3069 Tasting Notes
I almost didn’t buy this, which would have been a mistake. This is a fascinating (and tasty!) tea! Super not in the mood to write tea notes right now though, so briefly – it tastes very fresh, of cucumber and cantaloupe, but not TOO fresh (I don’t like artificial cucumber water for that reason. Blech). A bit of sweetness for the cantaloupe, but just a bit. Surprisingly accurate AND tasty. No noticeable oolong in first infusion.
Second infusion; definitely can taste the oolong. TGY might have been a more obvious choice for the base, but I think the decision to go with a roasted oolong here is what turned this tea from mediocre to great, because a TGY would have been too floral, too vegetal. Can still taste the cucumber-cantaloupe.
Overall extremely impressed with the flavour and execution of this tea. Somewhat sad that it now appears to be sold out, but it’s probably not one I’d go for often anyhow.
Drank some of this tonight; I’m not sure if I just didn’t use enough tea/didn’t steep long enough, but it really has almost no flavour. A bit like… celery, almost, but kind of cardboardy? It’s strange. I really enjoyed the deep baked GABA oolong (that I have not written a note about), so I had high hopes for this. I’ll try again another evening.
Without going and actually looking at the bag… I think this is the tea that I have from MissB – thanks! My initial impression was of a coconut/butterscotch white, one of those teas that many companies seem to have (e.g. Butterscotch Potion, Dream, etc.). However, this also contains blueberries, which is an interesting twist, and although the white tea and coconut are reminiscent of the butterscotch teas, it does seem somewhat different. Another case of overleafing though (I really need to relocate my measuring spoons back to the tea area), so it was a touch strong, but enjoyable enough. Very coconutty, but light. I’ll have to pay a bit more attention for the blueberry next time.
Picked up some of the latest batch of this from Verdant recently, and had some this weekend. I think I may have overleafed a bit, because it was pretty strong (I was in a rush and didn’t measure), so I’m not really sure yet whether I’m a fan of this harvest or not. It was still good, but just a touch too potent.
A couple quick weekend notes.
Found this randomly in some teas at my boyfriend’s place, so drank it while watching Jurassic World, which was fairly enjoyable. Moreso than this tea, that’s for sure. It wasn’t bad, but honestly, it really didn’t taste pumpkiny at all, just kind of spiced and cardboardy. Not as bad as some rooibos though, by a long shot, but I’m perfectly ok with it not having come back this year!
Second tea from the September tea box!
As I said in my review for Reserve Autumn Laoshan Bilochun, this tea had the typical Laoshan green beany flavours, along with a wonderful brown sugary sweetness. This tea was a little bit stronger/sharper than the Bilochun, but was also quite enjoyable. I’m not sure I could really pick a favourite.
Of note – the leaves of this tea are long and thin and twisty. It’s kind of neat!
So I’m going to go with…. nobody else has reviewed Verdant’s September tea box yet?? Or at least not this tea? I couldn’t find a listing for it so I made one…
Anyhow, this was one of the 5 teas in September’s box. I’m not the hugest fan of greens BUT I do like those from Verdant! And have a ton I really need to drink up, and feel guilty about…
So I’m going to try and drink these five as soon as I can (though one’s a roasted oolong, so should have a little more longevity?)
I started with this tea and the Laoshan Pine Needle Green, because they sounded the most interesting. A Reserve tea and a new tea! Both smell incredibly delicious – sweet, fragrant, chewy green beans… so delicious. Brewed up (I accidentally left the infusers in for 4 minutes instead of my intended 2 – but the teas were ok!) this particular tea was more caramelly/brown sugary sweet than the Pine Needle Green, which was… sharper, though with a similar flavour profile. Both were very, very delicious though, and reminded me why I bought green teas from Verdant. WIll have to bring out the stash and get some green tea drinking done!