2661 Tasting Notes
I still wanted bold, black tea this “morning”, so brewed up some of this, as it was the only black tea I could locate in the Butiki box that I have down here (I wonder where I put the others???) Anyhow, it’s ok, but nowhere near as good as the regular PTA. I had earmarked this one as a “travel mug tea” but haven’t been making up mugs at all lately, since I haven’t been leaving the house (ahahaha). Oh well. It fit the bill for me today!
Scrolled through 11 pages of notes on this tea to find that I haven’t tried this before? Odd, I’d swear I had, although there’s no note, and my tea swaps sheet says I haven’t tried it either (although it’s often unreliable in that respect).
Anyhow, having some Marco Polo courtesy of momo! My recollection, which apparently may have nothing to do with this tea, is that I couldn’t get the flavours out of it that other people were…. which seems to be true. It’s another case of tea that I can tell is flavoured, and find enjoyable, but I can’t really pick out specific flavours, and therefore, am not overly thrilled. Perhaps it’s an age thing, so maybe I’ll try some fresher stuff sometime, but I’m underwhelmed. No astringency with a 2-minute infusion though, so a good cup of tea regardless! (I just had high expectations due to rave reviews!)
Thanks to momo for sending me a few bags of this tea! I don’t have some love affair with red velvet cake like it seems many other people do, but I think DT’s version came out around the same time as I was swapping, and so I was curious as to how they compared. I definitely prefer DT’s version, perhaps partially because this one is rooibos, which I didn’t realize until after I brewed it. Anyhow, this version isn’t too bad – sweet and chocolatey, with minimal rooibos flavour marring the chocolate. I used two teabags for a ~10-12 ounce cup, which probably worked out well. It’s strong, the way I prefer it, though I’d probably opt out of drinking this tea again given a choice.
Looks like I haven’t tried this one before. I was in the mood for a sheng last night too, though, so randomly picked one out of my Verdant box to try out.
The first infusion was exactly what I wanted – classic “sheng” flavour, and light enough not to be biting or astringent. Second infusion is perhaps a bit oversteeped, as it’s a bit sharp, but still drinkable.
As for flavour profiles? I have no idea. It tastes like a sheng. Nuances are so lost on me, and I don’t feel like trying to figure them out today :) So apologies for the useless review! I did enjoy the tea, though!
Haven’t had this tea in ages! I felt like I needed something strong and bold last night after having to deal with some not-fun stuff, and this worked perfectly.
So as for the not-fun stuff… in the last 2 weeks (literally), three couples that I know have broken up, all of whom dated for between 1-2 years. And, in each case, one of the members of the couple was roommates with either my boyfriend or I (we collectively have 4 roommates… which means 3/4 are no longer in relationships). It’s a bit nerve-wracking, to be honest! :( Anyhow, I had to deal with many tears last night (#3 occurred yesterday), which was kind of stressful… sigh. And I’m anticipating potential nasty fallout from this one too, that it looks like I may have to be involved in. I won’t share details, but it’s not going to be a fun time. Anyways…. yay tea?
Sipdown! 804. Strangely, this is better than I remember…. in spite of it being a year later! It tastes reasonably mango-y, though I can taste some rooibos and don’t particularly care for that flavour. There’s a bit of throat scratchiness going on as well, which I dislike. Bumping the rating a touch, but still not a tea I’d go for again.
Well, I can taste a bit of peachiness once this has cooled, but it’s too subtle for me. I also way-overleafed (intentionally) and used my normal oolong parameters instead of the recommended ones. Not my favourite tea, but as it’s an oolong, I’m still happily drinking it :) Just wish there was more peach!