1394 Tasting Notes
So I had some fannings of this left over, which I’ve been saving for eons now… for what I don’t know… but after all the talk recently about which is the best Coconut Oolong, and my recent lack of appreciation for said tea genre, I decided to use up the dust and see if memory serves me.
Turns out, that despite this being two years old, and 90% dust, this is still the best coconut oolong I’ve ever had.
The coconut is very sweet, in a natural and unassuming yet upfront way that seduces me like no other while the green roasted oolong note is blended so perfectly that it took three infusions to find where they separate. In fact, for awhile I compared coconut milk to this and thought “my coconut tea is so much better!”
Oh man, this brought me back to my tea “newbie” days when everything was incredible and fresh to my palate. How I miss those days sometimes!
So yep, I’m quite pleased to know that it still tastes like home, and I look forward to the day when I’m reacquainted with this delightful blend.
Next time I go to John’s Pass(Florida), you can be sure I’ll be scooping some up. And that’s coming from a newfound coconut disliker!
Anyhow, based on this experience alone, I’d rate the cup around 87, but considering the circumstances I’ll leaving the rating as is for now.
P.S. Sipdown! a sad one, but still a sipdown. 244 left to go!
Peaches! oh yes this is peach. Almost like peach juice!! The first steep was anyhow. Very sweet. WAY too sugary on the first steep but the second one was great, balanced and flavourful! The white tea peeked out in just the right way, showing the parts of white peony that I love :)
Third steep was more of the same, but less intense.
So first steep: 72 Second steep: 84 Third steep: 79
Thanks K for sharing the pot!
1000th note right here!
So I thought I’d do something special with it and chose to make gingered peach potato pancakes with my Aunt. I love cooking with her.
And the pancakes… oh my! It was quite yummy. The ginger really shines through, while the peach added that sweet zing that really made the pancakes pop. Sour cream and sugar (traditional way to serve it) made it almost like a peaches and cream dessert. Yum!!
My Aunt quite enjoyed the tea as well, so I gave her the rest of my packet (seeing as I don’t like it at all!)
Spending the day with my aunt was fun. We had a great time!
Oh and we also made Strawberry Pu-erh pancakes but those came first and we made a few errors when prepping so they were less flavourful. I wish we hadn’t used up the last of my sample on that. Oh well, I can always grab more.
Oh coconut. What happened to us, we used to be such great friends. There was a time where I loved you to bits(coconut bits!) and I looked forward to trying any tea blend you were in. and now? You’ve become cloying and overwhelming and sometimes far too sweet for my tastes. This makes me sad. I miss the days when we’d sit together, you in a nice big mug, me on the couch or at the table. Sadly, those days are no longer. So… Either coconut has entirely changed it’s profile entirely in the last few years, or my palate has done a 180. (yes I am playing naive. It must be possible that nobody else has noticed the coconut profile change bahahaha)
Anyhow, other than coconut I did get a slight marzipan note and it did balance things out a tad, and it was more sugary than I’d have liked, which is odd for me in a tea that I haven’t added anything to.
Overall, the tea was super light and I wish I’d used less water. Not that it matters given my tirade above. So… I won’t rate this because I don’t think it’d be fair. But… If someone asked me to rate it just for fun, I’d likely say 70.
Thanks Kittenna for this sample!
Agh! I have a bunch of other reviews to write, but I’m realizing now that none of them are worth my 1000th note. I want to save it for something incredible. AND I won’t be home all day tomorrow. Bah!!
Stellar! Quite enjoyable. Definitely getting the toast reference, though I first interpreted it as soft leather.
Since this was my first taste, I sipped both with and without milk. Without, it’s refreshing and earthy with a rather floral and delicately fresh note similar to something I experienced last week in another tea. Only this time it’s much milder. It’s quite lovely.
There is also a slight honey note in there that stands out on odd sips. Not really getting any cocoa like the description says, sadly. I had really hoped for that. Oh well, it’s still great!
With milk, that floral freshness really pops. Now I wish I had more than a sample.
Wow, totally forgot I still have this in my cupboard!!! No idea where it came from. Unfortunately, my previous rating of 83 does not stand at all.
It is FAR too sickly sweet, because of the anise. Ugh.
That said, it really does calm me down. I’m feeling a little zen! I’m not sure it’s worth the nasty anise though. Bleh.
If anyone wants the rest of my packet… maybe 30g worth, let me know. It’s really really old, but quite flavourful…
I was out n about yesterday with no access to hot water, so ended up grabbing a cuppa this. Who knew the International Centre would sell non Higgins n Burke tea!
Not bad overall, but very strong. Pretty sure my bag had an extra kick in it because after a 1 min steep it was super pungent. I added a bit of coffee cream, hoping to tone it down a bit.
That seemed to work, but then I needed a packet of sugar to balance things out. I’m not a ginger/anise fan and the sugar made things a bit more candy like.
Overall, I wouldn’t go out and buy this but would order a cup to go if there were no other options.
Oh and they did have an EB but I have exceptionally terrible luck with bagged random EBs!! All the other options were green teas and I try to never get them to go from a fast food place, considering it’d likely be doused in boiling water. shrugs
So I badly need to replace my Brita, the three teas I made today were all compromised in flavour. Ack! but in this one, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Somehow, it brought out a leathery quality I’ve never seen in an Assam before. In fact, I was SO tempted to drink it without my standard of milk and a spot of sugar. I almost did it! (Baby steps right?)
But in the end, I decided that I was really craving a black tea with sugar and it was great that way to. Almost coffee like, with its dark heady flavour.
Looks like I’ll be drinking this until we get a new filter…