2898 Tasting Notes
A half-finished package, so clearly I’ve tried this before… and have no note to show for it. Argh. I don’t even remember trying it, which is perhaps even more irritating, haha. Anyhow, it smells pretty nice brewed up – lightly spiced with a dash of orange and sweetness. It smells kind of like Christmas, because I guess orange spice = Christmas, to me. Flavourwise, that’s pretty much what it is – an orange spice tea, with some creaminess from the vanilla (presumably). Cinnamon is the predominant spice, but overall, it’s quite balanced, which I prefer. I would imagine there has been a bit of flavour loss here, given that this has not been sealed for a while (sample packet, so just clipped shut, and probably not all that well), but it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m not sure what the base tea is (I’m guessing Laoshan Black but have no real idea), but it’s really not terribly obvious here. Or maybe it’s an herbal? (I thought I saw leaves though.) Overall, pretty enjoyable, probably better when fresh, and I may throw another sample into a future order if it’s around, perhaps next Christmas, because I don’t think I’d drink this outside of the winter months.
Thanks to Janelle for a sample of this tea! Another tea where I really have no idea what to expect, just a hope that it’s not completely like chamomile, haha.
And it’s not. But oh, is it WEIRD. And not entirely pleasant. There’s almost… a metallic taste to it. I did use a metal infuser basket since I was concerned the Finum would get all gross like it does with chamomile, but it must be a flavour from the tea itself, because I’ve never had an infuser impart flavours to a tea like this. So… doesn’t taste like chamomile, but does taste like metal has been leached into the water. I’m really not finding this good at all… O.o Dumping time. (Oh man, I just burped and it tasted like this tea/metal. I am so grossed out right now, you have no idea.)
ETA: If you can get past the metal association, this might be a reasonable tea. But it’s quite distinct, and making me gag, so it’s a big no-go.
Holy lychee! Brewed up the last of this tonight, and my goodness, is it delicious. I should have figured out by now that “mi” seems to mean “leafhopper” (or something to that effect), so I should have remembered that this tea would be all sweet and delicious PLUS dancong roasty goodness. And wow, is it ever sweet tonight. Honey and lychee, with a bit of roasty in the background. Probably better lychee flavour than lychee-flavoured teas. It’s ridiculously good. I only wish that my palate was a bit less… pre-flavoured… so I could taste it more clearly (I have had some snacks). Anyways, noms.
This is interestingly fruity tonight. Fruity, malty, and slightly smoky. I believe that the first (few) times I had this, I was less into black teas, but I can now appreciate it quite a bit more, and it’s actually really good. I would have assumed the fruitiness (a bit floral, perhaps a darjeeling in the blend?) to be contamination, except that LiberTEAS packed this into a smell-proof baggie, so it’s not. Haha. Anyhow, this is tasty, and I’m kind of sad to see it go, though it’s nice to get a sipdown of what I know to be a very old tea (it’s been 2.5 years, I believe, since I got my box from LiberTEAS).
Anyhow, bumped the rating. This probably isn’t a tea I’d drink overly often if I did have more, but it would be nice for changing up the straight blacks in a mug rotation, or something.
Still a pretty mediocre tea for me, and I neither understand nor care for the hibiscus here – it doesn’t make the tea overly sour, but it certainly doesn’t add anything pleasant. I’d rather have Two Friends or various other chocolate orange teas. (Also, I’m getting throat-scratchiness. Always an extra couple points knocked off for that, though I have yet to determine the reason for it.)
I’m so torn between hoarding and enjoying this tea. It’s really quite a good one – great base tea, perfect sweet creamy lemon flavour, and GREAT in a travel mug. I think I actually prefer it that way, because otherwise it’s maybe not a flavour combo I’d really pick out, but then I see that I have enough for a mug, and make it, and it’s all fluffy lemony goodness.
It’s odd that I don’t have a prior note for the split of this that Sil and I got, because I know I’d tried it. But perhaps it was just one of the many that I missed logging.
Anyhow, this tea does smell (and taste) quite cherry cola-y, and as I had noted for the sample I first tried, I think it would be wicked good sweetened and iced. Of course, I’m drinking it hot, so it’s a bit weird, but that’s alright. I will say, however, that it’s not great in a travel mug. I think it saps the fizzy cola aspect, so it really fell quite flat.
Picked up an ounce (or two?) or this in my last Verdant order, because I like the roasty, creamy profile… and it did not disappoint. First infusion was for a travel mug (which is probably a bit of a waste, though still pretty enjoyable); I had two more infusions at my boyfriend’s place on the weekend, and am having a fourth now, though I think that might be it for it. Kind of that twiggy/autumn leaf pile oolong flavour, with a rich creaminess rounding it off. Yum.
I think I missed logging a couple of teas last week, because I most definitely drank some of this one (the loose leaf, not the bags). I think the coconut might be turning a bit soapy, but it was still drinkable, and I still enjoyed it – it’s just now in the “immediate sipdown” basket, so I will get through the last couple servings in the nearish future (before Christmas? Fingers crossed…)