2711 Tasting Notes
I know the other day I was bitching about David’s Tea but I did go in there today to buy a couple of blends I actually like from them (Coco Chai Rooibos and Chocolate Rocket).
This seems to be one of those teas that people either love or hate. I thought I was going to be in the “love” category myself because when I first tasted it I thought it was pretty good. I like cinnamon and clove, and they seemed to be nicely done in this tea. But as this is cooling off I am getting the fishy smell that other people noticed. I drink a lot of puer and I can tell you that this is not really normal for me to have this reaction to puer. I think maybe the puer they used just isn’t such a great quality. It’s a shame since this could have been such a great tea, but cinnamon and fish don’t go together at all.
Meanwhile I am kicking myself for succumbing to this…. F*uck I’m not sure I can finish my cup! Why did I do it???? It smells “rotten”
I got a cup of this Saigon chai at the David’s Tea store to try it. I didn’t have them add any sweetener to this (just soy milk). It definitely seemed quite cinnamon-y and pepper-y. David’s Tea seems to very fond of both cinnamon and pepper. This seemed kind of weak to me, it could have used more black tea IMO. Maybe the staff made this a little bit weak, it’s hard to tell. When I tossed my teabag out I thought it seemed kind of small for the cup size. Anyway this was okay, but I didn’t love it.
I haven’t had one of these in ages, it’s a combination of pu’erh and black yunnan tea molded into these little tuo shapes. I find this has a definite malt flavor with honey notes and tastes like what you’d imagine a blend of yunnan black and shu puerh would be like.
I don’t love it, but it’s nice on this foggy and cold winter day. Might need to try this for breakfast sometime…. I see that Red Blossom no longer has these on their site.
This sample came from Veronica and I’m definitely enjoying it this morning. It has a lovely aroma wafting up from the cup straight to my nose!
This is a fairly hefty tea that has a fair amount of malt. I’m also getting the dried fruit note others picked up on, it has a raisin element. And some cinnamon too. Interesting, unique flavor profile. It seems a bit peppery in the finish. When I first tried it I was reminded of red wine. This is not a wimpy tea like the yunnan fancy that I had earlier today. It packs a wallop! It’s good plain but I also liked it with soymilk.
I think the only other Vietnam tea I’ve had is from Tea Geschwender and I liked that too. Thanks again, Veronica. I would add this to my next SOT order.
Now off to go be productive, wish me luck :)
This is a decent morning tea but doesn’t quite compare to some of my favorite yunnans.
I got one yunnan black at a hole in the wall store in Oakland that blows this out of the water. ha!
Anyway I feel that is tea is pretty strong even after steeping it for only 2.5 minutes. I may cut down on that time and see what happens. It’s malty and has definite spicy and peppery notes. Other folks remarked on the muscatel flavor and there is something about it that’s reminiscent of a darjeeling. It has a strong aftertaste. It’s missing the sweet and chocolate notes some other yunnans have. I probably won’t buy anymore of this when the tin runs out though I’ve enjoyed trying it. It’s better with soymilk.
This is one of my favorite senchas to date… of course since I like this one so much I haven’t been motivated to experiment and buy a whole lot of others. It’s very vegetal but definitely on the sweeter and more mild side than some I’ve tried. My allergies are going crazy today so I am just drinking a big glass of this.
check out the beautiful color:
I’ve had Oriental Beauty teas in the past but I don’t have any right now. I was happy to see this in my Lupicia happy bag especially as it’s one of their expensive teas.
I steeped this around 205 at one minute, according to the package instructions. This is definitely a nice afternoon tea, it’s mellow and rich. Has woody notes with peach and a sweetish honey finish. This is one of those teas that needs leafhoppers to bring out the flavor, I think. It’s quite tasty! Glad I have some of this around… I think I will try a slighter longer steep at a lower temperature soon.
I am not liking this blend too much this afternoon. Most rooibos teas can be steeped for a long time but when this is steeped for a while it tastes artificial and ashy. I really need to stop buying things from David’s tea, I have no idea how they are so popular. I would say 50% or more of their teas are so bad I just end up throwing them away after I buy them. I am just ditching the remainder of this bag. Snickerdoodle was worse.