2848 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! 980. (Possibly 979 actually, because it seems I had 3 entries for this, and I believe I have finished off two now).
Anyways, yes, this is of course just a sipdown of the old stuff. Which is definitely not as good as the new stuff, meaning that I’m making a mental note to try and purchase this more frequently, instead of larger quantities at one time. Still good of course, though. But not as chocolatey, nuanced, or delicious.
Meh. Not bad, but not as decadent as I’d like a ‘red velvet’ tea to taste. It mostly just tastes like a strawberry rooibos. Definite plus, though – no nasty rooibos flavour, although there is a tinge of medicinal-ness about it (but not the characteristic rooibos medicinal, more like a flavouring aspect that’s coming off strangely to me.)
Wow does this ever brew up dark, and taste like coffee. I shouldn’t be surprised though, because the other version of it that I’ve tried had a similar flavour. Although this is quite drinkable straight, since it’s not astringent like coffee, I think it would be much better made into a latte… so I may do that either with this mug, or with the re-steep. Glad this was a 3-way split, because I prefer the honey version of this I’ve had previously.
(Fast-forward about an hour, during which time I failed to actually post this note.)
Ended up adding some skim milk and maple syrup to this, and the result is super yum. It’s just so strongly flavoured, lattes make a lot of sense.
I’m expecting not to like this one because apparently it has “pepper” flavour. We shall see. (Odds are low anyhow, since it’s an herbal blend with 989725353 zillion ingredients, all of which I hate. Haha.) Also, thanks to Janelle for letting me sample all these weird herbals I’d never buy otherwise!
Brewed up, the aroma is… minty? With a bit of weird, and maybe some cinnamon. (IDK what “weird” is. Herbally-weird-ingredient.) It actually reminds me a little of… uh…. that green from Verdant with all the coriander, that tastes like gingerbread… ah! Laoshan Apothecary Green. I had to look it up. And the flavour? Actually surprisingly, not bad. I can taste the fennel, both on the sip and as a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste, but it’s not so potent as to make me gaggy. And the rest really does remind me of that Verdant blend. I mean, I would never buy this over that one (especially since there is the possibility that this blend has lost some flavour, making it more palatable for me), but it’s surprisingly drinkable. Better than All The Raj, that’s for sure. I can feel a bit of heat in the background, now that I’ve had a few sips – seems like it’s something that builds. I can handle that; there’s no overt roasted pepper flavour, which I so detest.
Overall, shockingly not a hater of this tea. The fennel is actually at a great level here to provide throat-soothing, and the rest of the tea is reasonably pleasant.
Nuts! This tea has definitely lost flavour since it was first opened. Or it’s been a bit contaminated. Either way, it tastes kind of like LB lite right now, which is tasty enough, but not what I remember (I don’t know if I have a previous note on this.. hmmm.) Oh well.
ETA: Uh, looking at the other reviews (of which I OF COURSE don’t have one, which I’m sure is my lack of tealogging), it seems like it is actually supposed to taste chocolatey, like LB. So maybe it’s neither lost flavour nor contaminated, and I’m just confused :) Quite possible. I do wish I tasted more roastiness/oolong in here though, because it really does taste like LB.
And I guess I’m the second to review this one :) I can understand why it wouldn’t necessarily be someone’s first choice when ordering from Verdant (LB! LBCG! Oolong! Etc.) but given their immense success with genmaichas, I figured it could be an interesting twist on regular EG! Besides, I’m not a bergamot-hater.
The bergamot aroma from the packet is quite powerful, but you can pick out some creaminess as well (which is nice) – once steeped, the bergamot is a bit softer, and the base tea peeks out with some lovely soft chocolatey aromas. And the flavour! Definitely worth trying. Chocolatey, a strong punch of bergamot (yet it’s not overpowering), and a smooth finish to the sip. This is really quite good. It’s certainly not going to replace an EG cream for me (it’s softened by cream, but it’s not a main flavour), and the black tea probably isn’t punchy enough for those who like a strong morning EG, but it’s a really unique twist on it, and I can certainly see myself drinking it again. I suppose it’s kind of a chocolate EG, actually… I wonder if Verdant considered trying to make a Chocolate EG? That could actually be really delicious… Maybe I’ll add some cacao shells to my next infusion, if I remember.
Sipdown! 982. (Fixed another couple discrepancies. Sigh.)
Anyways, I couldn’t at all remember what I previously thought of this tea, but given the ingredients, it’s probably a big huge “yuck”. Which is about accurate for how I felt when I drank this last night, too. Mostly, the tea tastes like rose followed by the growing sweetness of fennel. It’s old, so it’s possible some of the other flavours weren’t as apparent as they once were, but I don’t think it would change my feelings on this. One positive thing though – I drank this while sore-throated last night, and although I hate lingering sweetness as a general rule, it actually felt pretty good on my throat. So I might grab another herbal licoricey tea to drink tonight. Maybe Bollywood Chai, or another thing I’ve never tried.