1543 Tasting Notes
Tart tart tart! The name does not lie. Ya can’t even taste the guayasa! feh! You call that tea?! it’s an herbal I say. That is all I have to say bout this tea. Now on to my story :)
I stopped by the shop today… because I’m going camping with a bunch of friends next weekend, and they were planning to bring their fave green tea… which I found out was TETLEY!? Uhhh no, that will not be served at my campsite…
So I figured since I haven’t got any fresh straight stuff in my cupboard right now, atleast not in the quantity I’d be needing, I’d stop by the most cost effective loose tea shop I know of, and pick some up. I bought the North African Mint sachets on sale for super cheap, some genmaicha, and some gyokuro. Also some Blueberry Jam for those who don’t want it “green”, or for something more dessert-like!
Don’t worry though, I have some premium Dragonwell, and Chinese Breakfast, from Tao’s for anyone wanting some of the serious quality stuff.
I’m hoping to make a few converts. Wish me luck!
Ehhhhh. Something doesn’t click here. Maybe I waited too long to finally try it out?
It’s tart and mildly berry like, with a definite puer base… except the pieces don’t fit together. A jigsaw puzzle with slightly mismatched pieces. I’ll try it again, shake the packet up and see if that makes a difference. Or perhaps try it iced, with honey.
Also, the puer part doesn’t have much to it. Kinda shallow.
It’s not terrible, and I would certainly drink it over a bunch of other teas so that’s something.
I have some rather mixed feelings about Moringa.
My aunt took the capsules when she was fighting cancer. It helped, to be sure… (being at a much higher concentration) but she lost the battle a year or so later.
Anyhow, I got a bit emotional when drinking this so my review will be a bit vague!
The flavour was interesting. Deeply vegetal, with a topnote of something roasted, and another that reminds me of something mineral-ish, like what you would get from a fresh mountain spring!
Overall, I’d say its a pleasant, comforting cup. Something to drink before bed even.
Also, maybe I should have used a strainer, as I bought the powder, and it ended up a bit grainy in my cup. Perhaps even using a whisk would help.
Next time, I’ll try it in one of my smoothies :)
RIP Aunt V, I miss you tons.
This is getting old. Very tasty still, but old. That’s fine, because it’s almost the last of my straight Assam black teas. I think I still have my Sloane Assam left.
Today, this one is especially good because I added a pinch of first flush Darjeeling. Mmmmmmm. And honey. Lots of honey, since I’m recovering from Strep throat! Oh man, I’ve never appreciated my honey more.
As for the actual tea, I’m getting used to the smokiness, and figuring out the delicate nuances, in how it differs from one cup to another. Except now I find I can’t have this without my extra Darj. Nevermind. It’s been a great ride :)
and of course I love my Assams, but I find myself in the mood to explore lately. So I think I’ll back-burner them for awhile. Maybe I’ll buy one/two instead of my usual rotation of three or four I need to reorganize my stash first, and start a serious sipdown pile.
Anyhow, off to get some work done. Dang I love working from home. (although the main benefit is that of drinking endless tea, which I can’t do at the moment for fear of my dampened buds ruining the taste. Ah well!)
I’ve had many tasty teas from Golden Mint. This is not one of them.
Now, I did ask for it cold, as I was parched and wanted something I could down asap, and I got it lightly sweetened. The result? A fake raspberry tasting cold drink. Didn’t taste much like tea to be honest, and reminded me more of berry cough syrup.
That said, I got the impression that it’d do MUCH better served hot, with less sugar. I’ll wait til I try it that way before settling on a rating, though at this time, it would hover somewhere around 63. High-ish points because it really did soothe my poor throat!
Now I’m not a huge fan of coconut in my tea. Or rather, I am, but I’m super picky about it.
I find that black tea and coconut don’t go well together, for me, more often than not.
So my rating reflects that, don’t let it fool you! Everything blends well here, it’s done quite well, I must say.
Anyhow. There is a really subtle, tasty strawberry hiding out in the back here. Coconut definitely takes center stage, and I’m not exactly sure where the vanilla fits in but I can taste that as well.
I added a tiny bit of sugar, and that just brought out the coco some more, though I had hoped it would draw out the berry. Oh well.
Oh and yes, there is a slight bitter aftertaste. Did I oversteep it? Odd.
Overall, I’ll drink it again, happily. Preferably iced I think. Maybe it’ll be different when cold!
Last time Mum went to Florida, she brought this back for me. She fell in love with it. Funny how that works!
We each had a cuppa. I really enjoyed it, but prefer mine at 1-2min, whereas she liked it much better at 4min! This is really odd, cuz she typically doesn’t like anything except for the standard OP, you know the tetley or red rose type… AND then she likes it dunked for maybe 3 seconds. I kid you not. So for her to like a tea, much less one that I like better at a lesser steeping time? It’s the twilight zone folks. Seriously.
Here’s my theory… she doesn’t care for the taste of white tea, just the flavouring that’s added to it.
Bah! so the actual tea? It’s supposed to have pineapple as the dominant note (asides from the delicous, crisp white peony, that’s all I really have to say about that) but somehow, both Mum and I got… pear?! there’s no pear in the ingredients. Err you’ll just have to trust me on that, as this appears to have been a limited run, and it’s no longer on the site so I can’t pull a description or pic for ya! Hrm.
Of course, it is a very tasty pear taste. Luscious and fragrant. Smoother than politician’s speech.
Juicy. And I hate the word “juicy”, no idea why, I just do, so for me to say that about a tea? Yeah, I have to really mean it!
Sooooo since this review is on behalf myself and Mum, I’ll throw in her rating as well. She would say, about 92 I think, while I’d go more around 88.
I’ve been suffering from a nasty stomach ache all day. This morning, I wasn’t thinking right and made mint green tea, and a regular black tea. D’oh!
To be fair, this was my last resort, since I only had one cup left of my meager sample. Well, that’s my fault because I only ever have any of this one when I’m ill, which isn’t often, so I don’t want it to go bad and don’t keep much on hand.
Sad thing is, I can’t even consider it a real sipdown, cuz I’ll be going by the DT store asap to pick up another 10g… maybe 15g. That’s what I did last time and it lasted me nearly a year. Still it’s an essential part of my cupboard and one of the very few blends I actually enjoy from them.
Bah! It is what it is. Right?! (ie a delicious blend that I adore when sick!)
My tummy feels a bit better now, but I fear it’ll get worse again once the effects of the tea wears off. Too bad I have a conference call in a few hrs, and lots of housework to get done before that!