2599 Tasting Notes
Still smells/tastes pretty minty, not getting ‘white swiss truffle’, but again, it works as a minty evening drink. I clearly don’t find it to be quite as bad as others do, although it’s not my top choice for an uncaffeinated beverage. (It actually tastes much like a weak chocolate mint to me, which really isn’t so bad, especially considering my dislike of mint).
Another sample from LiberTEAS! Yum!
This one smells oddly familiar to me; I wonder if it’s another 52teas blend that I’m thinking of? I can’t place it though. It’s a good sort of familiar though! It does smell banana-y/peachy.
I steeped this one for a conservative 2 minutes, and it perhaps could have used a bit more to add a bit of strength, but the plus side is that I’m rewarded with zero astringency! And the flavours are still there. I can taste a bit of seaweedy green tea, and then a delicious peachy flavour comes out, with creamy banana lurking in the background. I feel like the peach flavour isn’t quite as tasty as I would have liked – it tastes almost like a slightly underripe peach where the flavour isn’t fully developed, instead of a juicy, ripe, dripping peach. Still tasty though. A bit of sugar would perhaps make the flavours come out more, but I am still determined to avoid that!
I had written off most flavoured green teas because I wasn’t enjoying them, but this one is good. I think it’s partially because for whatever reason, I’m not always a big fan of citrus mixed with green tea, and DavidsTea put out what seemed like quite a number of those recently, none of which I particularly cared for.
I’m looking forward to additional infusions of this one… there’s a big chunk of presumably peach in my infuser, and I’m hoping that a bit of sitting wet will help the flavour to come out in the second cup. I’m contemplating cold-brewing the rest of my sample of this one, as I think it would do well…
I was craving a bit of milk oolong this afternoon, and remembered that I hadn’t tried this one generously sent to me by Teavivre yet!
The aroma of both the dry and steeped tea is kind of a caramelly, milky aroma. Very appetizing.
The flavour is pretty delicious as well. I can taste a vegetal oolong beneath the milky, caramelly flavouring, which blend fairly well together (although I don’t recall such a sharp, vegetal flavour with other milk oolongs I’ve tried, but it’s ok). The milky taste and oolong aftertaste linger in your mouth for a while after, which is enjoyable.
Unlike Teavivre’s unflavoured milk oolong, which I enjoyed but didn’t find particularly milky, this one clearly tastes deliciously milky, but I feel a bit like it’s not quite what I want from a milk oolong. I really can’t quite put my finger on it; it may be that it’s flavoured and there’s something not quite meshing, or for all I know, I messed up the brewing parameters. Either way, it is certainly enjoyable!
I think DavidsTea’s Quangzhou Milk Oolong is going to be awfully difficult for other teas to beat… (although the Silky Green from Bird Pick Tea & Herb was very, very close, if not better).
Cold-steeped overnight, the perfect thirst-quencher. I probably used too much tea to make this worthwhile, but it’s tasty, and I’ve already spent the money, so I’m going to enjoy it, darnit!
I am seriously suffering from the “too-hot-to-drink-hot-tea” thing right now, and it’s not even that bad here. Also, I haven’t had much time to be making tea lately, because perfect boy (still no hope, sigh.) and I have been exchanging really long emails that take me forever to write. Oh, I’m silly…
Whoops, accidently let this one cool completely. Oh well! I meant to stick some in the fridge anyhow! Also, another sipdown!! Go me :D
The aroma is quite lemony (I can’t tell you exactly which herb it’s from), and the flavour is quite fresh and lemon and delicious. I can’t really taste the oolong in the first infusion. The last time I tried this, I liked the first infusion alright, but not the second two, so we’ll see how they go. I had written a note to add more oolong the second time around but sadly forgot :(
ETA: Second infusion deliciously lemony. No real oolong flavour. I think a lemon oolong would be fabulous; I wish this either had more oolong in it or a better oolong base. It looked a little crunchy to me (unlike Banana Oolong).
Ooh! This one’s really good! It clearly tastes like an oolong, and I definitely taste a fruitiness moreso than floral taste. This is really, really delicious! I’m actually rather surprised! The aroma is also fruity rather than floral. I’m really pleasantly blown away by this one! It’s also deliciously buttery and good. Man… I’m so impressed! I would buy this again in a heartbeat :) I used about 3g of leaf (maybe 4 by accident?) in about 8 oz., maybe less, water, at 94C. Yum! Going to go do another couple infusions now. Thanks to Fong Mong Tea for this sample!
ETA: Second infusion (94C/3 min I think, or possibly 4) is not nearly as tasty :( Smells like an oolong, tastes like a weak oolong that has somehow been oversteeped. I’m a bit disappointed. The first infusion was spectacular. Downgrading the rating a bit, because I expect at least 3 good infusions from an oolong, otherwise it’s not worth my while as they are typically expensive. It’s possible that I used too much water, and did use 4 min which was too much, but I’m not sure. I’ll try a third with quite a bit less water.
ETA again: Sadly, disappointed with the third infusion as well. There’s a bit of oolonginess, but it’s just not up to par with other oolongs I’ve had. I’m so disappointed because that first infusion was worthy of a high 90 rating.
Brewed this one up to compare to Lemon-Lime Kukicha, since I had an available infuser and was curious :D
The aroma is pretty similar to Lemon-Lime Kukicha, nice and limey and creamy. I’m getting a bit less of a key lime pie association though. Also, the flavour is definitely different (smoother, creamier, less tangy citrus), and I think I actually prefer this to the 52teas blend, perhaps mostly because of that bit of bitterness I was getting.
Yum, I hadn’t had this one in quite a while. Definitely need to cold-brew/ice some of it soon!
ETA: Second infusion is even limier, and still smooth, although I’d hesitate to say creamy. I wonder if the lemongrass is making more of an appearance? Yum.
I decided to poke about in my sample box from LiberTEAS tonight, and ran across a few 52teas that I hadn’t yet tried. Of course, since I’m trying to sample them all, I had to get started!
Steeped, this smells delicious, creamy and limey and amazing. Exactly like key lime pie!! The dry tea smells similar, but not as strong. How on earth did I wait so long to try this??!
Mmmm, and it’s pretty tasty. Smooth and creamy with tangy lime. I feel like it tastes just a touch oversteeped, so I’ll reduce the time for the next attempt (I think there’s enough for two more cups!!!) This is really quite tasty though. If it was still around, I’m 95% certain I’d be purchasing a packet for myself! Mmmmmmm… On second thought regarding the apparent oversteeping, I’m wondering if the touch of bitterness is actually from the lemon/lime flavouring? Lemon/lime peel kind of have that same flavour, so that could be it. Hard to tell; I haven’t ever had kukicha before to know if it oversteeps quickly or not. I feel like this would be fabulous cold, but don’t think I want to try it like that, since flavours get muted and there’s no re-steeping.
Another thought just occurred to me – this reminds me of DavidsTea’s Lime Gelato. I should brew some up to compare; it would be nice to have a substitute!
ETA: Second infusion is mellower and creamy (3 min, 175F). Quite enjoyable.
Trying this one again! It smells a lot like strawberry jam to me, which I said last time.
Yum, way better this time! No soapy flavour. Light tangy sweet strawberry jam. A bit too light on the flavour, so maybe I’ll use more tea next time.
ETA: Also, does not re-steep well.