354 Tasting Notes
Hooray for me! I finally bit the bullet and decided to try my very first Pu-Erh!
I’d been simultaneously intrigued and dissuaded from trying Pu-Erh by the many descriptions I’ve read on Steepster. Some exalting the rich earthy flavor, while others describe the taste as having fishy qualities – ick!
I thought the best way to get me to try Pu-Erh, is to gently dip my toe in the water, with a tea that covers the base with plenty of flavors. I needed the Pu-Erh to be hidden like how my parents would hide zucchini in spaghetti sauce when I was a kid (and wouldn’t you know it, I like zucchini now). When I saw that the Della Terra Fall Try Me Pack had a sample of a Chocolate Chai Pu-Erh, it was a no-brainer.
I placed my order last Fall, and I happily sampled their teas, pulling this one out of the box, imagining a cartoon fish (you know the silver-gray kind, that looks a bit haggard, with the x for an eye), and I would quickly shove it back in the box to be passed by for something more “familiar”. For months, this packet was more of an obstacle to other teas than a tea destination. A tea pylon.
Well, Fall turned into Winter, and Winter into Spring, and I decided that I should stop being a chicken and give it a go…
…of course, another month passed…
…and a few more weeks…
…then a few more days…
“buck, buck…buck…BuckAHH!” I could practically hear the package taunting me. So I mustered up the nerve, grabbed the packet and headed for the kettle. As I poured the hot water over the tea, I snickered with a villainous grin (no…not really, but how great would that have been?)
I took my first sip…
…Chai!…mmm…chocolate. I can’t say that I detect anything fishy at all. The aftertaste sits on my tongue a little differently than a regular chai. A little drier at the back of the tongue, almost salty, but not quite. It’s mostly Chai. I was almost disappointed at how anticlimactic the whole thing was. I pictured the cartoon fish coming back to life and swimming away, and laughed at my over-active imagination.
Overall this tea is not bad, but it’s not one that I’d necessarily need to try again. However, it was the perfect stepping stone to a whole new area of teas that I had always shied away from. It was the perfect way to hide zucchini in spaghetti sauce.
I only bought a 10 gram sample of this tea, and it was just enough to make a small cup. It actually tastes like it could use more of the blend. I probably should have gotten 15grams, but I didn’t realize how heavy this mix was. Oh well, it’s not bad even as it is. It’s sweet and fruity with a slight tartness, like an apple. Now that I look at the ingredients and I see that apple is the first ingredient that absolutely makes sense. The fresh fruitiness reminds me a little of Davids Tea Indian Summer, but their ingredients aren’t overly similar, so I’m probably remembering incorrectly.
I imagine this would taste even better iced?
Overall, this is a decent tea, but it doesn’t capture my heart enough for me to keep stocked in my cupboard.
It’s been a while since I’ve had this tea. I believe it was one of the first teas I had ever tried from Davids Tea, back when I started with Steepster about 9 or 10 months ago. I’m impressed that I still like it almost the same as when I first tried it. It’s one of those teas that I don’t see myself drinking on a regular basis, but is thoroughly enjoyed when I have it on the rare occasion.
As I described in my previous log for this tea, hot, the smell and taste is like caramel corn, but as it cools there is a slight tartness that comes to the forefront that personally, I could do without.
It’s a unique tea, but not worth getting more than a sample size at a time. The taste is a fun novelty (or noveltea, if you’re like me and you laugh at cheesy puns). It’s certainly not a classic everyday option for me – that would be like watching the same movie every night.
I accidentally received this in my order, and was allowed to keep it – BONUS!!! :) Thank you Frank!
From past experience, I’ve been a little disappointed with pomegranate flavored teas, so this would not have been one that I would’ve selected for myself, but I’m still excited to try it. It is tea after all ;)
I find the history of this Da Hong Pao oolong fascinating and reading it while drinking the tea enhanced my enjoyment. I just googled it and read a few links here and there. I’m sure there are plenty of inaccuracies on these sites, but it’s intriguing nonetheless. Here’s a quick wiki to give the gist (although I see now – Franks description also does a good job): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Hong_Pao
For each steep I used a water temperature that was immediately drinkable and I increased the steep time with each successive steep
The first steep comes across as a light tasting oolong and the pomegranate taste is also light and complimentary. The tea and flavor both have a gentle presence, rather than the in your face black flavored teas that I’ve been craving recently.
The second steep is more medium light in the taste of the oolong with a light yet balanced pomegranate flavor.
The third steep continues to gain strength with an increased steeping duration. I’d say that the depth of the tea is still medium-light, but is leaning more towards the medium than the second steep with some minor astringency.
I could probably steep this again a time or two, but I feel like having something different now.
I think I’d enjoy this tea more when I’m in the mood for a tea with a medium-light depth of flavor, but lately those days seem to be few and far between. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time though – gotta love that there is such a huge variety of teas to match the many tea moods.
I guess it depends on what comes out in the scoop, but i find that the pineapple taste can vary quite a bit with this one. Today the pineapple in it is really shining; I just wish the oolong would come through just as strong. It’s nice, but for me, it isn’t a tea that I’d buy in full size. I’d say that it’s an occasional treat tea for me…if it’s on promotion.
If you’ve been reading my tealogs for a while, then you may already know that I’m working on overcoming my self-inflicted aversion to Genmaicha. (This linked tealog illustrates my departure and the first step of my return towards enjoying genmaicha http://steepster.com/teas/52teas/35653-smores-genmaicha). Note to self; never buy a bag of tea that’s bigger than your head.
Thankfully 52teas has managed to lead me back into the genmaicha waters with their fancy schmancy tea names and yummy sounding descriptions. This tea is the clincher to winning me back as a (cautious) member of team genmaicha. The marshmallow root and the organic flavors add that extra little “je ne sais quoi” that blends so wonderfully with the tea. The smell of the dry mix is sweet, and somewhat reminds me of a cream based liqueur. I used a water temperature that was immediately drinkable and the result was impressive. Marshmallow treat indeed! Bravo Frank!
I had a slight sore throat last night, so I decided to take a couple of vitamins (The gummy bear kind – because they make me smile), followed by this tea. I accidentally dumped in too much leaf, but as it turns out, I think I prefer the taste this way. Inhaling the warmth of the eucalyptus is soothing, and the combined warming/cooling sensation of the sip provided some relief for my throat, something akin to inhaling hot water with vicks vapour rub (watch out for your eyes).
Personally I could do without the taste of the orange peel, but that’s just my preference. If I can find a straight eucalyptus tea, I’ll keep it stocked in my cupboard for sore throat occasions like this. I just finished this one, but I’ll be restocking this in a sample size until I find a straight eucalyptus to replace it.
I think I’m starting to like this tea a little more now that it’s had a chance to cure, and I found a more suitable water temperature to use. The dentist association with the taste of this tea is slowly starting to wane, it’s not completely gone, but it has certainly diminished.
Even though I’m enjoying this tea more, I don’t find myself reaching for it with the same exuberance as some of my other blends. I used to be all about the green teas but I think I’ve slowly developed a preference for black teas over other types. This change is somewhat surprising because I’m extremely caffeine sensitive. On the other hand, the restricted times during which I can drink black teas may be the very thing that makes them seem extra-special? I still have to be careful with the time that I drink green teas like this one, but the consequences are nowhere near as intense as with black tea.
Speaking of tea restrictions, I keep eying up some enticing descriptions of guayusas but I fear the consequences of drinking something with such high caffeine. Who am I kidding? Sooner or later, I know I’m going to try it :)
This used to be one of my favorite herbal blends several months ago, but it’s just not doing it for me anymore. The tartness is just too much for my night-time sipping pleasure. Maybe I’ll have to finish the rest of my sample as a day time iced tea?
It’s crazy how much my tea preferences change as time passes. I’m glad I didn’t buy a full size of this. There are just too many other teas out there for me to try, that getting through a full size of this would probably start to feel like a hinderance. I’m so glad David’s Tea has sample sizes.
I’m finishing this off today, it’s also the last of my chocolate try me pack. I love Della Terra chocolate teas, and I think they’ve spoiled me into being a bit picky. The strawberry taste is a tad artificial for me in this one.
I’m glad I gave it a try, it’s enjoyable, it just doesn’t quite compare to my favorite Della Terra chocolate teas (chocolate pumpkin pie and Dubbele Chocolade).