3132 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! 989. Another Dr. Who tea from Sil, so thanks! Today is ‘companion’ day, as I have three of those to drink.
My trainer cancelled our session this morning, and as I was starting to feel a bit under the weather last night (topped off by a very bad case of the angries), I ended up sleeping away most of the day today. Oops. On the plus side, I think I feel better, but I also think there’s still a sickness lurking. Sigh. Anyhow, I figured that drinking tea can only be a good thing (though I may need to get into some non-caffeinated teas a bit more later tonight), and I figured a few sipdowns would make me happy.
So! Onto this tea. Delicious sweet, raisiny aroma – reminds me of when you make sticky buns with raisins, and the sticky-caramelly raisins on the edge get a bit burnt to the pan, and you eat them anyways even though there’s a bit more burniness than you’d like. Yep. That’s exactly how it smells (no burniness; that only comes in the flavour with the raisins, not the aroma). Flavourwise, it’s like the raisins that do not get burnt, but just browned and caramelly and very YUM. I didn’t mention it, but I’m playing “guess the flavours!” again, if that wasn’t obvious. I find it very entertaining to do this with flavoured teas when I have no idea what the ingredients are. Anyhow. Looking at the ingredients (sesame, rooibos caramel), it looks like I was about right. I believe I’ve had Adagio’s Sesame before, and it was not good at all, but in a mix, I can see how it would provide those burny notes – I assume the assam is responsible for raisin, and the rooibos caramel, duh, the caramel. I actually forgot that there was rooibos in here, so it’s worth noting that it doesn’t really have much impact aside from the caramel, which is perfect IMO.
Overall, a pretty decent tea, but probably not quite decadent enough for me to want to grab any. I’d happily drink it again if the opportunity arose, though.
Well… now I know with 100% certainty that my tasting notes are not all here. Or, that teas have been deleted instead of being merged, or something. Because it was me who gave pretty much everyone here this tea, and I know I wrote notes on it, rambling on about how I have 250g of this darn tea. How incredibly irritating. Makes me really want to copy-paste everything offline, since Steepster has been so unreliable.
Anyhow, steeped a bunch of this to make a pseudo latte with skim milk. Added some maple syrup, discovered that my maple syrup may be going bad (REALLY. I didn’t think that was possible. FFS.) but drank the tea anyways, and it was alright, but not spectacular. I think I should mix some of a strong lapsang into it next time. I love smoke with chai.
(Also, I am very grumpy not only because of this notes-missing realization, but because I was so excited about popping a cob of popcorn in my microwave tonight (picked it from a local farm about a month ago when we were getting pumpkins), and the damned thing pretty much caught on fire in the microwave 1 minute and 44 seconds in to its 2.5-3 minute nuking. I had to panicfully grab a bowl of water, grab the corn with oven mitts and throw it in, watching sadly while it smoked and fizzled. So the whole freaking house smells like smoke (because I am NOT opening windows when it’s minus a bajillion out there), and I got no popcorn. AND because of the weather, my boyfriend didn’t drive over tonight for supper, so I had a pot roast all by myself. And no snuggles. Woe.)
Ehhhhhh this was weird. Oddly sweetish aroma from the bag – familiar, but not what I was expecting, in that it neither smelled like chocolate nor pumpkin spice, more like… floral something. Odd. The flavour, though not bad, was also kind of weird, and not exactly how I’d expect a pumpkin brownie to taste. To be fair, though, I retrospectively am thinking that chocolate + pumpkin is a bit of an odd combo… maybe I wouldn’t like it to begin with! Ah well. Was playing ‘Stone Age’ online with my boyfriend tonight while drinking it, and wasn’t paying as much attention to it as I should have. Next time!
ETA: Hah, while resteeping I remembered what the aroma reminded me of. It’s of the spicing in both Cinnamon Roll HB and Strawberry Pie HB. Which is not, in itself, a bad thing, but it doesn’t quite fit to me here. Also, there’s not enough other flavour along with it – Cinnamon Roll HB was packed with this, plus frosting & baked goods flavouring, while Strawberry Pie HB was, duh, strawberries + baked goods. This is… eh? But as mentioned, I’ll properly review a first infusion of this at a later date.
Going to have to try this properly the next time, because I way oversteeped (6.5 minutes! Whoops!) However, I kind of liked it. Light greenish oolong flavour with a nice light fruitiness. Not real kiwi, but I can believe that it’s kiwi flavouring. Didn’t really get cheesecake, but a) I rarely do, and b) it’s probably way oversteeped for that. Regardless, it was enjoyable and I’ll see how it fares when properly brewed.
This is a sipdown of apparently 3 different sample sizes I have of this tea. Not entirely certain if I know the locations of the others, but hopefully they are unopened (this was open). Anyhow, I don’t have any particular aversion to jasmine (as long as I am wanting/expecting it), and this is quite a nice version of it. No artificialness, a great silky smooth and flavourful base, strong yet delicate jasmine aroma and flavour. Not always something I’m craving, but it was nice tonight.
Sipdown! 991. (Added my en-route Butikis and Verdant, hence the upswing. I am hovering dangerously near 1000….)
Oddly enough, it looks like Raritea must have given me the second half of her packet of this or something, since I have a prior tasting note on it yet the packet has her name on it. So presumably, I have another half-packet lurking somewhere else (unless I drank it during the months I was away from Steepster, in which case I’d expect to at least find the empty packet at some point…) (Also while looking on my spreadsheet for this tea, I discovered that I didn’t add my Yezi teas to the spreadsheet, which again probably means my count is lower than it should be. Argh.)
Anyways, back to the tea. It’s really quite lovely – quite richly chocolatey with a bit of hay, and fairly malty as well. Great flavour and strength, reminding me quite a bit of Laoshan Black. Ultra smooth as well. If by chance I do find that other half packet, I should really try a side-by-side comparison of the two. It’s worth noting as well that I am not picking up smoke here. It’s possible that it’s there, and because I like it, it’s just not glaringly obvious to me (this happens frequently with me and garlic), but I’d think it’s certainly at a level for smoky tea newbs to handle.
Thanks again to Yezi Tea for these great samples, and know that had I the cupboard space and $$, I’d be all over their blacks.
Errp. Well, thanks to Raritea for sharing this, and Yezi for originally sending it… I guess I drank it and failed to make any notes whatsoever. How terrible of me. I have no recollection of it, but given that I don’t remember it, I suspect the flavour was super light, and I wasn’t overly fond of it. Otherwise it probably would have made an impression. Fairly standard reaction to a white tea, for me.
Sipdown! 980. This is a review for the second half of my sample packet, not the larger 1 oz. pouch I also have. (I don’t believe either of these is the summer blend, but I don’t know. Agh.)
Anyways, still enjoying it; there’s the savory/umami broth flavour that I got from Chocolate Phoenix Chai, although with warming spices, most of which I can’t individually pick out, which is a positive thing for me because I hate one-note chais (unless that note is cardamom). One of the few chais I actually enjoy drinking without anything added, which is always a positive feature. Not sure why I have this rated at a 71; going to bump it up a bit because it’s pretty yum even if it’s not the perfect chai.
The fourth and final Dr. Who-themed tea for tonight (my bladder just can’t take any more). The aroma is fairly chocolatey, which is quite present in the flavour as well. I can also taste the distinct flavour of rooibos, though it’s not the objectionable medicinal flavour, just that characteristic woody/herbal-ness, which is bearable. This tea actually tastes much like a chocolate rooibos I’ve had previously… I’m thinking the one from the Amoda box, but I could be wrong (I could probably confirm that if I was less lazy, because I know I still have that one around). It has a bit more body to it though (probably the black). What’s odd is that the chocolate comes through as almost bitter – I’m probably influenced by noticing the documented flavours before pulling up the review screen, but it’s certainly not the milk chocolate flavour that most teas seem to aim for. It’s not unpleasant, though.
Upon looking up the tea ingredients – I think almond might account for that flavour that’s coming off as bitterness to me, and there’s surprisingly not much chocolate in here given the number of chocolate-related ingredients. Ah well. Not overly enamoured by this blend, but it’s not bad. I’m pretty sure I’d enjoy it more sans rooibos. Thanks Sil!
Sipdown! 981. Apparently I had misplaced one of my Nina’s samples generously sent quite a while back by Laurent (very belated thanks!) and since it was both an easy sipdown AND in a baggie, it was an easy choice for tonight when I found it.
Upon opening the package, a delicious juicy aroma filled my nostrils… surprising, considering both age and packaging. By that aroma, if I’d had to guess, I would have assumed it was some version of a red fruits tea. Looks like I’d be incorrect though, and would have figured that out once I took a sip, since orange is definitely the most dominant flavour here, along with a bit of smokiness and additional fruitiness to round things out. Although a bit more muted, the orange reminds me of the orange flavour in Butiki’s Two Friends – and I really quite enjoy that flavouring. (I miss the chocolate though, haha.) Overall, it’s a pretty good blend – a fruity, possibly smoky (this could be contamination) tea, and I feel like it could be great iced, although I’ll probably never end up trying it that way.