2244 Tasting Notes
Hmmm, my tea definitely doesn’t look like the picture here – there were bits in it! I didn’t look too closely, bits of fruit, perhaps?
Last tea of the evening. Have been half asleep for a while now. Thinking the caffeine in this one will do diddly-squat because I’m just so exhausted.
The aroma is sweet, smoky, and fruity. Mmmmm. Loving these lapsang souchong blends.
Flavourwise I’m definitely getting all three as well. It’s a touch on the weak side though – I was worried about the 5 minute infusion instructions so went with four, perhaps a mistake. Too tired to review further.
I kinda like this :) Definitely want to keep trying more LS blends. Thanks Azzrian!
Super excited about my upcoming Butiki order! Turns out that shipping to Canada is quite reasonable, after all! I need some retail therapy (lies, I just need therapy, but spending money always feels good).
Can’t say I’ve had pistachio ice cream, but I have had pistachio pudding? You know, the green stuff… that I’m totally craving now that I’m thinking about it…. hello shopping list.
I neglected to sniff the dry tea enough to write about it, and it’s way over there gestures to foot region sooooo later. Later.
Steeped, the smell is creamy and… nutmeggy? Interesting.
Sipping it, I’m getting something familiar from this, although not pistachio ice cream. Is it reminding me a touch of 52teas Cherry Cheesecake Genmaicha? Hmm. I can taste the green tea lurking in the background, tastes like sencha to me.
Uh… I’ve finished the cup, so can’t write anymore. I think this one has promise, but i think I need to use more tea or less water. Or steep it longer. It was just a bit too much on the light side.
Thanks to Azzrian for this sample, and hooking me on Butiki Teas :)
ETA: Second infusion, about 175F for a… while. And in less water. Doesn’t taste like much. I’ll have to try again as described above.
Chanced across a mention of this tea this evening and instantly wanted some.
Decided to only use a little less than 1.5 tsp today, and I think it needed more. Boo. Not enough body, not enough spice. Perhaps I also should have shaken up the packet for a bit more cayenne. The almond milk is probably also not helping. Sigh!
Ok, with 2 tsp sugar and putting the infuser basket back in for another minute or so, it’s much better. Still think I need to use more tea though. This could get expensive.
Wow. Dry this smells.. like a fizzy candy. A sweet fizzy candy. Is there ginger? I can’t tell. It’s rather overwhelming, actually.
Steeped (in my sweet new double-walled glass mug) I’m not getting much flavour. That could be because I just burnt my nostrils sniffing the dry tea.
The flavour is definitely interesting. I would swear there’s a bit of ginger in here. Combined with fruity candy. So it’s a bit sweet, but there’s almost a fizziness to it (tell me there’s ginger, guys. I’m not kidding….)
I’m totally undecided as to how I feel about this one. The taste is really candy-like and fake, to be honest, and although I kind of like that, I do wish it was more authentically strawberry-kiwi. Oh – there’s some real strawberry and white tea, right at the end of sip 5.
Ok, I think I do like this one, but it’s not quite what I was expecting. Another one to try iced, based on the other reviews!
ETA: OHH!!!! Lime!!! Yes, definitely lime. Read the tea description right after I posted this, and yes, I am definitely tasting lime. I might have misinterpreted that for ginger. I like it though.
ETA again: Second infusion (3min/175F) was tasty but didn’t taste much like the first. Kind of fruity. Definitely good though.
Finally getting around to trying this one. I see that everyone seems to like it iced, so I’ll have to try it that way later.
I’m a bit concerned after opening the package that the tea is rather broken up. Hopefully that doesn’t affect the flavour.
As it’s steeping, I’m smelling such a nice lemony aroma, mixed with a hint of fruit. Mmm, promising!
Ooh, interesting. I can taste the lemony flavour, and a bit of fruitiness, and some white tea taste. A bit too hot still though… (Ok seriously, like three minutes later and the most interesting and tasty flavour is lingering in my mouth!!)
A bit cooler now (ok, a lot), and this is quite pleasant! And oooh, the aftertaste is lovely! I’m having trouble placing flavours here, but an unsweetened strawberry lemonade would probably fit what I’m tasting. The flavours of the white tea are blending seamlessly with the fruitiness and gentle lemon flavours. This is really good! I definitely want to try it iced. I’m feeling a bit like the fruitiness I’m tasting is less authentic strawberry and moreso a berry sort of flavour, but I’m really liking it regardless. I also am not sure if I actually got any strawberry chunks in this cup, so that could be influencing the flavour as well.
I wonder what this would taste like with a twist of lemon and a touch of sugar? Not tonight though, it is much too tasty unaltered right now :)
Another hit from 52teas! Yay :) Next up, Strawberry Kiwi Margarita??
ETA: The lemon myrtle really came out in the second infusion (3 min/175F), and it tasted much like plain lemonade. Probably needed a big chunk of strawberry in the infuser (which it didn’t have). Still good though :)
Iced this one over the last day or so, a little too tart for me right now. Probably won’t refill this one again when it’s gone; I think there are better teas for icing out there.
Ooh, just caught Amanda’s post out of the corner of my eye, where she adds some honey… time for some agave. That might perk it up a bit tonight.
Ah, better. There’s some bitterness though, which is kind of unpleasant, but I can definitely finish the cup now :)
Second sample, also from Indigobloom! I was feeling bad for not trying many of the samples she gave me, so I’m making an effort today :)
Eep. The dry teabag had a hint of soapy smell to it. Not a good sign! (Although now that it’s in the water, I’m smelling just oolong. Much better.)
Uh oh! Minus points – I just tried to remove the teabag and the string came off!! An extra minute of steeping followed. Hopefully it can take it. I have to note that the little pyramid teabag is like a poofy pillow with the expansion of the tea leaves! Kind of neat :)
The steeped tea smells mostly of oolong. That’s actually quite promising, because a lot of tea blends are short on tea flavour. I don’t smell pomegranate at all though.
Hmm, ok. The oolong is a bit buttery, but there’s also a bit of astringency. If I try really hard, I can taste the pomegranate weakly in the background. Ok, didn’t even taste it at all that time.
Well, that’s kind of disappointing. The base here was actually pretty promising, but the pomegranate flavour is horribly lacking :( Maybe it’ll show up more when I try the other teabag? As an straight oolong, this is rather mediocre, so the rating will reflect that.
Oh well. Thanks for the sample, Indigobloom!
So, I’m now the proud owner of not one, but TWO new infusers. Yaaaay. One’s a collapsible infuser basket (gimmicky, but whatever) – it’s stainless steel and the holes are a bit bigger than I wanted, but it sits nicely overtop a cup, and I used it to filter this iced tea today. The other’s a cup/infuser set from Bodum – a nice glass double-walled cup (like I needed more cups) with a fine plastic strainer. I wish it was metal, but I can’t seem to find such things anywhere but on Amazon.com (grrr.)
Anyways, tried this cold-brewed for the first time. It’s not bad, a bit on the tart side (but I can handle that especially in an iced tea), but it isn’t melony enough. I think I prefer this one hot and cooled to room temperature.
Either way, I have super high hopes for DavidsTea’s Luscious Watermelon, coming back this Wednesday with the summer collection!
Finally, it seems my tastebuds are open to flavoured teas again. So time to start attacking that sample pile!
First up is a sample from the lovely Indigobloom!
This one smells so similar to DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts, but it almost seems sweeter, with a gentler cinnamon. I like Forever Nuts (but have none on hand atm), and would have liked to compare the two, but that involved too much effort.
Steeped, it smells like warm cinnamon with a touch of apple. Like a cinnamon apple streudel, or something of the sort. Perhaps a big sticky cinnamon bun. I’m getting hungry…
Ok, this tastes like warm, sweet cinnamon in a cup, with a touch of apple. It’s nice. It’s a little weak, which is funny because I used up my entire sample from Indigobloom (which was at least 2 tsp in my average-sized mug. Maybe I should have steeped it for longer. I seem to recall Forever Nuts being a touch more potent. Either way, it is nice. I’m going to let it cool a bit more now; I liked Forever Nuts cool as well.
Yum, it’s good cooled down to probably 30ish degrees. Still weaker than I’d like, but a very pleasant cup. I’m likely to stick with Forever Nuts because it’s way easier for me to acquire, but I think they’d be pretty good substitutes for one another.
(Oh, and although I can taste some almond, I’d hardly call this one Candied Almond, which makes me think moreso of a caramelly nut flavour.)
ETA: Second infusion (for forever, i.e. probably as much as two hours) has much more flavour and is quite delicious, even cold. Quite sweet, cinnamony, nutty goodness. No sourness as Indigobloom described. Love.
Verdant green tea #3 for the evening.
Hmm, my nose isn’t detecting any aroma. Maybe it’s tired. Mmmm, this is clearly different from the other two. I almost got the sort of tea flavour one gets from a black tea, which is interesting. It’s sweet as well, but much different from the dragonwell as there’s more body to it. I was strangely just reminded of an earl grey… yep, still getting that weird association. (It just occurred to me that I may be interpreting the citrusy note from my earlier review as the bergamot from an earl grey, but I can’t be certain).
Huh – I just went back to my first tasting note, and it totally isn’t meshing with what I’m tasting here, but I think I used a fair bit more leaf previously, given that I only steeped it for 1 minute that time. Also… wondering a touch if my teaball still had traces of Coconut Cream Pie lingering in it. Please don’t rag on me about the teaball – I know it’s less than optimal, but I only have two “open-water” infusers. Maybe I should have strained it instead. Actually, I had contemplated that earlier… I guess I forgot.
Anyways, this one probably is a poor comparison, in retrospect. I’m really thrown by how it’s tasting a bit like a black tea. Ah well. I know it was great the first time around. Might try a second infusion later, but I’ve kind of lost the will to bother at this point.
I think I should also compare these three in a more gong-fu sort of style (although I doubt I have patience for 3-second infusions, I could do 15 or 30 second ones). A fun experiment another night.