326 Tasting Notes
Made this iced today using the traditional method as opposed to a cold brew (my first time doing so with this tea). This definitely intensifies the green tea and kiwi notes, reducing some of the lemon ones. I really like how this really brings out the kiwi, so I would do it this way in the future, but the green tea is a little bitter in this batch (which I’ve never found before, even when I’ve made it hot), so I might try tweaking times/leaf a bit to get it just right.
This was nice, but it didn’t really wow me. I could see myself sipping down quite a bit of it if it happened to be in front of me but can’t imagine actually craving it. There’s a slight citrus note with a hint of raspberry that gives it a slight sour vibe, but I’d like something a little more intense. There’s also a light undertone of sweet vegetation. Good, not great.
Side note, this is surprisingly similar to the Cote d’Asur Garden blooming tea I had the other day but a little less raspberry-y.
Flavors: Citrus, Pleasantly Sour, Raspberry, Vegetal
If you could package up the feeling of summer and camping into a tea, this would be it. There is the smokiness of the campfire, which gradually merges into a smoky bacon note. There’s a hint of sweet corn, which I find so typical of white teas. Finally, and most surprisingly, there’s a strong marshmallow note with a hint of chocolate. S’mores in a cup. The notes are subtle, to be sure, and I don’t think this tea would be for everyone, but I rather enjoyed it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Corn Husk, Marshmallow, Smoke
My first oolong (not counting some of DAVIDs’ crazy blends that hardly count), and I’m happy to say I’m really enjoying it. Wonderfully light with a prominent butter note and complementing floral and grassy notes. I can see the hint of pine nut as well (one of my favourites). All in all, very nice!
Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral, Grass
A nice flowering white tea for a calm afternoon. This has a very strong raspberry taste, but not much else going on (though admittedly I probably could’ve let it steep longer, which might have brought out some more complex notes). All the same, I really do love raspberries and this hits that note perfectly.
Wow. This tea is just wow. There’s just so much going on here I wish I wasn’t in such a rush to finish it off so I can get to work. Opens with very strong sweet potato notes followed by dark chocolate and caramel (actually very similar to some salted caramel truffles I made last week). Next there’s cantaloupe and white grapes and a faint hint of multi-grain bread and oats. This is quite possibly one of the first teas I’d be interested in re-steeping — perhaps next time if I’m in less of a rush.
Flavors: Bread, Cantaloupe, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Grain, Oats, Salt, Sweet Potatoes, White Grapes
I should really explore white teas more, as I tend to really enjoy them.
This one was a nice, light pre-dinner/post-work cup. Oats are definitely the dominant flavour with a honey sweetness that makes it very similar to an oat bar. Light, velvety floral (violets or similar) notes towards the middle/end.
Whispering Pines order has arrived! Huzzah! I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while so decided I’d give it a go first.
First sip is malty, chocolatey, and salty with a hint of some kind of stone fruit. After that it turned to sweet potatoes and sweet corn/corn husk. Surprisingly light a refreshing for a black tea, not to mention remarkably smooth. Would definitely consider picking up more of this (though shipping to Canada is sadly a deterrent).
Flavors: Chocolate, Corn Husk, Malt, Salt, Stonefruit, Sweet Potatoes