3034 Tasting Notes
Ok, I oversteeped this one a bit yesterday (note to self: just go for four minutes), but it was still the first travel mug I finished drinking of the three, by a good solid few hours. There was just a bit of bitterness. There’s something about pumpkin spice teas in travel mugs that just makes me happy, so I’m glad I grabbed another 2 oz. of this one.
Well, it looks like I’m just going to be a dissenter on this tea. I had it in my travel mug yesterday, and while it was ok, there was something off that I didn’t enjoy. It’s light on flavour, to begin with, and I can definitely taste marshmallow, but that’s about it. I’m wondering if I’m wanting a stronger black base here to kind of offset the marshmallow/caramel sweetness, because usually I like a sweet black.
I think I have enough left for a cup or two… perhaps Raritea or Indigobloom would be interesting in sampling it (if I remember to bring it along this weekend), because I really have no desire to finish it off.
Thanks to LiberTeas for a sample of this one, that apparently has been sitting in my box for quite a while!
I think this tea may be suffering a bit from old age; I can both smell and taste some delicious real grapefruit flavour, with a brothy green base, but the flavour isn’t terribly strong. It may also be that my expectation was for something more along the lines of Butiki’s Grapefruit Dragon, which literally tasted like unsweetened grapefruit juice.
Either way, this isn’t bad; I’d try using more than 1.5 tsp leaf next time to see if I can amp up the flavour a bit. There wasn’t any astringency, so I think I’d be ok with an extra half teaspoon.
I’m pretty sure some of this is soon en route to me as part of Lupicia’s Happy Bag sale… (so I’m hoping I can figure out how to improve its flavour a bit!)
Decided to use a whole 5g package of this one instead of leaving remnants… so since I didn’t want a huuuuge mug of tea, I opted to go for gongfu-style brewing, which I don’t often do. I used about 10 oz. water with my 5g of tea, so definitely a higher water:leaf ratio, but I didn’t want an accidentally overly bitter brew!
First infusion (15 seconds):
The aroma I’m getting is quite burny, at first. Not smoky, just… burny. The good sort though! As the cup cooled, the burned aroma turned a little bit chocolatey, and that’s how this cup tastes. Predominantly of… burnt chocolate! Keep in mind that this is not a bad thing at all… it’s pretty tasty, in fact!
Second infusion (10 seconds):
Less “burny”, more dark chocolate. Pretty good, although perhaps 15 seconds would have been ok after all (I now err on the side of caution with the second infusion; I’ve noticed that if I increase infusion time on the second infusion, I usually end up with something unpleasant and bitter, because the first infusion of course included the time to hydrate the leaves. I imagine that if I rinsed my teas, I wouldn’t have this “issue”, but I don’t want to waste any tea goodness!) Anyhow, in addition to this slightly modified flavor profile, there’s a nice sweet finish at the end of the cup now that I hadn’t previously noticed. Granted, I also just finished this off cold, so perhaps it’s an artifact of the tea having cooled.
Well… I think this is better than the first time I had it, but I’m still not a big fan. It’s quite cloudy, and tastes like a cinnamon, watery, somewhat chocolatey chai. Can’t really taste the coconut at all, though it’s probably just coming out as a bit of creaminess. So unfortunate; this blend sounds like it should be so tasty, but it’s really just a big flop.
Bumping the rating up a bit, because this is certainly not as terrible as the first time, but still not a tea I’d recommend to anyone.
Sipdown! I keep thinking that I didn’t like this tea, and then being surprised that it’s tasty. Happened again tonight, haha. I think it’s Stormy Night, the other tea I’m having some of tonight, that I disliked. Or something else. Anyways, this is pretty tasty today. I’d call it something along the lines of Marshmallow Chai, as I still don’t taste “toasted” marshmallow, and there’s spicing in here. Along with an incredibly delicious amount of creaminess that must be from the marshmallows. Mmmmm. Not bad at all, though not something I need to keep around (well, had I fewer teas I probably would).
Anyways, farewell, another tea packet! My “sipped down” box is growing! (Yeah, I’m keeping all my used up packets so I can see that I’ve actually made progress, hahahaha.)
The aroma is fairly non-descript and sweet. I think I may have oversteeped this one a bit as there’s a bit of bitterness, but aside from that, it’s reasonably tasty. Sweet, light strawberries. I can just barely pick out the white tea in here.
Overall, not bad, but I think I prefer DT’s Strawberry White. More white tea flavor, less sweet (not a fan of pre-sweetened teas, generally, and I gotta think that there’s sugar in here).
Second infusion: Hmm, I think I may actually prefer this infusion. I’m getting more of a caramelly flavor, with lighter strawberry and less sweetness. Not bad! Leaves had little aroma after this though, so into the compost they went.
Mmm, tasty. I didn’t know what tea I wanted tonight (yet again, I’m mad at myself for sleeping the ENTIRE day instead of going to work…. something must be wrong with me :( ) but I pulled out the box of Teaopia teas I still had and figured I’d try to make a bit of progress on them.
I still think this is a fabulous herbal, and one I’d definitely recommend to moderate ginger lovers. No hibiscus, sweetness that’s not artificial…. pretty good!
Yeah, that’s right, I’m drinking some Buttercream. Mmmmmmmm. But I need to sleep and not be making trips to the bathroom all night, so I think I’ll leave the rest of my cup until the morning.
PS: Super huge thanks to all three of you that so generously sent me Buttercream, so I should have enough of this tea to last me a while!
Another sample from KittyLovesTea, thanks! And, another sipdown! :D
I admittedly am often not a fan of citrusy teas. I adore citrus fruits, but generally dislike fake citrus flavouring, and peel. And I’m not super keen on lemon myrtle, or lemongrass (in tea). So, I’m pretty picky when it comes to this sort of thing, although ever-curious.
Unfortunately, I think this is a big miss in the citrus department for me. Something smells funky and off, to begin with, and then I taste what is coming off to me as, say, a lemon-flavoured cough drop (I loathe cough drops). And yes, I realize it’s called “lemon drop cooler”, but I’m getting medicinal flavours that I’m really not caring for, and that’s what’s bothering me (and honeybush doesn’t usually come off as medicinal for me).
I imagine in part, this sample is a touch old and that may be contributing to funky flavours, but I’m willing to bet that I wouldn’t enjoy this even if it was freshly blended (and allowed to sit for a few weeks). My rating would probably be in the 33 or so range, but I’ll give this tea the benefit of the doubt, chalk some of its problems up to age, and therefore refrain from rating. I do see that this tea is generally highly rated, so I’m curious as to what it originally tasted like, but I suspect I will never find that out! Sigh :P
Anyhow, thanks for the sample, KittyLovesTea! I still appreciate it even if I didn’t like it!