2036 Tasting Notes
Another one thanks to Dexter3657.
The buses are rerouted today until 1 or 2pm, so I can’t go look for teas until later. So I’m having a ridiculous holiday morning breakfast (steak, mushrooms, tomatoes, toast with coconut oil and honey…) and a bunch of tea before I go out. I think I’ll have this one then some puerh. I might need it after breaking my fast.
Like pretty much everyone on here has said, it looks like an oolong but it seems to steep up like a black. Smelling the freshly steeped tea, I get a lot of sweetness and some astringency. So far it’s looking good! I need to let it cool, then I’ll drink part plain and part with (yep) maple whipped cream.
Plain: Ooh, this is nice. I could probably drink it all like this.
Creamed: Oops, I drank it all already. :)
Rummaging through the cupboard this evening I decided to have some of this one. I have a litre of whipping cream in the fridge, and I’m trying to drink a lot of teas I can put it in… I can’t make 1 litre of whipped cream and eat it all, omg.
It’s really good in this. Hides the flavour of the rooibos a bit more, and is generally delicious. I was going to have Birthday Cake, but was concerned the whipping cream would be too much. :)
I’ll probably finish this tea up tomorrow. Tasty, but not something I need to keep around. Rooibos isn’t my favourite, although I’ll drink it!
From Dexter3657. Whee!
I steeped it too long. Or used too much tea. 2 rinses, and a 15 second steep and it feels almost like coffee that’s been boiling on the cob for the afternoon. Only it’s tea.
Do you SEE how dark that steeped? It’s a total kick in the pants, and I wasn’t expecting it. The tea is very earthy and strong, at this point it would be better (for me) with some sugar or honey added.
Instead, I’m going to dump the rest of the cup and steep again! Maybe this time 10 seconds will work.
Oh, that’s better. I rinsed it quickly again as the leaves had been steeping in the leftover liquid, and as soon as I added the water it looked like soy sauce. Then I steeped for 5 seconds. Heh.
This tea is really nice. It has flavours that I enjoy in a puerh, and once I get my steeping parameters right I can see it being easy and excellent. It’s very foresty, but in a different way than the 1990 puerh I get from Soko.
Whoop! A legit sipdown (as in, it was in my cupboard and I got to take it away!). From Cavocorax.
I did an overnight cold steep, and just took it out a few minutes ago as I noticed tea all over the inside of my fridge. And my fridge is ALL mesh shelves, so that’s gonna be fun to clean up. At least there’s no sugar in it!
So with the 1/2 steeper that’s left, I can say that I probably wouldn’t get this one again. It’s nice, I do like the flavours, but this time it’s just OK. The flavouring feels a little fake to me today. It’s definitely candy strawberry and pineapple. Not bad, just a bit much.
A lovely sample from Dexter3657.
I didn’t read anything about this tea before I steeped it, I just went with the directions included on the sample packet. :) Sil apparently says it tastes like LB, and I’ll agree. The flavours are not to my taste at all. Not really smoky, more roasty and dark with a tiny bit of smoke. Plain it was better once it cooled, but it was generally much nicer with maple syrup. I guess I’m really not into teas with this flavour profile (yet).
The rest of the sample will go to my brother… maybe he’ll like it better!
This is for a Hazelberry Puerh from Steam Tea House. It’s not out yet, but I spied it on the shelf and got a sample.
The info I could find about a tea of this name was from Adiago. So I have no idea. Yes, it’s hazelnut, but what berry? Beats me.
Last night I had a mug of this with nothing added. It was really sweet, creamy, thick and heavy. I quite liked it although I feel the flavour needs more time to chill as it’s quite strong. I guess it depends on if it’s their own blend or they’re bringing it in from a supplier, what they can do.
Today I had a second steep with some maple whipped cream. Oh my, that was so good. Just rich dessert like flavours.
I think I may have lost it today. First I got this tea – $24 for 100g. Then I got the new DavidsTea Nordic mug with trees. Then I went to Bayswater and got 100g of each tea rather than the 50g I actually needed. Then I got a sample at Steam Tea House (as well as some tea for a friend).
Anyway, I really like this one. Really REALLY like it. This is the masala chai I’ve been looking for. Totally worth it. And I love my mug, too, even though I would rather have multicoloured mountains on a Nordic mug. This is a lovely 2nd choice. :)
(6g tea, 16oz water, a couple spoonfuls of maple whipped cream.)