632 Tasting Notes
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).
Darjeeling No. 3! This tea is not what comes to mind when I think of Darjeeling. It’s not quite like any oolong I’ve had either. This is a very different tea.
The liquor smells like it could be a Darjeeling; it’s vaguely hayish, sour, and fruity. One sip completely evaporates that image though. It’s smoothly floral-sweet, with a prickly dash finish of something that verges on spicy. When I chugged down a mouthful, near the bottom of the mug, I picked up notes of almond butter and melona bar. It left a thick sensation and a sweet aftertaste. Best mouthful of tea today.
Maybe this could be a typical darjeeling on it’s softer second steep. It doesn’t have the astringent teeth I’ve come to expect with a darjeeling’s first steep. I feel like I cheated somehow, and got to my favourite part first.
The last couple servings are going off to Heather Martin soon, so this is sort of a sipdown. I think I may miss this one.
Fiddling sent me a generous amount of teas from Harney & Sons around May, and I’ve unfortunately only gotten around to trying a few, like the awesome Florence. Thank you, Fiddling!
The cherry flavour seems ok, if a little artificial. Mid sip is sweet, floral cherry while the finish is bitter, sour cherry candies. It’s not bad, and tastes on par with the few other cherry flavoured greens I’ve tried.
This isn’t really my cup of tea, though. I’m not into the flat, grassy notes and the sweet-sour aftertaste this one has. I think I may be done with cherry greens.
Planning to move in and out of places can be so stressful. What do people normally do with their furniture during that one evening of contract limbo? I guess there’s no point in worrying over it today until I’ve heard back from everyone, but it’s hard for me.
It’s a while since I’ve had a black tea from Verdant, and this sample has spent most of its time lying around in a box since February. If there was a number to report tea abuse to..
I find it pays off to drink this stuff when I want calm, whether I’m already relaxed or a bag of nerves, like right now. It’s hard to be uptight when you’re drinking boiled leaves that taste like chocolate honey malt waffles. There’s more honey and cinnamon in this than anything else right now. Yeah, life is good.
This is another sample buried deep in the cupboard, from winter 2012. Time to drink eight grams!
Mother thinks this is awful and tastes like watered down chocolate.. I don’t think the chalky chocolate is that bad. It’s boring but drinkable, and seems to take a lot of steeping abuse without getting bitter.
I wish it had more of a spicy kick to it, like the mildly terrifying, leathery hot Zhu Rong Yunnan from Verdant (maybe I’ve blown that one out of proportion). I don’t mind coasting on the weak chocolate and peppercorns, however. It’s more of a diluted creamy comfort thing, especially with milk, than a burn-flesh-for-fuel kind of beverage. Maybe some habeneros would be nice. Those are good peppers. I’d even settle for cayenne peppers.
Hmm, not sure I’m very keen on this one. I’m drinking an iced cup and a hot cup side by side. Both have a scummy surface, likely from the coconut.
The iced cup tastes primarily of banana, with frozen stale chocolate, almonds, and coconut flakes. That’s ok, but I’m not into the finishing flavour it leaves in my mouth- fruity and hinting at bitter, like orange flavoured coconut water, mixed with cocoa. Aftertaste reminds me of an Orange Julius.
I like the baked banana dessert that I get from from the hot cup. Some things melt together better here, like the cocoa. The orange coconut water isn’t as consistent. The aftertaste reminds me of an Orange Julius though. I’m glad I only picked up a small sample though; I think there may be too many things going on here (chocolate orange, chocolate almond banana, coconut water, orange banana smoothie).