1400 Tasting Notes
First off, I’m an arse – I just got this in a swap, and yet I oversteeped it. Of course. Because that’s my way! So, uh, 12 minutes.
Shockingly, it’s really really yummy. It smells a bit like plum pudding or fruit cake. I don’t get much out of the flavor other than an interesting, plummy-type of dryness.. again… I messed this up. Thank goodness there’s another good mug-full of tea to play with.
Thank you shezza, for so surreptitiously sharing some of this with me in LOOK Tea yesterday.
EDIT: What? caramel, pineapple, sweet orange, and maraschino… um… okay I get the orange (fruitcake, that’s what I identified it as) and marasschino (same thing), and possibly pineapple… but caramel? No. Well, maybe. Well… darn it, I so wish I hadn’t oversteeped this.
Flavors: Drying, Plums, Tart
Uh, so this was in my cupboard yesterday… and now it’s not. Bah. Re-adding.
This is my new comfort tea. I love it. I smell it, and instantly I feel all zen-like, calm and cool. I prefer it when it’s cooled (a bit minty-er, a bit more chocolatey goodness) but frankly, I’ll drink it any way I can. It, along with Hot Chocolate, will be in my stable of teas for a bit, until of course I find other local finds that I enjoy more. :P
Flavors: Chocolate, Mint
Ok, this stuff is just weird. I didn’t expect jasmine from an oolong black blend, nor did I from the smell. When I think Christmas, joyful teas (the ones I’ve had in England, anyway) they were all spiced, like a gingerbread or plum pudding or something along those lines. Warm, earthy, comforting, like you’re sitting in front of the fire sipping cozily once the gifts are wrapped and the kids in bed. Y’know?
This tea… this is just weird. Why I’d think jasmine… why would anyone? I dunno. Not my cup of tea. There’s nothing really special or even multifaceted to it… it’s a floral jasmine, and surprisingly light for a black (it looks like more black than oolong in the tin, but what do I know).
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine
Yes, yes, oh my goodness, yes. I love this tea. I’m drinking it every day. Every morning actually. It’s earthy yet chocolatey, yummy and rich, it does need a bit of sweetener to make things pop, but … yes… I love this. Is it hot chocolate-like? Well, I’m assuming more so if you add some sort of creamy milkishness to it? I don’t. I like it just the way it is. 50g will not be nearly enough for this puerh lover.
I should note I don’t drink this at boiling temperate. It’s richer, I find, at a touch before boiling.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Earth, Thick
I drink this whenever I’m at a local French patisserie, which sells it both loose and in a tin. It’s lovely – as long as you don’t oversteep it. More than three or four minutes, and it’s just plain ick. Grassy, astringent, tart, bitter… no. But when it’s lightly steeped, with a less-than boiling temperature, I quite love it. Light, somewhat fruity, vanilla soft, and a touch of creaminess to it.
Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Grass, Vanilla
Yes, this is still an exceptional tea. Really, truly. Yes, I still love it, and get it every possible chance when I go to one of the local French bakeries that serves it. Today, I had it blended with butter (Bulletproof-style), andi t was amazing. Truly. A life changing experience.
Flavors: Creamy, Spices