2221 Tasting Notes
This tea depresses me. It smells so caramely/mapley delicious, so much so that my tiny 3-serving baggie-ful of it made my entire room smell like deliciousness… but the taste just doesn’t match up at all. I used a lower temp this time (probably 85C or so), and about a 3.5 minute infusion and while it’s not terrible, it’s just not very tasty. It reminds me, actually, of Della Terra’s The Malt Shop… similarly malty flavour, delicious aroma, but doesn’t deliver delicious flavour.
Had a cup of this one yesterday. It didn’t quite hit the spot; I guess I wasn’t craving a smoky tea like I thought I was! It definitely smelled like smoked salmon in a cup. Once I have a bit more free time, I am dying to marinate some chicken and/or fish in lapsang… (not this one though. Something less refined.)
Thanks to Sil for a sample of this one.
Now, this tea is coming off as kind of weird for me. It’s not particularly strong, although I followed the brewing instructions (not intentionally, I just happened to go with a 2-min infusion!). It’s also seeming to be a bit mariney?? The odds of it having been contaminated and ending up tasting like that are quite slim, so I have to assume that it’s an intentional note in the tea… Yeah, this is just weird. The aftertaste is honey-like and nice, but the initial flavour is verging on unpleasant.
I will admit that I did not rinse; I will try to remember to do that next time I give this a shot. I may have also underleafed, though I can’t see how that would have contributed to the weird flavour, just to the seeming weakness.
Thanks to whatshesaid for a bit of this tea, which I previously missed out on! I was curious to see how it stacked up to Della Terra’s Lemon/Lime Chiffon. As it turns out? Not that well. It’s lemony, but the cream I was hoping for was only present in the aroma, not the flavour. It tastes a bit off a well, which is probably an age thing (or possibly, a rind thing, as I sometimes have an aversion to citrus rind). I’m not finding that it’s tart, as most other people did, just that it’s kind of bitter.
Anyhow, can’t say I’m sad that this one’s been discontinued. Even at its freshest I highly doubt it would have bested the Della Terra versions.