2622 Tasting Notes
I’ve come to realize that flavored teas (and really most any tea, actually) is not at it’s best after about 12 months. I’ve heard that plain black tea and dark oolongs and pu-erhs can keep pretty well though. So I ended up purging some ancient flavored tea I got from TeaGschwendner which is not that great anymore. I could have tried swapping it but that doesn’t seem far to the Steepster community at large. And I’m drinking this tonight as a dessert of sorts, I still like it!
Thanks to Krystalen for sending me this lovely tea!
So it’s the afternoon here, and I’m about to embark on a 3 day weekend. I should be feeling a bit happier, but instead am kinda glum. Perhaps the clouds outside have something to do with it. And I have definitely not had enough tea for one day. :)
So I am finding this to be an interesting one. When I smelled it in the bag I thought it would be really sweet, but it isn’t… kinda glad! I’m definitely getting a nutty aroma here and the pineapple and coconut was kind of a surprise as well. I do think the flavor is subtle but that isn’t really a bad thing because I’m not a huge fan of sickeningly sweet, for the most part. I wonder how this would be a with teeeeeny bit of sugar, might need to try that with the rest of my sample. It smells a little bit better than it tastes but overall I liked it.
Thanks for the sample Krystalen!
Just a short tasting note, you can see my previous notes for more info.
I was finishing off the last of this one from ashmanra and forgot how good it is. I will need to get some more one of these days. If black teas had personalities, this would be a well-mannered and handsome gentleman. :)
I was not planning on ordering any more teas for a while but after seeing the free shipping code I thought I’d check this out from RtR.
After reading Scott B’s note on the bitterness I decided to steep this at a slightly lower temp and came up with a medium bodied orange color. I thought I would be brave and at least try it plain once before deciding it needed anything.
I am getting some light fruity notes and a bit of sweetness. I definitely think there is some astringency in this cup but so far it is not overwhelming me. Dried plum, maybe. I’m not even sure I know what mace tastes like but it’s got a spicy element of some kind or another. It does remind me a bit of a second flush darjeeling. Just like Scott, as my cup is cooling off I am noticing the bitterness even more. Ick.
I will need to try this with some soymilk to see what happens…
Hmmm. I really haven’t been a huge fan of Keemuns in the past but I felt like I should try this sample again, plus I feel it’s good to broaden one’s horizons. When I look back on my tea tasting journey, I used to hate a lot of things which have recently grown on me.
This tea is very dark and I’m definitely getting the chocolate here. The aroma is a bit… interesting. Getting a bit of tobacco here, reminds me slightly of cigars and I’m also picking up on the smoke in the finish. It isn’t really a sweet kind of smoke like you might get with a lapsang, it’s more sturdy and earthy and as my cup cools I’m picking up on some bitterness so I’m going to try a shorter steep next time.
I know a lot of people love this one but I’m finding it a bit strong for me. I can definitely see why people put keemuns in breakfast blends, I think I might enjoy this more with a little something to help mellow it out. I definitely don’t hate it but I also don’t think it’s destined to become a favorite of mine.
O.k. this is the last of my new haul from Lupicia.
I have such mixed feelings about this one. I love the green rooibos and the lemongrass. I tried this first hot yesterday and I thought the flavor was really fun. The grapefruit in here really reminds me of Fresca. I was thinking this would be a great substitution for soda, especially in the summertime when I could drink it iced. I liked the flavor a lot but it didn’t sit entirely well in my stomach and made me a bit nauseous later.
I tried cold brewing it and had some of that this afternoon. Again – a similar reaction, very zesty and grapefruity, but again a bit of stomach woes. I don’t know if this is real grapefruit or grapefruit flavoring but it’s a bit too strong for Le Wimpy over here…
I might try blending this with something else, perhaps a white or a green tea would be good. Or – maybe some seltzer water.
OMG – a moment of Steepster not being bogged down. Quick – to post my tasting note!
Well the other review that is listed here was quite dismal but I thought this stuff was terrific. Honestly, I have no idea if there is anything in it aside from black tea and ginger root which I probably could have made myself.
Anyway, it works for me. I love ginger and the black tea base is rich and dessert-like. I checked out the wet leaves and it looks like a CTC assam or something similar. I had a ton of ginger bits in my loose leaf bag and the other taster did not so perhaps tea bags are just not the way to go with this one. Spicy, zingy and flavorful. I had some after lunch and it is squelching my post-salad sweet tooth. I will definitely want to keep this one around. Sometimes simplicity is the essence of perfection, isn’t it?
I know I have a lot of tea but I have it all organized in my head pretty well. I was looking for my East Frisian Blend from Upton this morning and it seems to have disappeared, along with a co-worker who left last week and also likes tea? lol. I would be mad if it wasn’t so silly.
Anyway I made this extra strong this morning and added soymilk and a dab of sugar. I needed it! The spoon could practically stand on its’ own. Maybe I will get some more of this when I re-order the Frisian tea. :)