3013 Tasting Notes
Ugh, headache. Anyways, brewed this up yesterday after reading someone’s note on houjicha, but didn’t end up finishing the cup as my tummy was waterlogged (tealogged?) Instead, I’ve ended up drinking it cold today. Loving the roastiness and bit of saline seaweed flavour, and the aftertaste is deliciously caramelly.
Sipdown! 984. This tea smells/tastes odd tonight. There’s a weird chlorine smell/taste to it at the beginning of the sip, though it then fades into more of the pistachio cream flavour. Not sure if it’s a flavouring thing, or from the mulberry leaves, but it’s kind of unpleasant. Extra glad I don’t have a whole bag of this, now.
ETA: I did not know there was chamomile in here. That could totally be the source of the chlorine taste. Blech.
Having had the White Rhino by itself, I can now appreciate the deliciousness of this tea. It’s still a bit lighter than I’d like, but mmmm, delicious butterscotchy goodness. Really not tasting any mocha, but there might be a teensy bit of hazelnut peeking out. I’m content with my half ounce, though, especially since I have a half ounce of the new-base version incoming at some point.
Argh. Accidentally deleted my note for this tea. (Why is there no “are you sure you want to delete this note??” warning?) Anyhow, the gist of what I said was that the base came off as somewhat smoky to me, which paired interestingly with the moderate peach flavour. And it stood up well to being in a travel mug, and being drank cold, therefore is destined for a home at my boyfriend’s place to be travel-mugged until sipdown.
This tea is definitely better consumed sooner after brewing rather than later (as most green teas are), and my delay in drinking it meant it lost some of its tastiness. Still roasty, but the base tea becomes very muted and it’s tough to catch the brown sugar/green bean notes after it has been sitting. Oops :(
I guess I missed picking some of this one up earlier (or I didn’t see the packet of it in my stash, anyhow), so grabbed a bit to try before it’s gone for good. The smell is so deliciously bang-on – creamy, tangyish mango lassi. So is the initial flavour in the sip… but then it turns into a bit too much chamomile for me, which is too bad. Maybe they’ll come out with a less-chamomiley version at some point? Ah well. Not too disappointed now that it has been discontinued, though I’m not sure if I want a bit more just to have when I want a sleepy time blend (I do still have a decent supply of Dulce & Banana though, hmmmm.)
Yum. Picked up another 24g of this to mix with the 24g of essentially custard-flavoured coriander seed that I previously purchased, and had to brew up a trial cup. Still a win, but I think a bit of the amazingness has worn off… but only a bit, because I still quite enjoyed it. And tbh, eating the raisins/apple pieces out of the infuser is pretty darn delicious too :D
Aroma-wise, this tea is pretty much perfect – in fact, it smells more like eggnog than some eggnog I recently picked up. SO GOOD. Brewed up, it’s a bit weak, and the green rooibos base interferes a bit with the flavour (I think it would be better on a light green base like dragonwell), but it’s so nice to breathe in that delicious aroma from the hot cup. This might be a 25g purchase for me, just to have some around, but because it’s such a season-specific flavour, I don’t think I’d crave it overly often. (Besides, I have plenty of creamy teas, and I also picked up some Spiced Nog from Butiki, which might be more perfect. Also, I believe I got a bit of throat scratchiness from the rooibos and/or flavourings, which is not overly enjoyable.)