2756 Tasting Notes
Trrryyyiiinggg to sip this now down, but I have a fair bit left, and I’m not overly fond of it anymore. It’s pretty good for what it’s supposed to be – gingery, a nice bit of pear, and some floral notes – but that’s apparently not a flavour combination I really feel like most of the time, so I end up randomly making it in a travel mug from time to time. Still a lot left…
Pretty decent for a fruity flavoured green, but sencha bases really just don’t appeal to me, and that’s what most tea companies use. Anyhow, the tea was fairly floral/aromatic, sweet, and juicy – probably too floral for me, actually. Base was, for the most part, not overly present. Not bad, and not badly flavoured, but I’m glad I only had 5 teabags from my Happy Bag a couple years ago. (Down to 3 now, and I cut open the two to brew this time. Don’t really care for teabags…)
Sipdown! 987. Mixed the last of this with the last of Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie, and it was incredibly delicious. It’s good that Della Terra isn’t more accessible, because otherwise I’d have 2 oz. of each restocked. Still probably my favourite travel mug pumpkin teas. Just so perfectly spiced, flavoured, and in the case of this one, chocolatey.
Picked up a free sample of this on Oct 31st, since I needed a pick-me-up. And OMG… this is amazing. It does smell exactly like apple custard, very strongly custard-vanilla, with fruity apple and a bit of chamomile. Flavour is similar though a bit lighter than I’d like… but at least it does actually taste like it smells! The chamomile fits in quite well (and makes me think that this is the Buttercream alternative for this year). I’m really quite impressed… and have been craving it since I first had it yesterday. This might be a 100g+ purchase for me, but I’ll get another small sample first to be sure. So delicious.
Sipdown! …989… (That’s tonight’s final count. Yikes.) Thanks to Sil for a surprise sample of this and some other Adagio fandom blends!
I wasn’t sure what was in this, but it looked like there was some green… so I brewed it accordingly, not wanting to risk it. I still haven’t checked to see if I was correct, but it’s pretty tasty, so at least I didn’t mess it up! To me, this is a smooth, sweet blend – there are raisiny tones coming out post-sip, and there’s something creamy in here – perhaps vanilla? I’m not identifying much else, but I am enjoying this cup of creamy raisiny goodness… while playing Doctor Who Legacy on my phone. Heh.
I’ve barely touched most of my Blends club teas… so, based on the rating and aroma of this one (YUM), I figured I’d try it tonight as well!
The aroma of the dry tea is very appealing to me – like with Yabao Snickerdoodle, it’s the right spice combination; if there’s something in here that I don’t typically like, i’m not picking up on it. It mostly smells like gingerbread, to be honest… kind of like the soft ginger cookies I just made last week (cloves, ginger, cinnamon). Delicious. Flavourwise, this literally tastes like liquefied ginger cookies, with a creamy base. Win. Big win. This reminds me a bit of Laoshan Apothecary Green, of which I just purchased a bunch more, since I love the combination. Maybe that means there’s coriander in here too? That would be okay with me… I believe people were complaining about it being in too many teas, but I like it! Now, licorice? That’s another story… but thankfully, none here.
Anyhow, loving this blend. It’s just so comforting and creamy and perfectly spiced. I have no idea why it’s labeled “Earl”, given that I don’t taste any bergamot in here at all, but meh. Happier it tastes as it does. Also, not tasting the citrus. Maybe it died of old age in the bag and I just steeped its skeletons.
ETA: Duhhhh, I brewed this up as a green for some reason. IDEK. So 1.5 tsp to 8 oz. water, for 2 min at 82 C. Curious to try it brewed as a black, now.
I’m pretty sure I drank some of this before, but didn’t log it… oh well. Anyhow, giving it a shot tonight as I was going through my Verdant blends (and realizing I hadn’t added any of them to my cupboard count. Ouch.) The aroma is very much yabao – that piney, wintry sort of smell. There’s maybe a hint of spice peeking out too, but it’s primarily just yabao. The flavour does deviate a bit – piney yabao with some heat and spice in the forefront (I feel like I’m tasting ginger, coriander?), then a lingering creamy aftertaste which is where I’m finding the “snickerdoodle” spices are more apparent. It’s actually not too bad of a blend, although I personally don’t think that the spices are strong enough to mesh perfectly with the distinctive flavour of the yabao. This could very easily be age though, especially since my half is has been in a plastic baggie (albeit a reasonably thick one) for nearly a year.
Overall, since I like yabao, and the spices included in this blend are to my liking, I am finding this to be a winner for me. Probably wouldn’t pick up more as it’s just not a tea I think I’d find myself wanting too often (I crave yabao maybe a couple times a year when it’s on my mind), but it won’t be a problem to finish off the rest I have, especially since we’re back in the right season again :D
Got my Verdant order today, yay! Most of the rest of the teas I ordered I’ve had before, except this one. So I decided to open it up and give it a shot before getting back to some sipdowns, which I’ve neglected the past couple days…. and… wow! The flavour begins primarily on a smoky note, which fades into a delicious roasty chocolatey sweetness. No lingering smoke-mouth – the aftertaste really only contains a (delicious) hint of it – and there’s no astringency here whatsoever. I am really thrilled with the flavour – I love smokiness, but I’m picky, so many smoked teas haven’t really worked for me (which ends in me adding maple syrup, which usually counters any problems of astringency/sharpness/just too much smoke). This tea, though, needs no additions. A perfect amount of smokiness, giving way to a fabulous black tea with pretty much my favourite profile (chocolate). Can’t really say too much more except that I’m probably going to order more of this in my next Verdant order (coming up soon, hopefully), because it’s a treat.