207 Tasting Notes
Earlier today I explained that some of the teas I got in a treasure box from Dexter3657 smell similar and I realized it must be a cross-contamination of sorts. I was looking for the offender, the tea who shamelessly pushed itself onto others. Well, I found it and thus I punished it by drinking it. Some of it, anyway.
I had to drink it. The smell has been driving me nuts for two days now. I was sniffing the air like a hound on a hunt and looking a little crazy, it has to be said. I’m trying to make friends with black teas and I’ve had some success. This being one of the more successful attempts. Only very slightly astringent and a very unique flavour indeed. I sweetened it. I always do. I only use unrefined or minimally refined brown sugars or agave. In this case Turbinado was used.
I have absolutely no desire to try this iced. It is the fastest I ever drank a black tea. The thing is I can still smell it all over the other bags. You know what this means… I have to drink those too!
Oh my god, I think I love hibiscus. I get the feeling I’m in minority here.
Can’t tell the dry leaf nose because a few teas decided to make friends in the box they were huddling in and despite the careful double bagging that occurred, they kinda smell the same. I have yet to find the offender who lent its smell to all others but I will eventually.
Fortunately, the flavour is all there, and untainted. Beautiful clear red liquor. You know, deep fiery sunset red. Or, as some of you will say, hibiscus red. It is very tangy. If you hate hibiscus, you would be advised to buy only a sample of this. I love it though. It is going to be amazing iced, I just know it.
Four giant ice cubes later
Move over “pink flamingo”, here comes Cherry Goddess! Ok, just kidding, there’s room for all of you on the shelf.
PS. You ready? Say it with me: " Thank you Dexter3657!"
I’m at work so this will be a brief one to start.
I am such a pleb. I like bold flavours. I don’t want “a hint of”. If you have a hint of whatever, you might as well not bother.
In the bag this smells so good I want to shove it in my mouth and eat it (what a barbarian, eh?). I might have under leafed, black teas scare me a little. So I’m getting some strawberry and almost no chocolate. I think the aftertaste is really goo though, get more chocolate here. I dumped in a bunch of sugar.
I’ll have to add more leaf next cup. It’s good but the aroma is way stronger than the flavour.
Can’t rate yet.
Ps. Thanks, Dexter3657 for sending this.
P.P.S: I get a feeling a lot of my notes will say thanks Dexter. Sorry if you’re bothered by it! I give credit where it’s due.
Ok, now this pu’erh I can handle!
The dry leaf did not smell offensive (like some other pu’erh), I picked up mostly citrus. Tastes good too! Maybe it would be too much of a generalization to say I don’t like pu’erh. Actually, I’ve never really said that, I only said I didn’t like DAVIDs chocolate pu’erh. The first few sips I get almost none of the oh so unmistakeable pu’erh taste. As it cools I get a bit more of it but it’s not too much to be a turn off. Ladies and gents, we have a winner. For me, anyway.
Last one for the night. Unless I get up at midnight to drink some more. Have you ever wanted to stay up all night drinking a whole bunch of tea? That’s me today. My very own tea fairy, Dexter3657 sent me a whole bunch of them (including this one) and since I’m having trouble deciding which to drink I just want to stay up and have a tea marathon. But that’s just crazy talk because I’d be craving stuff in 3-4 days.
Well, I’ve been eyeing this tea on the website for what seemed like forever and today I finally have it in my cup. Gorgeous, gorgeous tea. Dry leaf nose is bang on cantaloupe. Beautiful golden liquor. Flavour matches the dry leaf smell. I want to throw ice in here so it can be as refreshing as cantaloupe but I’m afraid to water it down so I’m second steeping overnight in the fridge. I had just enough for two small cups so I’m hoarding the next sample until I really can’t take the craving anymore.
Now I must go and visit butiki teas for my very own 10 lbs of this. Ok, I’m kidding, but only partly.
After taking repeated sniffs of the dry leaf i swear it smells faintly of chocolate but theres no chocolate in here according to the ingredient list. So i sniffed it again. maybe it smells like really concentrated dry fruit. I love the smell! I smelled the wet leaves too but I’m not getting any cherry off those. Just tea and a faint floral aroma.
At 1.5 tsp for 2 minutes with near boiling water, this tea can put hair on your chest. Ok, maybe just my chest. Liquor is a clear, deep reddish brown. Sadly, not too much cherry in the 1st steep, sweetened, hot version. Moderately astringent. Slight cherry aftertaste but still more floral than anything else. Loong aftertaste. In go some ice cubes and more sugar while water boils for 2nd steep. Not a whole lot of change between hot and iced version. Aroma doesn’t really match the nose in my opinion (Note to self: 1.5 tsp of this is too much tea for me).
2nd steep: Less astringent, thank goodness, I was going to get me some tweezers! Still searching for cherry. Nope. Not here.
While I am thankful it doesn’t have fake cherry flavour, I would not in a million years know this was a cherry tea in a blind tasting. I either need more practice or there’s only enough cherry in here so we cal call it cherry but not so we can taste the cherry. Although there are dried cherries in the dry leaf, I saw one. Ok, I actually licked it. Hey, It’s my tea, I can do what I want!
Thank you, Dexter3657 for the marvel of a box you sent my way, including this one.
If you like Pina Colada
And getting caught in the rain…
Tell me you’re not singing that in your head when you think of this tea! Or maybe not, if you’re a gen Y-er. Ugh, did I just date myself?
I do not like Pina Colada. Therefore, I am not a huge fan of this tea. It tastes good iced but i cannot comment on it as a hot tea as I have not and will not try it hot.
It’s not picky when it comes to steeping time or temperature but fairly monotone in the way of flavour notes. Coconut and coconut. It’s strange because the wet leaves (can you call it leaves if there’s no tea?) are mostly fruit chunks yet for me it tastes entirely of coconut. And it’s oh so sweet.
Dry leaf nose is all coconut. too much, too sweet coconut (as opposed to a nice whiff of it like in the organic buttered rum). Liquor is deep yellow and tastes like coconut water. ditto for the aftertaste.
It is with great excitement I announce I made a good cup of iced Kokomo green! I say “with great excitement” because I was really kicking myself for buying this after two first disastrous attempts.
I lowered the temperature and used less tea, much less than the label suggests. It’s got great flavour now but a little on the weak side. I still have to play with the tea amount to see if i can get it a touch stronger minus the bitterness but all in all — progress!!!
I am not changing my rating because I still think they screwed this label up but I feel a little guilty. Thing is, it’s a finicky and unforgiving tea!
A few years ago someone gave me a box of bagged but higher grade (oxymoron?) organic jasmine green tea. It was my favourite tea ever. Unfortunately it had been a while since the lady who gave it to me had purchased it herself and she couldn’t remember where she got it from so I was not able to replace it. I don’t even remember what it’s called anymore. I should have saved the box. I tried a few other jasmine greens over time but could never find another with similar taste.
During one of my shopping visits at DAVIDs my partner picked this tea for herself. In true nxtdoor fashion i bought 100 grams. We mucked it up a couple of times by using either too much tea, too hot water or too long a steep.
I finally got it tonight. 3 minutes is too long a steep for my taste so I did 2 min and 30 seconds. It’s fine now. Not bitter, not astringent, not too floral …. But sadly I have not found my long lost love. Maybe I just grew out of jasmine. It will be a while before I reach for this one but it is a fine tea. Just not for me.