2498 Tasting Notes
Nice, another unknown sipdown! Thanks to Awkward Soul for this sample :D Also, 936.
I actually remember drinking these, though it was a while back – and they were malty, chocolatey, and delicious. More on the malty than chocolate side, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. I wasn’t able to compare them to Teavivre’s or anything, but black dragon pearls seem to be a sort of black tea that works well for me, so I’d pick some up again, from either vendor.
Sipdown! 938. A backlog, but an unrecorded one, so it counts as a number, woo! However, it seems I was off by a tea somewhere, so it appears like no progress anyways. Sigh. This was a pretty delicious tea; I should have compared it with DavidsTea’s Salted Caramel, but the latter is so much easier to obtain….
Sipdown! 938. Thanks again to Terri HarpLady for passing this along.
A nice, smooth chocolatey black, but if my memory serves, not as tasty as Laoshan Black. But I wouldn’t turn down a cup of this if offered, as it’s pretty good (and I’m sure it would be better when fresh, too). A nice evening cup, probably a better option than a couple other teas I have going on here…. poor tummy. Should have chosen lighter sipdowns.
Sipdown! 939. Ancient tea, here – one of the first I got, from LiberTEAS. Anyways, it still has plenty of flavour – prominent orange, strawberry undertones, and a malty and STRONG black base. (I think I oversteeped a bit). A pretty tasty flavoured black, although the orange flavour here (kind of tangerine/fruit punch-ish) is not my most favourite type of citrus, and I’d like to be able to taste a touch more strawberry. Regardless, yummy.
Sipdown! 940…. (apparently Turtle Cheesecake was not in my spreadsheet… dammit.) Thanks Sil for a sample many, many moons ago.
Anyways, this is definitely a potent black – a bit toooo potent for me, honestly, although it’s still tasty. I imagine it would be especially good with milk and sugar to tone down the slight astringency I’m picking up. I’m not catching any irish cream/whiskey notes, which I was hoping for – perhaps they aren’t all that apparent, or perhaps they faded over time, it’s tough to say. Overall, a strong, bold breakfast tea, primarily malty, and hay-y, with a sweet finish. No chocolate notes.
(At this moment) NOTHING is more frustrating than knowing you’ve tried a tea, and not having a note on it, most likely due to a lengthy period of not logging teas, even though I swore I tried to avoid drinking samples. Ugh.
So this tea, is a sipdown. And I’ve had it before. And I can’t remember what I thought of it (I have to assume at least decent?). Also, it’s from Courtney (thanks Courtney!) Tasting it now, well, I believe it has likely lost some flavour. But, there’s still some tastiness to it. So I feel like it was probably tasty, but not as tasty as Cashew Turtle. There’s also a different base – I loved the Cashew Turtle base, it just fit so well. This one’s different. Not bad, just different. Maybe less… heavy, or something. Anyways, I like what’s left of the flavour of this tea. I don’t get cheesecake, but to be fair, I rarely do. I just wanted turtle. And I get kind of a nutty/caramel flavour. It’s satisfying. A touch of scratchy throat too (bleh), but oh well. I assume this would get a rating of about 80 for me, fresh, but I won’t be presumptuous and will just leave it off and cross my fingers for more turtle-flavoured things in the future.
Also, I have attempted to update my tea spreadsheet. It currently reads 939 teas. I am quite aware that this is an incorrect number, because I had a bunch of swaps that are only partially recorded, and I also have teas incoming. Oh, and I bought two more today. So I guess that’s 941, down to 940 with this sipdown. (I think I’m actually around 1000, but we’ll go with the “official” count right now).
tl;dr I have too much tea.