2221 Tasting Notes
Bleh – my house feels like it’s boiling! The thermostat is set to 75F/24C, and it’s always up to 4 degrees Celsuis hotter in my room than the main floor… so I’ve been writing my thesis from the couch instead of my bed. Many pluses, including proximity to kitchen therefore less distance to travel with tea/to get more tea, and reduced likelihood of thesis-fatigue-induced-napping (the heat has really curbed this one… too uncomfy to sleep!)
Anyways. For some reason, I’m drinking hot tea. While to be fair… it’s lukewarm now, but I really should have stuck some in the fridge so I wasn’t dying so much. It doesn’t help that laptops get HOT when working constantly for like, 10 hours…
Whoops, rather off-topic. So this tea. Sipping it down (821), minus the Sil portion. It’s pretty tasty, as caramelly/butterscotchy teas go. Quite enjoyable, and astringency-free with a short infusion.
Mmmmm, this one’s so good. I think it’s become my go-to in place of milk oolong. Not for any particular reason other than it’s more accessible at the moment. It’s just something about oolongs… yum. And I get a billion infusions out of this each time, too. So tasty.
Ohhh dear. Thanks to Cavocorax (and it looks like thanks should also extend to jessiwrites and Courtney? Boy has this made the rounds!)… but this tea is terrible, hahahahahaha. I loooove Coco Rooibos Chai…. but this one is very true to its name, and tastes like CINNAMON. I like cinnamon. Usually. But I Do Not Like this type of cinnamon. It’s like…. hot tamales(?) sort of cinnamon. Cinnamon candy. BLECH. Reminds me of DT’s Hot Lips, which I also immensely disliked. I think this one will have to go to another home, because it is just way too cinnamony, in a bad way, for me. And it has an artificial sort of sweetness to it as well (possibly the cinnamon), which makes me gag a bit. Needless to say, this cup is going down the drain… (and boy am I glad I never picked any of this up myself!)
Loooool, I guess I’ve had this tea from CHAroma for a year! And it’s still not gone… there was just a bit too much left to justify putting it ALL in the infuser for a 10oz cup…. so I have a 6-8 oz. cup’s worth left. Le sigh.
Anyways, it was pretty good still. Didn’t really get maple, but it tasted like characteristic flavoured 52teas delicious black. Which is what I wish they all tasted like, though sadly that’s not always the case. But yes. Delicious breakfasty tea. I’d definitely drink this again.
Haha, this is delicious! (Also it’s a sipdown, 822). Thanks to Sil and whoever sent this to her for letting me try it! It reminds me a lot of the Black Buckwheat tea that Sil brought back from China, all toasty and delicious (I see that it’s also buckwheat… so this shouldn’t be surprising!). I’m not getting burnt cheese toast from it, as some others were, just toasty roasty sweet deliciousness. I’d totally drink this again. In fact, if I found it in a local asian grocery, I’d totally buy it. So tasty. I’m hoping it lasts for the 3+ infusions that the other tea did.
ETA: Well… I infused it twice more, and both were tasty, but if I had to pick, I think I’d go with the black buckwheat tea. It just seems to retain a bit more flavour (dry tea:water ratio is a possible factor too). However, I’d happily take either if I found them!
Hot-brewed and chilled some of this yesterday – the fruitiness (papaya and everything else) is really quite delicious, but I was finding a bit of a disconnect between the tea base and the fruitiness for whatever reason. They just weren’t seeming to mesh. Perhaps it’s the smokiness? I didn’t mind it warm, but am not sure I’m the hugest fan of it cold. I haven’t finished the whole cup though, so we’ll see if I end up changing my mind!
Hot-brewed and chilled this one. The result was alright as iced tea – I was getting a bit of a Jolly Rancher watermelon flavour – but not stellar. I may re-steep the leaves today to see what they have left, but my hopes aren’t high. Overall, not a favourite.
Yum, still enjoying this one. I figured, if you average a spring and an autumn blend, you get summer – right? (Ok, really it was entirely unintentional that I selected two “seasonal” blends to brew up at the exact same time.) Anyhow, I didn’t really catch specific flavours this time (wasn’t paying attention), but I caught some caramelliness, which was quite tasty. Either way, the cup was consumed quickly, so it was obviously good!
Thanks for sending this along, Courtney! I figured it would be best cold, so hot-brewed & iced it (instead of a cold-brew, to ensure the hibiscus didn’t cause problems). The result? Deliciousness! Tons of passionfruit, minimal to zero hibiscus…. soooo delicious. I wonder if the boy would like this one?! It tastes exactly like juice :D Minus some sugar, though it’s certainly sweet in its own right.
Anyhow – this one’s great! Might pick up some more if I ever let myself make it over to DT (I really need to try some of the new blends before they’re gone!)