2031 Tasting Notes
Sipdown, 128. My last assam from Sil! So I discovered with a lot of these that I am not the biggest fan of assams. However! When the hot water hit this one I thought it smelled quite good! I still added milk and sugar because I am a weakling when it comes to assams.
I am enjoying this one more than the other assams I have had recently. It’s smooth, it’s rich, and it doesn’t have that roughness I have found in other assams. Glad I got to try this one out!
I bought a couple of ounces of this a while ago on sale just to try it out. Never got around to it until now.
It has hibiscus, so it’s not surprising that it brews up tart and probably is meant to be served with sugar. At first I got the sense of a pretty normal hibiscus-y fruit tea, meaning that the hibiscus drowns out most of the other potential fruit flavors. However, as I keep drinking this one, the intense almond/amaretto flavor built and built, almost lending a light sweetness or at least a diminishment of the tartness. I enjoy it. I also think it would be an awesome agua di jamaica base.
An afternoon gongfu session with this one. I haven’t loved a lot of dancongs I’ve had in the past, but I’ve been getting more into darker oolongs lately so I am excited to try this one.
The first few steeps were light and sweet, fruity and lightly floral. Definitely a delicate, refined flavor on this one. There is a light roastiness, like flavor of baked fruit. Later steeps lost the sweetness and became more orchid-like, though it is still subtle. Overall this was very pleasant and I enjoyed my session a lot, although I still think I don’t know enough about these to really appreciate the subtleties here.
Sipdown, 129 (I decupboarded a couple of teas that I have decided to give away to a friend of mine). I cold brewed this one, and it was delicious! Mega yum. Apple and caramel and a hint of cherry.
Sometimes you cold brew a tea that you feel generally ambivalent about and it turns out SO MUCH BETTER than the hot steep. That’s how I feel about this tea. Also I love apple teas cold brew, so that may have something to do with it.
Sipdown, 132. I made this one strong and added milk and sugar, which made for a decadent, almondy-chocolate cup. Very delicious this way! This isn’t one I would go for again, partly because I think the base is a little rough around the edges and I prefer Chocolate Almond Allure for a chocolate almond tea. But this is a nice one!
Finally getting around to tasting this one from last month. I should be able to finish it off in two more sittings with the given leaf to water ratio in the instructions, so that’s a plus when it comes to my sipdown goal. Considering I’m having three more of the blends coming soon!
This one smells really interesting. Spicy and orangey, but also rich and sweet. The wild rice, vanilla and carob in this is giving it a really interesting scent of cookie dough or perhaps sweet challah bread.
I really like this one. To me everything really works and I love the toasted wild rice as a base for an herbal… it almost reminds me of the buckwheat tea, except with a lot of other extras. There’s a faint lingering sweetness from the dandelion root, I think. This one certainly screams fall to me. Mmmm, I would like to have this one to curl up with in the evenings occasionally.
This is a quick note as I drank this while taking care of a lot of things… going out of town for a conference tomorrow! So again a halt on sipdowns, sigh.
Anyway, this was really nice. I am really enjoying these roasty green oolongs more and more, especially when they are nice and bready like this one. A touch sweet, especially when cool/cold. I should try cold brewing this because I think I would really like it iced.
I could tell from the instant that this was done brewing that I would not be into it as brewed. With the Red Rhythm tea from this company I had followed the provided steeping directions on the box, which were 5g/8oz water, boiling, 3 minutes. This time I went for 5-6g/12oz (which is still a bit high for me) 90°C, 3 minutes. I think I need to go for less leaf or way less time, or both.
This is one of those teas that smells astringent. It has a particular scent that I encounter in black teas sometimes that just kind of turns my stomach. Taste is bitter and astringent. Definitely need to brew this one differently.
Ok, take two, because I have the time and I’m curious. Less leaf (3g? I eyeballed it), less time (1 minute). It still has a bit of that stomach-turning astringency smell, but not so much of it. Now it also has a fruity and floral scent. This is much better. Now it is pretty sweet and fruity.
Definite raisin notes, as well as a rich, cooked-fruitiness like jam. There is a hint of astringency, but it is almost like the fruity astringency of grapefruit. I still don’t love the tea because it’s fruity-floral in a way that doesn’t quite suit me. But I am still so glad I tried this one like this because it is a lot better and I am much more pleased with my experience.
Sipdown, 133. Maybe I should have drank this first this morning, but after the deliciousness that was Paul et Virginie this one was a big no for me. Bleh. I wanted to write a more thorough review of this but that isn’t happening. This is definitely not the yunnan for me; I prefer them less earthy and more sweet potato-y.
Sipdown, 134. It’s always a sad day when a Dammann tea gets sipped down.
I overleafed this but it still turned out amazing, as I have often found with Dammann. They are hard to mess up! This one is lovely with it’s red fruits and caramel. An eventual reorder, perhaps!