566 Tasting Notes
Pretty sure my feed isn’t working here, but oh well.
This was a sad sipdown, but I appreciated the chance to try it (Thanks KallieBoo!). This is just a really clean, buttery, sweet green tea. It brightened a grey day a little bit even!
So, I’ve had this one a couple of times now and I’m pretty sure I haven’t reviewed it yet. And that lack of a review is mostly because I was having a really hard time figuring out how I feel about this tea.
If you even whisper ‘oversteep’ at it, it cackles and becomes unpleasantly bitter. So that was a little trial and error (3 minutes too long, 2 minutes too short). And boiling like I normally would left me with a cup of, well, tea without any strawberry or cream.
So today I went at it with 190F water for 2 min 45 seconds, added 1 oz of milk and a half teaspoon or so of sugar and BY JOVE I GOT IT.
I had a really nice cup of strawberries and cream tea with just a subtle hint of sugared alcohol. This is insanely good once I eventually got there.
This one is kind of a let down, as it misses the S’mores mark (at least for me).
I get an extra toasty genmaicha (and it’s a pretty solid genmaicha, honestly) with a tiny bit of marshmallow that comes through at the end, but I don’t get graham cracker or chocolate.
Oh yum! This was a sample from Stacy on my last order that I had apparently forgotten about, and it resurfaced today, so I pretty much had to brew it up.
After a two and half minute steep, this is a pale green-yellow cup that smells at once warming, and of strawberries and brown sugar.
For taste, the tea is primarily strawberries on a buttery fresh base. The ginger offers a lovely warmth to the blend and there’s a subtle burnt sugar in the background and in the aftertaste. The overall cup is quite delicate, but immensely satisfying. This might be my new favorite strawberry tea!
Definitely another winner.
Thanks once more to Angel and Teavivre, and I apologize for taking so long to get to all of them! But I really enjoyed all of the samples I received and this one was no exception.
The dry leaf smells sweet and green with a good amount of floral. It lacks the milk candy creaminess I normally associate with a Milk Oolong, but it smells really good, regardless.
First Infusion (200F/2 min)
There was a surprising amount of creaminess, and a lovely buttery mouthfeel. The taste is delicate and very lightly orchid-floral, as well as that very classical green vegatal taste oolongs have. The ending is sweet and lingers.
Second Infusion (200F/2 min)
Very slightly creamier, more orchid in this cup with a smoother finish (that I didn’t think possible!)
Third Infusion (205F/3 min)
The creaminess actually drops off here, and it becomes a more floral cup with hints of sweet hay and subtle fruits.
Fourth Infusion (205F/3 min)
The cup is primarily sweet, fruity and green at this point, with the type of butteriness I expect from some green tea, though the flavors are getting more delicate. This is also the first cup I’ve gotten any astringency from.
I would imagine I could get a fifth steeping out of this, but a sixth would be difficult. I think the leaves outlasted me today, though.
Overall, a very good oolong. Not as creamy as I’ve come to expect from milk oolongs, but good in it’s own right, with sweet orchid and veggie notes.
They may say subtle, but when I opened the sample packet Shmiracles sent me, I was thinking the berry was anything but! I don’t say that in a bad way, though. It’s sweet and jammy smelling and reminds me a lot of homemade raspberry jam!
The better news is that the Sencha offers a butteriness and herbaceousness that keeps this from being candy-like or overdone, and the berry was balanced very well with the tea itself so I could taste both each sip.
My dislike for this one is all me-based.
There is a certain threshold of cardamom (it’s not very high) in tea that literally triggers my gag reflex and makes me feel ill. It’s the reason I can’t drink much in the way of masala chai. This unfortunately passed that in spades.
Thanks anyway TastyBrew.