941 Tasting Notes
I forgot how delicious this is. My nightly Pu Erh didn’t grab my attention because it was too mild and I began to crave dark, toasted black tea. Then I remembered I have a little of this left and boy am I glad. It’s a little sweeter than I remember but I like that natural sweetness in black teas. :)
(For a more detailed review please view my previous steeping note).
I have had this tea a few times now and each time it has been consistently mild and smooth. Very light for a ripe Pu Erh indeed. It has elements of soil, musk, sweet wood and clay.
I fear that this is perhaps too mild for my personal taste, even after upping the dosage of Pu Erh I use in my Yixing doesn’t work. :(
If anyone likes soft Pu Erh then let me know and I will send some your way.
I’ve had a busy day at work and am thankfully now resting at home. My husband had the day off to visit the hospital for his cancer check up (which are every 2 months now) and he is all clear still :) A reason to celebrate with this Raspberry Truffle Matcha.
The matcha smells almost like raspberry jam it’s so strong. The cocoa is more subtle but you still notice it in the background. The flavour is somewhat matching to the scent, it’s strongly raspberry but with only a hint of chocolate. Very truffle like :)
My husband said to him the chocolate is stronger than the raspberry, that was blind tasting too so he had no idea what it actually was.
I really like this one, I wonder if it differs much if brewed hot? Will have to try that another time.
Thank you Sil.
Just quick notes as I drank this whilst working this afternoon.
The Oolong is nicer than I was expecting if I’m honest, very buttery and toasted with light floral notes. I left it to cool mostly because I was busy working way and forgot about it but the flavours smoothed and if anything became more buttery and creamy. It has a natural sweet floralness which also carries well once cooled down.
I will definitely try this iced next time. :) No rating until I review it properly.
I don’t recall trying a purple tea before so I have no means for comparison but I’m looking forward to a new experience. The closest thing I have tried is Kenyan black tea which I remember to be very dark and smoky.
The leaves are dark brown and extremely dark purple/burgundy in colour with a few golden tips which are all finely chopped. It has a strong smoked wood scent with hints of malt and prunes. Very reminiscent of a mature dark Oolong.
I shall be steeping 5g (roughly 1.5 tsp) of tea in my 8oz Gongfu teapot using just under boiling water. I’m treating it like a black tea to see the similar characteristics between the two as black teas are one of my favourites.
WOAH! The tea is black..not dark brown but actually black. Sort of looks like dirty paint water. Sorry I know that’s not really selling it but that’s what first came to mind. When it came to pouring the tea into my bowl it changed to colour to burgundy right before my very eyes as if my magic. The leaves themselves are now dark green and look completely different from before the steep. Aroma is sweet, wooden and malted with a touch of maple.
Flavour is very full bodied and rich. I can taste smoky wood, sweet yet subtle flowers, thick malt and currants. It tastes like a highly oxidized Oolong but with more magic about it. It also has a slight astringent tang and dryness which reminds me of green tea such as Dragon Well.
If I was to taste this without knowing what it was I would have said Oolong with little doubt in my mind of it being anything else. It’s the strangest tea I have ever tried but I love it! I need more purple tea in my life.
I cooked curry for dinner and got a craving for a cup of Darjeeling to compliment the meal. I do love a cup of Darjeeling :)
The sample I have is quite finely broken down into small pieces which is a shame but hopefully it will still taste ok.
OMG on an unrelated topic my husband just said he’s getting a mullet because of a bet at work…I’m not looking forward to M’ovember either because he grows a handle bar moustache. Both together will be terrifying. He can make it now for saying that.
This tea is sweet and floral with a dry Autumnal musk after taste. There is also a grape like flavour similar to wine. Also elements of fresh wood, malt and leather.
A nice Darjeeling but I’m not sure about the sweetness. It could be because the leaves were finely chopped and has changed the normal flavour.
6 weeks of struggling to walk with this slipped disc in my back and I finally started to get better until this morning when my back went crack and now I’m stuck hobbling around. Hopefully it will be well by tomorrow because I have work to do. Sods law I suppose.
Another tea bag cleared from my shelf. I’m running out of space and could do with drinking as many samples as I can to make room.
Once steeped this tea is dark brown in colour with a sweet tropical fruit scent. Hard to pick anything out particularly but out of the three (apricot, pineapple and passion fruit) I would say the apricot is the strongest and most recognisable…even if it is artificial.
Flavour is quite mellow for the black tea base and the fruit is sweet enough to not need additional sweetener. The fruit tastes candied and too unnatural for my personal liking but it’s not the worst I’ve had. Half way down the cup the black tea becomes stronger, it could also be as the tea cools down.
Not something I could drink much of as it’s just too sweet and artificial but it was ok.
My second Chai of the morning and I’m hoping it bears better than the first one. At least this is another teabag sample to leave my cupboard.
I have added a splash of milk to this tea but no sweetener.
It smells and tastes strongly of dry cinnamon and it also leaves a bit of dryness on my tongue in the after taste. It’s not a strong Chai by any means and the cinnamon is over powering most of the other flavours, the only things I can sort of taste is cardamom and clove. It’s more cinnamon spice really than actual Chai. I don’t mind it being decaf but it is on the light side.
It’s nicer than my cup this morning but nothing special and not what I would want to buy again.
I wasn’t impressed with this when I tried it last year and it turns out I’m not impressed now either. It’s not French Vanilla like nor Chai like but a watered down and tasteless version of the two. Also it’s so artificially sweet that my teeth hurt whilst sipping.
At least this was the last bag I have in my possession.