2195 Tasting Notes
After two resounding busts from earlier this morning, this tea had better be good! Or I might cry :(
Dry tea smells sweet and perhaps of vanilla. A good start. Steeped, I’m getting a sweet, dark, malty smell. Not what I was expecting, but still good so far…
Hmmm, it’s kind of weak. I used a slightly heaping tsp, but maybe didn’t steep it long enough. Tea ball is back in for a minute or so…
Oook. I’m not getting vanilla, really… I’m almost getting a bit of a soapy flavour, actually. The black tea is ok, a touch astringent at the end of the sip, but nothing worrisome. I really can’t see why people like this one…. Nothing special at all. Boo for another tea bust… (What am I doing wrong, people?!)
ETA: Oops, forgot to thank Amanda for this one!!
I am assuming that this is what I have tried today… My steeping parameters sucked, but I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have changed it for the better…
It smells nasty, fishy and like dirt. And tastes the same. Ladies & gents, we have a winner for the grossest tea I have ever tried!
Thanks for the sample, Azzrian, and please don’t be offended :P This is just WAY too earthy for me, and I don’t think I like chrysanthemum either. I’m guessing lovers of earthy pu’erhs might like it more? Keeping my hopes up for the oolong you sent though!
Nom nom nom. Still whisk-less, but I did a better job with the fork this time. Mixed it with a bit of hot milk and agave, then added cold unsweetened almond milk. Learned last time that almond milk does not microwave well.
Anyways, still quite happy with this one. I do need to get a tin or something for it though; I don’t like it being in a bag. It’s irritating.
I am trying to concentrate on catching up with posts on here… but I’m having trouble because the amazing smell of birthday cake is sooooo distracting! I can’t believe how delicious this one smells! I really had low expectations for it, but the aroma is intoxicating. Sweet and mapley vanilla, perhaps? VERY sweet. So sweet that just sniffing this makes my tastebuds think they’ve had dessert. Gah. Pleasepleaseplease let this taste as good as it smells, because then I’ll have another wonderful go-to dessert rooibos for those nights (or days) when I want something disgustingly sweet, not just hinting at it. Steep faster, delicious-smelling tea! (Side note: I’m moderately concerned that I may have steeped this one too hot – in my excitement to get it going, I grabbed my cup out of the microwave with boiling water in it, and plunged my filter basket in, which caused it to go all fizzy and bubbly and boiling. I probably should have given in 30s or so…)
Review pending the stupid tea cooling down! ARGH!
Ok! Finally get to try it! It’s not bad; the initial part of the sip is kind of strong (probably my fault – I was not skimpy on the dry tisane!) and rooibos-y, but the aftertaste is sweet vanilla-y maple. I have to agree with everyone else that it’s kind of sickly sweet… but I’m kind of in the mood for it right now. I’m definitely not getting ‘birthday cake’… but I don’t like birthday cake anyhow, so that’s not exactly an issue.
Overall not a bad rooibos, but not good enough to bump Alpine Punch or other tasty ones. It’s just a bit one-note for me, and I want more than that. But the sample will definitely get finished in the evenings as a yummy dessert tea!
Quickly, a note before I dash home!
Mostly smells and tastes like orange peel. I am not really getting any strawberry, or scone. A bit of astringency; clearly I oversteeped (thought so). I’ll re-evaluate when it cools, but I don’t think I’m terribly fond of this one.
Thank you LiberTEAS for this sample :)
ETA: Second steep this morning is funky. Into the garbage it goes.
Er… I just realized that I buggered this one up! I definitely steeped it in boiling water (or whatever temperature boiling water drops to when poured into a mug), because for some reason I had black tea on the brain. Surprisingly though, I thought it was just fine in spite of that. Just a touch of astringency at the end of the sip, and really, it was hardly noticeable and not bothersome. Anyways, I guess I’ll try it again at the proper temperature in the future!
The dry leaf smells like creamy banana coconut with what smells to me like a black tea base. Steeped, I’m getting a baked goods-banana scent, which is good.
Trying this one hot, I thought it tasted much like Monkey Fart (the banana is the same), but as it cooled I enjoyed it more. I’m not entirely sure that it tastes like banana cream pie to me… but I’m actually not certain that I’ve ever even had banana cream pie, so that probably wouldn’t be a fair judgment! I drank it during a seminar though, so can’t recall everything I tasted, but it looks like another tea that I’m happy to have tried but fine with not having again once my sample is gone. (Btw, thanks to LiberTEAS for this sample!)
(The second infusion seems to be reasonably tasty too, although it has yet to cool enough for me to get the full range of flavours. Worth that second cup though, I think!)
To celebrate having gone to bed at a decent hour AND having woken up on time (in spite of the fact that I’ve done nothing productive since then), I decided to have a nice cup of black tea! And what better to have than a surprise sample given to me by Azzrian: the Naughty Vicar!
The dry tea smells a bit fruity and rich. Mmmm.
Steeped, it smells exactly like some sort of familiar candy! Perhaps sour berry gummy candies? The $0.05 ones? I can’t quite place it, but it is SO familiar. And yay, it tastes true to the aroma! Not sweet, but it tastes like those candies, backed by a light black base (it might have been stronger had I steeped it longer than 3 minutes, but I’m SO wary of oversteeping right now).
This is pretty good! Not a tea I’d rush to go out and buy myself, but I doubt I’ll have any difficulty finishing it. Thanks Azzrian!
Went to pick up the new teas that I’ve yet to try, and a pitcher of this was sitting iced on the counter. I requested a sample, and the girl pulls out two to-go cups and pours my roommate and I full glasses; apparently she was about to throw it out anyhow! Bonus :)
However…. we tried it and it was awfully tart unsweetened. There was the tasty flowery flavour I remember from when I brewed it hot, but also a great deal of tartness as well as a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Oh hibiscus :( We used to be friends.
Brought it home and sweetened the crap out of it with agave, as my stomach didn’t want a tart drink right now, and it improved greatly, although still had some bitterness coming out, which was a bit yucky. Oh well! Perhaps I’ll finish the rest of my packet off this way. Luckily I only have ~16g minus a cup’s worth left?
Another tea I’m finally trying!
The aroma of this one is SO delicious. Both the dry and steeped tea have this wonderful floral, rose petaly, juicy aroma that makes me drool (or as close as I am willing to get while in my office with other people).
Hmm, I steeped this one for only 4 minutes, but I’m getting a distinctly unpleasant oversteeped flavour from it. What is with me and screwing up teas lately?! It’s still drinkable, but bleech. Also, the floral aroma that I enjoyed so much is appearing in my mouth… and although I like smelling flowers, I’m not a big fan of eating them! Yes, definitely too floral in flavour for me.
Well, looks like another bust (my wallet says: thank goodness!). Another tea I’m happy to have tried, but will not be picking up again.