2661 Tasting Notes
Sorry for the massive tasting note spam, guys… I was drinking tea and writing notes offline this evening because my computer wasn’t playing nice with Safari and Powerpoint open simultaneously. Of course, it didn’t much care for Powerpoint on its own either…
Ohhhhh man. Does this one ever smell AMAZING! I just selected it since it was at the top of the box, and later realized that it would be good to compare against Plum Oolong from New Mexico Tea Company. No comparison at all, though. This one is strongly grape in aroma… and flavour too! YES! Oh wow, this one’s delicious. And I guess it should help me figure out the difference between ‘grape’ and ‘muscat’; it doesn’t taste like, say, Welch’s grape juice the way I seem to recall Butiki’s Grape Oolong tasting, but it definitely makes me think grape anyhow. I actually prefer this flavour though… oh man… super delicious! I can’t put down my cup! Which kind of sucks because now I’m out of all the tea I brewed… perhaps it’s a sign to put the computer away and go to bed. I’ll be more productive tomorrow…. right….?
ETA: Second infusion (3 min) is still pretty good; muscat flavour gives way to more oolong flavour. Not unexpected.
The aroma is pretty basic black tea, to me. The flavour is pretty similar, although it tastes a little extra toasted, which is kind of nice. No astringency, which is great, but it seems that black teas require cocoa notes in order for me to enjoy them straight, and I’m not getting those here. Or barely (I can imagine them being present; it fits with the extra roasty flavour profile). Thank you for passing along a sample so I could satisfy my curiousity, Alphakitty!
Another sample from Alphakitty :) Azzrian & Alphakitty’s boxes are the most conveniently located right now, so I’m making good progress on them! Have to get to everyone else’s stuff soon!
The aroma is very subtly of grape/plum, and a woody oolong base. The flavour follows; fairly light, with a bit of fruitiness and a light base. Very smooth. I’d like to try this with a longer infusion; I hurriedly looked up brewing parameters and probably confused some things (I think this amount of leaf was for 3 or so min, and I should have used more for 1 min). But I’m tired and stressed and this is what happened. At least it isn’t way oversteeped!
Oops, got distracted and forgot about this one for a while! Apparently it can take a 7.5 min infusion though, because it’s not astringent or bitter, just tasty. I’m getting a vegetal green tea taste with hints of the sweet rock sugar-like flavours I’ve tasted in dragonwell. It does almost taste a touch strong (I did use about 2-2.5 tsp of leaf, since it’s pretty fluffy), but I am not very surprised…
It’s definitely good, and a tea I’d happily drink again, but it’s not special enough for me to go out and purchase it.
Thanks for the sample of this one, Alphakitty!
Ok, although this one smells to me much like Mom’s Apple Pie without the cinnamon, the flavour is definitely different. Yes, the apple flavour here is similar, but there’s almost a creaminess/caramel flavour at the end of the sip which is quite good. The downside to cold-brewing is that even though this is a white tea, I’m getting some bitterness, which means I won’t be cold-brewing this one again!
The only hot tea I have brewed up currently, another sample from Azzrian! Thrilled that it’s another pouchong blend, as I loved Mandarin Silk from the Persimmon Tree.
Aroma is definitely deliciously green oolong with a hint of fruitiness. Oh man… yeah, I think we have another winner. Sweet, real peach initially, which fades into a general fruitiness as the oolong flavour slides in. Delicious. The base is fabulous here, and the flavouring is amazing. I can see myself drinking this on those days where an oolong craving strikes, but I want something a little sweeter. This cup is disappearing VERY quickly. It could stand to be a touch stronger, but I might be thinking that because I just had a couple strong iced teas. Also, absolutely zero astringency/bitterness.
Thank you so much Azzrian! Although I get some misses from you, I’ve also had some absolutely HUGE hits, especially recently! It’s wonderful (yet oh so terrible wallet-wise).
ETA: Less flavour but still delicious second infusion. Drank a bit more after sampling some other teas, and wow is the oolong flavour powerful… and delicious!! Love it.
ETA again: Third infusion too light to bother, most days.
Sorry for the short tasting notes…. I’m super busy and shouldn’t even be doing this right now because it’s procrastinating. I’ll get to my messages ASAP….
The flavour is definitely very light here, cold-brewed. Or, light on the cherry, anyhow. There’s a floral sort of flavour that’s rather heavy, but I’m not sure what it is. It takes a bit to come out, then is quite present in the aftertaste. This isn’t bad; still not my favourite! Cannot wait for my Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit from Amanda to arrive!!!