484 Tasting Notes
Sipdown (98)! The last time I had this tea, I somehow royally screwed up and it just ended up tasting metallic. After seeing so many others’ rave reviews about the tea, I knew it must have been an error on my part, so I finally got around to steeping it up again. I’m not quite sure what I did differently this time, but it was delicious. I can see why people were so crazy about it. It has some maltiness like a black tea with some subtle caramel notes. At the same time, though, there’s a background grassiness that reminds me that this is indeed a white tea and not a black. I think it was perfect for this evening.
Oh, and I’ve been a snickerdoodle factory this past week. It started off baking them or my brother to take to college and somehow turned into baking dozens and dozens for family friends and others. Anyway, I had yet another freshly baked snickerdoodle alongside this tea. I’m no pairing expert, but I think the cinnamon and sugar from the cookie complemented the caramel notes of the tea nicely.
Overall, I really enjoyed this tea. I’m hoping to place an order with Butiki when I come off of my spending ban. When I do, I’ll definitely remember to add this one to the cart (fingers crossed that it’s available)!
Backlog. Even though it’s fall now, it’s still pretty sunny and warm in California, so I’m gonna keep cold brewing for as long as I can. I cold brewed this one again. I just wanted to add that I like this tea because I can leave it cold brewing for hours and hours and it still tastes fine at the end of it all. I think this time I left it in for over 12 hours. I’ll probably use another Starbucks reward to get more when I run out if there are not any other tempting options.
I cold brewed a tablespoon of this tea in my water bottle. I meant to leave it in for 2-3 hours, but I accidentally took a nap and woke up six hours later… Oops? As a result, the tea was very bitter. I was drinking it alongside food, so I could take it, but I don’t think I could have had it on its own with that level of bitterness. Bitterness aside, I still wasn’t a fan of the cold brew. It was metallic and vegetal and basically just not my cup of tea. I can’t remember how this one tasted hot, so I will probably look up my older tasting notes if Steepster cooperates with me to decide how to use up the last of this tea.
Backlog. After being reminded of how lovely this tea is in a cold brew, I decided to steep it up hot for comparison. It’s still very nutty, but that nutty flavor kind of blends in with some floral, roasty, and other sweet flavors that I couldn’t quite identify at that moment. Even though the hot and cold brewed versions have such different emphasis on different flavors, I can’t really decide which I like better. Both were delicious, and now I’m trying to figure out the best way to steep up the rest that I have left.
Sipdown! Though, I never added this to my Steepster cupboard, so it’s a real life cupboard sipdown only. I had a sample teabag of this tea that I’ve been meaning to get around to but keep forgetting about. I recently reorganized all of my teas, so I’m steadily making progress from my new sipdown box. Anyway, I really love Momo Oolong from Lupicia, so I thought I’d see how this one fares in comparison. I think that the oolong version has more of a candy peach taste while this one has more of a floral, perfume-y peach flavor. That being said, I’m not really a huge fan of perfume-y teas, so that did put me off a little. It wasn’t overwhelming, but it was just enough that I prefer the oolong version. I’m a little saddened by this because I’ve been in a black tea phase lately, and this would have been nice to add to the mix. No worries, though, because I now live near a Lupicia and I will get around to exploring more of their teas!
Backlog. So we drove my little brother down to college, which was a sad road trip. I had the honor of driving the awful grapevine/LA traffic leg of the trip, so of course I had to prepare a cold brew to take with me. I cold brewed a tablespoon of this tea in my water bottle for about 5 hours. I think by cold brewing, it really brought out the nutty flavor of the tea. It was surprising and delicious! It’s been a while since I’ve had this hot, but if the cold brew always turns out this nutty, I think I prefer to cold brew it. I’ll definitely be experimenting with this one again soon.
Thank you to Kat_Maria for sending this tea my way in our swap! I’ve been hesitant to try this one out because the one time I had puerh before, I did not like it. At all. But I figured that this is a flavored puerh, so I might as well give it a chance. While it was steeping, I could immediately smell those spices. It reminds me of an autumn candle scent (I’ve been sniffing a lot of candles lately), which was nice. It’s warm and cozy without that damp forest smell that I had from straight puerh. I think that the tea tastes like I would expect one of those fall candles to taste. A bit of cinnamon, ginger, and probably other things I can’t identify with the earthy undertones that I know are coming from the puerh. It’s nicer than I expected, but still a little perfume-y for my personal taste. I’m glad that I finally tried this one out, and I think I’ll let it rest for a bit and reach for it again in the winter (fall in California doesn’t get quite cold enough to put me in the mood for these types of teas).
Cold brewing Chinese greens is tricky, and this proved to be no exception. I put about 2 teaspoons in my water bottle into the fridge for 5 hours, and it turned out really bitter. Even putting the bitterness aside, I don’t think I really liked the underlying sharp grassy green tea flavor. I may experiment with cold brewing for a shorter amount of time (3 hrs?), but it definitely seems like this one is not a repurchase for me :(
Sipdown! I just realized I never actually added this tea to my Steepster cupboard, so I’m still at 99 teas. Now I’m kind of wondering how many other teas I have that I didn’t add to my cupboard… Anyway, like I said in yesterday’s tasting note, I used up my last two teaspoons of this in a cold brew in the fridge overnight. I think I may actually prefer this one as a cold brew because it just felt a lot smoother. I think the absence of bitterness and astringency really helped with that. It wasn’t much sweeter than the hot version, but that’s okay because sometimes I like just a nice bold iced black tea that doesn’t have too much sweetness to it. Another successful cold brew experiment!
I cold brewed this one again because I love the sweetness that the cold brew brings out. I’m not sure if it’s more of a honey kind of sweetness or something else, but whatever it is, I like it. Not to mention that it plays nicely with the cocoa notes in the tea. Now that the weather is cooling down a bit, I will definitely have to try this out hot!