Brought nearly all my pu’erhs along for my mom to try, and we brewed this one up today! There were no brewing instructions, so I went with a couple chunks and a 20-second rinse in near-boiling water, and then a 2-minute infusion. The result was pretty good in my opinion, a little smoky, spicy, and tasty. My mom labelled it “grassy” and didn’t like it as much as the 2003 Banzhang Farmer’s Cooperative Sheng I left here with her in July. I’ll be fine with taking it home though, as it was tasty enough for me! Still not a big pu’erh fan though…
1794 Tasting Notes
Picked up a small sample of this in my Verdant Black Friday order. I suspected I wouldn’t like it, but I can’t help my curiousity. Sure enough, blech. Too much mint for me, although the other flavours (I’m not sure exactly what I was picking up, but it was a bit spicy and herbalish) definitely improved it beyond a standard mint tea. However, my mom (who likes mint tea) really enjoyed it! I re-steeped it twice for her before throwing out the leaves, and will leave the rest of my packet (a cup left, I assume) for her to enjoy. I’m hoping to do this with a bunch of other teas I brought as well (i.e. brew up, let mom try, and leave with her if I don’t like it).
No rating from me; it’s mint, and mint is yucky.
I’m down to only a cup’s worth (if that!) left of this. So sad. Brewed it up to see if I could convince my mom to like black tea, but no dice. She said it wasn’t bad, and definitely noticed the chocolatey flavour/aroma, but still wasn’t a bit fan. She also mentioned that it smelled or tasted like hay??
Anyways, I happily drank it up… while Christmas shopping :D
Drank a thermos of this in the airport prior to going through security… delicious as always! Sadly only one infusion this time :(
Note to self: don’t make 2 thermos-fuls of tea next time you go to the airport, because it will turn out that by the time the tea cools enough to be drinkable, you’re already at the airport, and then you have to chug an entire litre of tea before going through security, because of course you can’t just dump absolutely delicious/perfectly good tea out!! True story. And yes, I drank all four cups worth of tea (2 of this and 2 of Cashew Turtle). Luckily, it seemed I was dehydrated anyhow.
Anyways! This was tasty in a thermos, no surprise. I even saved the once-used tea leaves in their infuser in a ziploc, and packed it in my checked bag, and re-steeped it today. Still tasty. Haha, I felt like an addict or something though.
12 Days of Tea #8!
So I’m back on schedule with drinking these teas on the correct days. I was too busy for my roomie and I to do it together, so I ended up taking the box home for Christmas, and she will finish off trying things in the new year.
Anyhow, this was a tea I was quite excited about trying, as I had been sad that I missed out on sampling it when it came out, since it sold out rather quickly. Unfortunately(/fortunately?) I don’t think I’m a huge fan. I’ll admit that my tastebuds might be a touch wonky (as I’m currently suffering from an ill-timed holiday cold), but I just didn’t get as much chocolate flavour from this tea as I wanted. The dry tea smelled fudgey and delicious (and a bit alcoholic!), but the tea just didn’t live up – it was thin, and tasted too much of black tea base, and not enough of chocolate. It wasn’t bad or anything, but I definitely prefer Della Terra’s Dubbele Chocolade. So I suppose it’s ok that I didn’t pick this one up after all :)
12 Days of Tea #7! I shamefully admit that I did not drink #6, as it was Graveyard Mist, and I truly dislike that tea.
Anyhow! I only had a sip of this before I stupidly brushed my teeth. It tasted much more pineappley than the previous batch, which was much more just the lime jello flavour, but it was still good! I’ll properly review it later :)
In other news: I’m home for Christmas! Woooo, relaxation… not! Christmas shopping tomorrow, baking Saturday, decorating the tree/house tomorrow and Saturday… trying to cram a whole month into four days, here!
Backlog. Light, fruity pineapple is emerging first, followed by a delicious creaminess.
By far the most pineappley tea I have ever tasted! And the creaminess makes me think a mature, sophisticated version of a pina colada, but without the calories. This may be a tea I pick up more of (even if it’s only another Try Me size, just to have some around).
Second infusion in half the water was also quite tasty.
Backlog. It’s sparkly, a la DavidsTea’s Glitter & Gold! Awesome :) There’s a bit of a fishy aroma once brewed (I seem to be quite sensitive to that with pu’erhs), but it also smells like sweet artificial strawberry. Delicious, haha.
This is actually quite a good flavoured pu’erh, in my opinion! A nice fruity strawberry flavor overlaying a mild but present pu’erh base. There’s a hint of fishiness, but it’s not really all that bothersome. As I mentioned about the aroma, I am finding the strawberry to be artificial, however I adore that candy strawberry flavor, so it’s not a negative for me in the slightest. This is the first fruity flavoured pu’erh (that’s not citrus) that I have had, and I’m really quite enjoying it. I definitely understand the rave reviews!
Second infusion in half the water for far too long was quite tasty as well.
Backlog. I really enjoyed this one! Brewed in my Timolino for maybe 3 minutes, at a bit less than boiling, it definitely made me think white chocolate when I drank it. I really seem to be enjoying white tea blends where the natural flavours of the tea are prominently featured. Unfortunately, I can’t remember a great deal more about this one, therefore will have to write a proper tasting note in the future. Glad I picked it up though!
Backlog. Strangely, I got zero ginger out of this one, but it tasted almost exactly to me like the spicing of an Indian rice pudding that I really like! Green cardamom pods and nutmeg, primarily, are what I was picking out. So, gingerbread tea it definitely was not, but it is quite tasty regardless!
Backlog. This one definitely does smell like champagne or some kind of fruity alcohol. Unfortunately, I really don’t recall how it actually tasted. It was good and flavourful, fruity, perhaps tasting like champagne.
12 Days of Tea #5!
Ahh, Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake. Yep, opened this packet and immediately knew what it was! And it definitely did not fail to impress. SO delicious. So very, very delicious. Made me want to pick up a packet of the inevitable re-blend, but no more tea…. no more tea…
12 Days of Tea #4! And the first one I had yet to previously sample!
This was one of the teas that I had been wavering on so much about purchasing. However… I’m glad I didn’t. All I got from this was a black currant flavoured white tea. And given that I dislike Black Currant Bai Mu Dan…. I was not impressed. Couldn’t taste bergamot, but the black currant flavour that comes off quite fakey to me would have ruined it anyways. My roommate thought about the same (I noticed it was one she didn’t end up re-steeping).
My roommate picked some of this up for me for Christmas, since I’m running low on the DavidsTea version and Bon Thé Place in downtown Guelph was having a sale!
I took this to work in a travel mug, so it’s tough to say too much, except that it was pretty tasty. I’m not sure how the milkiness compares to other milk oolongs, but it was quite satisfying. I guess I didn’t wash out my mug very well though, as when I reached the bottom, it tasted much like Banana Oolong… which was in the mug yesterday. Thankfully no lingering stevia, so it was ok with me! I will, however, use the bottle brush on the mug tonight. Haha.
Brewed up for a travel mug…. and tragically had a good portion spill out into my backpack, all over EVERYTHING. In addition to giving my tea funky flavours, my roommate’s Bodum travel mug really sucks. The Timolinos are infinitely superior.
Anyways, what I managed to drink at work was still good. The rest, sitting cold in the mug for about 13 hours, is… not great. I think genmaicha is best served hot, or at least warm.
The re-steep is ok, aside from being a bit bitter. Sigh.
Sipdown! Tragic :( I realized that one of the main flavours in this tea is honey!! Like DavidsTea’s Honey Bee. Although less cloying here, and mixed with tasty creaminess. I’m sad to see this one go, but really should get to work on my other honey bush/rooibos teas instead!
I reached the end of my first 50g packet of this today… and unfortunately I think the bottom was laced with extra stevia. Consequently, it was disturbingly and sickeningly sweet :( Still the tasty oolong/banana flavours, but tainted by sweetness. Sigh.
I really liked the sample of this I got from Amy oh but ever since that (which I think I still have a bit of), the bag I got in one of 52teas’ sales just isn’t as butterscotchy and delicious. Especially since I’ve fallen in love with Cashew Turtle, which is all kinds of amazing. (I’m hoping that frequent mentions of Cashew Turtle will lead to an increased demand for it, yes. Hahahahahaha.)
Anyhow, unlike the last time I brewed it (which may or may not be logged on here), I didn’t mess this one up this time :D So it’s tasty enough, just not nearly as tasty as the abovementioned tea.
Yum! Creamy, limey goodness. I’m craving sweet this morning (oh wait…. it’s not morning anymore…?!) though, and kind of wish I’d put some sugar into it before I left this morning.
Anyhow, taking a short Steepster break from working while I let the machine run, as it seems I’ve messed something up already today. Oh noes :(
Sipdown of my sample from Sil (thanks!) plus some from the batch I ordered, all put into a travel mug. I’ve gotta say, this one didn’t take to being put in the travel mug quite as well, although it may have also been that I was using my roommate’s Bodum mug instead of a Timolino (they were already full, and I wanted to take 3 teas!) and I think it may be holding flavours worse than my Timolinos (one of which is still tainted by GMS, and now the Killer’s Vanilla).
Anyhow, I tasted some of that Gui Fei sweetness, but it wasn’t as tasty as my memory told me. I think I’ll pass on picking this up again in favour of the Taiwanese Assam, which is fabulous in a travel mug and must only be better when brewed properly!
Took some of this to work today, sweetened in a Timolino. Strangely, one of the thoughts I had while drinking it was that it smelled/tasted an awful lot like…. pot…. Weird. Either way, drank it and it was tasty. Like GMS, not as good as I remembered, but I gotta factor in the travel mug there. Certainly one of the best flavoured guayusas I’ve had.
FInished off my packet of this by taking it to work today. It’s pretty good for a flavoured mate, nicely chocolatey with a round fruitiness, but there are other teas I’d rather drink.
12 Days of Tea #3!
Unfortunately, my roommate brewed this up, and although I swore I told her 2 mins max, I’m pretty sure it got three. It was bitter, and unpleasant, and I threw it out. However, I have a whole packet of this one, so I know I like it fairly well already! Lemony/creamy/green tea goodness.