696 Tasting Notes
I’m on my second steep of this and it’s just as delicious as the first time. Yes, that was two days ago. VariaTEA sent this sample my way and we were just chatting about how I definitely have the control to wait until February to place a Nina’s order. I mean, it’s only a week away.
I was taking a break from studying/assignments this afternoon and where do I find myself but on Amazon. Sigh. I’m sure you know the rest of the story.
Yay for new teas!
Also, I’m trying out a new recipe now for moist coconut loaf while I sip away of this treat.
Update: You guys, the coconut loaf is amazing!
Yet another update: I got an email regarding my order this morning!
(I may have specifically set up Photobucket to share this, and other photos with you guys. I was using J’s but I may as well have my own.)
This is a delightful oolong. I’ve tried a fair few from Verdant, but without having them side by side I don’t really feel qualified to say which is better. They all taste like lovely oolongs. There is none of the mineral like taste here that I’m not overly fond of, but there is a delightful, extremely subtle hint of sweetness. We shall see what resteeps bring.
Thanks for sharing KiwiDelight!
Sipping on this while working on a sustainability assignment, watching Friends, and preparing a few swaps. Multitasking at it’s finest.
This tea is so amazing. I’m a cup away from a sipdown, but there’s more en route. This will hopefully never be a permanent sipdown because I require this in my life. At all times. The natural honey-like sweetness is irresistible.
I’m not the biggest fan when oolongs don’t have specific steeping instructions, since in my experience, I’ve found them to be somewhat finicky. I went in the middle and steeped this for 2.5 minutes, and just let the water cool while I put dishes away.
It did turn out just fine. It’s a green oolong, so it has that familiar slightly vegetal flavour, but with an added sweetness at the end of the sip. The sweetness is interesting. I generally prefer darker oolongs but I am impressed with this one.
I have now finished my updated bio. Woot!
This tea I picked up a while ago, from the London Drugs handy my house, when there was an extensive discussion on someone’s review of it. I must say, although I’m not really a chai person this one is tasty. I do have to steep it for quite a while, but that could be because it’s a bagged tea. I love that the coconut makes it creamier and it’s a subtle chai overall.
I’m not always in the mood for it, but it’s tasty when I am, and it is such a delight I can get this at London Drugs.
I think I’ll go with the thinking that my stomach was still a tad off when I tried this yesterday morning, because I just resteeped the last of my swap from VariaTEA and it doesn’t have the same fake smell to it I got yesterday. Just strawberry and cacao. Although, I may have also forgot about it steeping on the counter as I drafted a message to VariaTEA as well haha. Oversteeping Cacao teas is always a great idea I’ve found. Yum.
You know, this one may actually be an order. My January tally is getting out of hand. J will not be pleased.
Also, I’m working on updating my bio, so I shall have actual tea-related info up there soon! For now it’s just a wee paragraph saying so in addition to my two lines of bio that have always been there.
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!