2970 Tasting Notes
Honestly, I don’t know if this is the specific Laoshan Green I grabbed this morning… but I think so…
Anyways, I have sadly concluded that while this tea is amazing fresh, it is…. less than awesome after sitting in a travel mug for hours (unlike most black teas, which withstand sitting quite well). I had assumed such, but figured it was worth a shot. I did have a sip when putting it into the travel mug, so I know it did initially taste all delicious, vegetal and green beany, but it developed bitterness while sitting. Also, my one Timolino appears to be tainted with lemon (I blame Good Morning Sunshine!) and so it had the addition of lemon flavour as well, which was… interesting.
I discovered that this one takes to a thermos quite well, so it had been added to the morning rotation. Luckily I still think that DavidsTea’s Salted Caramel and this tea actually taste eerily similar, so I suspect I can replace this with DT’s version once my bag is done (although I think this is one tea that Teavana did keep in their Canadian stores when they bought out Teaopia). Anyways, deeeeeelicious.
This week is a five-day series of sleep, starve/drink protein shakes while doing lab work until the wee hours of the morning, come home, eat, sleep, repeat. So no time for tea decisions, I’m sticking with the most easily visible. So, more of this guy. Still love it, and yes Sil, there will still be some left for you. It just might be in the original packet…. because the rest is all gone…
I made the horrifying discovery earlier this week that I’m nearly out of Laoshan Black! I think I had only ordered 1 oz., and have been drinking it in my Timolino, which takes a double helping of leaves… and I just made a huge Verdant order. Argh. I guess I know how I’ll be spending my voucher!
Oh, and this was delicious as always. Still can’t believe that a straight black tea can taste this amazing.
Another failure from the boy’s house, although this one I did drink. It just tasted funky and off, but I’m certain the off flavour was related to the water. He has a Brita pitcher; I should replace the filter in it and use it (because who knows how long it has been there, haha!)
Looking forward to a proper cup of this soon! :D
Brewed up at the boy’s house on Saturday… but I clearly did something wrong, as it wasn’t very good. Ended up dumping the cup. I suspect a combo of the water (unfiltered) and either too little tea or something wrong with my leaf:water ratio. Or perhaps temperature. So many variables! Ah well.
Ahhh, round 2 of this tea does not disappoint. Cake batter, eggnog, best vanilla tea ever… either way, it tastes like it’s absolutely loaded with calories, yet not a heavy tea… so perfect. The creamy green base really works SO well here. You may notice that I’ve now awarded this tea the coveted 100 points. A perfect score. Yes, it’s that good.
I’ve gotta try it with some rock sugar eventually, but I’m down to having 8 cups’ worth left (and I have to save some to let my mom try at Christmas!) I’ve gotta say – there are not many teas that I would be reluctant to sample out to people, but this tea is one of them! I’m dying to give my roomie a sample of it, and I feel super Scroogey because I want it all to myself…. bad bad selfish girl…
Mmmm, delicious! A nice, light, sweet genmaicha. No astringency when following the recommended brewing parameters. I can only wonder what this might taste like with a touch of vanilla… probably absolutely fantastic :D The rice makes this lightly toasty while the tea base leaves a lovely “tea” flavour (yeah, I still don’t know how to describe that savoury flavour) lingering in your mouth, which makes this one of the better genmaichas I’ve tried (a couple I’ve had fall a bit flat or astringent on that front).
Can’t wait to receive my genmaicha from Verdant so I can compare the two! Base teas will be quite different, so I’m expecting them not to be comparable at all, but I’m curious as to which I will prefer.
Another black from Butiki that I felt compelled to try. This one is definitely tasty, and I’m catching the chocolatey notes, but it’s not as tasty to me as Laoshan Black or Butiki’s Taiwanese Assam. It’s actually a bit more reminiscent of Teavivre’s Bailin Gongfu Black, as there’s some of that hay-y flavour poking through here. Still, tasty enough and without astringency, just not a tea I’d repurchase!
Tasting this alongside everything else this evening, I conclude that this is not my favourite oolong from Butiki. Although it does work quite well as a base for the Maple Pecan Oolong, by itself it tastes to me like a fairly standard oxidized oolong. Lightly woody, a bit sweet, a bit fruity. Not particularly remarkable. Other offerings are definitely better IMO! I think it might do well in the Timolino, so I’ll likely drink most of it that way :)
ETA: Second infusion (160F/nearly 6 min, oops) has a raisiny sort of sweetness and a bit less woodiness. I don’t think this is actually as typical an oolong as I first indicated, but I’m just finding that it isn’t quite suited to my liking. Not bad at all though.