812 Tasting Notes
Cinnamon and sugar easily come through at all corners of this tea, but the gooey oatmeal requires care to coax it out. When I made the first cup I could actually fool myself into believing I was eating a raisin oatmeal cookie, whereas my subsequent sessions tasted a little on the burnt side.
Today I didn’t quite achieve the full glory of the oatmeal cookie. However, oatmeal does pop up a little in the finish and aftertaste so I didn’t completely mess it up. A little bit of cookie is better than no cookie.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Malt, Oats, Raisins, Sugar, Vanilla
The other day I succumbed and bought a tin of this tea and a giant pitcher at David’s. Now my days are filled with cups and cups of fruity iced tea. Life is wonderful right now.
4tsp in 44oz glass carafe for 14+ hours.
Flavors: Cream, Lemongrass, Lime, Pineapple
I requested this as a sample a long time back, but have continuously put off drinking it. Today felt like a good time to commit to a hardy puerh, as I’m stuck with a stomach ache, and watching such titles as Melancholia and Soylent Green. It’s kind of a depressing compilation for a day’s activities, except for the part where I get to watch movies for homework!
Anyways, I’m really glad this tea turned out to be so tasty and easy to drink! I was worried about the 7 minute steep, but this tea never went to that place of decaying fish-wood. the latter part of the first steep started to acquire a peppery note, but mostly it was mellow, smooth, and maybe a tad creamy. Fingers crossed that the second steep is just as good!
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cream, Earth, Mushrooms
I have a hard time telling coconut oolong from different companies apart, but this sample, from OMGsrsly, has a sweetened coconut-cream finish that makes it stand out in my mind.
I did two steeps with the first serving and four plus steeps with the second serving. The flavoring holds up surprisingly well. I might even like the latter steeps better; I’m a sucker for mellow or smooth things.
Right now, I have a giant tin of Zen’s coconut oolong, which is still delicious. However, when I run out, and if I’m in the right area, I might go with this one instead. I just wish Soko did the e-commerce thing.
Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Flowers, Sugar
This was an iced sample cup at the mall.
I think this may be a possible substitute for Della Terra’s Lime Chiffon. It may not be caffeine-free but it’s easier to get a hold of on my end. To think I wrote this one off years ago when I had just discovered David’s Tea!
Flavors: Cream, Lime, Pineapple
I love how the sweetness oozes out of this one like a sugar or honey crystal. This is easily one of my favourite teas in my cupboard right now.
Life is bittersweet awful at the moment but this tea has a kind of “gentle spirit,” as corny as that may sound. I’m getting rather sappy right now, when I should be getting Orwellian. Oh, well. I may not be at my best but this tea is.
Flavors: Honey, Malt
This is a tea I can really wind down with. It has qualities both from the spa and from Grandma’s house on Thanksgiving.
With a big cup of this in my hand I’m too relaxed to stomach watching Nineteen Eighty-Four right now. Is there a “peaceful” apocalyptic/dystopian film that I can watch for this assignment instead?
Edit: I drastically upped the rating on this tea because I realized that I need it like water and tend to drink pots and pots of it when I do convince myself out of hoarding.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Coriander, Orange Zest, Raisins, Vanilla
I went to open this sample packet, and I must have popped it… all the oolong ended up on the, luckily, clean floor. This takes “hand picked” to a new level.
I did a rinse, until it started to unfurl a little, and then steeped it in 180F for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
From the smell of the dry leaf and liquor, I can already tell that this 2013 spring harvest is (or was) sweeter than the autumn batch, which I finished off last week. That sweet aroma is like bubblegum or cotton candy.
Has anyone here had dandelion burdock soda, or elderflower? This tea has that kind of sweet floral vibe. Along with the sparkling floral quality, it has a mellow sweet component, like cotton candy, gum, or marshmallow textures. There’s a little salted butter in the aftertaste too.
Soon I’m going to start describing Ferris wheels and merry-go-rounds, so I will end here. This tieguanyin’s first steep is a kind of crazy.. or maybe I’m just crazily projecting my carnival fantasies onto this hot mug of tea, on this miserable rainy day. This tieguanyin has made me doubt my perception of reality.
Flavors: Banana, Butter, Cotton Candy, Dandelion, Floral, Marshmallow
This is just the thing to have while reading on the patio and catching the last bit of “warm” sun. That sun after 5pm isn’t so hot.
Thanks, OMGsrsly, for sending me some of this tea. I’m going to stick with my previous judgment of this, and say it reminds me of strawberry kiwi juice with a grassy nip.
Flavors: Grass, Strawberry
I did a quick rinse and then steeped for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, which yielded crisp floral notes, like honeysuckle, and a grassy profile. The second steep, of 3 minutes, is still very floral but the sweet notes, which were on the periphery of the the first steep, are now more prominent. The finish has a jam-like quality that invokes images of stone fruits and blossoms, like peaches or apricots.
There’s also a smooth feel which makes me think of almond milk but it’s more of an impression.
I’m not always a fan of the tieguanyin varieties from Verdant, which I find demand more of my patience, but this one is lovely on a rushed first impression. I didn’t need to short steep it to coax out qualities that I like, either.
Flavors: Floral, Honeysuckle, Nuts