3034 Tasting Notes
I swear, every time I go to post a tasting note, Steepster has been down…
Anyways, I indulged in a large, delicious mug of this last night, and a delicious second infusion tonight. I definitely prefer this one warm, not hot – the flavours don’t all come together when it’s too hot, it seems. Pretty standard for me though, as I generally dislike hot (like, hot hot) beverages.
Also, 3.5 minutes brings out a bit of unnecessary astringency. Try to keep infusions to 3 minutes, self.
As I was brewing this up last night, I could smell the rooibos quite heavily. Medicinal and icky, which resulted in me avoiding drinking it until now, when I drank cold tea out of a mug by my bed. I actually couldn’t figure out which tea I was drinking at first, but process of elimination clearly identified it as this one. Thankfully, the rooibos has been tamed, and the result is a reasonably pleasant cup of tea that mostly tastes like a variant of Creme Caramel Rooibos. I really can’t pick up on any cappuccino flavour whatosever.
Overall, not as bad as I expected, but not Della Terra’s finest tea. Winter Nog is a far superior rooibos, in my opinion!
Drank some of this one last night as I was in the mood. It really is quite a good fruity honeybush. I had some while it was hot and really enjoyed it (tasted quite fruity with alcoholic/cakey notes), and it was still okay once cooled, though I think I’d prefer to consume it a bit warmer next time. If you like fruity, desserty honeybush teas that aren’t too sweet, this is definitely one to go for!
Wowwwww. Chocolate. The only problem here is that the mouthfeel isn’t thick enough! This is definitely the most chocolatey tea I’ve had, though. Unfortunately, I think I’m all tea-d out tonight, so it’s not sitting well in my stomach. Consequence of it being, oh, 4am…
Oh, gotta compare this to DavidsTea’s Chocolate Cake. Bonus here is the lack of gross sprinkles, however!
ETA: This is undeniably better than Chocolate Cake in one major aspect: when cooled, it does not become a disgusting, grungy mess of luckiness and sprinkle bits. Flavourwise it may also be superior, but the lack of ick is a major, major plus.
ETA again: Second infusion isn’t bad. It smells delicious, but something’s a bit off about the flavour. It could certainly be that it sat for a day or two before the second infusion, so I’ll have to be a bit quicker with it next time! After this, however, the leaves didn’t even smell chocolatey anymore, so I threw them out.
Yum! Got some of this from Azzrian a while back, and felt like something different tonight in addition to everything else. Good choice self, cuz this is tasty! Not something I’d have too often, because I’m sure it’s loaded with calories, but it’s pretty tasty. Pretty much an instant sweet tea latte made with a sort of creamer instead of milk. One of the only downsides is that this makes a pretty tiny cup of tea, as one packet is only good for something like 150mL of hot water. Either way, thanks for letting me try some of this out, Azzrian! I should take the other two packets to work, as I have no sugar there to sweeten things the odd time I crave it.
In my limited pu’erh experience, I seem to prefer sheng to shu pu’erh. Perhaps it’s just the ones I’ve tried (as they’re pretty limited anyways), but I decided to start trying a few more to figure out which I like! Also, I just bought samples of 4 more from Verdant… so it would be best if I started drinking them!
I probably didn’t brew this one completely properly – I rinsed it with a continuous stream of close-to-boiling water for 15 seconds, then infused for two minutes. The water was from a kettle, so likely dropped more in temperature had I microwaved the water as usual (yeah yeah, I know…)
Ok… this is a bit too strong for me. I probably overleafed, so likely my fault. It is, however, much more pleasant than many pue’rhs I’ve had. No fishiness, and more of a creamy flavour. Astringent though, however (but that’s my fault I suspect). I thought I had measured out about 1.5 tsp of leaf, but it was a bit difficult to be accurate, so I was probably a bit off.
Not my favourite… I’ll try it again a bit more carefully, but although it’s definitely drinkable, it’s probably not something I’d reach for. I may be offloading the majority of my pu’erhs on my mom at Christmas, as she does seem to enjoy them.
This tea was probably not the best choice for last night, given that I burned part of supper but had to eat it anyways… and of course, this smells wicked burnt when infusing. Luckily, the flavour isn’t quite the same, so it was palatable. This time, I think I may have used a bit more tea (2 rounded tsp for 8 oz.), and got a tasty, dark, woody/burny, sweet-ish mug of yum. It tasted particularly good the next day, after it had sat cold next to my bed all through the night!
The second infusion is pretty good too, almost making me think chocolatey, like a very, very dark chocolate, perhaps with roasted cocoa nibs. What’s a bit strange is that it’s reminding me a fair bit of Malted ChocoMate, or more specifically, the taste of roasted mate. Though the two are totally unrelated, and there’s no flavouring here. Interesting!
Still working my way through my packet of this lovely tea. This one, I brewed properly. It’s all rock sugary yet vegetal and absolutely delicious. Pretty flavourful, even above my little attempt at supper. I really need to get through these teas though… so much left to drink, and I feel like I’ll never get through everything (it’s true…)
I have tons of tasting notes to post… but for now, what I’m currently drinking! I’ve been craving a tasty green for a while, so brewed up two from Verdant this evening. Annoyingly, I think I chose the wrong green to eat with sprouted mung beans with lemon/cumin. It’s just too subtle! Alternately, I messed up brewing parameters. So I’ve thrown the leaves back in to hopefully coax out a bit more flavour. Totally my bad :(