2196 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Sil for a sample of this tea! It’s super-massively perfumey/floral/fruity… woah! Almost a bit too much to handle. I ended up chilling it and drinking it iced as it’s been crazy hot here, and it was still pretty perfumey. I didn’t pay enough attention to be able to pick out any of the flavours, so I’ll have to do that next time (or try with the re-steep). It’s not bad, but the perfume was a bit much for me, to be honest.
Sipdown! 815. Hmm, I don’t quite seem to have the same impression of this one as Indigobloom… definitely not better than a dragonwell for me. While it was steeping, it smelled almost metallic, but the flavour was much better, a bit of that chewy vegetal flavour. Unfortunately this cup fell victim to clumsiness, as I knocked it off the table :( Luckily for me it was a short drop and not hot tea, so no injuries or breakage were sustained, but it also means that I really can’t tell you much more about this tea. I would certainly try it again, but don’t think it would beat my more favoured green profiles, which are heavier on the boiled veggie/beany flavours or sweet, rock sugar notes.
Second infusion is very meh, standard green tea-ish. Can’t blame the tea though, because I know better than to let greens sit in the infuser for a while. They just don’t last like everything else does, and that leads to losses of yummy flavours.
Thanks for letting me sample this one Indigobloom :)
Sooooo… my baggie reads “Other Random Black Golden Tip” – is it this one, or the other one?! Ahhhhhhh :P I’ll have to find the first one and see if there’s any visual difference or anything, otherwise I may never know…. (Sil, Raritea – any clarification on this? I know you guys packed it up :D).
Anyhow, my house is shockingly cool enough for me to want warm tea! This coming on a day where we hit 32C, and 42C with the humidex. Good work, A/C! (Gonna be expensive though, eeps!) So I grabbed a couple random-ish teas from one of the various billion boxes upstairs to make a bit more headway on smaller samples.
This tea, although not bad, isn’t really my thing. I think I brewed it a bit weak (maybe 2 min wasn’t enough), though that’s not really an issue – it’s just more hay-y than chocolatey, and I much prefer a good dose of chocolate. That said, there’s no astringency, and it’s warm and malty… certainly a good tea for those with a greater acceptance of black teas than me!
Thanks for sharing some of it with me, Sil!
ETA: Re-steep was unremarkable.
Whoops, missed logging this sipdown! 817.
Definitely tastes like mint hot chocolate, but my previous opinion stands that too much of the cacao deliciousness is overwhelmed by the mint, which makes it not much better than a mint rooibos/honeybush or mint chocolate black, except that it’s technically a herbal with no funky flavour (though in my experience, mint chocolate HB is usually free from weird flavours).
ETA: I retract my earlier statement. This is now my preferred way of consuming a mint chocolate beverage. Yum.
Also not super impressed… I can taste too much of the gag-worthy chamomile flavour that I quite dislike in this one. I’ve found that I can actually tolerate it in most loose leaf blends, but for some reason, it’s really not working here. However, this was probably the best of the three teas that I did try, as there were other flavours going on as well. I’ll have to write a better tasting note next time though, as I no longer remember all my thoughts on it.
Hmm, perhaps I understeeped this one. In spite of the big pieces of mango and coconut, I didn’t get much beyond a general hay-flavour of the white tea, which wasn’t as tasty as I was hoping either. I’ll give it another shot, but currently not too impressed… and I had high hopes for this one!
ETA: :( Second infusion primarily tastes like hibiscus, though it’s quite a tame level of it. I remain disappointed.
Unfortunately, not impressed with this tea :( The lavender is very overwhelming, and becomes more potent when iced. I do think that this might be improved by adding sweetener, however, or perhaps some lemon juice to make a lavender lemonade, but I really can’t taste any of the other flavours. Big miss for me, sadly.
ETA: Second infusion = still lavender. Blech.