2493 Tasting Notes
I have shared this with a couple people now but so far it seems I am the first to try it (or at least the first to review it). I was excited to try this because I have often seen blueberry and maple but never strawberry and maple and those are two flavors that tend to call to me when I see them in blends. Consequently, I had high hopes for this that unfortunately it just doesn’t seem to be meeting. In my first sip, I got a nice dose of strawberry but that flavor has escaped me more and more with each subsequent sip. At times it resurfaces for a moment while in other instances I get a bit of an almost medicinal berry flavor which is just not pleasant. As for maple, I am not getting any, which seems to be the case with most maple teas (aside from Steam Tea House’s Organic Maple Seduction). Ultimately, the base really overwhelms the rest of the components. Thankfully it is neither bitter nor astringent but it also is not the greatest black tea I have had either. I will be sure to play around with the parameters to see if I can coax out the strawberry/maple but for now this is just alright.
Lately my mason jar has been tied up with cold brews and my other clear containers are packed away in a box in the basement so I haven’t had anything to brew blooms in. However, the past couple of days, I have decided to take advantage of my empty mason jar to brew bloom teas.
This one, in its dry form, was probably the prettiest bloom yet. Mostly that is because it looks like more than just tea leaves tied in a ball seeing as it has a small pink flower peaking through. However, that flower led me astray because when I brewed this, the flower separated itself from the rest of the bloom which then sunk to the bottom and bloomed upside down. Why put the flower on the bottom? Consequently, this one wasn’t as lovely bloomed as some of the others I have had.
Tastewise, this is a weak tea. Despite steeping for quite a long while, this just tastes like water infused with a bit of hibby and a touch of vegetal green – two flavor notes I personally do not look for in any blend. I will say though that given the two flavors this actually does have tend to be ones that are hated by many, this isn’t as bad as one might expect.
Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing. I appreciate the chance to try something new but this just wasn’t for me. On the other hand, blooms are always fun to watch so at the very least, I got some enjoyment out of this.
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So I had a whole note for this and then accidentally changed the page and thus lost it. I am too lazy to retype it so basically the gist is this bloomed to reveal pink flowers which then promptly floated to the top leaving behind brownish-green leaves. Compared to other blooms I have had, it just wasn’t as pretty. Tastewise, it had a nice mint flavor but nothing special enough that I would seek it out again, especially because it was accompanied by a bitter, drying quality that I was just not enjoying. Nonetheless, I want to thank Roswell Strange for the chance to try something I might not have otherwise.
I don’t know about you guys but in my cupboard, I have a sipdown envelope – an envelope in which any tea that has one cup worth left of leaf is stored. That means on Sipdown Saturday, or at times when I simply want to decrease my number, I can raid that envelope and get through a tea quickly. On Saturdays, once I get through the teas in the envelope, or if I simply don’t want something in the envelope, I work on drinking up swap teas. However, there were no caffeine free options in either my sipdown envelope or my swaps so I am working on getting through some older teas such as this.
Usually I wait for the water to cool but I got impatient so I decided to experiment and steeped this in 95C water for 1.5 minutes. The result? A tea that is a little bit base and a little bit vanilla. The flavor is more subtle than it has been in other cups but it stays on the tongue even after the sip ends which is quite pleasant. All in all, a tasty cuppa.
In completely unrelated news, I started watching Prison Break. Has anyone seen it? I am guessing the answer is probably yes as it is relatively old now. I am just a couple episodes in and it is interesting enough but I am debating about maybe watching Teen Wolf instead. I have heard good things about both however my friends are obsessed with the latter which is why I am thinking about giving it a try but it is not on Netflix which means having to download every episode and that is a pain. Prison Break, on the other hand, is on Netflix. Any thoughts on one show or the other? Or any other suggestions of interesting series to watch?
So both this tea and the Premium Keemun I just had are rated at 70 and that is definitely not right because the other tea is MUCH better than this. Seriously, drinking a straight black tea and then drinking this highlights all it’s imperfections. The base is astringent and lacking in flavor while the lemon merely adds a bitter peel type taste with just a hint of that lemon zest. I think this just goes to show how drinking two teas at a time can drastically alter ones experiences. Nonetheless, this is done now and it won’t be one that I ever stock. Still, I am grateful to Roswell Strange for the opportunity to try it out.
Thank you Dexter for sharing this with me. I don’t know what I did differently between this cup and the first but I am enjoying this second taste a but more than I remember enjoying the last. It is not overly flavorful but it is smooth, malty, and almost a touch creamy at the end of the sip. On the other hand, there is definitely the slightest hint of smoke in here as well and it is tying together quite nicely with the rest of the cup. A great way to say goodbye! Going forward, I don’t plan on stocking this but I would not refuse another cup if offered and I will certainly be raising the rating when I get to my computer because this deserves more than the 70 I initially gave it.
Eta: Reading my last tasting note and I realize I am getting the leather I got last time but it is much more toned down.
At first I wasn’t in love with this but then I started craving it. I flip back and fourth between wanting to stock this and trying to finish it off. However, no matter how this is brewed, it always results in a pretty solid cup. It is not the best tea I had but it’s consistently good and that says something and I feel that’s the reason I keep coming back for more. Luckily it have pretty awesome friends like Roswell Strange who are willing to supply me with this tea so thank you Roswell Strange for such a generous amount if this tasty tea :).
I cut down the steep time to 3.5 minutes in 90C water and the result is amazing! Seriously, this is delicious! Chocolate and malt swirling in the cup with rich bready notes. I am enjoying this a lot and am very grateful to Dexter for sending it my way and for sending enough that I was able to play with steeping parameters. Thank you Dexter!!