3034 Tasting Notes
OH man oh man oh man. This is delicious. It smells rich and creamy and like vanilla. It tastes…. rich and creamy and like vanilla. Eggy vanilla (you know what I mean, yes?). The spices, however, are not making themselves known to me as much as I would have expected.
I was originally going to say that I can’t taste the base tea, but as I’m sitting here, I am definitely tasting it coming through all creamy and vegetal and delicious. I actually ordered a bag of this base as well, so I can have some fun identifying flavours later.
Anyways…. this is very, very good. I’m not detecting too much spicing, which tempts me to put in a dash of nutmeg and itty bitty pinch of cinnamon (or whatever the heck spices are in eggnog) next time I brew it, but this is by far the best vanilla tea I’ve tried. The choice of base is absolutely perfect.
Ah… that went down quickly. I guess that means it’s bedtime. Good thing, eyes only half open while writing tasting note….
ETA: The re-steep is amazingly delicious as well, just a bit less intense. I can hardly wait to try the base tea by itself (but not tonight: too tired!)
Wowwwww, this is delicious! Definitely glad I ordered some (shoulda got my free ounce of this instead of Strawberry Oolong!) It reminds me quite a bit of Laoshan Black, in that it’s very malty and chocolatey, but there’s quite a fruitiness to it as well. I had this in the Timolino, so I need to write a more detailed tasting note later, but this is definitely a winner for me. And the leaves are crazy huge, thin, wiry, unbroken. Fabulous!
I’m drinking the second infusion right now. It’s heading towards astringent in spite of only a 3-minutes infusion, but it’s still good. I’m sure it would be better re-steeped immediately instead of sitting all day.
Rating tentatively placed, but may increase upon proper evaluation.
Yay, my Butiki order arrived! Boo, I’m still crazy busy! Was out of the house from 10am-1am today. I’m exhausted…
Anyways, I threw some of this in my Timolino with some rock sugar this morning. It was very lemony and tasty, not quite the way the sample tasted, but certainly one of the best flavoured guayusas I’ve tried. Can’t really say if it kept me awake/energized as I didn’t drink it at such times :P
Yep, I maintain that this is a fabulous rooibos. Had another cup out of my sample (it’s almost gone! Nooooooooo!) and the aroma was absolutely intoxicating. I still don’t think of eggnog, but it’s like someone took a creme caramel rooibos (which I enjoy), mixed in vanilla, added just a hint of spicing, enough to make it different, and the result is pretty much the best rooibos blend ever.
Also, this re-steeps once ok, but the rooibos flavour does come out a bit more. Not enough to be too much of a bother, but I didn’t like it quite as much. Not quite as special.
Took a thermos-ful of this to work on Saturday, but wasn’t really enjoying it then… on Sunday, I brought it to my boyfriend’s house, and drank it there cold, and it was fabulous! The green tea was quite a prominent flavour, with the lemony, marshmallowy goodness present but less dominating. I really should try this one iced (I’m not sure if it would work cold-brewed though).
Two cups of this one = a sipdown of my sample of the fall 2012(?) batch of Zhu Rong!
I’m finding this tea very, very much similar to Laoshan Black, as I have before. I had this in my thermos yesterday, and when I opened it up, I thought I had opened up the Chocolate-Covered Strawberry tea that I also had popped into my other Timolino, because the chocolate aroma was so intense and unmistakeable! Of course, a sip told me otherwise, and what a delicious sip it was, too :D I think either this or Laoshan Black would interchangeably satisfy my craving for straight, chocolatey black tea.
Also brewed this up at the boy’s house this morning. It was the oddest thing though; when I took a couple sips so that the Timolino would close leak-free, I could have sworn I was drinking chicken broth. Savoury and salty. Strange! It tastes fine/delicious now, but that kind of threw me. I suppose it must have been the savoury qualities of the oolong poking through a bit more prominently than usual. Contamination was a non-issue (unless it was with DT’s Cream of Earl Grey, which wouldn’t = chicken broth, IMO).