1385 Tasting Notes
Guess what arrived in my mailbox the other day?!? Surprise! :P
Anyhow. What a deelish tea!
I’m not big on dark oolongs these days, for some reason. Red robe was my fave for a long time… I kinda miss loving it. Sighs.
No matter, I’m really liking my cup! It’s creamy and I can definitely taste the strawberry and rhubarb influence, though I do wish it was a tad stronger.
Second infusion brought out more creaminess. Mmmmm. What a treat :)
Thanks to Sil via Lala for this sample!!
I’m not sure about this. Is it Sencha? I’m not a huge fan of the base. The fruity part is nice. Vaguely reminiscent of pear but there is a stronger overlying general fruitiness. I added a pinch of sugar to see if that brought out the flavours more, but alas it did not.
A rather familiar flavour to be honest. I’ve had something similar, somewhere, before.
Also, now that I am finished my cup, I’m feeling a prickly sensation. Whether that’s my dislike for sencha, or the power of suggestion, I don’t know!
I’m finding that this doesn’t mix with other flavours as much as I’d hoped. For some reason mixing it brings out a salty aftertaste. Strawberry, caramel and raspberry truffle so far. Very odd. Nor does it go well in smoothies. SO… I’ve been making it solo, or with almond milk, but my fave so far, hands down, is mixed in with some fruit, cereal, or chocolate bits, and vanilla yogurt!! Oh yeah baby. Those are some happy moments.
Holy hazelnut batman! I have only a minute to write this but oh man this is SO delicious. And I didn’t even have a chance to try it hot. Got stuck on the phone and by the time I got there it was almost iced haha.
There is a very deep, nutty flavour, accented by a light fresh note, like watercress. Slight astringency. I am blown away by the decadent lingering aftertaste. I feel as if I’ve eaten a hazelnut truffle dipped in champagne.
Wayyyyy in the background of course, there is a vegetal bean-ish taste. An odd combination, but it works!!
The second infusion should be interesting…
Thanks to Sil for this sample!!
It smells just like these Polish pretzel snacks I grew up on. Soon as I sniffed the cup, I knew it’d be tasty. Oh man is it ever a trip back to childhood.
Bready and sweet, this is pretty much a warm liquid pretzel (not the salted kind, obviously haha)
I think I oversteeped just a little bit, and despite that, I am in heaven.
Will be keeping my eye out for these packets at the grocery :)
It’s decided. I do not enjoy this tea. I can see how it tastes and feels like pudding, kindof. I guess. (grumbles)
The lemon version is so amazing. I wish I knew why I feel so differently about this!
I can drink this, if I need to. I mean it’s not a “wincing” tea, you know where you make a little face with every sip?
Speaking of teas with similar profiles(see previous note), I made a cup of Espresso matcha as a latte, and it turned out SUPER floral in the same way I find this one. Turns out the espresso one is floral only when hot and I usually have it in a smoothie or bottle shaken. Sighs. I really wanted my coffee/matcha latte!
ALMOST sipdown. I was so close. Gah!!! that is a frustrating feeling, when you dump tea in your infuser fully expecting to be done with it, and then realize that ooops… yeah there is still another cup or so of leaves in there. And that was after I made one for Dad as well. Who btw, loves Darjeeling, apparently!? He always lets me choose for him, and I know his tastes well enough so usually garner a thumbs up. Except this time that is, when he said that it was “wonderful”!
Not bad, considering my sample is nearly two years old now. Next time, I’ll give him a fresh first flush. I’m getting giggly just thinking about it. Yes yes I know, I am a tea nerd.
Anyhow, on another note… I’ve noticed that when I steep multiple types of tea at once, or throughout the day, I somehow end up choosing teas with scary similar profiles.
For instance, the rose congou I drank earlier (an actual sipdown, but I didn’t log it because it’s kinda embarrassing that I’ve had it in my cupboard for so very long!) has a rather unique taste, a floral one at that. Meanwhile, as I sip this darjeeling, I noticed that it’s rosey as well, though less so, and I psyched myself out for a moment thinking that I was actually drinking my second infusion of the coungou!
This seems to happen more often than not lately. Every time, I pick teas that I think are different enough to provide variety, and yet… well, they end up surprisingly NOT very different at all. Hmmm.
As I said before, yes I know I am crazy.
Hmmm. Still getting those pesky floral notes.
Well it doesn’t help that my infuser fell into my mug. An extra large mug… which I accidentally used in the wrong cup and had to add extra tea at the last second! yeah, not my finest moment.
Anyhow! It’s pretty great cooled down, as well as hot. But… my inspiration for writing this today? was that I discovered something about Brandied Apricot Upside Down Cake Honeybush (wow. say that five times fast!)
Turns out… it goes really well with peanut butter and honey on toast. Yep, go figure.
Now, I’m not sure if the food pairing is a honeybush thing, or specific to BAUDCH. I’ll have to experiment and see! Hmmmm.
Based on the food pairing class I took a few weeks ago, I know that the items you are matching up should be of equal intensity in flavour, but varying texture. So that makes sense. I’ll have to look up my notes to see what else I can apply here :)
No No No… (for some reason I’ve got an earworm to the tune of Rehab today)
Anyhow. I was so excited to try this! Then I opened the packet and… it smelled like vanilla??? not in a good way. Such a turnoff.
Thus, I tried adding milk and sugar, and that made it barely drinkable. Finished my cuppa but I’m not sure why…
Bleh. I guess I don’t like the DT caramel flavouring then huh! :(