 2 tsp in a pot with hot, boiling and 3 sugar cubes. This tea arrived FAST – I’m curious on this company and am excited to try the other teas. The smell of this one is excellent. I don’t think it will be a keeper, but it’s not bad.
I brewed it longer than 5 minutes, and it’s still not bitter. I had a sample tea bag. It’s smooth and the chocolate touch is nice and subtle, not artificial. It’s not a BAD tea, and it has flavor - but there is something of substance missing, some strength or oomph in the sip. While not bad, it’s forgetable, especially for a breakfast tea steeped 5 minutes minimum.