2221 Tasting Notes
Oh my goodness. I am SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW! My order from Verdant Tea arrived!! Roomie and I to have a fabulous tea tasting evening…. as soon as I actually do some homework. I’m so lazy…
Anyways, onto the tea that this note is actually for – Dulce & Banana! Of course, after enjoying the Banana Oolong so much, I started to get curious about other banana teas, and this one sounded delicious. Until I read that it contained chamomile. Big red flag – I hate chamomile! So I held off buying a test sample in-store while it was still there, but my curiousity could not be tamed, so I ended up requesting a sample in my last online order, and thank-you DavidsTea – they sent one! A nice big one too (probably because this tea is so light?) So now we’ll see whether the chamomile is too much to handle or not.
The dry tea smells mostly like caramelly banana. I’m hardly getting any chamomile, in spite of the fact that I can see the flowers. But that’s ok, the less the better.
Brewed, it smells like chamomile and not much else, at which I am disappointed. Please please please have some other flavour too…
And it does! Yes, I’m getting chamomile, but I’m getting a caramelly flavour weaving in and out, which is lovely. No banana, per se, but that’s alright.
Um, guys? I actually like this one. This chamomile-loaded tea. Is good. I’m actually questioning whether I really do dislike chamomile, or whether it has simply been in mixtures that I disliked before for other reasons. I greatly dislike Celestial Seasoning’s ‘Sleepytime’ and DT’s Sweet Dreams wasn’t good either… I wonder if those both have peppermint or something? Because I definitely do not care for peppermint in teas unless it’s mixed with, say, chocolate.
So I’m not sure if my palate is changing with all this tea tasting I’m doing, or whether this is just a pleasing mixture, but… I’m considering purchasing this one. Still have to use up the rest of my sample and make sure this isn’t a fluke, but… wow. Makes a strong case for trying ALL THE TEAS, even if they don’t sound appealing, because you never know…
ETA: Second infusion of this (steeped for 5+ minutes) is a lovely, sweet chamomile. I think I might be getting some lavender in the sip, which is quite enjoyable as well. I really am stunned at how much I like this. I am definitely making yet another online order from DavidsTea in the near future to make sure I have a supply of this one, barring strange flavours appearing in subsequent cups.
Also, I must say that this seems like a really great evening dessert tea for those evenings when one wants something sweet (because this is genuinely SWEET), but doesn’t want fruity, or rooibos (although this one does have some in it, it’s definitely not a dominant flavour).
ETA again: Third infusion tastes… like pineapple!? Wha?! It tastes very tropical, and truly, like pineapple. I’m getting chamomile too, but… pineapple?! Very interesting. This is as far as I took it though.
Wanted an oolong tonight, but too exhausted to play with my milk oolong or orchid oolong, so went with tried and true banana oolong, where I know a first steep of four minutes yields something amazing, and I can save the other steepings for tomorrow.
… Seriously, my first sip was just absolutely heavenly. So much banana, a bit of sweetness, and oolongy goodness. I would like to up the rating some more. Steepster, I request that the rating bar extend beyond 100 for teas that are sheer bliss.
Ended up staying up later (stupid, stupid girl) and have steeped it twice more (4 min, then 5 min). Both delicious, although the banana flavour slowly disappears.
ETA: Steeped it twice more tonight (Friday). After sitting out all night, there appears to be a delicious reappearance of the banana flavour!! Joy! Both steepings have banana deliciousness and it’s wonderful. I’ll be trying for a sixth yet too. Gah I love this tea :D
Asked for a sample of this with my last online DT order and they obliged. So happy :) My store had been out of it FOREVER (ok, for a month?), and then it went to online-only/discontinued (it seems we were misled about the online-only teas remaining available online, as they seem to be discontinuing a bunch :().
I don’t know how long I ended up steeping this one for; I kept smelling it and it smelled kind of like hot water, so I just left the tea ball in longer. Perhaps 6-7 minutes? I only have enough for two cups of this, so didn’t want to screw the first time up.
Steeped (and cooled a fair bit, maybe to ~35C?), the scent is of sweet caramelly…. bananas? What? Did I grab the right glass? I do have Banana Oolong right next to it… but nope, right glass, and bananas is what I’m getting. Well, it’s better than hot water!
… Ok, you know what? This one does ACTUALLY taste kind of like alcohol! I admit I doubt I’ve ever had whiskey straight, as I dislike the flavour of alcohol in general, and if I choose to drink it, it’s usually covered up with various sweet flavours, but I’m definitely getting the sense that this might be similar to how whiskey actually tastes. To me, it tastes caramelly but not really sweet, per se, and although I saw the peach pieces with my own eyes, I’m definitely thinking banana as opposed to peach. I may have oversteeped it a tad, which is causing a teeny bit of bitterness to come out, or it’s possible that the blend just tastes like that; it suits the alcohol impression well. The aftertaste is definitely white tea, and wow does it ever work in this tea to create the impression of a relaxing alcoholic beverage!
So glad I tried this one! I don’t think I’d bother picking it up again because I wouldn’t want to accidently fall in love with it and have it completely discontinued, but I am happy to know what it tastes like and not have it remain a mystery!
I made my first matcha latte this afternoon/evening! Go me! I admit, it was not properly made or whisked, so was kind of chunky, but delicious just the same. I wanted it strong so ended up using four heaping-ish 1/2 teaspoons in my Starbucks cold drink cup (grande size, I think). Heated a bit of regular milk in the microwave, mixed in some matcha, added some more milk (< cup), decided it needed some agave, decided it needed more matcha, and then topped up the rest with Silk Original Almond Milk. NOM NOM NOM. Way better than yesterday. And no icecubes diluting the flavour – I guess it wasn’t technically an iced latte… more like flavoured milk. But that’s how I prefer my lattees anyhow. I’m a moderate temperature girl :)
Anyways, regarding the flavour, I definitely pick up on a strong vegetal flavour (although different from mot green teas I’ve tried), as well as bitterness, but with the agave, it was just delicious. Maybe I’ll post a better, less scattered review when I’m more awake/actually drinking my next latte :)
Nom nom nom. Fiiiiinaallly bought some more of this and am so stoked. Of course, today is NOT a day for hot tea, so I’m drinking this at room temperature. Which is currently 28 degrees.
The dry tea smells green and leafy, with lots of nutty, caramelly sweetness. Somewhat overpowering, but highly seductive :D
Steeped, it smells a little vegetal and like toasty nutty sweetness. MMMMMMMM.
Yum yum yum. Tastes just like I remember. Some astringency from the sencha base, mixed with sweet nutty goodness. I may have oversteeped it a tad – forgot to time it, and from my previous experiences, this is a tea that oversteeping renders quite astringent and unpleasant. IIRC, three minutes was good, but like I said, not sure how long I steeped it today (although it wasn’t more than maybe five minutes, if that).
I do really think it’s quite similar to Mulberry Magic, plus some astringency, sweetness/caramelliness (yeah it’s a word…
.), and caffeine. But I like both enough to have them on hand simultaneously :D
Well, figured I’d try the one new tea I did manage to pick up today!
The dry tea mostly just smells like fresh orange. Not quite the zest, but about halfway there from the juice. Not detecting the pu’erh, but I have so little experience in it that I wouldn’t expect to unless it was quite obvious.
At four minutes of steeping, this one’s a very dark, opaque, reddish brown – but it started off as a murky green reminiscent of Swampwater (pretty much immediately after I put in the tea ball). Wasn’t expecting that, but glad it settled into a more normal colour.
The smell of the steeped liquor is definitely orangey, and before I tried the tea I was worried that it would taste something like Tazo’s Wild Sweet Orange, which is WAY too tart for me!
Taste-wise I think I’m getting a bit of the pu’erh in that I am reminded of Oh Christmas Treat, although I can’t really place what sort of flavour it is that I’m getting. The orange is not nearly as bright as it was in the smell of the dry tea or liquor, and there is just the barest hint of licorice sweetening the end of the sip. So for licorice haters, its inclusion probably won’t be a big problem.
Overall, not my cup of tea as the orange flavour isn’t pronounced enough and I’m not experienced enough with pu’erhs yet to appreciate them.
Learned a lesson with this one today. Pink Flamingo and Citron Oolong were the teas of the day, and I guzzled my little cup of Pink Flamingo first… and then couldn’t taste this one AT ALL, except for a tiny hint of citrusy oolong at the end. So word of warning, if you’re trying both teas of the day, drink the weaker one first!!!
Well, waiting to go to my local store until today to get the new teas was kind of a bust! First the Earl of Lemon is being temporarily withheld, and then they don’t even HAVE Tangerine Dream or Simply the Zest! Disappointing. However, I did get to stock up on some perfect teas for icing :D
AND I tried an iced Matcha Matsu soy latte! I thought I had asked her to put in sweetener, but there clearly was none in the cup when I tried it, so I wasn’t the biggest fan at first. I was getting a taste of lightly steamed fresh green beans. Not objectionable, but not what I wanted to be drinking as an iced latte right now! I wanted SWEET. So I toughed it out until I got home and added (a ridiculous amount) of agave and it’s much better :D Albeit weaker than I would have liked, but I should have told her to be light on the ice. I hate ice in drinks anyways.
So yes, I’m pretty excited, because I also picked up 14g of matcha matsu powder to give making my own a shot. I have a Starbucks cold drink cup that I think would be perfectly suited to delicious iced lattes. So we’ll see how that goes tomorrow!
I think I’ll hold on the rating until I try it myself, a bit stronger and with carefully added sweetener.