3013 Tasting Notes
Picked some of this up recently because I just had to know how it tasted. Turns out, it’s pretty good, but not worth the steep price (to me). Don’t get me wrong – it’s absolutely delicious. Wonderful malty, chocolatey base tea, and an excellent vanilla aroma and flavour (although it’s a little different that I was expecting; I think I have an altered perception of how vanilla is supposed to taste). It’s just a little too pricey for me, and I am happy enough with straight blacks. I will certainly enjoy this bag of it though.
I just ate some sauerkraut, and there’s a weird metallic note lingering in my mouth, which is kind of interfering with my tasting of this tea. So, I’ll do the best I can.
The mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth, and I can pick up on the raisiny PTA notes right off the bat, but as I don’t believe I’ve tasted the other teas straight, I can’t pick out their contributions. All I can say is that this is a really delicious black blend, super smooth, malty, raisiny… yum. I’d really have to compare this side-by-side to identify how it’s different from plain PTA (smoother, less raisiny I think), but it’s really quite enjoyable. I’m also far too tired to be writing notes on here. Haha.
Ok, these are super cute and quite delicious, thanks Roswell Strange! I hadn’t tried a mandarin pu’erh before, and so wasn’t quite sure how to proceed… so I just kind of broke the whole thing in half (it’s small, like 4 cm diameter and 1.5 cm tall) and scooped out the tea to infuse. Wasn’t sure if I should put peel in, but my mom (with whom I was sharing this with, because I was 99% sure she’d enjoy it, which she did) felt like we should, so I did. It probably amped up the orange essence a bit, but I don’t really know (since I added it to both cups).
Regarding the tea itself, I think a white was a great choice for pairing with the citrus – there was a subtle orange flavour (like mandarin orange – delicious) with a lovely, light, malty pu’erh. Great smooth, warm finish, too. I’m honestly tempted to try and pick some more of these up before I head back out east (any interest, Toronto area tea buddies who I see with some regularity?)
We got three delicious steeps out of it (so far), and I only used half the cake for two mugs. Definitely a great sample for me, Roswell!!!
Hmm. So this was not quite as good as I had envisioned, though it was definitely still tasty. I guess I was expecting something with a more aged than roasty profile (or, a more strongly roasty profile), and this is more of a combination. Which I suppose the name indicates, but whatever :P Anyhow, the roastiness here is reasonably gentle, at least in comparison to a few teas I’ve had, and the oolong flavour is good, but a bit mild. I did have problems with astringency in my first cup, but I think I overleafed. I usually use a 3/4 tsp and measure out two per cup, but I grabbed the 1 tsp measure at my parents’ place, and neglected to remember the difference. Whoops. Oh well, lots of tea to try again :)
Had a re-steep of my mom’s cup of this tonight, but I’m not sure whether it was the tea that tasted mediocre, or the tea that tasted really good (I’m guessing mediocre, since the bags had been sitting around a bit longer than they should have been). Either way, I know this is good when treated properly :)
Thanks to Roswell Strange for passing some of this on to me! It was pretty tasty (although to be honest, I’m not sure whether I was drinking Zhena’s Double Vanilla or this tea). I’ve had Toffee Dream by one or two companies before, and I have a recollection of one tasting/smelling quite playdough-y, which this very nicely did not. I’ll have to rate this once I’m actually certain of which tea I’m drinking :D
Sipdown! 11xx (Idk the exact number, and probably won’t for at least a month due to crazy working of two jobs, but it’s around there, haha).
Not really a sipdown though, because I’m leaving this with my mom for her to drink – I enjoy it, but I think she will like it more. I drank the 2nd/3rd infusion of her cup of it, just to remind me how it tasted before leaving it behind. Basically just a gingery green that is a bit on the creamy/bakey side (as opposed to sharply spicy).
Backlog from shortly after I picked up my teas from VariaTEA.
As mentioned previously, this came off to me kind of as a blend of their ‘Cookie’ tea and something else, although I haven’t quite identified what yet – in part because I have yet to brew up a non-astringent cup in spite of being quite careful to adhere to my 2 minute infusion. So, I’m not sure what I’m doing incorrectly, though I would guess that I’m overleafing a bit? It smells absolutely delicious though, so it’s been a letdown each time I take a drink from my cup :( Even my re-steeps were terribly astringent/bitter, and I tried cutting the tea with additional water to improve the flavour, but it just diluted it. Perhaps this is just a tea that requires milk/sweetener?