2260 Tasting Notes
I tried this before and didn’t really like it but after I finished the sample, Roswell Strange discovered that this tastes good cold brewed. So, when I saw this in the box, I immediately set this up to cold brew and it is great. Delicious rhubarb vanilla flavor with just a hint of tea. The hops take a back seat and allow everything else to shine so this is definitely the way to go about drinking this tea. Going to bump up my rating because this makes a really refreshing cold brew.
My brother asked me to brew him up a cup of this tea since he thought it smelled great. I really hoped it would turn out great since I know it can but alas it was merely meh. Even with milk, it was thin and the vanilla was rather muted. He finished the mug though so I guess he didn’t mind. Lowering the rating on this though given the inconsistencies.
So I took a sip and all I could think is “this tastes like a tree”. That sounds weird but really it is pretty fitting. This tastes like evergreen trees smell: crisp and refreshing. It really is an interesting blend and one I would never picked up on my own so I am grateful for the teabox because once I got the chance to smell it, I was sucked in!
Enjoyed as part of a side by side by side experiment exploring black teas. That can be found here: http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/241824
Alright, so in an effort to detect the subtle distinctions of different straight black teas, I decided to do a side by side by side comparison of this tea, Zhen Qu, and Jin Pin.
This tea is courtesy of the very generous Cavorcorax (thank you!!). Of the three, it is my second favorite. It is very smooth and has a nice malt. It is also quite rich and I am definitely picking up on the clove element of the tea. Oh and unfortunately this cup means it is a sipdown and there is no more PTA in my cupboard :(.
I pulled the sample of Yezi’s Jin Pin out of the SSTTB. It is my favourite of the three I am trying and the one I think I want to have stocked (which makes sense given it is the tea that inspired this exploration). I get a lot of malt and caramel in this and for my tastes, it is the most preferable. This is not to say the others are not amazingly delicious, however this is the closest to dessert teas of the straight blacks I tried and so it is a good transition while my tastes are still changing.
Zhen Qu is my least favorite of the three teas but it is still a really amazing tea. It has an astringency to it which in this case is not a bad thing but is still one of the reasons I prefer the other teas. Flavorwise, this is quite nutty which is enjoyable. Also, the malt on this is a bit less than the other two cups. Very tasty but just not preferred when compared to the other two options. Nonetheless, thank you Cavocorax for helping me with my straight black journey! Oh, and this is a sipdown as well so no more Zhen Qu for me.
Thank you Cavocorax for the sample of this tea. I am realizing that my tastes have changed enough that I enjoy straight blacks. However, my palette is yet to have developed enough to distinguish all the subtle nuances of the teas. Consequently, they all taste the same to me: malty, sweet, and delicious but still the same. Perhaps I should try them side by side and that will point out the differences but as it stands now, as embarrassed I am to say it, I can’ really tell them apart from one another.