2606 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! 944 (Added some T By Daniel teas from February). The opposite of last time – I must have overleafed or oversteeped! I think this is a pretty finicky oolong though, because both times, I got quite a bit of astringency. This time, though, there was also some flavour to it (standard dark oolong flavour) and a nice lingering oolong aftertaste. Probably not a tea I’d specifically seek out again, mostly since I’ve had better luck with other similar oolongs.
ETA: I think age may have also been a factor here. Removed my rating because of that.
Also not as enamoured by this tea as I had hoped. Couldn’t really detect the buttercream/toffee notes, and I believe I caught a whiff of play-dough-iness from the tea, which I’ve previously attributed either to the tea base being old/poor quality, or to a flavouring component. It didn’t translate into the flavour, thankfully, but was a bit off-putting. Again, though, another attempt is warranted to try and coax out some more delicious flavour.
Bit the bullet and sipped this one down yesterday! 938. (That number was reduced a bunch, then added to by 8 incoming teas from 52teas. And then there’s that bag from Sil next to me…. yikes…) As usual, the tea was great. I’d probably like to have this or a similar blend stick around with me, as it’s a nice alternative to a bakery treat. Certainly not almond sugar cookie IMO, but bakey-caramelized sugar-nutty goodness, yes.
Picked this up recently from 52teas’ (got my teas today!) because I couldn’t resist trying a pear tea. Eventually, I will find the One.
Picked a black tea to round out tonight’s cups because I figured it could maybe compensate for the unfiltered water a bit better than the two greens. I hadn’t really thought that through previously. The flavour when I opened the bag was unbelievably delicious – it smelled almost exactly like an apple fritter, except with pear tones instead of apple (so a pear fritter, but I didn’t think that would bring to mind the same imagery as apple fritter). The cinnamon is perfect and not overwhelming – I have been so averse to cinnamon in teas lately, because there’s just something to it that I dislike, but there’s none of that going on here.
Tastewise, I think the tea is pretty good, though it is tough to live up to such an amazing aroma. I did of course eat a carrot muffin just prior, so my mouth is contaminated with spices and it’s difficult for me to properly taste the flavours. Oops. The sip I did have shows promise though, but I’ll finish up this note once a) the tea’s a bit cooler, and b) my mouth is a bit less flavourful.
ETA: The flavour was good but weak. It was the perfect cinnamon pear flavour, though. I’m hoping brewing it a bit stronger/longer will help (to be fair, I wasn’t using my usual mugs, so it’s possible I underleafed.)
Hard to tell how this one tastes – I think I’m getting a bit too much of the unfiltered water affecting the flavour here. I can tell there’s a honey sweetness and a fair dose of minerally notes… but to what extent those are attributable to the tea vs. the water is tough to say. I think this may be a good tea (though lighter than Blue Mountain Twirl), but I can’t say for certain until I try it again in another setting.
Quite tasty! A sweet, minerally green with tons of flavour. A bit of an autumn leaf aspect to it as well. Survived a 4-minute infusion, which is nice. This definitely does not have the same qualities as greens I usually drink (i.e. it’s not particularly vegetal, beany, rock sugary), but it’s pretty tasty, and a nice change. Looking forward to drinking it with filtered water in the future (just tap water today as I’m not at home).
Sometime in the last few months, I finished off my last 2 ounces of this tea. And it was delicious, and I had missed it quite a bit. And now I am logging the sipdown… while I have a new batch already in transit. So, yet another fake sipdown, as I call them, when it’s really just a restock. Anyhow, looking forward to a fresh batch! And fingers crossed, my beloved Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha, once it reappears too!