3863 Tasting Notes
additional notes: This one just isn’t as fruity fantastic as even the TeaHaus – Mango Pineapple yesterday, yet this one is much fresher (years) than the TeaHaus. Maybe the pineapple and mango of the other is just a better balance. But this one has a tangy note, or an odd flavor to the fruit which isn’t really mango to me. And the black tea just isn’t as good as the malty black yesterday. I tried to figure out the flavor before eating some canned pineapple.
Feeling tropical lately in the depths of winter, so beware I might have a string of tropical tea notes! I already dug a bunch of tropical teas out of the “cupboard” so they are ready to go! This is from StarFevre a while ago. Thank you! It’s even more aged now, since I received this years ago, so I wasn’t expecting much. But I like that there are small fruit pieces here – supposedly pineapple and mango. Sometimes mango teas are simply “sweet” but there is some fruit flavor here on a malty black tea. It’s actually a nice base for these flavors and makes me miss their Key Lime tea… I imagine it was much better back when it was fresh, but this is enjoyable. The second steep was even better.. the black tea melds great with the fruit. I bet it would be a good iced tea. I also drank Tiesta’s I Gotta Colada today.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 12 minutes after boiling // 1-2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Taking a whiff of the dry leaf – oo boy. Very HEALTHY earthy scent, which is probably mostly the turmeric. The flavor is much the same, but also stevia. The stevia and the turmeric are a BIT much together — like the stevia is supposed to make up for the earthiness. The stevia and turmeric is about all I can taste here. I can’t even taste the mint, let alone the cardamom. Good to find out though: fresh stevia is still really bad for these tastebuds and it isn’t a matter of aged stevia.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug // 33 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2-3 min
Flavors: Stevia, Turmeric
From Michelle! Thanks so much! An apricot tea on a black base with some matching colored (to apricot) safflower petals. And the apricot flavoring is not lacking — plenty of it here, and then some of that apricot left over in the second steep! It’s a bit of a candy flavored apricot. The base tea seems to really just be a background for the flavors, a little bit of a thin black tea. However, I didn’t see any actual fruit chunks in my sample like the photo shows, so maybe it would have made it even more apricot delicious? But if you’re craving apricot, this suits. Pretty straightforward here.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug // 22 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – January 2023 Tea #9- A tea by candlelight
Anyone else a fan of those Yankee Candle scenterpiece things? It’s not really a candle, it’s cups that set in a device that warms the scented cups of wax for a couple hours, and they are easily changeable. Anyway, I received one of those scenterpiece systems as a gift years ago, so that gets stoked up once in a while. Honestly, it was better when the scent cups were WAY cheaper a few years ago (especially on sale), but what wasn’t cheaper back then? However, I might yet actually light an actual candle at some point!
The tea! This is very old now and yet still wildly different from any Dan Cong I have ever had! It is not charcoal AT ALL. It’s grapefruit and lemon myrtle and probably other bright fruits. It’s completely opposite from what I expect from a typical Dan Cong. And this is why Steepster is wonderful: my first tasting note years ago, I made sure to note to use very short steep times and very cool water and it made a HUGE difference. Only the last steep had a hint of charcoal. I’m glad I took a chance on a sample but if anyone is looking for a unique light Dan Cong, this is definitely worth trying! Next time a sipdown.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 50+ minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 50+ minutes after boiling // 1 min
Steep #3 // 22 minutes after boiling // 1 min
additional notes: I was intending to steep this one up soon from my dwindling stash and woke up this morning to see it’s included in B&B’s vote back with a slight name change! I think it’s the same tea anyway. I love this one and would love to see it win the vote back.
eta: mmm… steeped it up the next day and YES it is just as loved as I remember. I REALLY hope it wins the vote back! Combining milk oolong + genmaicha = amazing. Do NOT let the rose hip in the ingredient list sway you from trying this! I saw a big ol rosehip go into the amount of tea I was steeping and I can not taste the rosehip AT ALL. Still, it would be better if it wasn’t wasting space in this awesome blend, but I’m glad I am not tasting the rosehips.
additional notes: My original note for this was for a really old teabag — so I think it’s time to update for the loose leaf. It’s Lupicia’s extra special strawberry flavoring — the rare tea shop that can get strawberry right, with a nice balance of chocolate on rich puerh. Usually if I crave a strawberry tea I know to go for Lupicia. If I wasn’t trying to make this small amount of this last a while, I’d probably use two teaspoons but a teaspoon and a half is fine. Raising the rating from 80.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 19 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4-5 min
I bought this in the summer — I forgot I had rewards points and I will usually want to try any Hattialli. My favorite tea ever, by far, after trying thousands of teas, was hands down, no hesitation, Butiki’s Hattialli Golden Lion Assam! So I splurged for a tin. I have tried it a couple times, but sadly, the Harney in no way can compare to Butiki. The Butiki leaf had such a depth to it! The Harney leaf is very thin tasting — like a very mild tomato soup. Only a hint of tomato soup…. and really no other flavors. Hopefully that isn’t because I had just had tomato soup in the mug before that! Maybe a bit of nuttiness on the last gulp. The second steep, I might have overdid it. A bit astringent but also not really an increase in flavor complexity. The brew color is quite dark and yet the flavor still seems watered down, even losing the tomato soup quality. The Butiki was so complex, it’s just amazing this tea can even be sourced from the same area. What a shame. Very disappointing, wouldn’t buy it again. Not for that price!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 minutes after boiling // 3-4 min
Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – January 2023 Tea #8 -Jan 20 – coffee flavored tea
additional notes: I always forget about this tea and YES it does have an occasional coffee bean. It’s a green yerba mate mixed with black tea, so it always steeps up a bit weird to me. Roasted yerba mate would have been better. Lacking raspberry flavor now. And despite the cocoa shells, this is barely chocolate. It was never really my favorite from B&B. BUT this is also an older tea now, so I can’t fault it too badly.