3389 Tasting Notes
Apparently I’m the dissenter here – but I actually really like this tea! I love the cranberry flavour, and the gentle vanilla sweetness. It’s really quite unique, and I’m not sure I’d call it cider, but I’m really liking it as a treat. I seem to have a thing for AQ2T’s cranberry flavouring, as I’ve felt similarly about a couple other teas with cranberry in them as well. I think one of the keys here is not to overleaf or oversteep, otherwise it becomes a little overpowering.
I do love all these oolong-based teas!
Might have oversteeped this one – it’s a little on the astringent side! I’m not really familiar with the flavour of brandy, nor of a sidecar, so I can’t speak to that, but I can definitely taste pear. Unfortunately, the bitterness (which could be intentional for all I know – it’s not as mouth-drying as usual) kind of kills my enjoyment of the pear. I’m also finding the tea a little too strong/floral. So perhaps the problem is that I overleafed. I’ll have to try again, but I don’t anticipate this being a favourite.
ETA: Either my morning mouth is less sensitive to bitter, or this tea changed overnight (yes I left it out and am drinking it now). It’s now really delicious, creamy and pear-y. I almost taste a hint of anise as well. Very weird. It’s reminding me a lot of Butiki’s tea that contained pear and anise (I wasn’t a big fan of it thought because it was TOO anise-y for me). Can’t recall the name offhand though.
I was recently in Hawaii, and ate a lot of delicious papaya, so my expectations were pretty unrealistically high for this tea (especially after I tried some dried papaya, which was… good but not as good as fresh.) Anyhow, I’m still fairly pleased with it despite tasting less papaya than others seem to have experienced – I predominantly taste watermelon (and like Roswell Strange, definitely agree that it’s comparable to Butiki’s Watermelon Xylophone). However, there are some fruity papaya notes in the aftertaste. which is the main distinguishing factor for me.
Overall, a decent fruity white but not a fave as I’m over my melon phase now, haha.
Another Black Friday purchase! I feel like this tea may have been made for me – oolong base with chocolate and banana? YUM! The flavour does not disappoint. The tea tastes rich from the oolong, and decadent from the banana and chocolate. The banana isn’t overly prominent nor overly fake, which is perfect, as I don’t really like banana runts. There’s also pretty much no astringency because oolong and because the leaf is gorgeously unbroken. So good.
Speaking of oolong, I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet (ok, I know I haven’t) but I now have two cats – Oolong and Puar! Both are sweeties but they also both fairly naughty. Perhaps when I have more time I’ll note down a few of their… adventures.
(Also I’m married now. Did you know that, Steepster? Gosh, it’s been a while, hasn’t it.)
Was super interested to try this tea – “brittle” flavour sounds really delicious (I didn’t care so much about pumpkin seed). The aroma is AMAZING – sweet, nutty perfection. Everyone near my desk at work could smell it; they were probably all jealous.
Flavourwise, I’m getting classic nut syrup flavours up front (which nuts? I don’t know. Hazelnut maybe? Or maybe I’m confused and it’s caramel syrup I’m picking up), and a bit of pumpkiny flavour in the background. Not really sure I’m tasting pumpkin seeds, though. It does smell better than it tastes, but smell is pretty important, and it does still taste good.
I’d like to try this again when my throat isn’t sore to see if I like it more – right now it’s tasting a bit weak to me, but this happens sometimes when I’m feeling a bit off. I do love the aroma though, so it’s worth picking up just for that.
No reviews?? Interesting….
Picked this up during Black Friday simply because it was a tea I hadn’t tried before. I was also intrigued by the concept of a Bloody Mary in tea form (ok, it was the inclusion of tomato that got me). The dry leaf is amusing – have you ever seen dried cucumber in a tea before? It looks really weird (I actually had it in a different tea the other day, and initially thought it was something rotten until I checked the tea description).
Anyhow – this tea is actually a pleasant surprise. The aroma is very tomato-savoury, but not too strong. The flavour is more complex (tomato is apparent but the combo of other ingredients blends together very smoothly) and vaguely reminds me of the tomato soup tea DavidsTea recently put out – except that the salt level in here is appropriate for a beverage (the soup teas by DT were WAY too salty). I don’t know if there’s added salt, or if the tomatoes or cucumber were salted, but if so, there’s just enough for flavour enhancement.
Overall, this is a great savoury (mostly) herbal tea, especially if you like tomatoes. For me it’s more of a novelty tea; not one that I’ll crave or anything but will have on certain occasions when in the mood. I also think it could make a really interesting soup base!
Another new one – and one I had high hopes for! I’m still searching for genmaichas that are as delicious as that first batch of Marshmallow Treat I had way back when Frank still owned 52teas. This tea isn’t quite the same thing, but it’s still pretty good – toasty rice, a bit of mariney green tea, and cotton candy sweetness (that description makes it sound like a gross combination, but it’s not). I almost wish there was a little more cotton candy in here, but that probably would take away from the tea aspect.
Overall, pretty tasty and one of the better flavoured genmaichas I’ve tried recently.
Alright, trying to get back into some tea logging again! We’ll see how long it lasts.
Picked this tea up… at some point in the last year. Not entirely sure when; it might have lived with Sil for quite a while before I got it (getting to Toronto is hard!) I’m not usually a big fan of cucumber water although it inexplicably always sounds appealing to me – but lime/limeade? My fave! So I had to try this tea. It’s actually pretty tasty, and not too minty, which I really appreciate (I am not a mint fan). The cucumber is present in that… refreshing unsweet melony sort of way, and then the lime pokes in, particularly in the aftertaste. The white tea is present for body (so it doesn’t seem like flavoured water) and comes out in the aftertaste primarily as well.
I appreciate that none of the flavours dominate here – it could have easily been a mint or a lime tea, but it’s very clearly not. I’d love to try it cold in the summer, but probably won’t remember this thought later – I bet it would be delicious. I feel like this could also be a good summer tea cocktail candidate for those who are so inclined.
Overall, I think this tea is very true to its name and fairly tasty. Not a fave for me as I just prefer other things, but I’d happily drink it again.