2893 Tasting Notes
This tea really needs to go! Likely owing to its unsealed bag, it’s definitely losing flavour, though it’s certainly still tasty enough to drink. Almondy (without tasting like amaretto) and very much baked-goodsy, I should be able to finish it off pretty quickly if I try, since it’s definitely the right season for it!
Mmmmmm. A good old standby. I usually pick this tea when I’m craving an oolong; I don’t know what I’ll do when it’s gone! I did start off with 2 ounces, though (I think), plus a sample pouch, so I’m not in the danger zone quite yet… Roasty, creamy, nutty, oolong goodness. Not much floral to speak of, making it a grounding, rich winter beverage.
I’m with Sil, here – this really tastes nothing like grapefruit (ok, I get the slightest hint of something I could be convinced is grapefruit), has pointless sprinkles in it, and is overall a pretty meh tea. The flavour reminds me of some other Della Terra one I’ve had previously…. maybe a kind of berryish one? And there’s no way this is contaminated on my end, since it’s in a nice sealed pouch. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. The sort of tea you’d drink because it’s hot and has more flavour than water, but then you wouldn’t be able to remember how it actually differed from hot water…
Not sure what I think about this one… the flavours were much milder than I had anticipated (which is good!), and nothing was unpleasant, but I can’t really taste the elderberry… or anything else specifically, for that matter. It’s just kind of a spicyish water. Maybe it’s partially related to the fact that I’m kind of sick, although I do seem to be able to taste reasonably well at the moment.
I think I’ll try steeping it for longer next time to see what happens. It did only get about a minute this time, as per the recommendations.
Hmmm. Not sure what I think about this one. I’m getting quite a bit of pepperiness over a very dark, almost burnt-tasting base black. There are hints of chai-y flavours reminiscent of Chocolate Phoenix Oolong Chai (? that’s not right…), particularly in the aroma, which smells like gingerbread, but at least straight, it’s a bit too heavy on the black tea/peppery flavours for me. I’ll try it with milk/honey at some point, and I’m sure it will be divine, but at this point, it’s nothing special beyond Verdant blends I’ve already tried. (That said, it’s tasty. Just not overly different/special IMO.)
The first “Verdant Blends Club” tea that I’m reviewing! I have tried one of the others from the previous month… but can’t recall which it was, nor really what I thought of it… so I’ll have to try it again and write something later.
Of the 3 November teas, this one sounded the most interesting to me. Some of the ingredients in these blends are making me a bit hesitant – I tend to dislike a bunch of herbal add-ins that are used – but nothing here is an ingredient that I know I hate, and the previous Verdant blend that I’ve tried in which coriander was a feature ingredient was quite delicious.
Aroma-wise, I’m smelling a bit of toastiness, a creamy oolong, and definitely a gingerbready sort of aroma, which is probably the coriander (although why coriander comes off as gingerbread, I have no idea). Flavourwise, this is a delicious mash-up of oolong, genmaicha, and spice. The sip starts off with the spice, morphs into toasty genmaicha flavours, and ends with oolong and a bit of a spicy kick from… the cinnamon? I’m not really sure. Either way, this is quite a delicious blend. I’d like to compare it to… that other one with coriander (I sent some to my mom at some point, so I’m sure I can achieve this at Christmas); I’m not sure if I like the toasty oolong or green beany laoshan green better as a base tea.
Wow… apparently it has been two months or so since I last wrote a tasting note? Whoops! That’s not to say I haven’t been drinking any tea, I’ve just been busy/lazy/sick/on holidays. Although my tea consumption had dropped significantly in the last little while (I drank a bunch while in New Zealand, but almost none since.)
Anyhow, I decided to try to get myself back to my more usual tea habits, and made 3 thermos-fuls of tea to go watch the boy play soccer this weekend… I hadn’t realized how much I missed drinking tea! I had forgotten how incredibly amazingly delicious, dark and raisiny PTA was. Perfect tea to lure me back into drinking tea more often again.
It also appears that I need to acquire more of this sometime soonish… I’m running dangerously low!
So far, I am thoroughly impressed with Yezi Teas. Great customer service, our samples arrived in record time (seriously… I never would have dreamed that I’d be able to deliver them to Sil this weekend!), the samples are a perfect 2-cup size (5g), and all in airtight packets (oh how I love when samples don’t get contaminated!), and not only that, but the first tea I tried from them (this one), is great! Reminiscent of Laoshan Black with chocolatey/roasty notes, but a bit less full-bodied. As well, I was catching a different sort of flavour that I would attribute to “scotch” (though I’ve never tried it). A very good, very interesting tea. Not quite a flavour profile I’ve previously tried, and although I was worried it would be too potent for me, it’s definitely not. If black tea isn’t really your thing, and you like Laoshan Black but only because it tastes like chocolate, this probably isn’t a tea for you because those notes aren’t overly dominant, but for black tea lovers, I think this is a big win.
I would like to thank Yezi Tea for this generous free sample offer, and would suggest that lovers of straight teas give them a shot!
Thanks for sharing some of this, Courtney! I was actually quite pleasantly surprised by this tea – there was tons of freeze-dried raspberry, making for a strong, true flavour, and the genmaicha was perfectly toasty. I couldn’t really taste blackberry, but it’s easy enough for me to lump that in with raspberry flavouring. I did find that for a few sips, the genmaicha was a bit overpowering, whereas other times it was the perfect balance of fruity and toasty. Certainly a significant number of notches above some of the other genmaicha blends I’ve had (though nothing can beat the original Marshmallow Treat or Cherry Cheesecake).
Roasty green oolong? Unsurprisingly, this one was a big win for me. Absolutely delicious. Roasted, creamy oolong notes, and if there were floral notes, they were masked by everything else (or toned down, and I didn’t notice them). I’ll have to try this one next to an unroasted dong ding oolong, as well as an aged tieguanyin, because in my head, the flavour profiles are all quite similar (and I don’t think that’s quite true).
Second infusion was very similar to the first – these leaves pack a lot of flavour!
A huge thank you to Angel and Teavivre for including this sample in my package!