3125 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Tea from Taiwan for this lovely sample, which I picked up at the post office today after they attempted to deliver it to an empty house yesterday. I decided to start with this tea as I want to compare the two milky oolongs (my other samples), which requires a bit more time.
The balls of tea here are probably the hugest I’ve seen! There’s a sweetish, oolongy aroma to them, which is intensified in the brewed cup.
The flavour is not as sweet as I would have expected, but falls into the category of sweet, vegetal oolongs. I really don’t know how to divide green oolongs up into different categories (i.e. milky, sweet, vegetal, etc.), or what the different names mean, but this is certainly the type of oolong that I enjoy! I feel like it might be a touch oversteeped (somewhat astringent and drying), but I didn’t have any parameters to go by, so just went with my standard 3 minutes for oolongs, which was perhaps a bit too long.
Ok, back to the tea. Trying to be more precise than “sweet and vegetal”… but I’m really not sure. It’s a boiled veggie sort of vegetal, not green and fresh and the sweetness is rather caramelly, although not overwhelming like it is with some teas. Quite a nice combination. I do wish that the astringency wasn’t present, as I’d enjoy this cup more, but overall, I’m pretty happy. However, looking at the price, I have got to say that a tea this expensive is probably wasted on me, as I typically brew western-style and don’t seem to catch nuances that other people do. That said, it was great to get the chance to try it! Thanks again, Tea from Taiwan!
Ok, I’m trying to figure out if I’m doing something wrong, or what. I used 2 rounded tsp of tea for my Timolino today, and I’m not getting much creaminess at all. I’m trying to figure out whether I overleafed and therefore got too much bergamot, or whether it just needs to cool down more. Either way, I certainly seem to remember other version being creamier and tastier. (Was Upton’s one of those?) Any suggestions on other earl grey cream’s that are heavy on the cream, lighter on the bergamot??
Added the rest of my sample from Azzrian to the re-steep of my leaves from the previous day, and threw it in the travel mug. Forgetting, of course, my epic oversteep of the old leaves… so the tea was a bit weak, but drinkable. I’m finding that for the most part, as long as I allow a tea to cool substantially prior to travel-mugging it, it seems to taste ok (unless there are residual flavours. Glitter & Gold’s cinnamon kind of impacted this one…)
Although I have another sample of this, I’m counting this as a sipdown! Yeeaah!
Even waaaayyyy oversteeped (like, 10 minutes oversteeped!) this one is delicious. I’m finding I’m more fond of white blends than I thought… or at least, white blends that actually contain white tea (unlike most of DavidsTeas fruity white blends, where you can hardly find the tea in the mixture, let alone taste it!) This is just so smooth and delicious. I may have ruined it for a second/third infusion, but oh well. Luckily I picked up an additional sample of this one when I made my first Persimmon Tree order, so although I’m nearly finished my generous sample from Azzrian , I still have a reasonable amount left!
Strraaange. This one tastes like smoky peach today. Not sure why; it’s in its DT bag and therefore shouldn’t have been contaminated. Ah well. I’m definitely not feeling DT’s peachy flavourings anymore, so am not liking this one as much as I originally did (but the smokiness is an interesting twist!)
I maintain that while this is a good tea, with definite chocolatey tones (which are delicious), I prefer Verdant’s Laoshan Black (and possibly the Fengqing Black Dragon Pearls, although I haven’t had those since July). There’s just a more hay-y/almost vegetal flavour here instead of pure dark chocolate. I suppose it actually tastes more like a cross between Laoshan Black and what I consider a standard black tea to taste like. So, still good and drinkable straight, but could be better.
Regardless, I really appreciate these free samples sent to me from Teavivre!
I’ve definitely changed my opinion a bit that this tea and Pumpkin Chai are super similar, but they are still closely related, IMO. Love the sparkles in this one, even though I don’t much get to enjoy them in a travel mug. Anyhow, sweet, cinnamony, sparkly goodness.
I’m feeling so repetitive… all I have time to drink are favourite teas (also because most of my samples are ~2 cups, so infusing them for the travel mug would use up the whole samples). Hopefully sometime in the near future I’ll have time for samples, but it’s looking grim until next Wednesday… until then I’m in a massive crunch to get data (this week) and present said data (next Tuesday and Wednesday). Arrrrrgh.
So anyways! I’m actually nearly out of one of my 50g pouches of Banana Oolong now, and the other pouch is nicely dipped into as well. One of my 100g purchases that I certainly do not regret! Such a good tea.
I couldn’t find my bag of this tea all weekend! It sucked. But then I cleaned my room as my boyfriend was coming over on Sunday, and it was hiding behind some various bags and such :D So yummy. I oversteeped it a bit today (it got 4 minutes or so by accident), but it doesn’t seem to have suffered.
The roommate is also happy, as I offered her the infuser full of leaves to use for the second infusion (she’s quite happy with that, and I know the 2nd still tastes delicious!)
I don’t know if I’m getting picky about chais or what… but I do not like the spicing in this tea. Or… this tea at all, really. I can’t figure out exactly what spices are most prominent, but they’re not the ones I like in my chais. I can taste a hint of the coffee, which actually IMO is the only part of this tea done well (a hint of flavour, but not overwhelming). And the worst part? The sickly sweet, revolting stevia. Never have I tasted such an incredibly sweet tea when there’s a) no fruit in the blend and b) I haven’t added sugar myself. It’s like the sweetness of licorice, without the licorice flavour. I actually have never really been all that bothered by stevia in teas before, but it is really grossing me out here. I’m only finishing this cup because it’s one of the three teas I brought to tide me through my neverending sample weighing tonight, and I need all the caffeine I can get. That said, I’m now in the office making a new tea to replace the grossness in this cup. (On the plus side, that’s one infuser I can dump out immediately when I get home – NOT resteeping!)