3132 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! But no change in numbers because I guess I didn’t record this one. Sigh.
Anyways, picked this up at the Toronto Tea Festival. This is the first tea I’m actually trying from Riston – I have samples of others (teabags and a tin split with Sil), but haven’t gotten to them quite yet.
The aroma was actually pretty flavourful once the water hit the teabag (prior there wasn’t much) – the tea looks to be flavoured with black/dark purple fruits, e.g. blackberry, black currant, blueberry – and what I smelled most was a juicy sort of black currant. Tastewise, it’s not bag for a bagged tea, but even with my standard green infusion parameters, which are pretty conservative (82C/2min), the base is bitter. However, it is quite fruity – again very black currant, with a punch of lemon. I really wish the base behaved, because this could actually stand as one of the better flavoured greens I’ve tried. I may try a re-steep, but with the base bitterness, it will probably just head down the drain.
I have a stomachache :( Or maybe I’m just hungry. It’s tough to tell sometimes.
Either way, this was a nice tasty cup of chocolate for today, thanks VariaTea! A bit of bitterness, so probably middling between the smooth one and the more bitter one (names escaping me; I will have to look up both names and ratings later). Really fond of these ‘teas’, though I admit I kind of want some sweetener in them to make it more decadent… I might try and make some into an eggnog latte later tonight if I do indeed pick up eggnog with my groceries.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 5! (Drank Dec. 6… technically 7)
Missed drinking this yesterday as I ended up being busy at my boyfriend’s work Christmas party! Fun times. Anyways, this blend looks to be a black, with marshmallow root and piece of some sort of fruit… a quick sniff leads me to think it’s Strawberry Rhubarb, as it smells similar to Lupicia’s version, which I coincidentally drank this evening.
Brewed up, it still smells pretty delicious. Malty and sweet-fruity. Flavourwise it’s not much, since it’s still pretty hot, so I’ll wait a bit longer… Ok, the flavour unfortunately doesn’t match up to the aroma. It’s kind of malty, with some fruitiness, but also some cardboard black base flavour, which I’m not fond of. Bleh. SO much promise! I still think it’s probably Strawberry Rhubarb Black or something along those lines, but if so, the Lupicia version puts it to shame.
Frankenberry? Really? Weird. I enjoyed my sample of Frankenberry more than I enjoyed this cup, but I suppose I can see that they’re the same. Just wasn’t immediately obvious to me. Ah well, sad to have another repeat when I thought it wouldn’t be (but I knew it was inevitable).
Thanks to KittyLovesTea for a sample of this far too long ago!
Although the leaves look dark, this oolong brews up lighter than expected, and it appears that the leaves are actually kind of a dark green. I think it may have been a poor choice to sip this after Verdant’s Mi Lan Dancong Black, because this tea is lighter and greener, and I’m having difficulty tasting the nuances. There’s definitely a green-oolong-esque aftertaste, and lots of mineral notes to start off… but things get a bit murky in between. I didn’t look, but I assume ‘almond’ refers to notes in the tea as opposed to flavouring; I’m not picking it up, but again, palate contamination. I’ll leave it for a bit and try again.
I’m banking that this is the one they bring back, haha, so I am finishing it off since I was craving more pear (spoilers, lol), and it was just sitting in the Tea Infusion Zone. Dry, the aroma was a bit lacking today, but all was fixed when steeped. So much heavenly baked pear goodness.
Good job, self. You made a Good Decision in purchasing an extra half ounce of this one, because it’s pretty yummy (first time not in a travel mug). Creamy plummy aroma, creamy plummy flavour. I’m really quite pleased with this one and regretting that I wasted some in a travel mug. Oh well! Still on bag #1, so there’s a fair bit left to savour.
Had an eggnog tea latte of this tonight… and boy was it delicious :D It’s a good thing I’m not always near a DT, or I’d have trouble resisting the lure of eggnog lattes every day. Not sure I could taste a ton of cranberry or pear, but it may just be that it blended in really well… IDK. Just yum. I think I’ll try Chocolate Macaroon next, if I let myself get another. Haha.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 4! (Drank Dec. 4)
Thought this was a green before I opened it, but have reconsidered, and now think it’s a white. A very fluffy white. And I’m not at all sure what it is based on the smell – both my roommate and I agree that it smells like white wine, plus a mishmash of fruity aromas, including banana and possibly orange (but orange juice was being consumed at that time, so we’re not 100% on that one).
I accidentally oversteeped it, so the base is a bit strong, but there’s also not really much flavour. Not really a fan. I’d guess that this was maybe a champagne white or something, but I don’t know if anything like that was released this year.
Uh, Apple Jack’s Apple Harvest Shou Mei? Never would have guessed. I guess the apple is what’s coming off as winey? Either way, not fond of this blend at all.