2606 Tasting Notes
Brewed this one up today for the sole purpose of comparing it to Blueberry Jam!
The aroma definitely has a similar blueberry scent, but there’s also a sharpness and additional sweetness, which I would attribute to cream cheese and the fact that this is supposed to be mimicking a danish!
The flavour is quite obviously a bit different, too. Whereas Blueberry Jam is pretty much hot, sweetened blueberries, this tea has a delicious creaminess that gives way to pastry flavours that linger in the mouth. It does taste a bit more artificially flavoured, but not in a bad way. Ooh, one difference I just noticed is the stevia in Blueberry Jam – if I take a sip of BCCD, swallow, and have a sip of Blueberry Jam, it’s rather noticeable that there’s sweetener in the latter. Interesting to note. I hadn’t particularly picked up on that initially.
Anyhow, side-by-side, I quite like both teas; although they are clearly different, I wouldn’t bother stocking both as the blueberry flavour is similar enough. The advantage goes to the DavidsTea version simply due to availability; I would be very happy drinking either of these to get a blueberry fix :)
ETA: Second infusion at 4 min was still pretty good. Retained more flavour than Blueberry Jam, I think, and the danishy components were still there too. I threw out the leaves afterwards though, as they had little aroma left.
Ok, I’m being bad and really should be at work right now, but had a dentist appt this morning and didn’t eat before, then had to wait the 30 min for the fluoride before eating after, and then I got sidetracked making tea… Bad!!
So, my first attempt at brewing this one myself. I have high hopes, of course! The tea is chock full of dried berries – enough so that I used 2 tsp of tea to ensure I got lots of flavour :)
The aroma is that of a tart-sweet blueberry pie. Delicious. (It just occurred to me that I should have brewed up some White Tiger too! Drat!) The flavour is very much like the aroma, although with perhaps a bit less tartness. Blueberry Jam is a perfect descriptor, because it’s not tart enough to taste like fresh blueberries, but has more of a hot, cooked, sweetened blueberry flavour. I’m not getting too much of the base tea here, but it might just be hiding – part of the reason I was regretting not having brewed up White Tiger was because it would be interesting to compare the combination of blueberry flavour with different tea bases, because that might help me to pick out the subtleties of each base that I can’t normally distinguish from the tea as a whole. I think this would be an especially effective experiment with these two because I feel like the blueberry flavour here is quite similar to that in White Tiger (which is great because I loved it!).
Oh, and that astringency I noted from the first time I drank this, as the tea of the day? Completely non-existent. I did go with only a four minute infusion though.
ETA: Second infusion was kind of weak. I tried some of the berries out of the infuser though, and BOY were they delicious! So I think it just needed a longer infusion. I would like to try this mixed 3:1 with Bear Trap, and see if it doesn’t make a fabulous iced tea (although it probably would alone too, a bit of bite would be great!)
Ooooh, I edge closer to the big 5-0-0! But not going to hit it tonight.
I seriously love this tea. It’s probably the closest thing to “tea” I can have without the caffeine (decaf tea is lame :P). And it’s soooo delicious. Raw garlic-burnt tastebuds can’t appreciate all the flavours tonight, but I can taste its nutty goodness anyhow. Mmmmm.
Apparently today was a day to revisit old favourites. I decided against caffeine tonight, and was too lazy to go upstairs and peruse my stash (I just went for my first run in a while! I’m tired and sore!), so I went with the tinned DavidsTeas I have downstairs (AKA my first loves). It seems I am nearly out of this one, which surprised me, but I think it’s because I keep sending it off in swaps, and it’s a heavy tea to begin with.
Either way, it’s deliciously tart and I’m quite enjoying it, even though it’s difficult to properly taste it after eating supper, which consisted of garlicky asparagus soup, and diced tomatoes mixed with a clove of grated garlic and juice of a lime! So good, but kind of ruins your tastebuds temporarily :D
Bubble burst… back to regularly scheduled programming…
Anyhow, I cold-brewed this one a few days ago in my massive tea cold-brewing fest. I’m pretty sure this one got the 30 seconds of hot water followed by cold water treatment (although it was less of a dilution as the volume was smaller, so the water was probably still warm going into the fridge).
The resulting flavour is a light, fruity chai with a lovely creaminess. It’s actually really delicious, to be honest. I’m not sure I would have thought to ice a chai, but it works very well, especially because the white tea is providing absolutely no astringency. I wasn’t fond of this one hot, but brewed a little stronger and iced, it is quite fabulous! Looks like this will be another that I’ll be icing all summer until it’s gone!
Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for my wonderful second batch of samples, which generously included this one which I requested specifically since everyone here has been raving about it!
Like the Fengqing Black Dragon Pearls, this tea smelled quite deliciously chocolatey when I opened up the package. It may have leaned a touch moreso towards malty/yeasty, but there was definitely chocolate there. I probably used about 2 tsp for 8 or 10 oz. water.
The result is pretty tasty, very little astringency, a rich, malty, hay-y flavour with chocolatey flavours emerging more slowly. I stupidly finished the other cup of tea before even trying this one (clearly not in the right state of mind for tasting tea right now. Not at all.) but I think I preferred the pearls :)
ETA: Very interesting second infusion, especially after just drinking that of the Fengqing Dragon Pearls! I can’t really taste much of anything chocolatey, but there’s a surprising sweetness! No astringency even though I think it was steeped a good deal longer than the pearls. I think this is a black tea I could actually drink regularly with no additions (along with the pearls, the Laoshan Black…. I see a trend here!)
Oh man. I can’t even write a proper tasting note right now because I totally just asked out a guy that I met yesterday, and am pretty much freaking out about it… (Mostly that he won’t respond… but also that he will…. gah!!) This is new territory for me…
So, uh, anyhow…. I really think I should have stuck to a rooibos/herbal tonight since I’m already really wound up, but I had brought this tea and my sample of Bailin Gong Fu Black downstairs on Friday night to try, but didn’t get around to it, and really wanted to experience the chocolatiness that everyone else has been! Thank you to Teavivre for the opportunity to taste and review this tea!
I used 5 pearls in my infuser, and the temperature probably wasn’t as close to boiling as it should have been, but oh well. The aroma when I cut open the packet was incredibly chocolatey and delicious – kind of crazy (hey, matches my mood!)
The tea tastes malty and chocolatey, perhaps a little less chocolatey than expected, but still quite good. I’m getting almost a yeasty-ish, bready note that I don’t remember finding quite as strong in Verdant’s chocolatey blacks, but it’s not bothersome. The tea is a little weak though, in my opinion, and I’m not sure if that’s because I should have steeped it longer (I went with three minutes), used more pearls, or because I added a bit of cold water after it was done steeping to cool it down a bit so I could drink it sooner (I should say here that I steeped it in less than 8 oz. water to begin with by accident, and the addition wouldn’t have put it over that). I’d be very curious to compare it directly to the Laoshan Black, but I only have a cup’s worth of that one left and don’t want to waste it on a night of comparisons.
… (I so don’t even know what to do with myself right now!)
ETA: This tea held up to a second infusion quite well! Still chocolatey and pleasing. I’m not sure how long I steeped it, but it could have been slightly too long, as there’s a bit of astringency. Still good though.
ETA again: Third infusion, a couple(?) days later, still has enough flavour to be enjoyable, although I do admit I steeped it in a smaller volume of water. I can’t recall now if I went for 3 or 4 minutes, but there’s no astringency this time, just maltiness with flourishes of cocoa every now and again. Really quite pleasant. This tea has definitely made the short-list for teas to buy when my stash is a bit smaller! (And I haven’t checked the price, but I think it is affordable?)