514 Tasting Notes
I did it!
I told you I would do it and I did it!~ mwahaha okay where are my notes.
Dry leaf: the little compact tea balls are a bit smaller than I’ve had with my previous milk oolongs, I’ll see if there’s a difference in leaf size or if they’re just rolled more tight. Smells like heaven, can’t wait!
1st steep! I started at soon as I got to work, so my tastebuds weren’t in full effect and I may have mad some lingering tooth brush taste [/disclaimers].
I did 1.5 tsp in my Perfect Mug, 12 ounces of water. 30 seconds.
Wow. The flavour is full on, even with a ton of water and a mere 30 second steep, we got the buttery condensed milk, nectar of the tea-gods milk oolong aw yea. There’s a tiny hint of astringency but it helps balance out the decadence of the buttery taste. Not a lot of veggie going on just yet.
2nd steep! Only 10 ounces of water for the rest of the steeps. I let it go for one minute, but I think I could have stopped at 45 seconds because it was very full flavoured again. Very smooth and vegetal, less milky and more astringent, but not unpleasantly so. The smell of the liquor is like candy and I have to say, I need to crave a milk oolong to fully enjoy it, and this fulfills the craving 100%. A lot more flavour as the cup cools down as well.
3rd steep! This one was strange. I started 1.5 mins and took a sip – it wasn’t quite enough. I tried 1:45, still nothing, so I did my usual “last steep” and let it go for 5-7 minutes. This time it came out deep golden yellow, very vibrant. Like drinking gold! Still very smooth, but also a bit tart with the bitterness of the leaves – due to my long steep I’m sure. Buttery veggies for sure, but a lot less thick than the previous steeps. The leaf size was about the same as other milk oolongs I’ve tried!
In conclusion: Although I go on with lots of detail and gushing, this isn’t the be-all end-all of milk oolongs – I don’t feel I get as many layers of flavour as I do with David’s M O, but overall it was very consistent and didn’t leave me wanting!
I also think the price point is extremely well priced for this quality, and I would urge anyone to give it a try! (I got an extra 25% off with the Christmas deal, so I’m wishing I got 100g at this price!)
So my boyfriend and I were trying to get to sleep at 11pm last night.. and 12 rolls around.. and I guess I made this tea too late in the day because we were on a caffeine high – I mean waaay too much energy for that time of night. So I was cranky and tossed and turned and work was the longest day ever. So!
Just a warning, this tea has kick!
This is a kind of chai that I’ve been trying to perfect at home. Well, I need a break after all my tea-blend failures, and this one hit it perfectly.
I steeped it stovetop style, but oversteeped it a bit I think (for my liking) or didn’t add enough milk, because I like my chai spicy with spice, not bitter! It was slightly bitter (my fault) but with the addition of milk and a splash of maple syrup – this was just as good as at my favorite Indian Restaurant. I go there for the butter chicken, naan bread and chai. ah glory.
The coconut is subtle but there in the background for sure, creating an extra creamy note. I could use a bit more coconut, but I’ll judge that when I have it sans additions. Another Tealish hit!
Yes this is such a delicious rooibos!! Thank you again Tealish!
The thing I appreciate most about this tea is how real the fruit smells when you stick your nose in. Strawberry kiwi fairy-heaven. The fruit taste is real too – I had a 4 minute steep because I couldn’t wait any longer and it was not light on flavour at all. A great companion tea if you’re a Green and Fruity fan!
It’s gorgeous too, little curls and pretty colours. This would be such a hit with my little niece – I think I will bring it home for Christmas.
Can’t wait to coldbrew this one, all I can say is this was a huge hit with Mike and also this would make amazing popsicles and also… this tea. rocks.
A quick coldbrew note!
I have learned that chocolate teas work wonderfully for cold brews. The taste was intense – chocolate and mint with a smooth tea base, no sweetener needed. The lips turned this tea a lovely red. Another iced tea for royalty!
My usual coldbrew – 1.5 teaspoons for one 12 ounce container, steeped over night in the fridge.
Yum! Absolutely Christmas in a cup.
This is a wonderful spiced black. The taste that stands out the most to me is the “sweet orange”, like a wee Christmas orange :D But a close second is the spiciness – peppercorn and cinnamon in a delish bakey sensation. Amazing tea for Christmas morning (or Wednesday morning, as I had it)
The next day I tried a cold brew. Er.. today! Wow it was great. Like a spiced orange iced tea, gourmet!
I say orange a lot, but orange does not overwhelm this tea at all. It’s really just a part of the larger whole. A delicious tea whole.
I think like how Grumpy Girl Cosmetics does a mirror version of Lush products, Forever Nuts is like a sister to this! haha Thanks Jessie!! :D
Instead of pink, the beetroot turns the liquid a deep, yet bright red! Think Hibiscus red, with no hibiscus! My brain kept warning me not to drink it, but happily there was no tart horrors to be had haha.
It doesn’t taste as much like minidonuts like Forever Nuts, this one is a nice change as it has a different balance of flavours. It’s quite nice, I love these kind of teas. Light on spice, but not light on flavour (although don’t skimp on the amount, as it becomes too watery. I’ve already learned my lesson!)
Oh my gooosh! My TeaLish order came today!
If you get a chance to try this company, I’m in love. Super fast shipping time, free shipping for Canadians over $50, an amazing winter sale and so many unique blends… yes!
This was my first one to try. Mm it was simple but satisfying. The strawberry held it’s own against the chocolate, and I got a bakey smell and taste! The boy thought it was just so-so, but I think this is a nice treat that doesn’t overwhelm the tastebuds.
Thanks Tealish, for amazing customer service!! (They even handwrote a little think you note ^^ ee!)
Not going to rate this, because I think what happened was my fault…
The recommended steep time is 5-7 minutes… I may have let it steep for 10 when I meant to steep it for 3 or 4. It was disgusting. Bitter and hibbi all the way. Evil hibbi. I couldn’t finish the cup it was so gross.
So now I have a feeling… even if I steep it right I will taste how I made it the first time. I just can’t handle any hibiscus.
The dry smell was so tempting though… but I think I’ll stick with Forever Nuts.