774 Tasting Notes
Long ago, I had a bad experience with Dong Ding. It was from David’s Tea, and all I can remember is that I was incredibly unimpressed by it- so much so that I actively avoided buying any Dong Ding Oolong again.
Cue right now, where I’m internally grateful it was a part of my mass oolong sample order from Teavivre. My dead head and my deader stomach take up this fruit punch aroma like a peace offering. The flavour profile is akin to a vegetal lemon cream dessert- which is another reminder to me that it’s been a while since I’ve had some proper Vitamin C food. I would kill for a grapefruit or orange right now. No more junk food. Food illness sucks.
Another food this reminds me of is the Lemon Zest Sunflower Kale Spaghetti I sometimes make when I want vegetables and calories in a pinch. Maybe that should go back on the meal plan.
Steep Count: 5
(2016 harvest, I think)
Flavors: Cream, Fruit Punch, Lemon, Mineral, Mint, Spinach
My mother continues to steal my tea by dumping the whole pot directly into her Starbucks travel mug and stealthily leaving the house. Somehow, she always knows when the Eggnog tea has finished steeping, and manages to get there before me (it could be the microwave timer).
At least this re-steeps exceptionally well. Unfortunately she’s starting to steal all of that too!
Steep count: 3
Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Cream, Custard, Eggnog, Nutmeg
The aroma oddly reminds me of a Cherry Vanilla Coke. The flavour fulfills the promise made by the aroma but the soda has gone flat and woody. The cocoa/chocolate note is prevalent and dark.
All-in-all, it’s not my favourite Chinese cocoa-black tea (yes, that’s my special name for them), but it’s still a lovely cup to cozy up to on a rainy fall day.
Steep Count: 3
(2017 spring harvest)
Flavors: Cherry, Clay, Cocoa, Malt, Vanilla, Wood
One of those teas that fills the void when you want a chocolate bar, but must refrain because you’ve already eaten +6 today. 50g of this fulfilled a very important role in my cupboard for the last month, and it will be missed.
I highly recommend for chocolate dessert tea lovers, especially those who aren’t tea purists; half the time I forgot it had a puerh base.
Taken with a dash of 1% milk.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Earth, Marshmallow, Smoke, Sweet
My productive peak appears to be at 2 AM. This is incredibly crappy when mornings are early.
At least there is Eggnog Pound Cake. It’s probably my favourite flavoured white tea right now, and definitely my favourite from AQ2T. I’m even drinking it by the pots. At least, I’m trying to drink it by the pots. Family members have been.. stealing my teapots lately. It would be endearing if I didn’t need the caffeine so badly.
The only winner in this is Eggnog Pound Cake.
Flavors: Eggnog, Nutmeg
Coco Chai used to be a regular in my cupboard, but when I drifted away from David’s Tea a few years ago I stopped restocking. While picking up the traditional amount of Pumpkin Chai online, the store offered this as a free sample. I thought, “why not relive my pioneer tea days?”
Turns out I still like it a lot. Maybe I never refined my chai palate, or maybe it’s actually a decent chai rooibos blend; I don’t have the drive to find out for sure. I’ll probably restock when the cupboard gets less chaotic, if only for my mother. She loves this stuff even more than I do!
Mixed with frothy steamed milk.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coconut, Peppercorn
I keep thinking I’ll break up with this tea for something more quality but, like a bad romance, we’re still together again come fall. We’ve known each other too long and too well to call it off now.
It smells so good. Just have to figure out the the milk to brown sugar to tea ratio again, for new steeping parameters.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves