1341 Tasting Notes
The dreaded head cold got me!!! Noooooooo.
This is especially troublesome because I have a phone interview this afternoon. For a job I really do need but it’s in the wrong city. I enjoy working in the city (seriously, I’ve thought long and hard about this, it really is a thing for me, for many reasons).
So I’ve generally turned down opportunities to work in the suburbs. Except now I need the cash to tide me over and this job is related to my field. Thankfully it’s only a three month contract.
Ugh. What to do!?
Anyhow, as usual I don’t make this delicious tea nearly often enough, and again, as usual I’ve drained my mug faster than a kid with a milkshake. So many levels of delicious.
I’m impressed that I can actually taste it through my stuffed up nose.
This is a very easy sipping puerh. Not my fave type, though if I hadn’t lost track of the time(2nd steep) I might have got more menthol and been more impressed but I guess now I’ll never know. Wah.
Anyhow, I did enjoy it. Really I did. It’s just that whenever I have a lighter puerh, I always think to myself that I really do prefer the darker variety. What a shame. I really need to get into the zen of it. But then getting annoyed at myself for not being able to “zen out” is somewhat counterproductive…. ok I’ll stop.
The tea is good. There is that clay sort of feel that I have mixed thoughts on in the first infusion, along with a long and flat woody note.
Second one is sweeter, with a bit of peach and that slight minty cooling sensation. Not sure about bamboo. What does bamboo taste like again?
Thanks Jalam Teas for the sample!! (by way of my buddy K)
Well I know I had a review of this. I recall writing it. Where did it go?
This happens often to me, it seems. Hmph.
Anyhow, I tried something different today. Milk, water, and a whole lotta ice in the blender.
It turned the ice into a strange frothy cloud that I think would go really well if it had been mint. But the cherry was odd. More floral and not very strong. Oh well. Live n learn.
Aw yeah. I really need to invest in getting me a tin of this!
Thanks so much for the sample TeaBrat!!
I love how the base pairs with the pineapple. It’s SO subtle. One of those teas I could just gulp down like I haven’t had water for days. Seriously. I am in love.
Now, the last time I had this, I wasn’t so sure. I’m not sure what’s changed. The tea, or my tastes? Either way… I am happy :D
Fake berries! yay!
Honestly though, it isn’t SO bad. I expected much worse based on the reviews. It’s fake in a pleasant way. I didn’t think that was possible.
I do like how it blends with the base. Very well actually. Surprisingly.
Without sugar, it’s pretty good, though a tad weak. With just a dash of sugar, maybe a third of a tsp, it’s more berry gum like. I see it doing well when iced!
I had a cuppa this today and it was delish, thank you TeaBrat!!
Very light and refreshing for a puerh, or any tea really. Vibrant. I know what you mean about the camphor! Yum. I was interrupted by a family matter so wasn’t able to pay close attention to the particular notes, but overall I was rather impressed. Quite lovely :)
Oh goodness NO!!!!
How many levels of ewww can a tea travel? Many, apparently, I can assure you.
I didn’t exactly read the ingredients list before purchasing this one, so I didn’t realize there was enough cinnamon in here for an unruly teen to participate in the “cinnamon challenge”!! Ugh. Whoever thought hibby, stevia, ginger AND cinnamon would blend well together must have been delirious. Stevia? Really? I’ve seen it work in some dessert teas, but I never imagined it working with any spices or spicy type additives, and that was evidently for a reason.
Of course, in the spirit of disclosure, I am in a terrible mood, having been laid off from the job that I really didn’t like. I’m part relieved and yet horrified. Sure, it was THE least challenging role I’ve ever taken on (asides from retail back in Uni that is) but then I really need the funding to pay some bills. Moreover, for my tea! ha!
Nevermind that. This is still a nasty tea. Slightly better when cold, where I can actually taste some of the hibby. Funny, I never thought I’d see the day when something could dominate that formidable flower… but then I hadn’t considered pitting the two most overpowering tea additives I know of against each other. Makes sense, I suppose, to match the intensity of flavours. But then, isn’t that somewhat like mixing soy sauce and oatmeal??
Bleh. Overall, I think it is the general combination of things that makes it all so terrible. Stevia is the icing on the proverbial cake (Ick. cake is delicious. Or at least it is supposed to be!)