1696 Tasting Notes
This was a pleasant enough oolong. Not my favourite though.
As I said in a comment on someone else’s review, I think the kombucha powder just isn’t working for me. I looooove kombucha, but apparently not the powder version.
Also, throwing berry into the mix? ugh. What a weird combo.
I did manage to finish the cup. Lucky it was given to me no charge :D
I went in expecting something awful, after looking at the reviews. But hey, this isn’t so bad! I’m shocked. Maybe all the flavouring went to the bottom of the packet I shared with Kittenna? Actually, it was pretty non-memorable until I added a 1/3 tsp of sugar. That seemed to perk things up a bit. Of course it isn’t a crazy level of flavouring, but I can definitely tell it’s grapefruit, with that slight bitterness that sort of folds right into the sweet aspect, in a way that still manages to make both very apparent.
Actually, based on this cup alone I would definitely consider grabbing more. However, based on reviews, I highly suspect this tea is simply a finicky one, and that I happened to get lucky in my brewing. There are enough leaves for one more cup, so I’ll see what happens with that one.
Also, I’m really enjoying the black/green mix. Great pairing of teas.
I love rhubarb! so much tasty in rhubarb.
So it was a no brainer for me to try this tea. At first I enjoyed it, moderately. It was sweet and a bit spicy, and it actually did taste like rhubarb! kinda.
Then it cooled and became sickeningly sweet, and I think the licorice popped out more and oh goodness… I had to throw out the rest of my cup. My free cup though, that they gave me for promoting tea :P
(handing out tea festival fliers)
Wow. Floral much? Geeeze, this one is floral like the Queen is British.
But I don’t mind too much, I though it’d be more overpowering than it is.
The fruity note seems to cut right through it all in just the right way. Its almost tart, in an apple way, but the way it pairs… well its unlike any other apple tea I’ve had before. Somehow, the crispness is captured, not the sweetness – though there is some sugary aspect, I can’t say that its definitively apple-ish. More vaguely so.
Anyhow, thank you MissB! what a lovely cup :)
You know whats depressing? I have a cupboard of tea, and almost none of my fave, good ol Assam. My supply is scarily low. So I’ve been scrounging for scraps. Of course, this is part of my sipdown plan… I really want to tidy things up, reduce my samples/stray bits of tea etc. That means I’ve been making a lot of Franken-teas. Homemade blends cobbled together from whatever I think would pair well.
So I had a bit of this left, and decided to add some Darjeeling (Jungpana I think) and Yu Lu.
Overall, it made for a nice brew. Not bad for a last hurrah of my new fave, even if it was just a sample. Of course, I’ll be picking up more first chance I get… which knowing me will be at the Tea Festival. 26 days left. Eeeeeee!!
I can’t believe its been so long since I first tried the Golden Fleece!
At the time it was the best thing I’d ever tasted, only I didn’t know it, having very little to compare. Now, its familiar and comforting. Still delicious and full bodied as ever, but the shock value wore off long ago.
I hadn’t planned on restocking it, but then I bought some for a friend who loves Jin Jun Mei, and I figured GF is about as close as you can get. So we shared a bag.
As much as I love it, I definitely can’t afford it as a staple in my cupboard. It will have to remain a treat!
The warm, rich hay notes really do take me away to another place…
First time ever I think I’ve been disappointed by a Verdant blend (that didn’t contain any allergens for me)
I saw licorice and mint on the ingredients and thought – hey I’ll love that, I should get a bag! only to find out it isn’t the licorice I’m used to, much less the licorice Verdant used in their last herbal blend I tried. Or maybe it just pairs with the ingredients differently.
Maybe I oversteeped/overleafed. I’ll try again before submitting a rating
*mistakenly logged over in another section. Oops! Now it has been moved…
Thanks for the sample MissB!
Not a bad black tea. But then again, not a memorable one either. Definitely needed some milk and sugar to boost things up. Next time, I’ll let it steep longer (I went with 3.5m this time)
Overall, its a basic breakfast black. A little bit of everything. Very balanced.
It went very well with the book I’m reading. I did like this cup!