2970 Tasting Notes
I maintain that while this is a good tea, with definite chocolatey tones (which are delicious), I prefer Verdant’s Laoshan Black (and possibly the Fengqing Black Dragon Pearls, although I haven’t had those since July). There’s just a more hay-y/almost vegetal flavour here instead of pure dark chocolate. I suppose it actually tastes more like a cross between Laoshan Black and what I consider a standard black tea to taste like. So, still good and drinkable straight, but could be better.
Regardless, I really appreciate these free samples sent to me from Teavivre!
I’ve definitely changed my opinion a bit that this tea and Pumpkin Chai are super similar, but they are still closely related, IMO. Love the sparkles in this one, even though I don’t much get to enjoy them in a travel mug. Anyhow, sweet, cinnamony, sparkly goodness.
I’m feeling so repetitive… all I have time to drink are favourite teas (also because most of my samples are ~2 cups, so infusing them for the travel mug would use up the whole samples). Hopefully sometime in the near future I’ll have time for samples, but it’s looking grim until next Wednesday… until then I’m in a massive crunch to get data (this week) and present said data (next Tuesday and Wednesday). Arrrrrgh.
So anyways! I’m actually nearly out of one of my 50g pouches of Banana Oolong now, and the other pouch is nicely dipped into as well. One of my 100g purchases that I certainly do not regret! Such a good tea.
I couldn’t find my bag of this tea all weekend! It sucked. But then I cleaned my room as my boyfriend was coming over on Sunday, and it was hiding behind some various bags and such :D So yummy. I oversteeped it a bit today (it got 4 minutes or so by accident), but it doesn’t seem to have suffered.
The roommate is also happy, as I offered her the infuser full of leaves to use for the second infusion (she’s quite happy with that, and I know the 2nd still tastes delicious!)
I don’t know if I’m getting picky about chais or what… but I do not like the spicing in this tea. Or… this tea at all, really. I can’t figure out exactly what spices are most prominent, but they’re not the ones I like in my chais. I can taste a hint of the coffee, which actually IMO is the only part of this tea done well (a hint of flavour, but not overwhelming). And the worst part? The sickly sweet, revolting stevia. Never have I tasted such an incredibly sweet tea when there’s a) no fruit in the blend and b) I haven’t added sugar myself. It’s like the sweetness of licorice, without the licorice flavour. I actually have never really been all that bothered by stevia in teas before, but it is really grossing me out here. I’m only finishing this cup because it’s one of the three teas I brought to tide me through my neverending sample weighing tonight, and I need all the caffeine I can get. That said, I’m now in the office making a new tea to replace the grossness in this cup. (On the plus side, that’s one infuser I can dump out immediately when I get home – NOT resteeping!)
I still have a nice-sized little baggie of this one from the DavidsTea ornament my sister gave me last year, so I figured it was time to use some up! I think I underleafed a touch, but the tea is pleasantly minty with a delicious chocolate flavour that blocks out any mint yuckiness. Which means, I like this one :) I don’t remember if I ever compared it to Read My Lips… I should have. I think it’s less chocolatey.
I’m just hoping my Timolino doesn’t permanently smell like mint now… last time I put Mayan Chocolate Chai in it, every tea I drank from it tasted like chai for at least two weeks…
(As a side note, this was apparently the third tea I logged on Steepster, and it was logged on January 30 2012! Which appears to be the day I joined Steepster! Woohoo, now I know :D It’s a bit sad to go back and see all the tasting notes with 0 likes though…)