3107 Tasting Notes
Brewed this up a while back to bring on a car ride in a Timolino… not the best way to first try a tea, but it happened regardless. I was pretty impressed – I remember creaminess and fruitiness, and repeatedly picking this tea over the other 3 I had with me, until it was completely gone (and I had to drink the others. Sigh.) I obviously will have to write a better note later, where I have it in a mug, but based on that one experience, I added another half ounce to my Massive Butiki’s-Closing Order. I wish I’d known whether or not I should have bought more of it (or Butterscotch Mocha Candies), but I just haven’t tried them enough to really know. At least I’ll have a bit more, though, in case I love this one (which I’m worried I will).
Oh. Looks like I didn’t care for this one the first time around. Aaaaand I think I know why. Even with a 2.5 minute infusion, there’s astringency, and although there’s definitely a sweetness to the cup, it’s missing the chocolatey notes that I like in a black. That really does seem to be my critical factor as to whether or not I enjoy a black tea. (Also astringency.) It tastes like it would be a great breakfast tea for someone who enjoys a robust kick in the pants in the morning, but since I don’t enjoy that, it’s not for me. (Although that said, I am enjoying the sweet, somewhat golden raisiny lingering aftertaste post-sip.)
Also, this is a sipdown. Yay me, getting in a couple a day now!
Thanks for some of this one Sil. I am reasonably unimpressed, but given a) the comments I read and b) the age of the tea, it sounds like there wasn’t a ton of flavour to begin with, and what was there is likely gone. It’s still not a bad cup of tea – less astringent than 52teas’ Almond Happiness, but to be fair, it also has less flavour. Ah well, not a big loss – I don’t seem to be a big fan of Sloane teas in general for whatever reason. Not rating out of fairness to the tea, but I’d guess it would garner around a 60 fresh, for me.
Sipdown! Oh man, this is still crazy delicious. I don’t care if there are a few piddly calories in here (there must be, it’s far too decadent not to have any). Black tea, nougat, deliciousness. I shall be getting more of this at some point. This and Creme Brûlée. Thanks again Cavo for sending some :)
Thanks again to mystery swapper! This tea is kind of a bust – tastes just like a rooibos cream to me. Seabuckthorn is pretty sour and astringent, and I’m not picking up any of that here. Probably for the best; although I wanted to try this tea, I’m not entirely sure I thought it would work anyhow. Kind of makes me think curdled… Anyhow, average rooibos cream, and that’s about it.
Kicking myself so hard right now. Bang – another winner! Love the pillowy soft strawberry fruitiness in this black. Reminiscent of Raspberry Cream, but even better because I prefer strawberry flavouring (although I imagine it’s a berry mix here, I’m mostly tasting strawberry). There’s more creaminess here too, with the marshmallow root (I was briefly worried that it was ginger. Thankfully not.) Quite tasty. Thanks for sharing, mystery swapper! (I’m now convinced I’m referring to *Rachel*…)
Sipdown! Well darn… I actually like this one. Apricot flavouring is another one that 52teas does well (I also like my Apricot Shou Mei Cheesecake), and this tea is no exception. Juicy apricot flavour and a bit of creaminess as well – the apricot flavour lingers on the palate long after I finish a sip, too. I did mess up the base a bit – I assumed this was a white and brewed it as such; it probably should have been brewed as a green due to the long jing, but oh well, it didn’t suffer too much, just a bit of bitterness (and to be honest, I probably could have added a bit more water and eliminated that).
Anyhow, it’s too bad this tea is gone, because I probably would have like to have some around. Thanks for sharing some, Sil!
Strange that there are so few notes about this tea…
Anyhow, an extremely, 2+-years belated thanks to Alphakitty for the generous sample of this tea! I’m not sure why I hadn’t tried it prior; possibly because it got lost in the swap shuffle, but I have tried it now, and it’s pretty decent! I’m sure it has lost some flavour, but it’s still a nice, nutty black, with hints of caramel. I didn’t really pick up any cherry, but that’s probably an age thing. One big bonus here is that it fared quite well with a 2-minute infusion (prevented most astringency). I wish I had tried this back when it was newer, but I’m happy to drink it up now!