404 Tasting Notes
I was really looking forward to trying this tea, as I’m still searching for a perfect evening tea. The dry leaf smelled sweet and nutty. How can anyone not like that? Once steeped, I was a little taken aback by how green the tea was! It’s dark green! Okay, so I’m sure there are other teas that are dark green, but I’ve not had any. The green teas I’ve had we’re actually more yellow. Anyway, it was VERY GREEN. After one sip I decided to add sugar. I do have a sweet tooth! The taste at first was a little different than what I’m used to, but as I continued to sip, I started to like it more. It is sweet and nutty, but I think the fact that it’s mulberry leaves and not traditional tea leaves is throwing me off. I reserve full judgement until my next cup! ;)
Had 3 infusions of this on Saturday, but I had the first and third with pizza, which kind of ruined my ability to discern specific flavors in this tea. Garlicky white sauce…yum! So, I had another two infusions (new leaves) on Sunday.
This tea did not turn out as expected, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. To tell you the truth, I’m still unsure about whether I like it! It has a very thick creamy quality, which is nice. The taste reminded me of a creamy cheese with a slight floral note. I think one of the reviews said it tasted like havarti cheese, and I think I agree. I thought maybe I’m getting cheese because the water I used was too hot? I don’t know, any recommendations? Or is this how a milk oolong should be? I steeped it for 3 minutes each time.
So, I was feeling bummed out about work stuff, and decided to make myself feel better by going on a tea shopping therapy trip to DavidsTea during my lunch break! I had a few things on a list already, so I would have bought them eventually, but I upped it to TODAY!
I started with my list, but had to kind of urge the salesperson forward. They always seem to assume you’ve never been there before and try to provide recommendations, but I just wanted what was on my list! She was nice though, and measured what I bought to the exact amount requested. I asked about the April tea of the month, Bollywood chai, and the other salesperson got interested and brought out the canister. She let me smell it, but said she couldn’t sell any yet. Poo! It smelled really spicy hot though. Not sure if I’ll like that.
So, I picked up some new teas to try: vanilla orchid oolong, quangzhou milk oolong, mulberry magic, and a little matcha. My husband requested the matcha because he likes the Jamba Juice matcha green tea blast smoothie and wants to see if he could create it at home.
On to vanilla orchid: the dry leaf smells like a delicious vanilla cake! Yum! Steeped, it tastes more floral, but the vanilla was still there. Not really a buttery oolong. I guess this is a floral one. Anyway, I enjoyed two steeps of it this afternoon. I will be enjoying the rest of the little bag, but I’ll have to see if I’ll want more at the end of it.
Hadn’t had this one in awhile and thought I’d bring some to work with me. This time, there was too much chili and heat. I think I ended up getting more chili pieces in this steep, which would explain the overpowering chili flavor. I really like it when it’s predominantly chocolate with a hint of spice. Hmmm, I wonder if I should just pick out some of the chili pieces in my next steep. The description of this tea says it has “the perfect amount of chili pepper,” but maybe it’s not perfect for everyone.
Thought I might have a sipdown on this one, but I still have enough for one more cup. It was okay….I started using a healthier sugar that a coworker bought me for giving her so much tea to try. Ha! I’m such a good coworker. ;) On the sugar, though, it adds like a malty maple flavor, which didn’t really go well with this tea. Oh well. I also have been really dizzy all day, and I’m not sure why. Dehydration? Too much caffeine? My coworker suggested allergies, or fighting off a virus. Hope I don’t get sick!
It’s a winner! I’m so glad I got some of this tea! I should have bought more! It tastes exactly like it should. It’s blueberry with a little of the cakey-ness from pineapple upside down cake, and a streusel topping! The blueberry hits at the front end of the sip, and the streusel stays with you in the aftertaste. YUM!! I have a feeling this little 1 oz. bag won’t last long!!