1527 Tasting Notes
Another tea from my sample pack. I figured that the evening after a big meal was the perfect time to try out a pu’erh like this. Its smell definitely lives up to its name – it’s almost identical to those spicy cinnamon heart candies the stores sell for Valentine’s Day. The flavour starts of well – sweet, cinammon-y and rather candy-like. But then it just fades off into nothing leaving a sort of weak, dirt-like aftertaste. I’m not really getting any of the earthy richness that generally characterizes a good pu-erh. It’s rather disappointing.
This is another tea than came as part of my sampler – I’ve occasionally given it curious glances when I shop in Davids Tea stores, but I always end up getting distracted by the flavoured blends instead. I wasn’t aware that Korea had much a of a tea industry, and I did a cursory Google search but couldn’t find much. Out of curiosity, does anybody know anything about it?
This tea reminds me of some Japanese senchas that I’ve tried – umami in flavour but without the grassy undertones. The leaves look like a sencha too, that sort of dark green almost shiny look to them – I wonder if it’s a similar variety or they’re grown in a similar way? I found it to be quite a mild, pleasant tea.
This came my way via one of the Traveling Teaboxes and it’s been kicking around my cupboard for awhile so I decided to give it a try. Like previous reviewers have said the labeling on this tea is incorrect – it’s such an obvious thing that I’m tempted to say it was genuine error rather than anything deliberate on the company’s part. Either way they seem to have discontinued this blend as I don’t see it anywhere on their website.
The smell of the tea is certainly nice – a mix of smokiness (but not too strong) and chocolate. Unfortunately there not too much chocolate coming across in the flavour, maybe a little bit as it cools but it’s a lot less prominent than the scent would suggest. It mainly tastes smokey, though it’s actually quite mild for a lapsang – more like a Russian Caravan. There’s also a bit of sweetness which provides a nice contrast to the wood-smoke.
My main problem with this tea isn’t the labeling, it’s that there’s so much stuff (for lack of a better term) in this tea – sprinkles, chocolate chips, those round silver sprinkles (whatever they’re called), and what looks like cherry blossoms or some sort of flower. Unfortunately, apart from a bit of a sweet flavour, almost none of these ingredients come through in the tea, like they were mainly added for visual appeal. Also the sprinkles appear to have left a red ring around my mug. Ick.
Another tea sample (I basically bought like 10 samples from the store when I was last there). This one had a rather pungent pu-erh smell – I know it doesn’t bother some people but I don’t like having to hold my breath when I take a sip, so I ended up giving this one a 30 second rinse even though I usually skip that step with flavoured pu-erhs.
The flavour is distinctly toffee-like with a hint of sweetness, something about it reminds me a bit of a caramel macchiato. The pu-erh base has a rather peat-y
flavour that oddly enough seems to work well with the caramel. Overall it’s a little bit weak/thin tasting, perhaps because of the rinse or it might need a bit more steeping time.
I used the rest of my sample that I had squirreled away with a longer steeping time. I found that it improved the flavour a little bit but it’s still a rather bland tea with the white tea base being the primary flavour component. It gets a bit sweeter and fruitier when it cools off but it’s not a huge difference from my initial assessment of this tea.
I had this recommended to me as a good iced tea blend so even though hibiscus was one of the ingredients I bought a sample to try out. It turned out quite nice – it’s mildly tangy but in a way that said ‘citrus’ to me instead of ‘evil hibiscus masquerading as citrus’. The other fruits in the mix help balance it out I think, and give it a bit of sweetness that doesn’t feel artificial or overdone. Would definitely consider buying more.
I finally got around to giving this another go and I’m still not thrilled with it. It’s not an awful-tasting tea – though the scent is off-putting but it’s nothing at all like s’mores in my opinion. At most I get a bit of a bitter cocoa flavour underneath the malty genmaicha – and no marshmallow or graham cracker flavours. I’m glad I just got this as part of the sampler, not a as full pouch.