590 Tasting Notes
Got this as a TTG after work today, as I popped in to se the new collection. I opted to try this and got 12g of the starfruit one…the name escapes me. Shooting Star? Is that it?
Anyway, with this one, I definitely get chocolate and nut, mainly coconut. This is pretty tasty. There is a slightly weird aftertaste though, and I’m not sure if it is the milk or the tea. It is something I might pick 15-20g of up to play with some more.
It was warm out today, so my selections were reflective of that…
Cantaloupe and Cream…Butiki (2 steeps before work; didn’t start til 2:30)
Big Apple…David’s Tea (cold brewed and drunk later at work)
Swampwater…David’s Tea (iced and brought to work)
Wah! I really want Swampwater to come back. I have a little of this left, and I have a little Big Apple left, though I can hopefully get more before it is gone. I have to say I like Big Apple better hot rather than cold steeped, but good both ways. As for Cantaloupe and Cream…as always, it is PERFECT.
This is a nice peach tea. I made this one hot today, as we are having a bit of a heat wave here and I thought it was a good day for a peach tea. I do want to cold brew the rest of my sample from VariaTEA as I think it will excel that way and be ever so much juicier.
I have to say that it is a good peach tea, but not my fave. It almost seems a little too artificially peach. Almost. I think peach is one of those flavours that is hard to get right. What I do like is that this is a nice dark oolong, so almost a black tea, but lighter. And the roasted nature is still full of body.
I don’t think I’d buy this on my own, though, as I feel the peach isn’t right to me, so I will keep looking for the right peach tea. I am happy to have tried it though, and we’ll see how the rest turns out with a cold steep.
Sipdown…had this tonight, and um, I’m not really in love with it. There is nothing really wrong with it, but it just doesn’t wow me. It is kind of a deeper tasting white, but mild at the same time. There is a sort of citrus dryness, I think with this. I would have to say that as far as pu ergs go, I prefer sheng pu erh over this, though I like black best.
I think this came via OMGsrsly with my mega birthday samples swap last summer.
Sigh…something with the new base is not getting along with me. I feel like I watched how much leaf I used today, and I still got a sour and somewhat astringent taste. I feel like I was also good on the time I let it steep.
I still like it, but I have to add milk to tone it down some, though it is tasty this way too. It just isn’t the tea I fell in love with.
Sipdown! I used a little too much sugar, by accident, so it is a little sweeter than I prefer, but this is so the right tea for me right now. Loving this last cup of it. I had been thinking on saving this to cold brew in the summer, but I think I have enough teas to do that with, or will have. And I can always look at ordering some later anyway. So thanks to OMGsrsly for sending me some. Upped my rating some as it is a nice tea.
Sipdown! Bye Bye Special Dark, you will be missed!
Had the last of this lovely one today…just seemed the time to finish it up. Stacy and I were talking pu erh on Facebook yesterday, so that got me back in the mood for one, and I opted to finish this one off. I have some more pu erh from Teavivre too. And a few shengs. Yum. Pu erh all the time! Read my last note for this one for more detail.
Bamboo Integrity is steeping, so I gotta go grab that one. Yay for two sipdowns today!
I think I over-leafed this one, as it is a little bitter and sour, but still pretty mild. I measured on my bamboo spoon and seemed like a good amount, but that left less than half of the sample packet left. It is still pretty decent, aside from that, and I am surprised that such a short steep brought out as much flavour as I got. The dry leaf of this one smells so fresh and green, but the brewed tea seems to be a little heartier. Almost roasted? To me, at least. I dunno. It could be me, or maybe the over-leafing.
I’d say that this tea, given the faults in my brewing, is still pretty nice. I am grateful that Angel at Teavivre sent me this one. I hope my follow up steep with the rest of the package will give me a slightly more moderate flavour profile. So far, I think I like Dragonwell greens the best from China. Especially really butter ones.