2387 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! Thanks to Sil for this one.
I’m pretty ambivalent about this tea. A 2.5 minute infusion was great for the base, which I’m quite enjoying, but there’s not enough mango flavour for me. On the other hand, what mango I am tasting is much more along the lines of how I’d like it to taste, as opposed to the floral messes some blenders seem to make mango into (there is a difference between yucky floral and fruity floral!! I know mangos are quite sweetly aromatic, but that does not mean that they are flowery!)
Anyhow, with more mango flavour, I think this one could be great. Might be one to try another sample of while visiting Sil for a tea date :D (Unless she sips down that one before I make it there! So much sipping down!)
Sipdown! On the other hand, I brewed this tea up strongly too, and there’s no medicinal flavour. I think it may have lost some flavour sitting around for a while, but I’m actually rather enjoying my cup of it. Sweet and creamy… I kind of wish I had some more to drink right now. I think part of the key here is not to underleaf.
Anyhow, thanks for letting me try this one, Indigobloom :D
Sipdown! Thanks Sil!
Blech. I brewed this one up pretty strong, and that was a mistake; although the strawberry flavour in here is fairly apparent (though rather fake, not that I care about that), I’m getting an overwhelming medicinal taste from the rooibos which is making me gag. Perhaps it would be ok if brewed for a shorter time or with a higher water:leaf ratio, but I can’t undo what I’ve done! (Well, I could add more water. We’ll see.)
Anyways, interesting to try a flavoured rooibos all the way from China! I wish it had been honeybush, sigh.
Almost gone :( I think there’s maybe a scant travel mug’s worth left of this one now. Luckily, I have a few others to replace it, so I won’t need to pick up any more for a while. This one’s tasty as always, although I think my tastebuds are craving something a bit fruitier right now… I wish I had time to go investigate and find exactly what they want, but I really don’t…
I really should have brewed up Mi Xian black for comparison. I steeped this one a bit longer today, more like 4.5 minutes, and it reminds me a lot more of Gui Fei oolong. Which is great, but I think I preferred a bit of a shorter infusion. Definitely won’t top PTA for me though!
This tea depresses me. It smells so caramely/mapley delicious, so much so that my tiny 3-serving baggie-ful of it made my entire room smell like deliciousness… but the taste just doesn’t match up at all. I used a lower temp this time (probably 85C or so), and about a 3.5 minute infusion and while it’s not terrible, it’s just not very tasty. It reminds me, actually, of Della Terra’s The Malt Shop… similarly malty flavour, delicious aroma, but doesn’t deliver delicious flavour.
Had a cup of this one yesterday. It didn’t quite hit the spot; I guess I wasn’t craving a smoky tea like I thought I was! It definitely smelled like smoked salmon in a cup. Once I have a bit more free time, I am dying to marinate some chicken and/or fish in lapsang… (not this one though. Something less refined.)