2756 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! Despite spending… A year?! In a single-serving sample baggie, this tasted pretty darn good. I was too lazy to compare it with the other two, but I enjoy them all, and that’s good enough. This wasn’t fresh enough for it to be a valid comparison though. Yummy, creamy citrus. Mmmmmmm.
Thanks to Roswell Strange for a sample of this tea! Initially, I thought it smelled pretty good – all deliciously of berries, specifically black currants (duh). Unfortunately, though, it occurred to me after a few minutes that the aroma really reminded me of something… Medicine. And not rooibos- medicinal; in that respect it was just fine. Nope, it was the flavouring that reminded me of some sort of flavoured medicine I’ve had. Blech. And I can’t blame the tea for this – it was quite tasty until I had this realization, so overall I’d count this as a pretty good blend, just one that I am prejudiced against due to previous experiences.
Also in unrelated news, is the Steepster app available? This new format is not playing nice with my phone. Actually, it’s terrible.
Yum. One of my favourites from Della Terra. This tea seriously tastes like liquified dessert. So delicious. Caramelly, chocolatey, and no odd flavours. The black base is definitely not the star here, but it would be weak without it. This will probably be a repurchase (if it’s still around), although I should really try it next to the DavidsTea version beforehand.
Sipdown! Unfortunately, this sipdown occurred quite a while ago… and I can’t say that I paid much more attention to the tea than I did the first time around! However, it was definitely pumpkiny, with great spicing, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’d like to compare it to Pumpkin Creme Brulee at some point, though I’ll plan something like that for around Halloween/Thanksgiving. Thanks again to…. Roswell Strange (I think?) for sending me some of this!
I’m impressed at the resiliency of this tea – I’m not sure how long it steeped, but definitely longer than the intended 2 minutes, yet it still wasn’t astringent, and in fact, was quite delicious! Strawberry and ginger, not surprisingly, and the predominant flavours – the ginger isn’t in-your-face, but more there to add a bit of a zing. I actually couldn’t initially figure out where the zing was coming from, but it reminded me of one of 52teas’ blends that contained ginger, which just gave it a delightful zing instead of being GINGER TEA. Anyhow, this is tasty. Not in my top 5 or possibly even top 10 from Butiki, but it’s not one I’d ever refuse!
Sipdown! Pretty tasty, but I think I’d prefer a raspberry cream genmaicha, because otherwise there’s a bit of a divide between the toastiness and the sharp raspberry flavouring. Still a good cup, but I want creaminess. Therefore I’m regretting my decision not to pick up Strawberry Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha :(
So… I don’t think I liked this much the first time I had it, so you’d think that about a year later, I’d like it even less. Well, you’d be wrong. I actually really enjoyed the cup of this I had – I was getting true, delicious peachy flavour along with the oolong, and I even resteeped twice, both times getting a very tasty cup of peachiness (it faded in the second, but the oolong must have some peachy characteristics as well). Happy news, because that means this will be an excellent travel mug tea, which usually means it gets used up in fairly short order, since travel mugs are twice the size of my normal cups (oh, did I mention that I now have 5 Contigo mugs and 3 Timolinos? And a mug that plugs into my car? And those are just the quality ones…)
So, very interestingly I do not believe that this is a clone of DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts. My batch smells quite deliciously caramelly, and tastes much nuttier than the apple-cinnamon flavour of FN. Sure, there’s clearly beet in here to give a red colour, but… it did not seem the same to me. Granted, I can’t compare them side-by-side right now, so I could be wrong, but still.
Anyhow, this was another V-Day tea (the last of the five), and I had quite an incredibly delicious mug of it while watching the boy play soccer a couple weeks ago. So good. And I’m going to have more now, and write another tasting note shortly :D
(Backlogged from… Feb 15th). Another V-Day tea, and a good choice. This is reminiscent of thai chais I’ve had previously, with an emphasis on lemongrass and coconut creaminess, but also quite a bit of cinnamon. I’d probably prefer one of those (or optimally, DavidsTea’s Coco Lemon Thai… drool!), but I had quite a nice cup of this while watching the third LOTR movie for the first time. Went down pretty easily without any milk, and that’s a sign of a winner for me!
(Backlogged from… Feb 14th). The boy bought me a straight tea! I was so proud, especially since he bought me an oolong :D As oolongs go, I’ve probably had better – this one was missing some of the nuances I’ve grown to love in some of the others I drink – but overall it was pretty decent, and especially after cooling/sitting, it developed the classic oolongy flavour that I adore. So again, not a repurchase, but considering how much my boyfriend doesn’t know about tea, I’m pretty pleased :) (He said that he told the lady at Teavana that I liked Milk Oolong, and she recommended this one. I’m not quite sure that I agree with her choice, but I am sooo stoked that he remembered!)