2970 Tasting Notes
Very backlogged note.
Picked up 50g of this while in Saskatoon, because the ingredients sounded tasty. A coffee-flavoured tea with cacao shells and no actual bitter coffee beans? Awesome! Also, it smelled good. They had a few others that I was interested in, but the 50g minimum really put a damper on trying too much (I got two other teas, one for my boyfriend’s mother and the second was 50g of the lovely mandarin white pu’erh Roswell Strange introduced me to).
Anyhow, the first time I brewed this, I accidentally left it for 9 minutes. Although it smelled DELICIOUS, the flavour was unpleasantly bitter, though I did get through one cup. I believe the resteep was also bitter (I don’t always time resteeps, though I should sometimes), which was disappointing. It seemed very promising though, so I was excited to try it again – this report continues in another tasting note for today’s tasting!
I am just so over strawberry teas, I think. Not that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy this one in my mug the other day, but it’s just not a flavour I’m wanting to seek out lately. Not that you’d know by the hordes of strawberry teas I feel like I’ve been consuming lately (though to be fair, it’s mostly to get rid of them). Still think this is a pretty decent example of a strawberry/rhubarb black though. Not as tasty as Ruby Pie (Butiki), but perhaps a touch less finicky.
Sometimes, this tea is really amazing in a Timolino, particularly when allowed to cool completely. Yesterday/today was one of those times. Malty, flavourful base, a perfect amount of sweetness, a small dose of pear and a slightly bigger hit of ginger. I always partially dread drinking it until I take a sip, and then I wish I had more. Still have a good few mugs of this left that I should finish off sooner rather than later (that won’t be too difficult…)
Sipdown! Not too bad, but I don’t seem to be much of a fan of flavoured pu’erhs. I’d rather just have a black tea, because the earthiness of pu’erh often doesn’t mesh overly well with sweet/fruity flavourings (IMO).
(Also, I’m at well over 1100 teas right now. Not bothering with numbers until I’ve actually added teas from my more recent swaps, but I don’t believe I’m over 1200… I have my work cut out for me!)
Another tea I couldn’t resist trying. This one smells quite similar to Golden Orchid, though the base is obviously different once brewed – I can taste some chocolatey undertones, and the vanilla is less prominent. I definitely prefer Golden Orchid, both because I love that strong vanilla, and because I’ve had more chocolatey blacks and wish one of them was the base instead. Overall though, tasty enough.
Picked some of this up recently because I just had to know how it tasted. Turns out, it’s pretty good, but not worth the steep price (to me). Don’t get me wrong – it’s absolutely delicious. Wonderful malty, chocolatey base tea, and an excellent vanilla aroma and flavour (although it’s a little different that I was expecting; I think I have an altered perception of how vanilla is supposed to taste). It’s just a little too pricey for me, and I am happy enough with straight blacks. I will certainly enjoy this bag of it though.
I just ate some sauerkraut, and there’s a weird metallic note lingering in my mouth, which is kind of interfering with my tasting of this tea. So, I’ll do the best I can.
The mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth, and I can pick up on the raisiny PTA notes right off the bat, but as I don’t believe I’ve tasted the other teas straight, I can’t pick out their contributions. All I can say is that this is a really delicious black blend, super smooth, malty, raisiny… yum. I’d really have to compare this side-by-side to identify how it’s different from plain PTA (smoother, less raisiny I think), but it’s really quite enjoyable. I’m also far too tired to be writing notes on here. Haha.
Ok, these are super cute and quite delicious, thanks Roswell Strange! I hadn’t tried a mandarin pu’erh before, and so wasn’t quite sure how to proceed… so I just kind of broke the whole thing in half (it’s small, like 4 cm diameter and 1.5 cm tall) and scooped out the tea to infuse. Wasn’t sure if I should put peel in, but my mom (with whom I was sharing this with, because I was 99% sure she’d enjoy it, which she did) felt like we should, so I did. It probably amped up the orange essence a bit, but I don’t really know (since I added it to both cups).
Regarding the tea itself, I think a white was a great choice for pairing with the citrus – there was a subtle orange flavour (like mandarin orange – delicious) with a lovely, light, malty pu’erh. Great smooth, warm finish, too. I’m honestly tempted to try and pick some more of these up before I head back out east (any interest, Toronto area tea buddies who I see with some regularity?)
We got three delicious steeps out of it (so far), and I only used half the cake for two mugs. Definitely a great sample for me, Roswell!!!