2244 Tasting Notes
Woah. Steeped up a crazy strong cup of this last night! Good thing it’s not caffeinated, but I bet if you gave this to anyone without telling them what it was, they’d identify it as super strong coffee! For the re-steep, I plan to dilute it with a bit of milk and perhaps a touch of sweetener, as it was pretty darn strong.
Though I do still like this one, I definitely have more of a soft spot for plain roasted buckwheat teas. The flavour of buckwheat is just sweeter, nuttier, and tastier. Lowering the rating a bit here, but may up it if I can recreate the flavour of a sinful coffee drink with far less calories! (And no tummy upset!)
ETA: Tried the resteep as a latte?? YES YES YES. Soooooo good! Maybe a touch over sweetened, but this is pretty tasty!
Shrug, this was pretty mediocre for me today. Yeah, I’m getting a bit of the muscatel flavour, which I can now attribute to darjeelings, but I’m getting very little in the way of additional flavouring. Still not bad, and no astringency at 2 min. Really, it’s quite enjoyable as a plain darjeeling, but I’m expecting a bit more!
Finished off this one from Sil last night. It was ok, but gave me a scratchy throat (happens with some rooibos), so I may not even re-steep it. It’s too bad it isn’t a honeybush, because I think these flavours would mesh well. Frank – vanilla berry HB? With real vanilla? MMMMMMMMM…
Sipdown! 812. Why on earth did I leave only half a teaspoon of this?! Ugh.
Anyhow, I drank it pretty quickly yesterday, it was a nice fruity black. Will re-steep today and see how it fares… I wasn’t in love with this one though. Smelled quite fruity, tasted less fruity, and just wasn’t thrilling, but it seems that I’m not super keen on fruity blacks that lack cream (ok, I’m in love with cream flavouring…).
Sipdown! 813 (because I’m a terrible person and bought 6 DAVIDsTEAs recently)…
Anyhow, this was a sample from Mercuryhime from ages ago! And apparently I’ve previously tried this one, but not the Li Shan oolong… whoops! Perhaps that one will be next up.
This came off as a fairly tasty oolong to me – nothing special, but interchangeable with other creamy oolongs that I enjoy. Not quite a milky oolong a la DAVIDsTEA, more of the natural creaminess variety. Either way, delicious, and looking forward to at least another couple infusions!
Well, this isn’t a combination, just a tea without a home. A tea labelled “Peach”, from Azzrian!
Unfortunately, although there is peachy flavour, even a 2-minute infusion resulted in astringency, and compared to the other teas I’m drinking, I’m not fond of it. Ah well. Thanks anyhow, Azzrian (and if you have any insight onto the company of this tea – let me know!)
Ok, getting back to sipdowns after a few samples that are decidedly not.
I’ve only tried 1-2 decaf teas, and the only one I remember, from Lupicia, was ok, but not stellar. Something just tasted off. However, since everyone raves about this tea, I had to try it, so thanks to momo for sharing some with me!
Verdict? This is pretty delicious! The aroma while it’s brewing is absolutely wonderful, pure, amazing vanilla. And unlike what I recall of the Della Terra vanilla black, I can actually taste the vanilla here, not just smell it. The base is certainly a bit different than I’m used to, but I don’t know that I would point it out as decaf, I’d probably just consider it to be a lower-quality base tea. But, the flavouring is SO GOOD here, that I don’t frankly care… This tea is a big win for me!
So…. picked some of this up to try, even though I have suspicions that it’s much like “Mango & Friends”, available from many other retailers. Anyhow, brewed up some of it to chill, and it actually wasn’t too bad! Didn’t taste quite the same as M&F that I’ve tried previously, although since the ingredients are so large, it could be a consequence of the proportions of ingredients in each cup.
Unfortunately, however, after trying a bit of it while warm, I decided to stick it in the fridge, fruit pieces and all. And the result? Absolutely terrible. There was a big slice of dried orange in my cup, and I think it may have made the tea disgustingly bitter after sitting for a day. I do not like citrus peel and how it does that. I may end up dumping the cup…. don’t feel like pouring honey into what’s already a sweet drink that’s just now contaminated with bitterness. Lesson learned – not only hibiscus has tea-ruining powers in herbals.
Well…. this one sure turns dark in your cup if you leave it overnight! Luckily, the flavour is still fine, though. A bit pinappley, with a hint of cilantro and a background of hay-y bai mu dan. I would still label this as light and “refreshing”, which I can rarely do with teas that don’t contain mint – which is great, since I care little for mint (except that DT Mint Julep… daaannnngg….)
ETA: For the second time, the re-steep just isn’t great… it tastes soapy this time, reminiscent of soapy cilantro. Ah well – this just seems to be a tea that needs to be re-steeped immediately instead of sitting, similar to most greens.