New Tasting Notes
Sipdown (128). So I’m finishing off the other half of this sample today. I thought I tasted perhaps a bit of floral flavor, but I think that’s just my mind trying to connect the tea to the name. Like I said in my previous tasting note, it’s basically just another sencha to me. I steeped very briefly (~20-30 sec?), which helped reduce the bitterness, but it was still there. Disappointingly not what I was expecting from this tea. Will not repurchase :(
What an interesting flavour. The scent and flavour profile is simultaneously intriguing me and making me feel ill. I have a weird relationship with berries. I love them individually, but any sort of berry mixture never goes over well. The cinnamon here seems to create the pie effect, at least in my cold shaken milk, and I think that’s what is allowing this flavour to work for me. I’ve also never had a berry pie, so perhaps this is what it’s supposed to taste like? Perhaps a warm latte would work better?
I ended up getting 50g of this. It’s good. I really like it.
Yes, it’s rooibos and no, you can’t pretend it’s not.
The almond flavouring is definitely flavouring, but in the good way. Like if I steeped this up with cacao it might resemble chocolate covered marzipan bars. The cheap ones you can get around Christmas.
Awesome, I so happen to be drinking this at the same time as Sil but this is my first time trying it. The dry leaf, from memory, smells almost peppery somehow? Maybe it’s the base. And then there’s the classic orange creamsicle lingering in the background. Aside from the pepperiness, this smells promising.
I steeped it for around fifteen minutes. It’s tasty! Truly like an orange creamsicle, and the base is really mild. I’ve only had lapacho once before, a long time ago, when David’s came out with their Amaretto, so I don’t even now what to expect from the base.
I think I’d consider buying more after polishing off my sample. It’s quite true to its name. I have, however, read in the past about health risks involving lapacho but I’m sure it should be fine if you only drink it occasionally and/or are not pregnant.
Alright, Friday Night Library Times, focus on just that. I need to stop dilly-dallying on Steepster (and writing rants to the wrong people, hence making a total ass out of myself wink wink ). Ugh.
I’ve been working this into my rotation every night for the last few nights as I have a ton of it having bought the smallest available TeaG size and I’ve decided it’s something that needs to be sipped down.
Last night I was drinking it while watching Grey’s Anatomy (am I the only person in the world who still watches that show?) and I was actually getting a pretty nice note toward the end of the sip, something that crossed over from savory into sweet right at the end.
Not enough for me to bump the rating, but if it repeats, it’ll make the sipdown somewhat easier than I’d anticipated.
I guess steeping this for too long overwhelms any mango flavour in here, because I NEVER pick up much of a mango scent. I’d love to, because I love mango, and Brisbane is my hometown, but gosh. I’ve got just enough of this left to try one more infusion for the time being but there are plenty of other T2 city breakfast teas I prefer. Oh well.
Finally have this in my cupboard!
I really regretted not picking it up when I went to Cuppa’T early/mid January – so I made a request for it from my family in Regina to get as a birthday tea! My mom may have goofed and picked up some less than stellar looking blends instead of my precious Monk’s Blend – but she delivered by picking this one up!
I wish I had an ingredients list – but it smells/tastes like some glorious combinations of vanilla, lemon, and wintergreen mint. Mmm! It also has these amazing sugar snowflake crystals which are so cute, and as I learned today delicious.
This was my Dad’s pick for tea this afternoon and I couldn’t resist stealing some to try. It’s in the kitchen cupboard right now, because I’m going to need a cup to myself sooner rather than later!
Also, that’s the last of the backlog! Hip hip hooray! So, yay for hopefully not getting this backlogged again for a long time.
Reserving my rating until I’ve had a cup to myself.
Not a stellar tea, but pretty decent for the cost. I might pick up some small caramel cubes and add them to see if I can replicate Orange Brulee from Della Terra.
The main thing here is the orange note. It’s kind of an orange creamsicle kind or orange…sweet and vanilla cream. Unfortunately, it does overshadow the oolong, but it really isn’t half bad. It’s super cheap, and it might be ok every now and again, and some tweaking by making some additions may help too. I may also look at adding milk to enhance creaminess. I also think this might make a nice cold brew in warmer temps.
I don’t think this is as bad as some people have noted, but I can understand the fake orange being an issue for some. I personally feel that the sweet orange is the best compliment to this kind of oolong. but it could be me.
Made this for my brother today because I thought it’d be something he’d be able to taste. He seems to like fruity (but not hibiscus sour) herbals, but hasn’t had any success with actual tea – and I thought this could be a breakthrough for him in regard to drinking tea with tea in it! He did say it smelled really good…
Unfortunately, while he said he could taste it and that it tasted pretty “decent” it made his stomach hurt a lot and he couldn’t finish the cup. I thinking that was the mate. So, I finished his cup worth for him. It was strong, but that’s because I really overleafed to try and make a cup he could taste well.
I’m a little excited now…I just meant to get the teas out on the table for tomorrow’s packing up swap stuff..and uh 2 hours later all my packages are bundles up and just need addresses before they’re ready to go out! It also means that i’m now in a great place to have a bunch of sipdowns tomorrow bwahahaha! which is good since i added 3 teas to my cupboard tonight.
I brewed this one up and sadly, forgot about it for an hour…DO NOT DO THAT! it makes it taste not as good. lol I really wanted cacao..but i only have enough for a small cup and that’s being saved for tomorrow…
Hmm. I steeped this like a normal tea and I think that was a mistake.
It’s not good like this. Tastes like dirt and mate. With a little spice on the side. And it’s making my tongue numb.
I hoped I’d like this, but it’s a no for me.
Thank you for the sample, Veronica. I do appreciate it! This is definitely one I was looking at purchasing.
Red Leaf arrived! YES. I absolutely love the resealable bags.
After a 12 hour day at school, I finally made it home, ready to fall asleep standing up, and this was waiting for me. I pulled myself together enough to choose this one to put in a mason jar and shake up with milk.
I haven’t had super fresh matcha in a long time, and the green colour was so vibrant. This one has the scent of chocolate that I know from somewhere, but I can’t pinpoint it. It’s pretty tasty in cold shaken milk, but it may be better hot. Or in a smoothie. So many choices. The memory of that chocolate taste is right at the edge of my mind. Gah. My brain is exhausted, but hopefully it will come to me.
My morning cold brew today!
I’m sad this is gone; I’ve really fallen in love with the idea of having a cold brewed pretty much straight up coconut tea around during the spring/summer seasons after trying this one and Zen Tea’s Coconut Oolong as cold brews. It’s like coconut water, but so much better.
If the rumours about Coconut Oolong coming back as April’s tea of month for DT are true, I might be very compelled to get some despite not having tried the much raved about Coconut Oolong yet. Though I’m still hoping they bring back Coconut Grove instead – because DT needs to step up their white selection and this one is fantastic.
I had such a good time with the Formosa Pouchong last night I decided to do another green oolong tonight. This is also from the maestro sampler set.
The leaves do an amazing job of expansion. They essentially tripled in size during multiple steeps. Whoa.
I love the Iron Goddess, but somehow this one wasn’t as magical as yesterday’s pouchong. Perhaps I still had too much left on my palate from dinner, so I won’t rate this just yet. It has a very similar buttery, creamy, floral aroma and taste, but the pouchong is lighter and oddly, I think, at the same time more complex and flavorful. This one has a flatter aspect, and doesn’t morph as much from steep to steep as the pouchong did. It’s still quite nice, though, and perhaps if I’d had this first after my long green oolong drought I would have preferred it. Who knows. There’s enough similarity that it’s at least possible. This one doesn’t have the amazing sugary finish, though.
I want to try it again soon, though.
In a Timolino.
It traveled pretty amazingly well; and had a strong pie crust/graham crust flavour and a delicious “sparking strawberry” aftertaste. I was really happy with it though so I’ll reiterate; a win for Sil and Stacy.
Although, to be perfectly fair it was a bit bitter by the end of it – but I’m thinking that’s just from sitting in the thermos for several hours.
When I smelled this in store, it was a very overwhelming spearmint smell with a hint of cucumber, but funny enough, there is no mint in this tea. I suggested to the David’s tea girl that maybe it had spearmint flavour in it because the ingredients just say natural flavours, but she said no there isn’t. My friend at work didn’t get spearmint at all, just melon. It’s kind of funny how everyone seems to smell and taste this differently.
I really don’t like spearmint tea, but I decided to try all of the spring teas just in case. This tea is definitely unique. It tastes very strongly of spearmint to me, but I’m definitely getting the cucumber as well. No sign of the melon though. The dried cucumber slices made it quite unattractive and almost made me gag when I dumped out my leaves into the sink.
Even though I didn’t personally like this tea enough to re-stock it, I have to admit it was quite refreshing and light. I can definitely see how others would like this.
Brewed a perfect cup of this yesterday!
It was a hot cup, but I drank it cold from a water bottle while out with a friend, and it was so creamy and apricot flavoured and perfect. Seriously, I’ve had some really issues with this in the past but last night’s cup of this was so surprisingly good that I’ve pulled it out of my closet to make again these next few days and try to replicate. I need to have it again, and soon.
Even though my rating for the tea itself is a “70” right now, last night’s cup was easily a 95 to 100. So greatly done! I even pulled out a bunch of other “similar” whites, because I was put in the mood for them just because of this one.
Flavors: Apricot, Coconut, Cream
I am so happy, I went to check the mail and discovered that I had no mail…wait, that is really sad…the reason I am happy is because it was beautifully warm today! No sunlight (always a plus) and spring-like warmth, for the first time in a while I was able to toss open the windows and enjoy some fresh air. Today was also a day for a new Minecraft Texture Pack, the City Texture Pack which has mobs in suits and some really gorgeous texturing. Playing around with my mom on the Xbox today, we both decided it would be our new ‘everyday’ texture pack, replacing the Natural Pack. Also, for anyone who is keeping track of these things, I almost have my huge star jar filled with 2,000 lucky stars filled up, yay!
Today’s tea is an innovative spin on a traditional Japanese tea, Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Black Genmaicha! This blend is created from Laoshan Black Tea, Minnesota Wild Rice, Organic Fair Trade Jasmine Rice, Organic Cacao Nibs, and Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong. This was the tea that convinced me to first order from Verdant Tea over a year ago, I saw it and fell in love with the idea, but did I fall in love with the tea? The aroma is decadent, very rich chocolate and nutty notes. There is also a rich malt aroma from the black tea and an extremely delicate floral and caramel notes. The key words to take away from the aroma is rich and decadent, it is nothing short of mouthwatering.
The brewed tea leaves are as expected, very rich with earthy tones, rich chocolate notes, and a touch of rice. After the initial chocolaty good aroma you can detect a slightly mineral like roasted oolong aroma. The liquid without the soaking leaves has the aroma of chocolate cookies and chocolate liqueur, it is very rich and has distinctly malty and creamy notes.
Tasting the tea is a real treat, it is very rich and quite creamy. The chocolate taste is slightly bitter like a really high percentage dark chocolate (think the 80% cocoa variety) but with an extra earthiness and burst of malt. The aftertaste is a mix of oak wood and toasted rice, as the tea cools it gets sweeter and richer. Even though this tea is not overwhelmingly sweet, adding cream or sugar I think detracts from the richness of the tea. It is very much so like dark chocolate and meant to be savored as such. As you can tell I enjoy this tea immensely, it has a permanent place in my tea collection and certainly cemented my love of Verdant Tea!
For blog and photos (and a creeper): http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/03/verdant-tea-laoshan-black-chocolate.html
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Malt
Mmm, yummy sweet ambrosia! Delicious!
And that’s really all I have to add for this one; it’s a favourite that I’ve written about a lot.
So, a few days ago (two?) I burst a blood vessel under my right eye, or something along those lines. So, my face is really swollen/tender around that area and it hurts to blink! Bleck. Also, it looks like I was in a fight, heh…