2245 Tasting Notes
Had this for the first time a couple weeks ago… not too bad; a fairly basic black. I seem to recall thinking that it verged on tasting bagged-black-esque (just that sort of profile, the sweet, hay-y sort), but I got into it more as I drank it. Won’t be a favourite, as it doesn’t beat out other straight blacks and I prefer the malty, chocolatey profile, but it’s decent enough.
Lost my tasting note on this, oops. Anyhow, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Loved the pralines flavour, and I think the tea would have been even better if I hadn’t been so stupid as to dunk the infuser basket into a resteep of Two Friends for a couple seconds before realizing my error (my intent was to put the basket of Two Friends in for a bit longer, but the water was still cooling for this tea, hence the basket was still sitting out, and for some reason, I grabbed the wrong basket…). Anyhow, that resteep sure tasted delicious, and I expect that when I give this a second try, it will be even better. Would love to see this one offered for sale (and the elusive Nutmeg Cream, which I have not tried!)
Also, thank you to Sil etc. for passing this along :) My original tasting note led off with this, but I clearly forgot to retype it.
Another tea that has kind of lost its magic for me, unfortunately, though the first infusion was decent enough yesterday (while watching the second LOTR movie). The caramelly flavours just aren’t quite as potent as I’d like, and it’s not age; this happened the second time I drank the tea too. Ah well, nothing wrong with it, and it’s particularly suited to a travel mug, but I wouldn’t get it again! That said, the novelty of drinking the “weeping angels” blend while watching said Dr. Who episode was worth it!
Drank some of this yesterday as well; I think I’m kind of over it. First infusion was tasty enough, but subsequent infusions are almost always too astringent. I think it’s the tea base that I’m not a fan of here, as I do enjoy the various flavourings. Sadly, I think I still have 60 or so grams of this to finish off, so I better start drinking it a bit more!
So… somehow I ended up with the last 20g or so of this from Sil … It was just in one of the bags she gave me one time. Curious. :P
Anyhow, it’s a decent enough tea. Nice and fruity; more papaya than strawberry, but I like the fruitiness. Drank a travel mug’s worth plus a reinfusion over the weekend, and left the rest at the boy’s house since I think it will be a good choice while I’m over visiting.
Thanks so much to Sil and… I don’t remember who sent her these teas :( But thank you! I excitedly got to trying them today – this was the first I brewed up. Overall verdict? Not bad. My initial sips could have been confused with a cup of unsweetened apple cider, though after it sat a bit longer, I could taste a bit of the honeybush (not unpleasant, just present), and the flavours didn’t meld quite as well. Still, one of the best approximations of apple cider that I’ve tasted, and I love how the cinnamon isn’t overpowering. Probably not a tea I’d seek out again, though.
Picked up 25g of this tea at the Toronto Tea Festival – it possibly has the largest leaves of any tea I’ve tried yet! (Or, largest intact leaves). Anyhow, the leaves smelled a bit like cucumber in the little sampling dish the company had out, and I found that intriguing, therefore decided to buy some.
The brewing process is rather interesting – I suspect that this tea is supposed to be brewed like a dragonwell, keeping the leaves in the cup and adding water. I don’t drink my tea hot, so can’t do that without oversteeping, so I just brewed this as a normal green (although it was a bit tricky to make sure the leaves were fully submerged, since they are so long! Nearly 3 inches, I’d say.)
The end result was definitely interesting – I hoped for a bit more cucumber, but instead it was on the smoky side, and more of a grassy sort of vegetal than the beany I’m more used to. It was definitely interesting; I’ll need to give it another go to figure out exactly how I feel about it. Certainly not bad, but not sure about buying it again (although I now want to try some from another company, perhaps Teavivre if they carry it.)
Sipdown! Thanks again to Fong Mong Tea for this sample! Although a little old, and not properly stored, it was still a pretty enjoyable oolong. A bit creamy, a bit floral, but nowhere near as much as a tieguanyin… my kind of green oolong, for sure. I’ll enjoy the next infusions shortly.