2221 Tasting Notes
Uhhh, so I guess this stupid-expensive tea that a bunch of people got in Lupicia’s 2012 Happy Bags hasn’t previously been logged?? Anyone?? I’ll have to fill in the proper name later, when I grab the bag… I just know it had “Thurbo” in it… and was “Far Too Good For Ordinary People” aka FTGFOP (which I see I missed an F from, ah well).
Anyhow, finally got some new teas into my rotation… I’d been forcing myself to drink only what was already sitting in the kitchen, but I was getting bored quickly. I think I’m going to be the type of person who, once I get down to about 200 teas, stays there… I need variety, and lots of it. I’m sure there are close to 100 teas in the kitchen right now, but most aren’t favourites, and so boredom sets in more quickly.
Soooo the tea. I’m still not sure what I think about darjeelings, but at least this one reminds me more of the darjeeling moonlight from Butiki than of a couple others I’ve had, which were darker, astringent, and unpleasant. I also have yet to figure out the difference between first and second flush, but don’t really have time to devote to that at the moment! Anyhow, this tastes kind of white tea-vegetal-ish, with maybe a bit of a muscatel flavour, but to be honest, it’s reminding me of Verdant’s Silver Buds Yabao more than anything, which I’m finding strange. There’s just a clean freshness to it that brings yabao to mind, I can’t really explain it. Luckily, I like it and think it’s reasonably tasty, because it sure did cut down on the teas we got in our Happy Bag. Ah well – will still probably take me a while to finish it!
(Apologies for rambling; I can’t be bothered to edit anything I type because I’ve been doing too much thesis editing lately and my capacity for such things has run out. Sigh.)
Hmm, after having had 52teas’ blueberry blends recently, this tea is no longer quite so enjoyable. Ah well, still good, just not enough blueberry flavour for me! All gone now though, and the rest is off to Sil…. because eventually we’ll meet up again! Stupid thesis…
Meh… had some more of this one, and it just doesn’t work for me. There are hints of the chocolatey flavour that I love in Cashew Turtle (and Almond Happiness), but something’s a bit off. Ah well. I think I have a small cup’s worth left before this is gone (but sadly, it’s another tea that isn’t listed in my cupboard because I thought my roomie would take it… but she ended up leaving me all the 52teas Christmas sampler remnants).
Sipdown! So I grabbed this tea thinking it was a flavoured black…. clearly not. Brewed it up anyways though… I’ve had four other caffeinated teas, so my headache should go away soon – one rooibos won’t hurt! Anyways, this tea was from… uh…. it’s not listed on my spreadsheet?! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Well, I think it was from CHAroma, but I am very sad, because that means that this sip down doesn’t knock down my tea count. Boo :( I guess I sit steadily at 814 (which is actually more like 820, since I haven’t added my new teas yet. Argh.)
Anyways. I can definitely taste the chestnut in this tea – similar flavour to Lupicia’s Chaud les Marrons, which is unsurprising. There’s also a sweetness that I would attribute to the sweet potato/pumpkin, and the characteristic flavour of rooibos, which works fairly well here. I think I’d prefer to have CM, but this is better than I would have expected! Thanks CHAroma!
Meh…. tonight this tea is tasting a bit funky. It’s alright, and perfectly drinkable, but I’m getting a bit of a “flavouring”-y aftertaste to it that’s not pleasant. It mostly tastes like nutty chocolate to me tonight… can’t recall what it’s actually supposed to taste like!
Kind of can’t believe someone would give up this tea…. SO GOOD. I loved the black cotton candy tea (when I brewed it correctly), and mixed with blueberry? Heavenly. I think I like this even better than when I got it in the 12 Teas of Christmas. Very happy to have a sizeable amount to finish off now. So much sweet blueberry deliciousness. This one’s certainly heavier on the cotton candy sweetness than the blueberry, but it’s a nice mix that quite accurately mimics blue cotton candy (which I haven’t had in aaaaages….)
Also nabbed some of this from momo. I’ve previously tried it and enjoyed it, but wanted some more :D I have some of the Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish reblend from Sil, and the last time I compared these two blueberry teas (both from Azzrian), I preferred BCCD because of the yummy creaminess – but this cup is darn tasty, so I’ll have to see if the reblend can beat it! But that’s for another night… I have no idea where my samples are right now and have no time to find them (shouldn’t even be writing tasting notes, but it’s driving me bonkers having a bunch of tabs open for each tea so I don’t forget which I’ve drank…)
Oh, and as for the tea? Delicious blueberry flavour, non-astringent base with a 2-minute infusion. Quite nice as a dessert tea. The re-steep is good too, although as I mentioned I’m not sure which cup it is. Both taste rather blueberry-y…