2244 Tasting Notes
Yet another tea joins the coveted ranks of my favourites (haha). Wow. I’m so impressed! This tea was far better than I expected, as I was thinking it would be comparable to Mom’s Apple Pie, but really, they’re entirely different teas.
So onto the review. The dry tea smells exactly like caramel popcorn. Heavenly. I LOVE caramel popcorn. The popped popcorn in it is an amusing touch; I thought I’d try one and it tasted like a piece of stale popcorn… ah well. They’re not for eating, they’re for steeping.
I initially thought 94C was awfully high to steep a green tea… until I realized that there was virtually no green tea in my bag. Like, seriously. I don’t think there was ANY. Anyways, I decided to lower the temp a bit (90C) anyways, but ended up steeping well past the 4 minutes I initially decided on.
The tea definitely retains the lovely caramel popcorn flavour upon steeping, and I hoped the taste would correlate to the smell… AND IT DOES! YAY! Sweet and buttery and caramelly and oh so good. I keep reading that there’s maple in this tea… I don’t really think I’m tasting it specifically, but my goodness is this ever delicious!
The tea as I prepared it isn’t too weak, but then again I DID steep it for quite a while. Consequently, I’m probably not getting a second steep out of this guy, but I’m ok with that.
ETA: Tried a second steep anyways. I think it would have been pretty good except I left the teaball in for AGES and now there’s a bit of a strange, almost metallic flavour. A little bitter, maybe like apple peel? Still drinkable, but I won’t let it steep indefinitely a second time!
Not a tea I’d choose for myself, but my roommate brought some back with her after trying it at her local DT during Reading Week. So what the heck, may as well try it!
Both steeped and dry, the tea smells licoricey (anise), and is weaker in the hot tea. The taste is quite mild to begin with, and ends very sweetly, which is a bit surprising and odd. Reminds me of…
. an icky experience I shouldn’t mention. Just the sweet aftertaste, I mean. I’m not tasting any heat though, which is contrary to what other people have noticed. There was only one chili in our pot though, so maybe that’s the reason.
Anyways, as I don’t care for licorice, this is definitely not a tea for me, but I imagine that if black licorice is your thing, you’d be all over this one.
I will admit that I’m not a huge fan of the smell of the dry tea (it’s sickly apple-sweet), but experience tells me not to put much stock into that (Cranberry Pear, anyone?)
Steeped, this smells exactly like a cup of hot apple cider. Delicious, cinnamony apple cider. Depending on how it tastes, I may have to waive my no-sweetener rule so that I can make it into the apple cider I’m used to…
Ok, not bad. It tastes like weak, unsweetened apple cider – I can taste green apple at the end. I think I need to try the sugar route. Definitely drinkable without, but now I’m craving sweet apple cider :D I can’t really taste green tea at this stage, but perhaps a second steeping will highlight it a bit more.
ETA: Some agave made this a sweet cidery bedtime treat. Yum. I don’t like it enough to stock up on or anything, but I’m excited to have some pseudo-cider around!
A long day in the lab tediously weighing samples (0.2500g) deserves a cup of something delicious. Hence, Check Mate. Mmmmmmm.
(I have really got to stop trying to go for a second steep though… it always is disappointing. It’s not like I don’t have enough to brew a fresh batch, or anything else tasty lying around (Banana Oolong, Mulberry Magic…))
Ok, I think I steeped this a bit better this time. At least it should be rateable!
The steeped tea has an astringent, crispy pear scent to it, which carries into the flavour. Whoever mentioned that it tastes like a Pear Jelly Belly had it pretty bang on, if you remove much of the sweetness and add an astringent green tea base. Even at only 3:15min of steeping, I’m getting some bitterness and more astringency in the mouth than I would like; maybe I should have gone with an even shorter time. I’m not sure I’m really keen on the sencha base used for this one.
I think I liked this tea more earlier when I hadn’t tasted so many and wasn’t so discriminating; now, a tea has to be pretty darn tasty in order for me to want to purchase it again, and this one, while interesting, just doesn’t catch me like others do. I would love to try a pear oolong tea that’s done similarly to DT’s banana oolong, as I find that one pretty tasty.
Received my first mail order from DavidsTea today! So exciting! A bit annoyed that it was left on my front doorstep for 9 hours, but everything seems to be just fine. And now I get to try Swampwater!!
I love guava (LOVE guava), so was so upset when I found out I couldn’t get this tea at all… until it miraculously came back online a few days ago! The smell of the dry tea definitely does not disappoint – it smells like delicious strawberry-banana-passionfruit candy (my brain interprets guava as strawberry-banana). I seriously want to eat it like candy. Sadly I know that it would be an unpleasant experience, if for no other reason than the rooibos pieces getting stuck in my teeth.
Anyhow. (I’m still not over the smell, but I’ll continue anyways).
I have to admit, the steeped tea looks kiiiinda nasty. Dark greenish-brown with a greasy orange rim at the top. Eww. But luckily I’m not turned off by such trivial things… it’s all about flavour! And smell, to some degree, which is still delicious in steeped form, just a bit weaker (which is probably a good thing).
The first sip… is unexpected. I can taste something creamy in there, and there’s some fruitiness, and a definite green rooibos finish. I actually can’t quite place what I’m tasting. This seems to happen to me a lot, urgh. Probably because it’s not a flavour I would normally associate with tea, so it’s not popping into my head all that easily.
Ok, I’m mostly getting this odd buttery flavour… everything else is secondary to it. Hmm. I think I need to wait for the tea to cool a bit more. I’m a lukewarm tea drinker anyhow – I find flavours are poor in hot tea, and it burns my mouth. Maybe my tastebuds are just sensitive. More notes to come once it cools. (Besides, I need to start reviewing Sencha Pear too!)
Alright, cooled down a tad this tea is a much better experience. The taste is MUCH more reminiscent of the smell now, and I am enjoying it. It’s definitely weird though, and I’m not sure that I’d pick it up again because of that, but it was worth the adventure of trying it!
Happy Kombucha? Is this tea supposed to make me happy? I could certainly use a good dose of happy right now… major grad student woes XD
Anyhow, the dry tea smells deliciously fruity and juicy, with almost a slight hint of chemical (aka fakey smell). But sometimes I just find that dried fruit gets that way (sulphites??), so am not too worried yet. The peachy fruitiness is too enticing.
The steeped tea? A bit of a different story…. I am hardly smelling anything anymore, just a hint of muted fruitiness and that’s about it. How strange (and disappointing). I am slightly concerned that the water was too hot – I’m at work and have no means of measuring water temperature, so just boiled the water and let it cool for a few minutes.
First taste is… not so good. Definitely tasting an odd chemically flavour and maybe I’m catching a bit of pineapple with a mango-y aftertaste, but it’s not very obvious and tastes a little funky. Also not tasting any oolong (although apparently I’m more familiar with light/green oolongs, not brown? I need to do some more tea reading). Unfortunately, the tea is too hot for me right now, and I’m headed to a meeting in a couple minutes, so won’t get back to it until it’s cold, but my hopes have kind of been dashed. Sad :(
Hmm, a few more too-hot sips, and I definitely think I’m getting pineapple, and really am not a fan. Strange, because I think I’ve had pineapple in numerous DT offerings before and thoroughly enjoyed it, although perhaps it just blended in with other flavours instead of standing out on its own.
Ok, finishing this up later…
ETA: Wow… this is not a tea for me. It’s kind of gross cold, and reminiscent of Forbidden Fruit (although I definitely liked that one more). The mango and fruitiniess are weak, and I’m not sure the oolong base and I are agreeing. Either way, I have the rest of a small bag to change my mind, but with so many other tasty options…
To be fair, I should probably resteep this one, as it is an oolong and they apparently taste better in subsequent steepings… No rating until I’ve properly checked the steeping temperature though.
I have to admit, this one steeps to a really weird colour. Kind of a murky brownish green. But… I’m liking it even more this time. I cannot place what I’m tasting, but it’s weird and sweet and I really enjoy it. Definitely nutty, and perhaps the other flavour is some sort of steamed vegetable? I really need to pick up more Toasted Walnut soon to compare the two…