68 Tasting Notes
This is an odd one for me, because it’s really, really good… but I don’t like melons. They’re one of the few foods that I’d rather not eat, I find their sweetness to be rather cloying. However, I do occasionally enjoy the (artificially?) flavored melon candies from the local Asian supermarket, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
The dry leaves smell very melon-y, and have pretty little green sugar crystals among them. Brewed, I found that the quite green taste and scent of the oolong balanced the melon over-sweetness quite well, and I enjoyed this tea a surprising amount…
Tried some of this yesterday, when I’d decided I’d had enough caffeine for one night. It’s really /pretty/ — both the colorful mix of the dried flowers, and the pale pink rose petals once the tea has steeped. It smells way more citrusy than I had expected, but in a nice way. The tea itself was… a little disappointing. I steeped it for what feels like forever, but it was still a little too weak for my taste. Next time I’ll try using more, but I’m wary of overly strong chamomile, as it’s not my favorite thing.
I would probably have kept some of this around to add to plain black teas that were a little lacking on their own — this would add some pretty flower petals to the dry tea and a floral profile that might make up for the tea’s shortcomings — but unfortunately, it only comes in samples, sachets, and one pound bags… and I’m not quite /that/ fond of it.
Looks like I finally got around to trying the famous Laoshan Black…
The dry leaves immediately surprised me with their cocoa-ey scent — I really didn’t expect it to be so pronounced in a plain black tea. I also just love the way the dry leaves look — both the black and the laoshan green — the little curlicues are just so cute!
What surprised me even more was the reaction my family members had. My little sister was absolutely disgusted by it, and refused to drink more than a sip. My mother agreed with her that it smells “weird” … she admitted that there was something interesting there, but it definitely wasn’t what she liked from a tea. My dad said that if it had been brewed about three times stronger (what?? the directions already recommend a tablespoon per cup of water…) then it might be interesting to try. To which my mother responded that if it had been three times stronger, she probably wouldn’t even have tried it.
All of which… leaves me more than a little confused.*
Personally, I got a very strong cocoa note, and also what I guess was the malty, barley note mentioned, which I initially found somewhat unpleasant… but I’m pretty sure it’s growing on me. To me, it tastes chocolatey and a little earthy, and with a little cream and sugar I found myself enjoying it immensely, and wanting more once I’d finished the cup…
I’m now very curious to try all the blends it features in. I bet it makes a fantastic chai, the bergamot-rose sounds divine, and the imperial breakfast blend is probably good too… So, guess who’s going to be making another Verdant order… =P
*(Upon further reflection, considering they didn’t think much of the davidstea yunnan, I’m guessing that we’re just more used to floral tastes in our black teas than earthy/malty/chocolatey? Although my mother enjoyed the strawberry chocolate puer… Hmmm…)
I found this to be very, very jasmine. The floral scent was just a bit too intense for me… and the tea itself didn’t exactly wow me either. But I’m not the biggest fan of white teas in the first place, so I guess there’s really no surprise there. There’s a bit more in the sample bag, so I guess I’ll try again a little later.
(really boring note here, sorry)
Hmmm, let’s see, what did I drink this weekend? We went camping south of Yosemite, and I swam in a lake that was full of sparkly flecks of pyrite or something. It reminded me so much of Glitter & Gold, but unfortunately I didn’t have any with me…
I had a sample bag of Lupicia’s Caramel and Rum, which was absolutely delightful to wake up to in the woods. Tried Harney & Sons Mint Verbena, which was also nice but kinda just tasted like mint to me, not that I ever drink just mint so I had nothing to compare it to… Drank one cup of Ahmad’s English Breakfast, and one cup of Revolution’s (I think?) Earl Grey Lavender, which was the only bright spot in an awful Sunday morning…