1440 Tasting Notes
I’m a little puzzled, this was a great tea but I’m not getting much of what anybody else is noticing.
It’s a bit claylike, with that drying sensation I get with wines sometimes. Reminds me of grapes in some ways! but certainly not of an oolong.
There is also a hard hitting bitter note towards the end of the sip, and a mild honey sweetness. All of this is overshadowed by the essence of something smokey, though I don’t actually taste any smoke, its more of a texture thing.
The second infusion really picks up on the honey aspect and balances out the clay. Light Pu-erh meets Dragonwell. Yum :)
Many thanks to Raritea for this sample, I quite enjoyed my cup!
Mum is leaving for Florida today. Without me. So I needed something that reminded me that there are warmer days ahead!
I’m shocked to discover that this is really hitting the spot. At first sip, I noticed an icky plastic taste… So I added a 3/4 tsp of sugar and pow! deeeelicious. Resteep will be iced.
That said, I’ll leave the rating as is, because a) I don’t crave this type of flavour often (err given my love n hate thing I have going on with coconut) and b)in this first infusion I’m not getting any white tea flavour at all. Bah. I’m loving the cup right now, and that is all that really matters right! slurrrrrrrp
Supa Lemon! Dang I feel like this tisane could be a superhero, it’s that vibrant in flavour. Whew.
I went with a four/five minute steep but based on the sip I took at 90 seconds, a two minute steep would have been fabulous. Sparkling! Whereas my cup was too strong and full on lemon. Drinkable but not something I’d buy again. I’d leave it around 68 with a potential for much higher!
So I think I’ll save my rating for next time.
Also, thank the time maker that weekend is over. I thought the torture would go on forever. (so many odd social moments went on… I wouldn’t know where to begin! though for the most part it was pleasant, I’m just being dramatic haha. It was really just Saturday that I’d rather forget ever happened)
I’ve had this with short and long steeps and I love it both ways. Short is great when I know I’ll be around all day, but it’s so very satisfying when I can indulge in a longer one. The depth of the mango and cilantro flavour really gets me! and I’m truly looking forward to making a big batch of this iced, to drink while I read a book on the balcony. Hurry up summer!
Also… Stacy rocks. Very very much!
Thanks Kittenna for the sample!
Wowwwww cherry. Dude. I love cherry. Love it! Not so much on the kiwi, though it does balance things out. Coconut, well I’m ok with it here. Not too scratchy on the throat or overly sweet either.
Overall, a nice blend that I think would do well iced. Perfect for my midafternoon caffeine break (err, that is… break from caffeinated teas!)
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!