526 Tasting Notes
Starting the day off right! Thanks to Courtney for sending me some of this tea to try out! We had such lovely weather this weekend. The sun was shining and for a brief moment I thought that spring was coming. I woke up this morning to snow falling outside my window. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful and wonderful to watch, but I’m tired of being cold!
Anyway, on to the tea. The tea had a nice, malty black tea taste that I’ve come to love and expect in my morning teas. What I wasn’t expecting was the smooth, honey flavor that came along with it. As it cooled, I think I also tasted something like bread. What a wonderfully complex, but robust black tea to help wake me up! I will say that the tea became a bit bitter as it cooled down and had a note of astringency, but nothing I couldn’t handle.
Backlog. I was running dangerously low on this tea, so I added it to my shopping list (now wishlist) to remind myself to get more. Then I was too late and missed out on yet another batch of this glorious tea. Thankfully, Courtney threw some in as a surprise in our swap! It seemed to be a little extra chocolate-y this time around. I’m so in love with the natural sort of sweetness that comes through in this tea. I can never believe that it’s a straight black tea!
Y’know, it just occurred to me on this gentle, sunny Sunday morning that I don’t think I’ve ever actually had passion fruit on its own (aka not as a flavoring). Anyway, I’m getting what I think of when I think of passion fruit in this tea. I’m also getting a plant taste? It’s kind of odd. I’m not sure if it’s coming from the oolong or the passion fruit, but it’s making me scratch my head a bit. There’s also some astringency drying out the back of my throat. A very perplexing, but enjoyable cuppa this morning. Thanks to bluebelle for the sample!
I went out to a farewell dinner for a friend of mine, so sad! On the upside, the food was freaking delicious. It was an Indian/Pakistani restaurant with a buffet. So basically, I just ate until I felt uncomfortable (I do not recommend this, haha). When I finally got home, I just needed something a little calm to balance out my crazy gorging of spicy Indian food. I didn’t want to deal with loose leaf, so I opted for the convenience of my favorite sachet tea.
Surprisingly, I haven’t had this in quite a few months, so I had the pleasure of an almost fresh perspective on this tea. I have found in many flavored teas that the flavors dominate and the base teas just fade away in the background. This tea was my gateway tea that really got me hooked on teas and start buying a bunch for home. Today, I can see why because I can definitely taste the grassiness and smooth quality from the green and white teas., but I’m also getting more of a floral note than usual. Of course, as usual, there is that punch of melon-y flavor that really got me hooked to this tea.
There were probably a few run-on sentences in there somewhere, but bear with me because I’ve been writing a group paper (those are the worst!) and stressing out over it. Thank goodness I now have this tea to keep me company!
I only have a couple servings left of this, and the rest of the leaves are started to resemble coffee grounds a bit. I think the sample packet just got a bit crushed, oops! That in combination with accidentally letting it steep for quite a few minutes made the tea pretty strong today. It actually didn’t get bitter, but it was more roasted tasting than usual. Anyway, was loving this as usual, but I have a bunch of the dark roast houjicha, so I won’t be reordering any houjichas for a while.
Sipdown (128). So I’m finishing off the other half of this sample today. I thought I tasted perhaps a bit of floral flavor, but I think that’s just my mind trying to connect the tea to the name. Like I said in my previous tasting note, it’s basically just another sencha to me. I steeped very briefly (~20-30 sec?), which helped reduce the bitterness, but it was still there. Disappointingly not what I was expecting from this tea. Will not repurchase :(
Because I just had Butiki earlier today, I thought I’d keep the ball rolling and try out this tea, which was sent to me by Kat_Maria. Thanks! I’m kind of doubting my sanity right now because the dry leaf smelled like pastries. It might be because I have a bunch of samples all in one place though. Second reason for doubting my sanity: I taste something grassy and metallic? I legit just went into hypochondriac mode and googled “metallic taste in mouth” to see if I’m diseased or dying. After 30 minutes, I decided, I’m probably not going to die immediately, so I’m moving on from that… for now. As the tea cooled down, I can definitely taste something sweet, but I’m pretty frazzled at the moment, so I can’t seem to pinpoint anything. Anyhow, I have a bit left of the sample, so we’ll see if things change next time!
Tea & Cards TTB #14
Before sending off the box, I noticed that there was only one tsp left of this. Plus, I have had it on my wishlist for such a long time (remember when it was a shopping list? haha). So I finally brought this one to school with me. Unfortunately, the water at school was barely hotter than lukewarm. I steeped it anyway, but I will refrain from rating. The caramel kicks off the tea with a very in-your-face flavor. Not to be outdone, vanilla creeps in there as well, though not quite as strongly. I think that there’s something about the base that I may not like as much. Not sure, though, because I’ve never had just straight Assam before. Anyway, I’m glad to have finally tried this tea, even if it wasn’t under the best conditions.
Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla
Sipdown! (114) I’m sad to see this one go, but it’s not exactly going out on a great note. It probably has to do with the fact that it was a bit underleafed and that it was the bottom of the sample. Today’s almost teaspoon had less rice and matcha than usual. This actually nicely brings out a grassy taste that was hidden by the toasted rice and matcha flavors before. However, this made the tea a bit bitter, which I never had a problem with before. Anyway, if I ever circle back to an order from Den’s, this tea is going to be close to the top of my repurchase list!