3260 Tasting Notes
Thank you for this, AJRimmer! It’s snowing! So ’It’s Snowing!’ the tea blend came to mind. On first sip, I thought “yes, this is a perfect snowy day blend.” It’s not a chai, but that’s ok! You can’t drink chai on every cold day. First, the coconut flakes look fresh and TASTE fresh. So nice. Then hints of ginger and cinnamon on a smooth yet dark enough black base. I love that the coconut is so present. It’s a smooth, comforting cup for this endless winter. I MUST finish the last steep session before next winter and the coconut is older. It’s so good now.
Steep #1 // 1 1/4 teaspoons // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 4 minutes after boiling // 4 min
2021 sipdowns: 25 Della Terra – Café Vanilla
A sample from SkySamurai! Thanks so much! The book I was reading kept mentioning Earl Grey today, so thought I’d try this. It’s quite a mixture of things on a decaf black base: bergamot, lavender, strawberry, orange, lemon balm… It’s quite a muddle, much like the Mad Hatter would prefer it! For some reason the lavender seems green and raw to me, though I doubt that is even possible. I don’t think this tastes anything like Adagio’s lavender earl blend. The bergamot seems slightly different. I can notice a bit of bergamot, orange, strawberry and lavender… but not sure if I like all of these flavors together. It’s a bit floral overall, maybe a bit soapy some of you are sometimes talking about. I definitely can’t tell this is a decaf black. It has enough flavor and isn’t drying but I’m starting to suspect that decaf black tea might be the most dehydrating of any teas. The second steep is also tasty. Might be a worthy iced tea.
Steep #1 // 23 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
2021 sipdowns: 24 (This + Teavivre’s Lychee black)
additional notes: I’m finishing this one now and had the brilliant idea when I woke up this morning to mix it with a ripe puerh. Since the black tea is so light. It’s giving Teavivre’s Loose Yunnan Palace Ripened 2005 a sweet flavor boost. (It didn’t really need it – I gave the puerh a 95 rating so probably should have used a puerh I liked less to blend it with!) But how I steeped it is giving it a lovely balance of puerh depth and the sweetness of this tea. I’m also drinking it along with Lupicia’s Marron Chocolat and they pair VERY well together.
2021 sipdowns: 22
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, February 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day Tea #2
Courtesy of Kawaii433 a while ago! Thanks very much! I’ve been neglecting this one a bit because I’m not usually seeing the specialness of a roasted tea, but this one isn’t too bad. There is a hint of green under the deep red leaves and the brew is fairly light orange. The roast isn’t too bad, but also tastes like a hint of stevia which obviously isn’t there. Maybe I’m just now making this connection that roasted teas taste like stevia to me. The second steep is much the same, light roast flavor which I like, starchy, maybe hints of squash. Not oversteeped at all at three minutes. The third steep is also great but I can never notice nuance after the roasted notes. But the roast is light, so I like! I definitely wouldn’t consider this “dark roast”.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 28 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, February 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day Tea #1
I drank these theme days yesterday, but I’m slow to post the notes today. Another good theme day. I’d say tea swaps are “gifted teas” so I wanted to go for teas from swaps and definitely teas I haven’t written notes about yet. This is one! Kindly sent by derk! Thank you! derk and Martin love this tea. I keep trying it different ways, but to me it tastes like a typical white tea. It was in a sealed sample pouch, so the freshness should be fine. I like that Roswell’s recent note about a white tea mentioned paper and YES sometimes white tea tastes like paper to me in all the best ways. It really reminds me of crisp fresh white paper (cardboard teas are something else entirely.) This time I tried with a ton of these autumnal looking leaves but short steeps. It’s such a gentle tea, I think you could do anything with it but sometimes short steeps have more flavor nuance. The second steep was very sweet and proving it’s a great white. Very clear and crisp. Cold, the last gulp has something like tangy tamarind. This is a lovely white tea but not really something that stands out. Maybe I shouldn’t be steeping this western? So I’m not finding this as special as a 99 rating like derk and Martin, but it’s a very good white.
Steep #1 // 3 teaspoons for full mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 30 second steep
Steep #2 // 28 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Sunday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day – Tea #3
additional notes: (Checking to see if the dashboard is stuck again) Had this one last night as the third Valentine’s tea! It was a theme of rosey, berry, chocolate teas all day. This is a lighter blend, definitely needs at least two teaspoons with the whole raspberries in there.
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Sunday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day – Tea #2
additional notes: I was looking for my Harney’s Valentine’s tea for another obvious choice but stumbled on this tea that I forgot I had. The Harney’s Valentine’s would have been another chocolate tea anyway and was already having S&V’s Valentines… This is roses. I have probably had both of these teas together on Valentine’s day before!
edited to add: past note says this once had a berry flavor. Definitely not here now. too bad it’s that old. Almost gone.