2613 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! 870. Finishing off the last of my sample from Raritea today.
Smells delicious (like hot chocolate), but unfortunately tastes a bit bitter – I’m wondering if it’s because it was the bottom of the jar, and there was a bunch of crushed up stuff in there. Either way, it’s still totally drinkable, and would probably be great with a bit of sugar.
Picked up some of this after finishing my sample from Sil, because I quite liked it. Unfortunately, I think I preferred the original version better (or perhaps there was a steeping error on my part) – the strawberry is more artificial this time. It’s still tasty, though.
Yum. This is pretty tasty, albeit lightly flavoured. I’m picking up creamy, caramelly notes from the dragon well, with overtones of sweet candy strawberry and a hint of ginger. No toffee in particular, but it may be difficult to separate from the base tea. Overall, fairly tasty, but the aroma of the dry tea was stronger, and I wish the tea tasted like that too.
ETA: Second infusion wasn’t great (though there was definitely vegetal dragonwell flavour), but I had to wait a couple days for it, so I’ll have to give re-steeping a better shot next time.
Hmm, this is an interesting one. The dry tea smells like malty, sweet apples – which is pretty good, but again, the flavour doesn’t quite coincide. It’s not bad, and certainly tastes autumnal (without cinnamon, which is a plus for those who are sick of pretty much all fall teas being heavy on spice), but wouldn’t be one I’d hang onto.
Bleh, I see what Sil meant about the soapiness. This tea smells deliciously limey, but the flavour definitely doesn’t live it. There’s some nice citrus flavour, but there are overtones of soap, which kind of wreck it. It’s possible that it’s tequila flavour or something – it’s not nearly as unbearable as soapiness in some other teas I’ve tried – or it could be rancid coconut. Tough to tell. Oh well.
Wow, the dry tea actually smells like carrot cake with cream cheese icing! Yum! Sadly, the flavour doesn’t live up to the aroma. Again, not a bad tea, but there’s not a great deal of flavour. Perhaps it could be likened to plain, un-iced carrot cake, but the aroma promised so much more.
ETA: Re-steep also pretty bland. I’ll try a longer first infusion next time.