1394 Tasting Notes
Maple. Maple. Maple!!!
Yes, that is what this tastes like. Overwhelming much? ha!
With a good dollop of astringency on the side of course.
I also taste a hint of chicory, I think, but it isn’t overly strong like the creme brulee from yesterday. I added milk and some sugar, and had it with waffles this morning. Not bad!
One thing I didn’t like was the oily film on the surface of the tea. I could kinda sense the greasiness as well, in the mouthfeel. However I can deal with that, it wasn’t too offputting! In fact, I may grow to like it, I hope.
Thanks for hooking me up Kittenna :)
Verrrrry similar to Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha, only the marshmallow part tastes a bit burnt like after it’s been over a fire. I’m not so sure about chocolate or graham notes just yet. Maybe next time.
Sadly, for some reason, this doesn’t have nearly the same oomph. MTG rocks my palate! and here, I’m getting more of a gentle swaying (vs rocking).
Sure I’ll drink the rest of this down, but I suspect the MTG will go faster, even though I only have a third of a packet of SG!
Also, compared to Browncoat, I’d really have to do a side by side comparison. BG is slightly more biting, if I recall correctly, whereas the SG is milder overall but that’s the only difference I can discern without having them both in front of me.
I need to try this with milk, so I can get a true idea of the malted part! Without dairy, it’s ok. A nice refreshing drink! Very light and airy.
ETA: The chocolate is a bit fake, I can feel it tingling on my tongue and I really don’t like that sensation. It’s a cumulative effect, and reminds me of how I feel after drinking coffee. Errr, it makes my mouth numb. Okayyyyy so I’ll be giving the rest of this away, or rather sending it back to it’s previous home!
Green/Black tea: not so much in the first steep. Will see what #2 brings.
So the first part of the sip fills my mouth with apple flavour. Baked apples. And then as I swallow, I taste chocolate. Artificial chocolate, but it’s quite noticeable for me. I’m also getting some sort of caramel note.
Adding 1/2 tsp of sugar made things pop alot more. Before that, it was kinda muted but then I should have let the cup cool a bit beforehand.
Also, I need to play around with the parameters here, given that there are two types of tea in the blend. Next time I’ll try boiling, as recommended by DT.
Thanks to Sil for this sample!! It’s a backlog from ages ago that I completely forgot to log. Oops!
Anyhow, not bad for a random rooibos. The strawberry is very faint and slightly artificial, but pleasant. I was super sleepy so can’t recall more than that. I’ll have to rate it next time.
Thanks to Sil for the sample!! All the way from China :D
Well. I can certainly say I’ve never had an oolong like this before! It’s so… complex!
There is the standard heavy oxidized and roasted aspect that I get with most dark oolongs. Sweet notes of stone fruit and barley.
But then, well there is a creaminess I’ve never experienced before. Almost as if it’s a dark milky oolong. Or that deep sugary sweetness you get from milk chocolate, without the cocoa note that is. Just the tone of the sugar.
Hot, I can definitely understand the comparison to Brandy. I imagine if you drank them side by side, there would be many similarities.
Yep, this is quite good. I wouldn’t want it often, but then, I don’t have brandy much either!
Uncooked, stringy, starchy squash!! You called it Kittenna, yep, that’s what I taste. In the first infusion anyhow. At first I didn’t like it at all, but as the cup cooled I would enjoy one sip, and then not so much on the next one and so forth. So it’d get a 60.
Second steep is sweeter, a little more on the yam side, and mellower. The aftertaste lingers a little more as well. Rating: 72
Interesting indeed. Also, it reminds me of the Imperial Lotus rosettes I bought from Teavana last year, in the mouthfeel and aroma. I’ll have to make another cup soon and see if it’s as I remember.
Not bad. A little fruity. I can taste the deep cherry note, and maybe some other type of fruit. The black base is nice!
Altogether, it reminds me of those red marshmallow Easter treats. Or maybe I just have the holiday on my mind. Happy Easter everyone! :)
And then, seeing as the sample was enough for just one cuppa, I made half with milk and shuga’, and it became even more candy like, the soft and fluffy kind that melts in your mouth. Not very malty but then it doesn’t need to be.
I only wish the notes were less muted. I mean, it reminded me of Marco Polo, but less pronounced and definitive in flavour.
Verdict: Decent!! A good tea, but it’s safely in the “let’s be friends” zone. Unless things change, there’ll be no undying love…
(errr I’ve been watching the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It may have impacted the quality of my rambles)
Thanks to Nina’s Tea for the sample!
I thought I’d adore this!! but somehow… I don’t :(
Now, it does fill a gap in my tea cupboard so I’m not complaining. Much.
Bare, it reminds me alot of that blueberry green tea I tried the other day. I wonder if it was contaminated? I had them in the same carrier bag for a few days. Hrm.
Anyhow. With some sugar, I can pick out alot more of the lime note. And with some milk, it tastes just like key lime pie filling! with some Senna on the side, which is what I disliked about the tea which may have contaminated this one. Not bad, really, just not what I was expecting considering my love for Lemon Chiffon.