619 Tasting Notes
Gah, Rishi, NO! No hibiscus! That is what I hate about so many fruity teas, they feel the need to hibiscus it. Luckily they didn’t overdo it, but it would be nice if they (grocery store tea “they”) didn’t depend on it. The oolong is less prominent than in the Rishi peach I just had. The aftertaste is vaguely plum like and it also has a mild sweetness to it, like the peach. Very unexciting.
As I scooped out some tea, hibiscus was spotted. Crap! I steeped it anyways and was pleased to see the water turn to only a slight pink hue. I can taste the hibiscus, but it seems to be used in the rare measurement of moderation here! There is a sweetness at the back of each sip and a nice oolong base. I’m not necessarily getting peach from this tho, maybe a little on the aftertaste. As it cools the hibiscus becomes more prominent. Boo! It could probably do with a little sweetener at this point, but I may just gulp down the cup to get it over with instead. Not bad, but far from spectacular. Definitely not a rebuy.
I steeped this for just over a minute this time and I think it turned out better. It still had a slight bitterness to it and improves greatly with cream and sugar. It has an almost coffee like richness to it. I’m thinking I may try a longer steep with a lower temp in the future. Funny, I am now on my second package of it and haven’t taken the time to find spot on brewing parameters yet. I’m slacking!
This tea is mostly pu-erh tasting, with a slight hint of coconut. It is a much lower intensity of flavor than I am used to in flavored teas, but it is nice. The pu-erh has an almost ricey starch like taste to it. Over all, I’d say it was okay if I wanted something a little more subtle and earthy, but I don’t think that is what I’m in the mood for at the moment.
Trying this tea again! I had it without sugar and noticed it has a sweetness of it’s own and doesn’t need sugar. Again, the second steep isn’t as impressive. I may actually dump it. This tea is nice, but I’m feeling like if the price is on the steep side (and I don’t remember what it was), it may not be worth it for a tea that is only good for once steep.
OMG, I don’t know what I did to disgrace this tea so badly! I’m sure it isn’t normally unbearably bitter. Did I over leaf? Over steep? Call it names? Cream and sugar help a little bit, but I’m sure this isn’t how it is supposed to taste. Maybe we will cross paths again someday and can start fresh!
Thank you to Greenteafairy for this sample!
I decided to cold brew some of this in the fridge and I think it was the right choice! It has been in there for days and I have been sipping on it periodically to see how it was doing. A couple times it needed a little more sugar to even out the bitter tinge that goes with spearmint being overpowering, but I think I have almost got it down now. The spearmint is still a little over the top and if I was patient enough to let the ice melt, it just might be a perfect cup. But I am not patient. The marshmallow root ads a slight creamy vanilla like flavor that rounds out the mint nicely. I can see going through the whole bag of this iced over the summer! I must pace myself!
I’m getting mystery fruit flavors when sipping this tea, but also something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Almost like a mineral taste. It is a little less noticeable on the sip when sweetened, but still lingers in the aftertaste. It is striking me as a little boring, but I can see it being delicious iced!
Edit: The funny taste was my kettle! It had been a while since I rinsed it out and the minerals must have built up. Poor tea taking the blame!