2246 Tasting Notes
Backlog & sipdown! 811. Thanks again to Alphakitty.
Trying to make an effort with some sipdowns tonight… I seem to recall not tasting a great deal the last time I had this, but I did this time. Hazelnuts and fruitiness and deliciousness (I have no idea what it’s supposed to be… this happened last time too). Downed the cup quite quickly.
This was another one from Azzrian way back when, that I’m just getting to finishing now. Unfortunately, it went a bit funky in the cup while sitting (not all that long, so I was surprised), so I didn’t finish drinking it. Not my favourite HB blend, but I remember it as being decent.
Mmmmm, after the success of my last bag of Cacao Mint, I was craving more chocolate, so brewed up some of this (of course, I neglected to finish off the last of my original bag, which would have been a sipdown… sigh). Anyways, it was delicious as expected. Chocolatey and just a hint of sweetness, and three good infusions total.
Thanks to Mercuryhime for letting me sample this one, and sorry I’ve taken so long to try it! I think I unfortunately may have underleafed yet oversteeped… it’s kind of astringent yet there’s not a ton of flavour. Of course, I also have plenty of lingering tieguanyin flavour in my mouth as well; I’m sure that’s not helping.
Anyhow, what flavour I am getting is a bit woodsy but also, strangely, a bit green like the TGY. I guess I’ll have to figure out later if that’s just contamination or something… I’ll leave the rating for the time being. I usually like woody oolongs, so expect if I brew this one correctly, I will like it too!
Sipdown! 813. Thanks to Azzrian for sending this one to me… in April 2012. Haha. I’m terrible…
Anyhow! I don’t think this tea has suffered; it was in a vacuum-sealed gold foil packet, and tastes great. I used the whole packet for a 10oz cup of tea, and I think it’s pretty much perfect. To me, it’s classic example of a tie guan yin; floral but with that turpentiney smell/flavour (this is meant positively), lightly sweet, lingering oolong flavour. I’ve come to conclude that TGYs are not my favourite type of oolong… I prefer ones that taste a bit less “green”, but every now and then, one of these isn’t too bad!
Hot-brewed and chilled some of this a few days ago. It’s ok; it mostly certainly is very tart-citrusy-sherbety, but it’s a little bit on the acidic and astringent side. Perhaps it’s an age thing? Either way, it’s moved to being kind of meh for me. I don’t recall if I tried it hot, but can only imagine that this is one tea that was designed to be drank chilled.
Apologies – I have a truly massive backlog list to type up, owing to frantic thesis-writing and Steepster being down.
Anyways, this tea! Had a delicious, delicious cold-brew of it over the weekend. So amazingly refreshing. I’m getting down to the last of my bag… (well, some is going off in a swap soon as well) – I gotta remember who it was that offered to send more! I have so many pending/promised swaps to take care of!
Glad I brewed up a cup of this last night/this morning – I had forgotten how tasty it was! All grapey yet not like grape juice… I should perhaps chill some of this and see how it tastes, as that sounds like a very delicious summer beverage. Mmmmmm. Thanks for this one, Azzrian.
Sipdown! 814. Thanks again to Azzrian for this one.
Similar impressions to last time… mainly the yabao/junipery flavour, paired with some floral/jasmine. The aftertaste is creamy and a bit fruity, perhaps it’s the goji berry. This tea has sat around for quite a while though, so it’s entirely possible that some flavour has disappeared, even though it was pretty fresh for the first go round.
Yabao is not my favourite type of tea, so this wouldn’t be one I’d gravitate towards again though as usual, I’m happy to have had the chance to try it.