1264 Tasting Notes
I decided today that I needed to drink Checkmate! Usually I just start boiling water and then sorta stare at everything wondering how I am supposed to choose, but not today. I svaoured this cup, had a nap, and then am off to resteep it! It’s so lightly nutty and flavorful. It really really tastes like white tea to me now – I guess I’m slowly figuring this stuff out.
Besides my Amoda tea order, which I don’t think I’ll get until April because I subscribed 2 days after the March deadline, I have NO MORE TEA on the way. Everything I have now, is what I have. So I feel more like I can just relax and enjoy it instead of, “OMG I better pick something I can sipdown! Why do I have all the tea?”
(I know. Life is so rough.)
I cold-brewed this for about 5 hours in the fridge and this was the first of many experiments to come! While this is one of the Murchie’s teas that I’ve always consistently enjoyed, this is smoother and mellower. Maybe I understeeped it as it almost feels like this is a green/black blend instead of all black.
This was a free sample from Yssah with my Ovation package. Thanks!
It semlls quite strongly of blueberries, and it was in such a cute little bag that I thought I would try this out right away.
Once steeped it smells quite strongly of blueberries, but the taste is quite mild and relaxing. There is a lot of creaminess in there, with a hint of vanilla. The black base is very smooth with only a touch of astringency.
Thanks Mercuryhime for the sample!
Had I known this was so expensive I might have saved it for another day. Instead I drank the first steep over a few hours while taking care of the baby, and am just now savouring the second steep while I sit down and relax.
The first steep was very smooth and grassy and oolongy, and it made me wonder why I don’t drink regular oolongs more often. They’re so good!
This second steep is much richer with lots of vegetal notes. It’s really enjoyable, but I think the fanciness is lost on me as I don’t really see how this is that much better than my Iron Goddess Oolong (Tie Guan Yin). Maybe I will set the rest of this sample aside and try it again in a few more months to see I can distinguish more.
I just received this one today, and as the smell of it had completely dominated the package, I thought I had better try it – it smelled so good!
I’m pretty happy I gave this a shot. I was nervous because DavidsTea’s Cherry Cola was abhorrent (is that too strong of a word? Maybe not), but this is very smooth and nice. It reminds me a little of 52 Teas’ Butterbeer.
How do you describe Root Beer tea? I wish I knew what herbs/spices were in it because Root Beer can have a lot of things in it. What I do know is that I steeped it for 5 minutes and it is very smooth and not at all bitter. I think there may even be a bit of vanilla notes mixed in with the “root beer” ish spices.
… I am not doing this tea justice. :P It’s nice though!
Hmmm, when I had this before there was so much flavor. This time, it’s like watered down cinnamon. Maybe I should have steeped it for more than 3 minutes?
IDK. Guess I’ll move onto another cup.
I am all stressfaced over here – my bf is getting grad school acceptance letters and we may have to move to Toronto. There’s only one school in BC that we’re waiting to here back from that would prevent that. :|
Ontario eh? Sounds…. cold.
But there’s a fair number of steepsterites over there, so that’s something!
I think it’ll be a few months before we hear from UBC and know for sure wth is actually going on. So I’m in limbo and that’s sorta the worst.
Just like this tea is in limbo. Will try it again before I rate it.
Wow. This seems fairly strong AND sweet. So many berries! Most of them, blueberries! The tea itself just sorta faded into the background, but I can see why it’s named after jam.
I think I would try this again sometime if I want to satisfy a sweet craving.
And I’m cheering this sipdown because I am now (accidentally) over 110 teas, and I have more on the way from Yssah and my Ovation order.