2823 Tasting Notes
Another surprise sipdown! Also finished this one while watching movies yesterday. I still enjoy it, but as I think I mentioned waaayyyy long ago in some tasting note, I’ve gone off cinnamon teas a bit. That’s not to say I hate or dislike them or anything; I just don’t find them as delicious as I used to. Still, good on a chilly winter day.
Preliminary thoughts on the new Steepster design – awesome! I haven’t had much time to explore it yet, but it looks like a lot of suggestions have been implemented, and it looks pretty slick too. I’m sure there will be bugs/issues, but I like what I see so far!
Anyhow, onto the tea. Sipdown! Finished this off at the boy’s house while watching the Lord of the Rings for the first time. We only made it through one 4-hr extended version movie, so it looks like the next couple weekends may be similar – which is good for my tea consumption :) Getting back to the actual tea, this is one that always smelled better than it tasted, to me. The aroma is divine, all vanilla-oolong sweetness, but the flavour is just lacking. I’ve had better-flavoured straight oolongs. That said, it’s still a tasty enough cup, especially the first infusion. Won’t be picking it up again (if it’s still available), but glad to have tried it.
Er… Is this listed under another name? I’m sure one of you has got to have tried it…
Anways, thanks to Sil for this one. The bag is labelled “random black”, but the moment water hit the leaves, I remembered that “random black” was mislabeled and it is actually a loose leaf pu’erh. The aroma was… unmistakeable… And by that I mean kinda fishy. And the flavour… is a little weird. Not fishy, but it tastes kind of old. Again, seems weird for a strongly-flavoured tea, to me. Starting to wonder if some weird old-smelling thing did get into that box of mine… I’ll have to try something that’s a bit more delicately flavoured to see. Boo! This hasn’t happened to me before :(
Sipdown! Thanks Sil.
I got distracted by my computer (AGAIN.), and so this tea got steeped a wee bit longer than intended… but luckily, still within a reasonable infusion time for a black. I think.
Anyhow, there’s very little aroma… maybe this is too old? A quick sip points in that direction as well, although it’s too hot for me at the moment. Weird that a black would age badly… It’s specifically in a box with other unflavoured teas to prevent contamination, but I suppose that doesn’t simultaneously reduce flavour loss. I’ll update this note once the tea cools… I thought I’d have more to write, haha.
ETA: Well, I’m sad to say that this doesn’t have a great deal of flavour, and does taste a bit off – although I see that my original note also mentioned the same thing, and I’m pretty sure I tried this one soon after receiving it, so it’s unlikely that it’s a product of age. Ah well, there are plenty of black teas that I adore; no need to add another to that pile. It is decent enough that I’m going to drink it, though (unlike that pu’erh… eek…). My best guess is that my brewing parameters were poor – I think a rinse may have been recommended, and that could have helped, and perhaps more leaf or a longer infusion time.
Wow… this one was a pleasant surprise last night. I was not in the mood for rooibos, but this is the tea I picked out of the basket, and I figured I should really try it, since Cavocorax was so nice to give me some! So I brewed it up, and to my surprise, it actually tasted like chocolate orange! (Keep in mind that within the last two weeks, I have consumed 2 delicious Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. Mmmhhhhh.) Unpleasant rooibos flavour was absent/minimal, and it was big on flavour. There was some oiliness on top, but I’m pretty sure it was from little melty chocolate pieces. It wasn’t scum, like you get in teas with little candy bits.
Anyhow, I have too much rooibos to want any more of this around, but I’d highly recommend it as a caffeine-free chocolate orange option for anyone who’s looking for that sort of thing.
(Cavo, I know you recommended 10-20 minutes, but I sometimes find that that brings out unpleasantness in rooibos, so I went with 4 minutes, and it was perfect for me.)
Yum. A tasty green, again despite its age. I’m sure that something has been lost in the… unmentionable amount of time I’ve had this tea, but it’s still pretty tasty, with a lovely brown sugary sweet aftertaste. Similar to Laoshan Green, but not quite so green beany. I did overstep a bit, but thankfully not too, too much.
Yet another attempt to get back on the tea-drinking, tea-reviewing bandwagon!
I’m making a valiant effort to get through some of my older teas, particularly those not in resealable packages, and lucky(?) for me, Butiki teas fall into that category! So I’ve been neglecting swap samples and having Butikis instead. Bad.
Anyways, despite being a bit elderly, this tea is still great. Delicate and melony and quite delicious. I’ve said before that I prefer Cantaloupe & Cream because of the creaminess, and that still holds, but this one’s still quite a treat :) A couple cups left to savour before I’m out!
No notes??? Odd.
Anyhow…. yuck. Do not like. I tried a sip, and it just didn’t appeal to me in the slightest; the mint and juniper made me cringe. However, I fed some to my mom, and she seemed to enjoy it just fine, and drank a re-steep as well. So it looks like this tea will be re-homed (and I’m not sad in the least about this!) So basically, if these are tea ingredients you enjoy, this tea may be just fine for you…. but I do not enjoy them. At all. Withholding rating because it just wouldn’t be fair to give it a 5…
ETA: I see there’s another version of this, without the apostrophe. When I get around to it, I’ll get Jason to merge the two.
One more cup left of this one! A decent genmaicha, but I think I prefer Verdant’s version now, and it’s probably mostly because they use a different (non-traditional?) base tea, and I like how those flavours come out. This tea is toasty and robust, and would be a great sushi accompaniment (now there’s an idea…!)