407 Tasting Notes
Well now this one’s just nostalgic. But maybe it’s just because I poured it into the little chipped teacup my great grandmother gave me growing up.
Smells like honey. Taste is similar, honey slightly tannic, I get what the package means by citrus. Slightly astringent slightly acidic. Hand in hand with ‘ceylon’. Orangey, almost. I could see this with a slice of fruit.
Smell of the dry leaf is a deep assam kinda of tea. Brewed, it smells sharper and brighter, like a ceylon. I know I do a lot of my notes in terms of other teas, but I’m better at comparing, I guess. The package suggested five minutes, but I did four on account of snooping the few existing tea blogs that reviewed russian teas and hearing about it being pretty strong.
Wow, this is surprisingly vegetal. The brew is amber, but the taste is light, spinach, no bitterness or astringency that I can find. The taste makes me reconsider my initial thought on the smell. There’s still ceylon there—spinach with honey. Will have to try the full five minutes in the future.
I picked this up a while ago, because I like black currant flavouring. And although it hasn’t been particularly bad, there’s just been something ‘off’ about it. Maybe it’s something in the artificial flavouriing used. It certainly tastes like the ‘black currant flavour’ I like, but there’s something else that I’m just not liking about it. The ceylon base is nice enough, though.
I don’t know what I’m not liking about this, but. Something metallic, maybe…
Thiiiis I like. The smell is deep, syrupy drop fruit; plummy. The taste is chocolate, caramelly, darkly fruity. It’s malty and a bit astringent, but definitely not bitter. It’s a very fragrant tea, and definitely an assam varietal (Burma).
Actually, I get what they mean by mint too. I thought it was a bit odd when I went back and read that, but there’s a sort of vegetable menthol flavour (definitely not the artificial kind).
While I was in the popup shop that sold these teas (the company sparked my interest enough for a Tea Adventure—they’re currently sold in a popup shop off Robson’s), the owner of the brand was working there and let me try an icecream that was made specifically from this tea. It was /delicious/ by the way. I wanted to buy a freakn’ tub of it, but there were only about three tubs made (very small-batch), so they were only selling by the scoop.
Edit: Second steep (four minutes) is chewy, bakey malt. Less fruit, little less sweet but still with a faint cocoa.
When I see “honey” I usually connect it to “Ceylon-like”, because it’s usually true. It’s got very long, twisting leaves, a bit like a strip oolong; the taste is bright, honey oak (again, very like a ceylon). I get a caramel note if I sort’ve just let it sit on my tongue a bit, but otherwise it’s a little too “bright” for caramel, I think. Smooth, barely even astringent.
Edit: Second steep (also three minutes) is sweeter, I think. Though there’s still that bright oaky honey ceylon.
Been seeing these around Winners and finally decided, two bucks an ounce? What the hell.
When I opened the bag, I saw… Giant white chips. Not flakes, but centimetre-squared chips. What the hell is this? Turns out it’s giant-ass chunks of coconut (not pictured, btw). But once I got over that (I stuck a spoon in there and mixed it all in—large chunks, low density, it’s inevitable that they all just rose to the top; happens with davidstea blends), brewed it up… Woodsyness from the rooibos, with a touch of spice. Not strong, but definitely makes me think ‘watery chai’. Could probably try stovetop (really, I find most chais are pretty watery just brewed…). Not really getting any ‘fruityness’ that others are describing—well, nothing beyond the kind you get from rooibos. Don’t taste the coconut. Which by the way ‘coco chai’? Tricky and misleading. I should have realized there was a reason they dropped that ‘A’.
But still, not bad. Something to drink at night. I should try stovetop, though. And almond milk. A nice goodnight cup.
Question, Teaze: What’s the point of selling this looseleaf in a resealable pouch if, within the resealable pouch is another, non-resealable pouch you have to cut open. I don’t… extra extra freshness…? Maybe? Buy one of those machines that seals these pouches for you and apply it directly above the ziplock. Win!
Getting a bit more taste as I reach the bottom. Think that’s where all the flavour settled. More rooibos, maybe more… cardamom? Just a touch. Still pretty damn watery.
More leaf, longer steeping time.
What I’m getting is watery liquorice and nothing else. I don’t know if I got an old tin and that’s why I’m not getting much of the base, but the liquorice gives it a coughsyrupy mouth-feel almost. I didn’t think it’d be this prominent in the blend—I figured it was there as a touch of sweetness and to better round out the ‘cherry’ taste. Don’t know if it’s just me, so I won’t rate this.
Heck, with 50 grams I’d probably consider trading it off so other people could see what they think of it.