509 Tasting Notes
Thank you KiwiDelight for this generous sample of Kenyan black tea.
I wasn’t expecting a CTC tea. I didn’t know they ever came in un-bagged form. I was surprised to receive a bag of what looked like ground coffee. I was hesitant to use my tea infuser as I wasn’t sure that the small bits would stay contained. I thought this a perfect opportunity to use my new fillable tea bags that I got from my local co-op (I got them to give away samples during a class presentation).
This is a good and bold black tea. A bit sweet and malty with a slight powdery texture. It’s certainly better than the CTC black teas I’ve had in the past. It might become an occasional visitor to my permanent stash.
I didn’t log this one last time I had it (but I did post an empty place holder and mentioned it in a review for the Caramel Vanilla Assam).
I steeped this longer than I did the first time. It must have been around 4min, but I don’t know exactly because I let it over-steep as I was tending to some chores. The first time I brewed this, I thought it was somewhat fruity and I didn’t make an obvious association between it and the caramel flavored one. This time I could definitely recognize it as the base tea for the other. The longer steep time made it sweeter, smoother, and with a creamier texture. In my review of the Caramel Vanilla Assam, I said that I might need time for it (the caramel one) to grow on me, and I think the base tea might be the bridge to this end. I appreciated today’s cup of Taiwanese Assam much more than I have previous black teas that have similar smooth/creamy attributes.
There are a select few teas that I know I will never like but, as for the rest, my tea palate is in flux for the time being.
Another oolong from my swap with Moraiwe. Thanks Moraiwe!
I made this tea before class this morning. It was my last day of class this semester and I had to give a presentation in my German class. I talked about tea (in German) and gave out samples to my prof. and all 4 of my classmates (not many students left by the time 3rd year German comes around!). So much fun to share tea with people (^^)
1st steep 2min30sec
A Very delicate flavor. Floral with a hint of vegetal. I like when floral notes are delicate, but I prefer the rest of the flavor to be stronger.
2nd steep 3min30sec
floral flavor is almost non-existentant. The strongest flavor is now in the after taste and is mineral and pepper-like. I don’t know exactly how to describe it, but I didn’t like it.
Didn’t have time to try another steeping, but I don’t think I would have anyway. The first steep of this was palatable, but not enough so that I’d want to have this tea again in the future.
This oolong is sooooo yummy! I never knew oolongs could be aged. Now I am sad to find out that they are ‘rare’ and might go extinct. I sure hope not!!
I don’t even know where to begin with the description. . .
It brews up really dark and smells like a roasted oolong. I wasn’t expecting much. Dark-roast oolong wasn’t a favorite as it was all roast and nothing else. But this is roasty and creamy and sweet and so much more! It’s like a sweet, creamy houjicha but with an aftertaste and texture like Verdant’s Laoshan Black or Butiki’s Caramel Assam (both of which I wasn’t thrilled about mostly, I thought, because of that texture). The flavors,texture and smell of this gem all come together nicely.
And gosh darn-it to me for trying Butiki samples only days after I place an order. Soon I’ll be spending more at Butiki than at the grocery store (^^)
Thank you Emily M for this wonderful oolong.
I finally found an oolong with floral notes that I might have to purchase. The floral notes in this one are very delicate, but they are a welcome addition to the more vegetal and creamy flavor of the tea. This oolong has a savoriness about it that I haven’t found in other oolongs.
Also, my husband, who previously said that he has no interest in trying teas of the floral kind, came into my room an asked what I was drinking. He said it smelled really good. That’s something coming from a coffee-drinking resistant-to-conversion guy.
Not all flowers are my enemy after all ;)
I used the last of one of my bags of this today. There was a bit more left than I needed for a cup, so I just made it strong. Much of what was left included spices and pumpkin powder. It was a very pumpkin-y brew! I went all out and added rock sugar this time, but I don’t think I noticed the difference with it. This tea hardly needs anything extra anyway. (^.^)
Thank you Emily M for the sample :)
I do love white tea, but this one was a little too delicate for me. I like a more buttery and flavorful white (as much as can be expected from a white, that is). The flavor and texture is there in this one, but not quite enough. Still a pleasant cup to drink though!
I’m starting to feel bad that I am not as ecstatic about the ‘popular’ tea blends and everyone else. Maybe I am too picky? I do like this tea, but I am uncertain about purchasing more. I have a favorite dessert blend (the Butiki pumpkin Brûlée) that generally sets the standard for me now :p I also have a bag of the unflavored Assam from Butiki and I might just like it a smidgin better than this one (the sort of ‘better’ that could easily waiver depending on mood). Sometimes I need time for teas to ‘grow on me.’
Aha! It all makes sense now. I made a 3oz cup of this as I often do when I’m not brave enough to make more of a new tea. I didn’t know/couldn’t remember what the ingredients were except guayusa, and of course that the name implies “vanilla.” As I took the first few sips, it reminded me of one of the various organic bath products that I have used in the past, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. As it cooled, the guayusa came through stronger, but the aftertaste was like a sort of natural mouthwash. I thought to myself: guess that’s what I get for using natural/organic bath products. It confuses my senses and I forget what is supposed to be edible :p Then I came here and saw that it has lavender and mint! That must be the association I’m making. I didn’t not like it. My feelings are mixed. It’s more a matter of sensory confusion than dislike. (^^)
This is another sample from my swap with Emily M (^^)
The dry leaves of this one are just so intriguing that I really wanted to like it. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it so much. It’s very vegetal, but a kind of vegetal I haven’t had before. Maybe its the pea and marine notes? I like peas, but not in tea, I guess.