1304 Tasting Notes
I find myself comparing this to yesterday’s Bailin Gonfu which is unfair since they are obviously different teas, but I do think I prefer the Bailin Gonfu over this one. Looking at Teavivre’s website and comparing the two, they do share some similarities (origin, season, dry leaf, tea bush). It looks like they come from different tea gardens/farmers though. I’m not sure what I like more about the other or less about this one really. I have more of each from Michelle so I can do some more comparisons in the future. I did enjoy this one; maybe it just wasn’t what I was wanting in the moment.
This doesn’t have much flavor, even with less water, so I’m leaving the tea bag in. I think I’m picking up some pineapple flavor? I don’t really like this so I’m putting it in the fridge to see if it’s better cold. Will follow up later.
Later . . .
This is gross. Being cold doesn’t help it at all. It’s a drain dump for me.
Note: This was a sachet from Publix, not an old Teavana loose leaf blend, so I don’t think this was due to age.
I’m still making my way through some of the teas Michelle sent for me to try. I drank my first cup of this pretty fast and didn’t stop to take notes, but I do remember that it was rich and caramelly.
6 ounces water + 212 degrees + over 20 minutes
I would say this second cup is just as good as the first. I drank them both so fast and again didn’t take notes, but I very much enjoyed this one. Thanks, Michelle!
Assam Sage & Lemongrass
This is a blend that Michelle put together and sent in her tea box/package. It has a lot of lemongrass in the mix, but I don’t see any sage so it must be very small or similar in color to the Assam. Lemongrass usually overpowers the other flavors in blends (in my opinion), so I was a little worried about that here. Lemongrass often tastes to me like artificial lemon candy or even lemon cleaner.
As I poured the water over, I immediately smelled the sage coming from the cup. I love sage (fresh sage, not so much the rubbed sage) and was surprised by the savory aroma. Pleasantly surprised. The flavor with each sip is unmistakably sage. It works so well with the dark black Assam base. I LOVE this one.
6 ounces water + 212 degrees + 20 minutes
This second steep is maybe a little less flavorful, but only slightly so, and now the lemongrass is coming through in place of the sage. And I like it when I really thought I wouldn’t. It does have that Pez candy sort of flavor, but it’s light and also works really well with the base.
I really like that this blend almost seems like two separate teas with each steep, both flavors equally delicious and curiously different. I’m not sure if you keep your blends secret, Michelle, but I’d love to know how you make this one if you ever feel inclined to share. ;-)
Flavors: Candy, Lemongrass, Sage, Savory
Started with a quick rinse per Mandala’s website, though probably not the full 10 seconds. The tea is light, even with the full 2 teaspoons but a chocolaty flavor does come through. I see a lot of other flavors listed on Steepster but my palate’s not so refined as all that. So chocolate it is!
8 ounces water + 208 degrees + 20 minutes
The second steep isn’t as flavorful as I had hoped. It does have more flavor as it cools, but it’s a little drying. I’m also picking up this mineral note that I didn’t notice in the first steep. I have enough for one more cup, so I’m going to hold my rating until I try it again. Maybe no rinse next time and a little less water. Thanks for sending this one my way, Michelle!
Flavors: Chocolate, Drying, Mineral
For National Lemonade Day.
This steeped into a very dark cup, perfect for some added cream despite the citrus. It must be flavoring only and no actual lemon or lime. I was reading a past note and I mentioned that it reminded me of Pine-Sol. Thankfully I don’t get that flavor or aroma this time around. It’s just a solid dark tea with citrus notes. Not bitter and not too citrusy. Just enough to complement the base nicely.
Z is for… Zingiber Ginger Coconut.
Despite its age and the astounding amount of coconut still remaining, this rooibos blend is holding up very well. No rancid coconut, no soap flavor or aroma. It actually tastes very much like a gingersnap cookie. But with coconut added.
Flavors: Coconut, Cookie, Ginger
Y is for… Yunnan.
From Michelle. A really delightful chocolaty cup.
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + a really long steep
This second mug is almost as flavorful as the first, with a little nuttiness thrown in.
I’ve enjoyed this one!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Nutty