1630 Tasting Notes
This tea came from Jessica I think, I’ve got so many sample kicking around that it’s hard to recall who gave me what. The leaves of this tea were quite fuzzy and fluffy with silvery hairs like the tea’s names suggests. Knowing how high Adagio’s steeping times generally are, I reduce the recommended 7 minute steeping to 5 minutes. I think it was a good move as even now the jasmine is quite strong and I don’t think I’d care for it any stronger. It doesn’t have that soapy characterstic that some jasmine teas that I’ve tried have had (and that I loathe) and it’s a fairly natural-tasting flavour, though it’s just on the verge of being too perfumy – I like my jasmine to be a bit more subtle.
This a good-quality but otherwise fairly typical white peony tea in my opinion. The pale yellow tea yields a flavour that is light and delicate. It’s a nice ‘evening’ tea as it doesn’t have much of a caffeine kick but it still satisfied my craving for actual tea (and before anyone asks, I’ve hated most decaf teas I’ve tried).
The first steep is very light with flowery notes like what I’d expect from the first steeping of a green oolong like this. The pear flavour is quite subtle but it doesn’t taste particularly fake or out of place with the other flavours in my cup.
The second steeping (@ 4:30) has more flavour and I can taste more pear in the tea. The whole thing has more body but it’s still a relatively light tea. It might be something that would be nice and refreshing to have iced in the summertime. *wishes it was summertime *
The combination of flavours in this tea really intrigued me since grapefruit and vanilla aren’t normally ingredients that I’d automatically put together – actually grapefruit is a flavouring I haven’t seen in many teas at all.
The dry tea had a creamy vanilla scent, though it took on a citrusy scent too as the leaves steeped. The grapefruit flavour is rather subdued, just present as a hint of citrus in each sip. The creamy-vanilla flavour is more dominant and is particularly noticable after the tea has a had a chance to cool a bit. It all mixes surprisingly well with the slightly nutty, vegetale flavour of the white tea.
I’ve not tried very many black-green blends that I liked, but this manages to find a happy medium. The tea tastes like a medley of fruit that I can’t really pick apart to identify – there are berries in there and definitely some citrus courtesy of the big pieces of orange peel they stuck in there – and almond flavouring. It’s an interesting mix along with the vegetale flavour of the green and the more robust, tannic flavour of the black tea. There’s a lot going on with this tea, and yet it still manages to work for me more or less.
It yields a good resteep too, although the ‘fruit medley’ had faded into something that was much more distinctly orange and citrusy.
I remember as a kid how my friends and I would go to the corner-store and mix together five or six different slushy flavours to get what we’d call swampwater. So I when I spotted this on the Davids Tea website I knew I had to get some – for old time’s sake if nothing else. ;)
The colour is a dark, murky, greenish-black colour that wouldn’t be amiss in a real swamp (this is due to the black and orange sprinkle-thingies, I think) but despite that it tastes quite nice. It’s a tangy, fruity treat that has a bit of candy-sweetness to it that none the less isn’t obnoxiously strong.
Sara’s tealog entry about this tea tipped me off to the fact that this isn’t a tea at all. It seems to be the leaves of a plant called kuding with is a species of Ilex (holly). And yet on the website it’s listed as a green tea and there’s no indication in the description of the tea of it being anything other than one. ⌐_⌐
I followed Sara’s advice and only used two ‘sticks’ and while it still tastes bitter (kuding is supposed to taste bitter) it isn’t as wretchedly horrible as my first ‘experiment’ and I’m actually noticing that it has a nice, sweet aftertaste. Taking the nature of this tea into account (and the fact I’m not massively overdosing) I’ve decided to up the rating a bit. I’m still pissed at the company for being so obscure though. *grumble *