3013 Tasting Notes
Oh….. bad bad bad. I haven’t tried this one before? Agh, I’m so sorry MercuryHime! I thought I’d tried everything at least once, but I suppose that explains why there were two servings in this bag…. Anyways, finally getting to trying this today (apparently), and it is quite good. Long, full leaves (a miracle given how long I’ve had it!), and although I think a bit of flavour may have been lost, a 4-minute or so infusion gave me a perfect cup of broth, umami, roasty oolong. This is kind of like the da hong pao I had from 52teas the other day – similar flavours (duh, roasted oolong). Anyways, I clearly had forgotten how much I adored this flavour profile. So incredibly good. So smooth, no bitterness, just deliciousness. Going to have another infusion shortly.
Sipdown! Yeah… this is from two(?) years’ ago’s 12 Teas of Christmas. Even with a poorly sealed package, though, it’s still good! Lemony, cardamom, and a fabulous base green that leaves a wonderful lingering caramelly sweetness post-sip. Particularly enjoying that last bit, to be honest – it’s a sign of a good base tea, to me – and it’s one element that I find lacking in a lot of flavoured greens. Overall, glad I don’t have a bag of this to sip down, because lemony teas aren’t my favourite (I’d rather suck a lemon… honestly. I love lemons!), but I’m a bit sad to bid it farewell, because it’s one of the better flavoured greens (I wonder where my Sun & Cloud Mist is???)
So my trainer introduced a great idea to me today – pro-tea-n lattes! Basically, a tea latte with vanilla protein powder instead of the usual milk and sweetener. I tried that today with this tea, and it was quite a success! My protein powder does have a certain flavour to it, so I don’t think I’d want to have this sort of latte all the time (also, I really love maple syrup in smoky tea lattes, and the protein powder is already sweet), but I think it will be a great way to have a yummy tea latte while getting in something healthy (protein powder)!
About the tea; this is not my favourite chai, by a long shot, but at least it does mostly have the “right” spice blend, i.e. heavy on cardamom, moderate on cinnamon, with a spicy peppercorn kick. Just fine for tea lattes where subtle nuances of other teas would be wasted.
Sipdown! Another thanks to Sil. Given the hibiscus in this blend, I thought it would be a good idea to go light on infusion time, and I think that was a good choice. At about 2 minutes, the liquor is quite pink and although it smells quite like a wild berry mix, the flavour is definitely dominated by hibiscus. It’s at a bearable level though (and appropriate in a berry blend), so it’s not really an issue here, but I do prefer to taste more of the actual berries, and not just the tartness. I feel like this one would be fairly good sweetened (i.e. juice tea)… but as that’s not my usual practice, I won’t bother trying it that way. Overall, pretty average tea.
Sipdown! I think I brewed this one a touuuucchhh too strong today. Great creamy lemon flavours, with a definite sour zing to it (hibiscus?), but also that damned unpleasant woody note that’s gotten into most of my samples from Janelle. How frustrating. There’s enough flavour here, though, that it’s not as completely flavour-destroying as it is in some other teas, but I’m now fairly sure that all of the teas from that package are going to have a similar flavour. Bleh. Anyways, I remember liking this one, and I see I rated it highly previously, although I do prefer Lemon and/or Lime Chiffon (and don’t find the sour hibiscus zing necessary, though it’s not off-putting here with a short infusion).