2494 Tasting Notes
I’m enjoying this one more than last time. Not getting the weird alcohol association I previously was, although I did get the grapey aroma. Flavourwise, however, I taste peach moreso than anything resembling grape. Not too bad, but not a keeper either.
This one is definitely too perfumey for me. Sure, it tastes kind of grapey, and a bit reminiscent of ice wine, but honestly, Butiki’s Gui Fei Oolong tastes more like the real thing to me, and it’s not even flavoured! Also, there’s a bit of astringency here even with a 2-minute infusion, which I’m not fond of. Ah well! I’m not sure that finding the perfect ice wine tea is a huge priority for me (although I think a well-done one could certainly be interesting).
ETA: The second infusion wasn’t nearly as perfumey. But I hadn’t intended to re-steep this one, so once I realized what it was, it went down the drain. Needed to keep stomach real estate available for other teas.
I think I liked this tea better this time than the first time I drank it. I really do think that 2-minute infusions are the way to go with flavoured black teas. Anyhow, I gulped this one down too quickly so I can’t entirely remember how it tasted, except that it was nutty and a bit sweet, completely smooth, and quite tasty! It looks like I may not have resteeped it last time, so hopefully I will manage to tonight, and see how it holds up.
You know, I could see myself picking this one up again. I see I previously also liked it a fair bit – there’s a clear, creamy lime flavour (more along the lines of 52teas’ Lime Jello than Della Terra’s Lime Chiffon, in case anyone’s wondering), and at 2 minutes, the cup is quite smooth. I imagine it would make a great iced tea, so perhaps once my stash is a bit lower (i.e. next year), I’ll wait for an ESP Emporium sale and pick up a bag of this for summer 2014. (I can hope!)
Sipdown! 827. (Inaccurate, but that’s what the spreadsheet says currently, minus a few things).
I did like this one a fair bit. A light, fruity honeybush that probably would have been great for iced tea (ooh, speaking of that, I should set some Lime Chiffon to cold-brew!) I kind of wish I had more of this one. Buuuuut I don’t! And that’s ok, because I have too much tea anyhow. Sigh.
Fished this out so Sil could try some, and decided to have a cup of it myself. It wasn’t too bad; couldn’t really taste the oolong, but definitely got caramel apple. Given that I love caramel, I definitely would prefer more caramel flavour, but it’s ok as is. Nothing I’d pick up again, though.
I am still pretty meh about this tea. It has similar spicing to Strawberry Pie Honeybush, but in my travel mug, I couldn’t taste the banana. I can’t recall if I previously could taste it. At least with a 2-minute infusion it wasn’t astringent and therefore was perfectly enjoyable! I just wish it didn’t taste so similar to other teas. Also, that it had more banana flavour.
I have been chewing through a lot of this lately, and am nearing a sipdown of one packet! Yay! This one’s great in a travel mug if brewed a bit strong and consumed within a couple hours, otherwise it does that green tea thing and starts tasting off. This is so tasty though.
Had a travel mug of this over the weekend (while travelling, go figure), and have come to the conclusion that it tastes an awful lot like Mandarin Silk! But, I think I prefer Mandarin Silk, which is good, because I have waaaaaay more of it to finish off than this one. But yes, it’s a combination of light oolong flavour, vanilla, and a slight hint of citrus, which is pretty tasty. As I recall mentioning last time, however, I do not care for the second infusion of this tea, for whatever reason. It just tastes astringent and off. So, down the drain it goes!