3134 Tasting Notes
Argh, still have another cup of this left! Anyhow, although I’m not a fan of minty teas in general, I figured I’d put some effort towards drinking down some of my 2011 Advent Calendar samples, and besides, I hadn’t written a note on this one!
Admittedly, the aroma’s actually not bad. Kind of vanilla mint-ish, which I actually tolerate fairly well (if not enjoy, when I’m in the right mood). And the flavour matches the aroma very well, just minty with vanilla – I can’t even taste the pu’erh! It’s just there as a nice base, but I can’t even pick out it’s earthiness. Obviously this is another inconsistent pu’erh from DT, as I see that other people mention that it smells like fish/dirt, which mine doesn’t at all (but I’ve had this problem with DT’s Oh Christmas Treat, so completely understand).
As long as this isn’t one of the discontinued blends, I’m thinking it might be another that my mom would be happy to try. She loves mint, and pu’erh, and liked another vanilla-minty tea I gave her over the holidays (aside from asking “is this a black base? I can taste it!”)
Ok… the only issue I’m having here is that it tastes like there’s sweetener. AKA licorice or fennel, or something of the sort, and it’s hitting me in the back of the throat, and it’s not super unpleasant, but I would prefer it wasn’t there.
ETA: Second infusion not too bad, more pu’erh, less mint, but still the sweetness in the back of my throat.
Hmm. Brewed this up today with what I thought was a good leaf:water ratio, but it’s very weak. Luckily, I just took a look at my previous tasting note and I wasn’t the biggest fan of this one, so I suspect that’s just the case here (although I wish it had a bit more flavour!) Ah well. Thanks again for the sample, Tea from Taiwan!
Nuts. Literally as I plopped the infuser into near-boiling water, it occurred to me that there was green tea in here…. argh. Hopefully it isn’t ruined!
Luckily, I think there’s a small enough amount of green tea in here that it’s ok. Whew! I had forgotten that I actually didn’t mind this tea; it was Exotica(?) that my roommate and I didn’t like, I think. I’m also more open now than I used to be, haha.
This tea is slightly lemony from the lemongrass, which I apparently no longer really dislike in teas (I think I just had to get used to the idea), and I can taste the rooibos but it works quite well here, just sort of a woody flavour. And if it tasted a bit medicinal, it would probably fit in anyhow.
I can definitely see that this tea would be nice and refreshing to drink after a night of overindulgence, although that’s not really my style anymore, so it’s ok to keep this out of my cupboard :)
Interesting. Not sure what I was expecting here, but not what I’m getting… The hibiscus is thankfully not overwhelming; I can taste apple, and possibly lemon/lemongrass? And a host of other savoury-ish flavours. This tea is not really sweet, as I would have been expecting. In both aroma and flavour, I think I’m also getting a hint of cinnamon.
Not a bad tea; very unique and not a flavour I have experienced before. Not something I’d likely crave, either. Thanks for the sample, Indigobloom!
And it continues… thanks to Indigobloom for yet another sample!
I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this one, but it seems to be a tasty, slightly sweet and malty black. With a hint of smoke, but I’m not sure if that’s contamination from the Gunpowder it sat with for ages, or if that’s part of the tea. Either way, this is pretty delicious and smooth, and I’d definitely drink it again, though likely not buy it (especially as I read that it cost $40 for a tin!!! $40!!!!)
ETA: Second infusion, also for 3 minutes, is still pretty tasty. This is quite a good black for those times when something like Laoshan Black would be a bit too bready and heavy; this tea is lighter and caramelly and I imagine it would go quite nicely with a meal. Mmm.
Another sipdown from my Indigobloom pile!
Ok, this one grew on me. Sure, I think I still prefer more vegetal greens, but I’m enjoying the light smokiness of this one right now, and can actually see myself craving it in the future when I want a bit of a roastier green. Yum. Rating upped a bit :)
ETA: Second infusion for 2 minutes is pretty astringent, but otherwise tasty.
Another sipdown of a sample from Indigobloom! I used the entire ~2.5 tsp in one 10-12oz. mug.
Unfortunately, although this one definitely had an appley aroma to it, I’m getting essentially nothing from the flavour. :( I guess I will chalk it up to age, although assuming this tea isn’t quite a bit older than the others, I don’t understand how it would have lost all flavour so quickly when the others still taste fairly good!
Of course, reading the tasting notes below, I now suspect that this tea was pretty sub-par to begin with (not that I’m complaining about trying it!). Ah well!
Yeaaah, this one’s definitely contaminated. Probably by the Fuzzy Navel tea. There’s a disconcerting green scum in my cup (it’s like the coconut was dyed green or something). The flavour is…. just strange. Kind of bitter/astringent, with creaminess and odd fruitiness. I think this is sadly a dump-out :(
Ah well! Tis a sipdown :)
Boo. Brewed up the last of this from Indigobloom (sipdown!), and although I thought that I had a good water:leaf ratio, this cup is waaaaayyyyy too watery :( I attempted to drink it, but it just tastes like mildly spicy water. I do see that I wasn’t the hugest fan of this chai the first time around either, so I suspect that age and my poor brewing combined to make this an undrinkable cup. Oh well! I’d definitely try this again fresh if given the chance, although I doubt I’ll find a coconut chai that I like better than Zhena’s Gypsy Tea…