2229 Tasting Notes
Mmm, it’s morning, so time to start making my way through my black tea stash!
This tea I received from Azzrian, and I’m so excited to try it!
The dry tea doesn’t smell like much; there’s a bit of vanilla aroma, perhaps, but that’s about it. Entirely different story steeped; it smells malty , sweet, and with a hint of blackberry. Yum!!
A pleasant surprise – this is pretty good! A malty blackberry (or blueberry, my palate can’t make up its mind!) tea with a bit of vanilla is what I’m getting. There is some astringency at the end of the sip, not likely caused by oversteeping, but I perhaps used a touch too much dry tea. It’s a bit annoying, but it’s not bitterness, so I can deal with it.
Overall, I’m pretty impressed, and I liked this one more than I expected to! If I drank black teas more frequently I would consider picking this one up, but as I don’t typically drink teas for their caffeine content, and often drink them in the evening, I don’t need more black teas than I already have!
Thanks so much for the sample, Azzrian! An unexpected treat :D
ETA: Second cup, also steeped for 3 minutes, is weak but also tasty. In the future I might use a smaller volume of water for the second infusion to concentrate the flavour a bit, but I do like it even a little dilute :)
Another new tea! Thanks Amanda!
I debated whether I should even try this one today, given my failures, but really wanted to try it out, because it smells delicious! All coconutty and good. I think there was some smell transfer from another sample packet during shipping… it smells a bit fruity and sweet too. Really hoping the flavour doesn’t transfer over…
Steeped, it smells…. weird. The fruitiness is there (uh oh), and I’m getting a hint of coconut creaminess, but that’s it. It almost smells… metallic??
Ok, after a few minutes, it smells more as I was expecting, like sencha and coconut. Good good.
Taste-wise it definitely makes me think of DavidsTea’s Toasted Walnut. I guess it’s because they’re both sencha and coconut, although Toasted Walnut has a few more ingredients. I can taste the sencha, and it’s alright, and I’m enjoying the lingering coconut flavour at the end of the sip. It’s definitely more coconutty, too.
I kind of like this one, actually, but for my purposes, it’s pretty interchangeable with the far-more-easily-obtainable Toasted Walnut, and its rating is going to reflect that.
(But guess what…. I didn’t oversteep it!!! Hallelujah! Or screw it up! Miracle!)
ETA: Second steep in half a cup of water was ok, but not wonderful. Can’t remember anything specific about it as I drank it rather quickly.
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.