3134 Tasting Notes
So I went to package some of this up for momo the other day, and was curious as to what I thought of it, so I checked on here… and lo and behold, I had not ever actually tried it! Or at least, it appears that it isn’t logged. Given the amount in the bag, my suspicion is that I didn’t actually brew any of it up (in spite of Steepster’s apparent tendency to eat tasting notes). Either way, it had been sitting in my work drawer for a while, and I had no memory of drinking it, so figured I may as well give it a shot!
Turns out that it’s one of the best green mate blends I’ve tasted. Not that I’ve had many, but most seem to churn my stomach a little, but I downed two cups of this one quite happily. It’s probably because it tastes quite fruity, which disguises the flavour of the mate (which is perfect for me!) I actually think it tasted kind of like a less crazy-sweet version of Mango ’n Friends (available from multiple vendors, it appears), which I rather enjoyed when Azzrian sent me a sample of it.
Anyhow, in spite of it being rather tasty for a mate, it would still not likely be my drink of choice if I was given one, unless all the options were green mates. Haha. I imagine it would make a tasty iced beverage in the summer as well, though not sure the remaining cup’s worth of my sample will last that long.
I had been avoiding drinking this one, apparently, as grape isn’t my favourite flavour (I bought this out of curiousity), but I had forgotten that the oolong was quite prominent in here as well. Still a little too candy-ish for me to really love it, but it’s definitely true to the name, and if you like grapes and (green) oolong, this will undoubtedly be a treat for your tastebuds! I drank two tasty infusions last night and probably could have had a third, though I wasn’t in the mood for it.
Backlog from Tuesday (how I missed this one, I’m not entirely sure!) Brewed it up for work, and for some reason it tasted quite salty while I was drinking it. Robotically drank the entire thermos during my morning meeting though, so couldn’t check later to see what was going on. Not sure if it was the tastebuds or the water. I highly doubt it was the tea, since I’ve already had a cup or two from this new bag.
Sipdown! But not of my bag, of the sample that the fabulous momo sent me in our first swap an eon ago (almost a year, yikes!) I’m happy to say, however, that it has plenty of delicious flavour left, although surprisingly there was hardly any genmaicha at all in the blend, and therefore it’s noticeably heavier on the vanilla/marshmallow flavour and there’s very little toastiness. I think, however, that the original blend perhaps had a mix of sencha and genmaicha, so less overall toasted rice than some of the more recently blended genmaicha blends.
Anyways. Yummy! Though better warm than cold… just finished it off, and it had developed a little bit of bitterness.
Thanks to Indigobloom for this sample as well! I’m glad I finally started tackling some more of my samples from her because they’re super tasty!
So yes, I’ve already sipped at this one, and although I was concerned about a lack of aroma initially, there’s enough flavour here to make me happy. I did the same thing as with the Chocolate Orange Pu’erh, and used about 2.5 tsp leaf for 10-12oz., and although it could be stronger, I’m getting tasty, light strawberry on a nice black base, with zero bitterness. I can’t really say I’m tasting shortcake here at all, just a nice strawberry black, but that’s fine by me, as I’m not fond of shortcake anyhow. The DavidsTea version of SS was much truer to actual shortcake, if that’s what someone is looking for!
Planning on doing the same thing for the re-steep as well, and call this a sipdown by using up the remaining 1/2-1 tsp.
ETA: Re-steep was a bit bitter. I think I should have just brewed a really tiny cup with the remaining small amount of leaves instead of mixing the two, because I’m pretty sure there was little to no flavour left in the used leaves. Ah well.
Thanks to Indigobloom for this sample!
I had a pretty rough/emotional evening yesterday, which turned into some depressing nightmares, which is what I’ve been left with this morning. :( Nothing like starting off the day with some heartache, and feeling helpless that there’s nothing I can do to change things. Anyhow, I opted to brew up some samples that I’ve had for ages, in a (probably futile) attempt to make myself feel better.
This one made the cut, as I was looking for something a bit heavier this morning. Brewed up, it smells much more reminiscent of ETS’ Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu’erh, or whatever it is called, than the DavidsTea version of a chocolate orange pu’erh. So basically, I’m detecting delicious caramelly flavours, and really no orange whatsoever. On the sip, I’m pretty much getting the same. Caramelly yum, and maybe just the barest hint of orange. Strangely, I’m not really getting chocolate here either. I could probably be convinced that someone swapped my sample for the Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu’erh, actually (except that there were clearly orange pieces in my baggie!)
So in the end, this tea loses major points for not being chocolatey OR orangey…. however I am very much enjoying my cup of it in spite of that. Since a) this tea is unavailable now anyhow, and b) I tend to rate teas more heavily weighted on flavour than how true the flavour is to the name, I’m going to ignore entirely that fact and rate it high, because it’s very yum.
Also, I should note that I used about 2.5 tsp in my mug (~10-12oz.) to compensate for tea age. I suspect this will re-steep decently, so will probably throw the remaining 1/2-1 tsp of tea into the infuser for the re-steep to use it up. Not that I’m anxious to get rid of it, just…. sipdown! :D
ETA: Re-steep, 4 min at boiling, using the extra leaf, actually has some orange flavour! Shocking :P Still caramelly but less so, and still not getting chocolate. I’m getting a bit of the throat-scratchy feeling now that I get with the DavidsTea version… still can’t figure out what the deal with that is, since I’m pretty sure it doesn’t happen to me with other pu’erhs, but it does happen with rooibos, yet not honeybush. Hrrrrrm.
Yum. I think I might have underleafed/understeeped this one a touch today, but it’s still really good. Almost gone, though! But that’s ok, as I have a sample from Upton, and the rest of my DavidsTea pouch to get through as well. Yum, earl grey creams are the best…. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the non-cream version.
Ahhh, this one’s so good! I think it reminds me a bit of DavidsTea’s Checkmate, although the two teas really aren’t super similar. Either way, I travel mugged this one today and drank it cool after my post-surgery nap (yeah, getting a mole removed totally counts as surgery!! It hurts and I got stitches and everything.)
At some point, I’m definitely getting 2 oz. of this one. Yummers. But for now, I just have a sample pack left (because oh yeah, this was a sipdown of the sample pack I got a few months back!)
I think that technically, there was a sipdown in here, as I’m pretty sure I’ve started on my new bag without finishing the old… haha. Gotta put em together like I did with the Eggnog tea!
Drank this one while watching the Superbowl/playing board games with my boy and his friends. Delicious delicious.