2088 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! 833… I just got a most massive swap from the very-generous Janelle, and my tea count has skyrocketed again! Luckily, once I get my half of the swap out, my cupboard should decrease some as well… that just hasn’t happened quite yet!
Anyhow, this is from momo, and apparently I was pretty ambivalent about it last time. I think similarly this time – nice green base, reminiscent of Virgin Fuzzy Navel green (probably the grapefruit?) and decent enough. Certainly better than many flavoured greens I have had, so bumping the rating up a touch, but not a tea I’d be dying to keep around all the time. I should have tried it iced, but didn’t think about that previously – oh well!
I think(?) that I had some of this tea up at the cottage as well, and it was also pretty delicious! Very tart, but a good sort of tart; absolutely delicious. Another blend I’d love to try again!
I also had a blueberry black (that I thought was from H&S, but am not certain about as they also had Teavana’s Blueberry Bliss up there), and a tea that was iced one day, but I don’t recall what it was. Mmmmm, tea….
So! I was on vacation at a cottage in Georgian Bay this weekend (GORGEOUS!) and had opted only to bring some teabags, as brewing tea when you want to go out and play doesn’t really work super well. However, it turns out that the owners had picked up some Teavana loose leaf on sale, and so I got to try a few new teas! Perhaps not under the best brewing conditions, but oh well.
I think this one was the first one I brewed myself – just poured hot water into a cup with some tea at the bottom, and left it in there while I drank it. I do recall there being hibiscus, but the tartness really worked for me. However, I really don’t recall tasting any fig or rose. I’d definitely like to try this one again, as it was better than expected, and I think under more controlled conditions, I might get some better flavours.
Sipdown! But not a tea in my cupboard, as it was from the 2011 Advent Calendar… haha. Anyhow, I do enjoy the combination of vanilla and mint, and the pu’erh here is pretty unobtrusive, thankfully! I’m a bit sad that they discontinued this one, but it seems that most vanilla/mint teas are appealing to me, so I think I’ll live. (Just need to get more Mint Julep!!)
Hmm. Maybe I underleafed, because this is awfully weak. I suppose that is possible, given the amount of fruit here! Anyhow, I can’t really taste any oolong, but am definitely tasting real, tart cranberry, which is quite lovely! I’ll either infuse longer next time or add more tea… this has potential, but this cup definitely doesn’t fully explore it.
Definitely catching more of the buttery/rummy notes in this last cup than I did a few weeks ago. Yum! Not a tea I’d likely pick up again, but perfectly enjoyable to drink. The flavour is a bit muted, but I’m quite certain that it’s age-related.
Tasty, but just not a favourite for me. I dosed it with a bit of maple syrup as well, and while it is better, and I do think I can taste tamarind, it’s not quite what I was hoping for, I think. Age, however, could definitely be a factor here!
Delicious! Haven’t had this in a while, but it popped out at me today, and I’m glad I chose it. I do like pouchong teas… just something about them that’s different from other green oolongs that I enjoy. A different sweetness, less floral? I’m not sure. Just delicious.
Another tea from Mercuryhime that I unfortunately can’t entirely recall, haha. I remember a bit of green beaniness, but not much else, as I don’t think I paid a great deal of attention while drinking it. Oh well. Again, I have enough for a second/third shot, which I will hopefully be more attentive to.
I think I may have underleafed a bit here as I couldn’t really taste much of anything, unfortunately! I think it just tasted like a basic oxidized oolong, nothing special. I have a bunch left from Amy oh so will have to see if I can improve my brewing methods! Looks like last time I didn’t do so well either… whoops!