2245 Tasting Notes
Misplaced note from a few days ago, nothing new.
Sample #3 from Indigobloom! Look at me go! If this tea was already on Steepster, I couldn’t find it, so let me know and I’ll move it. (Speaking of that, I definitely didn’t move that Yorkshire Black from Azzrian yet… whoops.)
Ok, definitely a bit of a smoky, toasty note to the aroma of this one.
Hmm, interesting. The flavour is a sweet, roasted sort of flavour. It kind of reminds me of genmaicha, with a couple lapsang souchong leaves mixed in. The sip ends with a nice, round, sweet flavour, almost caramelly, but perhaps not quite. There’s some astringency, which maybe could be reduced by a shorter infusion time, so maybe something to try in the future.
I think I definitely prefer the more vegetal, greener green teas. Although this one’s okay, I think I’d turn to a genmaicha for a similar flavour palette. I feel like the smokiness could work well in blends though – does nobody make gunpowder blends??
ETA: Second infusion for about 2 min at 175F wasn’t great. I think I’m just not terribly fond of this sort of green tea.
Thanks Missy and Dylan for sending along some of their custom blend! Figured a little chamomile couldn’t hurt tonight.
The chamomile is quite apparent (as I was warned), but I no longer have such an aversion to it as I used to. I’m convinced that the flavour I thought was chamomile was actually a combination of chamomile and peppermint (which I do still dislike), and so poor chamomile suffered because I had never tried it without peppermint.
Steeped, the cup smells like a minty, sweet-ish chamomile.
The flavour is much more layered. I can taste chamomile with a bit of lemongrass combined with a slight hint of fruitiness (not clearly strawberry). The spearmint adds a lovely minty crispness to the flavour without the icky peppermint taste, which I really appreciate. I think there’s perhaps a touch of cinnamon appearing at the end of the sip, but it’s hard to pick out. I don’t think I’m tasting figs at all.
Great blend! Both to you guys for choosing the combination, and Ovation for the expert blending that made this tea a delicious flavour explosion instead of having one flavour overwhelm everything else.
Too lazy to bother with aromas and whatnot because I have been doing quite a lot of that lately… did I mention I’m taking part in a cheese-tasting panel? As in, doing sensory analysis on cheeses? An hour a day for something like 6 weeks. We’re currently in the training stage, which involves tasting different concentrations of saline, bitter, umami solutions and ranking them by concentration, and identifying said flavours in cheese samples, etc. etc. Working up to a comparison of reduced salt cheddars. It’s really neat!
Wow. This one tastes fabulous! Not gingerale, but a fabulous creamy, citrusy (bergamot)-y white tea. Yes, definitely tastes like a white earl grey. Kind of like DavidsTea’s Earl of Lemon, now that I’m thinking about it. I’m really not getting any ginger though, which is kind of sad :(
Definitely kicking myself for not ordering this one as a freebie, since it’s turns out neither Peach Fuzz Chai nor Black Currant Bai Mu Dan was really a hit with me. Oh well! I think I have two cups’ worth left of this, so will just have to savour it (and compare to Earl of Lemon!)
Thanks so much for passing a bit of this on, Dylan & Missy! I know how much you liked it so I appreciate your willingness to part with a bit!
ETA: Second cup is delicious, although a bit oversteeped, I think. Also probably hurts it that the tea sat out for a few days. My bad.
Steeped, the smell is definitely somewhat like dark chocolate, with undertones of a wealth of other aromas.
The taste is chocolatey and… rather tasty! Hmmm… I am tasting the lingering sweetness that indicates licorice. Blah. That means I won’t pick this one up again, as I’d always struggle to drink it.
I’m to lazy to really analyze this one tonight, but on top of the dark chocolate there are light fruity flavours and the licorice. That’s about all I can taste (and the licorice is really only an aftertaste thing). Glad to have tried it; another sample I’ll be looking to offload though.
Couldn’t resist picking up the new teas tonight, so swung by DavidsTea 20 minutes before close and picked up 8 new teas, 1 old tea, and one of their adorable little glass “gung fu” teapots that I’ve been eyeing up for a while now.
This one smells. Like. Pina Colada. Exactly like it! Reminds me of the Fusion Tea Room version, which also smelled right, although didn’t taste close enough for me.
I guess Tropicalia was being sampled as the tea of the day, so I got to try a cup of it iced as my samples were being packaged up, and although it was a bit weak for me, it actually tasted like pina colada! Did someone actually finally get it right?! I was told that making it into a latte was a fabulous idea…
I’m having it hot now (only because I’m too lazy to wait for it to cool)… the smell of the steeped liquor is delicious. Creamy and like a pina colada. Heavier on the pineapple than coconut, which is perfectly fine.
The taste is pretty friggin’ good. Pineappley with a lingering coconutty creaminess. Actually, the more I drink, the more I’m falling in love. This could possibly replace pina coladas for me!
Seriously, if you love pina coladas, try this tea! None of the other three I’ve tried have come close enough for me to consider them as a replacement. There is a bit of apple flavour showing up in this one, but it’s not taking over and just is adding a bit of sweetness/tartness/body.
I’m going to cold-steep some of this tonight and see how it fares. I have high hopes for it and Luscious Watermelon!
Still on the quest for a great pear tea. This one has possibility, although hard to know if it qualifies since it’s a tisane…
Steeped, the smell is quite sweet and candy-like. Familiar, maybe like a sweet ripe pear. A bit different from what I was expecting.
Oh wow. This is tart. Definitely wasn’t prepared for that. Is there hibiscus?? Hmm. It doesn’t taste (or look) like hibiscus. There’s also a perfumey sweet pear flavour alongside the tartness, which altogether fade into a very pear-like lingering aftertaste (it’s really too bad the tea itself didn’t have this flavour, as it’s actually pretty good).
Not bad, but this won’t be my perfect pear tea. I’m glad I only bought 10g, so I can get on with enjoying other teas. I will probably cold brew the rest of my sample and see how it fares that way!
The dry tea smells quite interesting for this one. Like mango juice, but with a chili pepper overtone which borders a touch too closely on sweet pepper for me.
Steeped, I mostly smell mango with a small, almost imperceptible, hit of chili.
Ooh! Different! Mango with a definite chili kick. Not overpowering to me personally, but quite balanced, actually. Like Indigobloom however, I can’t really taste the green tea. I have to assume it’s there, because I put quite a bit of it in, and maybe I’m tasting a bit of lingering green tea flavour, but this does come off as a bit more of a tisane, for sure.
Unfortunately, the chili flavour is edging a bit too much towards sweet peppers (as I previously mentioned), and given my intense dislike of sweet peppers, that pretty much means I won’t be buying this one again. I may in fact try to hand off the rest of my packet. I definitely appreciate this tea for what it is though!
Mmmmm, roasty toasty goodness.
Unfortunately I just contaminated my tastebuds quite severely by having some teriyaki sauce (aka lime/soy sauce/ginger/copious garlic), so a review at this time would be entirely unfair. I also think I should directly compare the three genmaichas I have in my cupboard. So I’ll do that next time!
Thanks for the sample of this one, Missy & Dylan!
Thank you Missy and Dylan for this surprise sample! Right up my alley!
Dry and steeped, this smells overwhelmingly like coconut. A similar sort of aroma to that I got from both Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong, and Spice & Tea Exchange’s Coconut Oolong. Yum.
The taste is coconutty. And then more coconut. With a second helping of delicious, nutty coconut. The only thing I’m missing is a bit more of the black tea base, but as I’m being super cautious lately and not steeping blacks for longer than 3 minutes, perhaps that was my error. I’m not sure – I kept myself from reading everyone else’s tasting notes this time!
Anyhow, while this tea is coconutty, it unfortunately isn’t much else. I guess I’m not a person with simple tastes? (Haha.) I think I would prefer Coconut Cream Pie over this one if given the choice, but I imagine it would be fabulous to blend with for that strong coconut flavour!
(Is it wrong to wonder what Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Black might taste like with this sort of coconut flavour?!)
Anyways, thanks for the sample guys! Definitely loving the coconut :D
ETA: Second infusion was intensely and wonderfully coconutty too!! Awesome.