2229 Tasting Notes
This is the only tea made up for the travel mug today, as I a) got up really late for my meeting, and b) only stayed at work for the meeting, and then came home. I definitely like milk oolongs warm and not hot. Hot, not enough milkiness comes out for me. So drinking my thermos-ful about 8 hours later was perfect :D
I’m almost out of this one now too, after sipping down the DT version a bit ago… but I did order a couple Jin Xuans from Tealux, so those are next up before I get to go all ordering crazy.
Yum, this is pretty good. It’s tasting a little weak today for whatever reason (underleafed?), but it’s still quite a nice minty, creamy black tea. However, I am very much not fond of the icky red sprinkle guck that’s around the inside of my cup. Lowering the rating because of that. I sincerely hope that I didn’t use a Finum basket for this one today, and instead a much-easier-to-clean stainless steel one.
Also, sipdown! Because the rest belongs to Sil. Muahahaha.
Sipdown! Of my sample from Amy oh! Sadly, this sample is way tastier than the packet I got from 52teas’ grab bag sale quite a while back. This one is caramelly/butterscotchy, but my packet has kind of a plasticky taste. Really not super fond of it :/
Anyways, this is good! A bit, uh, flavourless after Ice Cream Cake, but still ok. Thanks Amy!
Sipdown! Yeeaaahhh! It’s been too many tea-less days for me. Still not 100%, but throat is no longer rejecting tea, and I can, at least for now, still taste. Woo!
So since this was the bottom of the bag, it seems I got ALL the little sweet bits. So holy crap, this is one SWEET cup of tea! Definitely tastes of neapolitan ice cream cake though. Strawberry and vanilla moreso than chocolate. (And no little oreo fudgy bits either. Sigh.)
Not bad, although this cup in particular could use a stronger base. Not too sad that it’s all gone now, though, even though it was nice to try!
Brewed up a cup of this on Saturday, couldn’t drink it due to my sore throat (which made me go three days pretty much without tea… the horror!), and finished it off today. I really have got to do an aged tgy comparison one of these days, because I’m having trouble keeping them straight, and I dislike when I can’t remember specifics about different teas (that in theory, should be different).
Anyhow, this was tasty. Unfortunately it was not a good choice for the sore throat. Neither was Laoshan Black, nor Dragonwell-Style Laoshan Green. However, Copabanana and Mango Silly Antro were pretty good choices. Something to keep in mind! It seems my sore throat has mostly eased at this point, but for future reference…
So this one got a touch oversteeped today too. Closer to 2 min than I would have liked. However, it didn’t suffer too badly. Still rock sugary and delicious. It’s edging towards astringency/too strong, but I am only aware of it because of my poor sore throat, which is extremely sensitive to the least bit of non-smoothness. (So in other words, this tea is absolutely delicious and my throat is messed up.)
Glad this one still tastes good in spite of its age! Gotta sip these greens down more quickly next time. Still a few good cups of this one left.
Oops, apparently I double-logged this the first (and last) time I had this. Found that empty note and deleted it, and now get to write another!
So this was one of these teas I attempted in the hopes of making myself feel better…. no dice. However, it is quite enjoyable, and I have to say, it’s going down much more smoothly than the Laoshan Black. I probably should have stuck to lighter, creamy teas, in retrospect. Oops.
Anyhow, I couldn’t really remember what this tea tasted like, exactly, but now that I’ve had a few sips, it’s all coming back! I brewed this up more strongly this time, using about 2 tsp of leaf for 8 oz., and due to being distracted by my roommate, it got a nearly 3 minute infusion! Luckily, it survived just fine. The cilantro is definitely quite apparent here as a lovely fresh flavour, and the mango is fairly light, but still noticeable. The white tea base, of course, is deliciously in the background.
I definitely do quite like this tea, even though it’s not one I personally would have come up with myself (cilantro in a tea?!) I can’t wait to try my portion of Pineapple Cilantro Cream next weekend!
:‘( I had a nap this afternoon, and woke up feeling terrible. Headache, sore throat, weird lump in my throat when I swallow, runny nose, unhappy stomach… I hope I’m not getting sick, but all signs point that way.
Anyhow, I thought I’d brew up some tea to see if it would make me feel better… unfortunately not. It’s all tasting great, but I absolutely hate how it feels when I have a sore throat and swallow, so I’ve pretty much wasted 4 good cups of tea (well, I’m trying to drink them, but the tastiness is strongly overwhelmed by the unpleasantness of swallowing).
Either way, I’ve missed this one. Haven’t had it in a while. Malty, chocolatey, just overall yummy. A hint of fruitiness as well. I wish I was enjoying it a bit more though (it would be awfully inappropriate of me to swish it around in my mouth then spit it out, wouldn’t it…) Sigh.
Thanks to momo for this one (yes, I have a trend going, haha).
This is another tea where I was curious enough to want to try it, but suspected I wouldn’t enjoy it, so really didn’t want an entire bag. Good decision. I’m not often a fan of citrus in teas, except when there is also creaminess, and I don’t like either green mate OR guayusa… right, why did I want to try this again??
Anyways, it brews up darker than one might expect from a herbal. I think age may have gotten to this one though – the citrus is FAR less of a punch than I was expecting. It’s actually quite decent, in that respect. No cleaner-y overtones or anything. But then… the base. Bleegh. I just don’t like the flavour of either of the base teas (tisanes).
Overall though, it’s really not too bad. Much more drinkable than some lemon blends I’ve tried. However…. still not a fan.
Thanks regardless, momo!
Sipdown! Although I cheated and sent the last of this to Boxermama so am only drinking a half cup.
I didn’t like this the first time I tried it, and sadly, I still don’t. Green mate, blech. And I’m not keen on the citrus here, even though I adore actual citrus fruit, and limes in particular.
Yeah, sadly, I really do not like this one. Glad the rest went to a willing home.