2088 Tasting Notes
Decided to be indulgent tonight, so made up eggnog tea. Delish, as always. Craving the second infusion like crazy right now… enough that I may just go down and make it. I’m nearly out of this one (again), but I think I’ll hold off restocking to give some other teas (e.g. Cantaloupe & Cream) a chance to be sipped down. This one always wins over CC for me, haha.
Bleeeeehhhhhh this is disgusting! Even with a cold it’s really gross-tasting. I figured I may as well try it now though… perhaps it can help!?
Pretty much all I can taste is mint. And I got gross sediment in my sip because I didn’t use a Finum infuser (sooooo glad five(?) more will be in my possession as of his weekend).
Ewwwwww this is so gross. So so so so gross. I hate peppermint.
I am currently forcing myself to drink this vile concoction simply in the hopes that it will mysteriously help me feel better… or something…. I’ll be hard-pressed to re-steep this one though.
Ugh. Finished. Gag.
Anyhow, sipdown! and thanks to Raritea for this one! (And don’t worry, I took some knowing full well I’d hate it. But I was just so darn curious anyways!)
Thanks to CHAroma for this tea! Aaaaaand a sipdown :D
So my nose has decided to plug up again, so I can’t taste this one as well as I would like. What I can tell you is that it tastes like a fruity flavoured honeybush. A touch artificial, and I’m not picking up specifically raspberry or banana, though I would probably guess that the fruitiness was a berry flavour if questioned.
I’m going to leave the rest to sit overnight… perhaps I can taste it properly in the morning.
ETA: Ok, so after leaving it to sit overnight, I can taste raspberryish flavours, and the tasty and sweet honeybush base, but I remain surprised at the lack of banana. Shocked, actually, because I have had a few banana-flavoured teas from 52teas before, and they don’t often lack in banana flavour! Even Malted ChocoMate kind of tastes like bananas! It’s pretty tasty though. I do have other HB evening options I’d prefer, though.
Whoops, yet again I failed to read instructions and ended up with a very light cup of tea. No worries though, still tastes good. I once thought that this was a jasmine-scented tea; now I believe it to be a different sort of floral, perhaps lilac, maybe orchid. But not jasmine. The tea beneath is just a light, green oolong, a bit buttery, but mostly with that characteristic TGY flavour. A decent tea, but I’m no longer quite so fond of it, and I don’t think age is the issue, merely a changing palate!
ETA: So! I finally understand why people prefer infusions other than the first of green oolongs (such as this). While my first cup was drinkable just fine, the oolong flavour wasn’t terribly noticeable, however it really emerges after that first infusion. And apparently, that’s what I love! Yum. On the third infusion of this right now, but I think that’s it. I gotta get to doing some sipdowns…
Sipdown! Finishing this one off, which was courtesy of CHAroma!
I oversteeped this a bit today, but you would never know – very little astringency, which is nice. It does, however, taste very grapey. Smooth from the oatmeal, and grapey. Pretty much looks like I had the same impression last time, as well. Not a favourite, but interesting anyhow.
Well… this one’s a bit old now. Entirely my fault :( Definitely has lost some of its intense vegetal flavour, but it’s still quite nice with a short infusion. Another lesson learned re: green teas. Buy small amounts and drink them quickly!
Hmm, kind of a disappointment, I’ll say. Considering how many pieces of fruit were in here, I definitely expected a better, fruitier tea! Alas, that is not the case. Instead we have, in my opinion, a pretty generically fruit-flavoured sencha. Not terrible, but way down on my list, because I find generic fruit-flavoured senchas pretty darn boring. Perhaps my infusion was too short, but I certainly didn’t want astringency (which I did manage to avoid), and 2 minutes is usually ample to get a good feel for a tea, even if it’s a bit underbrewed. I’ll admit that the temp was a touch low; perhaps that also contributed? I suspect not, though.
Anyways, nice to try another tea regardless! Thanks for sending me some of this one, CHAroma!
This is the only tea made up for the travel mug today, as I a) got up really late for my meeting, and b) only stayed at work for the meeting, and then came home. I definitely like milk oolongs warm and not hot. Hot, not enough milkiness comes out for me. So drinking my thermos-ful about 8 hours later was perfect :D
I’m almost out of this one now too, after sipping down the DT version a bit ago… but I did order a couple Jin Xuans from Tealux, so those are next up before I get to go all ordering crazy.
Yum, this is pretty good. It’s tasting a little weak today for whatever reason (underleafed?), but it’s still quite a nice minty, creamy black tea. However, I am very much not fond of the icky red sprinkle guck that’s around the inside of my cup. Lowering the rating because of that. I sincerely hope that I didn’t use a Finum basket for this one today, and instead a much-easier-to-clean stainless steel one.
Also, sipdown! Because the rest belongs to Sil. Muahahaha.
Sipdown! Of my sample from Amy oh! Sadly, this sample is way tastier than the packet I got from 52teas’ grab bag sale quite a while back. This one is caramelly/butterscotchy, but my packet has kind of a plasticky taste. Really not super fond of it :/
Anyways, this is good! A bit, uh, flavourless after Ice Cream Cake, but still ok. Thanks Amy!