2970 Tasting Notes
Another sample from LiberTEAS! Still have tons to get through, but this will be the last for today (or at least until I’m back from work).
This one brewed up to be the lightest colour I think I have ever seen with any tea! Just barely a hint of a beigey colour in the cup. As the tea has sat a bit, the colour has deepened somewhat, however.
The flavour is very, very mild here. I can definitely taste sweetness and the tea has an absolutely wonderful, smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. If I try a bit harder, I can taste a light “tea” flavour amongst the sweetness. This one’s definitely quite pleasant, but seems to unfortunately fall into the category of teas that are a bit too delicate for my liking! (And then, I read the reviews…)
Ok! I think part of my problem here may have been underleafing my cup; I used maybe 1.5tsp of the rather fluffy leaf for my 8 oz. cup, but I think that may not have been enough. Luckily, I can try this one again :D Another potential problem is not drinking this tea on a fresh palate, so next time I should do that instead of drinking a strong matcha and black tea immediately prior (my bad!)
(Oh man… I think that large cheesecake matcha is catching up to me… stomach not feeling so well anymore…)
Nabbed a couple somewhat random samples from my box of teas from LiberTEAS to try out this evening. I really need to make some progress on samples I have! The goal was to get through as much as I can prior to Christmas… we’ll see how that goes… (it’s helpful that my roommate likes tea though, and is willing to share a cup or two with me each evening!)
So, this is my first darjeeling ever. Well, as far as I’m aware. The aroma makes me think boring black tea… it smells like a bagged Lipton, or other generic tea brand. Not that smell necessarily dictates anything, but it can be a bit of a warning sign sometimes!
The flavour… is definitely unexpected. I was expecting boring black tea flavour, instead I’m getting a kind of winey-ish, possibly muscatel flavour, with a black base. A bit floral, almost? Or, that’s how it’s coming off to darjeeling newbie me. Weirdly, I’m also getting a “rotten” note in here which is… rather unpleasant. Like, a decaying vegetal matter sort of note. Although it doesn’t seem to be appearing with every sip.
Hrm. I’m not going to write off darjeelings just because of this one, but as I’m not a fan of black teas in general (minus Laoshan Black and other similar ones), I’m not surprised that this one isn’t doing it for me. Oh well! Thanks for the tea education, LiberTEAS!
So I received my redirected matchas yesterday, woo! As I’m heading into the lab, a shot of energy seems appropriate, so time to try the much-loved cheesecake matcha. I ordered the robust strength with the regular base, as that seems to be the preferred combination here. http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/cheesecake-matcha.html
When I first tore into the packet, I have to say that I was surprised/shocked to smell not cheesecake, but strawberry. A similar thing happened to me with the Madagascar Vanilla, where I smelled not vanilla, but strawberry. A bit disappointing, as I was expecting a strong tangy cheesecakey aroma. Upon further sniffs, I detected a bit of a milkyish, possibly cheesecakey flavour, but given that this is “robust”, I really expected more.
As usual, I decided to make this into an almond milk latte. I used 2 heaping teaspoons of matcha whisked into hot milk, then mixed with cold almond milk. To my surprise, the latte tasted like nothing but a generic matcha latte. Not even a hint of cheesecake. So I added another generous tsp or two to a new small bowl of hot milk, whisked, and added it. Same deal. And keep in mind… I think I’ve used about half of my 30g packet by now. This is one EXPENSIVE latte… I added some maple syrup as sweetener (no other options), and now I have quite a tasty drink… but definitely not what I was expecting. I can almost smell cheesecake if I sniff quite hard, and a sip of the latte leaves a bit of a cheesecake aftertaste, but this is unfortunately not what I had hoped it would be. Perhaps the cheesecake blends in too well with the almond milk? I wouldn’t have expected that, given how well my delicately flavoured Caramel matcha worked with it (and also, I tried a taste of the plain milk + matcha and couldn’t taste cheesecake either). I would love to blame this on my tastebuds or something, but I have a series of other teas with me that I can definitely smell and taste quite fine, so that’s not the problem.
Oh well. I do love the caramel matcha, so perhaps will simply stock up on that one instead!
ETA: It just occurred to me that I may have made a fatal error by drinking almost my entire latte on an empty stomach… uh oh…
After my recent sipdown of DavidsTea’s Cream Earl Grey, I was craving it rather badly (figures), and decided to look through my giant box of teas from LiberTEAS to see if there was another variant in there, since she is fond of earl greys. Sure enough, I found one!!! So this came with me to work tonight in the no-longer-quite-so-chai-scented Timolino.
Unlike the DavidsTea version, I found this one to be much more like a straight earl grey upon the initial sip, with the cream coming more in the aftertaste. This could have been an artifact of brewing the tea a bit stronger than intended, but I don’t think so, I think the cream aspect was just done a bit differently here. I have to be honest and say that while the tea was still hot, I really wasn’t getting much of the creaminess, and was therefore kind of disappointed, however as the tea cooled, the delicious creaminess emerged more and more. I definitely like earl grey creams better a bit cooler!
Anyways, I think I’d be likely to choose either DT’s or Upton’s Cream Earl Grey over this variant (which is probably ok since I think SpecialTeas is no longer?), but all three are quite delicious. So much nostalgia for me!
Thanks for including some of this for me, LiberTEAS , and saving me from having to run to DavidsTea to get my fix! I still have enough for at least another cup; hopefully I can stave off the craving for a while longer (or perhaps there’s another cream earl grey lurking somewhere in a swap box that I have yet to track down…!)
Hmm. It seems I’m really not too big of a fan of Teaopia, so I’m not so crushed that they’re gone… This one’s another big miss for me. It sounds absolutely divine, but the flavour is weak and slightly fruity. In the aftertaste I can taste unsweetened fuzzy peach; perhaps it’s meant to be drank with sugar, but that’s a black mark for me. I can’t really taste the oolong at all, even though there’s clearly a lot in there. Bleh. Well, it’s not terrible, it’s just really, really boring. What a bummer. I’m glad I didn’t waste too much money at Teaopia; companies with small sample sizes are definitely the way to go.
Oh…. I should have known that the hibiscus would ruin this one :( The dry tea smells just like sangria, and is oh so sweet and winey and delicious, but steeped up, it’s a whole host of tart, overwhelming hibiscus (with a background of fruity flavours, and a definite citrus twist). And that’s only with a three-minute infusion. Think of the horror it could be at 5 minutes. Or more! It was certainly still drinkable, for sure, but as a newly realized hibiscus-disliker, it’s a bit much. I tried sweetening it with a bunch of sugar, and the result (while hot) was a bit too reminiscent of vomit for my liking. I left the cup sit while I went to work, and drinking it now, it’s actually really not so bad. Tastes much, much more like sangria. The hibiscus is tamed a bit, so the result is fruity and citrusy, with a bit of a fruity wine flavour. So, lesson learned, this one’s best for icing, with sweetener. (However, I’d much prefer to get rid of it, so if anyone’s interested….?)
Can’t get over how delicious this tea is! Shared it with the roommate tonight, and she was in love as well. I made it a touch weak in order to reserve one more cup’s worth for another day, but it was still pretty darn delicious! Bounty bar, all the way! Best coconut black I’ve tasted (whether that’s because of the chocolate, or because of great coconut flavouring, it’s difficult to know). And, a lack of gross scumminess! This is one of those few teas that actually could satisfy a craving for sweets, I think, kind of like Creme Caramel teas, because it is just so, so close in flavour to the real thing. Deeeelicious! Thanks again Alphakitty for the generous sample! Someday I’ll have to figure out how to work a H&S order…
Still sick sick sick, decided to go for a tea that I can “taste” whether or not I can actually taste things (i.e. the ginger is a sensation less than a flavour). Definitely not a big fan of this one though, I just wanted the ginger tonight. Unfortunately, gingery hot water came off more weirdly to me than I expected (but I still drank it, accompanied in the last half hour by some lovely NyQuil Sinus LiquiCaps that my boyfriend took me out to buy partway through our movie). Here’s hoping I improve soon! Sadly, the boy was also quite sniffly tonight, and I think he’s coming down with a cold as well, though we haven’t seen each other in five days. Poor us! :P
Wanted something strong-ish and flavourful tonight (and not a new tea to review, as my nose is out of commission), so picked this one! I can smell the delicious cocoa-y notes and taste them well enough, although I think I underleafed/understeeped the cup. Ah well! Still delicious, as always. This is from a different batch than the sample I had previously received, but I’d probably be hard-pressed to find differences, especially when I don’t brew gong-fu style. All that matters is that it has the same overall flavour profile, which is most certainly and deliciously does!