2606 Tasting Notes
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.
Picked a sample of this one up as I was curious as to how it compares to DavidsTea’s Dulce & Banana. The aroma of the dry tea is quite similar, caramelly-sweet and chamomiley, but I’m definitely getting a bit more chamomile than I’m used to, and it’s a bit offputting. Steeped, however, it smells very similar. The flavour, too, is quite similar; not really much discernible banana, some caramelly sweetness, all rounded out by chamomile.
I’ll have to do a direct comparison to DT’s version at some point, but I think I like it a bit better.
ETA: A re-steep worked out ok here, definitely got heavier on the chamomile though. I opted to stick with just the two infusions as the smell of the chamomile was getting to me.
Um….. YUM!!!! Of all the four teas I tried tonight, this one REALLY hit the mark! Finally, for once, I taste cheesecake in a tea! And the apricot flavour is wonderfully authentic and prominent! I can definitely taste the white tea base as well, and it’s so, so good. I am drinking this cold now, and it’s absolutely delicious. It was when it was warm, too. Yum yum yum!!! I would buy this again for sure!
ETA: Second infusion was fabulous, third was still pretty good, but tasted oversteeped (usually third infusions don’t manage to get that way, but this one did!) Fabulous blend though!
Finally trying my tea from The Persimmon Tree! I got this one in a free 1 oz. promo they had. Hoping it’s delicious!
The dry tea smelled a bit like guava, if I recall correctly, but not as strongly as I would have liked. The flavour is also rather mild… BUT it does actually taste like guava! I just read Azzrian’s note below and see that there’s apparently ginger in here?? I’d believe it, and it’s at the perfect level too. Strawberry? Hmmm, can’t really pick that up. I’ll have to try this again when I’m in less of a rush, and can review it before it sits cold for a couple hours. Seems quite promising though!
ETA: Second infusion was even better, if I recall correctly! Threw out the leaves after that though, as they had been sitting too long. Many more future attempts await :)
Second new tea to try!
The flavour of this one is quite tasty; a delicious green oolong paired with fruity pineapple notes. I’m enjoying the fact that it definitely does taste like pineapple! I’m not sure I am really catching the “flowery” aspect though. The flavouring here reminds me quite a lot of another tea… perhaps a DavidsTea (not Pineapple Oolong). It’s quite tasty though!
ETA: I re-steeped this one once, but can’t recall the results. I don’t think it was all that wonderful. However, I looked in the infuser, and it seems like I may have used way too little tea… so will definitely have to fix that next time.
Finally got to some new teas tonight! Thanks to Azzrian for packaging up my multiple orders and shipping them off to me!
The dry tea smells much like Cantaloupe & Cream to me, minus the cream. Strangely, my roommate initially said it smelt like milk. Who knows.
There’s not much aroma from the steeped cup.
The flavour really, really reminds me of C&C, with a bit less creaminess (but a lovely smoothness). I’ll have to compare them side by side one day. I can distinguish the flavour as “melon”, but it isn’t coming through as watermelon quite yet. It still is quite good though; expected nothing less from Butiki! I’ll try some different parameters next time, perhaps, or the addition of rock sugar, to see if it bring the watermelon out more.
ETA: Re-steeped twice, both were tasty, but still remind me a lot more of just a generic “melon” flavour, not specifically watermelon. I still quite like it though! Sugar will be added to a future infusion just to see how it works out :)
Huuuh. Strange, I should already have a note for this tea. Anyways, this is a backlog from Saturday morning, when I made a nice cold almond milk latte sweetened with maple syrup for my drive out of town. It was great until my stomach started hurting; perhaps a strong matcha latte on an empty stomach wasn’t the best idea! It was delicious though. Proper note to follow in the eventuality that I get my crap together and have time for such a thing.