631 Tasting Notes
Steeped, it smells like banana split but it’s more pear to taste. Despite the convincing flavour, the broth is on the watery, weak side- it’s a tactile thing which adding milk and sugar did not help at all. To sum it up, it’s a surprising yet typical flat Lipton. And the snobbishness takes over.
Thanks OMGsrsly and Anna for passing this along! It’s definitely a fun novelty.
Flavors: Chocolate, Pear
Pleine Lune is probably one of the tea’s I was most excited to try from OMGsrsly. Vibrant almonds, marzipan, spices- what’s not to like? Mom agrees and even went so far as saying this is best tea she’s had; up there with her favourite various Pumpkin Chais brands and Red Leaf Matcha Lattes.
It was a tea bag, there was milk and life was good. I’d possibly look into getting more of this, if only for the Happy Mother vibe.
Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Marzipan, Nutmeg, Vanilla
Possibly the most divine thing I’ve smelled in the last few months (mother even called it ambrosia), sniffing the dry leaves in the heated pot made me do a double take on the “raw Puerh” sticker. I don’t know to describe that pre-steep, post-ziplock aroma but it was good. Very good.
The aroma of the 15 second steep isn’t quite as fantastic, but it is pleasantly reminiscent of the grapefruit and cinnamon-like qualities of petunias (that’s what the ones in our garden smell like). The taste is floral, sour, somewhat vegetal, and slightly sweet. My brain is also stuck on cinnamon so I’m getting that too. NOTE later steeps didn’t come out as dynamic, which was disappointing after that amazing first impression.
Now I’m off to steep this to death for the rest of the day (and evening, and potentially tomorrow). It looks like me a Puerh are best friends now, thanks to OMGsrsly.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Flowers, Grapefruit
An OMGsrsly sample.
This one is a pleasure to drink, with a decent second steep. It’s a nice accompaniment to my nothing day. I also lately discovered that Radiohead released a new album. It pairs well too. All I have to do is open this Haruki Murakami book (After Dark) sitting here and the day is set for disconnectedness. Wow.
This tea is nutty, vegetal, and then tangy-sweet, kind of like an unripe apricot or some lemon juice. I’m now going to move onto something more lively.
Flavors: Chestnut, Spinach, Tangy
Part of a joint order with OMGsrsly, which I forgot about for months until I found my portioned ziplock hidden in my closet.
Mango flavour paired with toasted rice is very tasty and satisfying as long as I don’t remember Marshmallow Treat and start craving that instead.
… And I ran out of both my flavoured genmaicha blends within a week of getting back home from Japan. I’m struggling oh so much.
Flavors: Mango, Toasted Rice
Rinse and short multiple steeps.
Easy to drink, and thankfully not too much rose with that earthy note; more lightly floral than pungent perfume. It’s probably my least favourite shu that I’ve tried in the last little while, but you know? I haven’t had a negative experience with my big container of pu’er yet. I actually look forward to drinking them right now. Weird.
Flavors: Nuts, Olive Oil, Rose, Wet Earth
On the savory side of the spectrum. The rinse smelled like baked macaroni with cheese, bacon, and bread crumbs. The taste is pleasantly sour and smokey, with a dash of oregano and some sweet syrup. I can’t shrug off the bacon. It’s there. I’m not crazy. I’m not.
Flavors: Maple Syrup, Meat, Muscatel, Smoke, Wood