3134 Tasting Notes
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
Attempt 2 at this one. And conclusion? It’s kind of odd. A bit nutty, a bit fruity. Kind of peach-ish, but a bit play-doughy as well. Not one I think I’d really want to drink again, unfortunately! It’s nice and lacking astringency, but as I’m not a big fan of black teas anyhow, this conclusion is less than shocking!
Thanks again Azzrian!