3013 Tasting Notes
Gee, this one sure stuck around a while for me. 2 years old, by my spreadsheet. I wasn’t overly fond of it though, and am pretty happy to see it gone. I let my roommate and her boyfriend make a pot of it the other night (A whole pot!! It used up so much tea! Joy!) and they seemed to like it; when I brought it out tonight, I decided to have a farewell travel mug’s worth, and let her have the rest (probably enough for another pot). It’s along the lines of Bayswater’s Creme Brûlée, but had a funky something going on for me that put me off it (and tasted nothing like creme brûlée, perhaps a touch like burnt (not caramelized) sugar).
Tea split with the most recent Butiki order. I gave it only 3 minutes, to try and keep the base tea from overtaking the white chocolate flavouring (if that’s a possibility, I’m not sure).
I’m not overly fond of the aroma from the bag – it smells artificial, though I suppose white chocolate is artificial to begin with… Aroma from the steeped cup is similar. The flavour, however, is more enjoyable – I’m definitely not getting the full effect of the base tea (as I fail to with all the PTA blends), and it’s softened quite a bit by a noticeable but rather mild creaminess. It doesn’t particularly taste like white chocolate to me, although something creamy and more chocolatey actually is starting to emerge in the after-aftertaste, and it’s rather pleasant. I’m not sure I want to be drinking a tea for the flavour that doesn’t show up in your mouth until 5-10 seconds post-sip! (But it’s kind of interesting, regardless).
Won’t be a blend I’m going to miss once it’s gone (if it’s not already), and I’m happy enough to have split the bag and be sampling some out so I don’t have as much to drink.
Free tea with the last joint Butiki order! This counts as an immediate sipdown (yay!) because there’s probably only enough for a cup’s worth for each person in on the order.
Anyhow, this is a tea I hadn’t tried, which is exciting! Wasn’t sure what to expect (except maybe, a super dark liquor), and was bad and defied the recommendations, opting to go with my standard 1.5tsp/2min route instead of 1tsp/2.5min. The result is lighter than I had expected, being only the regular colour of black tea (dark reddish brown). The aroma is quite nice, all fragrant and sweet – sweet hay, perhaps? Flavourwise, it’s perhaps a bit overly strong (ok Stacy, you win this time! :P) and certainly has a powerful presence, verging on astringency but not into the realm of unpleasantness. Specifically, it tastes like the sort of black tea I’m not overly fond of… like bagged Lipton/Tetley. Obviously higher quality and lacking bitterness, but the same flavour profile. To be honest, it comes off a bit like mold to me, but when I say that, I’m referring to the flavour profile as a whole, not just this specific tea. Just not a profile I’m fond of, and would typically add milk/sugar, which would erase any weirdness.
Overall, I maybe brewed this a bit too strong, but I doubt proper brewing would change my opinion on it. Just not a black for me!
I’ve really gotta write on my multi-bags of certain teas which one was, in fact, already opened. I’m hoping I opened the right one this time… heh. Anyways, drank this last night as well, and it was exactly what I wanted. Malty, raisiny deliciousness. I brewed it fairly strong, and actually got a bit of grape flavour too. Just so good. What will I do without it? :( (But that’s a tomorrow-Kittenna problem… I’m stocked up enough for a good while.)
Indulged in favourites last night, this tea included. And it was good. Although I’ll admit that I didn’t find it had the eggnogginess that I was expecting from the previous batch…. however, drinking the resteep today, I have to conclude that my taste buds were a bit wonky, because it’s even better than yesterday. Also forgot that the taste greatly improves once it’s cooled. I do kind of wish this had the nutmeg in it though. I haven’t had the chance to try my Spiced Nog quite yet, but am thinking I may like it even more…. yikes. The rating scale doesn’t go beyond 100, Stacy!
Another tea I thought I didn’t have, but it turns out that I bought it and just never tried it. Whoops. (Also means my cupboard number was off. Again. I really need to do a thorough inventory so I can accurately record sipdowns…)
Since this has the Dreaded Hibiscus, I kept the infusion time to a minimum, and it seems I was successful, since the liquor is only somewhat purplish. The flavour also indicates my success – barely a trace of hibby. However, the rest of the flavour is kind of odd. It tastes almost like… melons? to me, along with something floral. But the floral tastes weird and artificial. It’s reminding me strongly of something, but I’m having trouble figuring out what – my best guess is Minute Maid fruit punch, which I’m not overly fond of. Yeah… fruit punch is what I think I’m tasting. And since I’m not overly keen on that particular fruity combo… this tea is not great either. Minus points for tasting extra artificial, too, and for the unnecessary faint hibby sourness. If you like fruit punch, this probably tastes awesome to you.
Thanks to Janelle for sending me the last of this tea to sample :) I was in the mood for some herbals tonight, and figured I’d try out this tea, since it has fennel + two ingredients I enjoy (in food, at least)… and the fennel in Kapha Ayurvedic was actually quite a pleasant surprise both in the initial infusion and tonight’s resteep.
The aroma very, VERY strongly reminds me of an Indian restaurant, or grocery – cumin and fennel dominating. My boyfriend has some aversion to the smell of Indian spices, and I imagine this tea would make him gag (I find it makes me crave Mutter Paneer and Aloo Gobi and all that yummy stuff). Flavourwise, it’s primarily coriander, followed up by cumin (ok, those two switch depending on the sip) and surprisingly little fennel. Like, not even any sweet aftertaste of fennel. It’s also very weird to have cumin-flavoured water. Coriander, I can handle, fennel in small amounts is ok, but cumin is SO savoury, it’s throwing me off.
Despite this tea being reasonably pleasant, I’m finding that all it’s really doing is causing me to have severe food cravings, so I’m glad I only had a single cup’s worth of this.
Final tea of the split ones we picked up at the Tea Festival. This one is actually not a blend I’ve had before, so I have a much more favourable opinion of it. Basically, it tastes like a fruity pineapple juice. Which is pretty tasty, though not my favourite flavour combo. I see that Sil rather liked this one, though, so I’m going to call this a sipdown (976), and she and Raritea can have the rest.
Another Tea Festival split purchase. Not bad, but unremarkable, with the same strawberry-papaya combo commonly seen in “strawberry” green blends. Sigh.
ETA: Retroactively calling this a sipdown (975) because I don’t think I really need to have any more of this. Too common of a flavour profile.