627 Tasting Notes
I’m procrastinating doing the serious part of the packing in favour of sorting through what tea stuff I want over on the island with me. It’s surprisingly difficult. I’ve only picked out three teas so far: Earl of Anxi, Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black, and this one.
I can’t say this Coconut Oolong has the classy finesse that the other two teas in the box do, but it makes up for that by being full of delicious floral-coconut gaudiness. It’s a big, showy comfort item that I find helps curb the appetite. I don’t understand how I enjoy the floral notes yet have such a low tolerance for them.. that first steep is almost too much.
Edit: In the future I’d be tempted to dump the first steep in favour of the second one. The buttery notes came out more here, and the flavouring seemed to blend better. Still heady though.
Backlog. Lots of running around lately, doing that summer end, everything-decides-to-break-now, thing. Uhaul Victoria could be a little better at things.
Anyways, I’m loving Incendaire’s sample envelope. Everything is just the right size and makes it easy to choose something quick. I dumped this one into a David’s perfect mug, not expecting much and looking for a quick steep fix.
It was surprisingly nice to get something with such a syrupy, chocolatey finish. As it cooled the dessert-like sweetness increased. Not a bad flavoured maté at all! Thanks Incendaire!
Backlog. After completing some stressful housing things I opted to have this with Baileys Irish Cream. That means I didn’t get the chance to pick up on the subtleties of the vanilla, but it it was a good comfort drink. It didn’t seem quite as sweet as some of the other chocolate mint teas I’ve tried either.
Incendaire made it an easy thing the last couple days, but I think I should always start my mornings off with matcha lattes.
Not much to say on this one because I drank it too fast to pay attention properly. I still have a creamy vanilla aftertaste lingering around on my tongue so I’m going to assume there was a lot of that going on.
This would be an amazing matcha to mix into others- it’s so smooth!
Omg, this is Sweet. I ate one of the nougats from the dry blend and the tea tastes just like it. Along with hazelnut creamer. And a little salt. I added milk and the creamer got creamier. This is almost too rich, guys. I feel like my mouth is coated with butter, sugar, and nutella.
I’m putting this one under potential late fall and winter blends.
I used some milk today, and now it tastes more like a typical earl grey, and less like grapefruit juice with brisk enhancements. The grapefruit is more subdued behind typical bergamot now, yet it’s still distinguishable.
I think I like it slightly more without milk, but this isn’t a bad cup either. That this tea is flexible with the milk makes it an attractive option for the summer-fall transition.
Thank you, Incendiare, for the awesome samples! I know you weren’t sold on this flavouring, but it made a delicious morning latte today. The royal grade is pretty fine, and I’m going to have a hard time not always opting for it now.. I’m not even going to try, actually. The matcha here mixes so smoothly!
I’ll admit that the macadamia nut flavouring is a tad abrasive. These guys taste like they’re loaded with salt, and leave that tingling aftertaste. They’re more the nuts you’d eat with beer and jerky than the kind you find flirting with desserts. The effect is strange in a latte, but not unpleasant. I still consumed this like I do all my other matcha lattes- waay too quickly. Always a good sign.
Unsweetened grapefruit juice meets earl grey! Boy, is this straightforward and tart, but in a good way. I think it hit its full potential as a refreshing citrus tea when it cooled down to lukewarm/cool.
Despite not being a fan of earl greys, and being a tad skeptical on the shopkeeper’s enthusiasm for this one, I enjoyed this cup tonight. It’s definitely a summery tea, with some appeal to quiet evenings, curled up with a musty, old book on the family’s couch.. Geez, not quite sure how I’m still awake right now.
I’m glad I decided to split 50g of this with Cavocorax after all, and hope everyone from today’s meetup enjoys their new teas! Goodnight.
I randomly picked up an ounce of this, knowing it would likely be an acquired taste.. knowing that I don’t usually like beer, fruity black teas, or peaches in general. This tea therefore leaves me speechless because I strongly like everything about it.. the peachy fruitiness, the malt, the vaguest hint of tobacco, the hops. I just finished my second steep and loved it. I don’t get me.
I will withhold a rating on this one until I’ve worked my way further through the ounce, and can rationalize my feelings a bit more. It’s an aroma versus taste thing (I’ve a tiny aversion to the smell of hops).
I know, I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anymore tea until the fall, but when this came back in stock I totally crumbled like a cheap trail mix bar. I didn’t order quickly enough last time, and then was punished for weeks with an endless stream of earnest notes, praising this tea for everything except starting the first human moon colony. Never again! Ok, that may be a bit exaggerated and overdramatic.. I blame this tea.
The parcel arrived at my doorstep an hour before I was scheduled to go in for a dentist appointment this morning. The box was promptly ripped open, and this became my first tea of the day. It was wonderful. So worth thoroughly brushing my teeth twice in the span of twenty minutes.
The dry leaf smells like caramelized fruit sugar. It tastes like that too, with the added smoothness of a bready black base. I can taste the sweet similarities between this and Mi Xian Black. Leafhoppers are the best insects.
I’ll rate this when I’m over my ridiculous level of excitement (I’m so sorry).