2088 Tasting Notes
Given that this tea has peppermint in it, I wasn’t expecting to be a fan…. so no surprise when I tried it today as a TOTD and wasn’t a fan! Ginger was the predominant flavour I was getting, with a pepperminty background, which I hate. Drinkable, but yech. Not a tea for me. But now I can say I tried it!
Evening caffeine-free tea. Nothing super special; not getting the creaminess today that I did previously. Oh well, won’t be a re-buy but that’s ok. Too bad I just got a sample of it in my DT order! :(
Exhausted, so a short note. Brewed some at work today, forgot to set a timer, left it for six + minutes, and it just wasn’t the same. Probably would still have garnered a 90s rating as it was good, but it wasn’t that subtly delicious taste I usually get – the oolong was a bit overpowering. My fault though. Left the leaves in the teaball for another steep tomorrow if I get the chance (and am not craving Check Mate first).
Cold brewed this in the fridge in a waterbottle overnight, and I much prefer it as an iced tea. Also used 1 tbsp for… 10 or 12 oz water. Tastes like sour berriness still, but I found it refreshing. Roommate thought it could use a bit of sweetener; she’s probably right. Upping the rating, but only for the iced version.
Yet another tea joins the coveted ranks of my favourites (haha). Wow. I’m so impressed! This tea was far better than I expected, as I was thinking it would be comparable to Mom’s Apple Pie, but really, they’re entirely different teas.
So onto the review. The dry tea smells exactly like caramel popcorn. Heavenly. I LOVE caramel popcorn. The popped popcorn in it is an amusing touch; I thought I’d try one and it tasted like a piece of stale popcorn… ah well. They’re not for eating, they’re for steeping.
I initially thought 94C was awfully high to steep a green tea… until I realized that there was virtually no green tea in my bag. Like, seriously. I don’t think there was ANY. Anyways, I decided to lower the temp a bit (90C) anyways, but ended up steeping well past the 4 minutes I initially decided on.
The tea definitely retains the lovely caramel popcorn flavour upon steeping, and I hoped the taste would correlate to the smell… AND IT DOES! YAY! Sweet and buttery and caramelly and oh so good. I keep reading that there’s maple in this tea… I don’t really think I’m tasting it specifically, but my goodness is this ever delicious!
The tea as I prepared it isn’t too weak, but then again I DID steep it for quite a while. Consequently, I’m probably not getting a second steep out of this guy, but I’m ok with that.
ETA: Tried a second steep anyways. I think it would have been pretty good except I left the teaball in for AGES and now there’s a bit of a strange, almost metallic flavour. A little bitter, maybe like apple peel? Still drinkable, but I won’t let it steep indefinitely a second time!
Not a tea I’d choose for myself, but my roommate brought some back with her after trying it at her local DT during Reading Week. So what the heck, may as well try it!
Both steeped and dry, the tea smells licoricey (anise), and is weaker in the hot tea. The taste is quite mild to begin with, and ends very sweetly, which is a bit surprising and odd. Reminds me of…
. an icky experience I shouldn’t mention. Just the sweet aftertaste, I mean. I’m not tasting any heat though, which is contrary to what other people have noticed. There was only one chili in our pot though, so maybe that’s the reason.
Anyways, as I don’t care for licorice, this is definitely not a tea for me, but I imagine that if black licorice is your thing, you’d be all over this one.
I will admit that I’m not a huge fan of the smell of the dry tea (it’s sickly apple-sweet), but experience tells me not to put much stock into that (Cranberry Pear, anyone?)
Steeped, this smells exactly like a cup of hot apple cider. Delicious, cinnamony apple cider. Depending on how it tastes, I may have to waive my no-sweetener rule so that I can make it into the apple cider I’m used to…
Ok, not bad. It tastes like weak, unsweetened apple cider – I can taste green apple at the end. I think I need to try the sugar route. Definitely drinkable without, but now I’m craving sweet apple cider :D I can’t really taste green tea at this stage, but perhaps a second steeping will highlight it a bit more.
ETA: Some agave made this a sweet cidery bedtime treat. Yum. I don’t like it enough to stock up on or anything, but I’m excited to have some pseudo-cider around!
Mmmmmmmmmm. Banana oolong, it has been too long. But I will never be without you again (hopefully). So amazing…
A long day in the lab tediously weighing samples (0.2500g) deserves a cup of something delicious. Hence, Check Mate. Mmmmmmm.
(I have really got to stop trying to go for a second steep though… it always is disappointing. It’s not like I don’t have enough to brew a fresh batch, or anything else tasty lying around (Banana Oolong, Mulberry Magic…))
Ok, I think I steeped this a bit better this time. At least it should be rateable!
The steeped tea has an astringent, crispy pear scent to it, which carries into the flavour. Whoever mentioned that it tastes like a Pear Jelly Belly had it pretty bang on, if you remove much of the sweetness and add an astringent green tea base. Even at only 3:15min of steeping, I’m getting some bitterness and more astringency in the mouth than I would like; maybe I should have gone with an even shorter time. I’m not sure I’m really keen on the sencha base used for this one.
I think I liked this tea more earlier when I hadn’t tasted so many and wasn’t so discriminating; now, a tea has to be pretty darn tasty in order for me to want to purchase it again, and this one, while interesting, just doesn’t catch me like others do. I would love to try a pear oolong tea that’s done similarly to DT’s banana oolong, as I find that one pretty tasty.