2756 Tasting Notes
This came out of my “try this already!” box. And since everything else I had set to brew up tonight (aside from re-steeps) was an unflavoured tea, I felt like a bit of flavouring… although this wouldn’t have been my first choice given the negative reviews of it I’ve seen.
To start with, the aroma from the dry tea is a bit offputting. I would agree that the aroma is reminiscent of cola in a… chemically sort of way. But, I don’t like cola (and especially not cherry cola) to begin with, so who knows, maybe it smells normal to all those pop lovers! Brewed up it smells pretty similar, though not as bad as I was expecting.
The flavour, though, is where it massively crashes and burns. There is just something WRONG with the initial taste. It’s quite strong, and chemically, and truly terrible. Bleeeech. I’ve had seriously oversteeped greens that are more palatable than this!! I’m finding that the aftertaste isn’t completely terrible; it does remind me of coke, but unfortunately, I’m not willing to drink another terrible sip in order to achieve the aftertaste. I was contemplating trying this one with sweetener, but I think that would be a waste of sugar.
My advice? Avoid this tea at all costs unless you have an affinity for drinking chemicals. I’ve complained about flavouring oils and chemical flavours before, but no tea I’ve tried has been quite this bad (ok, other than the vomit-flavoured Pina Colada from Adagio. I would drink this over that.)
Down the drain this goes! Perhaps I’ll run up and grab a Persimmon Tree or Whispering Pines sample that I have yet to try, since I’m still craving something flavoured.
Drank some of this yesterday at work, in a travel thermos. Pretty tasty! A yummy, nutty, caramelly black, without too much astringency. Drinking the re-steep right now, and it’s surprisingly delicious! I think I’m getting some chocolatey flavours today along with the caramel. A good purchase :D
I received a sample of this from Mercuryhime , thank you! I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to brew this one up – it’s such an appealing dark green, and I’m fairly certain that gyokuros have that intense vegetal, beany flavour that I adore (like Laoshan green!)
Sure enough, the aroma from this one brewed is absolutely delightful! Potent and like steamed green beans, I feel like I could almost chew the tea! The colour of the brew is also a fantastic bright green (although the colour fades as the tea sits). Mmmm, yup, this one is delicious. Beany yet grassy and strong. Unfortunately, I think I gave it 15 seconds too long, which has caused some bitterness :( but it’s still pretty good.
Thanks Mercuryhime! This one’s totally up my alley! :D
Giving this one a second shot! This time I decided to double the amount of tea, and keep the infusion time the same. So about 2 tsp of leaf (it’s so hard to measure though, it could have been more than that) in 8 oz. water.
This time, there’s a definite sweet green tea aroma, and plenty of flavour. Yum! It’s not an overtly vegetal flavour; kind of minerally and sweet, a bit like a field of sweet grass? I think I may have overleafed a bit, as there’s a bit of astringency, but it’s reasonably tasty. I prefer my greens to be vegetal and beany, like steamed veggies, instead of leafy/grassy, so this won’t rank in my favourites, but I have found a way to enjoy it!
ETA: So I guess the second infusion of this was pretty good – I drank it all in record time! Yum! And the leaves survived sitting for two days (uncommon for a green, in my previous experience)! Awesome! Trying for a third momentarily…
ETA again: Third infusion is pretty light, even steeped in half the water for 4 minutes. Still reasonable though (and I’m cold, and it’s a hot beverage!) Definitely like this tea much, much better when made stronger than recommended.
Uh…. am I the only one who thinks that this is pretty much the same as CTG’s sticky rice tuocha? Complete with being flavoured by that herb that imparts the sticky rice aroma/flavour? I read through the tasting notes quickly, and only really see one or two mentions of sticky rice, which I think is really odd. I can understand to some extent how it could be mistaken for corn, but I’m surprised that more people haven’t mentioned this…
Anyways, I gave this little guy a haphazard rinse in some 205C water before a 1.5 minute infusion. The tuocha hasn’t yet fully broken apart, so I’m sure I have a few more infusions ahead.
The aroma is light and sweet and smells like sticky rice; the flavour is light and sweet and also like sticky rice, haha. It’s really quite delicious, and absolutely perfect paired with my current guilty pleasure, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme drops. (I went shopping hungry…)
The one big difference IMO between this and the sticky rice tuocha I tried from CTG/lynne-tea (or maybe it was the one from Amy oh) is that this one is clearly less finicky and doesn’t get bitter as easily. I really will have to compare the two though, because at least in my mind, the similarities are quite high.
ETA: Whoops, second infusion of this got a touch strong. I meant to stick with 1:30 but it got 2:45 as I didn’t set a timer that beeped. Still good, but just a bit overpowering. I am still strongly reminded of sticky rice touchas, and there’s almost a hint of astringency here, but I’m positive that’s because it was left a bit too long.
This one is just not as tasty when steeped away from home, in a thermos. Just, not as tasty :(
ETA: However, I must note that this one is so much, infinitely better when cooled off. In fact, it tasted quite delicious when I finished it off hours later! So brewing it up in the office was apparently not really the problem, it was that I was trying to drink it too hot! :D
Hmm. This was tea #2 for the morning, in a thermos borrowed from my roommate. I quite generously leafed my cup of tea, but still, the flavour is very weak. There’s definitely a coconutty flavour, some chocolate, and a sweet amaretto-y/marzipan almond flavour, but the tea base is just so, so weak here. Perhaps it’s because I had three flavourfully-based blacks this morning (third infusion of Verdant’s Laoshan Black, second infusion of Verdant’s Mi Lan Dancong Black, and 52 teas’ Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake) that I’m finding it extra noticeable, but I was kind of disappointed. Downgrading the rating a bit. I really want to love this tea, but I think it needs a bit more background for that to happen.
Apparently I overleafed today, as this was pretty astringent for me today (though lovely flavour beneath the astringency). Buuuut it was in my Timolino, and I had nothing else to eat/drink, so down it went. :D
I think, though, that I am going to not re-purchase this one. As good as it is, I have a ton of other flavoured blacks to take to work for the time being!
I should not have brewed this up tonight, I’m way too tired for a proper review. Basically, it’s absolutely delicious, and has the same honey notes as Butiki’s Mi Xian Black (does Mi mean honey or something?) There’s an amazing oolongy aftertaste, and I pretty much love this tea. At first I expected something more like the Laoshan Black (only because the aroma seemed to be kind of cocoa-y), but it’s much different. I’ll try more infusions tomorrow, and still have half my sample packet left to try later. Sleeeeeeeeeep.
ETA: Second infusion was pretty good; third was quite weak. This tea certainly doesn’t have the longevity of Laoshan Black. I will hopefully remember to compare the last of this to the last of my Mi Xian Black to figure out how similar they are/what my preference is!