3132 Tasting Notes
Thanks to momo for this sample!
I initially got a whiff of a grapey aroma from the dried leaves (which made sense as it has “vineyard” in the name, but it doesn’t much taste like grapes… and I see they aren’t even an ingredient, haha. Once I get past the lack-of-grapes bit, though, I can taste quite a nice fruity tea! The primary flavour I’m getting is peach, I think, not really strawberry, but it’s fairly good. Very little black tea flavour, other than some astringency, but that may be because I used a pretty short infusion time.
While this tea is pretty tasty, unfortunately it’s reminding me too much of some sort of alcohol (no idea what, though), and I’m finding that offputting enough that I wouldn’t pick this up myself. Not so offputting as to not finish the cup and later, the rest of the sample, though!
Thanks to Azzrian for a sample of this one, which I’ve neglected for quite a while!
I drank it this morning, so can’t recall details, but I enjoyed it well enough for a non-chocolatey black. No astringency, a nice sweetness. I have some more left to try again, and will hopefully do a re-steep tomorrow morning as well!
Wow, it took me forever to get around to trying these! I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not hugely fond of jasmine, or if it got lost somewhere… Anyways, trying it now!
To be honest, this tea is pretty much what I expected. Although I’d like to say that 5 pearls is too much for 8oz, haha. I’m getting reasonably good jasmine flavour atop a nice malty black base, but as I mentioned, it’s a tad strong. I can’t recall how long I steeped it…. somewhere between 3-5 minutes, but I steeped it this morning and really can’t remember. It’s a little bit astringent, but I think that’s from too much leaf (and sitting out for a while).
I’m glad I got to try this, but I think I’d prefer to stick to jasmine greens/whites. However, for the floral/perfumey black tea lover, this is probably amazing!
Sadly not quuuiiiittee a sipdown today, but oh man do I love the flavour of this tea. In spite of the bit of astringency, there’s just such a malty, caramelly flavour that I’m just loving. Bumping the rating; I will definitely be getting more of this when I eventually make a Lupicia order. I wish I could figure out what this tea reminded me of, though.
Sipdown! It’s about time – this is from my very first Verdant order, about a year ago. I think the tea has probably lost a bit of flavour, but I’ve had 3 very enjoyable infusions today (well ok, I oversteeped the second but ended up drinking it anyways!) Very green-vegetal (not chewy/green beany like the Laoshan Greens), but lots of creaminess and oolong flavour. Love it. I think I have another, newer bag of this as well, and I left one with my mom as well (though if she hasn’t been drinking it, I’m totally stealing it back in April!) Eventually, assuming it remains available, I will pick up more of this :) (Well, the freshest incarnation, of course!)
Sipdown! Of the batch from momo, anyhow. I don’t recall if I still have some from Azzrian sitting around too.
Anyhow, I still quite like this one. Sweet and caramelly and pretty delicious. I’m likely to keep some version of this in my cupboard most of the time, but as I have numerous ones right now, definitely no need to get any more of this!
Sipdown! And technically kind of a double sipdown, because I both finished off my sample packet as well as an additional packet I received in my Boxing Day online order.
I accidentally steeped this one for 2 minutes longer than intended, but it doesn’t seem to have caused any problems. The flavour is unmistakably sweet, tasty pineapple. The only problem is that I’m really not tasting the oolong here. That’s one of the things I love about Banana Oolong – the delicious, strong oolong flavour.
Looks like the previous note I made on this tea said much the same, so I won’t be picking up any more of this (but I now have a renewed desire to get another 50-100g of Banana Oolong before it’s unavailable).
Wow, yum. This is a good gingery tea. I didn’t steep it too long, so it may be able to produce a stronger flavour than what I got, but it’s quite gingery enough for me without being overly biting/spicy. It tastes like liquid ginger candies that my mom likes to buy at asian grocery stores.
Although I don’t think it would be necessary for me to keep a stash of this around, I’d definitely recommend this tea to any ginger lover! I just very infrequently crave ginger, so it would just take up space.
ETA: Second infusion, infused for maybe 5-6 mins? is potent! Much more bite here. I think this would be a great blend to mix with others that need a bit more ginger (if dehydrated or fresh ginger is not available, as obviously those would be even more potent).
Hmm. Still lots of tasty strawberry flavour, but I threw this in the travel mug this morning, and I just don’t think that pu’erh + travel mugs is a good combo for me. It’s ok, but for some reason I feel like the earthiness is highlighted, and that’s not really what I want. Finishing it off cold now, after it has sat for 17 hours, haha.