3051 Tasting Notes
Guys… this is BETTER than DT’s Vanilla Orchid. Fresher, and missing that strange fake-flavouring aftertaste. I would probably prefer it without the osmanthus flavouring, because I’m not a huge fan of floral, but it’s still really good. I wasn’t expecting this. It wasn’t even a tea I really chose – it was a substitution for Dark Chocolate Oolong, since someone bought that out before me.
Pretty happy with this tea. I love a creamy, vanilla oolong.
So I unfortunately oversteeped this the first time I had it (forgot it was gyokuro and needed a super short infusion), but I did still drink it. I’m not sure if it was my imagination, but I felt like I could taste the vanilla, and really enjoyed it. The jackfruit seeds, not so much, though there was one in the infuser. I’ll have to keep a closer eye on it next time. Rating tentatively for now.
Later infusions were really only gyokuro.
I continue to be unbelievably behind on logging teas (I don’t think I’m ever going to catch up…), but figured I should try to get a few new things reviewed. I just made a few bigs orders, and this was one of the teas I got!
Aroma was fairly floral, which I wasn’t expecting – I was definitely hoping for more of creamy, eggy vanilla (french toast). The tea, while being somewhat chocolatey and malty, also tasted fairly floral; not bad, but again, I was expecting more custard-vanilla, not vanilla flower. Possibly also a hint of cinnamon (but ONLY the barest hint).
Strangely, I did also get the “too floral” flavour from two other brand new blacks I had today (from Taiwan Tea Crafts), so I have to wonder if it’s my tastebuds or something (I have been sick for about 10 days, so it’s possible, though it’s mostly in my chest and I haven’t noticed anything else tasting different than expected).
Anyhow, I’ll withhold rating for now, in the event that it’s a problem on my end, but I was somewhat disappointed in this tea being so floral. I was happy enough with the base, and it wasn’t an unpleasant drinking experience by ANY means, I was just expecting something different.
Picked up some of this at DT today and felt like trying it – didn’t know I’d be the first to post, though! Anyhow, it both smelled and tasted much like a classic mulled apple cider, minus the intense sweet of packaged stuff. Basically, a nicely cinnamon/clove/apple-spiced mix. I didn’t take detailed notes, and didn’t really read the ingredients, so I don’t recall what else is in there, but it’s nice to have an easy-prep, low-calorie but high-flavour cider option.
Been so bad at logging teas lately, though I do have a long list of teas I’ve drank, including snippets of what I thought (in some cases). Maybe I’ll get to them, maybe I won’t. I am managing to drink through quite a bit of tea, though, which is good!
AND I got a new kettle, guys! My ever-wonderful boyfriend bought me a Black&Decker stainless steel variable temp kettle. (I picked that particular one after reading a bunch of kettle reviews). For the price, I’m super happy so far. It likes to beep a lot (when pressing buttons), and LOUDLY, which is annoying, but on the plus side, it beeps when the water is ready! Which is great. The lid doesn’t open as far as I would like, but really, it’s not that big of a deal. And it seems perhaps a touch slower to boil than I would expect, but to be fair, it was probably boiling water straight from the fridge at the time I measured (it took about 8 minutes for a full 1.7L). Anyways, I’m now into the world of variable-temp kettles! Exciting!
Anyhow, drank this prior to heading to the CNE yesterday. It was delicious. That is all.