2221 Tasting Notes
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.
Sipdown! 818. Teas from Amoda came, so numbers went back up again. Le sigh.
Anyhow, I ened up drinking this one chilled and though I think it’s better hot, it was still pretty good! All malty, nutty goodness, which yeah, was a bit strange to have in a cold beverage. I’m such a fan of nutty/sweet desserty blacks, haha :D
This milk oolong tastes a tad more “flavoured” than some I’ve had… but it’s still pretty tasty, and I’m not unhappy to have a bag of it! First infusion is heavy on the sweet milkiness, but I’m hoping that there’s more oolong in infusions 2 and 3.
ETA: Two good additional infusions from this one, and the flavour morphed as expected – more creaminess lingered than I was expecting too, which was awesome!
Thanks to Sil for letting me sample some of her reblend. Unfortunately, this tea didn’t get proper treatment – I brewed a bunch of things up yesterday, then no longer felt like drinking tea, so I stuck things in the fridge. Ended up drinking this one cold, and although it did taste like blueberries, it really didn’t taste like the BCCD I previously had. However, I also didn’t drink that one iced, so I’ll have to give this one a proper go next time.
This was surprisingly tasty! Quite fruity and refreshing; couldn’t really taste the green tea, but I’m sure it was lurking in there. The fruitiness was just a touch floral, like mango, and I ended up chilling most of this tea after brewing it, and it was delicious iced, so I suspect I’ll be making up more of this as iced tea.
ETA: Two re-steeps were also pretty tasty. The fruit flavour in here is lovely.