2515 Tasting Notes
After buying 100g of this one (because I thought it was going away forever, lies), I ended up becoming less and less fond of it as time passed. Although the 50g bag I have at home is nearly empty, that’s only because I keep sending it off in swaps! The bag at work is unopened.
Anyways, I was poking around for teas to ice the other day, and found this and Swampwater and figured it was worth a shot. Turns out I made a great decision (at least with this one!) I suppose technically it wasn’t cold-brewed, as I did mix a generous 3 tsp of tea with hot (boiling-ish) water and let it sit for a little while (between 1-2 minutes) before mixing topping it up to a bit less than 2 cups of water and sticking it in the fridge overnight. The result is pretty delicious and reminds me why I enjoyed this tea in the first place.
First off, the flavour is strong, and I suspect I could even dilute the tea a bit and still enjoy it, but rooibos is still lighter than herbals, so I’m not too worried. It’s creamy and almondy and sweet enough that I wouldn’t want sugar in it, and… just so good. It’s going well with my post-run supper of steamed beans and tomatoes in lime/garlic. (Which is impressive because the lime and garlic, as I have mentioned previously, kind of kill my tastebuds!)
I hadn’t remembered my rating being quite so high for this one, but I’ll let it stand because iced, this is wicked!
Along with oolongs, I was in the mood for genmaicha of some sort tonight. Of course, I now wish I hadn’t brewed all these up, because I’m overtired and reacting as such to a few things going on. Lame.
I used 1.5 tsp in about 8-10 oz. water for a minute, and this is far too weak for my liking. I’ll have to try again with a longer infusion, because the flavour was good, it was just too much like hot water. Thanks also go to Alphakitty for this one :)
Another oolong from Alphakitty! In an oolong mood tonight, and heading to bed shortly. I’m very tired.
The aroma of this one is definitely not what I expected – it’s almost jasmine-like. I suppose that is the magnolia? The taste follows, being floral and jasminey, but not quite like jasmine. I’m not getting a great deal of oolong in the aftertaste, which is disappointing, although I do like the lingering floral notes.
This tea’s not bad, but I think for a similar flavour, I’d more likely just pick out a jasmine tea. I’m sure there are more than just subtle differences, but I’m not tasting them now. It’s good though, but again, lacking in oolong flavour, which precludes it from seeming “different/unique” to me.
Another milk oolong for me :) Thanks Alphakitty! This is my first bagged one; I’m curious to see how well it holds up to loose versions.
The smell is clearly delicious, caramelly milk oolong. I’m not used to teabags having an aroma, so I’m excited!
The tea is actually pretty darn good! Creamy and oolongy, although it could be stronger in both areas (maybe I used a bit too much water?) I’m pleasantly surprised! Can’t touch DavidsTea’s version, but I’d definitely drink this one again :) Thanks Alphakitty!
Decided to be a grown-up this morning. I couldn’t sleep, so am just going to work without sleeping in the hopes that I am tired tonight. It’s my own fault. Anyways, the adult part is having two cups of black tea for breakfast! Not that it’s black… I milked and sugared it up nicely, because I don’t think straight tea would sit well with me right now. My stomach is finicky in the morning.
Anyhow, this one’s pretty tasty done up this way; I like smoky tea when it’s lightened with milk and sweetened. Initially I could taste the berries in this blend, but all I can taste is the smokiness, now. Hopefully this sits well!
Still smells/tastes pretty minty, not getting ‘white swiss truffle’, but again, it works as a minty evening drink. I clearly don’t find it to be quite as bad as others do, although it’s not my top choice for an uncaffeinated beverage. (It actually tastes much like a weak chocolate mint to me, which really isn’t so bad, especially considering my dislike of mint).
Another sample from LiberTEAS! Yum!
This one smells oddly familiar to me; I wonder if it’s another 52teas blend that I’m thinking of? I can’t place it though. It’s a good sort of familiar though! It does smell banana-y/peachy.
I steeped this one for a conservative 2 minutes, and it perhaps could have used a bit more to add a bit of strength, but the plus side is that I’m rewarded with zero astringency! And the flavours are still there. I can taste a bit of seaweedy green tea, and then a delicious peachy flavour comes out, with creamy banana lurking in the background. I feel like the peach flavour isn’t quite as tasty as I would have liked – it tastes almost like a slightly underripe peach where the flavour isn’t fully developed, instead of a juicy, ripe, dripping peach. Still tasty though. A bit of sugar would perhaps make the flavours come out more, but I am still determined to avoid that!
I had written off most flavoured green teas because I wasn’t enjoying them, but this one is good. I think it’s partially because for whatever reason, I’m not always a big fan of citrus mixed with green tea, and DavidsTea put out what seemed like quite a number of those recently, none of which I particularly cared for.
I’m looking forward to additional infusions of this one… there’s a big chunk of presumably peach in my infuser, and I’m hoping that a bit of sitting wet will help the flavour to come out in the second cup. I’m contemplating cold-brewing the rest of my sample of this one, as I think it would do well…
I was craving a bit of milk oolong this afternoon, and remembered that I hadn’t tried this one generously sent to me by Teavivre yet!
The aroma of both the dry and steeped tea is kind of a caramelly, milky aroma. Very appetizing.
The flavour is pretty delicious as well. I can taste a vegetal oolong beneath the milky, caramelly flavouring, which blend fairly well together (although I don’t recall such a sharp, vegetal flavour with other milk oolongs I’ve tried, but it’s ok). The milky taste and oolong aftertaste linger in your mouth for a while after, which is enjoyable.
Unlike Teavivre’s unflavoured milk oolong, which I enjoyed but didn’t find particularly milky, this one clearly tastes deliciously milky, but I feel a bit like it’s not quite what I want from a milk oolong. I really can’t quite put my finger on it; it may be that it’s flavoured and there’s something not quite meshing, or for all I know, I messed up the brewing parameters. Either way, it is certainly enjoyable!
I think DavidsTea’s Quangzhou Milk Oolong is going to be awfully difficult for other teas to beat… (although the Silky Green from Bird Pick Tea & Herb was very, very close, if not better).