1683 Tasting Notes
Ughhhhhhh. What just happened?
I drank this tea. and loved it. But… it was too mind boggling to take notes. I was kinda overwhelmed. The first infusion was a flood of flavour. I can’t even… nope. I just can’t. Gonna have to try it again. You know, when my brain hasn’t left the building.
I will say that the first and last infusions were best. The middle two I found a bit lacking, by comparison. The last infusion had mineral notes that I often see in later infusions, so that was somewhat expected. Or atleast hoped for.
Also? the leaves are fuzzy!! PEKOEEEEEEE :P
I tasted mostly ginger black tea. and oh boy is it satisfying. The base and ginger go so well together.
There is an essence of mango behind everything, but not a strong one and I don’t think I’d have picked out mango if it hadn’t been stated on the package. I do get the sense that it couldn’t be another fruit. Not sure if that is my brain being all prideful haha. Hmmm. I think if I steeped it for a very short period of time, I’d get more fruitiness. I’ll have to steal a spoonful as it brews next time.
Also loving that one tea pyramid bag is perfect for my two cup mug at work, and it does well with the hot water tap. No additives needed at all. The perfect tea when I need a pick me up. Seriously. For a low budget tea, I’m kinda impressed. For that reason alone, I am bumping the rating. Value for the win
I had a long note written up. But my computer froze momentarily, and then it was gone. Le sighs.
So short version:
This was an amazingly yummy tea. I actually felt as if I was drinking alcohol, I’m not sure what kind? Not scotch. Aged whiskey? Hmmm.
The black base was interesting, milk and completely lacking in astringency except for where the alcohol comes in and things got muddled. I’ll have to try it another day, and soon. Not only so I can write a better tasting note, but also to avoid hoarding. Since the last aged in an alcohol barrel tea I had lost it’s alcoholness faster than I anticipated. At the very least, I hope to finish it before the next tea festival when I can grab more lol
After my bad experience with the David’s tea version of Keemum, I approached this tea with a bit of wariness… I find they can be boring, for my tastes sometimes and others they really hit my sweet spot. This time? Perfection.
Complex, bready, malty, noms.
I made it through six infusions, combining two at a time in a large mug. The last two were pretty weak so I let it sit there for an hour. End result? weak… but the aftertaste of sweet molasses is pretty awesome.
Work pressures are building and I’ve been super stressed out lately. This weekend has been bad. Pretty much an ongoing panic attack. (in addition to my cough. Bah)
Basically, I am in an impossible situation with this project, two of the stakeholders that I report to have competing priorities/ideals. I literally do not have time to get all of what is needed done in the time they pay me for. It isn’t like I can get it done faster, as much of it is delivering seminars etc.
Tea has been a source of comfort, and I knew this one would provide. Without any sweetener it is quite sweet already, and really does give me a nice boost. That cola flavour just fills me with happiness. Especially that moment just after a swallow, but before what I generally consider “aftertaste” sets in
A pleasant tea. More pear flavour today despite no additions. I steeped it a tad longer but I don’t think that was why. Possibly because I dumped the entire remainder of the packet into my steeper so any spices would have been emptied from the crevices.
Hmph. While I enjoyed this one, and how smooth it was today, I’d only want the occasional cup if it were in my cupboard…. errrr… but it fills a unique gap in my tea collection, so I’m on the fence as to grabbing more (if it is available).
Also, if it is a finicky tea, that could be problematic as well. Definitely a delicate one, despite the spice part.
A nice fruity green!
Generically fruity. I certainly wouldn’t pick out mango. If I didn’t know better, I’d have said peach.
The balance of green tea vs fruitiness is perfect so on that front I’m satisfied. Unfortunately, I suspect that the flavour will fade quickly, so here’s hoping I can kick my tea hoarding ways :P
I bought this at the Ex in August. I’d never seen ctc tea like this before, so finely balled that it looks like coffee grounds! The instructions call for only 1\4 of a tsp per cup. I can only assume that the increased surface area allows for the flavour to be extracted more. Even still, it seems a bit odd. So I went with half a teaspoon for my mug that holds 1.5 cups.
The tea itself is ok. Coppery, like a Ceylon tea, and a bit malty with some real astringent heft behind it all. It leaves a sour aftertaste. I find it somewhat boring on its own so have been adding milk.
Also, there is something there that makes me think of stale tea… except I can’t quite put my finger on it. What exactly does stale tea taste like???
The caffeine punch is great so I keep coming back for more :P