2970 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! 970. (Added all my samples from Sil to my cupboard… hopefully this number won’t hit 1000…) Anyhow, thanks Sil for sneaking out a cup of this one for me, since I was super curious about it. I can definitely see why you wouldn’t like it – it’s actually fairly jasminey. Nice jasmine, yes, but it’s not just a hint, either. Beneath the jasmine I can taste a hint of pine, and then jasmine appears again. The base is smooth and creamy, without a lot of distinctive flavour, which is ok.
Overall, this tastes too much like a jasmine green/white for me to bother ever purchasing. I love the idea of the pine needles, but they’re drowned out by the jasmine. It’s a nice tea, but just not distinct enough. I’ll see if subsequent cups bring out the pine notes more. Fingers crossed.
ETA: Enjoyed the resteep of this blend as well, but still too much jasmine. I think it’s possible that the jasmine and pine are complementary flavours, and I’m having trouble distinguishing them a bit, but there were times when I took a sip and definitely tasted pine notes – I would love more of that.
ETA again: On my third or fourth infusion of this one, and although it’s still too much jasmine, I’m really enjoying the creamy, almost cheesecakey(?) aftertaste. Sign of a good base tea, if nothing else :)
My first impression when I opened up my bag of this tea was that it smelled like fake bananas/banana medicine. Bleh. I think I had been hoping more for a banana split sort of flavour. Thankfully, it’s not quite so potent once brewed, and the banana mellows enough to taste more like a real (though quite ripe) banana – but I can’t really taste any chocolate whatsoever, so it ends up tasting like a fairly basic banana black. Not really my thing. Oh well – it’s not a bad tea per se, since it’s still pretty smooth, but it’s not what I was hoping for.
Not bad – light black base, caramelly and nutty notes overtop. Not as rich as I would like, but to be fair, caramel popcorn isn’t usually “rich” in the sense I’m looking for, just intensely sweet and delicious. I would probably appreciate a bit more robust of a base tea in this blend – perhaps a roasted oolong would work better? – but I’m reasonably happy with the results here. Wouldn’t buy again, but should easily be able to finish off my third of the bag.
Finally getting to taste this tea thanks to a Lupicia order placed back in February that I finally picked up my teas from :D It was worth the wait. There’s that perfect melon flavour (honeydew, IMO) which is familiar to me from various Japanese sweets, blended masterfully into a lovely, buttery oolong base. It’s perfect. I will admit that it’s SO perfect that I probably wouldn’t want this tea overly often (so my shared packet will be ample for a while). Super want to make another Lupicia order now, for Ripe Mango Oolong and others…
ETA: What I find particularly interesting about this tea is the longevity of the melon flavour. I was under the impression that the little balls of whatever in this tea were the flavouring, therefore I wasn’t expecting the flavour to last beyond the first, maybe second infusion. But I’m drinking the third right now, and it most definitely still tastes and smells like melon. A bit muted, of course, but quite apparent.
Sipdown! 944 (Added some T By Daniel teas from February). The opposite of last time – I must have overleafed or oversteeped! I think this is a pretty finicky oolong though, because both times, I got quite a bit of astringency. This time, though, there was also some flavour to it (standard dark oolong flavour) and a nice lingering oolong aftertaste. Probably not a tea I’d specifically seek out again, mostly since I’ve had better luck with other similar oolongs.
ETA: I think age may have also been a factor here. Removed my rating because of that.
Also not as enamoured by this tea as I had hoped. Couldn’t really detect the buttercream/toffee notes, and I believe I caught a whiff of play-dough-iness from the tea, which I’ve previously attributed either to the tea base being old/poor quality, or to a flavouring component. It didn’t translate into the flavour, thankfully, but was a bit off-putting. Again, though, another attempt is warranted to try and coax out some more delicious flavour.
Bit the bullet and sipped this one down yesterday! 938. (That number was reduced a bunch, then added to by 8 incoming teas from 52teas. And then there’s that bag from Sil next to me…. yikes…) As usual, the tea was great. I’d probably like to have this or a similar blend stick around with me, as it’s a nice alternative to a bakery treat. Certainly not almond sugar cookie IMO, but bakey-caramelized sugar-nutty goodness, yes.