508 Tasting Notes
Thanks for the lovely sample, Cavocorax! I actually dreamt last night that I was reaching over for this sample to give it a go, so when I woke up, I thought that I might as well FOLLOW MY DREAMS.
I also dreamt that I tried to order Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black since I haven’t tried it yet and have been wanting to, but it was out of stock, and I was tremendously sad. Really, brain? I mean, really?
So I steeped this up and took a sip. It’s a classic Assam, malty and full-bodied, but a little on the astringent side, and still not as malty as I would like, since that’s my favourite part about Assams. I added some half-and-half cream and a touch of honey and it’s making a pleasant late breakfast beverage.
I left this to cold steep in the fridge for over an entire day so I’m expecting this to be heavy on the ginger.
And it is! I actually like the ginger aspect of it. It’s like fresh ginger root, and/or non-alcoholic ginger beer without the carbonation.
The pear is a little wonky for me, on the artificial side, but perhaps leaving it to steep that long might have done that. I kept meaning to try this a little earlier but yesterday’s rain, and this cold basement, made me slack in that department and reach for hot tea instead.
At the beginning of every sip, right before the ginger takes over, I’m also hit with something leafy that reminds me of raspberry leaf. I looked it up and lo and behold, it’s blackberry leaves. Close enough!
Many thanks to OMGsrsly for this iced tea sample!
Oh yeah, so I sipped this down yesterday evening. Now that I have my Steeps Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, I won’t be pursuing this tea again. It’s decent, but not worth the cupboard space.
By the way, semi-funny-but-sad sorry. I cold brewed some in my Timolino a few weeks ago when I was living in the dorm room sans fridge. Drank it in the evening, forgot about the tea leaves in the basket, left it overnight. Woke up the next morning to start a cold brew of something else only to discover mold all over my infuser basket. Sigh. Needless to say, it took a lot of elbow grease and baking soda to scrub that stuff out.
Divine Temptation is an explosion of what they call nougat, but when I tasted one dry, it’s more like Lucky Charms marshmallows to me. I don’t smell any of the hazelnut in the dry leaf.
I added some half-and-half cream before taking a sip of it without any additives, since the liquor looked quite murky so I had a feeling it would be too sweet on its own.
The light cream, I imagine, has smoothed out the crazy sweetness. This essentially tastes like a creamy Lucky Charms tea with a hint of roastiness from the hazelnuts in the background. Looks like the cream woke up the hazelnut a bit.
If you like really sweet, marshmallowy/nougaty drinks, this could be a winner for you. Thank you for the sample, Heather!
I brought this to the lab in my Timolino, and topped it off with some half-and-half cream and honey. I find that you have to be really careful with the base lest it leans towards the bitter side. It’s a little vegetal too.
But I really like it with the additives, especially with the honey, which creates baklava-in-a-cup before my very eyes.
By the way, anyone watch MasterChef? I know it’s rigged, but last night’s elimination was utterly despicable.
Thanks for the sample, Heather! This is a dead ringer for a coffee cream truffle, both the scent of the dry leaf and the taste. It reminds me of Tea Desire’s Latte Macchiato, only that one has a rooibos base. I see on their site they now have a flavoured black called Café Latte. Wonder how it compares to this.
I added some half-and-half to my cup, because I’m bad and all, and it’s like sipping on a coffee cream truffle. Wow! Without any additives, I find that the cocoa flavour is a little bit edgier.
Not detecting any of the hazelnut but I don’t mind that at all. This is really good the way it is!
Thank you so much for the wonderful sample, Stacy! I’m so glad it’s raining today. I have my windows open letting in the fresh air and enjoying this tea. I just wish this place had window screens because I’m in a basement, so I keep glancing at the windows paranoid that a rat or squirrel is going to hop in.
At any rate, this is the second Dragon Well I am trying, and it is light years better than the last one I had. Tons more buttery, not nearly as astringent, and more delicate. I’m not really picking up on any strawberry here, but perhaps because my sample happened to have one tiny piece of it (which is cool, that’s the luck of the draw!) but I’m getting the nice warm glow from the ginger. It’s like sipping on a liquified Chimes ginger chew.
As this cools a bit, I’m tasting a bit more of a burnt sugar note which accompanies the ginger perfectly.
I would totally order some next time I make an order. Thanks again, Stacy!
My picking up the new fall teas reminded me that I haven’t even reviewed this, and I’m down to my last serving. Pineapple is like candy to me. So sweet and juicy.
The dry leaf smells like pineapple candy. The Tie Kwan Yin can be finicky, and I find that if you can’t watch the steepage, you’re left with astringent oolong and weak pineapple in the background.
But if done right, it’s pineapple sunshine with a fresh hint of floral in the background. The second steep is lighter on the pineapple but is worth it for the base too.
I’m sure this would make a killer cold brew, and imagine mixing it with coconut oolong. My, oh my.
Trying so hard to resist the temptation, I caved in, stopped in at a David’s, and grabbed a bit of all the fall teas except Pumpkin Chai.
Apple is hit or miss for me, so I wasn’t expect much, quite frankly. But this is green apple to the tenth power, people! Of course with a dash of cinnamon.
The steeped tea kind of smells like an apple Jolly Rancher, but a little more natural. As for the taste, it’s extremely apple-y. The cinnamon isn’t as strong as I’d like it. No pastry notes and I’m halfway through the cup.
And I’m inching my way toward the bottom, the cinnamon sediment is perking up the remainder of the cup. I’m also getting a touch of that pastry note others are talking about. Maybe if I steeped this a little longer, I’ll get even more of these two flavours, but for the first time, I wanted to make sure the base wouldn’t go astringent city on me.
EDIT: The second steep is quite a bit weaker. Much less apple than I was expecting. The cinnamon is still hanging in there but the pastry is practically gone.
Easy sip down! I enjoyed the last of it with some half-and-half (like a lighter cream). It tones down the apple and brought out the nuts and cinnamon more. Yay! I’d totally buy more in the future, but as usual, if I can just slow it down and finish off some others first.