2198 Tasting Notes
Every day I drink an ancient tea (3+ years) from my cupboard, I give myself a pat on the back :D Go me!
So this one’s old, but not too old. As in, I think it is still going to taste reasonably true. Certainly smells like it! The dry teabag had little scent, but once it hit the water it did smell like delicious peachy goodness. I can smell a bit of creaminess too.
I remember as a kid always thinking that the peach-flavoured teabags were the best, and then heaping tons of honey into them because they were never as sweet as I wanted. Thankfully my palate has matured, and I no longer require massive amounts of sweetener, as long as a tea is not oversteeped and has some flavour.
I must say that this does taste like a bagged tea to me. Whether it’s the influence of the bag itself (i.e. papery taste) or just associations of this tea with bagged tea, I can’t tell. It is actually sweet, and the flavour does remind me of peaches, though. It’s actually a little bit like Southern Belle from DavidsTea, although with more peaches and no black tea (duh, it’s a herbal).
Not bad, but not a winner either.
Revisiting another tea I haven’t had in ages. Mmmmm, it’s good. I do think though, that this one may have been bumped by Malted ChocoMate, so I probably won’t be drinking it as often (or restocking much). I do like it, but for a caffeinated, treat-like afternoon-pick-me-up, I think my vote is now going to go elsewhere. No decrease in rating though; I still enjoy the lovely coconut/malty chocolate flavour.
HOLY CRAP. My throat is on fire! I just drank an unsweetened/milk-free sip of the tea and it’s ridiculousy spicy. Definitely need MILK. And SUGAR. (It did taste good though, once I got past the megaspice). Apparently 1.5 tsp might be a little much for one cup. Wowza.
This is such a good chai though. SO good.
(Thanks Azzrian – still working on the sample you gave me! Even though I have my own whole package now :D)
ETA: Added milk and agave and it’s still sooooo spicy! Throat burning! Haha but I like it. I just really love this flavour combination.
This was the sample included in my first Verdant order. Very generous :)
The dry tea smells barely of jasmine. It’s a different jasmine aroma than I’m used to. But, it’s good.
Steeped, there’s a wonderful jasmine aroma. Quite strong. The wet leaves, although they have a jasmine aroma, it’s also a bit different than what I’m used to. Good different.
The tea tastes so light and jasminey floral. Absolutely no astringency or bitterness. Just pure jasmine. Oh, and I’m getting a lovely white tea aftertaste. Wow. This is really the epitome of jasmine teas. It’s almost a bit fruity, too. Now, jasmine teas are not something I would drink daily, but they are a nice treat, and this one would be perfect for that.
I’ll have to do some more infusions tomorrow. I’m sure the leaves have a lot left to give.
ETA: Next-day infusions.
Second infusion (2min/175F) is jasminey and white tea-y. Om nom nom. Pretty sure jasmine + white tea is a way better combo than jasmine + anything else, because I’m just not getting any bitterness or astringency. Just lovely light, floral, tasty flavours.
Third infusion (3min/175F) is also lovely and lightly tasting of jasmine, with a delicious white tea aftertaste. I think I may be able to get a fourth out of these leaves tomorrow.
Both the dry tea and steeped beverage smell… citrusy and almost fizzy. Definitely getting orange peel.
Tastes like orange pop. Orange peel pop. That’s really interesting. I can barely taste the green tea beneath, but it’s definitely there. There’s also another strange flavour in there that I’m not too keen on, but I can’t identify it.
I’m not sure I’ve ever had a fuzzy navel before, but I feel like this probably tastes quite true to it. However, orange-flavoured alcoholic beverages are not my favourite, for various reasons (haha). So high marks for accuracy, but I wouldn’t choose it for myself.
That being said, a huge thank you to Amanda for yet another sample of 52teas offerings!
ETA: Second infusion tastes more orangey, and with less of the offputting taste. Also definitely more green tea. I definitely prefer this infusion. 82C/3 min.
The dry tea smells sweet and… fruity?? Thinking that’s a cross-contamination issue, I don’t think this one should be fruity….
The aroma from the steeped cup is almost… metallic. You know, I think I got this scent from the Cherry Cheesecake Genmaicha too. I associate it with oversteeped green tea, I think? Yikes, hopefully I didn’t screw this one up. The marshmallow in the dry tea smelled soooo good. There is definitely a sweetness in the aroma too.
Ok, better than I was expecting. I can definitely taste the marshmallow, and it does taste like marshmallow to me. I’m not tasting any oversteeping, but I’m also not really getting the genmaicha flavour I was expecting. Granted, my only experience is with my ancient one and in restaurants, but I’m missing the delicious toastiness. I suppose, though, that there was considerably less rice in the dry tea for this one as opposed to the genmaicha I have in my cupboard. I imagine it would be tastier with more rice. Definitely not tasting fruitiness either, so either that was a misinterpretation by my nose, or another unrelated flavour.
You know, this one’s kind of growing on me. I can’t put my finger on what it reminds me of, and that’s annoying, but I am enjoying it. So glad it’s not oversteeped.
Thank you Amanda for expanding my 52teas horizons again!!
OH! I think I just figured out what it reminds me of. Toasted Walnut by DavidsTea! Except sweeter. Yes, I think the metallic scent reminded me of a badly oversteeped cup of Toasted Walnut, except that it didn’t translate to the flavour. This must be a sencha/green tea thing. Ah. I feel triumphant. Good job, brain :D
ETA: Second infusion smells immensely creamy/marshmallowy. YUM. Flavour similar. No more metallic aroma, there’s some more green tea coming out. This is quite good. I would probably purchase this tea if it was still available :D Love it. I can see why others like it.
ETA: Third infusion (3+ minutes/82C) is still sweet and marshmallowy. The teaball no longer had any lovely aromas after this infusion, so this is as far as I went, but that’s pretty impressive for a flavoured tea, IMO. I’m not kidding Frank, bring this one back!!! I want it!
Brewed this up last night; didn’t care for it hot, let it cool and forgot about it. So trying it today! Probably not a good idea… meh. It’s the only cold tea upstairs and I’m thirsty !
I really can’t say that I’m getting Coconut Cheesecake… at all. I’m getting honeybush, rooibos, and maaaaayyybe some coconut? Well, at least at the end of the sip.
Blegh, this is not my favourite… at all. I’ll try it again fresh, but I didn’t much like it yesterday either. Sigh. At least I absolutely adore Malted ChocoMate…
David very kindly included this, at my request, as a sample in my last Verdant order. I’m not sure I’ve ever tried a straight black loose-leaf tea before, so this will be a new experience! I really felt like trying it tonight because of the Chocolate Chamomile Curiousity Brew I had yesterday and today that has Laoshan Black as an ingredient.
I accidently brewed this with less-than-boiling water; hopefully that won’t be an issue. I’m not sure what the temperature was exactly, but somewhere around 200F. ~5g of leaf in my 250mL infuser.
The aroma of the steeped tea is very malty and bakey. Perhaps slightly sweet, but only just. I’ll admit that when I initially smelled it steeping, it almost smelled icky and fermenty to me. I’m not sure where that was coming from, and I still get a hint of it, but I can deal with it.
The flavour is definitely very baked-goodsy, ending with a sweetness that reminds me of… malted barley? Beer? Oh, perhaps that roasted malted barley they use for “chocolate” beer? (I did try some, on a recent brewery tour.) Actually, that’s kind of what the whole sip tastes like. I’ll say that there are some hints of flavour that remind me of, say, a standard bagged black, but it is much different, and a pleasure to drink unaltered.
Oh – I should note that there is not a hint of bitterness or astringency. None.
Also just realized I lied :D My first loose leaf straight black was actually from the DavidsTea advent calendar – David’s Organic Breakfast. Although I think that was a blend.
Anyways, this exceeds my expectations for a straight black tea! It’s complex and interesting, malty and a bit sweet. I don’t think I’d be likely to order this or keep it on hand; I’d more likely go with a flavoured black, but I’m SO glad I had the chance to try it and know what all the hype was about! I can definitely see why black tea lovers like it; my palate just prefers oolongs and greens :)
ETA: Figured I’d go for multiple infusions the next day. Why not! Second – boiling water, 3 minutes. The flavour is pretty similar, just a bit weaker, but still quite tasty. I’m definitely getting a burny sort of flavour this time; don’t recall it from last time, but my memory isn’t great. This is also still quite smooth, except at the end of the sip there’s a lingering sharp bitterness in the back of my tongue/roof of my mouth. Haven’t experienced that before. It’s a little odd. Third infusion – boiling water, 4 minutes. Considerable loss of flavour, although it’s still the same flavour that’s there. Same weird lingering bitterness. I should note that it’s not a problem though, and it’s nothing like the bitterness from oversteeping, although that could be the cause? I don’t think this tea has anything left now though, but I think it’s good for two solid infusions!
Ok, figured I should get going on trying my samples from Den’s Tea before my $3 off coupon expires!
I wasn’t in the mood for a straight green, so was eyeing up the genmaicha w/matcha until I noticed this one! Yes! Yum, fruity green tea. That’s what I want.
I’m not exactly sure how this one will turn out though – as I was waiting for the water to cool to 180F, I noticed that it indicated the volume of water should be 3oz. Three?! I probably have 10 or so in my cup! So I made a quick decision to split it in half, and infuse one, then the other. Soooo we’ll see. The teaball was an inappropriate choice due to water volume, as it turned out, because it wasn’t even fully covered… oh well.
The dry tea smells mostly like tart cherries. Yum.
First infusion (179F/1min):
The aroma is slightly sweet, and a little cherry-tart. Weak, but smells delicious. Woah. Hmm. How to describe the flavour. There’s a bit of cherry sweetness, but not much, and there’s a definite slightly seaweedy green tea flavour. Drat – I drank some oolong before this and just realized that the flavour is lingering in my mouth too much. Time for some Malted ChocoMate (?) Great, now I have malty goodness lingering in my mouth. Sencha Pear? Ok, that was probably the best choice. Now to wait out the lingering pear flavour.
Ok! Back to the tea. Oh yes, flavours much clearer now. A nice sencha base with just a hint of floral, tart-ish cherry. Really lovely, actually. I thought I wasn’t a big sencha fan (probably because it has usually been bitter or astringent for me), but this is neither, and quite tasty. Ok, my taste buds are getting confused. I’m tasting oolong aftertaste again. Maybe I’m getting it confused with green tea aftertaste? Maybe they are one and the same!? Ack!
Second infusion (180F/2min):
A bit more cherry here, and definitely more astringency than I’d like, but no bitterness. Should have gone with another 1 minute infusion, I think, not 2 minutes. I really like how subtle the cherry flavour is. I was expecting it to be more overpowering, but its probably much better just being light and subtle. I feel like this tea has at least 1-2 more good infusions to give me (but I think I’ll drop the time back to 1.5 minutes).
ETA: Third infusion
Light cherry flavour, but I can’t really taste the green tea anymore :( I think I used too much water, in part, and I may have worn it out with the last infusion. I must remember that greens can’t be re-steeped as much as oolongs (IIRC). Oh well!