552 Tasting Notes
I was craving something sweet this morning, but I’m weird and don’t like to eat a lot of food in the mornings, so I thought that this would be the perfect solution. I know a lot of people have raved about this tea, but I just don’t get it. First off, the tea is murky and actually looks greasy, which was not very appetizing. Secondly, I feel like it’s trying too hard and what I’m taking away from it is just an overwhelming sweetness. I think I’d rather have a cup of good, straight black tea and eat an actual red velvet cupcake. So sad that this one didn’t work out because I was so excited, but at least I tried!
Backlogging from Sunday evening. I’ve been disappointed a lot lately with some new flavored teas that I’ve been trying, so I made a cup of this to remind myself that there are flavored teas that can really do it right. I love the juicy fruit flavors from this one. The white tea flavor is not as strong, but rather serves as a nice canvas for the fruitiness to shine. Anyway, this is definitely a staple in my cupboard.
Thank you to Teavivre for the free sample! I somehow was one of the winners of the oolong giveaway a while ago, but didn’t get around to trying them until now. Anyway, this oolong was a bit less creamy than I expected it to be based on the name and other reviews. To me, it had a little more of a sour and bitter taste to it. It also leans toward the greener, grassier taste than anything else. That being said, I probably could have been a little more careful with the temperature and steeping time, so I won’t give it a rating for now.
Edit: In later steeps with a slightly shorter steep time (because of the bitterness from before), I’m getting a sweeter, more buttery taste.
I really need to do a side by side of a bunch of oolongs because I feel like my tasting notes are always the same. That being said, I think that this oolong was a little less sweet/creamy than others that I have. It had a sharper taste and a little more .. savory(?) instead. Not sure how to describe it, but it was really delicious! Oh and the dry leaf smelled kinda like dried anchovies to me. I’ve only ever smelled that fishy type smell in hojichas before so that was interesting. Anyway, I was steeping this throughout the day and it resteeped wonderfully. I’m gonna get a lot of tea out of this sample! :)
Backlog from yesterday. I’ve been trying a bunch of jasmine teas and I tend not to prefer them as much. However, this tea has a perfect balance of jasmine with passion fruit that is really juicy and delicious. Too bad I just missed the Persimmon Tree sale to restock on this. I have one, maybe two, cups left, eek!
I’ve had a bit of a rough time with Adagio teas because a lot of them seem too artificial, sweet, or one-note. Oddly, I think that this combination worked for this tea. I think it’s mainly because the taste reminds me of blueberry muffins. It also works well with the subtle white tea as the background. Anyway, it’s a nice, sweet tea to have after dinner that doesn’t have too much caffeine to keep me awake all night.
I brought this to class with me today, and it was perfect. First, my basket infuser in my Aladdin travel tumbler unlatched itself somehow, so all the leaves fell to the bottom. Surprisingly, it did not get bitter at all. I also kept resteeping throughout the day and the genmaicha taste held strong. I think the extra matcha really helped clear my head at the beginning of the day. A very nice way to kick off a new quarter.