654 Tasting Notes
Travel mug breakfast tea. For some reason I was expecting the base to be Doke Rolling Thunder. Imagine my surprise upon finding that this is actually a white tea. I’m still not convinced that it isn’t mislabeled – this blend looks, tastes, and smells exactly like the Watermelon Xylophone. Which is to say, juicy and delicious. Drinking this, I could almost believe it’s spring despite the temperature still being wintry.
Dangit. I tried this one at the Coffee & Tea Festival yesterday and promptly bought a tin. It’s delicious. The spice blend is very well-balanced and a touch creamy even before adding anything to the brew. I happily made myself a cuppa this morning with some rice milk to bring out the creaminess more. My one critique is that the clove gets a little too strong towards the bottom of the cup, but it’s still delicious. So OF COURSE this turns out to be one of those black teas that makes my stomach hurt. Maybe it’s Indian teas specifically? I know I recently had Chinese and Nepalese blacks without a problem. Hmmm.
Anyway, this is frickin tasty but I can’t drink it. Swaps, anyone? Otherwise I’ll just give it to my brother.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Vanilla
My stomach started growling during dinner. No pain, just… strange noises. I hoped some pu’erh might silence the grumbling. I wanted something easy to drink and settled on this blend, which came to me courtesy of Starfevre almost two years ago. It’s definitely easy drinking. Sweet and floral. The first cup stopped the weird stomach noises, but they started up again when the cup was done. Time for more! This seems to be fairly low in caffeine. I’m pretty caffeine-sensitive but I’m actually getting sleepy. This is just so smooth and sweet… it tastes more like an oolong than any pu I’ve had yet. The leaf easily yielded three solid steeps. The third steep was earthier than the first two but still mild, sweet, and floral. Thanks Starfevre!
Another blend I tried at the Coffee & Tea Festival. The flavor was just almond cookie goodness. Alas, there’s a bit too much hibiscus in here. It really lingers on the palate, too. Blegh. I probably would have bought a small quantity of this blend anyway, but they only had it in 1-lb tins. I’m not about to buy a pound of any tea!