3013 Tasting Notes
Drinking this delicious tea, made strong with milk and sugar, and trying to stop having panic attacks about school. The odds of me finishing up by May are slim to none, and I just found out that if I don’t convocate in the summer, I’ll be convocating in October… while my mother is on the west coast for a school reunion (so pretty much, she’d kill me if I convocated in October). Yes, world, I needed more stress. Because stress is incredibly effective in making progress on said thing that is causing the stress….
It’s probably a good thing that I haven’t picked up the two tablets of Ativan my doctor prescribed me so I can handle having my tetanus/Hep A immunizations in the near future… because I think I’d pop one now in an attempt to calm myself down.
Any calming tea suggestions, guys? I’m guessing chamomile would be a good option; I probably don’t have much else that’s good for that sort of thing as I seem to dislike such tea ingredients (e.g. mints, etc.) :/
Brewed up a big mug of this last night. One thing I have to admit is that it spreads around quite the delicious chocolatey aroma. Mmmmmm. Flavourwise, it’s not too bad. Chocolatey and somewhat fruity. I am strangely reminded of one LipSmackers flavours I used to have though, Chocolate Raspberry, because the chocolate and fruitiness in here are coming off the way they used to in that lip balm.
Anyways, I took a quick glance through my previous notes for this tea, and see that I wasn’t the hugest fan before. I think that sometimes, DavidsTeas get a little broken up and need to be brewed with a very fine infuser in order to prevent bitterness from little bits getting into the cup. As well, their blacks often require a bit of overleafing to reach my desired flavour level, in addition to a medium-length infusion (the black tea isn’t as finicky as say, 52teas’ blends, but going over a 5-minute infusion introduces bitterness, in general).
Anyhow, this was sadly not quite a sipdown last night – I think I have a cup’s worth left that I’ll finish off sometime later.
Thanks to Azzrian for a sample of this tea!
Unfortunately, we had another case of flavourless tea this morning… Again, I swear I didn’t underleaf, but the result doesn’t taste like much (except there’s some astringency with this one). I really don’t know what I did wrong. Luckily, I have enough of this to try and fix my obvious mistake(s)! Putting this in the travel mug may have been mistake #1…
Made some of this to take to work today, and it was nearly devoid of flavour. I did note that the instructions indicated to use 2 tsp of leaf per cup, which I swear I doubled (as I was making it for my travel mug), but I could really barely taste anything. It was quite odd. Just kind of a bland, smooth black. My score on here indicates that I liked it (also, I bought it, heh) so not sure what went wrong! My best guess is that I somehow did underleaf it….
Soooo delicious. Used up most of the remainder of my little sample for this cup. I still have trouble differentiating this from a green tea, but it’s absolutely divine. Sweet and vegetal, much like Laoshan Green (which I really should have brewed up alongside to figure out what the differences are). I nearly picked up an ounce of this a while back but didn’t (which is okay, I have too much tea!); I’m really hoping though that the coming year brings a new batch of this so I can have it again!
Instead of weighing out the tea this time, I went with maybe a bit more than 1.5 tsp for probably around 8 oz. of water, and doubled the infusion time as I was worried about it being weak. It’s pretty perfect.
I wish we’d acquired more of this via Lupicia’s Happy Bags, but sadly not. And now I’m finishing off the last of this sample from Azzrian.
Delicious pouchong and peach, this is really a lovely blend. Easy to sip away the whole cup quite quickly (as I have done!)
Someday, I’ll hopefully make a Lupicia order and get some more of this, but for now it will just be a memory. Sigh.
Sipdown! Thanks again to Mercuryhime for this one.
It’s as tasty as I remember, chocolatey/malty and minty without the gross pepperminty flavour that I dislike. It had been sitting in a box of “teas to finish” for a while now, so glad I got to it! Nice to make a little sipdown progress tonight, even if it does seem pretty minor when I look at the ridiculous amount of tea to my right…
First impression: this smells like vomit. Oh no. Rancid coconut? Why does coconut seem to go rancid so easily in some teas and not others?
Anyhow, going to give it a shot anyways…
Brewed up, nasty aroma is gone. WHEW. (Ok, the tea has totally cooled, so I can’t speak for when it’s hot.) And the flavour…. is actually better than I was expecting! Creamy, sweet-ish coconut on a pu’erh base. Unfortunately, I’m getting a hint of soapiness, which I’d attribute to the coconut perhaps going off. Seems to be a pretty big trend with coconut (i.e. soapiness, off-flavours).
If the slightly weird flavour/soapiness was not present, I’d have to say that this would pretty much rocket into first place in terms of coconutty blacks (counting pu’erh as a black here, obviously), as it’s not at all astringent/bitter and the base is quite nice and earthy, while the coconut is deliciously creamy. I just am having trouble getting past those off flavours :( Hopefully not all batches of this tea are like that (and I suspect not, which is why some people like this tea while others really don’t). Mediocre rating due to this issue, otherwise it would be in the 80s.