374 Tasting Notes
Six cups later, and a sipdown, and I’m still not sure where I stand with this tea. It has two excellently, distinctive flavours (banana and walnut), yet still loudly goes about with its Keemun base.
A mouthful of this tea transitions something like this: creamy sweet banana, bitter oily walnut, and mellow, earthy-sweet black base. It all pairs nicely and hands out equal does of brisk and creamy, with the continuous backdrop of something sweet.
I found I enjoyed this tea the most when I was generous with the leaf and steep time. I also enjoyed the second steep as some of the sharpness was cut back, allowing for a more mellow and soft, albeit a less sweet and flavorful, banana taste.
I still think this makes a good hot latte, although it’s more of a fall item. I found this session to be heavy on the tangy cheesecake-ish side. I got a lot of Pumpkin from it too, while I found the caramel to be a bit on the light side. Maybe some whipped cream on top with caramel syrup would remedy that.
Oh, well. Some fading is to be expected considering I opened this bag over a few months ago. I’ve a second, unopened bag so there’s no point in hoarding! :)
Seven hours ago I made a mug of this, only to have to leave it abruptly so I could clean a couple of houses. I only managed a few sour sips and didn’t even get the chance to add the quintessential milk (in retrospect I’m so glad I didn’t get the chance to add milk, as it would not have complimented this tea).
Instead of dumping it down the drain when I got back, I decided it would be interesting to see if I could drink it cold and plain, but it turns out that it isn’t a hard task.
It started off woody and sour (meh), and then the flavour built to encompass playful strands of creamy, floral and fruity notes. This tea became better the closer I came to the bottom of the mug. By the end it was even sweet, and had a lingering peachy aftertaste.
Yeah, that was the cold cup. Now I’m looking forward to drinking this hot tomorrow! The Darjeeling experience might be ok after all, even without milk.
I still need my milk training wheels for Darjeeling teas. I hope to remove them, and grow a proper palate, by the time I finish all six of the Darjeelings in my cupboard. I’m not entirely optimistic I’ll succeed though.
This is Darjeeling No. 1 out of the way. I took a few sips without milk, felt unsteady on the dry woody terrain, and slammed those extra wheels right back on. Yeah, it was a humiliating show but I felt comfortable. That’s the important part, right?
The highlight of this tea is the sour fruity note in the finish and aftertaste. It’s tangy and grape-like, and makes me want to pull out the cheese and crackers. There’s also a curvy floral tone that’s kind of fancy, and fluffs things up.
This last cup is the best this tea has ever tasted for me. I don’t know if that’s due to me finally paying attention to how it properly or because I was more generous with the serving this time around, but it’s yummy today. Maybe working through the other five Darjeeling teas won’t be so much like a chore after all?
This is from way back in November and I’m just opening it now. If there was ever doubt that I’m a procrastinator..
I’m pleasantly surprised by this one. As Ozli noted, it tastes a bit like David’s Forever Nuts (must be the apple and nuts thing), but there are some textural differences in the way the apple flavour and sweetness come across.
At its best and thickest, it tastes a lot like a baked apple dessert, along with all the fine spices and stuffing. Other sips sometimes come across as watery and unnaturally sweet, with a sour tang, which is not fantastic. It’s still a fun rooibos to drink and I don’t think I’ll have any problem getting through an ounce of this, however.
For a while there I forgot green teas existed; then Stacy included this as a sample in the big group order I participated in a while back. This tea turned out to be a nice reminder that greens aren’t always boring and can be tasty! I really did think I would easily write this one off after trying a cup.
This tea is surprisingly sweet, both in aroma and taste. Initially, I thought the fruity sweetness was due to (a very good kind of) cross contamination, but the online description says that’s one of the distinguishing characteristics. It’s hard for me to get over that this isn’t one of those green, floral cherry blends that are everywhere. How is it doing that? The tart cherry flavour is surprisingly vivid and fresh.
Besides the sweet finish, this has all the grassy, vegetal, and mineral water notes that one could hope for in a nice green. There is are also some nice buttery notes, that give the tea a pleasantly creamy quality, but it isn’t as dominant a note as some of the buttery Dragonwell or oolong teas I’ve tried.
Last Winter I got my aunt hooked on David’s Tea. She doesn’t have a huge selection but it’s still nice to have some loose leaf options while looking after my little cousin last night. :)
This tea isn’t bad, especially considering that it contains David’s pu’erh (bleh). It has an adequate dose of ginger and citrus zing, for a palate cleanser and stomach soother. The smooth earthy notes add a relaxing touch. It’s a nice cup to take along on a walk, or after a day of unwise food choices.. maybe eating cheezies all day wasn’t a particularly smart decision. Oh well. I’m very grateful that this was hidden away in the cupboards!
I tend to neglect the darker, (Edit: more heavily oxidized) oolongs, and was pleasantly surprised to see Stacy had included it as a sample! I know next to nothing about this type of tea variety, or how it’s produced, and should make a point of trying more.
The dry leaf has a sweet and roasted nut aroma, with something like cinnamon or baked sugar. The hot liquor smells more like general toastiness and isn’t as interesting. The taste fulfills the promises from the dry leaf, though, and there is a lot of fun stuff happening here. Most dominant to me is the roasted note of unsalted macadamia nuts. That’s my absolute favorite kind of nut, and every time I get a taste of it here I’m mentally jumping up and down. You wouldn’t know just by looking at me but I am.
The finish has a gentle hint of bitter nuts, mixed in with something creamy, buttery, and sweet. I’ve never tried macadamia nut butter; I wonder if it’s as delicious as it sounds. The aftertaste is like fruit jam and honey. The empty cup smells like a full jar of honey too.
Hopefully I can stretch this oolong out today, with a multitude of steeps, as this tea rocks. I will pick up more of this in the near future, and it will get a rating then when I’m less excited about the delicious novelty of macadamia nuts and dessert. I never thought I would like this one as much as I do.
I don’t know how to begin describing the smell of the liquor. It’s kind of floral and fruity, like dried cranberries or apples, but it also has a savoury, bready component to it. It kind of reminds me of a fruity turkey stuffing, a cobbler, or a loaf.
The cup is smooth and juicy, with a distinct honey finish and lingering taste. I thought of apple strudel, mulled wine, and jam with buttered toast as I sipped through the first steep.
Edit: second steep is even fruitier than the first. I allowed my cup to become cool, and the flavour is a lot like ice wine!
There are notes present here that I would find overwhelming if they were left to dominate, but they pleasantly weaved in and out as drank this tea. The heady, buttery-floral notes blend in with the honey tinged fruitiness to create something that is very different from what I’m used to drinking.
A few characteristics I appreciate in green oolong are present here, but with a sweet twist. I’m glad I requested this as a sample and hopefully I get the chance to pick up more before the New Year.
Almost like drinking Caramilk, although never as sweet and cloying. My favourite thing about this one is the hot caramel smell that attaches itself to the cup. I’ve found it’s a good tea to smother most dessert cravings.
I tried adding soy milk to it a couple days back and that completely diluted everything. Maybe a longer steep time would’ve helped, but I don’t feel like playing around anymore when I know I’ve got a good thing going already.
I love the assam base for this blend; I may actually like the assam more on it’s own than here. It’s going on my “must haves” list for fall, though. This tea, a warm fireplace,
a textbook, and a chilly night sounds pretty fine to me.
Edit: I’m finally starting to like this tea in it’s own right and not just for its assam base. Being generous with the two teaspoon serving, and stirring after steeping, takes this tea up a notch for me. I normally hate adding sugar to my tea but this is one of the few exceptions where I actually don’t mind.