3160 Tasting Notes
Ok….. my bad. I left this tea waaaayyyy too long (in the opened packet) before going back and finishing it, which I haven’t yet even done, and then when I finally brewed some up today, I definitely didn’t follow the brewing instructions, just made up my own. Oh well… It’s still tasty – I can taste the green tea (which is a bit astringent), and absolutely delicious fresh, tart cherry flavour, though it’s a bit mild. I have to say that this tea tastes a bit old, which like I said is entirely my fault, but I imagine that proper brewing parameters may have also helped! Luckily though, it’s still tasty enough to drink and enjoy, so I didn’t completely ruin it! This reminds me a good deal of Butiki’s Strawberry Oolong, and I have a feeling that my mom would really enjoy it… so one day, I should acquire some to give to her!
ETA: Got a decent second infusion here with a 1.5 minute steep in 70C water. Not too astringent, as some people have been remarking the second infusion tends to be (although my first infusion parameters were not standard anyways). The first infusion is definitely infinitely better though.
Hrm. I’m really not getting much from this tea other than a sense that it’s flavoured, and some astringency. Perhaps 4 minutes was too much? I guess I’ll have to give this one another proper shot later! This is drinkable, just… nothing really tasty/special at all.
Thanks to Azzrian for this sample!
Ha, I love when I follow my own advice without even having read my previous tasting note! I cut 1:15 off my infusion time, and this is much better. Still a touch astringent, but definitely drinkable. And it seriously tastes exactly like liquid fuzzy peaches. The jasmine is really not much of a factor here, which is good, but I’m unfortunately missing the nice lingering “tea” flavour that I am used to getting in higher quality blends such as those from Butiki (and even Kally and the like).
Another tea to cross of my list – glad I tried, but won’t be drinking it again!
Definitely enjoying this one quite a bit more than the first time I tried it – this time the sickly sweet smell has transferred to the flavour, and it’s quite tasty! As momo mentioned, however, it’s kind of a maple-y flavour, which doesn’t really scream “red velvet cake”. Either way, this is a tasty cup, and I’ll happily drink up the last of my package another day, but yeah, no need to pick up more.
ETA: I’m somewhat shocked – actually got 2 decent additional infusions out of these leaves! Half the water, as I typically do for subsequent infusions. It was mostly the mapley flavour that was lingering around, but it was quite pleasant.
Used 2 teabags for an underfilled Timolino, and it was definitely nearly if not as good as the loose version. I have no idea why I adore this chai so much… I love it plain, with no milk and sugar, but there’s just something about it that really makes it stand out from other chais I’ve had.
Also, it stands up well to being oversteeped, and just gets more peppery. Mmmmmm.
Hmm. I wonder if this is a bit too old now… there’s really not much flavour beyond “flavoured black tea”. As in, it’s kind of malty in a flavoured sort of way. And I can tell it’s a black tea. Not particularly bad or good… but I certainly am not getting anything remotely like milk OR cookies here. Ah well. I have a bit more to try again, but I’ll withhold a rating here as I suspect age is a factor. Sigh!
Thanks for sharing some of this with me, momo!
Thanks to momo for this sample!
I initially got a whiff of a grapey aroma from the dried leaves (which made sense as it has “vineyard” in the name, but it doesn’t much taste like grapes… and I see they aren’t even an ingredient, haha. Once I get past the lack-of-grapes bit, though, I can taste quite a nice fruity tea! The primary flavour I’m getting is peach, I think, not really strawberry, but it’s fairly good. Very little black tea flavour, other than some astringency, but that may be because I used a pretty short infusion time.
While this tea is pretty tasty, unfortunately it’s reminding me too much of some sort of alcohol (no idea what, though), and I’m finding that offputting enough that I wouldn’t pick this up myself. Not so offputting as to not finish the cup and later, the rest of the sample, though!
Thanks to Azzrian for a sample of this one, which I’ve neglected for quite a while!
I drank it this morning, so can’t recall details, but I enjoyed it well enough for a non-chocolatey black. No astringency, a nice sweetness. I have some more left to try again, and will hopefully do a re-steep tomorrow morning as well!