599 Tasting Notes
This is…really really minty. I can’t imagine what the robust or higher level of flavouring is like considering how minty this is. I’m using it as a palate cleanser before I go home from work but wow this is minty. Good thing I like mint most of the time. The coolness that lingers in my mouth after I take a sip reminds me of toothpaste it’s so strong.
I just made a large order of this from RLT for the robust flavouring of this so I think I’ll drink this every day I’m at work (because it lives at work) until it’s gone. So expect tasting notes to that effect.
Slightly less sweet today, I think I put in a little less sugar than normal. I also forgot to swirl my cup before drinking the last swallows of this so I got a mouthful of matcha on the last swallow. Not entirely pleasant. For anyone reading this, Cola matcha still up for grabs on the swap thread from me.
So I didn’t get around to drinking this until it was lukewarm but that’s okay, that seems to be how I drink most of my tea. The flavouring in this is at a pleasant level, not too weak and not too strong and the base is…okay. Just there with not much going on. If you like passionfruit tea, you’ll probably like this, I find it just okay because passionfruit is not something I go out of my way to get under any circumstances.
So this is the third Yunnan black tea that I’ve had today and the only one that has tasted even remotely right. Smooth and slightly peppery with slight malty notes but not a lot. After experiencing more black teas (this was one of the first from Adagio I had, one of the first plain black loose leaf teas that I’d ever had), I’m finding it lighter than I previously thought it was. There’s still something not quite right with my tastebuds because something is coming across as sour, especially in the aftertaste, of everything I’ve consumed today, including the croissant I had earlier. Something’s wrong with my sense of smell too, the van I rode home in smelled of urine and if that had been at all correct, I think someone else would have mentioned it, so I think it was just me. Hopefully this will reset after I brush my teeth and go to bed tonight because I’ll be very unhappy if it lingers. And yay, my ‘y’ key is working again!
This one has that flavour again, like the Yunnan Imperial from LIT that I had this morning. That…muscatel? flavour I think it’s called, like with Darjeelings that I really don’t like. I can’t say I’m enjoying this tea much at all. I don’t know what’s up with these because they don’t taste like Yunnan teas at all to me.
Drinking this frequently to get rid of it….so I can order more in the robust flavouring! Devious I know, trying to free up the tin before the end of April so I don’t have to buy too too many new tins. I still have..I dunno, like 8 unopened matcha foil packets in the freezer from Red Leaf Tea, including a caramel one and a chocolate one (both in green tea, I’ve got them opened in black matcha). So much matcha! So tasty! And I have to thank the people of Steepster and RLT for bringing about this new obsession.
Well, I’m actually surprised this is a Yunnan because it almost tastes like a Darjeeling to me, it has that faint sour grapey-ness to it that I really don’t like in Darjeelings. It’s very malty as well. Not much cocoa at all or pepper notes that I usually expect from a Yunnan black.