1695 Tasting Notes
A sample I’ve been saving, from Dexter. :) Thank you!
I rinsed it from my regular kettle, then let it sit while my Zojirushi thermos thing came up to temperature.
20s: SMOKE. OMG, the smoke. Wow. It smells super duper strong, but the colour is quite pale. The taste isn’t super smoky, it’s a little astringent and carby and… almost a touch sour.
30s: Still smoke. Still super pale. IDK if I really love it, but it’s really neat. The sour/bitter/astringent (I can’t tell!) flavour makes it interesting and also turns me off a bit.
I lost track of time, about 1 minute?: Still smoke. Still super pale. Starting to get sweet, along with the previous flavours. I breathe smoke still, but I don’t really taste it. It’s weird.
And honestly I’m kinda bored with writing this now. I think I’ll just keep slowly drinking my tea, and I’ll make any astounding updates later. ;)
I drank almost 1/4 of my steaming root beer float eggnog latte while this next cup steeped. Whoops. Still drinkable but green and bitter. A green bitter. Does that make sense? Different from a black tea bitter. Or even a green tea bitter.
I had another way oversteep that I had to dump. :(
The steep I’m currently drinking is sweet and a lot softer. I still smell smoke, but the flavour has changed a lot. It’s fresh and… reminds me of fresh dried alfalfa. :)
I FOUND EGGNOG! I got regular AND soy, for varieties sake. :D :D SO HAPPY, omg.
OK. So. This tea as an eggnog latte (about 2/3 cup eggnog, the rest tea). SO GOOD. Creamy. Delicious. Nutmeggy, custardy, loads of vanilla. Yum.
In other news, anyone have suggestions for gluten and bean free (ha!) freezer friendly meals I can make ahead, portion out, and freeze for all my meals? I have almond chicken (I don’t really like peanut butter!), veg stew, ground turkey/sweet potato/squash hash, rice, and some cooked pasta in the freezer right now. I’m trying to have enough options I don’t get bored, and I’m freezing everything so I don’t waste stuff if I end up going out or buying something else for dinner! :)
A lovely sample from Kittenna!
I totally spaced and missed that this is an oolong. Whoops!
190F for 2 minutes.
Dry, the tea smells SO freaking amazing. Like buttery thumbprint cookies filled with raspberry jam and rolled in crushed cashews. Yum!
Steeped, it smells super amazing still. The flavour is distinctly nutty, and there’s less raspberry and more baked-goods.
The second steep is even sweeter, but there’s still more of a nutty flavour and scent than raspberry.
This is really nice, but I kind of wish the raspberry was more present. And that it was a black tea. :) Just personal preference though, as this is lovely.
I double steeped this into a travel mug today, and drank it on my way home from work.
Unfortunately, it does not stand well on its own. Much much much better with milk added. The puerh and the berry are just so distinctly separate, it’s like you’re actually drinking two teas. I’m not a fan. So I think this tea needs to leave my cupboard.
Oh wow, VariaTEA (and Roswell Strange)! Thanks so much for this sample.
It is GOOD. I really like it. I was concerned it would be too “pear” for me, but it’s not. And although I can taste licorice, it’s not too licoricey (and there’s no licorice root so it’s fine for me…). In fact, I’d say this tea is really fresh rather than sweet and cloying. This will definitely get resteeped.
I wasn’t sure about getting some, but I think I have to add it to my “maybe but probably not” potential order. (As in, I might order but probably won’t because I’m trying to stick to a budget.)
I got this sample from Sil. Thank you! :)
Unfortunately I mostly taste sour honeybush. I’m not sure why, but some honeybush just tastes sour and dirty to me as the mug cools. So I’ve had half the cup, and it was OK. No really identifiable flavours, but soothing and generic. The second half of the cup definitely needs to go… :/
MissB passed this on to me ages ago, and as I was digging through my sample bin (seriously half my teas are in there right now), I saw it and decided to go for it.
It’s actually quite lovely. Not quite a “regular” green tea, it’s still grassy and a little spinachy. But it has a really… ergh, darjeeling-y feel to it and is somewhat astringent at the end of the sip. Quite fruity too, for all that it’s getting old.
I definitely prefer darjeelings when treated as a green for steeping, so a darjeeling that is actually a green is really neat to try!
Thank you for sharing. :)
(1.5 tsp, 9-ish oz)
Oh, the chocolate flavouring makes me sad. It really isn’t a favourite. :( That being said, with the application of milky stuff (aka almond noel nog), this is pretty good. I’m missing some of the hazelnut because of the chocolate.
It would be better as a blueberry-hazelnut tea, I think.
Thank you for sharing, Shmiracles!