3125 Tasting Notes
Well, I feel a bit triumphant now, because tonight this one has flavour. I gave it a full minute infusion, with two overfilled tsp in 8oz.
It almost tastes like a cross between a leafhopper tea and a green oolong, but muted… (but the Mi Lan Dancong may still be in my tastebuds…) …Nope, still getting those honey notes. It’s light and sweet, and there’s the oolong vegetal flavour, though it tastes… old/stale. But good old/stale… hah that’s a terrible way to describe it. Haters of vegetal teas would tolerate this better, though.
Ok, sorry for the sucky note, but I clearly have lost my vocabulary, so it’s sleep time.
ETA: Second infusion (1 min/boiling water) was very much like the first infusion, but lighter in flavor, although unlike last time I definitely got flavor! Mostly that aged vegetal flavor, which is actually quite pleasant. Lingering oolong aftertaste which I enjoyed.
Yum. Used about 4 tsp (the best tsp one can make with such wiry, long leaves) for about 8oz., and I think this is a good ratio for this tea. It tastes much like Butiki’s Gui Fei Oolong, though perhaps sweeter and less “dark”, however, I also infuse the Gui Fei for considerably longer – this cup got 45s, while I infused Gui Fei for 8 minutes.
Either way, this is yummy and sweet and I do wish I had time for more infusions tonight, but if I can manage to pass out soon, I think that would be the best thing to do (well, I have two more teas to try first).
ETA: Second infusion (1 min/boiling/half the water) was sweet-ish, with the leafhopper notes and a bit more woodiness. Still tasty. The next infusion will definitely need 2 minutes, I’m thinking.
In retrospect, I shouldn’t have brewed anything new up tonight, because I am not at all in a mood for writing tasting notes. But I did, and it’s expensive stuff, so I shall write something.
Trying this again as I wasn’t fond of it the first time, but since then my black tea preferences have evolved. The aroma from the bag was quite sweet – I think I may have noted this before, though. I’m primarily tasting what I think might be raw sweet potato. I’m not really getting much chocolate, and there’s a bit of astringency/sourness on the sip as well, although to be fair I did give this one a full minute.
Either way, it’s alright, but I’m definitely way more into the chocolatey blacks.
ETA: Second infusion, same parameters (but half the water): still tasty enough, but I’m just missing those chocolate notes. :(
Bleh. I am so self-destructive. I think I may have just ruined Valentine’s Day for myself/the boy because of my own insecurities. :/ It has not been a great week, and the trend looks to continue for at least another one. Apologies for potentially miserable future tasting notes.
Anyways. Haven’t had this in a while, so took some in a Timolino to the boy’s place today. Tasted pretty good. Tomorrow I will discover whether or not it leaves residual flavour in the silicone bits (although if I’m clever, I’ll throw a fruity tea in that mug so even if it is noticeable, it won’t ruin the tea).
Another sample from Jillian – thanks!
I previously had a nice sample of this from Mercuryhime, and found it to be quite delicious. I really seem to like creamy/chocolate flavours in honeybush (which is why I’m so excited for the Chocolate Malt Honeybush, which I’ve previously had, because that is such a perfect and delicious flavour combination!)
Until I receive that packet, though, this will have to do! I’m getting all the same chocolatey/vanilla/even strawberry notes as before, but for some weird reason there’s an odd bitter/sour note in here. This was steeped for just as long as the other two honey bush blends I had tonight, so it shouldn’t be an issue there, but it’s unfortunately making me turn up my nose a bit at this particular cup. I don’t think honeybush goes bad….? Bleh :( Will have to try again, and perhaps with a shorter infusion next time.
Oh…. yum!!! So, the first time I had this, I wasn’t a big fan. Consequently, I’ve given much of my packet away, thinking that I didn’t really like it. I started noticing, however, that people’s tasting notes seemed to be pretty favourable, so finally, I figured I’d give it another shot, and that was a really clever thing to do, it seems, because oh man, sweet creamy coconutty deliciousness! Probably the best coconutty honey bush/rooibos I’ve had. Looks like I’ll be drinking up the rest of the package myself…!
I’m also a bit tempted to mix this with other honeybush blends to add some creaminess… I wonder how it would go with Strawberry Rhubarb Pie? Or even the Lemon-Lime Cheesecake Honeybush I just had? Hrrrrmmmm…
Drinking a bit of my sample of this one from Jillian tonight :) Thanks!
As with the other sample of this I had, I’m mostly getting lemon-myrtle-y flavour, plus a little bit of lime. If I think too hard, this tastes a touch like cleaner, but it doesn’t really, just a smell-association thing. No cheesecake, but that’s no big surprise. I don’t think I’m getting the plasticky flavour that I mentioned previously, which is nice!
Although this blend is nice enough, now that I’ve had Lime Chiffon/Lemon Chiffon from Della Terra, those will be my go-to citrusy evening blends, because I adore the creaminess in them, which is something that I really wish this tea had!
Thanks to Sil for a generous sample of this one!
My first impression when drinking it was that it tastes like a black flavoured with tasty tropical fruits! Well, apricot and peach aren’t terribly tropical… but I think it was just the slight hint of ginger throwing me off, because now that I know what ingredients are in it, I definitely feel like I’m tasting apricot/peach and ginger. Overall, pretty tasty! Lacking in astringency too, which is always a big plus for me + black teas.
Thanks again, Sil! It’s great trying all these totally random teas that I would never have access to otherwise! :D