2973 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Yezi Tea for a sample of this delicious black! Upon opening the sample, I was greeted by a wonderful chocolatey aroma. The tea doesn’t disappoint, and is an excellent example of a lovely, chocolatey, full-bodied black. No astringency, just delicious flavour. Perhaps not the best example of a tea with this flavour profile, but certainly up there. I’d need to compare it with others to really tell.
Not thrilled by this tea, unfortunately. I was expecting something along the lines of Butiki’s Mi Xian black, but I really wasn’t getting any leafhopper flavour here. IMHO, it wasn’t even a great example of a straight black tea. Just, not much flavour. Very boring. I may have understeeped, at 2 minutes, so I’ll give it another shot later, but for now I’d pass on having it again.
Pleasantly surprised by this tea. I found that the base tea was quite prominent, a grassy, slightly marine-y sencha, but didn’t mask the tasty, natural grape flavour. There weren’t any raisins in my tiny pouch, so I don’t know how that might contribute, but I was pretty happy with the flavour I was getting. Grape’s not a favourite flavour for me, nor do I often care for flavoured greens, but I’d happily drink this again. If I make it to DT this afternoon after hitting the gym, I’ll be getting a cup of it as my free TOTD.
I felt like something a bit lighter on Friday? Thursday? so brewed up some of this (also, I was getting incredibly bored with my downstairs tea selection, and went into my 52teas/DavidsTea drawer. SUCH A GOOD IDEA haha.) Anyways, lovely, prominent apricot flavours on a hay-y white base, so it definitely fit the bill for a lighter tea. The cheesecake flavouring really isn’t noticeable until the tea has really cooled (I don’t recall if I noticed it a great deal in this tea previously), but it’s really quite mild. Either way, I like this as an apricot fruit tea.
Tasty, tasty. This was from the pouch that Sil so nicely let me swap for my reblended and less-awesome version. Although the aroma from the pouch was as amazing as always, I didn’t quite get the awesomeness from the tea that I remembered. However, given that I’m still sick and sniffly (feeling much, much better though), it could easily just be that.
Thanks to JoonSusanna (I think) for passing this tea on! Unfortunately, I’m not getting even the slightest butter-pecan flavour; it just tastes like a mildly astringent basic black. I don’t know if it could be age, but it’s in a nice sealed pouch, so that would surprise me a bit. I may give it another chance at some point, but sadly was pretty unimpressed this time.
So sick. Plus intense muscle pains from Thursday and Friday workouts. = one very miserable Kittenna who has spent an entire weekend in bed. I don’t even want tea, especially since I can’t taste anything unless I sniffle really hard (ew), but I think I’m dehydrated, and so I’m trying to get any sort of liquid (caffeinated or not) into me. I just took a big sip of this one, and yup – it could pretty much be plain warm water. Can’t taste a thing. This sucks.
Anyways, I’m just being a big whiny baby, all I have is a cold, it just really sucks when it’s combined with hamstring/hip flexor/shoulder/lat/tricep/pec/ab soreness. I’m walking like I’m at least 3x my age. Whine whine whine.