404 Tasting Notes
Thank you Inkling for this sample! I’m learning much! Well drat. The water wasn’t nearly as warm as I thought it was, more like luke-warm. As I dive more into the world of oolong I am finding it interesting that oolongs can be like green or black and sometimes something completely unique like milk oolong. This one is definitely closer to the black side. A darker brown color. Earthy and woodsy notes. I’m not going to rate this simply because I’m not a huge fan of plain black tea, which this reminds me of.
Have any of you read Boys Over Flowers (Hana Yori Dango) I’m re-reading it right now. Good stuff.
I’ve been very forgetful about my tea while it’s steeping. Sometimes it’s because of a poopy diaper and other times it’s because it took longer for me to get to the end of a chapter then I expected. Needless to say I did it with this one. Think this had about 7 mins of steeping time. Luckily it’s not bitter… just more spicy. Which I don’t entirely mind. I like spicy chai. Though I’m not getting many hints of vanilla too be honest. It’s there just very subtle.
Let me try some Almond milk.
Ooo not bad! It maintains the spiciness of the chai but adds a nice flavor and kinda brings out the vanilla a bit more!
Hazelnuts are my favorite nut so I had to try this. I dumped a lil too much in so I just equalled that out with water. Of course I completely forgot I was steeping it. Good thing it doesn’t matter for honeybush. Pretty surreit was at least 15 mins of steeping. But it ended up being a good thing. It intensified the hazelnut flavor immensely. Kinda makes me think of Frangelico. Nomnom.
Helichrysum. What a weird ingredient. And yet it does give that nice melon flavor that you wouldn’t expect. Thatbk you Inkling for this sample! The leaves are indeed beautiful. Everything about this tea kinda makes me have visions of a princess sitting in a garden on a warm spring day. I honestly think this should be labeled Melons and cream or Melon bowl because I taste both cantaloupe and honeydew. While it is good warm I find that I am enjoying it much more cold. This is going to come in a close second to Golden Honeydew by Lupicia.
I’m reviewing this with a new set of contacts in and I’m not really convinced that my prescription is right…
Anyway… this tea is good but not great. Slight hints of cream and mellow hints of chocolate. Clear dark amber color. I’m honestly not sure on what the base is. A 3 min steep time seems to do better with the flavoring.
This is quite a unique tea! I want to say it has a woodsy, maybe ceylon base, but I don’t know my black tea as well as green tea. I’m assuming the flavoring is coming from the soursop fruit. I’ve never tasted one before but if it’s anything like this tea I’m sure it’s good. Clear medium amber color. Not much smell to the dry or wet leaves.
Lovely. There is something truly addicting about this tea. So smooth. Some say it has a mineral flavor and it does but I don’t like thinking about that because I feel like I focus more on that then the buttery flavor. Though the mineral flavor does really seem to come out the longer this one is steeped.