3013 Tasting Notes
Enjoying some of this tonight, although it tasted better before drinking H&S’s Bangkok Blend… best not to pair a weaker, more subtly flavoured tea after a stronger one. My bad. Anyhow, this is a bit old now, but thanks to *Alphakitty*’s careful double-bagging, it’s not contaminated, and the flavour is still light and sweet. Not edging towards bitterness at all, which I find some greens can do as they age. A nice, relaxing cup of tea.
Sipdown! Despite its age, the coconut in this blend is still amazingly delicious (which is relieving), and therefore the tea is pretty amazing too. It’s kind of like DT’s Coco Lemon Thai, but definitely not as strong, and the green base makes it a bit different too. It is quite delicious, though, with its lemongrass/coconut flavours. I believe I had cold-brewed some of this at one point and found that to be quite excellent as well, so this should go on the list for a future H&S order.
Ok, I NEED more of this tea. It’s amazing, and by far the closest tea I’ve tried to Butiki’s Premium Taiwanese Assam. It doesn’t quiiiite taste right, maybe a bit more on the caramelly side, but the distinct raisin notes? Oh yes. So good. SO SO GOOD. So perhaps Sun Moon Lake should be the tea I investigate to replace PTA? It probably means I’ll be making an order with Taiwan Tea Crafts sooner than I would have thought. I hope they still exist, haha. Thanks so much for sharing, Sil. (I still have enough left for one cup. That is exciting.)
Pretty sure I should have a backlogged note about this coming up sometime… if I remember. But I drank it today, too! As Terri noted, it’s definitely not overly similar to most Verdant blacks, as there’s a distinct lack of roastiness, and I only picked up a bit of chocolatiness. However, it is characteristically smooth and fairly delicious. More on the sweet, bready hay line of flavouring as opposed to roasted chocolate. Good for a change, though probably not a tea I’d pick up more of. I think I’d also try using a bit more leaf – I felt like I had used plenty, so it just may be that the flavours aren’t overly strong here. But, it also is a rather thin and fluffy leaf, so I may have inaccurately measured. Might try a bit longer of an infusion too – I know that both PTA and LB are best with an infusion that’s 3-4 minutes, and I only went with 2 here.
Overall, an interesting try, though I believe I prefer Verdant’s latest Jin Jun Mei (and Zhu Rong/Laoshan Black/Yu Lu Yan Cha over both of them). If you are looking for a Verdant offering that’s not roasty-flavoured, this would probably be a decent bet to try.
Woo, finally got to try some of this tea (which has been on my wish list for at least a couple years) courtesy of Sil :D
Although I certainly enjoyed drinking it, I was kind of disappointed in the flavour – nice lightly toasty houjicha, but not nearly as much creamy caramel as I was hoping for. The flavour was definitely there, just not overly strong. I’m pretty sure I’ve read other reviews with similar experiences, so I’m guessing it’s not an age or storage issue, but I’d try it again if I had the chance, if only because I think houjicha is a great base tea that’s underused (and I want to encourage its use).
Thanks for sharing this, Cavocorax!
It’s definitely very minty, which would be expected given that it contains candy cane, plus I can taste the chai elements as well. Not bad, though definitely more appropriate for Christmas. Also, the only blend out of the four I brewed up tonight that wasn’t astringent! Woo!
I guess I inadvertently grabbed a few blends that tend towards astringency tonight, this being another of them. Well, good to know it’s not just my tea-making skills! Haha. Anyhow, this was tasty tonight, though a bit astringent. I do seem to like lavender in blends now, as long as it’s in the background and not the central flavour. Just a bit of this left, now.
Decent flavour (Caramelly/vanilla), but somewhat masked by bitterness and astringency – not sure if I overleafed or what (I’m pretty sure it got no more than 2.5 minutes of steeping, and was in a Finum basket, so no bits should have escaped). Anyhow, farewell little tea. Maybe you would have been better if I had drank you sooner, but it looks like bitterness/astringency are common occurrences with this blend anyhow.