2195 Tasting Notes
Welp. Now I see what all the hype is about. This is a pretty darn delicious tea! It certainly tastes like a delicious, sugary-sweet cinnamon roll complete with creamy frosting. Wow. When I brewed the tea up, I was getting a bit of a classic pu’erh aroma that I wasn’t too keen on, but it has dissipated and isn’t at all present in the flavour. It’s just really, really delicious tea. I used about 2 tsp of tea for an 8 oz. mug… I didn’t really pay attention to the directions.
Also, I have to say that sTEAp Shoppe’s sample sizes are great. Half an ounce of tea, so comparable to Della Terra, although the samples are a bit pricier. If there’s a sale at some point, I think I’d be likely to pick up more sample sizes, though! I have 5 other teas to try – hoping they work out as well as this one!
ETA: I definitely don’t care for the second infusion as much, although perhaps reducing the infusion time from 2 minutes to 1 minute would have helped. The pu’erh flavour makes a bit more of an appearance, and instead of the flavours blending well together, I get a heaping helping of strong cinnamon (like, from a cinnamon stick) plus the pu’erh, and that’s it. Not bad, but the first infusion was quite a bit better. Word is, this tea resteeps for many infusions, so I’ll keep it around and try a few more to see how they fare.
I’m enjoying this one more than last time. Not getting the weird alcohol association I previously was, although I did get the grapey aroma. Flavourwise, however, I taste peach moreso than anything resembling grape. Not too bad, but not a keeper either.
This one is definitely too perfumey for me. Sure, it tastes kind of grapey, and a bit reminiscent of ice wine, but honestly, Butiki’s Gui Fei Oolong tastes more like the real thing to me, and it’s not even flavoured! Also, there’s a bit of astringency here even with a 2-minute infusion, which I’m not fond of. Ah well! I’m not sure that finding the perfect ice wine tea is a huge priority for me (although I think a well-done one could certainly be interesting).
ETA: The second infusion wasn’t nearly as perfumey. But I hadn’t intended to re-steep this one, so once I realized what it was, it went down the drain. Needed to keep stomach real estate available for other teas.
I think I liked this tea better this time than the first time I drank it. I really do think that 2-minute infusions are the way to go with flavoured black teas. Anyhow, I gulped this one down too quickly so I can’t entirely remember how it tasted, except that it was nutty and a bit sweet, completely smooth, and quite tasty! It looks like I may not have resteeped it last time, so hopefully I will manage to tonight, and see how it holds up.
You know, I could see myself picking this one up again. I see I previously also liked it a fair bit – there’s a clear, creamy lime flavour (more along the lines of 52teas’ Lime Jello than Della Terra’s Lime Chiffon, in case anyone’s wondering), and at 2 minutes, the cup is quite smooth. I imagine it would make a great iced tea, so perhaps once my stash is a bit lower (i.e. next year), I’ll wait for an ESP Emporium sale and pick up a bag of this for summer 2014. (I can hope!)
Sipdown! 827. (Inaccurate, but that’s what the spreadsheet says currently, minus a few things).
I did like this one a fair bit. A light, fruity honeybush that probably would have been great for iced tea (ooh, speaking of that, I should set some Lime Chiffon to cold-brew!) I kind of wish I had more of this one. Buuuuut I don’t! And that’s ok, because I have too much tea anyhow. Sigh.
Fished this out so Sil could try some, and decided to have a cup of it myself. It wasn’t too bad; couldn’t really taste the oolong, but definitely got caramel apple. Given that I love caramel, I definitely would prefer more caramel flavour, but it’s ok as is. Nothing I’d pick up again, though.
I am still pretty meh about this tea. It has similar spicing to Strawberry Pie Honeybush, but in my travel mug, I couldn’t taste the banana. I can’t recall if I previously could taste it. At least with a 2-minute infusion it wasn’t astringent and therefore was perfectly enjoyable! I just wish it didn’t taste so similar to other teas. Also, that it had more banana flavour.
I have been chewing through a lot of this lately, and am nearing a sipdown of one packet! Yay! This one’s great in a travel mug if brewed a bit strong and consumed within a couple hours, otherwise it does that green tea thing and starts tasting off. This is so tasty though.