3132 Tasting Notes
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.
Yeeaaaah!!!! Note 1200, with 4 minutes to go! (We’re pretending I live in Alberta, ok?) Also, happy slightly belated 1-year Steepsterversary to myself. Hahahaha. Like anyone with me on their dashboard could have missed it…. O.o
Anyhow, this tea! I epically failed at steeping it the first time, but this time used my usual oolong parameters, and MASSIVE SUCCESS! Caramelly, orangey, with a light oolong background. This is pretty good. I’m sad that I wasted so much leaf (SO MUCH.) on a miserably failed attempt, but glad that I can now rate this tea while drinking a properly brewed, delicious cup of it! Had I more of this, it would probably make it into the morning rotation, but I only have enough left for a cup and won’t likely be making another Della Terra order in the overly near future (please don’t come out with new blends!) so… it will have to wait. Eventually, though.
ETA: Not sure if it’s just my tastebuds, but infusion #2 wasn’t great. Ah well. The first was awesome.
Wow, this is pretty good! I wasn’t a huge fan of Eight Treasures Yabao (although found the yabao in itself quite interesting!), and I haven’t tried the pu’erh in here, but this is waaaay better than I even had thought from the description! I think this is mostly because of the amazing, fruity pear flavour that is perfectly blended in with the juniper and jasmine notes that are far more prominent. The aroma is mostly yabao and a bit of jasmine, but there’s so much more pear in the flavour than I expected. In fact… this has leapt to perhaps the top of the list of my favourite teas ever! It figures that it’s
Ahhhhh, thanks so much Sil for hanging onto some of this for me! Next year I really would like to be involved in a 12 days of Christmas swap that involves such creativity – I think it could be a great deal of fun to attempt to blend a tea corresponding to a particular theme!
Also, Autumn – at least with the cup I’m having now, I completely disagree that this is too much like a fruity Teavana blend. There is so much delicious tea flavour and complexity here, and although the fruit is from their blends, the artificialness just isn’t here. And of course, the hibiscus! I can’t believe how quickly I just drank down this cup…. it was cool, and I’ve gotta say that this would make one heck of an iced tea!
ETA: I re-steeped this one twice today, and the first infusion was definitely the best, although the next two weren’t bad either, they just lost the pear flavour which was perhaps what I enjoyed the most, and how it blended with the yabao and pu’erh. Still worth it though.
Sipdown! Another one bites the dust (haha, also I only had one cup’s worth! Booya!) Well, this one certainly smells divine! Like a delicious Terry’s chocolate orange. Tastewise, I’m getting the chocolate and orange, and presumably the marshmallow is coming off as a bit of creaminess. I think I’m getting a strange note at the end of the sip from the black tea, though, and it’s not quite fitting in for me, because although it’s malty, it’s just a bit bitter in contrast to the flavours, and I’m not a huge fan of that. I’m also finding it odd that the orange/chocolate flavours seem to fade quite quickly instead of lingering, so all I’m left with is lingering black tea flavour (well, mostly, there’s a bit of the others but they fade very quickly into the background).
I think I can understand why you’re having a bit of trouble with this one, Sil. The flavours just aren’t blending quite as nicely as I would want them to. Thanks for sharing a sample with me, though!
ETA: Made two re-steeps of this today, and had the same problem with both, although I did still drink them. Just finding that black tea note coming up a bit strangely. I wonder how this would taste with something like the Premium Taiwanese Assam as a base (although of course, that would be crazy expensive).