3125 Tasting Notes
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.
So! I am thrilled to have discovered today that this dragon well takes to the travel mug much better than expected! I brewed it up, poured it in, topped it off with some cold water, and drank it about 45 minutes later at my morning meeting, and it was delicious. So, I think that as long as I a) use an uncontaminated mug and b) drink the tea fairly soon after brewing, I can successfully take green teas to work as well. Exciting!
And of course, this tea was tasty as usual, although it’s getting on in age. I still prefer Verdant’s Dragonwell-Style Laoshan Green to most dragonwells, just because the sweet, caramely notes are more pronounced, but this is a pretty tasty example of a proper dragonwell. It was nice to have something a bit out of the ordinary in one of my mugs this morning!
Yuuuum. I think I prefer this tea lukewarm-ish… aka after it has sat in my travel mug all day. I just finished it up about an hour ago, after brewing it shortly before 8am (so it was in there for about 16 hours). Just deliciously chocolate, spiced goodness. No regrets at all buying a 2oz. bag!
This is definitely up there in terms of tasty pear teas, but I really wish the flavouring was paired with a nice green base like Butiki’s Huangshan Mao Feng, instead of a rooibos. Or at least honeybush. I just don’t like that I can taste the rooibos here, so it decreases my enjoyment of the tea. Although this definitely tastes like bosc pears (not d’anjou, which are my favourites), I also wish that there was a bit more caramel going on here. I should give it a shot with a ½ tsp of a crème caramel rooibos or something.
Thanks again to Azzrian for this one!
blink So this package was already open… but I have no tasting note?? Weird. I wonder if I opened it and thought better of brewing it one day. Or maybe Steepster ate my tasting note. Anyways, thanks to Teavivre for this generous sample!
I need to look up whether monkey-picked oolong is somewhat aged, or what, because this tasted strangely reminiscent of the aged Anxi TGY from Verdant that I drank last night. Same sort of aged vegetal quality, and the leaves, although greener, were certainly not as green as, say, Verdant’s Tieguanyins, and the flavor was considerably different. Or perhaps it’s a consequence of taking too long to drink this…? Either way, it’s not bad, but not a favourite either. It worked nicely in the travel mug though, so I suspect I will finish it off that way. Second infusion, with the same parameters but in half the water, was equally tasty.
Arrrrrgh, Steepster. Sorry for the backlog, which I may not even be able to post….
Yum. Another tea I was silly to have given away much of before trying my own bag, as the sample I first had seemed to lose much of its flavor in transit (and then I purchased a sampler pack containing an ounce of this, which I stupidly wasn’t thrilled about!) I did use 1.5 tsp instead of the recommended 1 tsp… I prefer a cup with more flavor, and except in the case of very broken-leafed teas, I find 1.5tsp is much more reliably tasty for me for most teas regardless of recommendations.
Anyhow, it’s really hard to say whether this is actually pistachio-tasting or not; I’m personally getting more of a creamy, cardamom(?)-spiced tea, with plenty of background tea flavor. Pistachios to me are very savoury-nutty, which is perhaps not entirely captured here, but that’s not really an issue for me. In my opinion, this tea is much like Creamy Eggnog, in that there are light, creamy, tasty flavourings paired wonderfully with a chewy, vegetal green tea, a combination that not nearly enough blenders attempt. I think this is why although I’m generally not fond of flavoured greens, I do really like those by both Butiki and Verdant, as they use fresh, quality green teas instead of sticking to basic, lower-quality senchas (and if I’m not mistaken, Chinese senchas, not Japanese, which I prefer).
Second infusion, with the same parameters, had a bit of bitterness/astringency and wasn’t as tasty, but worthwhile.