2229 Tasting Notes
Well, this has certainly grown on me a bit. Enough that I would almost say I like it… I’m not tasting as much juniper as I did last time, just a thick, gentle, soft brew with a tweak of sweetness at the end. I’m terrible at describing flavours (it tastes like yabao! Yeah… useful, eh?) but the texture is the utmost in silky teas.
I feel like this would be great in a fruity blend… and wish that I could create more of Autumn Hearth‘s 12 Days of Christmas tea! Or honestly, just mix this with pear chunks. Because that tea was stellar (ok, I could say “is” because I do still have a cup’s worth sitting in my from-Sil swap pile!)
ETA: Third infusion is creamy and pretty tasty, but I really don’t have a high tolerance for this tea still, so even though I’m sure it could keep going, I think I’m done. I have, however, realized that it’s an oolong sort of tea flavour that I’m picking up here as well – I only placed the flavour because I’ve been sipping on two oolongs that are both very oolongy at this point. I’ve picked it up in the aftertaste of whites before as well.
Ok, well I brewed this up for the boy tonight. He didn’t pick up any of the chocolate aromas (which were definitely present!), and thought it tasted like hot flavoured water. Which is it… but still! I was happy that he was willing to try it, but sad that he couldn’t taste anything… and as I’m writing this I’m realizing that I TOTALLY MEANT TO SWEETEN IT! Ack! Of course he didn’t like it! Bleh. Maybe I can get him to try it again someday with sweetener.
Anyways, I told him that if he wasn’t going to enjoy it, I’d prefer to drink it as I would enjoy it (and I didn’t want to force him to drink something he didn’t like). It didn’t taste quite as good today; a bit bark-like, but still chocolatey, so I’d still like some of this to be in my cupboard :)
Hmm, ok. I think I overleafed (oops), and I’m not super enjoying this tea this time around. Not that it’s bad by any means, just not as tasty as I would like. It’s verging on astringency, and is a tasty oolong, but I’m barely picking up on any of the flavouring. Well, a bit of spice (or pepper?) perhaps, but that’s it. It’s actually reminding me a lot of Premium Taiwanese Assam for whatever reason, which I find to be preferable.
Ah well, interesting regardless! I’ll let my previous rating stand for now, as I do think I overleafed and that may have caused the slight bite that I’m not enjoying (which may also be interfering with some of the flavour).
I’m having strange, intense cravings for flavoured Butiki teas right now… strange. All I want to do is have some Creamy Eggnog, Pistachio Ice Cream, Maple Pecan Oolong…
ETA: Re-steep is not my favourite. I do seem to recall not caring a great deal for the base tea, which I also purchased, so perhaps that’s why.
Decided to be indulgent tonight, so made up eggnog tea. Delish, as always. Craving the second infusion like crazy right now… enough that I may just go down and make it. I’m nearly out of this one (again), but I think I’ll hold off restocking to give some other teas (e.g. Cantaloupe & Cream) a chance to be sipped down. This one always wins over CC for me, haha.
Bleeeeehhhhhh this is disgusting! Even with a cold it’s really gross-tasting. I figured I may as well try it now though… perhaps it can help!?
Pretty much all I can taste is mint. And I got gross sediment in my sip because I didn’t use a Finum infuser (sooooo glad five(?) more will be in my possession as of his weekend).
Ewwwwww this is so gross. So so so so gross. I hate peppermint.
I am currently forcing myself to drink this vile concoction simply in the hopes that it will mysteriously help me feel better… or something…. I’ll be hard-pressed to re-steep this one though.
Ugh. Finished. Gag.
Anyhow, sipdown! and thanks to Raritea for this one! (And don’t worry, I took some knowing full well I’d hate it. But I was just so darn curious anyways!)
Thanks to CHAroma for this tea! Aaaaaand a sipdown :D
So my nose has decided to plug up again, so I can’t taste this one as well as I would like. What I can tell you is that it tastes like a fruity flavoured honeybush. A touch artificial, and I’m not picking up specifically raspberry or banana, though I would probably guess that the fruitiness was a berry flavour if questioned.
I’m going to leave the rest to sit overnight… perhaps I can taste it properly in the morning.
ETA: Ok, so after leaving it to sit overnight, I can taste raspberryish flavours, and the tasty and sweet honeybush base, but I remain surprised at the lack of banana. Shocked, actually, because I have had a few banana-flavoured teas from 52teas before, and they don’t often lack in banana flavour! Even Malted ChocoMate kind of tastes like bananas! It’s pretty tasty though. I do have other HB evening options I’d prefer, though.
Whoops, yet again I failed to read instructions and ended up with a very light cup of tea. No worries though, still tastes good. I once thought that this was a jasmine-scented tea; now I believe it to be a different sort of floral, perhaps lilac, maybe orchid. But not jasmine. The tea beneath is just a light, green oolong, a bit buttery, but mostly with that characteristic TGY flavour. A decent tea, but I’m no longer quite so fond of it, and I don’t think age is the issue, merely a changing palate!
ETA: So! I finally understand why people prefer infusions other than the first of green oolongs (such as this). While my first cup was drinkable just fine, the oolong flavour wasn’t terribly noticeable, however it really emerges after that first infusion. And apparently, that’s what I love! Yum. On the third infusion of this right now, but I think that’s it. I gotta get to doing some sipdowns…
Sipdown! Finishing this one off, which was courtesy of CHAroma!
I oversteeped this a bit today, but you would never know – very little astringency, which is nice. It does, however, taste very grapey. Smooth from the oatmeal, and grapey. Pretty much looks like I had the same impression last time, as well. Not a favourite, but interesting anyhow.
Hmm, kind of a disappointment, I’ll say. Considering how many pieces of fruit were in here, I definitely expected a better, fruitier tea! Alas, that is not the case. Instead we have, in my opinion, a pretty generically fruit-flavoured sencha. Not terrible, but way down on my list, because I find generic fruit-flavoured senchas pretty darn boring. Perhaps my infusion was too short, but I certainly didn’t want astringency (which I did manage to avoid), and 2 minutes is usually ample to get a good feel for a tea, even if it’s a bit underbrewed. I’ll admit that the temp was a touch low; perhaps that also contributed? I suspect not, though.
Anyways, nice to try another tea regardless! Thanks for sending me some of this one, CHAroma!