3034 Tasting Notes
My mom picked up some of this in the summer, so I avoided getting it myself and tried hers over Christmas. Oddly, it just tasted like Laoshan Genmaicha, to me. Lovely green beany flavours, toasty rice. Maybe a touch of vanilla. I certainly didn’t pick out any juniper. If this sticks around, I might grab a sample size to try again, because I don’t feel like I got the full experience. Perhaps just a flukey ingredient assortment in my infuser.
Wasn’t overly impressed with this tea, despite my excitement at seeing actual freeze-dried rhubarb in the blend. Had it in a travel mug during my Toronto tea meet ups, and couldn’t tell which tea it was. Not a good sign. I kept back one more cup’s worth to try (this was a split with Indigobloom), but don’t have high hopes. Of course, age could have been a factor, and the travel mug, but usually there’s at least a bit of flavour, and there was virtually nothing but a very boring green tea.
And now for the current note! Brewed this up for a travel mug yesterday (and managed to keep to my 2-minute infusion) – it was really tasty. Robust base, a bit of coffee flavour, a bit of chocolate, a bit of sweetness, no bitterness or weird flavours caused by ingredients often found in “coffee substitutes” e.g. chicory… win! I really enjoyed my mug of it, and am happy to have a good bit to drink.
Very backlogged note.
Picked up 50g of this while in Saskatoon, because the ingredients sounded tasty. A coffee-flavoured tea with cacao shells and no actual bitter coffee beans? Awesome! Also, it smelled good. They had a few others that I was interested in, but the 50g minimum really put a damper on trying too much (I got two other teas, one for my boyfriend’s mother and the second was 50g of the lovely mandarin white pu’erh Roswell Strange introduced me to).
Anyhow, the first time I brewed this, I accidentally left it for 9 minutes. Although it smelled DELICIOUS, the flavour was unpleasantly bitter, though I did get through one cup. I believe the resteep was also bitter (I don’t always time resteeps, though I should sometimes), which was disappointing. It seemed very promising though, so I was excited to try it again – this report continues in another tasting note for today’s tasting!
I am just so over strawberry teas, I think. Not that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy this one in my mug the other day, but it’s just not a flavour I’m wanting to seek out lately. Not that you’d know by the hordes of strawberry teas I feel like I’ve been consuming lately (though to be fair, it’s mostly to get rid of them). Still think this is a pretty decent example of a strawberry/rhubarb black though. Not as tasty as Ruby Pie (Butiki), but perhaps a touch less finicky.
Sometimes, this tea is really amazing in a Timolino, particularly when allowed to cool completely. Yesterday/today was one of those times. Malty, flavourful base, a perfect amount of sweetness, a small dose of pear and a slightly bigger hit of ginger. I always partially dread drinking it until I take a sip, and then I wish I had more. Still have a good few mugs of this left that I should finish off sooner rather than later (that won’t be too difficult…)
Sipdown! Not too bad, but I don’t seem to be much of a fan of flavoured pu’erhs. I’d rather just have a black tea, because the earthiness of pu’erh often doesn’t mesh overly well with sweet/fruity flavourings (IMO).
(Also, I’m at well over 1100 teas right now. Not bothering with numbers until I’ve actually added teas from my more recent swaps, but I don’t believe I’m over 1200… I have my work cut out for me!)