1314 Tasting Notes
I did not enjoy this at all. The steep time was two minutes, or so the tea barista said… so I am curious to see how I would have liked it with a one minute infusion. Maybe then it wouldn’t have been bitter!! bitingly so. except it wasn’t bitter in an “oversteeped” way and it wasn’t thick the way oversteeped tea gets.
Oh and the caramel just made the tea taste greasy, like toast that’s been over buttered. Also… where was the apple???
I generally enjoy the second steep of teas much better, but with a takeout tea that isn’t really an option. For that reason, I’m not sure this rating is fair but it’s what I have for now. Bah!!
This was one of the free samples from the tasting I attended on Saturday… bagged, but not too bad. I added milk and some agave, but I think the milk at this workplace (I have two) is always on the edge of turning because this tastes really heavy and earthy. I’m not enjoying this cuppa much because of it :(
Not gonna rate it this time, I have another bag so hopefully it will be brewed under better circumstances then.
Atleast I’m getting some caffeine out of this deal. Hmph.
Mmmmm this is much better than I recall! I avoided this tea for months thinking it was terrible, and tastelesss… until today when I finally decided to give it a second chance— So glad that I did :)
I’m quite pleased that the flavour hasn’t been leeched out here(flavour that IS there, I have no idea what got that idea in my head), as I bought this one well over 18 months ago. Perhaps my palate has evolved after all.
The cherry is very mild, overtaken somewhat by the almond. Also, it doesn’t do to understeep, I have discovered— part of what I was doing incorrectly when I first purchased it.
Oh and errrr, unfortunately we had no milk left in the house, and so I was left to use my almond milk… but the milk was sweetened so now all I taste is the almond, and none of the cherry. Oh well, something to look forward to. Jessie, it looks like you and I had similar dilemmas today! :)
That said, this rating may increase. Fingers crossed.
well, this was much better!! perhaps not having the flu makes a difference. ok well probably!
Strange though, that I’m finding all the flavours much mellower this time.
And guess what… Mum LOVES this one!! There IS a tea god :)
The first infusion, I could taste he fig and carrot but it was second to the oolong. I added a dash of sugar, and served it in our porcelain cups… that may have improved the rating a bit haha.
Anyhow, the second infusion was great as well. More creamy, and smooth as expected! Yummmm.
I’m riding the “good tea” wave right now. Does anyone else get that feeling after a really good cup? not just the alertness, but a super satisfied feeling that leaves you in a fantastic mood… I’m not loopy I swear :P
ahhhh I love oolongs! (but not the green ones, I don’t think)
I finally tried this one iced. It was rushed, I only let it sit in the fridge for half an hour and had to use ice cubes… No matter, the green melon still tastes fake to me. And the watermelon, well I dunno how I feel about the way it tastes when freeze-dried.
Refreshing yes. Tasty? somewhat. I’ll happily drink the last of it but shan’t be replacing it in my cupboard!
On a side note: I got a tattoo last night!!! On my hip, so nobody will ever really see it, but it’s there :)
I can’t wait til it heals!
This was great!
The first few sips were bitter, but then as it cooled the nutty oolong emerged, with an oddly sweet finish. I’ve never had a swallow of tea quite like that last part of a sip. Sure, it’s been sweet in the middle, but not in the closing! yummm. That was the only part making it complex though. Pretty darn good, but I’m not sure if it’s an essential to my at home collection. I enjoyed Red Robe so much more… but in that case the sweetness came in a hair sooner through the sip (minus points!)
I didn’t have time to take notes so will have to write a more thorough review next time. and there WILL be a next time :)
backlog! from yesterday morning as takeout from the cafe. I wish I hadn’t!
They had no regular milk left so I had to use cream… oh boy was it ever terrible!!! The raisin note and cream don’t mix well together at all. Blech! Also, I suspect that the bag might have been underfilled, as the tea was incredibly weak. I drank the entire thing with the bag in and the flavour was just not there.
I’m not changing the rating on this, yet. Will see what happens next time, with regular milk. If it doesn’t shape up I’ll be crushed! this was my fave black tea.
wow! I did not expect this tea to be SO yummy.
For the first brew, I tried it hot and it was supremely satisfying. The lime and gelato parts came out nice and balanced, which surprised me because some friends mentioned that they hated this tea after trying a sample in the store. (I should have known better- they always add too much sweetener and oversteep)
The green base was mild but appropriately so given it’s palate partners!
Second infusion wasn’t as great. a bit watery and worn(minus points) down but I’ll take it. Too much caffeine is bad for a girl anyhow.
aaaaaaaand for the first time ever, I am excited about trying a loose tea ICED! This one should be incredible. yay! :)
Well. I am NOT a fan of Jasmine. I’ve always known this, but decided to give it a go with some quality tea just to be sure. and it was confirmed. Jasmine and I do not get along.
The base was good, I enjoyed the nutty oolong and even parts of the floral but couldn’t get past the biting itchiness. As the cup cooled, I actually grew accustomed to it and started to hate it less and less… but then, well I became nauseous in a way only pu’erhs have ever done.
It makes me wonder if I have an allergy to jasmine.
As for the rating, I am of two minds. Anyone who enjoys this type of tea would find it lovely, surely… but this is my review! so I’ll leave it at how I feel about the brew. Any tea that makes me feel ill should never get a rating above 60! but the base was so good… ok so 67 then!
darn, I forgot my notes at work! jotted them down between calls. oh well…
Anyhow, this tea was quite tasty. It lands somewhere between a crisp white peony and a standard other “white” tea. There were delicate, fresh water notes throughout the sip.
When it was piping hot and I took that daring first test sip, I could swear there was a hint of peach! but then as it cooled, that quickly disappeared.
The delicate-ness was overtaken slightly by a nutty but somewhat grassy flavour.
I’ll update this with something a little more decisive when I get my notes back!