2042 Tasting Notes
Sipdown, 138. Only one sipdown today but I did have three yesterday, so that will have to do. I had this one at “tea time” at my office today, and it was pleasant. I like having a non fussy oolong for the tea time get together, and this one fit the bill. Creamy and floral and just a bit vegetal.
I ordered some Taiwanese black teas from this company after they posted a $20 coupon to the discussion boards, and after I tried some other Taiwanese blacks that I really liked.
So I brewed this to exact specifications provided, which was perhaps a higher tea to water ratio than I would normally. This one reminds me of the first Taiwanese black tea that I tried, rather than the recent ones. It’s a little flat, without a ton of flavor, honestly. It smells floral and a bit fruity. But no caramel, no chocolate, not really any honey. I’m not the biggest fan of naturally fruity/floral black teas for whatever reason. There’s also a bit of astringency here, but that may be related to the ratio.
I think I will try it with my usual ratio before I rate it. Interested to try the other blacks that I got as well.
Sipdown, 138. Cold brewed the last bit of this tea! It was only a tiny bit left, but I did a tiny cold brew and it worked. It was kind of amazingly sweet! The pear came out moreso in the cold brew, and even toyed on the slightly fake edge of things, but it still maintained itself. White teas can be tough to cold steep, I find, but this turned out pretty well.
Sipdown, 139. Thanks to Sil for this sample. The history behind this one is pretty cool so I am interested to try it.
I have read tasting notes on this one that say it is “bold” and a little rough around the edges. I would imagine that is what you need when exploring the antarctic. I knew I would likely prefer this one with milk and sugar, but I didn’t want to try this one only with milk and sugar. So I brewed it two ways: one straight, and one with additions.
I also brewed it a bit cooler. Straight it’s not as rough as I thought it would be, but it does have a hint of bitterness/astringency around the edges. With additions, it’s a reasonable black tea but nothing that really jumps out at me. I mean, I guess that’s what it is, a sturdy black tea. But if I were exploring the antarctic today, I would bring a slightly more interesting tea with me. :)
Thanks to Sil for this sample! For some reason I thought this was a green tea instead of a white, but it’s kind of nice that it’s a white. For one, the best pear tea I’ve had so far was a white base, so I think it has potential.
This is quite nice. I really like the white tea base on this one, and the pear is subtle but pretty authentic and not fakey at all. Which has become one of the most important things for me with flavored teas. The white tea is relatively robust, with a somewhat sweet note and a thick, creamy texture. Definitely enjoy this one! I do love flavored whites when done properly.
Sipdown, 141. Thanks again to Sil for a sample of this.
I still concur with my previous tasting note that this tea is a nice example of a dragonwell, but I don’t find it super exceptional. It is buttery and vegetal. This cup I probably brewed a little strong, but it’s tasty anyway. Onward!
Sipdown, 142. Now that I’m back I have to get rolling on sipdowns! If I average 2/day I should be ok, I think.
This one is quite tasty today! I ended up steeping it a bit cooler because I got distracted, and it’s very smooth and lovely. It’s nutty, it’s a bit cinnamon-y, it’s pastry-ish. Yum. Thanks for sending a sample of this, Sil!
So I happened to find myself walking by David’s on Bleecker in NY the other day and thought I would drop in to pick up a tea to go, and I ended up getting a perfect tea mug for the office. I chose this tea as my tea to go because it was late-ish and I decided an herbal would be good. I’ve never tried mulberry leaf tea, so I was intereseted in this noe.
This was pretty good, but also kinda weird. It was somewhat sweet, and definitely nutty and creamy, but it also had a somewhat odd perfuminess to it. Would be interested to try this under more controlled circumstances (and not out of a paper cup), but I don’t know that I’ll seek it out again.
Sipdown, 143. I have returned from NY, after successfully having defended my dissertation. You may all call me Dr. Dinosara now (kidding/not kidding [LOL])
I drank this one a few days ago but have been super busy after the defense running around and have had no time to log the sipdown. Like my first tasting, I found this to be a pretty decent earl grey cream, but the base had a roughness that was not entirely pleasant. I wouldn’t go for this particular tea again but I like the caramel included in an EGC.