1995 Tasting Notes
This one really walks the line of type of Taiwanese black tea that I like. Whatever that fruity-floral note that this type of tea has that turns my stomach sometimes, it’s present in this one, but the tea itself is soooo smooth. Normally that scent is associated with astringency in my mind, but not so with this one. I dunno what it is… just a scent that I don’t like. shrug Nevertheless, even though the scent of this one puts me on edge a bit, the flavor is great, so I get over it.
Hmmm, I’m not sure about this one. I like the idea of an elderberry-based herbal, but the dry leaf smells odd. It’s hard to put my finger on, I think its the fennel. Fennel in tea?
It brews up this crazy purpley-black color. I’ve never seen a tea brew up so black. Steeped, it smells sweet, tart, fruity, and spicy. It was kind of familiar, and I figured out it was mulled wine. There’s also something to the aroma that is a location-based olfactory cue… it reminds me of Montana, and I don’t know why. Weeeeird. I can also smell the similarities between this and Campfire Blend, a somewhat toasty, pastry-ish aroma that must be the coriander, carob, and cinnamon, which these blends have in common.
I used the recommended steeping parameters but was surprised at a one minute steep time. The flavor is a little weak. I expected more berry, I think. I will say that brewed it smells and tastes way better than it smells dry. Thankfully, since I have a few more sessions with this tea. It’s still an odd blend to be sure, but it’s reinforcing how cool this blends club is… I get to try experimental, odd blends that most other companies wouldn’t dream of, and get introduced to all kinds of odd ingredients. Educational and fun!
Hmmm, I could have sworn I wrote a tasting note about my first session with this tea. But it’s not on the page. My earlier sessions of it were light and floral, without much roasting. This one was different, but maybe I’m remembering wrong? It’s hard to say now.
Sipdown, 117. Hmmmm. This one is way more roasty than the previous two packages I had of this. Miss-packaged, perhaps? However, I can’t complain because this cup is DELICIOUS. Wow, yum. It is sweet and almost bready. Reminds me a bit of a slightly sweet challah. Could this actually be the Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding that I loved so much just the other day in cold brew? Maybe I am falling in love with lightly roasted oolongs, haha.
More backlogs. Guess it’s the new norm for me.
Holy crap its cold in my office. No heat, yay! I submitted a work order so hopefully they will fix it soon.
With the conservative parameters this tea is much smoother but possibly a little weak. I might bump it to two minutes and see how it goes. Still, this is light years better than my first attempt. It is fruity and slightly sweet, with a light floral note hanging around the edges. There’s not a ton of flavors here, again because I think it’s a bit weak, but it is promising. I have a few more servings to play around with in the next two weeks.
Sipdown, 119. New teas in, including this month’s blends club, and this one is exiting. This continues to be quite tasty! I have a hard time remembering what it tastes like between sessions, but then when I brew it again I am pleased all over again. I think because it is such an amalgamation of flavors that it is hard to pick out. I definitely enjoyed my package of this one.
Sipdown, 116. Can’t say I’m super sad to see these go. They were fairly unimpressive black dragon pearls, as these things go. No matter what I did to them I couldn’t get that much flavor out of them, or if I steeped them a long time it was just bitter. Ah well, I’m looking forward to restocking my stash with Teavivre’s pearls, which are amazing!
The third of the teas from Easy Tea Hard Choice that I ordered with the $20 credit they provided. I used my very conservative steep times/temps that I figured out from the other black teas. The liquor of this is relatively pale for a black tea but it already smells robust enough for me. Very fruity, but without that weird stomach-turning astringency that they get when over steeped.
This one is my favorite so far, definitely. It’s fruity but not overly fruity, and not particularly floral. There is a slight caramel note as well, which I love. Not astringent at all, smooth and slightly sweet. I still have to try the Red Rhythm again at better parameters but I definitely prefer this one to the Red Jade.