3013 Tasting Notes
I’m all irritated again. (I also have a tummyache, and I’m sure this is contributing to my unhappiness.) This is another tea that was on Steepster, and appears to no longer exist. And I know it was here, because I gave samples of this tea to Sil, etc., and they tried it too. SO ANNOYING.
Anyways. Fairly basic-tasting loose leaf black blend. Can’t do a proper review because I drank it as a pro-tea-n latte today with chocolate protein powder, which kind of made it like a tea hot chocolate. It was interesting, but I think I brewed the tea a little strong. Oh well. It seems like a decent enough tea for me to start throwing in my travel mug when I want a straight black – I have a bunch of it (something my mom was given that she didn’t want), and no particular fondness for it, so sipping it down would be just fine by me.
Soooo I guess I bought some of this tea… and never actually tried it. Heh. (Or maybe I did, but I really don’t remember, and there seemed to be a fair bit left of the 10g… if not all…)
Anyhow, given all the fuss about it, I figured I’d try my sample. It’s quite pepperminty (in that candy way, not peppermint leaf), then fades into a creaminess. Basically like Santa’s Secret or Mint To Be minus the black base. It has a bit of a weirdness, almost a sourness, to it, that could easily be something from the white chocolate (or maybe the peppercorns), but it’s not overly strong, nor overly off-putting. Honestly, I prefer Cocomint Cream/Santa’s Secret/Mint To Be, probably because there are other flavours in the tea than just creamy mint. I might mix the rest of it with a black and see how it turns out.
Working on getting this one to sipdown level. I think I brewed it a bit strong tonight, but it’s reasonably tasty, all limey and a bit creamy. Probably would be a bit better if I diluted it some, though, because it’s verging on bitter. The flavour profile, now that I think about it, is actually fairly similar to Sun & Cloud Mist, which I definitely prefer – this one just maybe has less base tea, and more lemongrass.
Another super oldie. But, was in a nice Mylar(?) package, and retained flavour, so it’s still fairly tasty. Nice cantaloupe flavour, mild creamy-ish base. I do greatly prefer Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream though, perhaps because it’s softer and creamier, though the actually melon flavour is reasonably similar.
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.)