3125 Tasting Notes
Well, after the unfortunate unpleasantness of the Browncoat Genmaicha, I’m not really looking forward to trying this one, especially as I seem to recall someone mentioning that it made them feel nauseated… :/
Luckily, the smell of this one is… better. Like strong, artificial banana. Like amoxicillin. I don’t mind artificial banana sometimes, though I prefer real banana (like in DavidsTea’s Banana Oolong). Either way, I’m smelling banana and toasty rice. Smells like a pretty decent combo. Fingers crossed!
Ok, well this one’s weird too, but definitely in a more drinkable way. It tastes much like one would expect, based on the aroma. Not super fabulous, but decently drinkable. I think I’ll let it “air out” a bit too, to see if it improves; I think I may have difficulty finishing this off just because I’m not some super fan of artificial banana, but I can see it being tasty when the mood strikes.
Hrm. This smells really weird. And my package is all strangely bubbly – anyone else’s like that? Anyways, the dry tea smelled a bit strange, but the brewed tea is actually making me gag a bit. Smells kind of like chlorine?? Hopefully the flavour is ok…
Ehhhhh, this is… unpleasant, to say the least. It tastes chloriney (not from the water), and I can taste the genmaicha but it’s really overwhelming… Plugging my nose, taking a sip, and then breathing out during the sip makes it a bit more bearable, but it’s also kind of bitter.
Perhaps I’ll let this one air out a bit and try it again… I think this cup is going to have to be chucked, because I’m feeling a little nauseated now :S
ETA: Still gagging at the smell now. I had hoped it would dissipate overnight, but no such luck. I’ll be hard-pressed to try this one again…
First impression: this tastes much like Pot O’ Gold. Kinda caramelly-sweet, and all that. I think I may have accidentally diluted it a bit too much, so the flavour’s a bit weaker than I’d like, but it’s good. Sadly though, this doesn’t have the amazing caramelly flavour of Cashew Turtle that I was really, really hoping for, but it’s a good enough blend. I’m finding it to be just a bit astringent/bitter; I need to try and remember to use my Finum filters for blends that have little particles that may make them bitter if they sit too long.
I will have to make sure that the boy warns me when we’re about to encounter the Weeping Angels in Dr. Who – IIRC they’re in season 3? And we just finished watching the sad, sad season 2 finale. :)
ETA: After sitting overnight, this one is actually BETTER. Tastes like liquid caramel corn in a cup! Awesome!
ETA again: Re-steep only has a bit of flavour, but it’s not great. Fairly typical for 52teas blacks, so I’m not too concerned! Just makes it easier to travel mug knowing I don’t need to resteep :D
Yay, got all my teas today! It has been a week of wayyyyy too many new teas. My room is a disaster. Anyhow.
I of course had to brew up all my new 52teas first, since I have oh so patiently been waiting to try them! :D
This one definitely smells like caramel apples, albeit artificially-flavoured ones. I had no idea how to brew it, so went between my standard green and black parameters for 52teas, 2.5 minutes at 185F. Flavour-wise, this is pretty decent. There’s enough caramel to keep my happy (but I’d prefer more), and it does taste like apple, but I wish it tasted a bit less artificial. I’m not getting too much from the oolong (although it’s clearly there, otherwise this would be gross, watery caramel apple), but I’m thinking I should try a longer infusion next time to see if I can bring the flavour out more.
Glad I nabbed this one, and hopefully it will lose a bit of the “flavouring” taste with age!
ETA: Re-steep has a bit of flavour, but not much. Even with an extended infusion though, no bitterness! Yay!
Just brewed up a cup of this to compare to the upgraded version, and yeah, definitely more chocolatey notes here! Strangely though, I don’t know whether it’s because it has cooled or what – I think I actually prefer this one in a travel mug! I’m not liking it quite as much just having it now. This, of course, is not a problem at all, because I absolutely adore it in my mug (aside from that one time it was a bit odd), and therefore can drink it more often, ahahaha.
ETA: This is now cold, and I take it back! It’s amazing in my cup. Chocolatey with a raisin finish. Bluuuhhhh want mooooorrreeeee….
Hmmm, yes, this is definitely a bit different in flavour from the regular Premium Taiwanese Assam. I’m getting… almost a raspberry sort of fruitiness at the beginning of the sip, which just kind of fades. Yes, definitely raspberry. I’m not getting any chocolate, though this tea is tastily malty.
I’ve gotta go, so I’ll review this better later, but I think I may actually prefer the lower version to this one, as I love those chocolate notes! I think this tea works the fruity angle a bit more, which is only present in the aftertaste of the Premium version.
I cheated and sipped before writing anything.
I’m getting hints of spice, creaminess, sweetness. My only complaint?! It is too subtle! Perhaps I will try using more tea and a shorter infusion next time to get out a bit more flavour, because I’m quite liking what I’m tasting. I was very skeptical of the infusion temperature (gotta look to see which oolong is the base…) but it seems to have worked pretty well here. Like others, I also don’t really know what plum pudding is supposed to taste like, but I can envision that the proper combination of flavours is present in here, just very subtly.
Looking forward to experimenting more with this one!
ETA: Just finished the last of this up cold (well, room temp but my room is like 17C). Deeeeeelicious. Got more flavour. I’m so looking forward to trying another cup!
Yay, new tea!
I have to agree with everyone that the chunks of potato in here are just so cool! I threw an extra couple in my infuser, and after I give this a second infusion sometime later, I plan to eat them. Haha.
Anyhow, the tea! Steeped, it smells lightly cinnamony, and a bit like cider. Given the name and ingredients, this is pretty expected. (Ok hiccups, you can go away anytime now…) It reminds me most of DavidsTea’s Hot Toboggan and/or Mom’s Apple Pie, so that’s kind of the flavour I’m expecting, although hopefully it will be better as I wasn’t overly fond of either of those. And….. WOOOAAAH! Total apple cinnamon potato pancake, here! I’m definitely tasting raw potato, which is likely because I put extra potato chunks in my infuser :D, and light cinnamon. Very pancakey! The texture is definitely also changed by the potato, which I’m finding interesting – it’s very full-bodied and smooth. The only thing I’m missing here is being able to taste the green tea, which is odd as there was a good amount in there as well.
Overall, this is an intriguing blend that is quite true to the name, in my opinion, but not quuuiiitte my cup of tea. That said, I don’t actually think I’m a big fan of apple-cinnamon, which is funny because I have at least 5 apple-cinnamon teas, if not more. So not a re-purchase, but I will still drink this all up! And hey, with potato chunks it has a huge novelty factor!
ETA: Re-steep for an accidental 6 minutes was pancakey and a bit cinnamony… and the green tea came out! Yay! Tasty :)
First note, again?! (Also a mini sipdown, hah!)
I just received my latest Butiki order today and had requested this tea as a sample, being wary of the included hibiscus. Dry, the tea is quite powdery, with a bunch of little raspberry bits, and it smells very berry-ish. Steeped, I can tragically smell hibiscus! But hopefully it’s only an aroma, not a strong flavour…
Ok. The hibiscus is not overwhelming, but I’ve gotta say that this is one weeeeird blend. I can definitely taste what’s coming off as authentic blueberry, a bit of tartness from the hibiscus (which is kind of merging with a raspberry flavour), a bit of a burn from the ginger… and it’s leaving a rather dry yet fruity/sweet taste in my mouth. How odd! I don’t think I’ve ever had a berry blend with ginger in it before, and I’ve not quite come to terms with that yet. The sweet (yet astringent) aftertaste here is my favourite part about the blend, but I would have to say that it’s probably not a tea I’d seek out. I have to wonder how it would be iced, so perhaps at some point I’ll request another sample to try it that way, but for now, I’m glad to have tried it to satisfy my curiosity!
Thanks for the sample, Stacy!
ETA: So it seems there are no raspberries in here, so clearly I was seeing strawberries and/or hibiscus. And I somehow had missed that there was tea in here! I imagine that would be the source of the astringency.
Sipdown! WOW. This is bitter. And strangely flavoured… not your typical orange, and I’m not really getting chocolate. This is an interesting tea though… I wonder if I just need more water here…
Either way, I guess this is the first time in a while that a 1-cup sample burnt me, because I totally ruined this, heh. Thanks for the sample, Sil – I may have to nab another one at some point to give this a second shot, since I so royally messed it up this time, apparently!
(I drank the tea in spite of the massive bitterness, and really am intrigued by the flavour… bleh why did I have to wreck it… :( )
ETA: Re-steeped this last night and am drinking it cold now – it’s actually really tasty! Orangey, chocolatey, and clovey. Definitely need to give this a second shot.