813 Tasting Notes
The florals add dimensions to what is actually more of a honey green tea. We have jasmine, rose, elderflower, and some other florals I’m not too familiar with, but nevertheless add a bit of something to the mix! Mallow is a pretty indisinctive flavour but it’s here too. The Young Hyson (chun mee?) base isn’t too exciting but it isn’t unpleasant either; sweet grassy notes reaffirm this tea’s alliance with late spring/early summer.
I thought this was mainly a jasmine flower tea when I picked some up; the honey was a pleasant surprise and exactly what I needed tonight.
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Jasmine, Rose, Sweet, warm grass
At first glance, this is your typical AQ2T sweet dessert tea, with a dash of fall scent and spice. Salty-sweet caramel brittle flavour is delivered (strongly) as promised, followed by the oily-nut quality of pumpkin seeds. The spices remind me of those fall candles or what you’d find in one of those pumpkin muffins- something cinnamon-nutmegy, mixed into icing, that lingers as an aftertaste.
My main complaint is some of that spicing/flavouring comes across as a bitter powdery texture midsip.
Not sure that I love it, but it is a tasty seasonal cup! The loose blend is also delightfully festive, with green pumpkin seeds and orange pumpkin sprinkles.
Flavors: Caramel, Nuts, Pumpkin, Spices, Vanilla
Smoky black teas are not something I reach for regularly, but they have some sort of allure that keeps me coming back (albeit irregularly). Outlaw has a little more allure than most and kept me amused all last night (erm, unintentional Tobias moment).
Honestly though, I think I like this one. It’s something to do with the flat cherry vanilla coke vibe I’m picking up (I mean that in the most flattering way). It also reminds me of the time I got to lick a cave in Poland (mineral notes, kay). It’s a lot of fun, and I’m sitting somewhere in the 80’s on it. I’m going to hold off rating for a bit because I’m not having as strong a reaction to it as I did with the Black Lodge (I think someone thought that name to be nostalgic and homey, but all it makes me think of is some horror story).
And just look at all the parentheses it inspired me to use!
Flavors: Cherry, Mineral, Smoke
“Remedy enough for anything ranging from a cold to a bad day.” Oh, yes, that’s me, sort of. The AQ2T order arriving unexpectedly was a nice surprise though.
Although I enjoy it immensely and consider it an essential part of my tea cupboard, 75 is my default chamomile score. This one’s pretty standard, with the usual apple, hibiscus and rose petal additions, so it falls about on that scale too. Licorice root adds a hint of sleepy herbal sweetness.
I’m going to try putting some fresh burning ginger in it tomorrow, since I prefer it more than the sweet ginger typically found in dry blends (there’s a bit of burn at the end but it’s too faint for my preferences).
Flavors: Apple, Dandelion, Floral, Ginger, Hibiscus, Licorice, Tart
Do you know the horrific Nina-chimera from Fullmetal Alchemist? Do you remember all of the raging emotions you experienced upon seeing that thing? This tea is like that. It’s an unholy merging of pure things that brings one to weeping in disgust and horror.
(If you’re not into anime/manga this explains that reference somewhat: https://kotaku.com/a-tribute-to-one-of-the-most-depressing-moments-in-anim-1787400241)
If you’ve ever wondered what truffles, smoked bacon, and banana would taste like in tea here you are. Don’t get me wrong; I love all of those things in different dishes, but tea… The truffle makes this monstrous in my opinion (tone it back). Milk helps to curb down the flavouring, but it’s so… overwhelming and absurd.
This tea is probably just perfect for someone out there, but that person is not me! Still, I’m glad I got to experience it? Maybe? I think I could learn to love it if I sacrificed some small part of me. I don’t know if I want to go down that rabbit hole though. It’s definitely a unique tea.
Flavors: Banana, Meat, Mushrooms, Olive Oil, Smoke
This sample is from Arby. Thank you!
It’s been so long since I’ve had a nice cup of Silver Needles of any kind. It’s like coming, although this one feels more robust than I’m used to. I like it when they are a little more.. ethereal? The second steep fulfilled my wants for an even lighter sweet tea though (playing with steeping parameters).
Personal fun fact: I hated cucumbers before I was introduced to white tea. This type of tea and Dragonwell got me into vegetables!
Steep Count: 2
Flavors: Banana, Cucumber, Floral, Hay, Lemon, Lychee
“Making a small clerical error which ends up costing so many marks on what should have been an easy, grade boosting assignment” consolation tea. I’m full of so much self loathing right now.
This tea is just like the letter grade I’m likely to end up getting in that class: A solid “B.” (Although, sometimes I think of this one in the 80’s; it’s dependable). I have so much of this tea in my life.
Vibrant, green, and clean floral bouquet tea. It has a grassy aroma and flavour that reminds me strongly of matcha, with ensuing hints of cream and butter, which may or may not be there.
Now I want matcha. I’m a little “oolonged” out at the moment, especially when it comes to tieguanyins.
Steep Count: 3
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Honeysuckle
Apologies in advance: this note contains references to decay and cremation (TW). If you’re not into that or are currently enjoying delicious food, please skip on over.
Nope. Roasted oolong is not for me. Something about burning the florals and char reminds me of one of more bittersweet aromas of Varanasi (not really into thinking of pyres while drinking oolong).
This is actually a nice tea when I can get past my own personal hold-ups. It’s a lot less potent in the burnt department than one would think, and there is a pleasant sour tang of grapefruit for an aftertaste. Lingering notes of sea-salt create a compelling portrait.
Unfortunately, my mind is going back to Varanasi again, and that cow floating down the river. It was very green (but not really), just like this oolong! There’s a part of me that finds it poetic and moving that this tea is like a burnt offering; it’s a shame that aromas, colours, and memories are so strongly linked.
Flavors: Char, Floral, Grapefruit, Marine, Nuts, Salt, Smoke, Wood
This is not bad. For a Rooibos.
Very rich and dark; there’s a light vanilla note that reminds me a tad of Vanille Coco perfume from Comptoir Sud Pacifique (Sephora). The brown sugar/caramel borders on boozy. Apple and blackberry leaves are detectable and bring out fall fruity notes. The pumpkin is baked, and is a thing I notice on my tongue more-so after I’ve finished my cup.
When I first smelled the blend I thought there were sunflower seeds. After drinking it, I still swear there are sunflower seeds.
Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Molasses, Pumpkin, Vanilla