2066 Tasting Notes
Thank you Martin @ Little Red Cup Tea Co. for sending me these samples to review.
Even though oolong is my favorite tea by far, I went through a period recently when I just wasn’t in the mood for it. I remember drinking half of this sample, finding it very enjoyable, then putting up the other half for later when I was able to better appreciate it. That time has finally come, I’ve been craving a good cup of oolong this week.
I had my hands full today, I began a two-day chocolate making project for my blog, so unfortunately I only managed a few sips while it was still warm. It starts off very floral, but as the tea cools to room temperature the sweet notes become more prominent. I could drink a lot of this tea, it has that creamy texture to it that I love and have found in some of my favorite teas.
This came free with my first Kally Tea order back in October, I thought I had given it all away during the secret pumpkin swap, but apparently the last little bit was hiding in a bag waiting to be rediscovered. This doesn’t sound like it would be my kind of tea, I don’t generally enjoy cola and warm cola seems a little odd, but it ended up being quite tasty. I think what makes it really work for me is the fact that the flavor is more chai and rooibos than it is cola.
This was a pretty interesting blend and I might consider reordering it again in the fall when I tend to drink more chai.
I am getting ready to place an order with LRC, so I decided to hop online and pick the two teas I had rated the highest to reorder. Imagine my surprise when I realized that for some reason I never posted my review of this tea, which is a shame because I’ve really come to enjoy it. I think that I may have been in the middle of reviewing the samples that Martin from Little Red Cup Tea Co. sent me when my husband got sick and ended up having surgery, because on further inspection I only posted reviews for half of the teas. I was a bit distracted during that time and am just now getting back in the swing of being able to write every day. Hopefully I’ll be able to post reviews of the other teas soon.
Once upon a time I was a huge fan of smoke teas, but anymore I could really live without them. I remember writing recently about another smoke tea, I believe it was a Lapsang Souchong, and mentioning that I felt that I had outgrown them. I’m not sure that is a completely accurate statement, I think I’ve just been bored with them because I’ve run into so many that are just overwhelmed by the smoke aspects that the rest of the flavors in the tea are lost.
This is the first Keemun I could see myself drinking on a regular basis, I normally reserve them for Autumn. The smoke flavor doesn’t overwhelm the tea, but instead its rich flavor makes itself known before letting the other flavors come through. There is a smoothness present with each sip that gives way to a subtle sweetness that I really enjoy. I think I’ve finally found the perfect tea for a cold winter day and living in Wisconsin we have no shortage of those up here.
Although there were some aspects of Infusion No. 9 that I enjoyed and plan to seek out in other blends, I didn’t fall in love with it. The roasted Yerba Maté had a dark, almost bitter note that reminded me of a good quality coffee and I thought it paired very well with the subtle sweetness from the cacao nibs. I believe I would have loved this tea if were only a Yerba Maté and cacao nib blend. Unfortunately the flavor from the lavender ended up being somewhat unpredictable, despite having shaken my bag of tea in order to evenly distribute the contents. In some cups it provided little flavor at all, leaving me with the deep flavors of Yerba Maté and chocolate that I found enjoyable. Other cups had a strong soap-like flavor that was rather unappealing. As the tea cooled these soap-like notes only grew stronger, obscuring the subtle flavors of the rose. Despite my earlier concerns about the strength of the rose flavor, this blend doesn’t contain a rose flavoring agent like African Rose Herbal did and instead relies on dried rose buds and petals to produce a much more subtle and natural flavor that is well suited to the Yerba Maté base.
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