3034 Tasting Notes
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.
Uhhhh… Verdant used to have a Jin Jun Mei, a while back… and then there’s this new one… but I don’t know which entry is for which? It looks like what I had a few years ago was the Wild-Picked version, but I’m suspicious that this is the wrong entry for what I’m looking for, because it’s listed as “Special”, but I just bought it normally from the website…
Anyhow! I somewhere have another note or at least, entry that I’ve had this tea before, but this is the first tasting note I’m posting on it. I do rather like it – malty, bready, yeasty… and rather resilient to my 5+ minute infusion (I forgot about it). I’m being too distracted right now to remember what else I thought of it, but it was good :)
Sipdown! And backlog from two Wednesdays ago.
Thanks to Roswell Strange for giving me the last of her samples of a couple of these Octavia tea! They really are quite cute little sample packs, and a perfect size, it looks like. I didn’t take a ton of notes while drinking it, but I did note that it seemed to be a pretty good lychee black; a malty base with no astringency, and an authentic juicy lychee flavour (somewhat floral, but not overly so). Good for a lychee black, but lychees generally are a bit too floral for me, so not a personal favourite.
Backlog from two Mondays ago (continued).
Determined I’m going to at least catch up with some of these notes tonight! Drank this in a travel mug a couple weeks ago; it was good as usual, but I think my 4 oz. from the Birthday Sale last year just aren’t as tasty as other batches. That’s ok though, it’s still good.
Cold-brewed this on Saturday to compare to DT’s Hard Candy, but didn’t really end up doing so, I just drank it and it was good. Still think they’re pretty much the same tea, though. Delicious sour cherry/cranberry tartness + coconutty creaminess and general sweetness. Very refreshing.