517 Tasting Notes
This is a sipdown (486) but not of this tea. I mixed this with the last of my adagio caramel black and brewed it all up.
This tastes dark and nutty and sweet with a faint edge of bitterness that probably comes with overleafing this. I have a fair amount of hazelnut left and my favourite way of drinking it is with the caramel so I’ll have to debate whether or not to buy more of this. As it is, clutching the mug is distinctly pleasant on this dim dreary morning.
In other news, I have 3 samples of RLT matcha to trade: boysenberry (robust), champagne (distinctive), and macadamia praline (distinctive). About 2 tsp each because that’s all that fits in my sample packs. I’m just not drinking down my work stash fast enough. Leave me a comment.
I got this in a trade from someone but I do not remember who. Sorry! I have a really awful memory. I have the note but can’t seem to match the name up with a screen name so really sorry.
I don’t know what this is except a black tea but I can definitely smell the chocolate and the caramel. Is this flavoured or naturally like this? I don’t know but I like it.
And it smells just like it tastes, when I put in milk and sugar. Wow, this is a nice tea. I boiled the water to boiling but I steeped it lower because it cools off with the pour when I’m using my water heater rather than my breville (wasn’t enough leaf for that), so the usual adagio base tea problems aren’t obvious. It’s always too bitter at boiling from adagio. 195 degrees all the way.
Although I can’t seem to drink it without spilling it on myself, this is an amazing tea. I’m definitely going to try for a second steep out of this because I want more more more.
Made this well and it’s just about perfect to end the work day. I will have to pee on the drive home but other than that, today was pretty good. Got a lot done. Too bad the lead wasn’t even here today to appreciate it (he’s MIA, no one knows why he hasn’t been at work for the past couple of days). I’m off of work tomorrow for what is hopefully the end of my medically restricted hours so I can go back full time come Friday. Looking forward to it.
Trying to drink this up so I’ll be having it every day for a while, or every work day anyway, starting Friday. I’m out of work Thursday because of my medically restricted hours but I should be back full time come Monday and my wallet will be very happy about that.
I think I put a bit too much matcha in this, almost a whole tsp. 3/4 of a tsp is better for me and I should remember that and not try to drink it up so fast that I don’t like any of it anymore. This is still tasty and sweet, I’m just tired of it.
Been a long time since I had this tea but the caramel chunks still look appetizing.
What is less appetizing is the taste. With a normal amount of milk and sugar put in and prepping at the time and temp from my last note, this tastes burnt. Not burnt caramel, just burnt in general. I just added some more sugar in case that will help bring out the flavours I want, but I don’t have high hopes. Perhaps I added too much tea? 5 tsp per 750ml but there were a LOT of caramel chunks that take up space from tea. Aaaand I’m right, it just makes it a sweet burnt tea flavour.
2nd steep is just as dark as the first and smells very similar, perhaps a bit less burnt smell. Tastes still burnt but not nearly as bold. I don’t know what I did to this tea or if it’s just too old and gone bad at this point but I did not enjoy these 2 pots of tea today.
Considering my packet of this is opened, I’m surprised that I don’t have a tasting note of this on here.
In my new trial of my teas in an additive free way (at least the green and white ones), I chose this one as my first try because it’s so so nice. Made in a Finium brew basket instead of my Breville for a smaller amount of tea.
Drinking this hot, there’s a tiny amount of bitterness that’s still attacking my throat, but the upfront taste is what I expected from this Dragonwell with all the nice vegetable beaniness that I remembered from earlier tries. This tea is old now, from the June 2013 Reserve box but it is still very good. I am trying to drink up my opened greens since I learned recently that they have a much shorter shelf life than my favourite black tea.
This is a very pleasant cup, even without additives, even to me who is a supertaster of bitterness of the highest degree. I am so so so very sensitive to it and there is hardly any here. Amazing. I can see why high quality dragonwells are so highly prized.
It is less yummy when it cools, which is a reminder to drink this one quickly. Second steep was 1.5 minutes and has a stronger and slightly more bitter flavour. I’m going to end this review now, but not stop steeping. I want to get all of this tea gone before I go to bed because I hear it’s not good to keep wet leaves overnight in a brew basket and I just had to clean out a cloud of mold from my Breville the other day from leaving tea in it for too long. Blech.
This one was a sad sipdown. I’d been hoarding this but it was time to let go. Not enough leaf for normal so it’s considerably underleafed but it still tastes good. I’ll miss it and I might think about getting more when I’m ready to buy from this company again.
You know, I keep making this and thinking as I smell it “I think I’m finally sick of this and should give the rest away.” And then I change my mind by the bottom of the cup. I don’t know what’s up with that.
Put in a bit more than usual, almost a full teaspoon. Added a bit of sugar to the hot latte and it seems to have worked out well. More matcha means more foam.
Decided I wanted minty matcha but wanted something else to go with it so this one has the normal amount of mint matcha and then added to that a normal-ish amount of berry matcha since I have a bunch of that still. The mint sort of overpowers the berry and it tastes much more like matcha than usual but I like it, it’s pretty good. A little more bitter than normal but otherwise okay.
I’m not quite sure what to do about this tea. I went through my tea this weekend and came up with a more complete (though still not fully, I haven’t cleaned out the boxes in the spare room and I KNOW that there’s at least one Verdant and Amoda box in there hiding) list of my teas. 487 for those who don’t want to check. But this one…in addition to the mostly full packet I have at work, I have two sample packets at home…those will go in my swap tub I think. I stand by my previous note about how this just tastes muddled though I’m getting a weird taste in the middle of the sip and the back of my throat that is putting me off. I put the normal amount of sugar I usually do for a black tea these days and it’s coming off almost sickly sweet. I have one more cup of this in the pot so I’ll try that one with less sweetener.
In other news, I need some recommendations for a good hand cream because my building is SO DRY, 22% humidity according to my desk thing and I keep putting lotion on and it isn’t helping. Not to mention that I’m having an allergic reaction to something that manifests itself as lumps along my joints that make them hurt to bend. The dryness doesn’t help. Arg.