1398 Tasting Notes
Thanks Aisling of Tea!!! for sharing this with me :)
I had some of this after arriving at work. While it was tasty, it’s been awhile since I’ve had it, and I guess the “pu’erh” part has settled in more, and I can really taste it now. I’m undecided as to how I feel about that, given my stormy history with Pu’erhs.
I can certainly understand why some may find it offputting. Somehow though, in this tea, I don’t mind that part so much. I think the cinnamon cuts it just right.
However, I made this sans any sugar…. but with milk. Next time, I think some agave is in order. Not sure about the milk.
So… while this is still a great tea, I need to find it’s sweet spot. Also, the fact that it does better with some extra sugar brings it down a few notches, from 95 to 88. Still pretty fantastic in my books :)
I’d entirely forgotten about this… I finally managed to try this iced!
And yes, it was indeed quite yummy. It tastes even more like gelato this way :)
Of course, I still prefer it hot.
Now, do I want to repurchase this? Kindof. I only purchased a sample size. It is not an essential for me, but then I really really like this one. Only… I promised myself that until I make a sizable dent in my already enormous supply, I shan’t purchase any more tea :(
I’m not sure if this is the same “Tao of Tea” as I noticed there were two in the library…
Either way, I only have a sample of this, and I think it will stay that way! The Lapsang I tried at Teaopia remains my favourite.
This one, it was good, for the most part. I think. I’d have to play around with it before declaring it unworthy, and only in comparison. I did quite enjoy the flavour, which is the main point of a tea in my books, thus giving this one it’s relatively high rating despite all my moaning about it.
But there is something missing. The other ones I’ve tried have a depth and smoother base.
Also, I used this as a marinade for my roast pork. Not being a fan of roast anything, it was just ok… (stringy meat? no thanks!) but my parents love it so that’s what we had in the house *sighs
Next time, I’ll make it into a gravy.
So I experimented with this somewhat. Brewing this at 84 degrees, it seems, is not the best way to go!
It’s still pretty darn good, but there is a certain plasticky taste that comes out at this temperature. Definitely better at a higher temp. I need to experiment some more…
(It doesn’t help that the cavity my dentist filled last month is throbbing with every sip! I need to ask him about that.)
Oh, and the lapsang I made yesterday is lending some smoky notes here as well. It’s certainly interesting! and resilient to, even after a good scrubbing I can still taste it.
Why oh why did I splurge on this? I certainly do not regret my purchase, it was ahhhhmazing!!!!! but really, my wallet sighs every time I enter that shop!
Maybe this tea was calling to me. It smells like a rose garden in heaven, intensely floral and sweet and mmmmmmmm.
I was a little worried that it’d turn me off the way bergamot does, so I’m very grateful that it didn’t!
Steeped, it’s still incredibly floral. The taste is less so. I do wish that there was more rose but I also over-steeped it, and thus it’s possible I drowned the rosey part.
Besides the rose, I’m getting a strong chocolate note. Given that this is a Chinese black tea, I understand why!
Next time I brew it, hopefully the chocolate will be less dominant but it seems to me that it’d have a stronger profile than something floral in most any tea (except maybe bergamot which I can’t indulge anyhow)
The second steep of this was even less floral, but smoother and milder in the chocolate sense as well.
It reminds me of the Golden Monkey I have from Tao of Tea, only less harsh. Also, I’m tempted to see how this would fare iced. I suspect the cocoa would do nicely there, and that’s coming from a tea-freak who generally dislikes iced drinks.
and the rating? I’m tempted to lower the score from the 95 I want to give it, because the rose isn’t all that strong in the flavour… but then, I need to give it a few steeps and play around with it first. Either way, I’m in love. Fitting isn’t it? Roses, and love… this should be my Valentines tea, if I have any left by then!
I don’t know why I splurged on this, I have a tiny bit of it left at home… but I wasn’t in the mood for much else. bah.
It was good, nice and thick. This is the only tea I enjoy that way, so it makes sense that I enjoy it more when they make it in the shop.
The cola is so uplifting. I just love smelling the cup as it cools!
and did the shop girl add agave?? it’s very sweet on it’s own without any adds. Anyhow, I was thinking about refilling my stock but now I think I need to hold off. After having a tea around for awhile, I tend to get tired of it and this was one of my first. The rating still holds of course!
Everything blends together so nicely, I’ll always have a soft spot for this one :)
well, this is interesting.
The cherry flavour is nice enough. I enjoy cherries… but the hibiscus does all sorts of nasty things here. I so wish that it wasn’t in this tea! Also, the “white” part is barely there. I would think it was some sort of a tisane if I hadn’t seen the label.
Otherwise, it’s decent. Naturally sweet on its own, and mild enough that it soothes my throat (a little hoarse today for some reason)
It may be better iced, fantasic even. Actually I think it was designed to be iced- but really, I am not an iced tea person…
So yeah, I am mucho glad I didn’t purchase any to take home!!
Soooo….. I bought this because I wanted a chamomile tea, but I also wanted a change from the Egyptian standard. It was between this and another tea, mixed with spearmint… but the other was heavy on the mint so I went with this one. Not that I dislike mint, I just wanted chamomile to calm the nerves when I feel jumpy.
Then of course, on the way back into the office I bought a coffee, and well, you can guess why I needed to de-jitterize!
Which I didn’t mind, because I was SO looking forward to trying this, it smells heavenly… I just love the scent of citrus in a tea.
Unfortunately, I am just now figuring out that in a tea, fruit + flowers + my odd preferences (besides chamomile that is) = not a good combo.
It was… not quite right. The chamomile tasted fuzzy, cloudy even. The floral part was muted, and the fruit was all awkward. Nothing meshed well!
ODD!! is the word I would use to choose to describe the blend. I miss the “mmmmm” factor I get from the Egyptian pure tea. None of that to be found here *sighs
Overall, it’s drinkable. It does the job I purchased it for, so I’ll drink it… but not too happily! If anyone wants to try this, let me know, I would love to see what your opinion is!
Disclaimer: there IS hibiscus in here, which could be partially to blame for the oddness!
How have I not logged this tea before?? I was sure I had… Hmmmmm
Anyhow, this was an odd one. Not very nutty, for an oolong, but more fruity and light. I can’t recall much from this morning (it was a long, loooong time ago in my world of shifting papers and battling slow internet connections) but I do recall that it had an oddly familiar, sweet-tart finish… yep, like the candy! I could almost imagine it carbonated, tasting just like an oolong soda, with that sour finish.
I’ve heard people talk about fruity oolongs before, but this is the first I’ve ever seen of it. Yes, I’ve had similar experiences with white tea, but not an oolong! A novelty, to be sure.
I’m not quite sure what to rate this. I certainly do not dislike it.
wow, so apparently steeping parameters make all the difference! (duh).
I cooled the water down after boiling (who knows to what temperature, I certainly hope it was around 90c) and watched the time, but went by the package instructions which say 3-5 min. I think I was around 4 minutes when I poured it outta my tea master.
The website says 2-4 minutes, so perhaps I will try 2.5 min next time. I have enough for maybe one more cup. This one was not exactly budget friendly.
Anyhow, as alluded to above, it is a much tastier brew this time around. Very smooth, slightly scratchy but perhaps that shorter infusion will fix that… It’s a rather calming tea that demands savouring.
The buttery/slippery honey texture, building on the lightness and super mild nutty base makes me wanna sit back and feel the summer breeze, the sun, and listen to the birds. Don’t try this one at work folks!
Now… Would I buy this again? Yes, I think so- but it’s not a must have at that price. I have a feeling though, that if I had more of this leaf, it’d grow on me.
Now, off for my second infusion :)