3013 Tasting Notes
Thanks for giving me the last of your bag of this, Roswell Strange! Only taken me about a year and a half to write a note about it… I enjoyed my mug of this a couple weeks ago – more than I remember liking it previously (heh, no previous note, but I’ve tried it at least once before). Anyways, it’s a bit old now, so probably not as vanilla-y as it once was, but it served its purpose in my travel mug, and I don’t recall any issues with astringency.
Drank this last week… it was okay (no rinse, so it was creamier than last time, I think), but I really would have preferred these flavours on maybe an oolong base. I’m just not super fond of pu’erh, even though it wasn’t overly fishy, or anything “pu’erh-like”. I have a couple oz. of this, so will be giving some to my mom, who likes mint + pu’erh (and hopefully will like this combination!)
Book of Tea #2/100
I’ve had Lupicia’s Muscat a couple times now, so thought I’d experiment a bit with this tea. Sadly, I discovered that it’s not nearly as tasty with milk and sugar as one might expect. I guess it’s just not bold enough. It was okay, and still pretty grapey in aroma, but the flavour was kind of muddled. Oh well! Had to be tried (stupid work and their easy availability of tea add-ins).
Book of Tea #1/100
My first tea from my Tea Book! I’ve been so hesitant to start trying the teas since I want to actually be able to taste them properly, but I’ve decided that running through them at work, where I at least no longer have to use travel mugs, will be okay, at least until I want to do side-by-side comparison. So, I drank this one and one other last Friday at work.
Assessment? This was a pretty decent standard black tea, and it was fabulous with milk and sugar. The small sip I had before adding the milk/sugar was okay (but too hot), but doesn’t really have the profile I look for in teas that I drink plain, so it was probably best enjoyed as it was. Would recommend this as a robust morning tea.
Backlog (from this past week). The tea I have is actually labelled “Taiwai Dong Ding”, and I swear I’ve reviewed this before, because I had either 3 or 5 packets of it… but I can’t find a tea by that name anywhere on here. Sigh. I know I wrote a note because I way oversteeped it the first time and didn’t like it, therefore thought I didn’t like Dong Dings (I was very, very wrong). Anyhow, this was delicious, and almost creamier than the Jin Xuan I had from Tea Ave earlier in the week. I really quite enjoyed it, actually. I’m hesitant to rate this tea because I’m uncertain that it’s the same tea others have reviewed, but it’s definitely deserving of a 93. Delicious.
ETA: Well, it turns out my other note is under this heading too, so I opted to rate this tea as I stated. And what has annoyed me for the past while as a bug – when, after posting a tasting note, the system actually shows you the first tasting note you posted on this tea instead of the one you just posted – actually worked in my favour here, since it brought up a note I hadn’t thought existed (because I had no rating for this tea and didn’t bother to scroll through the ratings to look for a note). Anyhow, happy day :)
Backlog (from this past week). Ohhhhhh dear. This was not pleasant at all. From the moment I opened the bag, something smelled really off and really terrible. Basically, it smelled like the inside of one of my travel mugs when something has gone bad in it. YUCK. Up close, and once steeped, it smelled like that smell mixed with… smoked meat?! Flavourwise it actually wasn’t too terrible (herbaceous, pu’erh, blah blah), but I just couldn’t get over the smell, which starting making me nauseous while at my desk. Won’t be drinking more of this one, sadly.