2476 Tasting Notes
Thank you Tea Ave for the sample! I’ve tried a couple jasmine oolongs now, so I was excited seeing this one included in my samples since I’ve absolutely got a point of comparison. Besides, jasmine teas really seem to work for me (jasmine whites are my favourite though; admittedly) in general.
I made a pot of this one tonight when I got home from work to drink while I watched The Voice with Tre tonight. And, I was sure to use the aroma cup as well. In fact, Tre was really interested in what I was doing so I wound up teaching him how to use it too (not like he ever will though). So thanks for that as well Tea Ave; it was cool sharing tea stuff with him!
I have to say; the aroma cup didn’t make a huge difference for me; not like it has with the other teas I’ve tried it with, anyway. Absolutely made the floral notes in the tea stand out – and was very sweet, but I didn’t personally think I made any observations I would’ve missed otherwise. I let Tre smell though; but he didn’t like it much. Then again, he really hates most things floral so I should’ve expected it.
Taste wise, I thought most of the cups from my pot tasted very consistent. The ration of jasmine flavour compared with the natural flavours of the oolong was pretty even; neither over powered the other, and both got a chance to shine. Definitely a sweet jasmine; absolutely and completely natural tasting. I can’t imagine it’d ever find its way into “chemical” or “cheap perfume” territory!
The oolong was very soft and I tasted similar butter and cream notes to what I experienced with Ginger Lily; but I believe the two share the same base (someone correct me if that’s wrong though; I don’t have the packaging on me) so that’s not surprising. Maybe it was the flavour pairing; but I do think Ginger Lily’s “milk oolong” like flavour notes were stronger, and more drawn out. I missed that in this blend. Obviously, the floral notes were more exaggerated though – lots of orchid but also honeysuckle. Different than Ginger Lily; I also tasted more vegetal notes. Sugar snap peas, in particular. Crisp and sweet!
Final thoughts; the jasmine in this is excellent. Insanely well balanced, and completely natural tasting. Probably better than any other jasmine oolong I’ve had – or at the very least just as good. The oolong itself is also very good but less interesting here than it was in Ginger Lily.
However, taking a moment to be a little more critical – Ginger Lily is much more unique and a more surprising find for me. That, combined with the way the flavours of the oolong were brought out, is why I think it’s significantly better. While this certainly is a very good Jasmine Oolong, they aren’t terribly uncommon either. So I don’t think this is one I’d want to purchase – though I really, really did enjoy it. I still think I’d buy Ginger Lily though.
I think this note jumps around a lot but it’s also 1:00AM so bare with me.
Cold Brewed and poured into a timolino for work.
Drank it during my lunch break; felt more like a really great, thirst quenching juice than actual tea – but I loved it. The blackberry leaves were really strong; I stick by my opinion that they make the flavours of other ingredients really, really “pop” and also taste like a concentrated “puree” sort of thing. More herbals should use ’em.
So many of my “standard” tins of DT herbals for every day cold brews and such are practically empty; like one or two cold brews left. Gonna need to do some serious DT restocking!
Today’s word of the day was goulash which is “a beef stew with onion, paprika, and caraway”. Never did end up using it – but in hindsight when the chef who comes in and does instructional cooking classes came in and asked for suggestions for March classes this would have been really easy to suggest…
Missed opportunity. Smeh.
Thank you TheLastDodo for the sample!
Misread this one this morning as “Georgia Earl Grey” when I was getting ready for work. Poured the water over the tea and my initial thought was “Man, I can’t smell bergamot at all”. Went back, double checked the tea name. Had that ‘oh – I’m an idiot’ moment.
It was really good though; and once I realized what I was drinking I was pretty on board. I feel like I was oddly observant of the flavours when I was sipping at it on the bus too – perhaps because of already making poor observations before the water had even been poured. I guess I need to over compensate.
This is so smooth and silky; and actually very sweet. I wish there were more reviews on it though ‘cause I think I noticed slightly different things? Primarily I thought this was really yeasty, with some lighter honey notes as well as notes of baker’s chocolate (you know; just a touch bitter). There were also raisin and citrus notes in the background. Really liked the citrus in it; raisin could have been better but it also could have been much worse.
I have another cup’s worth – looking forward to it!
Also, I think this was my first What-Cha tea? Good experience overall.
Thank you again Tea Ave for the samples! I had initially planned to try the magnolia oolong today but myself craving this one when I went to make my tonight tonight while watching the voice I saw this one in my sample drawer, and it called to me!
Guys, a ginger tea called to me.
Mmm; the smell is wonderful! Sweet ginger, just a touch of lily and peony and a creamy sweet oolong base with maybe just a bit of nuttiness. I spent like five minutes just hugging the hot cup close to my chest, feeling the steam on my face and just smelling it. Wow.
A lot of the smell kind of carries into the taste; there’s a lot more ginger in the hot brew than there was in the cold brew – still much more of a sweet ginger than a spicy one. And I really like it! What even is this!? I think I have to kind of have to reevaluate the whole ‘not a fan of ginger’ thing because I really think this is something I could have around a lot – because of the ginger.
But other than that, it’s just so much like a milk oolong too: buttery and silky and creamy. Traditionally I haven’t liked milk oolong but it works. It works really, really well. In fact I think I can get away with saying that this tea is workin’ it.
Thanks Tea Ave for sharing this with me. I’m lucky to have tried it, because had you not sent it to me I certainly wouldn’t have picked it for myself.
Damnit; I just finished writing a note for this and Steepster ate it!
Anyway, these are on sale for $1 at my store this week so on one of the days when I didn’t have time to bring tea with me to work I bought one. I’m only half surprised to find it already in the Steepster database. The picture they’re using is the old bottle design though; the new one is much prettier and appealing.
I’ve had like 1/4 of a bottle in the fridge all week, finishing it now while I pack my work lunch for tomorrow. It tastes much more like ‘real’ tea than any other bottled “Iced Tea” I’ve ever had, but it’s still a touch too sweet for me. They do sell a plain, unsweetened one though and it might be worth checking out.
After I’m done packing lunch I’m gonna watch the Voice Season 8 premiere. If Tre wasn’t busy ‘releasing a week’s built up tension’ I’d invite him to watch too like we did last season. I think if he knew how much I share about him on here he’d be mortified.
“Strangers know I masturbate!?”
“Tre, anyone with a brain knows you masturbate.”
Also shout out to my Aunt Jill! Got a letter in the mail not too long ago from her where she mentioned having found my Steepster blog online (wont get into how). Not sure if you’re reading these tasting notes regularly now, but if you do you’re probably as mortified as Tre would be.
THE QUEUE DOES NOT EXIST!
Mixed this one 50/50 with Tea Desire’s Pure Life blend as part of operation “Mix Birthday Cake with All The Teas”. You can read the full note here:
And now that I’m writing this is officially means that, for the time being, there is no tasting note queue! I’ve written all the notes that I have to write! I feel like my day off today was really productive. Hooray me.
Hot cup of this blend mixed 50/50 with Butiki’s Birthday Cake a few nights ago. It’s been a little while since I did something for operation “Mix Birthday Cake with All The Teas!” or whatever it was that I was calling it.
Since this tea, on its own, reminds me a little of a creamsicle I thought that upping the vanilla factor would work out really well. What I didn’t anticipate was that the spongy, fluffy cake vibe from Birthday Cake and the light, summery vegetal bamboo in pure life wouldn’t mesh really well. What ended up happening is a created a blend that reminded me so much of Butiki’s Tangerine Creamsicle guayusa which I didn’t much like at all – but on a less earthy base.
I’ll just quote what I said in my tasting note for that one: “I don’t get Ceamsicle so much as I do curdled citrus and milk”. I wound up not finishing the mug. Is this my first fail in operation “Mix Birthday Cake with All The Teas”? I think so. It had to happen eventually.
Now I know.
Had a 5AM file maintenance shift this Friday so instead of sleeping after my Thursday shift I decided to just pull an ‘all nighter’ instead. I knew I’d be tired at work, but it’d be easier overall than sleeping for like four hours and having to get up at a ridiculous hour to get ready.
I ended up curing my new Mate Gourd at something like 1:30AM which, thanks to some links and advice from TheLastDodo went really well – and then afterwards I decided to try using it for the first time. I mean, it’s not like caffeine was a bad thing at this point. I didn’t realize how much mate gets used up making this the correct, traditional way. I burned though a lot of leaf! If I want to make using my gourd a more regular thing I’m gonna have to buy some mate in bulk!
I think it went well though; the flavour seemed to be fuller and richer! I wonder how quickly the inside of the gourd should be turning green though – I already notice some colour changes after a single use. Perhaps that’s because the only mate I had on hand was flavoured?
Anyway, this is gonna be a fun journey.
So after my shopping trip I did something stupid.
I locked myself outside of the house. And not gonna lie, I’ve done it before but normally either Tre is home or – worst case scenario (or I thought worst case) I could always just go to Tre’s restaurant and pick up the keys to get in. But, of course he was out of town this week. So instead I had to wait outside, freezing my ass off, for the landlord to get home. I was wearing skinny jeans and a t-shirt and bunnyhug because my logic when getting dressed was “Hey, the only time I’ll be outside is waiting for the bus”. Nooooo!
So when I finally did get in I was a frozen, grumpy slug. I’ve been relatively hoarding this delicious blend but this was a shitty enough day to break it out and make a pot. Sometimes you have to treat yourself! It was delicious; honey drizzled waffles! Middle cups were the best; first were a hair too light on the honey flavour and last one was cloyingly sweet. Wonderful tea though; will mourn its loss when it’s done – I’m still sad I didn’t get to buy anymore when Stacy announced Butiki’s closure.
And Tre’s home now! He got in, and we talked for about ten minutes about how his trip went – he pointed out the new railing (so it is new!) and had a cupcake and was happy about the dishes getting done and stuff. Then he announced “It’s been a week since I masturbated so, uhh, see you in a few hours I guess?”.
How I’ve missed having a roommate, sorta.
So I wrote about going to the mall like a week ago? Or something close to that I think? I know I talked about having to go get new work shoes or whatever – but I definitely didn’t write about the rest of the trip!
Since I was in the same mall as Tea Desire I had to stop in and get something new to sip on with my shopping. This actually isn’t what I had in mind – Tea Desire recently starting selling a few fruitier green/black mixed blends and I was leaning towards one of them, but my store didn’t have them in stock so I went with this instead. Since I’ve been on a little more of an oolong kick lately as well as trying to figure out this whole “goji immunity” thing I’ve got going on where I can’t seem to taste them, it sounded like a good one to tick off my tried list.
It was pretty good; I wish I’d have written more notes about it when I got home because I know I made several observations when drinking it but now, writing about it, I don’t really remember all of them. Definitely tasted the jasmine; but it was the right amount of it to not taste soapy, chemical or like perfume and to not overtake the flavours of the oolong base. The base, to me, tasted rather roasty with some mineral notes to it which was a touch surprising given what it’s paired with. It worked though, and was both comforting and playfully juxtaposed.
As for the goji – ah, the goji…
I saw so much of it in the dry measured out leaf and I know I very faintly tasted something fruity but I don’t know if it was from the oolong base or the sweetness of the jasmine or actually, for once, the fruit. Whatever it was though was watered down in flavour and non-descript. I think bottom line is that I’m gonna need to try a straight goji tisane to draw any conclusions.
Tea was good though; happy I picked it.
As for the rest of the shopping trip; Tea Desire got bombillas and mate gourds in their most recent stock shipment, and somehow I found myself suckered into buying one. I had no idea how to use it; but it’s gorgeous and if nothing else it gives me something else about tea to learn! Teaware collection is expanding fairly quickly; I’ve hardly bought any actual tea this year, just accessories and stuff.
Also stopped in at the fancy candy store in the mall and picked up some Turkish Delight and fudge, both of which are long gone. I should have got more Turkish Delight though – they make the best I’ve ever had with rosewater. Absolutely amazing, and really affordable. Next time I’m there I guess…
…And it’s after 9PM now. Tre said he’d be home on Monday but he’s not here yet. It’s getting pretty late. No messages from him either; I wonder if I should be at least a little concerned?