1616 Tasting Notes
It has been forEVER since I have had this tea. I have been pushing it around my sample drawer for a while now, never wanting to use it up. Also it brings back good and bad memories. Good memories of kind Steepsters sending generous samples, which is how I found out about this in the first place. Bad memories of that one year that a bunch of us ordered samples from thepuriTea during a Black Friday sale everything came in shoddy sample packaging.
This is still pretty good to my tastebuds, although I am not entirely sure it deserves the 90+ rating I had given it before. It’s pretty authentic passion fruit, and the black tea base is smooth and slightly honeyed, which is a lovely combination. You don’t find a lot of straight passion fruit black teas out there (and I don’t like Harney’s), so I may eventually pick some of this up, one day. We’ll see how long it takes me to drink the rest of my sample pouch (probably 1.5 cups)
Thanks to ToiToi for this sample! I forgot that I had asked for and gotten a sample of this one, it was hiding in my sample drawer under several others. I was thinking about sipdowns and green teas, but I couldn’t bring myself to do either, so I decided to go rose black.
Mmmm, smells lovely for sure. Very candy-rosey, or like rose preserves. The flavor of this one is thinner and not as sweet as I might have expected. I think I have also gotten used to a thicker, maltier congou base for my rose blacks, and isn’t really up to par. Part of the joy of rose black tea is a really nice black base tea that complements the rose and supports it (I just realized that I would love a plain Rose Laoshan Black). This one is decent but I have other favorites. It’s a shame because the rose is very nice here. It just need some better support.
Sipdown, 193. Cold brew.
This was a pretty tasty cold brew! The pear was nice and juicy, and that robust black tea flavor also came through in a tasty way. This was a tea that tasted much the same cold brewed as it did hot, but that’s ok because it was tasty to begin with.
Sipdown, 194. Second test of my kettle/setup/tastebuds is an unflavored green oolong that I have had before and recently, so I know what the flavors should be.
This is a butterier oolong, but the flavor is lying within the acceptable range of savoriness for this tea. This tea is lightly floral, buttery, and fresh and green. Quite a nice oolong, and it convinces me that whatever problem I was having yesterday is finally gone.
I wanted to brew a tea this morning that I had had before, knew was sweet with no hint of butteriness or saltiness, and was relatively robust to test my kettle, brewing setup and taste buds. Everything has been newly cleaned (well, maybe not the taste buds), so here’s hoping the weird flavors from yesterday are gone.
Yay I think the off flavor is gone! This is sweet and fruity and not salty or savory at all. I do quite enjoy this tea and if Tower of London didn’t exist, this one would have to have a place in my cupboard I think. It’s definitely good for those times when you want a very flavored tea. It’s smooth and yummy.
So in trying to figure out my weird tainting of my tea this afternoon I tried the water from my kettle again and my boyfriend also agreed it tasted a bit funny. The water is very hard here so even though I filter it, I had some mineral buildup on the inside. I brought it home and boiled some white vinegar in it (thanks Michelle on Steepster forum, for that tip) and now it is sparkling clean. Trying it out now and hopefully everything is back to normal.
I am having some of this tea because I haven’t been feeling 100% lately, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to take some precautionary teas. I think that the taste is gone but I am not entirely sure. I mean, this tea is fairly medicinal, so it’s possible that its just that. I mean, it’s certainly not savory like before.
I feel like I’ve had a lot of green teas and green oolongs lately, and I wanted a rich black tea. This one popped into my mind earlier today when I made the list of the top 10 rated teas in my cupboard, so I dug out my small pouch of it. I had used up my samples from Teavivre but hadn’t gotten around to ordering any more, but then KittyLovesTea generously sent me some more pearls in one of our swaps.
I took a deep sniff of my cup and was reminded about why I love this tea so much. Mmmmm chocolate. Ugh cool down, black tea, why you gotta be so hot?? It is kind of like torture waiting for this to cool. And what is more torture is sipping this tea and finding a wierd savory note at the front of the sip. WTF! So I tried some of the leftover water in my kettle and it did taste maybe a little odd but it didn’t taste savory, and the water from the Brita is fine. That leaves my steeping equipment… my infuser was recently washed because I dropped it into dirty water in the sink, but I got the first savory steep before that, so I can’t imagine. Maybe I need to really scrub it or something. My cup seems fine but who knows.
Ugh, lamesauce. I can’t even enjoy this tea, which is a real bummer.
I will always take the opportunity to try Dammann blends I haven’t tried yet. This one has even been on my list, but it wasn’t a high priorty for ordering. But now thanks again to Ellen I have a sample yay!
Ok there is for sure something weird going on with some element here, but I don’t know if it is my brewing setup (recently cleaned, but not too recently), water (maybe?) or the samples. This does not have the same powerful salty flavor as the Nirvana tea earlier today, but it does have kind of an odd savory note. Fortunately for me, there’s plenty of lovely bergamot, orange blossom and violet as well. The savory note is fading as the tea cools as well. This is a very violetty tea blend, though it doesn’t assult you with violets. More just provides you with enough to roll around in. Don’t think I would restock this one (and I’m glad I don’t have 100g of it), although I am very glad that I got a chance to try it.
Sipdown, 195. Cold brewed this one for approximately 8 hours.
This turned out pretty well; intensely floral, and sometimes maybe too much floral, but overall tasty. No astringency in the cold steep, as expected, although I would perhaps steep this one for less time on another cold brew so that it was a little less overpowering.
Sipdown, 196. I’ve wanted to try this one for a while, and now I have finally gotten a chance thanks to Ellen. I love fig everything, so a fig blend tea was for sure interesting to me.
It smells nice and fruity, although somewhat like a generic fruit flavored sencha. The flavor shocked me though! WHAT is that horrible savory flavor?? It tastes like if you made a miso soup with waaaay too much miso. It fades pretty quickly and I am left with the flavor of berries and figs (it reminds me a lot of Thé du Hammam by Le Palais des Thés), but woah. The initial part of the sip so SO salty tasting. WEIRD. This does not seem to be normal so I am assuming some other wonkiness here that is causing it.