545 Tasting Notes
Tea Ave went above and beyond with their sample packages and labeling. I wish I was more gifted with words- I’d offer something besides a huge THANK YOU! I’m grateful there are people like Roswell Strange to make up for my lack.
‘Ginger’ made me decide to try this one first. It was a good choice. I re-steeped this about six time last evening (at a time I shouldn’t have been drinking tea), plus once more this afternoon, and it’s probably one of the best and most soothing tea sessions I’ve had since last spring.
The ginger is a vibrant, sweet finish to this silky Jin Xuan. I second the person who says they now want to try this base oolong unflavoured. It’s been so long since I’ve had a milk oolong.. my roommate doesn’t understand right now (she’s giving me a weird look as I go pacing about the apartment with my tea mug). It’s an exciting thing.
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Ginger, Sweet
This is goodbye, Lemon French Macaron. I didn’t always get it right with you, but you never failed to be that warm, “in front of the fireplace with no deadlines” comfort tea. You came from an awesome joint order with OMGsrsly- forever associated with randomly buying quince, and kangaroo burger patties. Good times, old Macaron.
Please don’t leave yet.
Flavors: Almond, Cake, Lemon Zest, Meringue
I kind of like this one. I find the flavouring to be slightly boozy and absent of actual tea base, but at the end of the day it delivers on the chocolate macaroon front. It’s a decent dessert substitute/craving cutter. The aroma is nice, and it went well with milk too.
My new, tea-drinking roommate picked this up and insisted on making it today (this is a novelty). The only downside is now we no longer have a steeper/pot that hasn’t marinated in a dessert black tea; I’m going to have to find a new home for my fruity-green, white, and oolong teas again!
Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate, Coconut, Vanilla
This is labelled as a Nilgiri variety, the implications of which go completely over my head.
I don’t know how this stacks against other Nilgiri teas, but it does make me want to give the wide variety of Indian black teas another thorough chance. (Golden Tips Tea has a crazy all-encompassing sampler on their website).
The medium length leaves are mostly black with some golden-white, and red speckled throughout (could be a blend?). They steep up ruddy brown and green.
The tea has a fruity aroma and flavour, coupled with a smoky woodsy note that may very well come from the box- the things you realize after you’ve dumped the tea into a flaky-painted wooden box.
Flavors: Fruity, Nutty, Pepper, Smoke, Wood
Here’s another tea/reason why I’ll miss Stacy’s amazing work at Butiki- like I needed one more. I wish I could bottle up the creamy sweet citrus aroma and keep it with me forever, but then I couldn’t drink it and appreciate it in all of it’s mouth puckering glory.. there’s no winning here, eh? At least an ounce seems to go a long way- it even has a decent second steep in it.
I’ve never had grapefruit creme brulee, and now I’ll be disappointed if it isn’t as tasty as this. Definitely one of my favourites out of the last wave of new teas I picked up!
Flavors: Bergamot, Burnt Sugar, Grapefruit, Malt
This one’s not bad at all; the lemon myrtle, lemon balm, and vanilla gives this herbal a fluffy citrus dessert vibe. I just wish OMGsrsly hadn’t told me what she thought of Valerian root (stinky cheese, sock), because now I get that a little too! :P
Here’s hoping this helps fix my last few weeks of incredibly poor sleep.
Flavors: Lemon, Peppermint, Vanilla
I had a short, shallow moment of dread when I discovered the milk of yesterday was gone today (note: always check for this factor before steeping spice teas). Luckily, this tea seems pretty awesome without it.
This one’s quite wintery: gingerbread cookie spices, nuts, a versatile fruitiness that is one moment hot apple cider the next chocolate and orange rind, and maybe even a touch of smoke.
I’ll have to pick up some of Tippy’s keemun and assam to see how much they cultivate those delicious fruity dessert flavours- and there are so many flavours, but they work!
Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cookie, Ginger
Dry leaf smells like minty After Eights, the liquor like chocolate vanilla dessert with light mint garnish. The flavour is, um, one of those instances that make me realize how much I swear when attempting to express a strong emotion (it’s good). Mint leaves and vanilla always win in my book, and this tea is doing what my Laoshan Black hasn’t been doing lately in the cocoa/chocolate department.
Also, it’s a tasty tea with milk, which brings out a mild yet equally fantastic vanilla waffle cone, with a chocolate mint drizzle finish.
..and my roommate just got back from class and is giving me crap for the ice cream I bought today. Ugh. I’ve entered an alternate reality where Purdy’s ice cream and Toblerone cake are met with scorn, while the generic frozen Safeway cake, that existed in this apt. before my residency, is thrown onto a pedestal and enforcing proselytism on all unwilling basement inhabitants (me).
I refuse to eat that cake!
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt, Mint, Vanilla
I think I’ve enjoyed past harvests of Tieguanyin from Verdant better. Although to be fair, I did a western brew (after a short rinse), which doesn’t seem to be my favourite way to drink oolong.
This one tastes predominantly of white foods- like cream, skinned nuts, rice pudding.. but the prevalent floral-lilac and sweet-melon aspects give this tea some playfully colourful highlights and a neat finish.
It’s a solid cup that improves on each re-steep, although I do wish there was a buttery presence.
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Melon, Nutty, Rice Pudding