3108 Tasting Notes
12 Days of Tea #9! And the third tea that I haven’t previously tried! This box is definitely working out better than I thought.
To be honest, I barely drank any of this. My cold is definitely impairing my tasting ability, but I drank a sip and it really tasted mostly like Sun & Cloud Mist. My mom was curious and had a sip as well, and ended up enjoying it enough to finish the whole mug, plus a re-infusion (which she mentioned was a little astringent). My bad on that one. I couldn’t taste the cardamom at all here, and neither could she. I’ll have to try a second cup of it when I’m feeling better. In the meantime, I need to introduce my mom to Sun & Cloud Mist!
Made a delicious cup of this for my mom tonight. I think she may have finished the whole thing, so I’ll only get the second infusion, but that’s ok. She likes it, but definitely doesn’t think it tastes like eggnog (which is fine!). Just tasty and creamy. I think I’ll get away without leaving the rest of it here though, thankfully! She just really wants that Strawberry Oolong, so I’ll squirrel away a cup for myself, and leave the rest here…
Brought nearly all my pu’erhs along for my mom to try, and we brewed this one up today! There were no brewing instructions, so I went with a couple chunks and a 20-second rinse in near-boiling water, and then a 2-minute infusion. The result was pretty good in my opinion, a little smoky, spicy, and tasty. My mom labelled it “grassy” and didn’t like it as much as the 2003 Banzhang Farmer’s Cooperative Sheng I left here with her in July. I’ll be fine with taking it home though, as it was tasty enough for me! Still not a big pu’erh fan though…
Picked up a small sample of this in my Verdant Black Friday order. I suspected I wouldn’t like it, but I can’t help my curiousity. Sure enough, blech. Too much mint for me, although the other flavours (I’m not sure exactly what I was picking up, but it was a bit spicy and herbalish) definitely improved it beyond a standard mint tea. However, my mom (who likes mint tea) really enjoyed it! I re-steeped it twice for her before throwing out the leaves, and will leave the rest of my packet (a cup left, I assume) for her to enjoy. I’m hoping to do this with a bunch of other teas I brought as well (i.e. brew up, let mom try, and leave with her if I don’t like it).
No rating from me; it’s mint, and mint is yucky.
I’m down to only a cup’s worth (if that!) left of this. So sad. Brewed it up to see if I could convince my mom to like black tea, but no dice. She said it wasn’t bad, and definitely noticed the chocolatey flavour/aroma, but still wasn’t a bit fan. She also mentioned that it smelled or tasted like hay??
Anyways, I happily drank it up… while Christmas shopping :D
Note to self: don’t make 2 thermos-fuls of tea next time you go to the airport, because it will turn out that by the time the tea cools enough to be drinkable, you’re already at the airport, and then you have to chug an entire litre of tea before going through security, because of course you can’t just dump absolutely delicious/perfectly good tea out!! True story. And yes, I drank all four cups worth of tea (2 of this and 2 of Cashew Turtle). Luckily, it seemed I was dehydrated anyhow.
Anyways! This was tasty in a thermos, no surprise. I even saved the once-used tea leaves in their infuser in a ziploc, and packed it in my checked bag, and re-steeped it today. Still tasty. Haha, I felt like an addict or something though.
12 Days of Tea #8!
So I’m back on schedule with drinking these teas on the correct days. I was too busy for my roomie and I to do it together, so I ended up taking the box home for Christmas, and she will finish off trying things in the new year.
Anyhow, this was a tea I was quite excited about trying, as I had been sad that I missed out on sampling it when it came out, since it sold out rather quickly. Unfortunately(/fortunately?) I don’t think I’m a huge fan. I’ll admit that my tastebuds might be a touch wonky (as I’m currently suffering from an ill-timed holiday cold), but I just didn’t get as much chocolate flavour from this tea as I wanted. The dry tea smelled fudgey and delicious (and a bit alcoholic!), but the tea just didn’t live up – it was thin, and tasted too much of black tea base, and not enough of chocolate. It wasn’t bad or anything, but I definitely prefer Della Terra’s Dubbele Chocolade. So I suppose it’s ok that I didn’t pick this one up after all :)