3134 Tasting Notes
Thanks to whatshesaid for generously sending me a sample of this tea! I had no real idea what to expect, except that reading that it’s a blend of 3 Chinese teas makes me guess that I’ll like it. Which, as it turns out, is correct. It’s a little chocolatey, a little hay-y, a lot malty, and wonderfully smooth. The finish turns a slight bit fruity, but otherwise I’m not really picking up any fruity flavours. Overall, I’m pretty impressed. The smooth yet strong character of this tea would make this a great breakfast blend for me (if I wasn’t in the mood for something overly chocolatey, roasty, or fruity), because it definitely requires no additions to make it palatable to a hungry, astringency-averse morning tummy. Yum.
ETA: I swear I did not read the “flavours” list before listing off the flavours I picked up here. Score for my tastebuds! :P
Nuts! I thought this was a sipdown, since I usually have separate entries for tea from different sources, but apparently not. Sigh. On the plus side, I did finish off what was in a baggie; the remainder is in a lovely tin that belongs to Indigobloom, and it has retained much more flavour, so will be rather enjoyable to finish off. Although… there are probably a few travel mugs’ worth left in there, haha. Anyhow, much more caramelly and toasty this time. Quite good.
Bleh, I’m getting a minerally (or chlorine?) water flavour marring the gentle sweetness of this tea. I do need to change my Brita filter; perhaps that’s part of the problem. Also possible that travel mug flavours are causing issues. Ah well, if I get past the weird flavour, I am rewarded with some of the expected deliciousness. Just not as much as I’d like.
Sipdown! 980. There was probably a bit more than I really needed left in the bag… but I used it all anyhow. The result is potentially a little strong (a little bitter, a bit drying, but nothing a bit of dilution wouldn’t fix), but enjoyable. Chocolatey, a bit minty, creamy, and a bit of chamomile just to add interest (I guess). I do prefer other chocolate mint teas, though, preferably without chamomile, so I’ll probably stick to those in the future :)
Oh man. Just made the BEST mug of this, ever. In addition to the delicious roasty oolong, there’s a wonderfully caramelly flavour tonight. I must have done something correctly, haha. Only downside is that I do have to use a lot of tea to make this taste good – probably 4 tsp for a travel mug (and I’ve been known to use more). I’m getting low on this… it will be a sad day when it runs out :(
7 spears for about 10 oz. of water. The result was pretty light in flavour, but quite sweet. It didn’t taste like any oolong I’ve ever had though, without the lovely aftertaste I usually crave. I’ll have to have it again (and/or resteep it) and make more detailed notes, because unfortunately I don’t remember much beyond a bit of mineral and a lot of sweetness, but it was certainly pleasant. Doubtful, though, that it will be interesting enough to get me to repurchase.
ETA: Resteeped it a couple days later, in 90C water, leaving it for quite a while – it actually ended up being quite flavourful, although also more astringent than I’d like. The flavour was really unlike almost anything I’ve had before, and I was struggling to figure out what it was that it reminded me of. I am thinking purple tea? It still didn’t have an oolong flavour, but wasn’t like a green either. Definitely tasty though (I diluted my too-astringent cup with some additional boiled-cooled water until it was at a bearable level). Next time, I’ll try to give it an even longer first infusion (if I remember).