230 Tasting Notes
It’s been ages since I’ve had this tea and all I have been wanting to drink lately is black tea.
Possibly because of the weather? Usually oolongs are my favourite, but I am finding myself disinterested in green oolongs. Perhaps the summer will turn this around. I’m still stalking the Verdant tea website waiting for the Laoshan Black to come back in stock ;( Hmph.
Quick smell of the dry leaves gives a nice sweet malty note.
First steep I get sweetish caramel notes with smoke. Definite smoke. Delicious. A little bit of a harsh edge mid-sip, but it is very lovely still. The smell is delicious. The lingering taste is malty raisin.
I’m in Edmonton right now to meet my grad prof for my Masters… and I GOT IN!
It’s the lab of my dreams and I am so excited that all of my hard work paid off and I’m actually getting to do something I’ve wanted to do since grade 6!
Im staying with a dear friend of mine, and I shared this tea with him two nights ago. His expression was priceless:
“I feel like I should be chewing this. It’s that good. I just want to eat this. I can’t believe this is tea.”
There I was smiling ear to ear, so happy I found a tea he adores. It’s definitely one of my favourites and will forever be one of my favourites. So much love for this tea with its clove, pumpkin, cinnamon spice flavours and creaminess.. like drinking a pumpkin pie. <3
This is okay. It’s been a while since I’ve drank it… which was when I was just getting back into loose leaf tea.
This time around, it’s got an added element of dirt to the flavour profile.
Not sure where that came from. Maybe it’s because I left the leaves to sit out in their brew basket before using them to steep. (aka.. I put them in the basket, but fell asleep and didn’t brew it until 2 days later…)
oops. You win some, you lose some. I won’t change the rating simply because the flavour could be attributed to oxidation from being left out for a while. I would rate this steep a low 70s though.
It’s taking me a while to get to like this tea.. but I’m finding its growing on me slowly but surely. I’ve been steeping these nuggets for about a week now and they’ve only just broken apart today. Crazy business!
One rinse was done for these nuggets. First steeps brought a nice unsweetened angel food cake taste with vanilla and definite white starchy spongy cake taste (though again, unsweetened so it throws you off a bit)
Mid steeps introduce a nice maple syrup caramel aspect which is delightful and surprising… it accompanies the angel food cake. Definitely my favourite steepings.
Later steeps (current) bring about more of the angel food cake flavour, with the maple, and a nice silky mouthfeel.
I’ve probably done about 25+ steeps on these leaves and they’re still giving. Definitely was a delicious investment..
Boiling filtered water, short steeps initially (10s)… midsteeps were approximately 20-30s, late steeps 1-2 minutes
See previous notes…
I haven’t had this in a while, and I don’t know why. It smells beautifully of butter and rum. Go figure.
Steeps up as a rather mellow black tea, but the buttery rum flavours definitely shine through with a hint of vanilla.
Now on a side note- I have 7000 words to write for my research paper by 1 pm tomorrow (23.5 hrs). Expect a lot of tea notes and a lot of tea being drank.
I love this tea every time I drink it! Sweet malt with a touch of smoke. What’s not to love?
My first official logged sipdown!
I’m going to try and drink as much tea as possible tonight and wash this lurking sickness out of me.
Initial dry notes: vanilla citrus with a touch of cream
Liquor: creamy custard vanilla with a nice citrus. Not a very strong ‘oolong’ flavour coming through.. Which is okay sometimes.
Overall it’s not too bad. I would buy this again possibly if my entire stocks of tea get low.. but I also would like to try the new Vanilla oolong DT has before I’d commit to a 50g bag of this (judging by the rate at which I drank my 15g sample…)
Tea Desire Chai mix with Tea Desire Chocolate Christmas Loops black tea…
I added extra star anise, cloves, candied ginger, cinnamon sticks, cardamon, and peppercorns.
Made with almond milk (unsweetened) and 1 tsp of honey.
The result is a delicious, sweet cinnamon/clove/cardamon/chocolate brew that’s perfect for the morning!
What the heck?
I definitely wrote a note for this. But where did it go?!
This has been a love of mine since discovering DT… why? Here are my reasons:
1. I love popcorn
2. I love caramel
3. I love caramel popcorn
4. I love caramel apples
This tea features all of these delightful flavours and more! .. such as maple syrup. Let’s not get sidetracked by that though.
I iced mine, added a bit of raw sugar and some salt. This beats any juice I’ve ever had, and hence why I love tea.