1398 Tasting Notes
Yeah… so I caved! Bought some of this the other day. I figured, if it can replace my expensive and unwanted coffee habit (I neeeed the caffeine, just not the jitters!) then it’s techically saving me monies, right?
Anyhow, I’m also breaking in a new kettle!!! SO excited :)
—though not as much as I thought I would be. The whole “purchasing a kettle then finding out it couldn’t be used at the office” debacle kinda stole that esctacy from me…
SO, the tea? well, I shant rate it any differently this time. I think some of the chemicals are leftover in the kettle, as this tastes a little off. I boiled it twice, and washed it out, what more do I need to do!?
This is my second time getting foiled having this tea. Oh well. I’m still happy about my kettle :)
—Next time, I will write a proper note!! promise
and guess what? I finally scratched some of that toasty oolong itch :)
Now, it was a little fruity to really rub out the craving, but a nice start! I love that the tea was sweet and tart all at once. I definitely got a “tropical fruit” flavour in there, and I think I can pinpoint the mango, and maybe even the pineapple but I’m probably just imagining that.
Anyhow, I found this quite enjoyable. Oh and bonus! I managed to keep the bag for a second steep even though this was an in store cuppa purchase :P
—the second steep was just as fruity, roasty, and flavourful as the first though maybe a tad lighter in a way that detracted nothing from the taste at all. In fact, I think I rather enjoyed the second steep more, since the first was a touch thick.
If I didn’t know for a fact that there are other oolongs for me to love out there, I would consider buying me a supply of this for the house.
One other thing: in a strange way, this almost reminds me of Forbidden Fruit. Am I the only tea-freak getting that???
Seriously!!! this tea was so good at one point. What happened? you poor little assam, did some horse trample your delicate leaves and trail it’s waste all through your fields??
I gave this one last chance… loaded it up with agave and milk… and even then it was just “ok”.
Lowering the rating here pains me, but it must be done. So… Why do I feel like a parent scolding her children? and why do I feel so guilty for it?
Because I’m so dissapointed by the lack of depth, maltiness, and general dusty flavour, when I know it has such potential? or maybe because the DT version is loads better?
Gah! I’m done with you Assam Banaspaty. You may be drinkable, but not in comparison to so many other teas.
I hit the sweet spot with this one baby!! oh it was just what I needed… so good!
Somehow, it made my evening turn into something not so bad, even though my day started out all gloomy and depressing.
It makes me want to find a real chocolate rooibos. I haven’t had any luck with that just yet but perhaps I’ll start looking again now. I’ll need something to replace this one soon enough!
—Well, maybe. I am seriously considering replacing it.
I tried this again today. Yep, still not impressed.
Next time, maybe an add of mint will break up the cloudiness in the brew. (I’m not kidding, it comes out a dusty brown colour)
The description names mint as an ingredient but it doesn’t make an appearance in the flavour, maybe a hint but not enough!
If more spearmint fails to save the day, this goes on my share list! Lemongrass and and chamomile together just aren’t doing it for me. Separately? heck yeah!
*sighs…. makes me sad that they don’t play well :(
So I really needed a tin, something we were doing at work, a silly project- don’t ask… and I figured, well I may as well fill it with something, it will cost less that way!
So I bought some of this. I needed a non-chocolatey tea. Only now, I am almost regretting it. Assam banaspaty is good to… maybe I need them both *sighs
Or I could just start using up the stuff I have at home. Big trouble that would be, to bring it into the office! ha.
Anyhow, on to the tea. It was just ok this AM. I’m not sure what the difference was… but the toastiness was just not there. Oh well… it got me through the morning!
Not bad not bad!
More rosy this time, I think, and yet still chocolatey… not as smooth though.
Oh, and I tried it with milk. Nicer than I expected! It reminds me of what I imagine Earl Grey tastes like to the normal folk out there- the EG I so fervently wish I could partake in!
So…. I’ve made myself a compromise. Henceforward, in my mind, this is an “Indigobloom Early grey” :)
meh. In fact, double meh!
This was not good. Hot, I got very little flavour. As it cooled, I found some “oolong”, but it came along with that tell-tale bergamot nausea… (for those who don’t follow me, I have a negative sensitivity towards it) and then finally near the end of the cuppa, it got better. Not by any means good, but better.
There are very few things I could really say about the flavour, being so bland. I do recall some mild nuttiness, and a few bitter moments but nothing that made any sort of lasting impression.
If I try this again and get those same results… I’ll lower the score some more, but for now I shall lower it to a humble 77. I was so looking forward to an oolong this AM. If only it had been more like the first time I sampled this tea!!
This was just what I needed!! ahhhhhh. I have a Golden Monkey at the office, but somehow chocolate notes in my tea didn’t feel right so I trekked out to the shop. Going in, I had no idea what to order…
After two flavoured teas, I so badly wanted a plain, black tea with no frills, some maltiness, and yet light accents of natural sweetness. Assams at Teaopia hadn’t done me well recently, so this was naturally the default- I must remember to thank the girl for reminding me about this one!!!
Anyhow, long story short, I was so very sad and tea-lonely when my cup was empty.
Sidenote: On the way, I almost bought this really cute pair of boots/shoes. If they’re there when I hit the shop again on Thursday, I’ve decided that fate wants me to have them!! and it won’t be superfluous spending, Fall is coming and I do need some shoes :P
I accidentally oversteeped this! Egad!!
Not a good thing to do with this tea, that really does ruin the flavour when it sits for too long.
I didn’t get as much “whisky” flavour this time around. It was good, but I’ve had better steeps of this one. My bad *sighs
Oh, but I did do a second steep, and when it was still hot… I had a few sips of overwhelming peach!!! I’ve never seen that particular aspect present itself so strongly in this tea before. Who knew??
By the time it had cooled, the peach was well and gone of course. I wonder if I do more steeps next time, will I get an entire cup of peach? Hmmm. Usually, I don’t make it past two, maybe three… Me thinks I need to push atleast four!