3013 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! 938. Thanks again to Terri HarpLady for passing this along.
A nice, smooth chocolatey black, but if my memory serves, not as tasty as Laoshan Black. But I wouldn’t turn down a cup of this if offered, as it’s pretty good (and I’m sure it would be better when fresh, too). A nice evening cup, probably a better option than a couple other teas I have going on here…. poor tummy. Should have chosen lighter sipdowns.
Sipdown! 939. Ancient tea, here – one of the first I got, from LiberTEAS. Anyways, it still has plenty of flavour – prominent orange, strawberry undertones, and a malty and STRONG black base. (I think I oversteeped a bit). A pretty tasty flavoured black, although the orange flavour here (kind of tangerine/fruit punch-ish) is not my most favourite type of citrus, and I’d like to be able to taste a touch more strawberry. Regardless, yummy.
Sipdown! 940…. (apparently Turtle Cheesecake was not in my spreadsheet… dammit.) Thanks Sil for a sample many, many moons ago.
Anyways, this is definitely a potent black – a bit toooo potent for me, honestly, although it’s still tasty. I imagine it would be especially good with milk and sugar to tone down the slight astringency I’m picking up. I’m not catching any irish cream/whiskey notes, which I was hoping for – perhaps they aren’t all that apparent, or perhaps they faded over time, it’s tough to say. Overall, a strong, bold breakfast tea, primarily malty, and hay-y, with a sweet finish. No chocolate notes.
(At this moment) NOTHING is more frustrating than knowing you’ve tried a tea, and not having a note on it, most likely due to a lengthy period of not logging teas, even though I swore I tried to avoid drinking samples. Ugh.
So this tea, is a sipdown. And I’ve had it before. And I can’t remember what I thought of it (I have to assume at least decent?). Also, it’s from Courtney (thanks Courtney!) Tasting it now, well, I believe it has likely lost some flavour. But, there’s still some tastiness to it. So I feel like it was probably tasty, but not as tasty as Cashew Turtle. There’s also a different base – I loved the Cashew Turtle base, it just fit so well. This one’s different. Not bad, just different. Maybe less… heavy, or something. Anyways, I like what’s left of the flavour of this tea. I don’t get cheesecake, but to be fair, I rarely do. I just wanted turtle. And I get kind of a nutty/caramel flavour. It’s satisfying. A touch of scratchy throat too (bleh), but oh well. I assume this would get a rating of about 80 for me, fresh, but I won’t be presumptuous and will just leave it off and cross my fingers for more turtle-flavoured things in the future.
Also, I have attempted to update my tea spreadsheet. It currently reads 939 teas. I am quite aware that this is an incorrect number, because I had a bunch of swaps that are only partially recorded, and I also have teas incoming. Oh, and I bought two more today. So I guess that’s 941, down to 940 with this sipdown. (I think I’m actually around 1000, but we’ll go with the “official” count right now).
tl;dr I have too much tea.
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Sipdown! But another fake one, because it’s really just a sipdown of my 2 oz. bag, and I’ve already even opened the 4 oz. one. The leaves were pretty broken for this cup, given that it was the bottom of the bag, so it’s verging towards astringent (I also probably overleafed because of that), but it’s still chocolatey orange goodness. Apparently, like many other people, I have a strong preference for autumn/winter-themed teas…. yum.