220 Tasting Notes
I thought I’d give this another go, seeing as I have made several people hopelessley addicted to it by saying “You have to try this insane tea! It tastes exactly like warm cream! I hate it!”. It does taste less cream-like without milk, and actually isn’t as confronting as I remember it being the first time I tried it.
If you are a fan of vanilla black tea (which I am not) I highly recommend you give this a go, as it just has that extra bit of sweetness that takes it from being a plain vanilla tea over to a real scrumptious treat!
It was interesting trying this after the Oolong tastings I did today. This one has a Tie Kuan Yin base, and combined with an incredibly light tough of pomegranate, its still boring. The oolong still leaves a lingering taste, but the tea itself isn’t anything to write home about. Its “nice” but not as exciting as it originally sounded to me.
Brewed for 2 minutes (3 minutes is recommended, but I felt the tannins had won over the taste by that stage). Could this be a Darjeeling I actually like? The aroma is quite leafy, and the taste is indescribable. Very strange, and – I know this word is bandied about a lot with Darjeelings and always sounds like a load of waffle to me – complex! There is so much going on with each mouthful, and I think its one of the reasons I enjoyed it!
Brewed for 5 minutes. Formosa Oolong completely embodies my dislike for oolongs – it was smooth but very reminiscent of trees or some form of vegetation that I can’t quite put my finger on. The taste wasn’t overly offensive but the mouthfeel was awful, really syrupy and made my tongue feel funny.
This tisane is chock full of all those crazy immunity boosting and healing and magic herbs like fennel, rose hips, aniseed, elderberries and peppermint. Thankfully it doesn’t taste like drinking a herb garden though, as the aniseed overpowers all. I hate aniseed so I drink this like its some awful tasting medicine, but I drink it because it works! Whenever I’m feeling a bit run down, a pot of this never fails to perk me up. And if I skip that, chugging it down in the midst of a flu certainly makes a difference. Herbalicious.
ETA: Adding a teaspoon of ginger root to this drastically reduces the aniseed flavour, making for an almost pleasant cup!