3065 Tasting Notes
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).
Sipdown! Thank you VariaTea for a sample of this :) I definitely enjoyed it – flavour was much like the original Marshmallow Treat, so fluffy, vanilla, toasty rice goodness (a bit heavy on the toastiness, as reblends seem to have been – I believe the rice has changed), with overtones of sweet candy strawberry. To be honest, there wasn’t enough strawberry for me, but of course I enjoyed the cup and wish I had my own packet squirrelled away, but alas, this came out during that terrible period during which I did not log teas due to Thesis and/or Post-Thesis Recovery (I still drank tea, though, don’t you worry!). I wish my Banana somethingorother genmaicha was actually strawberry. Sigh. Or maybe even that it was Strawberry Banana Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha. With the old version of toasted rice. Yes…..
Sipdown! Not particularly impressed with this one, but it is possible that it picked up some odd flavours while I was storing it. Kind of sweet, a bit grapey, mild and smooth base… but also a weird herbally (?) note that I picked up from the dry tea/wet leaves/steeped aroma/in the flavour. Might be another case of flavour contamination although it’s not as prominent here. Unfortunately, some of the teas from Janelle were ayurvedic teas and ones with other weird ingredients, and I think that I would have been wise to try them all quickly and keep them separated… but I foolishly didn’t. Ah well, live and learn. Minus the weird note and plus a bit more flavour, I think this probably would be a fairly decent tea, but not one I’m sad to have missed out on. Given that I’m not a fan of wine anyhow, that’s probably not terribly surprising.
Thanks to Sil for passing on a bit of this one. I’m actually pleasantly surprised – the roasty, nutty, slighty smoky (?) oolong base is quite nice here, and the addition of the pomegranate adds a nice, full fruitiness to it, making for a very enjoyable cup. I think I’d actually quite enjoy the base tea by itself, but the extra fruit flavouring adds a great extra dimension. I don’t think I’d necessarily identify it as pomegranate, but age may have diminished the flavour somewhat, so it’s tough to pinpoint the reason for that. Either way, I’m quite enjoying the cup, and glad that I have a scant cup’s worth left to have another day (not too distantly in the future, hopefully). However, I believe that my enjoyment of this cup is most likely more due to the base tea than anything, so it’s tough to justify the “VIT” price tag. However, now I know to scout out more da hong paos!
Another tea I drank yesterday at work. Not too bad, as flavoured greens go – fairly realistic grape flavour, standard sencha green base. The flavour would be better on a different base IMO – perhaps an oolong? I oversteeped a bit for the first infusion, but the second was quite pleasant. Overall, not a tea I’d buy again, but a pleasant enough cup, although temperature and time are pretty critical.
Very meh about this tea. I think I may have oversteeped it a touch at work yesterday (last day of work, sigh), but it’s really quite unremarkable. I’m just really not a fan of most of Davidstea’s flavoured greens, for whatever reason. I do think it tastes champagne-like – peachy, grapey, fuzzy, but it’s really not for me.
Whew, I did actually write about this one before. (But I’ve had it like, 6 times, and probably only have one note…) Anyhow! Still love this tea, though I didn’t order more (I’m wary of stocking up on teas with coconut, since it seems to go off). Delicious raisiny, coconut, banana, chocolate. Very decadent, and good for a bunch of re-steeps because of the solid base.
Brewed this up a while back to bring on a car ride in a Timolino… not the best way to first try a tea, but it happened regardless. I was pretty impressed – I remember creaminess and fruitiness, and repeatedly picking this tea over the other 3 I had with me, until it was completely gone (and I had to drink the others. Sigh.) I obviously will have to write a better note later, where I have it in a mug, but based on that one experience, I added another half ounce to my Massive Butiki’s-Closing Order. I wish I’d known whether or not I should have bought more of it (or Butterscotch Mocha Candies), but I just haven’t tried them enough to really know. At least I’ll have a bit more, though, in case I love this one (which I’m worried I will).
Oh. Looks like I didn’t care for this one the first time around. Aaaaand I think I know why. Even with a 2.5 minute infusion, there’s astringency, and although there’s definitely a sweetness to the cup, it’s missing the chocolatey notes that I like in a black. That really does seem to be my critical factor as to whether or not I enjoy a black tea. (Also astringency.) It tastes like it would be a great breakfast tea for someone who enjoys a robust kick in the pants in the morning, but since I don’t enjoy that, it’s not for me. (Although that said, I am enjoying the sweet, somewhat golden raisiny lingering aftertaste post-sip.)
Also, this is a sipdown. Yay me, getting in a couple a day now!