3013 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Janelle for a few bags of this tea! I remember thinking that I’d like it more than the “Her” version… but not really. It smells “herbally”, and a bit like hibiscus, and tastes like old woody hibiscus (also a bit fruity). I’m starting to wonder if all of the teas in baggies from Janelle have picked up this woody flavour, as it’s the same that was in the Nightcap tea… but I also have a cup of Coconut Grove here (baggie stored in the same place) and it’s fine. So maybe it’s the hibby. Bleh. Have two teabags of this one left… not sure what to do with them!
Delicious caramelly-spicy fall tea. Yum. Another one that shouldn’t have been discontinued :( It’s so much better than Pumpkin Chai. Anyhow, got to savour a cup and a re-steep of this one a while back, and it was perfect. Side note: I mixed together a resteep of this and Butiki’s Red Queen Cupcake. Not horrible, but not advisable either. The flavours weren’t terribly compatible.
Having a cup of this from my last “good” bag, i.e. not one of the bad reblends. It’s delicious… so toasty, sweet, and creamy. I’m on my third infusion and although I think that’s it from those leaves, I’m pretty happy with that given that I’ve had to throw out a lot of leaves lately! (Fruit flies! But they are finally gone.)
Sipdown! This one was not very tasty last night. In fact, I dumped out the cup. Although, to be fair, it was in part because I thought I had grabbed my sample of Lime Bang from Janelle, and since it tasted nothing like lime, I didn’t want to drink it… but also, because it was gross and cardboardy. Likely a consequence of age. Also, hibiscus. So no big loss, I don’t think!
This tea is AMAZING. I’d seen some rave reviews about it before finally picking it up during Stacy’s Birthday Bash, but was pretty skeptical given that it’s a white tea (I usually find that they greatly lack flavour). However, it sounded interesting enough to try. So glad I did – the aroma from the bag is so incredibly sweet, light, hay-y, and the tea flavour follows accordingly. Probably the best white tea I’ve ever had, and I hope it stays in stock because I desperately want more! If you’ve never had success with a white tea before, this is one I’d strongly recommend trying as it’s wonderful.
ETA: Re-steeps are incredible too. 2 additional fantastic ones; number 3 is fairly flavourless so I’ll stop there, but I’m quite impressed. Yum.
Sipdown! Had a great mug of this last night, in my renewed quest to get rid of some opened teas. I had my roommate sniff the brewed tea to see her opinion, and she came up with “roasted corn or popcorn”, which I thought was neat. I personally get more of a toasty rice aroma/flavour. Anyhow, did a quick 10s rinse in boiling water (I left it sitting there and decided to drink it… it’s just as good as the tea) and then infused the little cake for about 2 minutes in maybe 11-12 oz. of water. Quite delicious – I haven’t had too many pu’erhs lately and it was a nice change from the string of flavoured DavidsTeas I’ve been drinking at work (because they don’t require much care). Anyhow, as this sample was pretty old, not too likely to ever get any again, but if I did run across more, I’d definitely pick some up for my mom as I think she’d love it.