2661 Tasting Notes
Yet another advent calendar sip down! Such progress today!
I honestly don’t recall what my roommate and I initially thought of this tea, but if I recall correctly, we didn’t like it. We did write notes on the back of the advent calendar box (which I ran across tonight, as it happens), so I should definitely check to see what we noted down!
With both the dry and steeped tea, the aroma is coming off as vaguely citrusy, but that’s about all I can pick out.
Flavourwise, now that I know there’s pu’erh in this blend, I suspect we a) didn’t like it and b) the pu’erh was the reason! Now I know what pu’erh is, and what to expect, so I can definitely pick it out here. Luckily it’s not particularly fishy, just has a sort of earthy/mustiness that I associate with pu’erh. I can’t really pick out the oolong at all here, not even in the aftertaste; perhaps it will emerge in later infusions. As for flavouring, a creamy sort of ginger flavour comes out in the aftertaste, which is actually quite pleasant, although it’s rather mild.
I know pu’erh has a multitude of purported health benefits, but I wouldn’t be too likely to pick this tea up again, as there are many other vendors with better pu’erhs that I’d rather drink for the benefits! This one’s pretty so-so; not terrible, but nothing special.
ETA: Bleh, the second infusion (~90C, 5 min) is not to my liking. I think I’m really picky on citrusy-flavoured things, and citrus + pu’erh is not to my liking (nor citrus + green tea, for the most part). No real loss though!
Another sip down from the advent calendar!
By aroma, this one smells exactly like Forever Nuts. I’m not actually certain if I’d be able to tell them apart. It’s a warm, cinnamonny, nutty aroma. Absolutely delicious!
The flavour does differentiate the two, however; Sleigh Ride seems to have some tartness which isn’t present in Forever Nuts, but other than that, it’s apple cinnamon pie with a hint of nuttiness. Really quite tasty, but I prefer the lack of tartness in Forever Nuts.
A great tea to have tried, but another one I won’t be missing! (Although now I’m having wicked cravings for Forever Nuts!)
ETA: Second infusion is weakly appley. Not bad. I could have used more tea, I think, so probably a pretty good result all things considering!
Ok, so apparently I’d already logged this one! Awesome! I’m finishing off the last of the Advent Calendar tin tonight, and remembering that this one is really quite, quite tasty! I wish I had brewed up 52teas’ Melange Rooibos to compare, but I didn’t, and I’m too lazy to bother, so I guess I won’t get to compare the two!
Anyhow, this one’s a perfectly spiced, seemingly nutty (and definitely coconutty!) as well as slightly chocolatey version of chai. No problems with the rooibos base here either; it’s quite mild and not medicinal at all, perhaps it is contributing to the nuttiness. Definitely a chai I’d re-purchase, although I have plenty of other non-caffeinated teas to finish off before I should be buying something else for the evening.
I’d highly recommend this tea to anyone looking for a delicious evening chai without the risk of caffeine!
ETA: Second infusion is still quite good! Perhaps a bit less chocolatey, but still deliciously spicy and lacking in strange flavours coming from the rooibos.
ETA again: Third infusion today was still pretty tasty. I’m very sad that this one’s all gone now! I think a fourth infusion may have been possible, but I have waaaay too many infusers on the go right now, and this one had been sitting around too long at this point.
Gave this one another shot today with breakfast. Even with using more tea, and a longer infusion (which I’ve found really only makes the tea overly spicy), I’m not satisfied with the base of this chai. It’s just too light for me, and too overpowered by the spices. I’m not getting enough chocolate for my liking, either. Perhaps with milk I would be happier, but as is, nope.
So… I tried an experiment. I had also brewed up some Laoshan Black for my roommate, so took the infuser filled with the once-used leaves, and popped it into my still-hot cup for… a little while (a bit longer than I intended as I received an email with some very sad news in it… the secretary in my dep’t had a massive heart attack last night and passed away :( ) Anyhow, the result was quite a bit improved! The chocolatey Laoshan notes complemented the chai so incredibly well, making the cup incredibly delicious! I did recently pick up a sample of the Laoshan Village Chai, and now I’m wondering if that’s essentially what I just made by mixing these two teas together.
So the first cup I tried this way was rather delicious, and a re-steep of first the chai (2nd infusion), then the Laoshan Black (3rd infusion) was also pretty good.
I don’t really want to have to mix all my Laoshan Black in with this chai though, so I still need to work on how best to drink this.
I was pretty sure I hadn’t reviewed this tea… it was one I purchased and drank pre-Steepster and didn’t much care for, so I probably haven’t had it since last December or January or so! This is part of my unofficial “Drink up the old teas!” plan. Also, apologies in advance – I have a bunch of backlogged reviews to get to in a bit! Internet issues earlier and a lack of time led to some unlogged teas – hopefully I remember them all!
This one has always smelled predominantly like somewhat orangey bubble gum. Not my favourite flavour/aroma; I was always hoping this would be more like an orange creamsicle. And when I put the infuser basket into the water today, I was greeted by a rather vomit-like aroma that I don’t recall from having this one previously…. not exactly making this sound appetizing, am I?
Anyways, the unpleasant aroma appeared to have dissipated by the time I went to drink the tea (whew!), and today, for whatever reason, the flavour seems to be much closer to orange creamsicle than I remember! Joy! It’s actually pretty good! Creamy citrus, with a minimum of flavours that could be interpreted as bubble gum. Rooibos fairly quiet in the background, perhaps a little woody, but that’s about it. So I must admit, surprisingly tasty, but not a tea I’d be too likely to pick up again. I won’t have much problem finishing off the rest of my bag though!
This tea came to me by way of Azzrian, who received it via Steepster Select and found it to be nothing special… but I am so glad it found its way to me!!! Let me explain:
First off, the smell! Delicious, delicious pear Jelly Bellies! That’s exactly how it smells, to me! I’m not really sure that it’s a particularly realistic pear aroma, but I happen to like pear Jelly Bellies, and fake pear flavouring, so I’m pretty excited! I could smell a touch of rooibos behind the pear, but it wasn’t really bothering me. I had my roommate smell this one as well, and she found something in it to be offputting, which I found surprising (but that’s ok, more for me!)
Anyways, onto the flavour! I lost track of how long I infused this one for (a while), but it’s ok as it’s a rooibos… and also not an issue because the flavour is absolutely delicious! A strong pear flavour as per the aroma, again with the rooibos present but unassuming (thankfully) in the background. I’m not sure that I’m really getting “caramelized” pear from the tea, and would really like to mix a little creme caramel rooibos or something similar in here to see what happens…. but this tea is sweet and delicious as is! Much less finicky than DavidsTea’s Sencha Pear, but with the same great pear flavour.
This one’s a winner for me! And bonus – caffeine-free, so I can enjoy it before bed! Perfect! Thank you so much Azz, this tea definitely found a better home here!
ETA: Re-steep pretty good! A bit more rooibos, but still a strong pear flavour. Tasty!
Drinking a Timolino-full of this while waiting for the boy’s soccer game to start. First time I have ever actually been thankful for the Timolino’s ability to retain heat… I brewed this up over an hour ago, and it is only just cooled enough for me to avoid scalding myself.
Delicious as usual, even with a hint of chai. 11-minute infusion today, this oolong can handle anything!!!
Bought a sample of this on a whim because it was being, at least temporarily, discontinued. Not flavours I care for, just insatiable curiousity! Therefore unless it’s fabulous, no numerical rating from me, because mint and I usually do not agree.
Brewed, the aroma is, to be honest, revoltingly of mint. Yep. I’m less enthused to try this one now that I’ve smelled it, but past experience tells me that sometimes aromas to not dictate flavour. So I’ve crossed my fingers… eh, nope. In this case, it’s pretty accurate. Lots, and lots, and lots of mint. A nice refreshingly minty aftertaste (which I don’t seem to find with many mint teas), but I’m not getting any other flavours aside from the pu’erh base. I neglected to rinse this tea, but I doubt that that would have had a great deal of impact on the flavour unless it perhaps brought out the pu’erh a bit more. The second infusion smells like pu’erh (I would almost be inclined to call it “fishy”, but not quite) and again, mint, although the flavour is more pu’erh than mint this time. Still not getting any of the other flavours.
Ah well. This one is not a blend for me, and that’s ok! I had no expectation that it would be, so at least I only have a cup’s worth left to finish off! I do have to say, though, that I’m disappointed to not be able to discern any of the flavourings aside from mint (although I can tell there are both spearmint and peppermint here).
Just brewed some of this one up, and OH MY GOODNESS this smells so incredibly delicious! Like creamy caramels mixed with that delicious vegetal flavour… it is all I can do not to gulp this down, but I’d surely burn my throat quite badly.
Cool faster, tea!!! Updated tasting note to come…
Also, for reference, I brewed ~4g of this in ~6oz. of 175F water for about 30 seconds. All approximate, yep. If this is as delicious as the aroma, hopefully I can replicate it…
ETA: Ok, I have very little experience with straight white teas, but this one is absolutely amazing! I love love LOVE vegetal greens, particularly ones with a natural rock sugary sweetness (like the Dragonwell-style Laoshan Green), but this is completely something else. Not rock sugar, but definitely creamy, sweet caramel with that Laoshan background. Amazing. I only picked up a sample of this one, but I suspect a full ounce or two may be headed my way sooner than my bank account would prefer…
ETA again: Yummmmm. I would be hard-pressed to identify this as a white tea over a green, but I really don’t care… this one is so good!
ETA a third time: Second infusion, 175F for a minute, is astringent but not unpleasantly so. The vegetal, green-beany flavour is very present, and leaves a strong, caramelly, vegetal aftertaste. Oh so good. I do, however, think that a 45s infusion may have been a touch better – less strong! Or more water. Either way, this is one yummy tea.
Another work tea; I needed to amp up my stash so threw a (not entirely) random bunch of teas in my backpack last night. Yay!
Sadly, although this smells delicious as usual, I am getting a major hit of stevia here which is throwing me off. This is a new bag from the one I previously had…. so perhaps they were different. Or, maybe I just overleafed and therefore over-stevia-ed. Anyways, I’m not enjoying this one as much as I remember previously, and it’s mostly because it’s sickeningly sweet (the chocolate is quite nice though!) and rather scummy, although the latter bit was expected.
Sad, sad. Perhaps I’ll leave the last of what’s in my cup, add some water, and re-steep…
ETA: Blegh, my re-steep attempt was not pleasant. I’m going to hope that this was a one-off occurrence, and my next cup is better, as this one was, frankly, rather icky.