269 Tasting Notes
My very first Darjeeling. It just sounded so intimidating before, it still does. Mostly because I have not yet progressed where I should be having straight black tea. I thought this would be really dark (black) and really bitter. I confess I haven’t actually seen a tea so dark that it’s black but I thought if any tea were to be that, it would be Darjeeling.
To me this tastes like straight black tea. The info says there’s cherry and strawberry, am not getting that at all. It is unfair to this tea that I’m drinking it and botching up a tasting note but we all start somewhere.
The dry leaf is so pretty, there are tiny orangey pink flowers in there. No clue what they are. They look prickly instead of soft though, like it would hurt if you ate it. Liquor is brown, almost reddish brown. Like clay. So much for the imagined black. It is slightly astringent after 3 minutes and there is a slight bitterness that most would likely tolerate. I don’t. Hope this doesn’t mean I won’t be able to drink straight black teas. I think beer is bitter too and someone said the more I drank the more I got used to it. Nope. Still don’t like the darker ales, I go with light lagers usually.
I feel bad for this darling of a tea. Although I am thankful to Sil for sending some my way, maybe my introduction to Darjeeling should have been done with a more of a peasant tea. But who would want that honour? Yes, I’m a sh**ty Darjeeling, drink me!
I think my total count for oolongs consumed is now a whopping 3. Are they usually quite delicate in their flavouring and aroma? The dry leaf has a really strong berry smell. But once brewed, you practically have to put your nose so far in the cup you’re almost touching the liquor in order to get a good aromatic inhale. Ditto for the flavour. It’s there but oh so faint. And I’m getting jasmine in here. The one other person who reviewed this said it’s floral. I can go farther and say it’s jasmine but I don’t see it listed.
It is a very pale yellow liquor and oh so delicate flavour. I probably could have had it without sugar but decided to add a pinch (not even a teaspoon, am so proud of myself!) and see what it does.
Steeped twice so far, could probably go for three but I can’t get a whole lot of difference in flavours between steeps and I’m falling asleep so it’s time for a good kick in the pants black.
Sample sipdown. Yesterday evening I couldn’t decide what tea to have so I handed the sample jar (it’s actually a big crystal wine chiller turned into sample holder) to my partner with instruction to reach in and just pick something. This came out and since I was not enthused I made it into iced tea. I almost put it back and asked her to pick again but then it wouldn’t be a random choice anymore so I stuck with it.
Polished off the entire sample. It was a generous sample so i almost shouldn’t call it a sample. I had one cup two weeks ago and it had enough for about three left. With resteep, it made for a good enough pitcher of iced tea. Still not a whole lot of refreshing because I’m not really into apple juice and I’m getting mostly apple.
Thankful to have tried this, courtesy of Dexter3657
I am really conflicted about adding flavoured creamers to teas. I do it with some teas but ultimately I think won’t my teas all taste the same if I keep putting hazelnut creamer in there? What’s the point of purchasing expensive tea then? It’s like buying a bottle of expensive wine so you can make mulled wine.
I have a sample of this from Dexter3657 but after my experience with DAVIDs Jumpy Monkey, I kept choosing other teas over this one until there was no more “new” tea left to try. And last night I read someone else drank this and said it tasted like coffee. I was sold! I could barely wait till today to drink this.
To me, the only way this tastes like coffee is if you maybe ran out of coffee and you ran out of filters too so you decided to just make coffee with yesterday’s grind. :)
I don’t like the smell of the dry leaves and even less so the wet ones. I will keep trying in the spirit of learning but… Yah… That’s when the hazelnut creamer came out of my fridge.
What does this tea taste like? I couldn’t tell you. Maybe straw. Wet straw. Alrighty, then. I am looking forward to my next mate. I mean, if I got to where I could drink Rooibos, I’m sure ill get there with this too!
Another tea from the magical cupboard at work. It was after noon and I just wanted a break. I didn’t really want a pick me up, I was barely trying to get through the day, didn’t need to get even more excited about having to be there another four hours. :)
The label was a bright friendly yellow and I thought “ok, why not”, not expecting much. My best bet was to throw in some ice cubes after steeping and at least have something to quench the thirst.
The flavour was not at all the lemon I feared. You taste more honeybush with some ginger than lemon. Also didn’t need a whole lot of sugar. I’m finally at the point where I’m able to dial back on the sugar and still be able to enjoy the tea. yay! I can’t really articulate much more than that, it’s not like it was a complex tea or anything. And I was somewhat distracted because I was at work, you know, working.
The tea was nothing to write home about but since I had very low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised!
Oh and… I nearly fell off the chair when some woman who came in the kitchen to make some tea grabbed the bag of this, carefully examined the label, opened, sniffed it, and dumped a teaspoon worth in her cup. No filter, no nothing. She poured some water, oblivious to steeping parameters, waited maybe a minute if that, and proceeded to fish the leaves out with a teaspoon. That was her idea of making tea, obviously. Waste of good tea if you ask me.
I would have never EVER bought a tea called “green and fruity”. But since someone generously put a bag of this in the cupboard at work, well, why not?
I drank it hot and then lukewarm. Basically I was busy and couldn’t finish a cup while it was still hot. It was surprisingly good! I got papaya at the beginning and then as it cooled off I got more peach than other stuff. Maybe mango. It should only matter to you if you dislike one of the two (peach or mango)" otherwise you won’t care. It’s a nice, ripe fruit taste. Really, really good. As in, I’m going to buy this for an iced drink instead of Coco Lemon Thai good. I couldn’t believe this is Rooibos.
Oh darling magical cupboard at work, what shall we have today? Oh, jungle ju ju, you say?
It promises to get me swinging from the vines. Dunno about that but it’s not putting me to sleep which is great!
So now that I’m a seasoned mate drinker not! I can tell you I like this one in comparison to others. This is largely due to the papaya flavour. I’m a sucker for tropical fruit, especially if it’s covering something I am not entirely fond of yet. You do get good papaya flavour in this. Enough so that you don’t have to dig too deep to figure it out. I would make a second cup actually except I finished the bag, there was only enough for 1 cup. Might have to settle for 2nd steep. Hope it gives me more than flavoured water.
I had no steeping parameters and it tastes a little weak using 1 perfect scoop, 4 minutes and near boiling water. I couldn’t find any info on the website. Why? Although it is fun to get cheeky with the description of the tea perhaps the powers that be should also bother to give some sort of steeping suggestions. After all, you are catering to the new tea drinker perhaps more so than the experienced one. End of rant.
Having said all that the tea itself is tasty. I’m sitting here drinking it instead of getting ready for work tasty. If I find enough 52teas appealing to me I could place an order and then yes, I would include this. Although, I don’t know how I feel about the “once it’s gone, it’s gone so don’t fall in love” part.
Thank you Sil for this sample!
I’m reading “the secret daughter” by Shilpi Somaya Gowda and oh my gosh, they’re in India and well, it’s chai this and chai that until I couldn’t take it anymore and went to the stash from Dexter3657 and killed the sample! I must do two things a) buy more of this and b) try other companies’ chai to see what’s out there. Although, why look for better when you have the best, right?
Although, note to self, this doesn’t go very well with the raw shallots from my quinoa Greek salad. I have to have a few tiny sips to cleanse the palate.
Great chai, the best I’ve had so far. I still need to buy almond milk.
Well, I wondered about this tea for long enough. thanks to Sil it’s in my cup and I can stop wondering. Turns out I wasn’t missing much.
Sometimes I feel like I’m deficient somehow and can’t get flavour out of these teas. But then some teas come along and give me confidence again that I can taste flavours and I can make a yummy cup. No, there’s no happy ending here. This tea makes me doubt my taste buds yet again. Who are these people raving about peach? (And why does my iPad want to correct “peach” to "preschool?)
I’ve made it hot and tried. I added sugar and tried. Poured it over ice and tried. Someone is trying to pull the wool over my eye with this one. I had fantasies about ripe, flavourful, juicy peaches. I’m getting instead that disappointment you get from eyeing a gorgeous piece of fruit only to bite in it and find it mealy and cardboard-y. Waaaah!
I really don’t mean to be harsh but I’m getting mostly black tea. I can’t even smell the peach. It’s not awful or anything, it’s just not peachy.