2195 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! Thanks again to Sil for this tea :)
So, I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but I managed to brew up three fig teas tonight. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, I wonder if it’s because I read a tasting note earlier on Ovation’s Brown Sugar Fig blend, and so fig was stuck in my mind. (Alternately, it could be because I knew this tea was an instant sipdown, and I brought two other fig ones home from work today just by chance).
Anyways. I brewed this conservatively as a black; I saw there was rooibos but only just found out about the oolong, but luckily both work with black steeping parameters!
The aroma of the brewed tea is a bit figgy and sweet, and that’s really it. Flavourwise, I’m catching some spice (cloves, I think), atop a sweet-ish, figgy base. This is more pleasant than I was expecting, actually. It doesn’t really have any “crumble” flavours to me, just that spiced, fruity, figgy flavour, which I do wish was a bit stronger. The tea base is thankfully not astringent here; I wish I could pick up the oolong a bit more, but at least the rooibos isn’t poking through where it doesn’t belong!
This is definitely a tea that would appeal to those who love figs, as it’s a prominent flavour and not hidden by other ingredients, but it’s less interesting than I would have hoped.
Thanks again Sil!
ETA: Re-steep was not too bad, actually! I definitely prefer this tea over the other two fig ones I had. The re-steep was definitely spiced, and a bit figgy.
Thanks for sharing this one, Sil!
The aroma of this one is really quite intoxicating. Kind of a fresh strawberry cream sort of aroma. It’s making my mouth water like crazy (and even though I’m not a big fan of scented products, I kind of wish my room smelled like this all the time!)
The flavour is pretty tasty as well, and true to the aroma (I’m picking up on that slight bit of artificialness as well) – but unfortunately, it’s also quite astringent. I only infused this for 2.5 minutes, so that’s kind of disappointing; perhaps a dash of milk and sugar would help. I still have half of my sample left, so I can try brewing this a bit differently for round 2, because I really am enjoying the flavour! One of the better strawberry/fruity black blends I’ve tried. Current rating is indicative of the astringency, which makes me all sadface :(
ETA: Astringent but otherwise tasty second infusion, that I managed to confuse with that of the raspberry oolong I also had on the go. Whoops. Strawberry and raspberry are similar…
Sipdown! Thanks for a sample of this one, Raritea!
Immediately after I steeped this one, it seemed apparent that I either overleafed or oversteeped, as I was getting an astringent, metallic aroma from the brewed cup. Bleh. However, I tried some anyways, and it seems that those aromas are just part of the tea – perhaps I didn’t brew it perfectly, but it’s definitely not nearly as screwed up as I would have thought! The flavour is kind of a brothy, almost smoky vegetal green, with a twist of sweetness at the end of the sip. This is not chewy Laoshan Green vegetal though, more of a… cruciferous vegetable sort? It’s also a touch seaweedy/mariney, which aren’t notes in Laoshan Green. There’s some astringency as well, but as Raritea mentioned, it fits ok here. I still prefer my teas to be as astringency-free as possible, but this is quite tolerable.
Overall, I’m actually reasonably impressed by this one. Primarily because of the lingering sweet aftertaste, most likely, which is a hallmark of a tasty green tea, to me. I’d certainly happily drink this again – I feel like it would be a great accompaniment to a meal, as it’s fairly flavourful and tasty. We’ll see how it fares overnight next to my bed… I brought up way too many teas to finish them all off (so left a couple sips of this one). Most greens do quite poorly when left to sit, but the for the occasional one, it works!
ETA: Second infusion way too astringent. I have yet to figure out the sweet spot for second infusions of green teas :(
Third and final Amoda tea box tea. Definitely not a tea that’s up my alley. In fact, just add some licorice, and you’ll have my worst nightmare! I don’t like mint, don’t usually care for lemongrass, and am iffy on chamomile, which are the three ingredients here.
Luckily, this tea is not as bad as I expected. I’m really not tasting lemongrass or chamomile, but they’re obviously tempering the peppermint to a level that I can handle. That said, there are many, many other teas I’d much prefer to drink rather than this one. This is the only tea that I’m a bit disappointed about from the Amoda box, because it’s so basic and simple (and I happen to hate the ingredients), but, I did sign up to get random teas, so that’s just the way it is!
Well… Teaequalsbliss’ note sure makes me eager to try this one! This is the second of my three teas in the March Amoda tasting box.
The tea smells like a deliciously flavoured black… ahh, screw it, I want to try it now. Please hold.
Ok. Well… this one is STRONG! Definitely astringent; I’m going to try 2.5 minutes next time. However, I’m liking the flavour. It’s malty and rich, flavoured without tasting flavoured, if that makes sense. I think it would be fabulous with a bit of milk, but that requires too much effort (i.e. going downstairs) for me to bother with right now.
In some ways, it reminds me a bit of Lupicia’s Cookie. I wonder if they have the same base tea or something. I can’t say that I know what Irish Cream tastes like, but I really am enjoying this tea. Not really getting any mintiness from it (should I be?). Yum!
ETA: Second infusion wasn’t too shabby! I’ve gotta remember to try this tea again on Sunday for St. Patrick’s Day :)
First tea from my Amoda box! I have to say, lovely presentation, and I’m pleased by 2/3 of the box contents. The remaining 1/3 I have a few issues with, but I’ll get to that sometime later.
I was really worried that this tea would be the same as Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit by Mahamosa, but I don’t think it is. (Whew, although I do like that one.) Second bonus here is that there’s no hibiscus. Score! So no purple hibby nightmare waiting for me beneath my infuser.
Anyways! The tea. So, 20g of this tea really isn’t all that much, which does kind of suck, because it means limited tasting opportunities. Luckily, herbals are fairly difficult to screw up. I brewed about 2 tsp of this one in 10 oz. of boiling water, and left it for a while… could have left it longer, but I wanted to head upstairs to my room. I estimate it got about 6 minutes.
Anyways, I did just grab a bite to eat, so I’d be better off tasting this with a fresher palate, but I’m so far enjoying it. It’s lightly fruity (I can’t currently distinguish fruit types, but that may be possible next time), and I can definitely taste a hint of ginger, which IMO, is done very well. Enough ginger for flavour that it’s enjoyable, but there’s no harsh bite or strange flavour. I feel like it’s definitely underleafed and/or understeeped, though. Could use more flavour.
I’ll have to try this cold-brewed, as Cavocorax did. At this point, it’s not something that would become a cupboard staple, but it’s a neat tea to have tried, since there are far too few fruity herbals that aren’t hibiscus-laden (and I do like a bit of ginger in my herbals – Teaopia’s Fruity Ginger is one of my faves!)
Eh….. Sil & Indigobloom, both of you clearly like this more than me. A 3-minute infusion, and I’m getting HIBISCUS. And a bit of orange. Some hibiscus. Maybe cream, if I think about it. HIBISCUS.
Yeeaaaaaah. I definitely get where Raritea is coming from on it tasting like Rockets though, because I just caught that exact flavour. Tart citrus.
So anyways, I don’t really like this tea. Too freakin’ much hibiscus. And hibiscus, to me, tends to smell and taste a bit like… barf. Maybe if I picked it all out, I would like it. Sil – would you like the rest of this back for iced tea in the summer??
Ok, I seriously overleafed this one today in a pretty-much last effort to get some flavour from it. The result is what tastes like an unripe banana-flavoured rooibos. With a hint of some sort of spice. Now… I actually like unripe bananas, so that’s not as bad of a thing as it sounds. However, it is not mango… (of course, the second I say that, the flavour in my mouth morphs into crisp underripe mango). Hmm.
Oh well. This is still not anywhere close to a favourite of mine. I’d prefer more mango flavour and creaminess. I think there’s a cup or so left now though, and I think I should be able to successfully drink it, as long as I remember to use at least 2 tsp.
Sipdown! Thanks Sil!
This one definitely needs to… not be underleafed. It’s definitely sweet and mapley, but lacking a bit of something. Ah well. Still good, just could be better!
Also, I’m annoyed at myself because I realized just before brewing this that I never did try mixing this or Oh Canada (DT) with a lapsang souchong… and now I am out of maple rooibos. I think I will attempt to acquire some in a swap for just this purpose (and then compare it to my maple lapsang from Tealux!)
Ok… my taste buds are influenced because I just brushed my teeth…. but I kind of like this one. Less sweet and more flavourful than other rooibos’ with similar flavourings. I’m getting a bit of fruitiness as well, but it’s really tough to tell what my minty toothpaste is contributing (although I have to say, this combo isn’t too bad, especially compared to how awful nearly everything else tastes post-tooth brushing!)
I just wanted a few non-caffeinated things before bed, so brewed up some options…. and promptly went for a shower and brushed my teeth. Not the cleverest one, sometimes…
Giving this a tentative rating for now; it may increase when I try this again properly. I certainly feel like I’ll be wanting this again at some point! (Side note: I used 2 tsp of tea for 8-10 oz. I have been overleafing rooibos’ lately as they taste better that way IMO.)