3069 Tasting Notes
Good old dependable milk oolong. I’ve also established that this one does well in the Timolino, and actually can be successfully steeped in it without off-flavours! Hurray! I enjoyed a cup of this plus a re-infusion at a board games day with my boyfriend today. They drank pop; I drank delicious milk oolong. Clearly the superior beverage :D
Hmm, so I made some of this up to take alongside my Pot O’ Gold on Saturday (and even sweetened it with rock sugar as recommended!) but it wasn’t doing it for me that day. The base was coming off as too weak, and the flavouring as somewhat artificial. Not sure why, but I’ll be having it again at some point, and hopefully it’s tastier then! I remember it as being so before!
Brewed up a cup of this to take to the boy’s house on Saturday. It survived thermosing quite well, so I’m thinking that it’s going to become a regular tea for me to brew up and pop in the Timolino first thing in the morning (along with Cashew Turtle, Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Laoshan Black). I can’t recall recall the flavouring, but it was tasty/butterscotchy, and if astringent, it was mild. Tasty tasty. I’m thrilled that I got a package of this in my grab bag!
I hate how much I adore this tea!!! It has quickly progressed to being one of my absolute favourite flavoured teas, and it’s completely unavailable, aside from a few generous Steepsters who have sent/are sending me some. I wish I could petition DT to bring it back, but I’m pretty sure I would be unsuccessful. Oh well, I’ll enjoy it while it lasts…
Enjoying a big cup of this thanks to Robyn!
The aroma is deliciously vanilla-y and creamy, and the flavour closely matches, with a lovely vanilla aftertaste, although there’s almost a bit of a sour note showing up. I can’t really tell that the base here is oolong, aside from a little bit of an oolongy aftertaste. I personally think that this oolong could have been executed a little bit better, but it is still pretty tasty to drink as is. Thanks again for passing this along, Robyn – it definitely has a better home here! :)
ETA: Whoops, oversteeped second infusion (4.5 or 5 minutes or however long I infused it for was too long). I was amused however, at the fact that when trying to figure out which tea was in the infuser, I could have sworn it was Citron Oolong in this one. So apparently I seem to be picking up some sort of lemoniness. I can kind of taste it in the cup as well. Not entirely sure I like it, but that’s ok! I suspect this one can continue for another infusion or so, but I think I’ve had enough of it for now. I’ll steep it properly next time…
I seem to have a low tolerance for drinking a solid panel of straight teas recently, so this is one of possibly a few flavoured teas I’m throwing into the mix tonight, courtesy of Momo!
I haven’t tried a great deal of tea from Teavana, but am not expecting to be too impressed given the generally low view of the company on here (although this tea does have a good rating). I followed the instructions (almost) and brewed this one at 79C for 1:15… it was quite dark at that time already, so I’m worried about hibiscus, although such a short infusion should have tamed it sufficiently… I hope.
The aroma is kind of a fake-fruity sort. Kind of sweet; I can’t pick out anything specific, although there may be a hint of mint coming through. Flavourwise… this is interesting. It definitely tastes like a candy I’ve had in the past, although I can’t pinpoint which. The mint is actually blended in quite well here, to result in a refreshing aftertaste but a lack of overwhelming mintiness, which I would have disliked. The rest of the sip is a slightly tart, fakey-fruity flavour.
Honestly, I can see how people would enjoy this one, and I’m not finding it particularly bad, but it’s no longer my cup of tea. It reminds me a fair bit of Raspberry Zinger from Celestial Seasonings, which I used to love, and no longer really enjoy at all, since I’ve discovered how many other, much more delicious flavours are out there!
That said, I appreciate you sending me a bit of this, Momo! My curiosity wouldn’t have been sated otherwise :D
The last time I tried this genmaicha (which was a part of my awesome swap package from Missy & Dylan a while back), I couldn’t taste much, so couldn’t really review it. This time, however…. WOW! This is one delicious genmaicha! I both smell and taste almost a vanilla-y flavour, which could potentially be from cross-contamination, but fits in beautifully with the toasty rice and slightly astringent/seaweedy green tea. Reminds me of a more toasty version of 52teas’ Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha. I am really really enjoying this! The one downside is that I think I brewed this a touch too strong, but it’s only a touch – it just brings out a bit of astringency from the green tea that I’d rather tuck back in behind the toasty rice.
Thanks SO MUCH for this sample! If Frank doesn’t bring back enough Marshmallow Treat for me to be satisfied, I’ll look into picking some up this up and… adding marshmallows to flavour it myself?!
ETA: Second cup (2:30/82C) doesn’t have the vanilla overtones, and is pretty much your basic light genmaicha. Decent and drinkable, but nothing special.
Thanks to Derek at Peony Tea S. for a free sample of this tea during their shipping times test!
Although the instructions indicated 4g of tea for 100mL of water, I went with 5g of tea for ~200mL water (though I kind of regret it now, so will probably try the recommended infusion method later). I also left the tea in for twice the recommended infusion time, as after 45 seconds, I didn’t think the tea would have much flavour. And sipped it, and burnt my tongue :( Anyways…
The aroma from the tea is of a light sweet oolong, but I have to note that I also took a sniff of the wet leaves, and got this crazy sweet seaweed aroma! Absolutely delicious! Kind of like those sweet, seaweed-wrapped crunchy snacks. Delish. I wish the tea smelled/tasted like that, but I suspect it won’t.
Sure enough, the tea doesn’t taste quite like that, but there is an absolutely delicious, mouth-enveloping sweetness. I want to call it rock sugar, but it’s much more complex than that. It’s a familiar flavour; I assume I’ve tasted it before with other oolongs. It’s one I could sip for days, though (until it got to be too sweet). The sip finishes with a nice oolong aftertaste, which is absolutely divine. There’s a bit of a vegetal flavour interspersed in here, but it’s not prominent, as the sweetness really takes over. I suspect subsequent infusions to become more vegetal and less sweet, however.
This tea is definitely a winner! I think I was quite pleased with all the selections I was sent as part of this testing process, so hopefully I will have the funds to make a purchase from Peony Tea S. sometime in the near future!
ETA: Second infusion (2 min/90C) still smells rather sweet and delicious. The cup’s a bit stronger this time, perhaps a touch oversteeped (it’s a little metallic), but other than that, is still quite sweet and pleasant, and not as vegetal as I was expecting.
Trying to get through a few more of my straight Butiki teas before the contest closes (I really should get on posting these on Facebook and submitting things…) Anyhow, I could have sworn I had tried this tea before, but a) there was no tasting note on it and b) my tea spreadsheet (which is horribly out of date) said I hadn’t drank this one. So, they’re probably right. And, this was confirmed when I opened this bag of tea and was blown away by the sweetness emanating from the bag! Completely unexpected! All of a sudden I was much more interested in trying this tea.
This is one of the smoothest non-chocolatey blacks I have ever drank! It tastes kind of like a standard black tea, but with a delicious sweetness and absolutely none of the astringency I usually find in black teas. The flavour is light but full-bodied, with a thick, silky mouthfeel. This is really quite delicious! It’s probably not a tea I’d pick up again, as I don’t typically drink a lot of straight blacks, but I would definitely drink it again happily!
ETA: Yum! Second infusion is lighter but tasty!
I received this as a sample from Teavivre – thanks! Figured I would try it out as it’s one of the samples I had yet to get to, but the reviews have been good… so why not!
As soon as the water hit the leaves, I smelled a distinct fishy smell. Not super strong, but enough to make me a little wary. I’m still not a fan of pu’erhs with any fishiness, although I’ve found that sometimes, an initial fishy smell doesn’t translate into the flavour. So, hoping for that!
The initial flavour reminded me a ridiculous amount of Verdant’s Cornfields Shu Pu’erh that I tried recently. Except a bit fisher, and a bit stronger. Difficult to describe. A bit of sweetness, a musty flavour, fairly smooth… definitely a pu’erh, but beyond that, I can’t describe much else. It’s actually a bit too strong for me, and making me cringe a bit, for whatever reason. Too much mustiness per mouthful.
I’m not sure that I’m a fan of this one, but will definitely try a shorter infusion time and less lea next time, as I think it’s best drank a bit weak, for me! I’ll reserve a rating until then, but I don’t think this will ever really be a favourite.