2823 Tasting Notes
Can’t have an indulgent feel-good evening of teas to help my work without some Marshmallow Treat! My packet only has enough for like, 4 cups left, so Frank had better get on a re-blend soon! (Or I might fail out of grad school. Just saying….)
Anyways, this was a tea of last night. Gotta conserve, so other options are for tonight…
(Also, I have noticed the past couple times I brewed this up that it’s remarkably resilient to oversteeping! As long as I’ve waited until the right temp, which is ~82C, going over 3 minutes doesn’t seem to ruin the flavour too much. A touch of astringency, but hardly even noticeable. Great since I keep oversteeping it!)
Ha, I’m a terrible tealogger sometimes. Forgot I brewed this up all nice and delicious with milk and sugar last night. I was working on a presentation until the wee hours of the morning, and it was deliciously indulgent. With that presentation completed, I’m now working on #2 which is to be given tomorrow morning. Yay for committee meetings… Anyways, I had two tasty cups of it (but forgot to reduce the water for the second cup to make it better. Sad sad.)
I was craving a creamy coconutty tea tonight. Not quite this one… haha, I just realized that it is/was DavidsTea’s Buttercream that I’m craving! (Or Persimmon’s Coconut Creme, but Buttercream is better.) Glad I figured that out! Anyways, this was the only non-black coconut option I could think of for the time being (I’m sure I have tons of others, I’m just blanking). It’s highly satisfying and toasty as usual, but I’m really craving that touch of sweetness that either of the other two teas would give me. No regrets on brewing this up though, I haven’t had it in a while!
For whatever reason, I’m really enjoying this today in spite of still thinking it a bit on the weak side. I can really taste the delicious base tea, with the light spicing floating overtop, and it’s really quite pleasant. I needed a change from the teas I’ve been drinking repeatedly lately, and I bought 2 oz. of this one, so into the cup it went! Good choice, self :D
Nom nom nom. A travel mug of this one accompanied me to the boy’s house last night! Drank it in between pathetic attempts at playing songs on Rocksmith. I am clueless about playing the guitar (which is super frustrating because I’m decent at piano, and seem to think that the two should correlate a heck of a lot better than they do!) Ah well. Practice makes perfect…
Thanks Teavivre for yet another generously-sized sample of a tea I’m quite interested in trying! I seem to have developed a fondness for jasmine whites instead of jasmine greens, so hopefully this one works for me!
The aroma emanating from the packet is strongly of a sweet, delicious jasmine. It almost makes me think candy! Delicious. The tea is a bit more subdued (probably a good thing), but has a nice jasmine aroma that makes me think of Chinese food (haha), but unlike the tea I have at my favourite Chinese restaurant, the flavour here is sweet and delicate (and quite floral, although that’s the same), and completely smooth and silky. All the jasmine deliciousness without the bitterness/astringency from green tea.
I’m not quite sure whether I prefer Verdant’s Yunnan White Jasmine or this tea (I’m not likely to keep multiple white jasmines on hand), so will have to do a comparison one day.
Thanks to Teavivre for a sample of this tea! I haven’t tried too many dragon wells yet, so am happy for the opportunity to try out another one and see how it compares!
The aroma of the brewed tea is light and sweet and a bit like boiled veggies (although that’s really only a hint). Unfortunately, I think I really underleafed this tea (forgot I was using a bit mug, and probably only scooped in ~1.5 tsp), and I am not getting a lot of flavour from it in spite of oversteeping it by over a minute. What I can taste is a bit of rock sugar sweetness in kind of a boiled veggie broth. Not astringent at all (but I’ve found that dragonwells don’t seem to get as astringent as some other greens for whatever reason). I’ll have to give this another shot later, but it’s certainly promising!
This tea is surprisingly tasty! A hint of ginger and yes, artificial fruity flavours that make it taste like a light fruit punch. But it’s somehow quite delicious. I drank the cup before writing this note and now can’t remember everything, so I’ll have to fill the rest in later. But, I think that will come quite soon as I think I may travel mug some for tonight :D
ETA: Second infusion is light and a bit citrusy. It’s good! I think this tea is what I want herbals to be like – light on the fruit so it’s not overpowering, and hibiscus-free! Seriously, if any of you ordered this one from Caraway, I’d recommend you give it a shot. My expectations weren’t high, but this is pretty darn good. I wouldn’t say it’s anything special, like a Butiki blend, but it’s good for what it is!
So, I inadvertently brewed up two peach blacks this morning, as I was unaware that the tea I received from Sil had peach flavouring as well! (Actually, it just occurred to me that the third sample I brought down is also peach! But it’s Peach Ginger White, or something to that effect. I guess I had peaches on the brain…) This sample was of course generously provided by Azzrian! Thanks for the chance to try out your custom blend! :D
Now, a disclaimer. I hate beer. I probably don’t like hops. I am apparently picky about peach flavouring in tea (well, it may just be DavidsTea’s peach flavouring). However, this is too cool to pass up!
Brewed up, it smells a bit peachy, and there’s another flavour I can’t quite put my finger on. Perhaps it’s the hops, but I don’t really know why they’d be familiar. Or maybe it’s peach flavouring from another tea? Oh wait… it kind of smells like…. Butiki’s Apricot Guayasa! I think that’s the association I’m making. Anyways. The flavour is definitely interesting. I’m getting some bitterness but not really astringency… is this the hops? They are bitter, aren’t they? Bleeehhhhhhh. I can taste some delicious peachiness in there too, but the bitterness is making me sad. I suspect this is a yum tea for beer drinkers, but not so much for me. So bitter my mouth is getting all contorted, haha.
On that note, if anyone I’m swapping with in the near future is curious to try this tea, I have a couple cups’ worth to send off! I wouldn’t suggest trying it if you dislike bitterness or beer. :) No rating because I should have known I wouldn’t like it (and therefore a 30 is soooo mean!)