3134 Tasting Notes
Yay, my S&V order finally arrived today!!! Naturally, I had to immediately get started on trying the new teas! I picked this one to start, as we were heading out shopping, so I had to travel mug it and thought it would hold up.
The dry tea smells a bit cinnamony and chocolatey, and a bit… cakey, which I suppose could be brownie. Brewed up, I recall it being ok although somewhat astringent while hot, but once it had cooled to lukewarm and sat for about 3 hours, I liked it a lot more! I will have to properly review a first infusion in the future. My mom tasted a sip and did not like it at all (thankfully we had made up Butiki’s Strawberry Oolong (which she adores!) in her mug). She doesn’t like chocolate in teas, apparently.
I’ve just brewed up the second infusion in half the water (3 min, boiling) and it smells much like a cinnamony baked good. Not really any discernible chocolate, but it’s pretty tasty! A bit astringent (so maybe 2:30 would have been preferable), but it tastes very much to me like the inside of a cinnamon bun, where there’s cinnamon in/on the bun part but not really any stickiness or icing.
I think this will work nicely as a morning thermos tea for me! That seems to be the best use of flavoured blacks for me, while the more delicate teas are best drank in the evening from a mug :)
This is pretty good! Very much like Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong, although it tastes a little more “flavoured”. Basically, you can taste the delicious pouchong base with toasty notes of coconut and as it says in the description, a nice hit of floral from the base tea as well. IMO it’s a bit less subtle than Coconut Pouchong, but perhaps I used more leaf here. My mom likes coconut pouchong (but I didn’t really want to leave my whole package here), and she seems to like this one as well, so I’m leaving the rest of my pouch here.
Thanks to Zen Tea for this sample! It’s nice to know that I can get a good coconut oolong from a Canadian company!
Mmm, I can certainly taste the bao zhong here! DELICIOUS! But the pineapple flavour is unfortunately too light for me to enjoy it as such. I’m getting floral, slightly fruity notes at the end of the sip, which must be the pineapple (along with a bit of aroma). We just had a fresh pineapple for dessert this evening; I should have saved a touch of the juice and infused a bit here!
Either way, I think we should all be thankful that Stacy didn’t decide to put hibiscus in here to make the tea tart!! Hahahahaha.
ETA: Second infusion in half the water (same brewing parameters) is a slightly fruity pouchong. Definitely worth it, but the flavouring is pretty much absent.
Yep…. brewed this up last night, and still did not like. Admittedly, I way oversteeped (ah, whoops, I did this last time too!), but aside from a bit of astringency, the flavour just is strange. My mom commented that it was perfumey, and I agree. Although she usually likes rose teas, this was a “no” from both of us. I still have a cup’s worth left to try (and NOT oversteep), but as I remarked previously, my opinion is unlikely to change.
Sucked it up and tried this one tonight (oh no! It just occurred to me that although I opened the 11th tea, I neglected to drink any. Haha.)
Anyhow, I was rather disappointed in the 12th tea being minty and marshmallow, as that did not work well for me in Graveyard Mist. However, thankfully, this is infinitely more tolerable. First off, it’s peppermint, not spearmint, so no toothpaste association. Second, the black base is perfect here, and definitely lends a chocolatey sort of flavour. And although I usually dislike peppermint, the marshmallow root really rounds things out here, and softens the mint so I find it fairly pleasant.
So, not a bad blend to end off the 12 Days of Tea with!
(Mom tried this and thought the black base too astringent, and the mint a bit in-your-face. She much preferred the second infusion of Butiki’s Mint Oolong she was drinking at the time.)
Mmmmm, drank some of this tonight. I’m incapable of drinking it in proper dragonwell style, as I can’t take such hot liquids, but my single infusion was pretty tasty (although a bit oversteeped). Mom couldn’t pick out the sweetness because of the slight bit of astringency, but thought it was quite nice, although she certainly preferred her cup of Mandarin Silk!
Unfortunately, I let the second infusion sit far too long, and although it had good flavour, it was far too astringent. Thinking now, I probably should have just diluted it a touch instead of dumping it! :( Oh well.
My boyfriend’s mother gave three sachets of this as a gift to me just before Christmas, so I figured I’d bring them home and actually drink the tea on Christmas Eve! Steeped up a cup each for my mom and I and then, finding it to be rather weak, dipped the third teabag intermittently into each of the cups for a bit more flavour.
I was initially worried at the spearmint aroma emanating from the bag (as I dislike mint), but the mint is fairly light here. As are, well, all the flavours. I mostly taste mint, with a hint of sweet cinnamon spice.
I will admit… I’d prefer not to drink this again. I definitely appreciate the chance to try it though, and also the fact that she didn’t heap me with an entire box of teabags!
This one’s coming off awfully weird too. I had forgotten that people had remarked previously that it tasted a bit like curry…
Anyhow, it tastes like a stale sort of apple to me. Not that I know what stale apples taste like… well, maybe I’ve previously had stale apple candies of some sort. Anyhow, another one that I’ll have to try again while not sick, and I have plenty left to do so!