2221 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Sil for picking some of this up for me quite a while back. It’s one that I was dying to try, but that my local DT didn’t carry.
I thought that 5 min would be excessive to infuse this tea, so I gave it 3. I think that 5 would have been fine… but… I don’t think I really care for this tea, haha. There’s an overwhelming dried grass-y note in here that I’m not finding appealing, and although I’m picking up some dark chocolatey tones at the end of this sip which are not too bad… I am getting major dried grass. Like, stale dried grass. Idek. I really don’t think I’m fond of this. And it shouldn’t be a storage issue, as this tea was simply in its original zip bag, and certainly shouldn’t be too old.
I’ll try this at 5 minutes next time to see how it goes, and if that doesn’t work, I guess the rest will go in a giveaway pile. I’m sure there are other people who would enjoy this much more than me. (Interestingly, I’m getting kind of a dark honey note in here as well… and the flavour is growing on me, although I still don’t particularly care for it… I don’t think…)
So I finally found the source of the delicious smell in my room – this tea! It’s in a plastic baggie, so that’s probably why. Unfortunately, it also doesn’t taste as good as it smells, although it certainly doesn’t taste bad! While it’s chocolatey, it’s more of a cocoa flavour than an artificial chocolate flavour, which is certainly appreciated, and I can understand why Sil enjoyed this. I wish it had a bit more flavour (I’ll steep it a bit longer next time, I think), but I can see it as a go-to chocolate tea over some of the more heavily flavoured-tasting ones. That said, if I want a chocolatey comfort tea, I’ll be having some of Verdant’s Laoshan Black Genmaicha, thanks.
Sipdown! Due to a) throwing out the last of my funky-smelling Lime Gelato and b) apparently not deleting a tea that I sipped down a few days ago, I’m now at 786! Woo! Nevermind that order that we jointly placed on Monday… and the Butiki order. And Della Terra….
Anyways. Almost done with my Bluebird Tea Co. samples (thanks for this one as well!), and have high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, however, this one’s a bit of a miss for me. It very well may be user error (too long of an infusion at 2.5 min?), but there’s too much astringency here for me to enjoy this tea. The base is likely nice (when not astringent) and I can almost taste some yummy flavours, but… nope. That said, I would likely request this one as a sample if I made an order in the future, as I think it’s promising. It also just occurred to me that it’s possible that there was just extra leaf in the package, and so I ended up overleafing my cup… the astringency tastes more to me like “too strong” than “crappy finicky tea base”. Hmm. Oh well, it’s mostly gone now, so as I said, I’ll save a second attempt (and a rating) for sometime in the future!
Well, this is certainly successfully as a raspberry tea. The flavour in here is unmistakably raspberry – strong raspberry, at that. Almost candied raspberry or something, because it’s certainly not as tart as actual raspberries (I am thankful for this, however.) Sadly, I’m really not tasting any cream. Perhaps there’s a bit of softness to the raspberry flavour that wouldn’t be there otherwise, but I guess I was hoping for a more noticeable creaminess. I suppose I could achieve that myself with milk or something?
A 2-minute infusion kept the black base in check here, so it works fairly well. I think I prefer this with a black base over generic green sencha base, as well. Overall, I don’t really see the hype around this one, as to me it isn’t anything overly special, but it’s certainly not bad! Better than a few other blends I’ve tried recently.
Since I ran across my packet of this at the same time as Strawberry Lemonade BMD, I decided to cold-brew some of it as well. I was never as fond of this one, possibly due to “tequila” flavouring, or just something being a bit off in the blend for me, but it’s still pretty good for iced tea. I also definitely ate a chunk of kiwi out of the bag last night. Mmmmmm, haha. In this blend, kiwi and the possible tequila flavour dominate, in my opinion. I may give this one a bit of sweetener later to see how it fares (whereas I was thinking to add a squeeze of lemon to Strawberry Lemonade…. yum).
Inspired by Awkward Soul, I decided to cold brew almost the last of this one up last night. And yep, it’s still pretty tasty. Since I seem to be so finicky as to what I like in a cold brew, it’s not often that one actually works really well for me. I can’t really taste much strawberry in here anymore, but definitely some lemon, as well as some bite from the white tea. I’ll probably let it warm up a touch before drinking the rest of it whenever I get to it later today, because I think the flavours might pop a bit more. This is certainly a blend I’d want to pick up again if it was re-blended (and tasted as good as it did originally).
Also, have I mentioned that I’m in love with my bombilla? :D
Thanks to momo for a large packet of this one!
Dry and steeped, this tea smells quite pineappley. Perhaps a touch of creamy coconut, but predominantly pineapple, which is unsurprising given the fact that there are pieces of candied pineapple in the dry tea. The flavour follows, being predominantly pineapple with just a bit of coconut. I can’t even taste any black tea.
Overall, this isn’t too bad, but not a favourite. I may try icing some of it, as that sounds tasty!
Ummm, heck yes, this is SO DELICIOUS! I catch exactly what you’re saying, Indigobloom, about this tasting like sweet pretzels. I’m not quite sure that I would have likened it to that, but mildly sweet, toasted baked goods? Definitely. This is super tasty, and definitely a tea we probably need to locate a non-China source for, because yeah. It’s pretty darn good. Thanks for sharing, Sil!
Ok! Second shot at this one, courtesy of Sil.
All I remembered without reading my previous tasting note was that it was bitter last time. Well… I went with a 2-min infusion, which is about half the time I infused it last time, so if it’s still bitter, I give up!! The moment of truth…. woo, no bitterness!! That said, this doesn’t taste as good as I remember, so either I should use a bit more leaf next time, or I should lengthen the infusion a touch. Anyhow, it’s definitely heavy on the cardamom, but I’m not tasting a great deal of orange or chocolate (which I did last time). Still a decent cup of tea, but not quite what I was after. We’ll see how the second infusion fares :)
Sipdown! 789. Thanks to momo for this one.
Yep, this one remains solidly on my list of “favourite 52teas”, and it’s one that I’d purchase in a heartbeat if it came back. Banana is not my fave flavour in tea, but it’s very banana-chip-esque here, which works well, plus the creaminess and the amazing toastiness. It’s like the adult version of banana cream pie. I checked my tasting notes and it looks like I must still have some left from LiberTEAS as well – I was worried that this would be my last taste of this tea, but it seems not, which is super :D