2898 Tasting Notes
In my earlier tea-obsession days, before I realized the joys of sampling many teas, I bought a 100g tin of this. Since then, I’ve massively regretted it, not because I don’t like the tea, but because 100g is an awful lot to finish off before it goes stale when your tea preferences are ever-changing and ever-curious! Anyhow, it occurred to me last night that I should make a cup of this to use some up, so I did! Of course, it was super super late (aka morning), and I ended up going to sleep before even touching it. Fast-forward to when I woke up and sampled the variety of cold teas by my bedside. I tried this one, and couldn’t remember for the life of me what it was… but I thought it tasted like Cantaloupe & Cream! Even though I knew I hadn’t brewed that up super recently. Anyways, it did finally occur to me that it was this tea, and then I tasted light strawberry instead of cantaloupe, but I was reminded that I really must try a straight silver needle tea, because it’s clearly the common thread between those two teas, and I really, really like it!
Anyhow, I’m rambling. I’ve had a bad day filled with new project deadlines and endless sample grinding and I’m tired and drinking cold tea. At least it’s tasty cold tea.
Mmmmmmm. Wanted Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha tonight, but decided it would be better to go through some samples I have instead of getting closer to finishing off my beloved half-empty bag (I think I have two marshmallow treat samples, and one of this). I can’t taste a whole lot of cherry here, but I definitely feel like I can taste the creamy cheesy tang of cheesecake, and it’s quite delicious. If this came back, I’d buy it too!!
Thanks to LiberTEAS for passing a sample of this one on to me :)
ETA: Oh Cherry Cheesecake Genmaicha, you remain delicious even after sitting out for nearly 24 hours. swoon :P
So, my memory tells me that I wasn’t particularly enamoured with this tea the first couple times, which were from a sample from Azzrian. However, I received some as part of a Butiki sampler quite a while back, and hadn’t actually tried it from my own batch. So here we are!
I opened the baggie to a… delicious aroma of creamy pistachios?! What? I don’t remember this aroma! How exciting!
For whatever reason, this tea is definitely working far better for me today! I admit that I probably overleafed my cup (maybe 2 tsp to 8oz. water or so?), but I’m getting a nutty pistachio flavour, creaminess, cardamom??, and a lightly seaweedy sort of green tea. This is certainly not what I remember from my previous attempts! The creaminess and green tea leave a lovely aftertaste in the mouth, as well. The only negative is that I feel like I’m tasting a hint of licorice/anise in there that I’m not liking. I’ll have to try this with sweetener someday to see if I can really bring out the “ice cream” flavour, because as it stands, this is more of a creamy nut tea with seaweedy undertones.
I don’t think I’ll ever be quite the fan of this tea that some people appear to be, but it’s much better than I originally gave it credit for. I suspect it perhaps was a tea that suffered for whatever reason by being packaged up as a sample (too much exposure to air, cross-contamination, etc.) Rating bump!
ETA: A re-steep with less water and the same parameters yields a pretty tasty cup as well, although with reduced seaweedy green tea flavours. (Bonus, it withstands sitting cold for 24h too!)
Mmmmm. Haven’t had this in a while. Smells pretty much the same as I remember (creamy, nutty goodness), and tastes similarly too. My only complaint is that I find it a little weak (I used 2 heaping-ish tsp for my ~8 oz. cup and am still saying this…). I still have noted down somewhere to compare this to Salted Caramel from DavidsTea, which although it is a black, has similar flavouring, and I seem to recall liking it just as much or more.
Anyways, still a yummy tea with a bit of lingering oolong flavour at the end. I’m a bit chilly though, so wish I hadn’t let ALL my teas cool while working away on stats on my computer…
Another Teaopia tea requiring overleafing. I’m pretty pleased with this one today though, in spite of the fact that the marshmallows certainly didn’t melt fully even though I steeped this one as indicated. Eh well. The aroma is deliciously sweet and nutty (kind of like Creamy Nut Oolong, which I stupidly neglected to save a sip or two or for comparison). The tea is also similarly somewhat sweet and nutty. I’m fairly certain that this tea is the sweeter of the two though. It’s definitely quite weak if steeped as indicated – I used 2 heaping teaspoons of tea for about a 10 oz. mug, and it’s acceptable, but the base tea is a bit weaker than I’d personally really like. Decent tea, not fabulous but certainly tasty and comforting!
ETA: This does not re-steep well. Ick.
This is the last of mine/my roommate’s tin of this one from last year’s advent calendar. I had a recollection that neither of us particularly liked this one, although I tolerated it a bit better. Sure enough, it tastes like dry, ground-up almonds. And smells like dry nuts. Looks like I said the same last time. I do have a little sample packet of this still, but I’ll probably send that off as a bonus sample in a swap to someone!! :D
Also, wooo, it’s getting windy now! I have doubts that “post-tropical cyclone Sandy” will have too much impact here in southern Ontario, but it’s gross outside regardless. (Maybe school will be cancelled tomorrow?!)
ETA: Second infusion similar, but lighter. Unsurprising.
Interesting. I wasn’t going to write another note about this one, but as I’m drinking it from my thermos tonight, trying to stay warm while graphing some data, I’m struck by the fact that it almost tastes like steeped raisins! I mean, I’m getting caramelly notes, etc. etc., but for some reason, it’s tasting a lot like someone threw raisins in my infuser to plump up. No issue with it, it’s tasty! Just wanted to note it down for future reference :D
This was definitely a weekend of indulging in favourites, mostly because I was away from home for most of the weekend and didn’t have the time to write notes/think about new teas/properly brew things (though at least the boy has a nice kettle!!) So I drank yet another delicious cup of Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha :) I’m on track to finish this packet within about a month/month and a half of receiving it. Given the fact that I don’t think I’ve finished any other packets of tea I have purchased (aside from sample sizes), this is pretty big. Though, if I don’t get my hands on a re-blend, I might have to draw out my supply a bit more…
Good old dependable milk oolong. I’ve also established that this one does well in the Timolino, and actually can be successfully steeped in it without off-flavours! Hurray! I enjoyed a cup of this plus a re-infusion at a board games day with my boyfriend today. They drank pop; I drank delicious milk oolong. Clearly the superior beverage :D