2195 Tasting Notes
Suuuuuper excited to try this one!! Azzrian was generous enough to send me a sample of her precious, precious stash! Ever since being in Japan and experiencing melon everything (seriously. Among other things, I bought a melon Kit Kat and have a melon Pocky key chain), I’ve adored melon. Mostly honeydew, but cantaloupe will do as well!
The tea smells like classic melon. Even more excited now, because that’s exactly what I was hoping for!
AHHHHH OHMYGOODNESS!! THIS IS AMAZING! Tastes like liquid, creamy melon in a cup. And with a glorious aftertaste of creaminess. It’s light, but I am loving it. LOVING IT. (Right, like you couldn’t tell.)
I can’t taste a great deal of white tea, but have been getting hints here and there.
Ohhhhh man. This is… probably better than I was expecting. I will now make my way to Butiki’s website instead of showering and going to bed, like I should be doing. Yep, it’s good enough that I want more NOW.
Cannot thank you enough, Azzrian! I know it was probably super hard to part with, but thank you sooooo much!!
Three big consecutive tea hits in a night. Good thing this doesn’t happen too often…..
ETA: Ooh! Second infusion (same parameters) is different and interesting. Tastes more like cantaloupe without the cream, this time. Delicious, authentic taste though. This is so good :D (I’m tasting something odd here too… pretty sure my mouth is having a few issues right now. Sigh.)
ETA again: Wow. Even the third infusion tastes lovely. And the fourth! Yes, the flavour is weakened, but… yum. I would go for a fifth if I didn’t have like 8 cups of other teas sitting around me right now :D
The smell is oolongy and delicious. Not as much floral as I was expecting.
Taste-wise, I’m obviously getting lovely strong autumn tieguanyin floral flavours and butteriness, which just seem to be enhanced by the blending. Delicious. It really isn’t a blend that’s all that far off from the autumn tieguanyin, but just enough to make it different. I can’t specifically pick out jasmine, saffron, or citrus though (which is ok with me!)
Ohhh yes. Loving the oolongy aftertaste. Looooving.
Definitely curious to see what the second infusion will bring. Probably not tonight though, after looking at the time… (what can I say, I was in the lab until 1:30am!)
Thanks for the sample, Azzrian!
ETA: Ok, definitely tasting the orange in the second infusion! Actually, at a little over 3 minutes I feel it’s a touch oversteeped (at 94C this time). A bit of astringency coming out which is unnecessary. Definitely much less floral as well. (And again, the funky taste which confirms that yes, indeed, brushing your teeth half an hour before tea is a Bad Idea. Good thing it’s only an aftertaste.)
Mostly oolong in the third infusion, but I can get some floral notes that aren’t usually around in oolongs for me at this point. Still good. Mmmm!
Bah. My computer crashed and I lost my note. I’ll attempt to recreate it.
This tea, both dry and steeped, smells absolutely delicious. Like hot blueberries! The smell is quite strong too – when I opened my box from the lovely Azzrian it was definitely what I got my first whiff of :D Yum.
The taste, like DavidsTea’s White Tiger, is true to hot blueberries, and absolutely delicious. I think it’s stronger, though, and of course, they have different bases, so that contributes some differences as well. I love the white tea flavour with the White Tiger, and am getting just a bit of astringency with this one (although I oversteeped by 30s, so maybe that’s why).
This could potentially be a purchase for me if it’s around in the future. It is pretty good :) Won’t replace White Tiger though, because of the aforementioned difference in base teas. Thanks Azzrian!
ETA: Second infusion, same parameters. Still pretty good; some of the blueberry aroma and flavour has disappeared, but not too much. I feel almost like I can taste more of a pastry flavour here. Or wait… why am I tasting metallic?? That’s really odd. Wondering if brushing my teeth half an hour or so ago is impacting anything here… Anyways, I think it’s probably just fine. Hopefully I’ll go for a third tomorrow :)
ETA again: Third infusion (4min, boiling) still had flavour! But not enough. And, it was in half the water. So I took apart the teaball, and ate that big fat blueberry. And boy was it good :D:D
Thanks to Azzrian for the generous sample of this tea!
I’m getting a lot of rooibos from the smell of this tea. Not my favourite.
Hmm. I really can’t say that ‘Cranberry Orange Scone’ is coming to mind at all regarding the flavour of the tea. I can taste citrus, which is muted enough for me to enjoy it, but definitely not getting any cranberry. Perhaps there are some baked goods-y flavours as well. Ok, sipping and tasting more I can maaaaybe eke out a little bit of cranberry flavour. But I certainly wouldn’t have picked it out on my own. Ok, definitely getting buttery flavours in the aftertaste. I’m actually liking this more as I drink more of it, although that’s going to stop in about 10 seconds as I’m finished the cup. I have to say that in spite of the rooibos smell, the taste is not overpowering. Whew :)
I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting to like this tea. I just wanted to try it because Azzrian had it available. But it’s actually better than I was thinking it would be. By the end of the cup, I may not exactly be tasting Buttered Cranberry Orange Scone, but I am tasting enough of the individual elements to make it an interesting and enjoyable cup. I’m glad I have enough of this one for a few more cups, but it won’t be a keeper :)
ETA: Second infusion is…. woah, rather sweet! Wasn’t expecting that! Was this made with honeybush?? I can taste a hint of citrus, and some lovely other flavours. Huh. This surprised me. I have to say that it’s much more sconey now. Still no real cranberry though, but I could be convinced a bit more that it’s flavoured like a baked good. (Ugh, too bad, I totally just choked on a big sip and had to spit it out, so that’s all I’m going to get to talking about, haha.)
Another randomly chosen sample from my box from LiberTEAS! Thank you!
The smell is the most hot chocolate-like of any tea I’ve encountered so far. It’s a very familiar smell. Like homemade hot cocoa! With milk, cocoa powder, and sugar. I should also note that the tea looks quite interesting – rooibos mixed with huge chunks of what look like nut shells! I assume it’s cacao or something (and can’t read the tea description right now).
The familiarity continues into the taste. I’m still thinking it’s homemade hot cocoa, but…. I feel like that’s not quite right. It’s definitely chocolatey/cocoa-y though. Sweet, but not overly so. It’s also a little weaker than I would have liked, but I went with the low end of the infusion range. I can’t detect the rooibos at all, which is fine by me, although I wouldn’t mind some stronger background flavour.
Overall, it’s good and chocolatey, but it is most similar in my mind to 52teas Malted ChocoMate, which I prefer as there’s a stronger, roastier flavour along with the chocolate that just makes it more robust and interesting. Interesting to try regardless though!!
ETA: Second infusion smells quite similar. I’m wondering if this tea is reminding me of DavidsTea’s Chocolate Cake. I don’t think it’s quite the same though. I still feel like somethings missing, like it needs a stronger background flavour to hold up the chocolate so it doesn’t taste so much like chocolate water. I bet this would be better with milk and sugar, but I’m not going to cave…. haha.
First to review this in spite of being sent it from not one, but two people?? Ok…!
Steeped, the smell is definitely reminiscent of DavidsTea’s Creme Caramel Rooibos. Not surprising. Sweet and caramelly and delicious, but not nearly as strong (DT’s is rather overpoweringly sweet).
Taste-wise, this is definitely a bit different. I can taste the rooibos, but it’s secondary to a light caramelly flavour, which is actually quite tasty. Tasty enough for me to have almost gulped down my whole mug already. I think I could have used an extra 1/2 tsp or so of the dry tisane (I used three heaping 1/2 tsps already in my regular-sized mug) just to make it a little stronger, since I like my teas flavourful.
I can’t recall if I steeped this one for four or five minutes the first time, but the second infusion was for quite a while (i.e. I forgot about it). The second infusion has less flavour overall, but the rooibos is even more in the background compared to the caramelly notes. Probably worth the second infusion, but perhaps in half the amount of water to concentrate the flavour a little more.
Thanks for the sample, Amanda!! I think I’ve almost gone through my whole package from you now :D
Dry, this tea really doesn’t smell like much. Steeped, it smells like a fairly standard chai. Perhaps with a bit of creaminess.
Hmm, ok, while I think it could have used an extra minute or two, it’s good, albeit rather weak! I can taste the spices, although they are rather subtle with only 3 minutes of infusion time, but there’s a lingering coconutty creaminess which is nice. I don’t usually like chais without milk/sugar, but this one might be an exception.
Not a tea that I think I’d rush out and buy (mostly because I have tooonss of chais right now), but it’s nice! Thanks Indigobloom!
ETA: Second infusion for five minutes definitely tastes less creamy, and stronger. I’m getting an orange flavour, but that might be from something I just ate. Will have to wait another moment to try… Ok, this infusion tastes much more like a regular chai. Maybe there’s a bit of coconut/creaminess at the end of the sip, but not a ton. Not bad, but I don’t think we’ll continue to a third infusion tonight. I want to try more teas!
Rinsed the leaves at 208F for 15 seconds, then a second brief rinse with slightly cooler water. Used about 7g of nuggets.
First infusion (205F/4min):
Smells a bit earthy. Tastes a bit like dirt. In spite of what I thought was over-steeping, I don’t think it suffered for that extra minute. In fact, I think it could stand to be stronger.
Second infusion (205F/3min):
Less dirt flavour, more sweetness? Still not getting any of the flavours that other people have.
Third infusion (205F/4min):
Again a bit less dirt flavour, a bit more sweetness.
Hmm, ok. This is my first straight pu’er (other than the one from my roommate), and I’m not sure what exactly I think. Wondering if I put enough tea in – my scale may have messed up a bit; it was a nugget plus a couple partials. Or maybe my rinse(s) weren’t done correctly. It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t particularly impressive either, in my opinion. Maybe pu’ers just aren’t for me? Either way, I’ve ordered the sampler from Verdant, as well as 1oz. of another one, so I will know soon if pu’er is my thing or not.
Reserving a rating until I’ve tried this one again.
Oh man oh man oh man. This one smells pretty normal dry, but WOW does it smell delicious while steeping! Floral! Honey-like! Citrusy?! So much so that I cannot wait to try it! Screw normal logging procedures…
Yes. This one is delicious. Honey-like and a bit floral, this is not like green teas I’ve really had before. I steeped the first infusion (175F) for one minute, and I can taste it just getting to be the slightest bit astringent – next time I’d go for perhaps 45 seconds. Delicious green tea aftertaste as well. Ah. Yum!
Second infusion (175F/2min):
Smells floral. Tastes much like the first infusion, which trust me, is not an issue. YUM.
Third infusion (175F/2min):
Losing flavour here, but still good. A bit floral.
I’m very impressed. I don’t know if the flavours here are typical of a Jing Shan, but they are distinct and lovely. My note doesn’t do them justice. I’m just too distracted to write anything better right now.
The flavours do remind me of Treasuregreen’s Emerald (Silver), but it hangs on a lot longer with this tea, and astringency is definitely less of a problem. It’s also less vegetal.
Very impressed though! Another hit from Verdant :D Good thing, since I just made two more orders…
Will have to re-review this one more later, but it’s definitely a “juice” tea! Yum.
It smells tasty and fruity, and tastes similarly. In particular, it tastes like strawberry jam. To be even more specific, it tasted like President’s Choice Twice The Fruit Strawberry Jam. Haha :P Which I do quite like.
The only funny part was that I was tasting a soapiness in the tea. Now, I won’t blame the tea until I’ve tried it in a different mug – my travel mug (non-Timolino) is plastic and sometimes a bit funny tasting. So I’m really hoping this is a one-time thing, because I did enjoy it otherwise!