978 Tasting Notes
This tea had been on my wish list forever. The reviews have always been raving about this tea. For whatever reason, I have never placed an order. When I saw that Mandala was having a pre-black Friday sale, I figured now was just as good of a time as any!Boy, am I glad that I finally ordered this tea. This is by far the best milk oolong I have tasted!
I think that I did 6 steeps today. I didn’t do a rinse like some other notes are mentioning. The first 4 were for 20seconds each. These steeps were smooth and creamy with notes of coconut, and I find almost a buttercream icing sweetness. It is not overly sweet but just perfect. The mouthfeel is silky and full.
The 5th and 6th steeps are losing the creamy, coconut notes. Floral, fruity, green vegetal notes are making their way into this cup now.
If I would have had more time today, I would have continued to steep but caffeine really affects me if I have it after 2 or 3pm. I should have cold brewed the leaves for tomorrow but I didn’t think of it until the leaves were already in the garbage…sigh… Oops
After a long hiatus from tea, I thought I would revisit some old favourites that I hadn’t had in awhile. It has been interesting to see how much my tastes have changed. I was initially very leery about trying this tea, popcorn in tea…what the heck. But now, I will pretty much try anything!
I am not usually the biggest fan of green tea (unless it is jasmine), but I like the occasional flavoured green tea. This is probably one of my favourite ones. It is mostly caramel popcorn with a hint of Apple. The green tea is in the background vaguely, and it is not too vegetal.
I used to brew this at a much higher temp, I wonder if DAVIDsTEA has decreased their parameters on this one?
I thought the flavours were a bit weak, so next time I will try a longer steep.
As I drink more tea from varying companies, I am beginning to enjoy straight tea more and more. Thankyou Butiki, Teavivre, and Verdant!! Now that I know what high quality teas taste like, I enjoy that tea flavour rather than artificial flavours that cover up the actual tea flavour. I still drink a lot of flavoured teas, but they are becoming teas that have natural flavours more and more.
This tea does have artificial flavourings, and does taste a bit artificial. It is enjoyable though. However, it no longer deserves a rating of 91.
Pumpkin is a flavour I really enjoy in the fall, so of course I wanted to try this one. honeybush is something that I really enjoy as well and I didn’t even know that it was honeybush until today when I went to brew it. Bonus!
I enjoy this tea, it is sweet pumpkin with some cinnamon spice. I didn’t get any creaminess though. I brewed this in a tea bag though, so maybe I lost the creaminess in the tea bag. Next time, I will just have to use my perfect mug to see if that helps.
Even though there isn’t much actual tea in here, I really enjoy this. It is caramel sweet, but not too sweet. I seem to really enjoy coconut in teas, especially white tea. The white tea certainly gets lost amongst all the other ingredients, but it’s ok if I think of it more as a herbal than a white tea. The mulberries taste good if you eat them as well!
Thid tea is best with a splash of milk. I always give this tea a quick rinse too to cut down on some of the fishy pu’erh taste. This was pretty good today, maybe the orange was a little more prevalent than I remember. Who knows though, it could have been just that particular scoop full of tea.