500 Tasting Notes
Thanks sundaysipping for being awesome to send some of this my way, so I could have another go of it. :)
I will say it’s better than the first time around, not that that went badly, but I steeped it longer this time and it does seem more flavourful. I will also say, despite rarely, if ever, adding anything to my teas, it seems like a wee bit of sugar would help the flavour pop more.
I’m a little sad that I seem to be a bit over David’s, because it’s a Canadian company, and the employees at my local store are amazing. My tea tastes are evolving though, and you’ve just gotta go with the flow. I do keep David’s Guayusa and Genmiacha stocked in my cupboard at least . :)
Oh my word this smells delectable.
I enjoy genmaicha so much, but it often gets forgotten in my cupboard for more ‘glamorous’ teas. Tonight, genmaicha from Nina’s is glamorous.
Mmm. Oh yes. Creamy vanilla, caramel genmaicha. The black tea adds an additional magical element to the tea.
Thanks you VariaTEA for sharing! Though I fear you have created a monster. I must have more of this.
I found it on the American Amazon site! Is this the best place to buy it? Does Nina’s have a website where you can purchase online?
This one came my way from VariaTEA :)
I’ve had this one before, a while ago, and if I remember correctly I enjoyed it, but not enough to keep it around. This evening is a better experience. The Ceylon base is not too strong, and the raspberry flavour is coming through nicely. I read a few of the tea notes on this one and it seems to be slightly finicky. Perhaps if I can perfect the steeping parameters I would consider ordering this one.
I was sick to my stomach yesterday, but I had to drag myself into school for a group meeting for a debate we have to present today. I managed to survive with a sleeve of crackers, and I only just made it back to my house in time. Ugh.
This morning I’m feeling slightly better, so I’m hoping it was a 24 hour bug. I couldn’t really decide what tea would be best on my stomach, and this one probably wasn’t the best choice, but I was excited to try it.
The strawberry cream scent really comes through, although it’s smelling slightly fake to me. Hopefully that particular part of the scent doesn’t come through to the taste. The general cacao scent is also there, which makes me feel a little better about this cup.
Thank goodness the taste comes through more ‘true’ than fake, although that scent is slightly off-putting. The cacao is prominent here with a creaminess and then the strawberry flavour towards the end of the sip. To be quite honest, I’d almost just prefer a cacao cream. The creaminess is a delightful, but I’m thinking perhaps the strawberry could use a bit of perfecting.
This one was good hot, but I’m thinking it’s even better as it cools. As are all the cacao teas I’ve had haha.
Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!
This is a sipdown this morning. I partly chose it because I really wanted it, and partly because the packages with one cup left call out to me to be finished. Also, I may have placed three tea orders last night and room needs to be made in my tea cupboard.
I hope I’ll be able to ask Stacy to make this version when I next want to order it.
Yum. This is really hitting the spot. I’ve been actively trying to drink my teas as soon as they’re cool enough to handle, so still quite hot. Sometimes it really does make all the difference.
Ah, this is almost gone! The horror! Thank goodness I have Laoshan Black in good supply to tide me over. Not that it’s in any way similar, aside from the fact that it’s a straight black I can’t live without.
There are three teas I need for sure from Butiki, and I can’t decide whether or not to add in Dinjoye Estate to this order. Now to attend to the difficult task of narrowing down sample choices.
After the success of Butiki’s Puerh Tuo Cha the other day, I decided it was time to dig this one up and steep it already. It’s secretly been driving me nuts in my sample drawer for a while, but the world of pu’erh is daunting.
I’m really finding it difficult to get past the scent of this one, but I can taste a wee bit of earthiness here beneath that scent. I feel this one has potential, and at this point it’s definitely me and not the tea. Perhaps in due time, as I possibly explore more pu’erhs I’ll come back to Verdant.
This one has such a low steeping temperature. I was getting impatient waiting for the thermometer to beep. Dry, this one smelled quite sweet, but not in a sickening way. Steeped, it still smells sweet, but the scent has changed slightly and it’s reminding me of something I can’t quite put my finger on.
Hmm. From the sweet scent I was expecting more. The taste is a bit like sugared warm water. Hopefully something more comes through as it cools.
Thanks for sharing MirandaGou!
I so rarely drink this tea, because I don’t want to wear it out. The first time I had it, it was akin to something magical. Liquid brioche. Absolute perfection. I then waited and waited and waited until I found a way to get some for my cupboard without paying the high cost of shipping to Canada. moraiwe was amazing enough to add me into her ATR order. I was so excited when it finally arrived I was drinking it each morning, until I noticed it was losing it’s magical quality.
I dug it out this morning because a couple reviews I read last night reminded me I was overdue for a cup. Yum.
I am quite enjoying this tea. I’ve found it can be a bit finicky, and, the directions Stacy gives really do work the best. It definitely has that Irish Breakfast kick to it, with a touch of astringency, but it doesn’t bother me. The creamy flavouring mellows it out.
I do try to drink this one while it’s still pretty well piping hot, because the astringency seems to take over as it cools. When I’m paying attention and make this correctly, it is so delightful.