2661 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! Thanks to CHAroma for letting me sample this tea!
The aroma is of banana runts; a similar banana essence to that in other 52teas. I can’t detect any cherry, but sometimes flavours don’t present as aromas… here’s hoping! Sip – HOLY CRAP. This tastes very smoky. I can taste a flavour very reminiscent of ChocoMate (presumably the mate?) although I thought it wasn’t roasted in this blend, but green. A quick check confirms this… so it’s quite interesting that I’m tasting the roastiness/smokiness. I don’t think this is contamination (I have few lapsangs and don’t believe it was near them), but wow. This is really strange and somewhat unpleasant. I can’t really taste any sort of fruitiness in the tea because of the overwhelming other notes… I wish I had tried this sooner so I could verify what was possibly going on, but I didn’t. Oh well. I’ll leave a rating off here, as it’s quite possible that something has happened here (especially given the other reviews), but now I’m very suspicious of mate, and looking to try a couple others (I’m positive I have some…) to see how they taste to me…
Ok, this is much different from what I was expecting. 1) It doesn’t taste like DT’s classic fishy-ish pu’erh; in fact, the base tastes like a good quality black. I assume there are pu’erhs with this flavour profile, but I’m not well enough acquainted with them to be sure. There’s some astringency, but I steeped longer than I intended to, so I expect that may go away. 2) The hibiscus in here appears to be a non-issue. All I can taste is an orangey citrus, which isn’t all that strong, but just present enough for me.
Overall, I’m quite pleasantly surprised. Not enough to pick up more of this for myself (too many teas, too many favourites), but I would definitely recommend this to lovers of citrus tea, and people just getting into pu’erh. And don’t be afraid of the hibiscus; I have to assume it’s an ingredient strictly for a touch of colour, and just a slight zing, which is just fine by me!
Sipdown! Still enjoy this one, and would happily drink it again if I could. A very mellow, sweet green, reminiscent of dried sweet grass. Kind of like a houjicha, but with greener tones, if that makes sense – it’s not all roasted, as the colour also indicates. I oversteeped a touch (lost track of time again), and it’s still quite good, just a bit on the strong side, which a bit more water could fix if I wanted.
Shockingly, despite 28 minutes of sitting there with the tea leaves in it… this cup of tea is actually quite good. No bitterness, just a touch of creaminess, and some definite lime. It’s reminding me a bit of Lime Jello from 52teas, although the lime is much more muted here – probably age-related, as per usual with everything I’m drinking lately. From what I can tell, though, it’s a pretty decent tea, and clearly with a durable base. It’s not going to beat out Lime Chiffon though (or for that matter, Lime Jello), but I wouldn’t mind trying it again fresh, in the hopes that there was in fact once more flavour.
Oh, and thanks to Sil for letting me try this one :)
Sipdown! Thanks for sharing some of this, VariaTea! This reminds me somewhat of Tsaa’s Sweet Temptation (or whatever it’s called), although even in my teeny package of this, I think there were far more little bits of nougat than I had in multiple cups of the Tsaa version. Result? Pretty yummy! Sweet, light, nougatty blend. This (and the next tea I’m reviewing) got an epic 28 minute infusion, and I’m happy to say that this tea didn’t suffer one bit. The rooibos is at that good level where it’s acting as a base flavour for the sweetness, but not contributing it’s own woody or medicinal flavours (and I’m not getting too much of the usual scratchy-throat feeling, which is also a plus).
Anyways, overall a pretty good tea! I prefer Bayswater’s Divine Temptation because I don’t care about caffeine, but this is a pretty good alternative.
Thanks of much to Teavivre for sending samples of this tea! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a tea with both chamomile and rose (neither of which I overly care for), but I thought it could be interesting – and I think that would be accurate! The aroma of the dry tea is almost peachy – kind of floral (rose), and sweet from the silver needles. The flavour ends up being kind of fruity-floral as well – a nice sweet base from the silver needles, with rose and chamomile both appearing distinctly in the foreground. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that although I could tell there was rose in this tea, it tasted nothing like perfume; likewise, the chamomile had a sort of appley fruitiness instead of the flavour I dislike (chlorine?). Overall, it wouldn’t rank anywhere near my favourite teas, but it was a pretty tasty cup considering the ingredients. I have a sample stashed away to give to my mom – I’m pretty sure she’ll appreciate it even more!