2664 Tasting Notes
Another sample from Azzrian!
I did a crappy job of trying this one though, so will have to rate it another time, but it was an interesting flavoured black. I couldn’t quite place what I was tasting, kind of a nutty fruitiness. Not bad, but probably not a favourite either. I also don’t recall it being astringent.
Sample from Azzrian! I think. Did I mention I’m in Saskatoon now? I brought a big grab bag of tea samples and am hoping I don’t mis-attribute things!
Anyhow. Brewed for 6+ minutes at about 185F. This is by far the best tasting guayasa blend I have tried – the combination of citrus and a bit of creaminess really works with the earthy guayasa. I can see myself drinking it again. On iPhone so having trouble rating, but I’d give this about an 81.
Also, mom liked this one. Not keen on flavored teas, but I told her it was natural. She’s really looking forward to the jasmines I brought!!
Ahhhh! I wasn’t intending to try any of these samples today, but opened them to sniff, and this one just smelled delicious! I love green teas with this super vegetal aroma/flavour! Thanks Peony Tea and Derek Chew for these wonderful samples!
I carefully measured out what I thought was 5g of tea, and used 250mL of water at 80C.
The result is deliciously sweet and vegetal (exactly to my liking!), but unfortunately also rather bitter/strong. I probably should have known better; this happens to me too much! I will try with my standard 1.5 tsp next time, and will likely end up with something amazing. I did add another ~150mL of cold water to the tea (temperature isn’t important for me) and it’s much more drinkable watered down, but I think 2 min was also a bit too long. This tea reminds me quite a bit of Treasuregreen’s Emerald (Silver), both in the sweetness and the intense vegetal flavour. I have no idea as to the type/origin of that tea, so this gives me a bit of a clue as to what it could be. With that tea, I think I use 1 tbsp and steep for 30 seconds, resulting in a honey-sweet first infusion, and a more vegetal second infusion, so I feel like I can get the same out of this tea. Looking forward to it!!
This is a backlog from yesterday afternoon, when I made my first-ever visit to Teaopia! Picked this one up for 50% off, plus a couple other teas (not on sale).
I’ll need to write a proper review later, but in spite of this tea smelling pretty delicious (reminded me a bit of Creamy Nut Oolong, perhaps some of the same flavourings?) and being chock full of ultra-mini marshmallows, I hardly got any flavour from it. And I used a LOT of tea! And then used another 1.5 tsp because I couldn’t taste much. Very disappointing. I hope it was a taste bud issue. Either way, I have TONS to experiment with now….
(Ok, I just tried some of yesterday’s tea that was still in my Timolino, and it was better than I remember. So I have hope for next time, although I did use a LOT of tea for that infusion. And, the mini marshmallows left my infuser rather grungy, which was irritating to clean.)
Surprisingly, almost a lack of aroma with this one; I expected it to be along the lines of Pancake Breakfast. I feel like I’m getting that same smooth mouthfeel as with Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, but the maple is much more hidden. I’m only really catching a bit of flavour at the end of the sip, and it’s just kind of sweet-ish, so maybe more on the brown sugar spectrum than maple syrup. There is pretty much no astringency here though, which is lovely, so this is pretty nice to drink regardless. Definitely not a purchase though.
Ok, I must admit – it’s a little weird to see oatmeal pieces in dry tea! A new experience for me! Thanks for this one too, CHAroma!
The aroma is rather grapey with this one – yes, I know raisins are dried grapes, but they’re really two separate entities in my mind. So a grape aroma/flavour isn’t going to work when I’m supposed to be smelling/tasting raisin. Unfortunately, the flavour is also grapey, so this one definitely misses the mark; it’s definitely more of a grape black than anything. There’s also more astringency than I’d like. One thing I am noticing (or perhaps making up?) is a bit of a smoothness in the mouthfeel that I’m attributing to the oatmeal.
Overall, interesting tea to try, but not one I expected to like anyhow :)
Also, I think it’s because the ex loved my oatmeal raisin cookies (and I’m really stressed out right now) – I’m getting all stupid upset and missing him. Thought I was over it…. clearly not. Sigh.
Yeah, I chose a bad time to brew up four new-to-me black teas from 52teas, since I brought them upstairs and promptly fell asleep for who knows how long. And I’m being a terrible grad student writing these notes up, because I have a TON of work to do on my poster, and am showing it to my advisor tomorrow… eeks! Anyways, this is another from CHAroma!
The aroma of this one is definitely mapley and good, and upon sniffing, I was brought to memories of maple syrup-laden pancakes, so there must be a pancake element in there that I’m also picking up (I’m not actually a pancake fan, so maple syrup doesn’t typically evoke such memories).
… I’m pretty impressed, to be honest. I’m getting enough maple to know it’s there (but nothing like Oh Canada! from DavidsTea, which is fine), and a bit of pancakiness, which I have NO idea how Frank did. And also? No real astringency. A pleasure to drink. I’m enjoying the base tea here, even though it’s not the fabulous new base everyone’s raving about. CHAroma – I’m not sure if you didn’t like this one or what, since you sent me the leftovers from your packet, but I’m kind of thrilled to have more than two cups of this one. I don’t think it’s one I’d buy, but I’m really enjoying it for what it is right now! And did I mention, this one’s also cold?? :P
Also, does anyone know if marigold petals/cornflower petals do anything other than make the dry tea pretty, and get hopelessly clogged in one’s infuser? I definitely love the look of them, and am just fine with them in blends in spite of the clogging thing, but I almost feel like I like (black) teas that contain them more than teas that don’t… but maybe that’s just coincidence.
When I first brewed this up, I definitely got quite a buttery aroma from it. Unfortunately, I didn’t try it at all hot; I am drinking it cold because I accidentally took a rather long nap. Either way, I’m not finding it to taste at all like buttered popcorn, but it does taste like a decent black tea; a bit malty and flavourful. As in, one I’d drink straight, although it does have some astringency. I’m having a tough time locating the flavouring at all, really. Perhaps I’ll have better luck when I try the second cup of it. Not too worried though – this was just a tea I wanted to try out of curiousity (add another tick in that 52teas column!), so thanks CHAroma for indulging me!
Another highly anticipated tea of today, courtesy of CHAroma!
The aroma is all buttery root beery goodness. Smells better than DT’s Root Beer Float, IMO. And butterier. The taste also seems better to me. Probably the excellent base tea blend. I think I’m a bit disappointed because the flavour isn’t sweet like the aroma, but a bit of sweetener would fix that up in a hurry. I’ll be buying a pouch of this when Frank re-blends it. And I need to pick up some stevia or truvia or something so I can enjoy some guilt-free sweetness. (Also, additional-flavour-free sweetness. Agave is all well and good, but it really wrecks flavours. Likewise honey. And the others require dissolving, but I’m drinking this cooled off.)
Also, for anyone worried about licorice or anything here, it’s completely a non-issue. I’m not picking up any of the things I dislike about such flavours (anise/licorice/fennel), so it’s doing its job very well.