589 Tasting Notes
My Cyber Monday order from Persimmon Tree arrived yesterday! I was initially going to reorder Vanilla Bean until I noticed Periwinkle, which seemed similar, so I ordered a sample of this tea to compare. It’s been a while since I had vanilla bean, but I think I preferred the more classic vanilla ice cream-esque taste from vanilla bean than this tea. Periwinkle has a more subtle vanilla taste, but there is also something off about it to me. I’m starting to think that it might be the Assam base. Luckily, I ordered a sample of straight Assam, so I can get to the bottom of this. Just a few months ago, I was trying to untangle the differences between black, green, oolong, and white, and now I’m realizing how different teas can be within these categories. It’s pretty exciting, but also a little exhausting, exploring them all and trying to figure out which ones I prefer personally.
There’s something about Adagio teas that I’m not a fan of. I’ve tried their flavored oolongs, whites, and blacks, but there’s always a little something off with the flavor for me. Anyway, this is definitely hazelnut all the way. Very sweet, yet it also feels like something is missing. Maybe it’s the tea flavor that I’m missing? This is a very confusing tasting note, so let me just say that I can see why some people would like this, but it’s not necessarily the tea for me.
Ok, so this is the first pu’er that I’ve tried, and I gotta say that I don’t really get it. This was part of my 5 for $5 that Verdant used to have, and I was really excited to try my first pu’er. The tea smells like a wet forest after rain and tastes like it, too. Tastes a little bit like dirt at first and then like wet wood. I’m obviously not rating the tea because I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to pu’ers. At least I’ve tried it out now!
Either I kept this sample too close to my Jasmine Passion sample in the cupboard or my tea tumbler retained Jasmine Passion flavors from the last time I used it or both because what I’m getting out of this tea today is slight Jasmine Passion notes with the strong black tea that I was expecting. Or maybe three hours of sleep is making me crazy because I was deciding between the two this morning. In any case, a good tea to sip on in class to keep me awake.
I can’t remember what I said in my previous tasting note, and I’m too lazy to look it up right now. Anyway, the dry leaf had a sweet maple-like smell to it that I don’t remember smelling from last time. I also used more leaf than I did last time, though I can’t say exactly how much. The tea came out a nice amber/brown color. This time, the tea strongly reminds me of dried persimmons, which is a total flashback for me because I haven’t had those in several years. Anyway, it’s a very nice tea, but I probably won’t reorder because there are other oolongs that I prefer and I’ve spent waay too much money on tea this past weekend.
Eek, I’m close to sipping this one down. Anyway, today I noticed that the tea has a slightly rosy tint to it. Also, I underleafed because it was either underleaf a little twice or overleaf a lot once with the rest of my sample. Not sure that I made the right decision, but at least it’s not gone yet!
A very sad sipdown today. I’ve been exploring a lot of oolongs, and this is one of my favorites so far. I keep telling myself that I need to reorder from Verdant, but after my trip to New York and non-tea Black Friday shopping, my wallet is feeling the blow. On the other hand, I did just get paid for TA-ing…