2229 Tasting Notes
Thanks to momo for sending me a few bags of this tea! I don’t have some love affair with red velvet cake like it seems many other people do, but I think DT’s version came out around the same time as I was swapping, and so I was curious as to how they compared. I definitely prefer DT’s version, perhaps partially because this one is rooibos, which I didn’t realize until after I brewed it. Anyhow, this version isn’t too bad – sweet and chocolatey, with minimal rooibos flavour marring the chocolate. I used two teabags for a ~10-12 ounce cup, which probably worked out well. It’s strong, the way I prefer it, though I’d probably opt out of drinking this tea again given a choice.
Looks like I haven’t tried this one before. I was in the mood for a sheng last night too, though, so randomly picked one out of my Verdant box to try out.
The first infusion was exactly what I wanted – classic “sheng” flavour, and light enough not to be biting or astringent. Second infusion is perhaps a bit oversteeped, as it’s a bit sharp, but still drinkable.
As for flavour profiles? I have no idea. It tastes like a sheng. Nuances are so lost on me, and I don’t feel like trying to figure them out today :) So apologies for the useless review! I did enjoy the tea, though!
Haven’t had this tea in ages! I felt like I needed something strong and bold last night after having to deal with some not-fun stuff, and this worked perfectly.
So as for the not-fun stuff… in the last 2 weeks (literally), three couples that I know have broken up, all of whom dated for between 1-2 years. And, in each case, one of the members of the couple was roommates with either my boyfriend or I (we collectively have 4 roommates… which means 3/4 are no longer in relationships). It’s a bit nerve-wracking, to be honest! :( Anyhow, I had to deal with many tears last night (#3 occurred yesterday), which was kind of stressful… sigh. And I’m anticipating potential nasty fallout from this one too, that it looks like I may have to be involved in. I won’t share details, but it’s not going to be a fun time. Anyways…. yay tea?
Sipdown! 804. Strangely, this is better than I remember…. in spite of it being a year later! It tastes reasonably mango-y, though I can taste some rooibos and don’t particularly care for that flavour. There’s a bit of throat scratchiness going on as well, which I dislike. Bumping the rating a touch, but still not a tea I’d go for again.
Well, I can taste a bit of peachiness once this has cooled, but it’s too subtle for me. I also way-overleafed (intentionally) and used my normal oolong parameters instead of the recommended ones. Not my favourite tea, but as it’s an oolong, I’m still happily drinking it :) Just wish there was more peach!
Ummmm…. deliciousness! I didn’t recall having this previously (though I apparently did), and got such a shock when I drank some, because it’s so incredibly tasty! Roasty, sweet, nutty, almost chocolatey. I thought I had perhaps ruined it by using boiling water, but clearly not (and I see now that the instructions also suggest to use boiling water).
Anyways, this is really quite good. I feel like at some point, I should make an effort to try all the roast/toasty/unconventional green teas, because I suspect there are some I will really enjoy – like this one! Thanks Mercuryhime :D
ETA: Re-steeps = fabulous. First infusion is the best, though.
In stark contrast to Pina Colada HB, this tea is AMAZING cold-brewed! I think it’s even better than Cinnamon Roll HB, which I quite enjoyed. I’m down to nearly the last of my packet of this one now, and am sad that it’s no longer a “permanent” blend (at least, as far as I know), but I do hope it is reblended one day, because the strawberry-cinnamon combination is delicious, both hot and cold.