2606 Tasting Notes
The only hot tea I have brewed up currently, another sample from Azzrian! Thrilled that it’s another pouchong blend, as I loved Mandarin Silk from the Persimmon Tree.
Aroma is definitely deliciously green oolong with a hint of fruitiness. Oh man… yeah, I think we have another winner. Sweet, real peach initially, which fades into a general fruitiness as the oolong flavour slides in. Delicious. The base is fabulous here, and the flavouring is amazing. I can see myself drinking this on those days where an oolong craving strikes, but I want something a little sweeter. This cup is disappearing VERY quickly. It could stand to be a touch stronger, but I might be thinking that because I just had a couple strong iced teas. Also, absolutely zero astringency/bitterness.
Thank you so much Azzrian! Although I get some misses from you, I’ve also had some absolutely HUGE hits, especially recently! It’s wonderful (yet oh so terrible wallet-wise).
ETA: Less flavour but still delicious second infusion. Drank a bit more after sampling some other teas, and wow is the oolong flavour powerful… and delicious!! Love it.
ETA again: Third infusion too light to bother, most days.
Sorry for the short tasting notes…. I’m super busy and shouldn’t even be doing this right now because it’s procrastinating. I’ll get to my messages ASAP….
The flavour is definitely very light here, cold-brewed. Or, light on the cherry, anyhow. There’s a floral sort of flavour that’s rather heavy, but I’m not sure what it is. It takes a bit to come out, then is quite present in the aftertaste. This isn’t bad; still not my favourite! Cannot wait for my Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit from Amanda to arrive!!!
Thought this would be another nice evening blend. Thanks to Azzrian for the sample :)
I assumed there would be hibiscus in here, and I definitely assumed correctly. The liquid is a dark pinkish red, and the infuser smelled somewhat sour when I pulled it out. Oh no! I’m not even sure I want to taste it now; my stomach roiled a bit at the smell. But here goes…
Bleh, I’m having trouble getting this into my mouth because it smells a bit reminiscent of vomit. The little taste I did get actually didn’t seem bad (I tasted fruity banana), but I’m having trouble with the smell. Will try again once it has cooled. I might also need to dilute it.
ETA: Cooled it’s no better; the smell is still sour + cherries. The taste isn’t bad, but I cannot handle the aroma. Diluted it in half and still got the sour aroma, albeit reduced. Bleh. I’ll rate this when I try it again…
Another eagerly anticipated sample from Azzrian! Thanks! :D
The aroma is a little sweet, and a little nutty. I actually don’t think I’ve had hot chestnuts before (although they always sound delicious when I read about them!), so this is going to be an experience :D Apparently a good one, too – the flavour matches the aroma quite well, with that same nuttiness/sweetness. It’s quite good! There’s a tiny bit of astringency, but probably little enough that knocking 15s off the infusion time would fix it. This is a really interesting twist on a flavoured black, because there’s lots of flavour, but it’s not fruity, or vanilla-y, or caramelly, it just tastes how I imagine hot chestnuts would taste, in tea form! With a black tea base of course, which I can definitely taste. Delicious!
ETA: This was pretty tasty after it cooled too! Maybe good as an iced tea? The second infusion (boiling/4min) is ok, but some of the flavour is gone; it tastes more like an average straight black. The first infusion was definitely better.
I did not pay attention to how I brewed this one… but it is absolutely DELICIOUS! Fabulous oolong base, light citrus, and delicious creaminess. Lingering oolong aftertaste. And I just got a rock sugar sweetness from my current sip, like I get from an amazing green. I see why everyone is raving about it! Thank you for sending me a sample, Azzrian , and if their website ever comes back up (I kid), I’ll definitely be making an order sooner rather than later. This one’s definitely a winner. YUM.
The only thing I’d change is brew it a touch stronger. I can’t really recall how much leaf I used though, nor how long I steeped it (3 min??) so will have to pay more attention next time.
ETA: Second infusion, less water (195F) is tasty too. A little lemony, creamy, and with lovely oolong flavour holding it all together. Yum.
ETA again: Third infusion weak, but still smooth and drinkable. Tasty.
So I hear this one’s even better than Blueberry Jam…
The aroma reminds me a lot of Superberry. Perhaps the cranberry?
Huh, flavour-wise this strangely reminds me of bagged Celestial Seasonings tea. I’m not sure exactly why. I can taste a woody oolong base, with light fruitiness overtop. It’s alright, but not thrilling. If I try really hard, I can imagine a Saskatoonberry flavour, but as I didn’t really see any as I was measuring out the tea (I saw lots of cranberries though!), that doesn’t surprise me. The berry flavour here is pretty mellow and neither sweet nor tart, really. And there’s a bit of a lingering dark oolong aftertaste.
I have to say I’m a bit disappointed. I definitely think Blueberry Jam is better, and this one is certainly a decent cup of tea, it’s just not quite what I wanted. I’ll have to try icing/cold-brewing it as well though.
Picked up the latest DT offerings today, of which one was this lovely tea!
The aroma is very fruity-peachy. I can believe there’s pineapple in there too, but it doesn’t have the tanginess I associate with fresh pineapple, so my brain is thinking peach instead, I guess. The flavour is super fruity, with a bit of a cooling aftertaste. Mostly peachy/pineappley. Very tasty!
I think I was expecting something a little more subdued, where you can taste the bamboo (like Blazing Strawberries), but this one is very much in-you-face fruit flavour. I’m cold-brewing a bit right now too, and we’ll see how that turns out! This is great as a juicy fruit drink :) I just wish that there was a bit more complexity. I wonder how mixing this with a vegetal green would work out? I might try that.
ETA: Second infusion a weaker but still good version of the first. Fruit still has flavour, so I imagine I could have gone for a third. Word of warning though, the “peach crunchy” looks like rotten fruit and disintegrates as such. Yuck! Good thing I remembered it was in there before I got too grossed out :)