1932 Tasting Notes
Iced the last of this blend and I think that was a bad plan because something super weird happened…the banana took on a very artificial quality and not in the good banana medicine type way. The combination of hay-like shou mei, and artificial banana is really unpleasant and making it hard to finish this cup. And oh, there is still no passion fruit :(. Thank you Roswell Strange for sending some my way but this isn’t one I have a hard time saying goodbye to. Still, it’s always fun to try new things. 165.
Last time I had this, I brewed it hot and had it plain so with the rest of the leaf, I decided to try it a couple of different ways: hot with milk and iced.
I find the addition of milk to the hot cup highlights the coconut flavour of this tea. So the start of the sip is sweet, creamy coconut goodness. As the sip ends though, the cocoa really comes through to finish things off with a rich chocolatey note. Though if I am being honest, I don’t think this tea really needs the milk as the difference between this and the plain cup is minimal.
Iced, this reminds me of a watered down sweetened hot chocolate. The base also comes through more strongly as well. Unfortunately, I find the flavours are just too subtle for an iced cup. So, at the end of the day, I think I will stick to having this one hot.
Thank you Memily for such a generous sample. I really enjoyed playing around with this tasty tea! 166.
Yay for finally not dropping this tea all over the floor!!! Now I can enjoy a cup once again without being sad about having spilled majority of he package. So now I am happily sipping away on this sweet cup of tea. And I mean sweet. It tastes like honey and caramel with a slight touch of fall spices and maybe a hint of apple. Tasty indeed.
In other news, my mom has a friend who recently discovered the wonders of Ipods/mp3 players in general and he is pretty inept when it comes to the technology so I am the one who has to find him all his music and load his Ipod which is harder than one would expect because he has no clue when it comes to the names of any of the songs he wants. For instance, he told me he liked the song by Usher and when I asked which, he said “the popular one”. Anyways, initially he bought an Ipod shuffle (which I had to teach him how to use and tell him about all the cables he needs to charge it and connect it to his car) but he managed to kill it within a few days and thus replaced it with an Ipod Nano which I had to load up and teach him to use. The plus side to me having to do all this for him? Well, I have the power to put anything onto his iPod without him being able to take it off so he is now the proud owner of the whole Frozen soundtrack (including scores) :P. I thought it would go beautifully with all the R&B music he had me put on there.
When I got home from work, I decided I wanted tea but I knew I didn’t want anything too heavy which meant black tea was out. Honestly, if I had a more manageable cupboard, I probably would have reached for Butiki’s Butterscotch & Hazelnut Mocha Candies
again. Instead, I grabbed the Pineapple Angel Food Cake Shou Mei that has been sitting in my cupboard forever and hasn’t been touched and then I chose to splurge and open my bag of Vanilla Orchid that I have been saving since March and after all that, I decided I should at least try something new or work on a sipdown so I brewed up some of this as well.
My worry with this is that the oolong flavor would stand out the most. Luckily that wasn’t the case at all. This has a delicious coconut flavor to it – one that is sweet and true to the nut. However, the lemongrass also shines, particularly at the end of the sip. The flavor is really reminiscent of Coco-Lemon Thai tbh and the oolong base works wonderfully to highlight the flavors. I can actually see myself getting more of this in the future so that’s awesome.
I made this iced after having it hot and I think this is how I prefer it. It has the same flavors as the hot version and ultimately I feel those flavors lend themselves best to a colder drink. Nonetheless, like all the other Fall blends this year, I am still not sold so the rest of my sample is going to a friend as my relationship with this tea has run its course.