503 Tasting Notes
I’ve been avoiding talking about this tea something fierce because I am definitely the odd one out here. To me, the dry leaf smells similar to David’s Buttered Rum, which is another popular one. Well, I have news for you. Buttered Rum smells like powdered cheese to me, and so does this. Both have vanilla so I’m wondering if the flavouring in both have any similarities? This tea does not smell like caramel or vanilla to me at all!
As for the taste, I’m picking up on a hint of caramel, but no vanilla, which again, makes me think that the vanilla in these two particular blends is the culprit. Luckily I don’t actually taste a powdered cheese note, whereas I do with the Buttered Rum. The Assam base is not as robust as I expected, but maybe I should start adding a little more leaf.
The base is still good though. My taste buds just aren’t grooving with the flavouring. Adding half and half doesn’t help with bringing out any creamy vanilla or caramel flavours, either.
I can’t believe I’d ever say this because a caramel vanilla Assam sounds like a dream come true for me (vanilla, a favourite flavour of mine, plus Assam, one of my favourite bases. Are you kidding?!) but I actually prefer straight Assams.
Even though I like this tea, I’m still trying to use it up so I can open other teas patiently waiting. I don’t think I steeped it long enough because with half and half, even the liquor looks almost pure white, and there isn’t much s’mores flavour coming out.
So in order to heighten the experience, I grabbed a handful of mini Jersey Milk bars I bought after Halloween to enjoy on the side. Honestly, I can’t wait to get these out of the way either. Either I should buy a timed safe:
Or not have any chocolate in the house at all.
Successful sip down! I also polished off the Strawberry Rhubarb. Mixed the last of both together into a large paper filter and cold steeped it. No more rhubarb in this house, but I’m ok with that.
One of my all-time favourites. The base tastes stronger than usual, fuller and more robust, but probably because I used more leaf. It’s good though! I should do that in the morning rather than 9pm.
I need to drink this more rather than hoard this!
Cold brewing as usual, admittedly trying to use it up. It’s decent but I still expected more flavour out of this one, and the base isn’t the best either. There’s something about their fruit blends that I find a little underwhelming.
I’ve been wasting the day away reading online forums about TESL job prospects in Europe for non-EU citizens, and it makes me sad. It’s something I was planning on doing after I’m done my MA but it still seems next to impossible. :(
Having a cup with some half and half after experiencing David’s Choconut oolong. Yeah, this still isn’t as chocolate hazelnutty as I would have liked. By far more chocolate than hazelnut.
At least one thing I like about this tea is it’s a good mixer. I usually use it to calm down ultra sweet flavoured teas.
This is my first Yabao anything, and I had no idea that this was supposed to be a pu-erh blend, to be honest. I just threw it in my cart during the sale because I quite frankly had all too much freedom at the time.
Upon opening my (thankfully sample) packet, I pondered why the dry leaf smelled like a garden weed. And once I steeped this up, I still got garden weed.
I’ve been letting it cool for about ten minutes now, afraid to go near it. Actually, I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of any jasmine + honeysuckle combination. Anyone familiar with Lush’s Flying Fox? Yeah, that smells like mothballs and/or wet ashtray to me due to the jasmine and honeysuckle.
Cautiously picking up my mug, I just took a whiff and BAM! There’s Flying Fox in my mug. Each sip tastes like it too. I sadly don’t get any rose, or velvety vanilla. No berries, either. I do get some earthiness underneath all the floral cacophony, however.
Seriously not my cup of tea, but you live and you learn.
First off, this doesn’t even look like an oolong. The leaves are all broken up and hidden amongst the other goods. The smell of the dry leaf is pleasantly bakery-like. I was about to write that it smells like a bought hazelnut chocolate cookie, but no! I just realized that it smells like Archer Farms chocolate chunk hazelnut biscotti granola (yes, it’s real!), which is a good thing.
But the flavour is not at all like the aroma of the dry leaf. I’m 100% picking up on the licorice, and while I enjoy licorice in tea, it simply does not go with the hazelnut and chocolate flavours. And where is the oolong base? This could very well be a herbal. I’m still confused about the licorice. Yes, it sweetens up the blend a little bit, but it’s so odd, so out of place.
Sorry, but this was poorly executed, which is too bad because a Nutella tea is a fabulous idea.
The aroma of the dry “leaf” drew me right in. The first time I had this, I had a difficult time pegging down what exactly the scent reminded me of, but then I inched closer and the best I could do was think of this as a cross between gingerbread and fruitcake.
But now that I’m down to the last cup, I’ve realized that this also has a hint of my grandma’s date squares. So it’s something along the lines of those desserty things.
Steeped, it falls a little short for me, though. I’m picking up on the apple, followed by the cinnamon, and then dried fruits. I don’t really get fig, but rather, a combination of dates and raisins (even though there are no raisins in here).
I’m glad I only picked up 14g. It’s worth the experience but not worth having around.
This is the first year I’m even paying attention to this tea. As soon as I smelled it, I figured I might as well get a bit since it reminds me of Forever Nuts, only spicier.
But it’s quite different once you steep it. Sure you get that buttery nuttiness, but the hibiscus here is so amped up. The liquor is a deep red, and that alone is a warning sign that this is going to be Hibiscus City. And it totally is. The cinnamon is there but it’s fighting to stay noticed. As for the coconut, raisins, and other fruits, they’re virtually invisible. This actually reminds me of a bit of mulled wine in a sense, and I can see this tasting alright with a shot of wine.
Would I repurchase? I’m afraid not.