2229 Tasting Notes
Another travel mug of this earlier this week, mostly because it tastes great that way, and because it was easily accessible (i.e. in the tea basket downstairs). Nearly done this one – can’t believe I’ve almost sipped one of the Happy Bag teas down without even trying some of the others! Haha. I’m terrible…
Another tasting note backlog… somehow I have less time for Steepster post-Masters than I did before I was done. Heh. I also haven’t been drinking quite as much tea, although the flurry of notes I’m about to post will make you believe differently (they’re from the past week or more, though, so not many per day).
So this tea. I swear, everytime I brew it up, I’ve forgotten how delicious it is. It’s so burny and toasty and chocolatey… mostly burny (but not in an ashy sense), and I quite like it. Stands up well in a travel mug, and for multiple western-style infusions. I think I have maybe 3 packets of it left (I use a whole 5? 7?g packet when I brew it up).
I had previously only tried one yabao tea, that being Verdant’s Silver Buds Yabao, which I find to be tasty enough, although it’s not a tea I’d want all the time. It tasted very much of juniper, in my opinion. This tea, however, is quite different. I can taste the similarity to the other yabao, but there’s a smokiness and the flavour is much less juniper-like and green – a richer, almost more complex, aged flavour. It’s actually really quite good, and makes me want to try more yabaos! One difference is that this one is darker in colour than the silver buds yabao; I’m not sure why, but I’m guessing it’s affecting the flavour (I don’t know if it’s aged or roasted specifically, or anything). Anyhow, mission: try more yabao tea will be happening. Eventually.
Again, too lazy to figure out which season this is from. 2012, though. Probably spring 2012.
Anyhow! Tasty, but weaker than I would have liked. Likely didn’t use enough tea, or didn’t infuse long enough (because it’s old… I know I know!) It was still pretty good though, I just need to remember to adjust parameters a bit for older teas. I’ll be re-stocking this tea for sure once I’m out, as I find it superior to “real” dragonwell tea, for the most part.
Bleh, I think I messed up the infusion on this one. It was ok, but not very flavourful. Maybe 2 minutes wasn’t enough, or perhaps I didn’t use enough tea. I seem to recall enjoying it a fair bit, and my rating seems to indicate such, so I assume it was user error this time!
Still chocolatey and fruity, but I think I may have messed up the tea:water ratio, as it was a touch weak. Oh well, still enjoyable, as was the re-steep. (The remnants of the first cup are still sitting on my nighttable… I sniffed them and it smells tasty, but I’m not going to drink tea that’s been sitting for 3-4 days! Overnight, sure.
Sipdown! 866. Thanks again to Courtney for letting me try this one.
This does taste like banana pudding (although not my mom’s banana pudding, which was sliced bananas in vanilla pudding…. omg so good.) Anyways, yes. There’s definite creaminess from the coconut, and a nice hit of banana flavour, and the black base is solid here. Pretty decent tea; I don’t think I actually care for banana in tea as much as I thought I did (Banana Oolong by DavidsTea is an exception), but it’s still enjoyable enough to drink. And I’m glad I don’t have an entire pouch to drink!
It’s super odd that I’m the first to review this….
Anyhow! Thanks to Janelle for sending me some of this in our swap! Unfortunately, I think it’s one of those white teas that falls into the “nearly flavourless” category for me. I can tell that I’m drinking tea; there’s a bit of a vegetal flavour to it, but despite the liquor being darker than I expected (darker than most properly-brewed greens!), flavour is minimal. That said, what I can taste is pleasant enough, a bit sweet, vegetal, perhaps hay-like (although no dry mouthfeel), just weak. I used 1.5 tsp for 8 oz. and brewed for 2.5 minutes – the DT recommendations were for 4-5 min, so maybe I’ll try that next time. I just went by the surprisingly dark liquor colour, and didn’t want an oversteeped tea!
Ok… I’m super behind on writing notes. I blame my recent addiction to Final Fantasy for that, haha. Anyhow! Notes will commence.
I randomly picked this tea to try last night, and was pleasantly surprised. I’m pretty sure it would fall into the category of flavoured milk oolongs, although it claims not to be, because the milkiness was quite strong. And pretty enjoyable. It was quite a delicious mixture of savoury oolong and creaminess. I’d happily drink this again, although would compare prices with others first (since I seem to be not terribly picky with regards to milk oolongs – they’re all pretty delicious!)