1484 Tasting Notes
I picked this up, along with a couple of other Piper & Leaf teas, at the market last month with my mom. Piper and Leaf typically offers several loose leaf teas for purchase, but the main “attraction” is always the iced tea. They serve it up in big quart jars for guzzling while browsing the local wares. We always fill our jars with this sweet iced tea when we go, and this time my mom chose the Front Porch Special. One sip of hers and I knew I had to grab some of this to take home for myself.
As usual with the Piper & Leaf teas, this blend is very fragrant and smells very sweet. There are at least two types of black teas in here from what I can tell, though I’m not sure what they are. Both are small, but one is long and twisty and the other resembles tiny pellets. The mix is flecked with blue and yellow flower petals and green mint leaves. It’s quite colorful.
I used roughly 8 ounces of water here, but by the end of the steep I was left with only 6 ounces of liquid or so. Those leaves were thirsty! Once the hot water hits the tea leaves, the aroma of the mint completely takes over. The flavor of the mint is there, but it’s been overwhelmed by a certain bitterness. After the addition of honey, I can taste the mint more clearly.
8 ounces + 195 degrees + 4 minutes
The color on this second cup is lighter than the first but still dark enough to make me believe that this will be a good cup. I dropped the temperature this time around and it has certainly helped with the bitterness. The mint flavor has dissipated and left me with a still-satisfying cup of black tea.
Flavors: Bitter, Mint, Sweet
Wow, this really does smell like peach cobbler! I’m actually pretty surprised. I can almost imagine my cup being filled with the sweet, syrupy peach filling. The taste is bitter as other notes have suggested, but I can also taste the sweet peach flavor and smell the cinnamon and spice.
I added cream but it’s not mixing as well as I would have liked. Also, the honey is overwhelming the flavors in the tea so next time I may try a different sweetener. Overall, this is an enjoyable cup. Quite the dessert experience.
Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Peach, Spices, Sweet, Tannic
I drank my first cup of this so fast that I didn’t really stop to take notes. I’m about to do a second cup so I will try to pay more attention. I can say that the tea liquid was dark but not too bold or too sweet. I caught the scent of tobacco from the leaves after steeping. It doesn’t seem as well-rounded as other black teas I’ve had, but it was obviously good since I drank it so quickly. I’ve been drinking a lot of herbals lately so it’s nice to be able to come back to something with some body to it.
8 ounces water + 195 degrees + 7 minutes
The color of the liquid is red and looks just as the first cup did. It isn’t deep-colored but more bright. The taste hasn’t weakened at all with the second cup. The caffeine content certainly hasn’t decreased either. Wow.
This smells of sweet mint and chamomile. I like this one much better than Bigelow’s Sweet Dreams, but it’s still not really exciting enough to hold my attention today. I keep forgetting about it then having to reheat it. Perhaps another day when I’m in the mood for something calming I’ll come back to this one.
Flavors: Mint, Sweet
I thought I had reviewed or tried this one before but I must not have logged it here. After opening the packet and seeing the teabag, I realized that I haven’t tried this one after all.
This chamomile smells and tastes strong. There’s not much else to say. It’s basically extra strength chamomile. I’m not sure I like it so much as others I’ve tried.
I steeped this a bit too long so it’s a little astringent. It tastes mostly of mint but has a spice that sits in your throat and on your tongue after each sip. I put too much honey in this cup so it’s far too sweet. I may like this better with a lower steep time and less sweetener. As it stands now, it’s not a favorite.
Flavors: Astringent, Mint, Spices
My husband bought this tea for me for Valentine’s Day this year, along with the Strawberry Blush Rose. At some point, I intend to mix them together for a cup, but I wanted to try the two separately first.
This tea is very floral, just as expected. I’m not sure of the temperature when I steeped this, but I probably let it cool five minutes or so before adding the tea leaves. It’s a little astringent but not much. The leaves have only barely started to relax from their tight curls.
8 ounces water + 175 degrees + 3 minutes
Ready for my second cup of this! This cup still carries some of that floral scent, but unfortunately it’s also the tiniest bit bitter. The leaves have unrolled most of the way already, but I’ll probably try to steep this once more.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral
The dry mix is mostly dried fruit. I can see strawberries, maybe apples and pineapple too. If I’m not mistaken, there are also rose petals, juniper berries, and some kind of dried wrinkly fruit. Perhaps cherry? I can see dark green bits of the curled oolong too. It’s not as numerous as the other ingredients, but it’s visible. This honestly looks like trail mix to me. Or maybe I’m just hungry.
It smells strongly of strawberries and ripe, juicy fruit. It’s mouthwatering actually and very sweet, like candy. After steeping, the leaves have unfurled completely. Some are really rather large. The liquid is a pale, golden pink.
It doesn’t taste as sweet as I expected it to, but it does have a nice flavor. It reminds me of an herbal tea but with a nice floral flavor/scent, possibly from the oolong or maybe the rose petals.
Flavors: Candy, Floral, Fruity, Strawberry, Sweet
This tea is very tart and astringent but raspberries can be tart so maybe that is intentional. At my husband’s recommendation, I dipped the teabag in and out of the water several times at the beginning of the steep. He says the flavor is better that way. This one is fruity to be sure, but actually tastes more like cherries or cherry candies to me than fresh raspberries. And it just occurred to me that this smells remarkably like Kool-Aid powder. A red one, of course. :)
Flavors: Astringent, Candy, Cherry, Fruity, Tart