447 Tasting Notes
Backlog from yesterday. I was completely blown away by this yesterday, and by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff at Peet’s. I had never been to one but stopped in before a doctor’s appointment, expecting the usual three or four tea options. Instead I got a full menu and a staff who obviously knew what they were talking about and how to brew tea. I’ll definitely be going back!
As for the tea itself, it was amazing. It had the intense stone fruit flavors I love in this type of oolong, along with a slight woodiness and an incredible aftertaste that lingered forever—plum skin, honey, and flowers. I still can’t get over how fruity it was—it might be the fruitiest I’ve tried without flavoring added. I got two steeps out of it and wish I had gotten more (pesky doctor’s appointments!), but I would love this to be a permanent addition to my collection based on that.
For whatever reason, I always reach for this tea when I don’t know what I want to drink. Then I put it down again. I don’t really like lapsang souchong anyway, and this is savory in a way I don’t usually want on a day-to-day basis. It’s way outside the zone of what I usually like in tea.
That said, it’s good. It smells like a mix of woodsmoke and meat when brewed, and it’s not overpoweringly smoky the way most lapsangs I’ve tried are. There’s just enough bacon, and I feel like if there were much more it would get unbalanced and strange. I’m still undecided on whether I’d buy it again, but I enjoyed sipping it down.
Flavors: Meat, Salty, Smoke
As I’m drinking this and looking at my rating, I’m kind of wondering why it’s so low (comparatively speaking). This is a very true pear flavor, like one of those crisp, not-too-sweet red ones that remind me of fall. Apparently I’m really on a “wow, it’s autumn!” kick.
Looking back, it seems like I had a problem with the base. While it’s true this would be good as a white tea, I can appreciate it for what it is now: a really good fruit-flavored black. It might also help that I had a shorter steep this time around. Upping the rating.
Sipdown! This is an okay fruit tea but I’m not sure it tastes like passion fruit. It’s pretty tart and definitely tropical, though, so at least it’s somewhere in the area of passion fruit. I’m sure it would be delicious iced, but since it’s another cold day here I’m not going to be trying that out. I’ll just have to drink it and imagine myself somewhere the fruit would grow.
So this is pretty good, but it tastes almost exactly the same as all those other “pumpkin pie” teas out there (lots of spice, no actual squash). It’s fine, but this is getting old fast. I couldn’t pick this out from a lineup of other “pumpkin spice” teas, and yet this is a brand I usually turn to for creativity and unusual combinations. Add that to the lack of vegetable flavor—which I know they can do well thanks to their incredible Pumpkin Toffee Dragonwell—and I’m finding myself more disappointed with this cup than I would if it were a brand I had lower expectations for. I guess I’ll sip it down quickly and stop getting these pie teas!
I’ve only had this tea a few times but I think it’s safe to say it’s in my top three favorites. It tastes just a little different each time I drink it; this time it’s deep dried fig flavor with an almost buttery undertone. It feels perfect on a cold day like this. I’ll probably resteep it at least once, because this is one of the few black teas in my cabinet I can do that with. Yum!
Today is ridiculously cold, gray, and rainy, which always makes me want hot drinks. I’ll probably end up overcaffeinated by the end of the day, but it’s a small price to pay for being warm. I seem to be gravitating toward chocolate; I had hot chocolate with lunch, and now I’m having this after coming back from running errands. Spicy things always do the trick when I’m chilled.
This tea is so strange but so good. No matter how I brew it it has a watery quality, and yet it still manages to be delicious.The chocolate is surprisingly rich and the chili is warm—not really hot—and fruity. Just what I need right now.
Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Spicy
This is another I didn’t review the first time I drank it, and now it’s a very sad sipdown. I’ll probably attempt to get a few more steeps out of it, because it’s simply amazing. Once it’s brewed up it smells like a ripe melon, but even better it tastes like a ripe melon. I’m drinking honeydew—which is, of course, my favorite melon, but only when it’s ripe. Mm! The base is light and slightly sweet on its own and is just delicious with the melon flavor. I will have to get some, probably after I use up Golden Moon’s melon tea (or maybe I should keep them both around at once)!
How odd, I was sure I reviewed this last time I drank it! It certainly made an impression on me, but maybe I just wasn’t up to putting my thoughts into words at the time. This is my first milk oolong and I have to say I really like the style. It’s slightly sweet and undeniably milky with a little bit of earthiness—I’ve never put milk in an oolong before but I imagine this is what it would taste like. It’s an interesting and satisfying cup and I can easily see myself going through a pot of this at a time.
Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Sweet
Having a big cup of this to sip it down, and it’s actually just what I wanted on a rainy afternoon (I just grabbed whatever was in my “use up” pile). This is good, but now I’ve tried the similar Japon by Nina’s I’d say I prefer that one. This has a little too much rice to it and the rest of the flavors are a little muddled. There’s a lot of ingredients and it means there’s a lot going on in this cup. I’m not sure about “autumn leaf pile” (?) like on its page, but this is kind of dry and earthy for a caramel tea. Nice, but maybe just a bit too complicated for my taste.