2221 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Raritea for letting me have the rest of her sample! I haven’t tried all that many straight white teas, but I wasn’t too impressed with this one – the flavour was very light, a bit on the hay-y side, and that’s about it. It’s possible that my tasting/smelling abilities are still compromised, but I expected a bit more flavour. Ah well, it’s not as if I needed to fall in love with another category of teas anyhow!
Not super impressed, but maybe it needed more time to steep. There’s a bit of berry flavour, a bit of lemongrass, and a sweetness – I’m not entirely sure what it’s from. I imagine this would be a nice juice substitute for the summer; it certainly is rather odd warm.
ETA: Second infusion reminds me of blue raspberry, as well as… Razzleberry?? Some DT with raspberry and lemongrass, anyways. My thoughts on the tea are still the same, but I’ll give it a bit longer for the next cup. (Read: triple the time. Haha.)
My faith in Compass Teas is sadly fading…. not a big fan of this one. At least I can taste the coconut here, and it’s alright (whew, not rancid!), but it’s a very plain, boring tea, with a very unremarkable base that’s verging on astringency with even just a short 2-minute infusion. It’s not terrible, and if milk/sweetener didn’t cover up the mild coconut flavour, it might actually be good that way, but I’m not keen to have this one again.
Oops – forgot to thank JoonSusanna for passing some of this along :) Always curious to try, even if a tea doesn’t work for me!
Woo, free TOTD for St. Patrick’s! I had it sweetened, but don’t really think that it was necessary. The flavour was much the same as when I made it – grapey but not too artificial, and heavy on the grassy base, but no astringency. A tasty cup :) Perhaps not my first choice, but Green & Fruity was my other option, and my memories of that one aren’t terribly fond.
Thanks to Yezi Tea for a sample of this delicious black! Upon opening the sample, I was greeted by a wonderful chocolatey aroma. The tea doesn’t disappoint, and is an excellent example of a lovely, chocolatey, full-bodied black. No astringency, just delicious flavour. Perhaps not the best example of a tea with this flavour profile, but certainly up there. I’d need to compare it with others to really tell.
Not thrilled by this tea, unfortunately. I was expecting something along the lines of Butiki’s Mi Xian black, but I really wasn’t getting any leafhopper flavour here. IMHO, it wasn’t even a great example of a straight black tea. Just, not much flavour. Very boring. I may have understeeped, at 2 minutes, so I’ll give it another shot later, but for now I’d pass on having it again.
Pleasantly surprised by this tea. I found that the base tea was quite prominent, a grassy, slightly marine-y sencha, but didn’t mask the tasty, natural grape flavour. There weren’t any raisins in my tiny pouch, so I don’t know how that might contribute, but I was pretty happy with the flavour I was getting. Grape’s not a favourite flavour for me, nor do I often care for flavoured greens, but I’d happily drink this again. If I make it to DT this afternoon after hitting the gym, I’ll be getting a cup of it as my free TOTD.