2596 Tasting Notes
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 12! (Drank Dec. 12)
Well, unfortunately my guessing game was ruined for this one, because I read what it was in the list of December teas. Which kind of sucked. Anyways, it was clearly a genmaicha, and smelled like ginger once the packet was open, so kind of a no-brainer.
Anyways, I completely flubbed the steeping of this one, so may have to give it a second shot before rating. The first time, I let the water cool to 126C before I noticed I hadn’t put the leaves in; the second time, the water cooled to 170C but I just put the basket in anyways… and then proceeded to leave it for 10 minutes. Whoops. Sipping… and yes, this will constitute a failed attempt. Tons of toasty rice flavour, some ginger, and BITTER. Which, really… 10 minutes? If it hadn’t gone bitter, I would have been concerned that there was no actual tea in there.
The aroma is definitely nicer than the flavour, being kind of creamy-gingery, so here’s hoping all the badness is 100% user error. Follow-up note probably coming within the next… two months. Haha.
(Note: I couldn’t add any info about this tea, and the name may be slightly off, because the 52teas’ website is currently appearing to be infected by malware.)
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 11! (Drank Dec. 11)
A green tea (not sencha!), with obvious strawberry bits… I don’t know what exactly this could be, but I’m hoping for good things. The aroma is a bit smoky and fruity, which actually seems to work; the flavour is accordingly smoky and fruity strawberry, which is actually pretty tasty. I am definitely a fan of 52teas blends using green bases other than sencha (e.g. Sun & Cloud Mist. Yums.)
Scratching off the label, this is apparently Strawberry Zabaglione Chun Mee. Interesting – I really don’t think it comes off as ‘zabaglione’ at all, but it’s certainly an interesting and fairly tasty tea. A good selection for the 12 Teas.
My stomach hasn’t been happy with tea lately (tears! My tastebuds still want it!) so I haven’t had much over the last few days, but I did finish off the last of this as an eggnog latte, and it was pretty tasty. I’m nearly out of eggnog now, but did pick up some Almond Nog and might have fun with that this week.
SBT 12 Teas of Christmas Day 1! (Drank Dec. 13)
So it appears I shouldn’t play the guessing game with these, because I will ruin them… since I can’t tell what type of tea it is even if I do open up the teabag to brew an individual cup, like I did last night. I thought this was a rooibos/honeybush, because that’s kind of what it looked like in the bag (very chopped)… so it got boiling water. Oops – it was a white… and that probably caused some unnecessary bitterness. But yes – I didn’t want to brew the whole teabag, so I just cut it open and took out 1.5 tsp, and brewed it as a hot tea. The flavour/aroma were familiar (in an “I don’t believe I was fond of this” way), but I couldn’t place them… once I scratched off the label, it made sense – I wasn’t overly fond of the Black Currant Bai Mu Dan to begin with, and since this tastes much the same… same deal. I believe, though, that I cold brewed the last of my BCBMD and drank it that way, so maybe that’s what will happen with the rest of this. Not a fan.
Lame. I hadn’t even opened this one. This like, 2-year old tea sample. Haha. Anyhow, someone’s post on the rooibos version (which I believe I acquired from a swap with Janelle last year, but didn’t really put the effort into finding) made me want to try this, so I dug it out. It’s a fairly decent minty/vanilla/black. Wouldn’t be a favourite, but nice enough to drink, especially this time of year. I particularly tasted the chocolate yesterday, but DTT’s chocolate flavouring seems to be inconsistent even between different infusions of the same tea, so… maybe that will be the case next time, maybe not. Either way, yums.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 10! (Drank Dec. 10)
Uh…. another minty black? O.o There sure are a lot of near-repeats in these 12 teas… and I’m getting more disappointed as I go along. Two chais in a row, one of which was pretty bad, 3 pumpkin teas (the base being the only differentiating factor), and now a second minty black. I see there’s coconut here, so I’m guessing it’s Coconut Peppermint Patty (I believe that was one of this year’s blends). I suspect I’ll enjoy it, and although it may get a reasonably high rating, big minus points to the 12 Teas of Christmas overall :(
(Turns out the label just says ‘Peppermint Patty’, but I assume it’s this tea.)
Yes, so I remain too lazy to change the name of this tea. I have the packet… somewhere… but not here, so… maybe next time I’m logging it?
Anyways, decided I’d try to use some up via travel mug, which as it turns out, wasn’t a bad idea. I believe I royally screwed up the brewing parameters as I was distracted while making it Friday, so I think it may have had… longer than intended, and only at 170C (I was going for 180C, but, distractions.) The initial flavour was pretty hay-y and a bit dry, so it kind of sat around while I happily sipped my other two teas – but since I only had three mugs with me yesterday while watching my boyfriend’s cousin play some pretty intense volleyball (they won gold!), I of course turned to this one, and the flavour had changed very nicely as it sat and cooled – more of a sweetish, muscatel profile with a lovely umami finish. Kind of like oolong aftertaste… just that really good tea-ness. Sometimes, I have discovered, letting a tea sit in a travel mug for 24 hours is not a bad thing (fruit infusions are a VERY BIG EXCEPTION. Also light greens like dragonwell.)
So yes, happy times with my mug of this yesterday. Debating whether to resteep today… I really need to fill all my travel mugs for games day, and cleverly only brought 7 infusers, all of which were in use this morning (oops. And I have 6 mugs with me to fill.)
Interesting. Certainly less strong than the plain Orzo tea (I know, they’re different but I find the flavour to be similar), and the melon adds a really nice sweetness without adding sugar. Still, bit of an odd combo. However, I think this would be fabulous as a latte. Probably noootttt my favourite tea ever though, haha.