3069 Tasting Notes
This tea just hasn’t been living up to expectations lately, and I’m starting to suspect it’s an age thing. It is a green oolong, and I think I’ve had this tea for probably more than 10 months. It’s just not as good anymore (infusing in a travel mug at work also isn’t optimal). Ah well. First tea love, you were awesome, and hopefully you will be again!
Yep… this 52g bag that I was given from a store in BC last year is definitely a gooder. I have been basking in delicious chocolate orange aroma for the last couple hours, and the flavour is pretty darn amazing. The tea in this bag doesn’t even smell fishy, whereas the other batch I have (or had, I may have given some away) definitely did.
Either way, this is pretty darn good. Still getting that scritchy scratchy throat thing with this tea… not sure what that’s all about, but it seems to happen with flavoured rooibos sometimes too. Unfortunately, the knowledge that I have 1.5 Terry’s chocolate oranges sitting at home waiting to be eaten means that this tea is definitely NOT satisfying my cravings today… but it works decently the rest of the year!
Sipdown, woooo!!! Although this will be extremely short-lived, as I’m making a necessary 2 oz. order of this tonight. Or tomorrow. Very, very soon. Today I mixed a couple batches’ worth together, some from my very first sample of Laoshan Black, when I thought I hated all straight black teas and requested David Duckler to send this one as my sample tea just so I could try it, and the last of my 1 oz. packet from a few tea purchases ago. The tea was delicious as always, even steeped directly in my new travel mug today. :)
I think I have a bit of Zhu Rong (Rhu Zong? I can never remember…) left, along with Teavivre’s Fenqing Black Dragon Pearls, to tide me through this horrible lack of delicious chocolatey black morning teas. Hopefully I don’t have to resort to picking through my Laoshan Village Chai to find enough of this tea for a cup!
ETA: WOW. My second infusion of this one, which I left for about 4 minutes, tastes almost exactly like dark hot chocolate. Holy incredible deliciousness. I am not kidding at ALL. I wish this cup would last forever… it tastes like at least 200 more calories/cup than it is…
Tasty morning tea. Got a piece of ginger in the infuser this morning, and definitely can taste it (though it’s certainly not overpowering!) I guess it may just be a bit hit or miss, as I don’t think there are a lot of ginger pieces in here.
Also, it got an extra minute this morning and is not suffering at all for it, which is great!
I cannot focus at ALL today. I slept badly and am facing a huge decision in probably the next few days… whether or not to stay here and commit to a PhD in an area which will be extremely challenging for me, which also means that I won’t be done school until I’m over 30… Gah. Major decision stress, on top of the fact that I’m supposed to be finishing my Masters project by April….
Anyways… drinking some of this in the hopes of finding some sort of answers?? Or at least, a way to focus and make some progress on work… I’ve been sitting here for nearly an hour and a half and all I’ve managed to do is drag a few calculations down an Excel column, and trim a substantial number of split ends… Well, at least this tea is delicious and reliable. Sigh.
(Yep, sorry, hardly a tasting note at all, just a life rant. Bleh.)
Yum, lemony raspberry. Neither the hibiscus nor stevia cause problems here, it’s just a true raspberry flavour with lemony tanginess. Certainly much better than DT’s previous incarnation of a raspberry rooibos blend.
ETA: Also makes a yummy second infusion. Even infused for like two hours, ahahaha.
Interesting. I first tried this tea 8 months ago, apparently, and wrote that I thought that jasmine was the dominant flavour. Odd! I’m really not picking up on that now, I’m getting a light fruitiness (I can be convinced that it’s pomegranate) on a nice green base, that unfortunately is kind of astringent. I wonder if I thought jasmine because the green base does taste like the jasmine green from a Chinese restaurant? Hrm.
Anyhow, this is rather tasty, but clearly a bit finicky as well, as I thought I was pretty careful with the infusion time. Perhaps 2.5 minutes would give a better result (and also perhaps using a thermometer for water temp, but I was lazy and my thermometer was still packed from my holiday).