1411 Tasting Notes
So I got a sampler package of teas from the VERY generous Steepsterite, Jenn and oh my goodness! this one was tasty.
It was typically sweet the way most dessert teas are… sort of caramely, with a background note of cashew. I overdid the first steep a tad so ended up with a slightly bitter brew, but it stood up without any sugar (barely, I do wish I had added a sprinkle or two). The second steep was the best, being that I did not oversteep! and the third was a touch weak but I didn’t even expect to get that much out of it so I was quite pleased! I could drink this alllll day.
I doubt I would order this one again specifically, since it isn’t all that different from other dessert teas and I would have to pay shipping. I wish they had a shop in Toronto! I loved trying it. and if I ever put in an order for Pancake tea (which I love!! but I can’t recall the precise name) then I may throw this in.
Anyhow, I’m at work… but this is the only internet time I will have for awhile, since we are switching providers at home and the tech won’t be in til later this week pouts
(My other job, where I am tomorrow blocks this site. Smart ones, they are!)
I bought a can of this the other day and finally tried it after lunch! Does it count as a different tea because the vessel is not a bottle? Hmmm.
Anyhow, the tea itself was ho-hum. It would have done much better with my tastebuds if it’d been just slightly sweet. I don’t mean Nestea sweet… maybe a third of that!
This was a little bitter, and roasted which I didn’t mind. The part that really threw me off though, was the eggy flavour!! So odd. I’ve never come across “egg” in a tea. Cooked, sweet egg- the kind one sees in sushi etc (Tamago)
I doubt I’ll purchase this again, but if someone offered it to me no charge… I’d drink up no problem!
It was refreshing and satisfying, if nothing else. I’m still curious to try the other flavours they have, but rarely do I see any of them at our local Asian grocery
This was just what I wanted. I love hitting that craving with a tea! It’s such an awkward feeling for me to be wanting a tea that I haven’t got at the moment… and trying to settle for something else.
Anyhow, I think I’ll hold this at 85. It was good, quite… but I do believe that there is a better smoother version of it out there, for all that people rave about it.
Funny, when I looked in the bag this morning there was less there than I remember leaving. It makes me wonder if my colleague at work sampled it, and forgot to mention to me… I’d be thrilled if that were the case! I could use a de-cupboarding and now I’m just a little closer to it! :)
Oh and the second steep was good as well. I think the trick is to use less leaf.
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” :)