1572 Tasting Notes
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.
i received a sample of this tea in a trade, I forget with whom, I’m afraid. It’s the first tea I’ve tried from this company and so far results are favorable. Most flavoured oolongs usually use a dark oolong base but this one is quite green and sweet-flavoured by comparison. It has a very smooth feel in the mouth and a light, slightly floral flavour. It’s less orange-like than I thought it would be but I do get a bit of fruitiness. Like most good green oolongs it resteeps well though the I found the floral notes to be more pronounced.
For the curious, the Ogopogo is a mythical (as far as anyone can prove) sea serpent very similar in description to the Loch Ness monster that folklore and First Nations legends theorize lives at the bottom of Okanagan Lake. At this point it’s become the semi-official symbol of the city of Kelowna (where this tea is from) and people are still reporting sightings to this day.
This sample is labeled as a black tea but it’s pretty obvious that it’s mixed with white tea leaves (and oolong according to the description) so I gave it a lower steeping temp than I would most blacks. Maybe the greenish tea leaves in the blend are supposed to mimic the monster which is supposedly a mix of brown and green in colour..?
The primary component of this blend seems to be Darjeeling – it has that slightly wine-like fruity scent and flavour. It’s less astringent than most Darjeelings though, which might be the white and oolong teas coming into play. I’d describe this as more of an afternoon tea as it’s relatively light and doesn’t pack the caffeine punch of a breakfast blend.
I received a small 10g sample of this tea as part of a Davids Tea sampler that I got for Christmas. This one is a fairly standard CTC-style leaf that brews up into a deep red-coloured tea as I’ve noticed Kenyan black teas tend to. The flavour is alright, nothing especially good or especially bad. It reminds me a great deal of an English Breakfast with that robustness and slightly toasty quality you tend to find. It was nice to drink in the mornings when I had to be at work at 5am because it woke me up quickly, but it’s not a tea I would casually drink for pleasure.
The pearls are neat – small, slightly fizzy and striped with dark green and silver when they were dry. The leaves were a bit slow to unwind and the first steep at two minutes was a little bland. A second steep (@3:15 min) gave the leaves more of a chance to unfurl and the end result almost looked like a bunch of curls. I found the flavour was fuller and much improved on the second steep as well.
This tea is fairly similar to the jasmine green all told – there’s maybe a bit more substance to the base and a bit more character but to be honest in my opinion both of them are nothing special. Part of that I think is because I’m generally not a fan of jasmine teas (Harney & Sons’ Dragon Pearl Jasmine being the only exception) and that biases me against them somewhat.
A few months back I purchase the Tea Taster’s sampler from Golden Moon – 31 new samples to try – whoo.
There seem to be two jasmine teas in the sampler – jasmine green and jasmine pearls – I’m curious as to whether there’s any difference so I’ll try the pearls tomorrow and compare them.
This one is a pretty basic jasmine green tea. I’m generally not a big fan of jasmine – too often the tea blenders over-do it and it’s super-cloying and ends up tasting like perfume or soap. This one isn’t bad however, as the jasmine is pretty mild. The green tea base is rather uninspired though – it’s nothing special just your very basic green tea.