153 Tasting Notes
Ninth day of my advent calendar from Sara!
This smelled delightfully of hibiscus while brewing. That’s the main flavor too. There’s also a bit of a mild white tea flavor. If you love hibiscus, I think you’ll love this tea. If you hate hibiscus, please look elsewhere.
It’s also excellent iced!
Flavors: Hibiscus, Tea
Day 8 of Sara’s gift tea advent calendar!
The scent is very mild.
The taste is mild too. It’s a bit earthy, with something… metallic at the end of the sip. There’s a bit of a woody note in there somewhere. The notes are quite balanced. I feel like it’s the kind of tea that could grow on me.
Flavors: Earth, Metallic, Tea, Wood
I poured in the hot water, and the whole kitchen smelled like peppermint. Mmm.
Mmm, it’s a nice minty chocolate, more mint than chocolate. It’s rather sweet and very holiday. There’s also a little tea note, though I can’t pick out what sort of tea with the other flavors. I know it’s pu-erh from the ingredient list.
This is really almost a perfect chocolate minty tea. I’m going to try adding some cocoa powder to the infuser on my second steep, as I often do with chocolate teas to make them more to my taste.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Peppermint, Tea
The smell is very vanilla! Like the vanilla coffee is sometimes scented with.
Hmm, I feel like I’m tasting the vanilla and then the mate, but not together. Or something grassy. There’s a very slight note of macadamia, but I wish it had a little more of that.
It’s not bad, but after smelling it, I’m a bit disappointed by the taste.
Edit: Okay, I tried it again cold, and I like it much better! I moved it up from 65 to 81. I also now taste a coffee note.
Flavors: Coffee, Grass, Nuts, Vanilla
5th day of the Sara Advent Tea Calendar! As soon as the hot water touched the leaf, the kitchen smelled like… is that the guayusa? It smells like tulsi!
It doesn’t taste that much like tulsi. But it does a tiny bit to me. It’s sweet and herby with a hint of spice, cinnamon? It tastes like warm goodness. Mmm.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Herbs, Tulsi
In day four of my advent calendar from Sara, I got mystery cheap pu-erh. Labeled “Coal!”
I found Sara’s review of this tea, and it came in a sampler from Liquid Proust. She said:
“This one was simply labeled as ‘Cheap.’ Yup. Just that. No year, no sheng/shou differentiation, but I guess whoever got this didn’t pay much for it! Fair enough. I never judge a tea by its price anyway. Taste is what’s important!”
I boiled water, rinsed it for about 10 seconds, and steeped for two.
The aroma is neutral, very slightly eartly. The taste is kind of smoky, earthy, roasted, and like black tea. Not very good black tea… I’m getting a bit of a “Lipton” note. The aftertaste has an artichoke note.
With all the hype about this tea, I am shocked at how inoffensive it is. It’s better than plain Lipton (I haven’t tried their discontinued berry tea), and I’ve certainly had worse bagged tea in restaurants which I’ve gotten down. I wouldn’t recommend it, but I don’t hate it either, hence the 51% rating.
The taste lingers somewhat pleasantly in a “please don’t hate me” kind of a way.
Flavors: Artichoke, Earth, Roasted, Smoke, Tea
Day 3 of my advent calendar from Sara!
Out of the bag, it smells like roasted chocolate! Mmm. I smelled it brewed and opened the TeaSource page on it without even tasting it yet. There was a train station I would stop at on the way to work, to catch a shuttle. It was near a chocolate factory, and a few days a week the whole area smelled like chocolate. This smell is bringing me back there.
I took a few sips. Roasted chocolate, and a hint of apple. Okay, I ordered four ounces.
Yeah, that’s good. I’ll bet it would blend well with others too.
Flavors: Apple, Chocolate, Roasted
Day two of my custom advent calendar from Sara!
The taste of it brewed is vaguely vegetal. The color is very blue!
The flavor is very mild, but it’s… a bit vegetal and earthy. Like I just steeped some high-quality dirt. The vegetal notes are pleasant, and even the earthy flavor isn’t bad, just… not really my cup of tea. I love the color, and it could go well with other things.
Sara recommended combining it with honey and lemon juice. I didn’t have those on hand, but should pick them up when I want to brew the other sample bag.
Flavors: Earth, Vegetal
Custom advent calendar day one! My good friend Sara brought me my first ever advent calendar of any kind, and it’s a tea a day! The teas aren’t numbered. It’s luck-of-the-draw. So I grabbed a tea for today! They have been pre-measured for steeping with 12 ounces, and she gave me a lovely Pusheen mug to drink them from. Also, it looks like I have two samples of each tea! Oh, the bag was 2.5 grams. I’ve only just noticed that Steepster doesn’t use decimals there.
Still, it’s a very limited amount; there are a lot of teas; and my memory isn’t that great. I’d better do a tasting note for each of these!
The smells of the leaf and the brewed cup are primarily black tea and fruity. I had to set it aside for a few minutes after brewing so I don’t burn my tongue. I’m sensitive like that.
The taste is a nice one-two punch of black tea and fruitiness. Possibly strawberry. The black tea and fruity flavors are together in a proper harmony as I sit in a gazebo surrounded by a flower garden, while cats and children run around and play and somehow don’t trample the flowers. At least, that’s how it tastes to me. That reminds me, there is a bit of a floral note too. The pleasant flavor lingers on my tongue for several minutes after drinking it. Thanks, Sara!
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Strawberry, Tea
I tried a sample cup at the San Francisco International Tea Festival and had to buy some on the spot. I don’t collect a lot of black teas, mostly green. My favorite is houjicha. But this black tea is great.
It took me a few tries to get the amount of leaf just right. I may need to buy a tea scale. Now it tastes just like the sample they served. I get a smooth black tea flavor with strong honey notes and scents. It doesn’t taste bitter at all, but rich and full of light, whatever that means.
Flavors: Honey, Tea