3132 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! 981. Thank you to Sil for this sample (and TerriHarpLady, because it’s her writing on the baggie :D)
Pulled out my unflavoured “drink now” basket to get a few things down before I fill up my 6 Timolinos for some babysitting tonight (and those Timolinos will not be containing single cup samples). This one was at the top of the basket, so here we are! Aroma is lovely, sweet and malty, and the flavour is… unexpected. I was anticipating more of a standard yunnan/hay-y flavour based on the aroma (even though that’s not a profile I’d use for a tea called “red-tailed hawk”!), but although it has those notes, it also has… cherry? Yeah, it took me a bit to identify it, but I’m definitely tasting a cherry fruitiness. There is also some astringency here, but it might be due to slightly overleafing (under-pouring of water, more accurately), and it’s actually not unpleasant, because it’s fairly mild. Overall, pretty tasty and unique. Not a tea I’d have too often because it’s a little on the potent side for me, but it’s still delicious.
Thanks to Max for sending a free sample of this tea! I haven’t previously tried a coffee leaf tea, so have no real expectations (except a hope that it doesn’t taste like coffee, haha.)
Upon opening the packet, I can detect a very herbally sort of aroma… very similar to guayusa, so kind of grassy (not too green, though), and a bit sweet/hay-ish. I opted to brew the tea in a filter basket instead of the provided paper filter, so poured it in (the tea was small fragments and dust, for the most part), and brewed with boiling water for about 4 minutes. The result tastes and smells exactly like guayusa to me. It’s pretty smooth (though there’s a touch of bitterness as it cools), but tastes very herbal. I can’t say that I understand any of the associations to black tea, though I suppose it would be most like the types I’m not fond of (ceylon? yunnan? The ones without the chocolate/raisiny goodness.) Anyhow, I’m not a fan of guayusa, unfortunately, so I’m not really a fan of this tea.
Yep, this one still holds the position of “tasty, but not impressive next to the lesser version”. I made it for a travel mug tonight, and the tea has just cooled to the point of being just above lukewarm (my favourite drinking range, I’ve determined, is the temperatures starting maybe a degree or two above mouth/body temperature, and going about as hot as water you’d comfortably shower in. Yes, it’s a small range.) Anyhow, drinking it at this temperature, I can certainly taste the resemblance to regular PTA, with delicious raisiny tones. The problem is, they’re just not as strong, and they’re masked by a malty, hay-y flavour which isn’t bad by any means. But I want raisins.
Weird… apparently my last experience with this one was rather odd, involving a mixup with the White Chocolate Tea, and an association with spiced cat food. Anyhow! This time it was better, although I greatly prefer Butiki’s Two Friends for the chocolate/orange combo. I could taste citrus (not specifically orange), and some chocolate, but was also getting some cinnamon notes, which I didn’t particularly want. I guess I want my chocolate orange teas to be like Terry’s chocolate oranges. Two flavours. Either way, it was still drinkable, but I must mention that in addition to the overleafing (1 rounded tbsp), I ran out of hot water when pouring this since it was the third tea, and so it infused into maybe 8 oz. So that’s about double my normal ratio, and the flavour still wasn’t overly strong, so I think these teas are a bit on the weak side (age could be a factor here, but the bags are and have been well-sealed the whole time I’ve had them). Overall, a decent cup, but not remarkable.
Was craving something different tonight, and opted for this tea, which means I only have a regular mug’s worth left (another pre-sipdown, yessss). Travel-mugged it since I was headed to handbell practice tonight, and it was COLD outside. And by cold, I mean -3C and I’m lame.
Anyhow, I apparently didn’t much care for this before, but I overleafed tonight (1 rounded tbsp tea for ~12 oz. water), gave it a nice long infusion (4-5 minutes?) and found it to be pretty satisfying. Dark chocolate, roasty base that tasted kind of like there was a touch of pu’erh mixed in there, and fairly smooth. Can’t really complain! Bumping the rating a bit because I did rather enjoy my mug of it tonight.
OM nom nom. Craving spiced tea, and saw a review for this, so pulled it out. Pretty darn delicious (perrrrfect spicing), although a tendency to become astringent. I used a bit more than 1.5 tsp for my… 10 oz., probably, cup, and that seems to be a good amount. Getting delicious raisiny tones and spice in the aftertaste, and although it’s enjoyable, I’d probably prefer a different base tea. And more cream (though it’s quite apparent there’s cream in here, otherwise it would not be nearly so good.)
Haven’t had this one in a while, so brought it out to try. It’s a very light, hay-y green. Almost more of a white profile, in my opinion. Not really my thing, as I prefer more flavour. I used 7 “stars” for 8 oz. water, and brewed as directed (4.5 minutes at 185F), and I don’t think more would really improve the flavour. Will see whether the resteep is better.
… Snow :( :( :(
Anyways, brewed the last of this up yesterday because I was trying to get myself into a pu’erh mood and drink some of mine up. Unfortunately, no dice, as my tummy didn’t really appreciate it. I guess I’m just not a big fan of shu pu’erh. Oh well. It’s still pretty good as they go – very earthy, rich, and smooth, with minimal fishiness. Just not what my palate prefers, and I should probably stop trying to force it! :P
Also, sipdown! 983.
Morning proTEAn latte with vanilla Promasil. Noms. Getting a very drying sensation in my mouth though, and I’m pretty sure it’s the tea, not the protein powder. Not my favourite chai, but it will do. (I actually don’t think I would drink this chai without some sort of sweetening, as I just don’t like it otherwise.)
Ugh, headache. Anyways, brewed this up yesterday after reading someone’s note on houjicha, but didn’t end up finishing the cup as my tummy was waterlogged (tealogged?) Instead, I’ve ended up drinking it cold today. Loving the roastiness and bit of saline seaweed flavour, and the aftertaste is deliciously caramelly.