2970 Tasting Notes
Just gotta write a couple super quick notes. I got my Della Terra order yesterday!!!! Just in time to be able to hit up weekend sales if I so choose :D Got started immediately, and brewed this up last night. I have to say… it’s EXACTLY what I was hoping for! Chocolatey and orangey. More like a Terry’s dark chocolate orange than milk, but it was completely true to the name. It’s pretty much what I wanted DavidsTea’s Oh Christmas Treat/Chocolate Orange to be, but there’s no risk of fishiness here! And I even oversteeped this one by accident, and it was still great. I used ~3 heaping tsp to a Timolino full of water, and it was perfect.
Also, this wwasn’t even a tea I ordered in my Try Me packs – it was a free sample! Awesome!!
It’s like early Christmas! I feel like I’ve been on a sorta-tea-buying-hiatus for a while, and suddenly I’m getting samples and expecting packages and creating orders…. so exciting! Anyhow, my samples from Zen Tea arrived today, thank you! Although I wanted to try them all, I’m exhausted from a long day of work and only allowed myself to brew up one new tea requiring a review.
The dry leaves instantly reminded me of DavidsTea’s Checkmate, which I thought was quite interesting. Perhaps it’s something to do with the base tea? Either way, it would be awesome if it was that tasty!
Unfortunately, I oversteeped this one quite severely. However, I don’t think it really suffered, as astringency is still quite low. That said, something in this tea is tasting plasticky too me. Like, artificial flavouring. I can kind of taste a bit of toffee sweetness and nuttiness, but it’s overshadowed by this strange flavour. While it’s possible that it’s an artifact of my extended infusion, I suspect it’s more likely a flavouring issue. I have lots of tea left in the packet to sample, so I’ll give this another shot somewhere down the road!
Although I appreciate the chance to try this tea, I unfortunately don’t particularly care for it as I’m quite sensitive to artificial-tasting flavours :(
ETA: Damn, I am the only person to have a negative review here. I’ll definitely have to see if a shorter infusion as recommended makes a difference. For now, removing rating.
Awesome, the first cup I remember having of this that is totally delicious, chocolatey, orangey, goodness with no fishiness! Absolutely delicious! I think I shall change my rating… the tea isn’t supposed to be fishy, and I’m willing to bet the cup I rated it on was.
Only downside is that my throat feels a touch scratchy while drinking it. Odd/annoying but oh well! Hit the spot today for sure :D
An unexpected sipdown tonight! Didn’t realize I had so little left! Luckily it’s on the shopping list for a certain day in the too-near future…
I was in a rush and only gave this 6 minutes of infusion time today, and it was less ice winey but still ddeeeeeeelicious!
Can’t have an indulgent feel-good evening of teas to help my work without some Marshmallow Treat! My packet only has enough for like, 4 cups left, so Frank had better get on a re-blend soon! (Or I might fail out of grad school. Just saying….)
Anyways, this was a tea of last night. Gotta conserve, so other options are for tonight…
(Also, I have noticed the past couple times I brewed this up that it’s remarkably resilient to oversteeping! As long as I’ve waited until the right temp, which is ~82C, going over 3 minutes doesn’t seem to ruin the flavour too much. A touch of astringency, but hardly even noticeable. Great since I keep oversteeping it!)
Ha, I’m a terrible tealogger sometimes. Forgot I brewed this up all nice and delicious with milk and sugar last night. I was working on a presentation until the wee hours of the morning, and it was deliciously indulgent. With that presentation completed, I’m now working on #2 which is to be given tomorrow morning. Yay for committee meetings… Anyways, I had two tasty cups of it (but forgot to reduce the water for the second cup to make it better. Sad sad.)
I was craving a creamy coconutty tea tonight. Not quite this one… haha, I just realized that it is/was DavidsTea’s Buttercream that I’m craving! (Or Persimmon’s Coconut Creme, but Buttercream is better.) Glad I figured that out! Anyways, this was the only non-black coconut option I could think of for the time being (I’m sure I have tons of others, I’m just blanking). It’s highly satisfying and toasty as usual, but I’m really craving that touch of sweetness that either of the other two teas would give me. No regrets on brewing this up though, I haven’t had it in a while!