2221 Tasting Notes
Hmmm, is this what you sent me Azzrian??
Anyhow, tried a bag of this tonight. Wasn’t a big fan. It tasted like black tea from my memory, i.e. the not very good stuff. I ended up dunking my steeping basket containing 52teas Mayan Chocolate Chai into the cup for a minute or so to give it some flavour. I think I’ll try again with a bit of a shorter infusion time.
This is my sort of green tea! Gahhhh!! The smell is so juicily vegetal like Treasuregreen’s Emerald (Silver). I nearly died when I smelled the wet leaf post-infusion, because I definitely wasn’t expecting this, and it’s going to be a wonderful treat (I expect).
Ahhhhhhh, heavenly. I can’t pick out the flavours very well, it’s just so, so good. I think I could drink this sort of tea all the time and not get bored or sick of it. It’s refreshing and cleansing with a lovely aftertaste, but unlike the green oolongs that I like, it’s not quite so…. rich. I don’t know how to describe it. Looooove it.
I’ll have to see how this holds up to multiple infusions, and try it with shorter ones to see if I can get different flavours (e.g. Emerald (Silver) had a sweet, honey-like first infusion that was incredible and I didn’t know about until I tried 25-30s infusions!)
I’m finding it rather amusing that here I am, drinking caffeinated tea to the point of my stomach screaming ‘NO MORE!’, and I’m literally almost asleep typing this. Caffeine and I have an odd relationship.
(What’s the worst part? Knowing that even if I fall asleep right now, I am guaranteed to be up again in half an hour, then again a half hour later, and probably a third time before morning, because I have just consumed a silly amount of tea. Siiiigh.)
ETA: Second infusion, 20 sec at 185. Pretty tasty. Not that in-your-face vegetal taste anymore (it’s a little muted), but still lovely. I might infuse a little longer the next time to bring out a bit more. No astringency whatsoever though.
Third infusion, 45s at 185. Ok, getting an off-flavour here. A staleness, almost? Actually, it tastes kind of plasticky. Like how water tastes when it’s been sitting in a plastic waterbottle in the sun in your car for a day or two. Still no astringency or bitterness, but I’m not fond of this weird flavour. No ratings decrease, because they only recommend two infusions, and both were quite good. Perhaps I should have stuck with 15 seconds for this one. Maybe I’ll try that next time. There are still hints of tasty flavour, but they are overshadowed by plastic flavour.
Side note: I love that with their tasting kit, Den’s gives you a guide to the specific parameters for each individual tea. Unlike some companies who have just given general guidelines, I love how exact they are. No guesswork. Makes me confident about trying their teas without ruining them the first time!
This review is for the bagged version that I received in my sampler, not the loose leaf version.
After all these flavoured teas tonight, I felt like I needed something straight and reliably delicious. I was going to go upstairs and grab something from my Verdant stuff, but as it happened, my Den’s sampler was downstairs (I was weighing potential mailable cardboard boxes), so I was lazy and selected two teas from it! Not regretting that decision at all!
So opening up the lovely foil-wrapped package, I’m greeting by green powder everywhere and a lovely toasty rice/green tea aroma. Mmmmmmm. I was a bit sad that the matcha had come out of the bag, until I realized that had it not come out, that would indicate that the teabag was entirely non-porous and therefore useless for brewing tea. So I guess it’s inevitable. Haha.
I wasn’t really sure what parameters to use for the teabag, so went with boiling water for a minute, resulting in tea of a cloudy yellowish colour. The aroma is typical of genmaicha: toasty rice.
Taste-wise I’m finding this to be a very smooth genmaicha. I can’t really say that the matcha is at all apparent. The tea is slightly sweetish, with a lovely toasty rice cake flavour.
Not bad, but I prefer my unbranded years-old genmaicha, probably because it has more flavour. I have higher hopes for the loose leaf version of this tea, which I’ll try another day. I think this entry was really meant for the loose leaf version, so I’m reserving a rating until then. This tea bag version would probably rate about a 72 on my scale.
This was one of my free white teas, specifically requested. In my mind I’m already comparing it with DavidsTea’s White Tiger! We’ll see…
The smell of the dry tea is kind of artificial. Very sweet, and rather perfumey.
Steeped, it’s weakened of course, and smells more natural.
Eek. It tastes a little like I’m eating a tube of chapstick. Oh, but the white tea is coming out nicely in the aftertaste, and I’m liking the black currant there better as well. I think it’s a bit of flavouring that’s throwing this one off for me. Unless black currants are really that perfumey sweet, which is possible; I wouldn’t know.
Well, I’m definitely enjoying the fact that I can taste the white tea. I’m really learning to dislike tea-containing blends where the base tea is completely lost; they may as well be herbals.
This one’s growing on me a bit. I’m still tasting too much artificial flavour for my liking though. We’ll see what happens when it cools to room temperature.
Oooooh the scent of this one has me most intrigued! Yes, upon opening the packet you are greeted by fermenty-grapes aromas, all sweet and a bit vinegary. Reminds me quite a bit of going wine grape picking last fall, where the guy had us sniff grape clusters to pick out good molds vs. bad bacteria. Unfortunately it was the grapes that had the smell that were infected with bacteria and discarded, and the fungally-infected grapes (I should know this…! Was the good fungus Botrytis, perhaps?), that looked rather unappetizing but had no smell, that they actually collected for a particular type of wine. Or something.
Anyways, I digress. It reminds me of picking grapes for wine.
Steeped, I’m getting much more concord grape aroma. Exciting! Haven’t ever had a grape tea that I’m aware of. I can also smell a malty black base…. smells good!
Hmm. Well we’re not having the bitterness problem here that there was with the Cherry Garcia, but there’s not as much body as I would like. Where’d that black base go?! Definitely getting grape flavour and grape aftertaste. Ok, actually there is a touch of astringency. Maybe I’ll reduce the infusion time next time.
Well… doesn’t exactly taste like wine to me. Maybe it needs some more time. I do appreciate the grape though, and would love to see a tea like Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, but with grapes (as that tea really worked well).
ETA: Perhaps I should have used less water for the second infusion. Water just below boiling, steeped about 3.5-4 minutes. Definitely tastes like a re-steep. There’s a bit of grape in both aroma and flavour, but it really tastes just like a grape-flavoured black. Quite hoping this improves with age – I would have been happy if it tastes like that sickly sweetish fermenty grape scent it smelled like! More like wine to me :)
Wow, a bit of deja-vu here. Of course, when one brews up multiple teas at a time and doesn’t do something clever like label them, they need to smell them to tell them apart, which usually works with flavoured teas. So anyways, sniffed this one tonight and was thoroughly confused for a moment, because it smelled exactly like the Coconut Cream Chai from Tealish I’ve been sampling the last couple of days. I’m not sure if it’s just the chai flavours or what, but I would have expected a difference between peach and coconut.
The dry tea smells more like a fruity sort of chai. Not distinctly peach, just fruity. With a strong smell of… cloves?? Or maybe it was ginger. Or cardamom. I’m all confused; I had Indian food tonight (and have leftovers like crazy. Don’t get takeout on an empty stomach.)
Ahhh, the taste is where they differ. Light, gentle spicing on a fruity base. Not getting the white tea here at all, which is too bad. Again, not specifically peach, either. But it is nice, albeit weak.
I think this one might need some tweaking of parameters to improve it. Perhaps a longer infusion, since there’s nothing coming out of the white tea at all yet. Not bad, but I was hoping for more peachiness, which perhaps said tweaking will bring out.
ETA: Steeped this one for much longer for the second infusion. I’m getting more spices in the aroma, and a fresh-tasting fruity flavour (it almost tastes like chlorine. But not, because that would be gross.) I think this one’s the opposite of Cherry Garcia – needs more time on the first infusion!
So my second order from 52teas arrived today! YAY! Therefore I can drink this without worry, since I now have 200g of it (hahahahaha).
Brewed it strong today…. success. Although I was so distracted logging caramel spice that I let it cool more than I’d like. Sad sad.
I really want to try this one with a bit of sweetener. I think that would make it extra delicious.
Trying one last cup of this before sending the remaining cup off in a swap! No mulberries for me this time, so might be a bit of a different cup.
A little over 1 tsp of tea brewed at work with boiling water poured into a mug (so not boiling).
This definitely tastes better than I remember. Gently orange-citrusy and almost a bit creamy. Not really getting caramel, but that would be what the mulberries would be contributing, I suspect. No off-flavours this time either. I actually have to say that this is pretty tasty this time around. Tasty enough that if I wasn’t already swamped with tea, I might consider buying some more! The comparison to Glitter & Gold that I was making in my head is not really all that accurate, as there’s no cinnamon here (as I read on the side that there is… hah!).
Anyhow! Big bump to the rating, because I must just have done something funny the first time :D
Bleeeeh. Knew this one was a gamble, so glad I only got a sample from DavidsTea with an online order. Smells like peppermint. Maybe a hint of something else. But mostly peppermint. Bleeeeh.
Ok, the peppermint is definitely more minty here than I usually taste. I can handle that. I can’t handle the beast that steeped leaves usually turn into. There’s a sweet aftertaste, or what makes me think of apple. Like, apple juice. Or fresh-pressed apple cider. No – green apple! Like minty green apple gum! Yup. That’s what I’m going with.
Huh. Ok, this is definitely better than I expected, but not something I really want to drink again. No rating because I knew I wouldn’t care for it. Probably would rate it a 45.