213 Tasting Notes
This is a backlog from forever ago (= 2 nights ago).
It seems to me that I like dragonwell greens a lot. Every time I have them I am pleasantly surprised by how sweet they actually are. They always taste like sweet green vegetables. I also enjoy the way the dry leaf looks – it is the most beautiful hue of green.
This one from Harney & Sons definitely delivers on all levels. Very vegetal, practically not astringent at all, even on consecutive steeps. I think if I were to make one straight green my “everyday” green it would be Dragon Well AKA Lung Ching AKA Long Jing. Not necessarily from Harney & Sons, although it might turn out to be the best bang for the buck. I would like to try it from different companies first, though, especially now that there’s spring and there might be fresh harvests coming up (Am I right?).
I got this tea in a mystery pack from MissB. Thank you! :)
Okay, so the only tea from 52teas I actually own (And, I believe, the only one I had tried before this one) is Napalm Ferret. When I opened the bag of Cinnamon Roll and got a whiff, it smelled exactly like the Ferret. I was like “Why in the world does it smell like the Napalm Ferret???”. But then I realized that it’s the cinnamon that does it. Apparently this company uses very specific and pretty spicy cinnamon that you can recognize anywhere and that I am going to call Ferret Cinnamon from now on.
It was an enjoyable honeybush blend, I prefer my honeybushes and rooiboses citrusy and fruity, but a little bit of spice won’t hurt either. I did not get the “roll” part at all, however, and I did not find anything creamy about it.
I think I should just call it Ferret Cinnamon Honeybush instead, but not for long since I only have like a serving left, and I won’t be buying more any time soon.
I have no idea why I decided to order exactly this tea since I am not the greatest fan of dark oolongs, and I definitely have had no luck with the flavored blends that consist of dark oolongs. Of course, my experience is that a blend from Butiki would be different. But still, dark oolong… I must have just thought this sounded really good at the time of ordering.
Well, either way, I am glad I got it, dark oolong or not. I had it last night. I was pretty surprised at huge pecan chunks. The oolong leaves were fragrant, graphite black and wiry. The brew was not too overwhelmingly fragrant but I could definitely find hints of the sweetness of maple and the nuttiness of pecans.
Oh, it was yummy! It was like eating a pecan pie only FAR, FAR better because pecan pies are drastically too sweet for me. And the flavoring, as always with Butiki teas, tastes sooo natural. I don’t think it will ever cease to amaze me how their teas are done. The base oolong was marvellous and I can see how its smokiness adds to the nuttiness, how it actually becomes the pecan notes.
The best thing about blenders as awesome as Stacy is that you can actually experience how they figured out this or that would make a great combination with this or that base, see how perfectly logical it is, and how obvious, and at the same time you know you could never really come up with it yourself. It’s like with literature or paintings, you read a poem, you see a painting and you’re like “This is so simple, and so obvious to put it this way, now that I see it” – and yet, you know you would never do the same thing. Something else, maybe. But not THIS.
Haha, this tea inspires musings even though I had it last over 13 hours ago :D :D
Thank you, Anna, for a sample of this tea!
This tea smells delicious as a dry leaf as well as a ready steep. Fruity and floral, delicate and mysterious.
Each sip gives you a slight shock at first because the Chinese green tea base seems to be pretty definite and strong. But then it studdenly smoothens out and you detect nearly everything that the aroma promised – fruity sweetness and blossoms. There’s a hint of some sort of candy, makes me think of a lollipop in particular :D It’s probably not the most complex cup but to hell with that. Fruity, refreshing, yummy. That’s all I need right now!
This tea is just perfect for a sunny late afternoon like the one I am enjoying now.
Perhaps I am not much of a seasoned earl greyer but I do not find anything supreme about this tea.
I mean, it’s good. It’s a very decent EG. I am quite content sipping it right now. The base is somewhat strong and astringent, and that is fine with me. The bergamot flavor is not too pushy, it blends well with the rest, doesn’t bully the base tea notes and instead plays along nicely with them. Good clean bergamot fun.
But I guess I expected something extraordinary and stupendous, something SUPREME. All it might mean, though, is that it is just a notch (or two) better than Harney & Son’s standard EG, which I have never had, so I can’t know the difference.
It’s okay. I wouldn’t invest in a tin of it, though.
I decided to go with this tea as my first tea of the day. A beautiful day, I might add. I must have had it before but I don’t remember anything about it. I really have to sip this one down, it’s one of the older teas that I own (5 months old?).
However, as soon as I opened the tin, I realized why I am so reluctant to have this one… Because it smells godawful. There’s this extremely artifical smell that the leaves and, subsequently, the steep have. I tried not to smell it. It was like… a bunch of lime zest that you just found under an old carpet.
The flavor was slightly better but there was still so much of fakeness to it. On the whole it tasted like some kind of earl grey cream gone very wrong. Because you get this lime that tastes like a really nasty bergamot and then there’s some creamy notes – which was the only thing that positively surprised me about this tea.
Fusion Teas have some really awesome offerings (Caribbean Nectar Rooibos, Raspberry Champagne White) but this, IMHO, is not one of them.
Beautiful straw-grey, long and swirly leaves brew into copper-brown liquor of a VERY tantalizing aroma. It sure is fragrant, they got that right!
And the taste… It tastes like the sweetest Chinese black tea you can imagine, but it is even more graceful and delicate. Which doesn’t make it less full-bodied. Every sip is smooth. And SO sweet. The flavors I detect are fruit tree blossoms, perhaps very sweet melon, maybe even a perfectly ripe avocado.
It has this other flavor to it that is hard to describe but that embodies “tea flavor” in general. It’s like tea flavoring in drinks or sweets, except it is perfectly natural. Imagine that a tea plant can actually grow edible apple-like fruit. They would taste like this tea.
This could be one of the best teas I have had so far. It is also my first yellow tea. I wonder if they are all this wonderful?
I re-steeped it three times and all the steeps were delicious, although on the third steep it seemed to have lost its ethereal blossom sweetness and started to get a little bolder instead (still not astrigent at all).
It seems like Zen Tea have it on sale right now and I am so tempted to get a massive amount of it… But it will have to wait.
While I like this tea a little bit more than Lupicia’s Lychee, it is not anything particularly striking my fancy. It has all these nice fruit in there but somehow it is kind of… boring. Like an aunt’s birthday party kind of boring. You know, there’s all these good homemade pastries and cakes but then… damn, does it drag and the clock must have frozen!
Mabe it’s because its decaf? It’s good to have a decaf tea that pretends to be a black blend though, once in a while every tea drinker needs something like that.
I think I’ll move on to some oolongs soon today. It’s time!
This tea… is gorgeous!
It tastes just like red-berry concentrated syrups that my grandmother used to make. You would add water to it to get a nice, refreshing juice. The last time I had it was probably nearly 20 years ago.
There exist some blends that try to imitate this kind of syrup, at least in Poland I’ve known some, they are usually herbal and bagged teas. Needless to say, they all would taste quite artificial. This one does not.
It retains this berry syrup flavor but also charms you with its delicately astringent base. And it feels like drinking this refreshing juice when I was a little girl. So amazing. I would not, not in a million years, expect this tea to take me back to an almost forgotten flavor of my childhood. Thank you, Mariage Frères!
And thank you, Anna, for a sample of this! I am glad that I like this one so much because it seems to be one of the more US-available of the French teas :)