3051 Tasting Notes
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.
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.