508 Tasting Notes
Backlog. This is another brand I had never heard of, but it was surprisingly good. My only other EG option in the mornings was the hated Tazo (is it operator error? is it my taste buds? who knows), so I went with this three out of four days. It’s solidly fruity, and while the base tea is robust and brews quickly it never got bitter on me. Nice!
Backlog. This was my second cup at that café. This is a really mild chai, probably thanks to the rooibos. There’s a surprising amount of ginger in it—it’s actually the strongest spice I taste, followed by cinnamon and just a touch of clove. As always I wish for more cardamom, but what can you do? It almost tastes like a candied ginger flavored rooibos, but as a chai I’m not impressed.
Backlog. After a long day of shopping we stopped into a cute little café on the square for hot drinks (coffee for dad, tea for mom and me). I had never had this brand before, or even heard of it, but this was not bad. I tasted more tangerine than lemon in this, but it managed to retain a little of the sweet hay tone I like in white tea—impressive for bagged!
Backlog. I just got back from a trip to New Mexico. I love the desert, but it really does not love me back. By the last day I was dried out, feeling sick, and fighting a migraine. Now I am back home and feeling a ton better in the (relative) humidity of Indiana.
I can’t believe there’s hibiscus in this! That sneaky little flower. I honestly didn’t taste it this time. This is a pretty good approximation of spiced apple cider, and after a long day of travel and a colder-than-expected forecast it was more than welcome. Sweet like a candy apple but somehow not overwhelming, strongly cinnamon-y, and I actually managed to resteep it once. Not bad for a cheap bag.
Sipdown. After the pu-erh this morning I decided to have something I knew I would like, which ended up being a pot and a cup of this. It’s woodier than I remember, and not quite as sweet, but pretty good. Adagio’s oolongs are decent, and unlike a lot of their blacks and greens I would reorder several—including this one, most likely.
I have a confession to make; I am terrified of pu-erh. After trying this tea, I’m pretty sure it knows. I don’t get any spice out of this, just overwhelming bitterness and earthiness. It tastes like wet, moldy leaves smell in the fall when no amount of raking or collecting seems to get rid of them (and for the record, I am allergic to the mold on those leaves). There’s maybe a hint of orange peel that lingers after the sip, but since I’m not a fan of orange peel either I don’t consider that a plus. I’m going to refrain from rating this since pu-erh seems to really not be my thing. At least I know that for sure now.
Backlog. This one was alright, but not nearly as sweet as I expected from the description. I might try icing or even cold-brewing this one, because it seems like it could stand up to it. The apricot flavor of this is intense, right down to the pit. I think that’s the only way I can describe it, because while the edge I taste here isn’t bitter exactly, there’s definitely something less smooth than I expected. Not bad, but I think cold-brewing might make it great instead of just good.
Backlog. This smelled wonderful but was ultimately a bit much for me. The lavender is intensely herbal and the sencha base is really vegetal, leaving me with a tea that was pretty grassy. I was expecting more floral flavor from the lavender to balance the sencha, but this one was just too strong all around for me. I gave the rest to mom—she loves it.
Well, having gotten a couple of emails by now about Golden Moon changing the way they do things, I’m looking at the couple of old sample pouches I have left and feeling bemused. I’m not sure what the point of sampling is if they’re going to have all new tea! But at least it’s a sipdown.
This is fine, but I’ve had better jasmines. The floral flavor is intense at the start of the sip and then just disappears. There’s a hint of sweetness but it’s also there and gone, and the base is lackluster. Luckily I’ve already found several jasmines I love, because this is not going to be added to that list.
Sipdown! And what a fascinating one it is. This one is rolled like an oolong but definitely tastes like a green. Buttery, very lightly vegetal to the point of being almost hay-like, and a soft sweetness at the end of the sip. If a dragonwell, a silver needle white, and a green oolong had a baby, it might just be this tea. Calming and delicious.