2604 Tasting Notes
Er…. so when I pulled the infuser basket out of this one, the aroma I got made me think of tomato. Like, tomato soup. Or V8 juice. Very strange. It makes me quite apprehensive to try this tea…
Circumstances resulted in this tea completely cooling before I got to try it, oops. It still smells like a herby, brothy tomato soup. So strange. The flavour is… like sweet-ish, herby tomato water. Uh oh got this impression in my head and it won’t go away! I can recognize some cinnamon in the flavour, but that’s about all that I can pick out.
Oh man. Totally just realized that it smells vaguely like autoclaved contaminated LB medium (for those of you in sciencey fields)! Combined with V8-containing media that was used in a lab down the hall from mine once upon a time. That was not a good association to have made. I think I’m doomed with this cup. I did drink it; it’s palatable, but not a tea I think I’d want to drink again. I see it has been discontinued though, so I guess people won’t be drinking it again!
I was a bit skeptical of the five minute infusion time with this one, but went with it… hopefully it won’t bite me! I used ~1.5tsp in ~8oz. water. The aroma is of a light, creamy-ish chai. Of course, I have the second infusion of the potent Coconut Chai from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea sitting next to me, so it’s difficult to say if it’s truly a light aroma, or just comparatively.
First impression is that this is quite a light chai, perhaps ever watery. However, the spices kick in a bit after the initial sip to help things along. I can definitely taste the creaminess in the tea, whether from the coconut or flavouring, and it’s enjoyable. I must say, this tea is growing on me the more I sip it. It definitely doesn’t need milk or sweetener (I don’t think it would hold up to milk, personally), and that’s a big plus in my book.
Overall, it’s a reasonable chai, and I’m happy enough to be drinking it, but especially after the other aforementioned chai incarnation, it probably won’t win a spot in my tea cupboard (and by cupboard we mean assorted collection of cardboard boxes stashed under my desk so the boyfriend doesn’t think I’m a total crazy!)
I’m wishing that I had ordered the mate or rooibos version of this tea, just for curiousity. However, I did not, and I’m on an indefinite tea-purchase hiatus since I have not been drinking much tea at all lately, and may not do so until this darn Masters degree has been completed.
ETA: Drank the rest after it had cooled, and this is not a weak chai, for sure! Not super strong, but definitely has a spicy kick. I read the other reviews, and can see where the coconut isn’t outstandingly obvious, however I do believe that the creaminess in this tea that makes it drinkable without sweetener/milk is in part due to the coconut. I could be wrong, but I don’t drink too many chais straight as I find the spices simply too overwhelming, with a base that’s too astringent. Not a problem, here!
Absolutely delicious. My roommate (who is leaving me in two days :( ) wanted to have tea with me tonight, so I was scouring my rooibos/honeybush blends and came across this one. Too precious to let her have a cup of it, but I had some myself (she had Alpine Punch and loved it, so I don’t feel bad!)
Why on earth do I have this rated so low?! Dessert in low-cal beverage form!
Sample courtesy of Indigobloom! Brewed this one up last night, forgot about it, drank it today, thought it was a pretty tasty chai, and not one requiring additions, as I find many do! Glad I have a bunch of this as I will thoroughly enjoy it! Full review next time, when I’m not 47 mins past my new bedtime, and when I’m actually drinking it fresh!
ETA: Second infusion remains quite potent. Yum.
Finally getting around to a sample from Sil! Thanks for letting me try this one! (Backlog from Tuesday morning.)
The aroma is deliciously malty and cocoa-y, reminiscent of Laoshan Black (not exactly surprising, of course). The brew is quite light, and quite delicious! Primarily, I’m tasting the bready, malty, cocoa-y notes of the Laoshan Black, but it’s definitely a lighter on these notes than if it was straight Laoshan Black. I can’t really identify much else, though. The silky-smooth, thick texture of the tea is also quite appealing.
The second infusion (2 min at ~96C) is a bit sweeter and still cocoa-y and light, although I’m catching just a bit of astringency at the end. However, this is still a cup that I think I could drink quite happily in the morning – neither my stomach nor tastebuds seem to like astringent or bitter teas in the morning, so this would be perfect! Perhaps I’ll get to a third infusion tomorrow – I feel like the leaves definitely aren’t done yet.
Brewed this one up this morning, but honestly can’t say too much about it, as I apparently didn’t drink it until just now (and green tea does not retain flavour terribly well). All I can say is that it’s a tasty green beany/vegetal sort of green, just what I love!
I re-steeped the leaves tonight, for 2.5 min at ~180F, and am getting a somewhat bitter yet surprisingly palatable, caramel-ish brew. Once I figured out what it was, I actually started to enjoy it! (I couldn’t remember what was in all the cups I brought up tonight.) Looking forward to a proper review and cup of this one in the future!
Stacy was kind enough to pass along with my last order a sample of the Watermelon Dragonwell that she concocted prior to the creation of Watermelon Xylophone, as I was quite interested in the idea!
The aroma of this one dry was a bit difficult to discern, as the packet was located next to the packet of Cider Guayasa (which smells absurdly good!), so that’s all I could smell. However, once out of the packet I could smell a bit of sweet fruitiness.
Unfortunately, as is typical of me, I brewed up a bunch of teas and forgot about them for a couple hours, so this one is cold now… however I’m rather enjoying it! The dragonwell is light and a kind of green beany flavour, but I can still taste a melony flavour lurking in the background, and unlike with Watermelon Xylophone, it’s coming off a bit more like watermelon than cantaloupe! It’s been recommended that this tea be tried with some rock sugar to bring out the watermelon, so attempt #2 will involve that, but I wanted to taste it on its on first. I’m intrigued by the idea of blends with green teas that lean more heavily toward vegetal as opposed to seaweedy/brothy notes, and this one seems to indicate that it would be possible and tasty to make such a blend! I think the tea would definitely be better with stronger flavouring, but as that wasn’t really an option, it was probably best to go with a white tea, but I enjoy this regardless.
Thanks so much for the sample, Stacy!
Wow, this is better than I expected! The rooibos is nicely tamed, and I’m tasting some banana, but less chocolate than I would like (although it is definitely there!) If you’re looking for a desserty tea, this would probably fit the bill, but it’s not quite as banana-y or chocolatey as the name would suggest. Getting a bit of throat scratchiness from the rooibos though, which seems to be a common issue with me. This is a nice blend for the evening, but not something I’d stock up on.
Accidently brewed this one for over 8 minutes, my bad! However, it doesn’t seem to have suffered! It’s just a toasty oolong, with… wow, a super sweet flavour that reminds me strongly of an ice wine I had recently. Like, very strongly of this ice wine. So delicious! Oh man. I’m drinking this one waaaayyyyyy too quickly now. I suspect I won’t get a second infusion this fabulous, but this is absolutely delicious!!
Wow. I can definitely see myself picking this one out again when I’m looking for a darker tea that isn’t a black but has lots of flavour! Too many times I’ve found darker oolongs to either be super finicky, or lacking in flavour. This is neither!
I just realized I’m the first person to review this one?! Seriously!? C’mon, people!
ETA: Second infusion, not sure how long I let this one go, is still pretty tasty, but not nearly as intense in the syrupy ice wine flavour. There’s a bit of astringency, perhaps, coming out (but it may have been a very long infusion, again), but it’s still very delicious, and the aftertaste remains that delicious sweet ice wineyness. Hopefully I’ll get to #3 tomorrow. This tea definitely hit the spot tonight! Exactly what I wanted, apparently!
ETA again: Third infusion, 180F for 5 minutes, is more your generic sort of woody oolong flavour. Nothing wrong with that, and it’s still quite flavourful, but I definitely enjoyed the first two infusions much, much more. I may try for a fourth tomorrow if time permits.
Brewed some of this up last night, and made the unfortunate mistake of putting it in my plastic travel mug, which I now am certain is giving off a soapy flavour. It last happened with my Yogurt Strawberry tea from Tsaa, and now this one. I’m certain it wasn’t the tea, as I did taste it prior to putting it in the mug :(
So the soapiness definitely ruined the flavour, but I have to admit that I didn’t taste much flavour to begin with. It just tasted kind of like a light TGY.
However, I just brewed up the second infusion of it tonight (which was left to infuse for probably a half hour, oops), and it’s actually rather good! I can taste the background oolong, with some floral peachy notes that I wouldn’t usually expect in an unflavoured tea. Maybe I just didn’t infuse long enough last time? I’ll have to try again, but I’m enjoying this half-cup now! Rating withheld until I have a tasty first infusion.
ETA: Third infusion likely has merit as well here, but I did a bad thing and left the leaves in the cup for WAY too long. Like, overnight-style. I tasted the tea and it tasted ok until I swirled it and the bitterness permeated the whole cup. Ah well. Next time.