3229 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! Thanks to Raritea for a sample of this interesting tea!
The dry leaf didn’t have a great deal of aroma, but once infused, it was kind of a sweet, stinky foot sort of smell, haha. Kind of strange.
The flavour is… very interesting. I’m picking up on the tomato-y note that Raritea mentioned, and definitely can taste the garlic, which is coming off as weirdly savoury. I suspect that’s in part because of the rooibos base. I can’t really taste the vanilla, but I honestly think it would taste really funky here, alongside the garlicky tomato-y rooibos-ness.
Caaaaan’t say I’d want to be having this again :) It’s a bit on the weird side for me, and I’m not a big fan of rooibos blends to begin with. Perhaps a garlic-flavoured white tea would suit me a little better. Or a vegetal garlic green.
Thanks again for the sample though, Raritea!
ETA: Apparently I should be thanking Sil for this as well?? Anyhow, let this cool overnight, and just took a sip… holy garlic! Much stronger than last night, and actually a little stomach churning first thing in the morning. There are 2-3 sips left, but I think I might toss the rest. The thought of more garlic doesn’t appeal to me right now.
Deliberately overleafed this one tonight, with lovely results. It has just a whisper of rock sugar/vegetal sweetness, just enough to stir your imagination into thinking you’re tasting it, but not nearly as much as most other teas have. Quite an enjoyable cup. I still can’t believe that this one stands up to boiling water, but that’s what I used!
Gotta say that I’m pretty sad to say that this is a sipdown. This was really a very, very tasty tea. Quite sweet and marshmallowy, and I really think it would be a great addition to my travel mug rotation (which it was in, twice). I am guessing that this tea has been at least temporarily discontinued as it was a holiday tea, but I’m hoping it’s back next year! Yum yum yum.
Travel-mugged this one as well. Definitely more creamy today, so I’ll really have to repeat my comparison, and add Lemon-Lime Cream Tart in there too. Quite tasty though. I think that keeping one of these delicious citrusy-cream teas in my cupboard may be a necessity. Luckily(?) it will be a long time before I run out….
Took a travel mug-ful to watch the boy’s soccer game final (they lost 4-0, sadly). But the tea was good! I’m getting awfully close to a sipdown with this one… I actually intended to grab Cinnamon Roll HB today, which I have considerably more of, but couldn’t find the packet and was in a bit of a rush, so this one got the nod instead. This is one of those I-really-want-to-restock-but-have-too-much-tea types of teas… I have way too many other rooibos/hb blends to drink up before this would be justifiable. Sigh.
Watched “Blink” tonight for the first time! Hoping I don’t dream of scary stone angels…
I sweetened this tonight as I was in such a mood for sweetness. It was alright. The highlight of my evening, though, was that boy said he would try some :) So I served him about 1/2 a cup’s worth, sweetened. He drank it all, but didn’t really have any comments about it except that it tasted like tea, and wasn’t bad, but there are other beverages he’d prefer. Which is fair enough; I don’t really think that flavoured blacks would ever be his thing. I’d be much more likely to lure him in with anything that tastes fruity/juicy. And sweet, haha. Either way, it was nice of him to try it for me :)
My first proper darjeeling?? I’ve only tried one prior, and was not a fan (I think age was a contributor), but this one seems like it has promise! Thanks so much to Boxermama for passing on a sample!
First off, this brews up waaaayyyy lighter than I expected. I’m convinced it’s a green tea, not a black :P Second: what is that sweet smell?! Is that the muscatel that people always talk about with respect to darjeelings? It smells lovely! And delicious! Must drink now.
Oh man. I never would have guessed that this is a black…. nor how absolutely delicious it is! This is great! Mild, sweet, much like a lighter tea than a black, and I’m definitely getting delicious muscatel. This is so good. I’m gulping it down like crazy because it’s delicious. It tastes kind of like the grape-flavoured tea I’ve always wanted, where the grape flavour is realistic instead of artificial. Yeah… this is something I’d buy again. And now, I’m super curious about trying other darjeelings! I’ve given a few straight blacks a chance over the last few days, and this is definitely one of the best and most different. I have a bunch of other teas upstairs with me, and don’t want to drink anything else now because the delicious flavour is lingering so wonderfully.
Nuts. I definitely didn’t need to acquire a taste for yet another type of tea!
Anyhow, thanks so much for letting me try this, Boxermama! I am slowly but steadily trying to get through all the wonderful samples you sent me :D
ETA: Second infusion was alright, but I shouldn’t have let the leaves sit so long. When I finish off my sample of this, I’ll have to make sure I have time to do multiple infusions within a few hours.
Ah, yes, I see here in the description that astringency is to be expected. No wonder it’s not sitting super well with me! Anyways, in the comparison between this and Khongea’s Assam Leaf, this one wins out by the barest margin simply due to being a little bit sweeter. Neither is my favourite sort of black though, given that I prefer my blacks to be ultra-smooth and chocolatey (and with raisin notes if possible, haha!)
Thanks for Boxermama for letting me sample the two of these!
Strange – no description or picture?! I’d fix it but I don’t have the time right now!
Anyhow, thanks to Boxermama for letting me sample this one :) Hopefully I have kept it straight from the other Khongea assam I just brewed up… (we’ll see if I notice any flavour differences?)
Flavourwise, this is a decent straight black tea, to me. I can taste some maltiness, but also some astringency (and I even steeped under the recommended time). The astringency is turning the flavour a bit bitter, which I’m not fond of, so I’m kind of glad I only have samples of both of these, instead of entire packets.
Comparing this to the Khongea Golden Tippy Assam, all I’m picking out as a difference is that the tippy version is perhaps a bit sweeter. The leaf definitely looks different, with the golden tippy version fitting the name, but the overall flavours are very similar.
An interesting taste-test, but as I said, glad to only have small samples as these would not be favourites.
Thanks again Boxermama!