1314 Tasting Notes
Oh my goodness, I have never enjoyed a floral tea more! Usually that scent means that I’ll end up tossing the cuppa but nope, this is deeeeelicious. Thank you SO much to Mark B for the very generous sample!
It’s more of a floral scent that then translates into taste, the kind you can’t really taste at all if you have a cold. Behind that there is a light vegetal note. Rapini! I’m getting rapini. Yummmm!
Then there is a very mild nutty aftertaste that I quite like, mixed in with the floral tone. I can still smell the floral long after I’ve swallowed.
Thanks again Mark B!!
Edit: On the third steep it finally started to taste more jasmine like so I stopped it there. I’ll bet it would go much longer in a gaiwan/gongfu!
My first Coconut Oolong in ages!! and oh man is it ever good. Well, mostly. A little too sweet for my liking, and I added no sugar.
First steep was 90s, second at 2min or so (maybe a few extra seconds)
I can taste the oolong, barely… and the coconut is very present. Did they add sweetener, or is that just the coconut? hmmm. Coconut cream! yes that is what I taste.
It’s pretty smooth as well. In this second steep, I don’t think it’s weaker at all. Hoping the third will bring around more lovely oolong.
Also, Raritea I hope you enjoy it! we bought 50g and shared it between us. Can’t wait to go back there :)
EDIT: 3rd steep was seriously lacking. It had some odd grassy/floral note that threw me off. More caramel than coconut. Lowering the rating one point! because I don’t make it past two steeps that often anyhow.
This reminds me SO much of a tea I’ve had before! But I can’t recall which one. Actually, it reminds me of two. One being Rise n Shine(RnS) from Teaopia, which was awesome. The cola really popped. Mmmmm.
And the other… gah it’s driving me nuts!!
Anyhow, this is sortof a cross between RnS and your average rooibos chai. I’m somewhat unimpressed actually. I used my premium water… and still it turned out to be a boring cup! Hmmm. Not that it’s terrible. Just not all that memorable is all.
I’ll let it sit for awhile. Maybe now that I’ve opened the package it will settle differently. That’s helped with a number of other teas I’ve tried lately, fingers crossed that it does the same here!!
Still meh. Though less so.
I tried adding a little extra leaf and that seems to have made it a bit better. Bitter, without the addition of milk… and of course my 1/2 tsp of sugar.
There seems to be a woodsy note in there. Very fresh and forest like. It could almost be mistaken for maltiness, but no it’s more than that. Like I’m eating a flower. In my mind, that’s different than floral somehow. A tad more earthy but not in the pu-erh way. I guess that’s the “Flowery” in STGFOP!!
As the cup cools I’m beginning to enjoy it a bit more, now that I no longer expect my standard malty bold Assam.
Funny, I have a feeling this might grow on me over time. Bumping the rating a bit.
Backlog from last night!!
The cinnamon has seriously mellowed out in the last few months. (That, is a good thing)
Bring on the milk and sugar as it makes this is a perfect night time chai. Much nicer than Melange from 52Teas, which this is very similar to. Well, if you dislike fennel that is!
I think I might have another cuppa tonight.
Thank you so much for the sample Stacy!! This is so unique, and smooth! yummm. I have no idea what plum pudding is supposed to taste like. However, this is certainly not what I imagined.
The first steep was… kinda odd. Wondering if I should have rinsed it?
As it cooled, I got alot of citrus. I actually thought I took the wrong mug, as mum likes her tea really light, with a slice of lemon. You know that drying sensation that sometimes accompanies Darjeeling teas? the one that’s made stronger with a pinch of lemon? Yep, that’s what I taste.
The second steep is much better. Still very citrusy, but there is a slight eggy pudding note as well.
I suspect that I got an extra chunk or ten of orange in my scoop so won’t rate this just yet. Looking forward to a third steep :)
Have you ever had a busy few days, filled with festivities and fun… but when it was over, felt so tapped out that the concept of sleep sounded like the most wonderful thing in the world?
Well that’s me today! Hermit mode. Serves me right for booking almost a week straight of holiday celebrations.
Anyhow, I went for Chinese food yesterday… to sop up some of the alcohol that was consumed over New Years. They served Pu-erh tea, I have no idea what brand. But it was nice to sip on and kept me warm! Smooth and comforting. Though it didn’t go very well with my soup, which came after I had a few cups of tea!
Happy New year everyone!!!
I’m off to bed then. Nap time :)