3080 Tasting Notes
Oh….. bad bad bad. I haven’t tried this one before? Agh, I’m so sorry MercuryHime! I thought I’d tried everything at least once, but I suppose that explains why there were two servings in this bag…. Anyways, finally getting to trying this today (apparently), and it is quite good. Long, full leaves (a miracle given how long I’ve had it!), and although I think a bit of flavour may have been lost, a 4-minute or so infusion gave me a perfect cup of broth, umami, roasty oolong. This is kind of like the da hong pao I had from 52teas the other day – similar flavours (duh, roasted oolong). Anyways, I clearly had forgotten how much I adored this flavour profile. So incredibly good. So smooth, no bitterness, just deliciousness. Going to have another infusion shortly.
Sipdown! Yeah… this is from two(?) years’ ago’s 12 Teas of Christmas. Even with a poorly sealed package, though, it’s still good! Lemony, cardamom, and a fabulous base green that leaves a wonderful lingering caramelly sweetness post-sip. Particularly enjoying that last bit, to be honest – it’s a sign of a good base tea, to me – and it’s one element that I find lacking in a lot of flavoured greens. Overall, glad I don’t have a bag of this to sip down, because lemony teas aren’t my favourite (I’d rather suck a lemon… honestly. I love lemons!), but I’m a bit sad to bid it farewell, because it’s one of the better flavoured greens (I wonder where my Sun & Cloud Mist is???)
So my trainer introduced a great idea to me today – pro-tea-n lattes! Basically, a tea latte with vanilla protein powder instead of the usual milk and sweetener. I tried that today with this tea, and it was quite a success! My protein powder does have a certain flavour to it, so I don’t think I’d want to have this sort of latte all the time (also, I really love maple syrup in smoky tea lattes, and the protein powder is already sweet), but I think it will be a great way to have a yummy tea latte while getting in something healthy (protein powder)!
About the tea; this is not my favourite chai, by a long shot, but at least it does mostly have the “right” spice blend, i.e. heavy on cardamom, moderate on cinnamon, with a spicy peppercorn kick. Just fine for tea lattes where subtle nuances of other teas would be wasted.
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!