1630 Tasting Notes
After hearing so much about this one, I knew I had to have it as my next oolong sample! (sipdown – 96)
I steeped it for 2.5 minutes, which might have been a bit much. This tea is very strong and roasty, but it almost tastes like a Yunnan or some variety of black tea, instead of an oolong as I’m used to it. Maybe that’s because I’m not getting ANY floral notes at all?
This smells wonderful though – dark and sweet, and the tea itself tastes just as nice. It’s very woodsy with a bit of honey.
I’ll update when I re-steep this later on.
I think I prefer the Da Hong Pao, but this is close.
ETA: Second steep was 2 minutes, and is almost too mild! I went from too much to too little.
I’ll have to buy more samples of this in the future!
I think this might be the oolong that I preferred most out of all the Teavivre samples I recieved! It’s just so dark and roasty and perfect for fall. I think if I had a bag of it, I’d be able to experiment more with temperature and steep time to play upon different notes.
It’s too bad you can’t order 50g packs from Teavivre! I think it would take me at least a year to get through 100g of an oolong…
My head hurts so much I should just go to bed, but it’s been a long day and I want to relax with this cup and start knitting this snake scarf I’ve been eying for my daughter. If it looks like I have it figured out, I want to make one for my nephew for christmas too. Hers will be green with orange and brown stripes, while his will be orange with brown and green. And they’ll have little tongues sticking out and button eyes. Totally adorable.
Ok – time to try the last of my kickstarter reward teas! I saved this for last because I’m generally not a huge chai fan, but I’m excited about the fennel and cloves in this.
And again, I’m rather surprised by this! It has a nice bold taste at the beginning, which quickly transitions into a nice sweet finish. This is amazing. I wish I had tried this sooner but I’m happy I had it now.
I’m tempted to get the $25 fundraiser reward, but now I don’t know which 2 of the three I would choose. :O Maybe I’ll wait until they get their store up and buy then. I’m happy the fund-raiser was so successful too! They made it to 88%, and are still accepting contributions.
ETA: I just read the review from Justea and they mention this is not supposed to be a traditional Indian Chai – that would explain why it tasted differently than I had expected! Also yyz compared it to molasses gingerbread which I totally get with this! :O
It’s strange – the first time I tasted this I got notes of peach and grape. This time? It’s very seaweedish. Strong, and roasty. Also, a little bitter. The directions said to steep it at boiling but I’ll re-steep it at a lower temperature and see if that helps.
The steeped leaves smell grap-y though. I’ll have to re-steep it, but for now I don’t think this is one I need to restock. I’ll wait until I get a better understanding/appreciation of oolongs first!
ETA: The resteep is nice and roasty and now I’m getting a little bit of grape as well. This is much nicer! I still don’t think this is my favourite of the teaviver oolongs though.
Here’s my review/comparison: http://steepster.com/cavocorax/posts/199140
Time for another comparison! This time it’s Mom’s Apple Pie from DT, and Classic Apple Pie from DTT. One’s a black and one’s a green so there’s not a ton in common aside from the Apple Pie, but why not compare them?
They both smells fantastic. The DT blend is light and fruity with a lot of cinnamon, while the DTT smells darker and more pastry-like along with the cinnamon/apple.
The green tea makes me think of warm apples coming out of the oven, like an apple crumble, but I don’t get any pie crust in this. I’m thinking – bright green apples! Also, artificial apple flavouring? It’s a very blend though.
The black tea is (obviously) much darker and richer, and the apple cinnamon has caramelized a bit too. It doesn’t taste that great once it’s cooled so you gotta drink it quickly. Because of the black base the apple and cinnamon are muted in comparison, but still tasty.
So, overall? Both are good, for different reasons, but neither are ones I’d be inclined to restock any time soon. :P Ha. Surprising eh? I guess I’m not as much into apple, but I’d rather drink pumpkin teas!