3120 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! Of one of the baggies I got from Sil way, way long ago when we first met.
Definitely is showing its age, as it’s just not as tasty as it used to be (I find oolongs seem to go a bit metallic with age, sometimes, and this one has done that), but still drinkable and thus I have done so tonight. It’s nice to have a bit of time to actually finish a few things off…
Perhaps my palate is a bit cleaner tonight (which is weird, because I’ve had some very garlicky tomato salad), but I’m picking up the hints of mint here, along with some vanilla on a nice, just slightly astringent, malty/chocolatey base. Pretty enjoyable, other than that twinge of astringency on my mouth, but I do still wish the flavours were stronger. Still delicious though.
Backlog from last weekend.
I believe this is the second of Tea Ave’s wonderful samples that I have tried – and another stellar tea! Roasty, savoury, with a strong oolong flavour – I drank at least 3 solid western-style infusions of this until it started to lose flavour. I wish I could write a more detailed note, but I’ve been lacking in writing down info lately (although I’m trying to make more of an effort now when I can!) Hopefully I’ll have a bit more spare time when I drink the rest.
Thanks again to Tea Ave for the teas and wonderful teacup set – my roommate and her boyfriend were a big fan of this and the Ali Shan I got (though not so much the Magnolia Oolong, which I haven’t yet tried) – and she’s been bugging me because she wants to place an order with the gift card we were generously sent.
Backlog from last weekend.
I enjoyed this, in spite of being ‘off’ most cinnamon teas lately. I guess it was just that right sort of cinnamon that tasted good, instead of whatever is used in most DavidsTea cinnamon teas. Not sure I caught the “bread” aspect here; I didn’t really taste anything other than a warm cinnamon. It isn’t a tea I’m upset to have unavailable; I may end up passing some of this off to a new home if someone enjoys it more than me, but I am glad I ended up caving and picking it up in one of my ridiculously many Butiki orders.
I believe this was from OMGsrsly? Thanks! (And it was wrapped up in two cute little 2tsp-serving pouches. So cute!)
Anyhow, I rather enjoyed this. It reminded me of Caramel Spice from DavidsTea, although missing the mulberry sweetness. So basically, an orange spice tea, which was pretty good. I was a little distracted when I drank it, but oh well! The enjoyment was still there.
Wow, a note that isn’t a backlog! (Pretty much everything I’ll be writing is going to be. I’m unbelievably far behind, like in the hundreds of notes. And that’s only the teas I remembered to write down).
Anyways, thanks to VariaTea for this sample! (I think?) I believe I tried the other MF tea she passed along, and am definitely curious about this one too! I have no idea what it’s supposed to be, so I’m writing this tasting note blind. My guess would have been that it would be a dark, rich, creamy sort of tea? It seems I’m wrong, though, as it smells rather like raspberry, and tastes like that too. I don’t believe it’s contaminated, so perhaps it’s supposed to be a raspberry mousse sort of thing? The base is pretty good – dark and rich, then layered with a nice ripe raspberry flavour. I’m not overly fond of raspberry teas, but I’m certainly enjoying this one, probably because of the richness.
(Now I’m going to read about it and find out that I’m way off base, hahahaha).
Yup… cranberry/grenadine/jam? I can see that. Probably makes more sense that it’s cranberry-ish instead of raspberry.