2661 Tasting Notes
Hot-brewed and chilled some of this a few days ago. It’s ok; it mostly certainly is very tart-citrusy-sherbety, but it’s a little bit on the acidic and astringent side. Perhaps it’s an age thing? Either way, it’s moved to being kind of meh for me. I don’t recall if I tried it hot, but can only imagine that this is one tea that was designed to be drank chilled.
Apologies – I have a truly massive backlog list to type up, owing to frantic thesis-writing and Steepster being down.
Anyways, this tea! Had a delicious, delicious cold-brew of it over the weekend. So amazingly refreshing. I’m getting down to the last of my bag… (well, some is going off in a swap soon as well) – I gotta remember who it was that offered to send more! I have so many pending/promised swaps to take care of!
Glad I brewed up a cup of this last night/this morning – I had forgotten how tasty it was! All grapey yet not like grape juice… I should perhaps chill some of this and see how it tastes, as that sounds like a very delicious summer beverage. Mmmmmm. Thanks for this one, Azzrian.
Sipdown! 814. Thanks again to Azzrian for this one.
Similar impressions to last time… mainly the yabao/junipery flavour, paired with some floral/jasmine. The aftertaste is creamy and a bit fruity, perhaps it’s the goji berry. This tea has sat around for quite a while though, so it’s entirely possible that some flavour has disappeared, even though it was pretty fresh for the first go round.
Yabao is not my favourite type of tea, so this wouldn’t be one I’d gravitate towards again though as usual, I’m happy to have had the chance to try it.
Thanks to Sil for a sample of this tea! It’s super-massively perfumey/floral/fruity… woah! Almost a bit too much to handle. I ended up chilling it and drinking it iced as it’s been crazy hot here, and it was still pretty perfumey. I didn’t pay enough attention to be able to pick out any of the flavours, so I’ll have to do that next time (or try with the re-steep). It’s not bad, but the perfume was a bit much for me, to be honest.
Sipdown! 815. Hmm, I don’t quite seem to have the same impression of this one as Indigobloom… definitely not better than a dragonwell for me. While it was steeping, it smelled almost metallic, but the flavour was much better, a bit of that chewy vegetal flavour. Unfortunately this cup fell victim to clumsiness, as I knocked it off the table :( Luckily for me it was a short drop and not hot tea, so no injuries or breakage were sustained, but it also means that I really can’t tell you much more about this tea. I would certainly try it again, but don’t think it would beat my more favoured green profiles, which are heavier on the boiled veggie/beany flavours or sweet, rock sugar notes.
Second infusion is very meh, standard green tea-ish. Can’t blame the tea though, because I know better than to let greens sit in the infuser for a while. They just don’t last like everything else does, and that leads to losses of yummy flavours.
Thanks for letting me sample this one Indigobloom :)