635 Tasting Notes
I had this as my breakfast travel mug tea and it was fantastic. The sugar and caramel flavors are dead on, but the oolong is what really shines here. It’s smooth and… hefty, for lack of a better word. I did the second steep at 185f for 3 ½ minutes and it came out weaker than expected. The sugar and caramel came to the fore. The oolong kind of just dropped out of the show in the second act. The inverse happened after the third steep (boiling water, about 6 minutes). The sugar and caramel faded into the background. The oolong took on a new flavor that I can’t describe. It tastes how I imagine a maple tree would taste. Not maple-y, but dark and woody. Really tasty. Thanks for this one, Christina!
Sipdown. Thanks so much for sending some of this my way, Christina! I agree that this is a very savory brew. It smells like roasted rice. The flavor is also roasted rice, though the rice flavor is balanced with the savoriness. The aftertaste is all roasted rice. I’m still learning my preferences when it comes to genmaicha, but this one’s decent. It falls somewhere below Butiki’s but miles above Say Tea’s.
Passover left me too cranky and tired to write tasting notes. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, though.
This is one of my caffeine-free afternoon office teas. It’s rather meh. There’s a good amount of spice here, but it’s mostly clove. The rooibos base just doesn’t stand up to the spice. Meanwhile the smell sticks to my travel mug long after the tea is gone. Once I brew this up, I can’t make any other kind of tea until I wash the mug out quite thoroughly. And the bags have an unfortunate habit of breaking open if left in the mug too long. Boo.
This might be better iced/cold steeped (if the bag doesn’t disintegrate). Maybe I’ll try a cold steep if I have any of this tea left when the weather gets warmer.
Sipdown. I tried the last of this iced. The cherry notes really come out. Tart and sweet. I’m not getting much cakiness. Maybe a hint of pineapple, but that might be power of suggestion. Oh so slightly creamy. Mostly this tastes like a cherry iced rooibos. Yummy. Still nothing like the original upside down tea, though.
This is just the kind of perfection I’ve come to expect from Stacy. The base really shines here, with the lychee flavor coming in at the end of the sip and lingering long after. I’m having trouble describing the base right now, but it’s sweet and grassy. It makes me think of rolling hills in springtime (in the idealized tv way, not the “my allergies make that experience torture” way). On the second steep, the juicy lychee flavor comes to the fore. Weirdly, I’m getting a lot of mintiness. It’s great, but unexpected. The third steep is very similar and super tasty iced. By the fourth steep, the lychee flavor fades and leaves just a hint of sweetness. The base comes out and makes for a bright, grassy drink. Lovely.
Thanks so much for the taste, teamore!
Sad sad sipdown. I still really like the rose-candy aspect of this tea. But it’s quite finicky. A 3-min steep at 190f today came out astringent. It was still good, but when I get a cup of this tea right it can be great. It’s really hard to get right though. So probably not a restock despite its tastiness.
Sipdown! Sadly, I oversteeped my very last cup of this. I forgot about it for 10+ minutes and it got bitter. Still drinkable, but bitter is not a flavor I want in a chamomile tea. The bitterness mellowed out as the tea cooled though. Tasty and convenient, but not a restock because the packaging is weird (the teabags are just loose in a cardboard box).
Sipdown! I’m not really up for writing a detailed tasting note, but I want to remember for the future that I really didn’t like this one. The clove is too heavy, the rooibos is too weak a base for the spices, and the coconut is doing something weird. It’s not totally gross but it is not pleasant either. Good riddance.