268 Tasting Notes
Sipdown. When I first got this, I thought it was amazing, but it’s been a victim of my own carelessness. I’ve oversteeped it way too many times, leaving me with mixed feelings toward it. It gets this weirdly unpleasant floral aspect when it’s steeped too long. Of course the whole business can be avoided by steeping properly, but the tea doesn’t leave much room for error. I took the water temperature way down from what the directions said, and still, there’s just a narrow window of goodness: 3.5-4 minutes. Less and you’ll taste nothing, more and the tea’s too far gone. When it’s good, it’s really good, but I’d just as soon stick with the unflavored version of this tea. It’s a lot more user-friendly and tastes just as nice or better. Sorry, Steepsters, but consider me the lazy tea drinker among you.
Trying my first tea from Nina’s Paris! I really appreciate that they have cheap shipping on small orders, so you don’t feel pressured to buy a lot just to justify the postage. It got here fast too.
So J t’Aime. This one really hits the spot. When I opened the bag, I smelled boozy caramel. It reminds me a little bit of David’s Buttered Rum, but they have different bases, and a different balance among the flavors. J t’Aime has a breakfast tea-type base, strong, dark, and just a touch bitter (but not unpleasantly so). The caramel comes through strongest to me, while the vanilla and liqueur notes lightly round it out. Highly recommended.
it’s the last of this too. This is an oolong on the the darker side, tastes a bit roasted and earthy, with some very mild spice notes. It reminds me a little of of a pu’erh. While I lean more towards the sweet oolongs, this tea always tastes particularly wholesome; I would usually drink it when I felt a little off, it’s pretty soothing.
The sipdowns continue as I carry out my quest to clean this tea cupboard up a bit. Received this as a sample quite awhile ago. I think this is a quality tea, but it’s just not my style of tea. It tastes a bit raw, a bit seaweedy. I liked the other things I tried from Shan a lot better (which I guess explains why THOSE samples are long gone).
Sipdown. This last bit has been languishing at the bottom of the tin for a while, so it’s not at it’s best, but still drinkable. By now I’ve learned that there are oolongs I like much better than this chopped-up Formosa stuff, so it’s not something I need to keep in my personal collection. But if you ARE into Formosa, this is a solid example. It is decidedly better than the H&S version.
Last of this one too. This is one of those teas that performs well under adversity. Oversteeping, understeeping, bad water temperature, long bumpy car rides, etc. Yes, it’s a bit on the artificial side but it does actually taste like mocha. It’s good albeit not amazing. I would consider restocking it just to have something to take on hotel stays and camping trips.
This is one of the very first teas I bought when I started drinking loose leaf — and I remember it vividly because I made the rookie mistake of ordering 8 oz., thinking it would probably last me a couple of months. I still have the remains of that bag. Through sheer perseverance I managed to drink most of it, but with about an ounce left to go, I’m going to have to throw in the towel — what’s left of it has gone weirdly off. It’s not exactly rancid but it definitely does not taste right. So goodbye, Earl Grey Creme. After all the time we’ve spent together, I think I’m going to have to give this last bit a viking burial or something.
Eh, really must remember to read directions. I hadn’t had this in a long while and I just dumped in a teaspoon, my usual measurement for a cup of tea, and steeped it up. Alas, the instructions recommend 2 Tablespoons. I don’t think you need THAT much (it seems like a misprint to me) but use 2 teaspoons at least. It’s usually a flavorful white with a touch of spiciness — now it just tastes like soapy dishwater.
The things I do when I’m not properly caffeinated.