3013 Tasting Notes
Trying another tea from ch3rryprincess! Thank you! This has been on my “to try” list for a while, and it has been all I can do to keep myself from ordering it.
Brewed up, the aroma is quite interesting and tasty. I can smell a lemon verbena sort of lemony aroma, backed by caramelly aromas and a black tea base. Unfortunately, IMO, this tea smells more promising than it tastes. Sure, it’s lemony (kind of a lemongrass/lemon verbena sort of flavour), but other than a hint of sweetness, that’s all I’m getting, yet bitterness is already poking through in spite of a careful 2.5 minute infusion in a Finum basket. This is certainly not bad, and I’m sure it’s great sweetened, but I much prefer black teas with more caramelly flavour (which I was hoping this one would have in addition to the lemon).
(I’ll admit, it’s been about 5 minutes since I wrote this and neglected to hit “post”, and it’s growing on me a bit. Still not caramelly enough for me, but I do kind of like it, haha.)
When I first opened the vacuum-sealed packet, I was greeted with a delicious, creamy, sweet vegetal aroma. Not an aroma I’d necessarily typically associate with an oolong, but it was quite appealing! Brewed up, the aroma remained a creamy sort of vegetal, and the flavor reflected that quite closely. This is pretty tasty! Lightly sweet, with that boiled veggie flavor and an overlying creaminess. It’s not what I would label a milk oolong (based on some others I’ve had), but its creamy quality certainly lends itself toward the title. I’d definitely drink this again! Thanks so much to Tea from Taiwan for this generous sample!
Very belated ETA: The re-steep on this one was okay, but I’ve noticed that with many green oolongs, the first infusions are the most delicious and distinct, while subsequent infusions lack uniqueness and just taste generally oolongy to me. That was what happened here.
The aroma from this packet was vegetal in much the same way as the Tai Xing Jin Xuan, however the sweetness wasn’t as present, making the aroma less appealing to me. Likewise, the aroma from the brewed cup was less creamy, but still vegetal. Drinking a sip of this and comparing it to the Tai Xing Jin Xuan, I much prefer the latter tea as it has a sweetness and creaminess that is absent here. As well, the vegetal note is less rich boiled veggie, and more of a green veggie… if that makes sense. It’s not as pleasing, either way. This is not a bad tea, but it’s much more like a regular green oolong, in my opinion. Thanks again to Tea from Taiwan for sending me a sample of this tea :)
ETA: Re-steep was akin to any green oolong. Tasty but unremarkable.
A huge thanks to ch3rryprincess for sending me a sample of this tea I’ve been so curious about (also, for the GIANT bag of Buttercream!! Oh, I’m so thrilled you have no idea!)
Anyhow, I brewed some of this up last night, and the smell overwhelmingly reminded me of DT’s Banana Nut Bread. Which was okay, but not a winner for me. The flavour was alright, quite banana-y, and coconutty, with some other flavours as well… but it really didn’t work for me. It was almost like a cross between Tropicalia and Banana Nut Bread. I’m drinking the second infusion right now, and am definitely underwhelmed. Don’t feel like I missed anything by not getting more of this tea, that’s for sure!
Anyhow, thanks again ch3rryprincess!
Definitely developing more of a liking for this tea as time goes on… I was actually craving it tonight! I used 4 rounded tsp for a large mug (12 oz.??) and apparently, 2.5 minutes and that amount of tea results in overstepping (it was bitter). So, I added some brown sugar and a splash of milk, and it’s delicious! What I love with this tea is the base. The spicing isn’t necessarily my favourite, but the dancong base really gives this chai a different twist that I’m starting to appreciate. Yum! I love how it lasts for a few infusions too, and the spicing becomes more prominent in later infusions.
Ok, whoops. I was brewing things up absently at my boyfriend’s house on Saturday and didn’t read the package for this one. Assumed it was a black, threw a bunch of tea into the infuser, and brewed it up into an 8oz. cup… When I took out the infuser (a Finum basket), the entire thing was filled to the brim with expanded leaves! I quickly realized that it was a) an oolong, so I probably shouldn’t have gone with boiling water for 4 minutes, and b) that I measured out an appropriate amount of tea for a Timolino, not a cup. End result? A rather bitter, unpleasant cup with a nice orange caramelly aroma/flavor. Unfortunately though, I really did ruin it, so it’s a good thing I have more to try! I think this one may be quite good when brewed correctly.
Brewed this up in the Timolino at the boy’s house, and was quite pleased with it! A nice creamy rooibos with a hint of lemon. I seem to recall wishing for more lemon, but all the teas I drank in the last 24 hours are kind of blending together, so I’ll have to verify this later. It’s certainly not cleaner-like lemon though, which is always good!
Sipdown of the last of this tea from Azzrian prior to making my huge Butiki order on Friday. It definitely has that earthy guayasa taste, and although I like the flavouring with sweetener, I don’t think I like it a great deal without. Second infusion, much the same.
Gonna be backlogging a bunch of teas from the weekend… sorry!
My first impression of this tea was that it reminded me of DavidsTeas Glitter & Gold. The cinnamon spicing is done similarly, in my opinion, which is ok by me as I quite like that tea!
I am not really getting “oatmeal cookie” here, although this is a reasonably tasty tea. The light spicing is similar to that which I use in my oatmeal cookies, but the base (i.e. cookie, oatmeal) is mostly absent. I see why people like this tea, but I’m likely to just stick to G&G, personally.
I swear, every time I go to post a tasting note, Steepster has been down…
Anyways, I indulged in a large, delicious mug of this last night, and a delicious second infusion tonight. I definitely prefer this one warm, not hot – the flavours don’t all come together when it’s too hot, it seems. Pretty standard for me though, as I generally dislike hot (like, hot hot) beverages.
Also, 3.5 minutes brings out a bit of unnecessary astringency. Try to keep infusions to 3 minutes, self.