2938 Tasting Notes
Thanks so much to Sil and… I don’t remember who sent her these teas :( But thank you! I excitedly got to trying them today – this was the first I brewed up. Overall verdict? Not bad. My initial sips could have been confused with a cup of unsweetened apple cider, though after it sat a bit longer, I could taste a bit of the honeybush (not unpleasant, just present), and the flavours didn’t meld quite as well. Still, one of the best approximations of apple cider that I’ve tasted, and I love how the cinnamon isn’t overpowering. Probably not a tea I’d seek out again, though.
Picked up 25g of this tea at the Toronto Tea Festival – it possibly has the largest leaves of any tea I’ve tried yet! (Or, largest intact leaves). Anyhow, the leaves smelled a bit like cucumber in the little sampling dish the company had out, and I found that intriguing, therefore decided to buy some.
The brewing process is rather interesting – I suspect that this tea is supposed to be brewed like a dragonwell, keeping the leaves in the cup and adding water. I don’t drink my tea hot, so can’t do that without oversteeping, so I just brewed this as a normal green (although it was a bit tricky to make sure the leaves were fully submerged, since they are so long! Nearly 3 inches, I’d say.)
The end result was definitely interesting – I hoped for a bit more cucumber, but instead it was on the smoky side, and more of a grassy sort of vegetal than the beany I’m more used to. It was definitely interesting; I’ll need to give it another go to figure out exactly how I feel about it. Certainly not bad, but not sure about buying it again (although I now want to try some from another company, perhaps Teavivre if they carry it.)
Sipdown! Thanks again to Fong Mong Tea for this sample! Although a little old, and not properly stored, it was still a pretty enjoyable oolong. A bit creamy, a bit floral, but nowhere near as much as a tieguanyin… my kind of green oolong, for sure. I’ll enjoy the next infusions shortly.
Pleasantly surprised to find this in my January Amoda tea box – I’ve discovered that I like hojicha, and I like toasty rice in my tea, and therefore I like this sort of combination. I don’t think this is the first of its kind that I’ve tried (I could be wrong, though), but the flavour was about as expected – sweet, toasty, and ricey. No green-ness. A fairly boring yet flavourful/comforting tea to have with a meal or on its own. (And I only mean boring in the sense that there aren’t as many flavours swirling around, IMO). Anyhow, tasty, and a good pick for a tea box.
Second tea from Amoda’s January 2014 box. I didn’t take great notes on it, but what I do remember is a definite cherry flavour, different from cherry blacks I’ve had previously. I’m not a big fan of maraschino/candied cherries (which are the types of cherries I associate with black forest cake), but I’m not quite sure it tasted like that… anyhow, I’ll have to give it another shot and pay a bit more attention! At the very least, I remember it being ok? Haha.
How interesting. I just discovered that this tea is the same tea that was in one of Amoda’s boxes last year. How incredibly disappointing. I knew the name sounded familiar (and the flavour was fairly standard), but hadn’t put it together until I came to log it… Not impressed at all.
As the tea goes, I’m fairly meh about it… reasonably standard minty rooibos. I don’t recall it being bad, but it also wasn’t anything special.
Sipdown! Not sure what happened last time (tastebuds off?), but I’m definitely getting delicious black currant in this cup. Not really any creaminess, just the rich fruitiness. That said, it is kind of weak, which I’m sure is age-related. Overall a good pick for a true-to-flavour fruity tea though. Pretty enjoyable.
Sooooo delicious. I think this is another tea I missed logging a while back, because I’m 99% sure I’ve brewed it up before. Anyhow, it tastes more or less like DavidsTea’s Salted Caramel – rich, chocolatey, caramelly, and I’m actually tasting marshmallows in this blend. Absolutely decadent dessert blend.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate
Ohhhhh delicious, delicious tea. Can you believe that I forgot this tea even existed?! Crazy. Anyhow, It was amazing today. Favourite chocolate orange tea, hands down. Eventually I’ll order more, but thankfully I still have enough for a few more cups. The chocolate just blends so well with the base and the orange is absolutely lovely… definitely more fruity than peel (I don’t care for peel). Mmm.
Thanks so Sil for passing along a sample of this one, originally from Hallieod.
My verdict? Fairly weak. Maybe because I’ve been eating, or maybe because I should have used more tea since there’s quite a bit of popped rice in here. I’ll try some more after the flavours in my mouth have dissipated a bit.
ETA: Sadly, this didn’t improve after sitting, and the second infusion was very weak. Hard to give this an accurate rating, unfortunately, but I probably wouldn’t pick it up again. I’ve had more flavourful genmaichas (and actually, I really like hojicha genmaichas too! More roastiness :D)