2661 Tasting Notes
Anticipating ickiness, I am trying this tea because I want to leave it for my mom and not feel like I missed out on trying something! Even though I know I’m unlikely to like it, since it smells overwhelmingly of rose.
Surprisingly, either I brewed this well or the rose is not as strong as in other teas (or because I left out an actual rosebud from the infuser); I’m actually finding it to be bearable. And perhaps because of the white chocolate(?), there are other flavours taking away from the extreme floralness. That said, it’s not a tea I’d choose to drink if I had any choice. But it’s not drain-worthy. Thankfully, I’m leaving the remaining 8-9g for my dear mother. No rating because I went into this expecting it to be bad; it would probably rate in the low 60s for me.
Another sample from Alphakitty (with the appearance of coming by way of LiberTEAS!)
Just brewed a really small cup of this one to test out before leaving it behind. It smells just a touch smoky, and tastes likewise. Kind of like a bagged Lipton + smoke – astringency and other icky things that come with bagged tea? I do seem to like smokiness at a low to moderate level in my tea, so this works for me. But there are so many other teas out there that I’d rather drink, I will be ok leaving it behind. (I’m a poor descriptor; this is quite a nice tea, and really nothing like a bagged tea, there is just this particular flavour I associate with bagged tea that I’m catching. I need to figure out whether it’s a region or what, so I can stop making it sound like it’s a low quality tea!)
This one’s a sample from LiberTEAS! Trying to get through a couple straight blacks tonight that I’ve yet to try so I can leave them for my aunt and uncle to drink, since I’m done my vacation in a few hours, and am headed home. Tear.
Aroma is reminiscent of bagged teas… of course, it then occurs to me that CTC nilgiri for iced tea is… common? I don’t know, those kind of associate in my head. Either way, a bit light (my fault), but no astringency, and really not too bad. It has that sort of fruity quality I associate with say, Lipton bagged tea, but is really quite a bit better.
I could drink this again, but instead I’ll leave it to see if the aunt and uncle may enjoy it more!
Thanks to Alphakitty for this tea!
The aroma is absolutely delicious. Like a creamy, sweetened earl grey, even though I know it’s not. The bergamot isn’t coming out too strongly, which is nice. Oh man… it tastes absolutely delicious too! I have a soft spot for earl grey creams, and this is hitting it very well. I’d definitely drink this one again. The bergamot is quite mild, there’s a lovely creaminess, and not really any astringency. If anything, I’m almost getting a bit of a berry flavour. This is really quite good :)
Sadly, I’m going to leave this one behind in the hopes that my uncle may enjoy it (if he doesn’t want it, I may regain it at Christmas), because he likes earl greys and I failed to bring anything other than this one. Hopefully he enjoys it too!
Brewed up for my aunt as she liked the smell. First infusion was absolutely delicious for me, but the second I had some problems with (probably because I don’t have an infuser big enough for a full pot, to let the leaves expand fully). Ended up putting the infuser into my individual cup, and left it too long, so it’s a bit bitter. One thing about this tea is that I get a very “green” taste from it that isn’t all that pleasant. It’s not too bad in the first infusion, but it comes out a bit more in subsequent infusions.
Mom enjoyed this one, but unfortunately my aunt, who has some taste problems, can’t taste it very well and gets an unpleasant aftertaste from it. She apparently has this problem with most greens now.
Haven’t had this in far too long, and my aunt is big into chai, so I hoped this one would be a hit, and I was right!! Everyone loved it, and loved the spicy kick. Project give away tea met with some success, as she liked it enough that I offered her the rest of the package (which she happily took). Will have to send some for my mom too, as she enjoyed it as well. This one is so good :)