3065 Tasting Notes
I actually rather enjoy this tea. Yet again, I’m irritated with myself for this being the first note I’m posting about it (I got 12g; there’s one cup left. I clearly have had this 2-3 times). But anyways, it’s deliciously roasty and full-bodied, with chestnutty notes. Quite a treat, and a tea I’d consider picking up again. Hopefully my final cup of it will include a more detailed tasting note…
Um… I see there’s a rating here from me…. I don’t know whether what I have and drank was the summer blend or not (I would guess not, but where is my note?!)
Anyways, another cottage drink. Tasty and all but would have benefitted from maple syrup and milk. I just prefer my chais like that, but didn’t have such things available to me at the time! My recollection is that this chai isn’t as flavourful as I would like… I preferred some other offering from Verdant that my brain has gone blank on….. it had oolong…. and chai spice….. and was good…. and I probably don’t have any left…. oh! Chocolate Phoenix Chai maybe? IDK. Better base there, IIRC.
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.