3013 Tasting Notes
Uh, sipdown apparently? Whoops, didn’t remember that part. Anyhow, drank some of this while up at a gorgeous cottage in Georgian Bay a few weekends ago. It was pretty good. Fruity, figgy oolong blend. Still plenty of flavour despite its advanced age. I assume I had at least a couple infusions, although I no longer remember clearly. It will be missed.
Thanks to Sil for this “Congrats on finishing your thesis!” tea! I believe I drank some of it prior, during the Great Unlogged Period (but I can’t remember, because I did actually drink quite a lot, including samples :/), but it appears this is my first tasting note on it. Anyhow, I think my take on it similar to hers – a decent cup of pear tea, no real problems with astringency or anything, but nothing mind-blowing. I believe I understeeped a touch (I was at work), so would like to give it another, better shot at home, and maybe coax out a bit more flavour. Certainly on the higher end of the pear tea spectrum, but not The One. I have hopes for DavidsTea’s October 2014 tea (although it also has ginger, so is a bit of a different animal).
Finished off the last of one bag, and nearly the other – yikes! May need to restock (or actually sort my stash and drink down any other cream earl greys I have… I think I may have either a white or green from Tealux… Hmmmm…) Anyhow. Standard, tasty, best when cooler (more cream = yum).
If there’s one thing 52teas is good at, it’s raspberry. Definitely the tastiest, most realistic raspberry flavour I’ve had, and one of the tastiest red fruity blacks. And the addition of cream is perfect here. I’m close to a sipdown (so sad) and will definitely miss this tea.
SIpdown! Thanks so much to Stacy for including this as a sample in my last order – I knew I wouldn’t be a big fan because I dislike hops, but I have some strange desire to tryalltheteas even if I doubt I’ll like them. Anyhow, it’s not too bad, but as I suspected, I would enjoy the tea much more sans hops! I definitely tasted creamy vanilla fruitiness, but it was masked by the bitterness of the hops (which I initially attributed to oversteeping before remembering which tea I was drinking). It’s hard to really assess the tea when there’s an element in it I really don’t care for, but I feel like this is probably quite a good tea if you like ale. I’m not entirely sure if the rhubarb comes through distinctly, but again, it could be a bit masked. Anyways, satisfied my curiosity! Mission accomplished.
Sipdown! Thanks to… that same mystery person who I can’t remember. (Now I’m thinking…. Rachel? Halp!) Anyhow, drank a cup of this last night… wasn’t overly thrilled. There was certainly nothing objectionable about the tea – it was mild, sweet, a bit hay-like, and perhaps a touch fruity – but I didn’t taste any pineapple at all. It’s certainly possible that it lost some flavour due to sitting around, but usually there’s at least a bit of residual flavour. I would happily try this again, since it was a perfectly pleasant cup of tea and I’d be curious to try again to catch some pineapple, but it’s not a big loss if I can’t.
Re-steep was too long, and therefore had a bit of a weird flavour. Oops.
Thank you to Teavivre for a sample of this tea! I’m sampling it at the same time as the “Premium” grade of this tea, and I have to say I prefer the latter… it’s more vegetal and has a distinct sweetness, whereas this tea is more on the hay-y, slightly nutty side. Still similar flavour profiles, but I’m a huge fan of vegetal, sweet greens, so the Premium version gets my nod here. As mentioned in my previous note, I did perhaps understeep this (or under leaf), so more to come for my second infusion.
ETA: Second infusion, pretty similar. A bit more on the vegetal side, but the Premium version is just better, IMO.
Thank you so much to Teavivre for sending this sample to review, and my sincerest apologies for taking so long in getting to it. I finally dug out my Teavivre packages, and hopefully will get the majority of them reviewed in the next few days.
Anyhow, first up is this delicious-smelling tea. The aroma from the baggie is sweet, vegetal, green beany…. my ideal green tea. I also am brewing up the Nonpareil Te Gong version, and this one was a darker green with a more intense vegetal aroma, although both smell great.
First sips… and I think I’ve made a couple mistakes here. A) contaminated palate (just ate some supper), so the tea tastes weaker than I think it actually is, and B) I think I may have underinfused. I neglected to set a timer, but was pretty sure I’d given the teas about 2 minutes, my standard green infusion (at about 180F); the bag recommends 3-5 minutes, and I think next time I’d go a bit longer. There’s certainly no indication whatsoever of bitterness, just a light, creamy, vegetal green, with a wonderful sweet, hay-like aroma. Comparing to the Nonpareil version, I think this one has greater flavour potential, although I believe both are nice. Looks like, however, I’ll be waiting until the second infusion (during which I will infuse more generously!) to make more detailed notes.
Side note: I did only measure out about 1.5 tsp… it’s possible that I underleafed, since the leaves here were delicate and intact. Hard to say where exactly I went wrong, but personally, understeeping is preferable to overstepping!
ETA: Yep, this one is the more flavourful/vegetal/beany/sweet of the two, and therefore more enjoyable. I added probably another tsp of tea to the infuser, and gave it a 4 minute infusion, and it was great. The original flavours, but amplified. No bitterness. Hard to believe with such a long infusion!
Made a thrilling discovery today – my newer reblend of Marshmallow Treat, though not quite as good as the older package, seems to have improved with age. Hallelujah! It’s definitely not quite as sweet and marshmallowy, but at least now I’ll be willing to drink it. :D