520 Tasting Notes
Got this from Tea Haus, though it is obviously this tea here (even has the 992 note on it) from TeaGschwendner. Mouthful of a name.
This is definitely cherry but there is a touch of something..waxy almost. Like I’m licking a cherry scented candle instead of drinking a cherry tea. It’s definitely sour cherry, although that’s usually fine with me since I like those as actual cherries during cherry season (where I’m lucky to live in WA so there’s tons of cherry varietals around. Rainier anyone?).
This is tolerable but overall just okay. Not the great tea I was hoping for. Still searching for a cherry tea for me then. Oh well.
Steeped this according to the instructions on the package. Just off boiling and for about a minute and a half. Maybe a bit longer because I didn’t hit the timer on my microwave immediately.
I added sweetener because I do that. The smell of the tea is really that of grains, like the descriptions say. I’m not picking up any carmelized sugar yet. Waiting for it to cool off enough not to burn my tongue.
Keep in mind for this review, I am a relative newbie to oolongs and this might be my first taste of a Red Robe. I’m expecting to like it, but my tastes haven’t really evolved enough to identify what I pick up. I have a good memory for ‘I have tasted this before’ and a bad memory for ‘and this is what it is called’.
The first steep of this tastes rather grainy as well. Not in a bad way, like really nice bread but without the chewiness. This is still rather hot for me to be drinking this, I’ll wait for it to cool down a little before drinking more.
As it cools, more sweetness comes out and I’m getting a sugarish taste but not quite caramelized. Still a very nice tea. This never got quite caramelized sugar, but it got much sweeter for me as it cooled to just above room temperature. All in all a very nice tea.
If something changes in further steeps, I shall come back and edit this note.
When I first opened this this afternoon, I was overwhelmed with nausea by the sickly sweet scent. I definitely didn’t know if I wanted to be drinking it today, but I made some anyway. With a bit of sugar because reverse psychology or something. Anyway. I was happy to drink this, the flavour was better though the smell is still too sweet. I think I’m getting tired of it though. Probably won’t be a reorder.
Kind of a sipdown. This package is finished, but there is more in the freezer waiting for me because I got all of the cherry ones to compare at some point and got more of this for that.
Didn’t measure very well because I was just trying to get the stuff out of the tin but it seems to have worked out anyway. I still really really like this, it is my happy matcha. I’m progressing well at work, only 7 matchas left to get through before I can reload.
I made this the same as the last 2 tries that turned out successfully, but something was off today. Perhaps I overleafed? I wanted to get the rest of the bag I had into my mouth today and I added more than I usually do. Unfortunately, instead of making a flavour blast, it just brought out the bitter of the black tea. It’s still good, but it’s not GREAT like I wanted. It’s also getting old so that may play a part.
At any rate, this is my second sipdown today. Go Me!
Again I have no tasting notes of this? Well, it was at my desk at work and this is a sip down so out of my cupboard it goes.
I might actually think about reordering this someday, when my stash is under control. The sour cherry flavour compliments the hibiscus if you add a bit of sugar and it turns out quite nice and isn’t completely in your face although it was a little for me here because I overleafed it a bit to get the rest of the tea out (there wasn’t enough for another cup).
All in all, this is my favourite of the old Adagio fruit tea sampler.
I made this into a cold smoothie today. Ice cubes, 16 or so oz of milk, 2 tsp of this, and half a bag of frozen raspberries. Blended it all up and…it didn’t taste very good. It wasn’t bad exactly but it was definitely not good. Aggressively neutral I guess. So after staring at it for a while, I put what was left back in the blender (where more waited for me) and added more ice cubes and also a tsp and a half or so of granulated sugar. After that it was tastier but it still needs either more of everything except the matcha, or less matcha I think. Next time.
Just one cup of this, prepared in the gravity infuser. Pretty much the perfect amount of water to fill my mug, though whether I put enough/too much tea in remains to be seen. This time I have NOT eaten an orange ahead of time. I tried, but as I peeled it, it was a sad sad dried up orange so I just threw the rest out. So that taste contaminant is out. So is the reason why I chose this tea in the first place other than I’m trying to sip these things down. This one is not close to a sipdown.
I’m timing this pretty close to the end of my workday. I drink this and then there’s an hour in the van to drive back to my car to drive home. Curse you, long commutes.
With some sugar this time, this is…tolerable. If you asked me what the taste was, I would say hibiscus and citrus, but I definitely would not pin it down to blood orange. But this isn’t actually as awful as I expected. Perhaps I should take some home to try it iced. I think this one would be difficult to screw up provided I didn’t forget about it.
Just made this. Looked through my old tasting notes and noticed a comment to make an italian soda with this one. I have soda water at home, but I can bring some in, or bring this home, and make a boysenberry soda. That sounds like it would be tastier than just plain because I like berries in general but this one just doesn’t wow me.