3229 Tasting Notes
So I’ve been craving a smoky tea for days now. I keep thinking of brewing up some more of my Verdant reserve lapsang souchong, but I don’t have much of it left…. (Ok, I should just brew it up before it loses flavour!)
Anyways, I have a pouch of this from LiberTeas, and also acquired a pouch during one of 52teas’ sales, so I figured I should try to drink it down. I don’t recall liking this tea much straight, but to me, smoke goes incredibly well with milk + sugar. In this case, heavy cream and sugar, because we happen to have cream in the fridge from some culinary experiments last week.
Aside from the fact that this is absolutely decadent due to the cream + sugar… this is perfect. Delicious smokiness. Not tasting chocolate per se, but all I was really after tonight was the smokiness.
When I got in on an Upton order a while back, I ordered both their Lapsang Souchong Dragon (??) and Baker Street Afternoon Blend, which IIRC has something smoky mixed in there. I’ll have to try them and see if either’s something I can drink straight, as having my tea doctored is not a good routine option for me (the only tea I allow that treatment with is Mayan Chocolate Chai, because it’s smoky too, and because it’s a chai).
ETA: Had an amazing second infusion too. Soooooo good. Holds up to additions so amazingly well.
Augh. My computer is all sorts of not-working, and even writing tasting notes is not going so well. I think the computer needs a restart, and perhaps some “medical” attention…. :/
Anyways, this was the last of the teas I threw into a travel mug this morning, courtesy this time of LiberTeas. I’m still quite the fan of this tea and the hojicha base. It’s so toasty and perfect; the banana flavour isn’t runt-like, but like actual banana chips, and there’s such a lovely creaminess. I’m getting some astringency with my boiling water infusion, but it’s the sort of astringency that I find bearable (hard to explain). I would really like this blend to make a reappearance!!
Mmmmmm. Just getting pretty much a caramel flavour here, but man is it delicious. Sometimes I wish that there was actually some pineapple here, and then I remember that it seems I’m not actually terribly fond of pineapple in teas, as it turns out, so best it stays this way, haha.
ETA: Nom nom nom, delicious infusion #2. Tea is really hitting the spot for me today.
Definitely loved this more the first time I drank it… mostly getting just grape right now, no tea aftertaste, but I suspect that’s because I have been drinking other strongly flavoured teas at the same time, and only the grape flavour is strong enough to compete. Tasty enough, but I loved the complexity I tasted the first time!
Quick backlog, forgot to note this one down earlier – glad I’m getting some flavour from it now, even if I was somehow managing to confuse it with Yu Lu Yan Cha Black! Having a second infusion now :) For some reason, I’ve been craving “dry” teas lately, as in, ones that are light and non-vegetal, which this one is. Hits the spot :)
ETA: OH man. Second infusion of this one sat overnight as I passed out early again, and I’m positive it only got better! The oolong flavour is SO strong and delicious now, I could drink this forever!
Backlog from earlier today. I mugged this and Verdant’s Light Roast Traditional Anxi Tieguanyin in the morning while I was making tea, in preparation for an afternoon seminar, which worked out well as they were both quite drinkable by the time it rolled around. Perhaps I could have waited a little longer to brew them up, though, so they would have had a bit more warmth.
Anyways… I actually managed to confuse which tea was which, because in the travel mugs, they tasted much the same. it was quite strange! Good, though.
Good old reliable strawberry pie hb. See, I only brewed up this, Blueberry Creme, and Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake HB this evening, and given that two of those are quite identifiable, I definitely don’t have the PB Cup mixed up with something else :/
Anyways, this is tasty, albeit not as strong as I usually brew it, I don’t think. Maybe I didn’t brew these for long enough??? Hrm, I thought I had. Oh well.
This tea massively confuses me. I know I have it right this time, and I’m pretty sure that I used 2.5 tsp in this mug, and I swear I’m just tasting hot water. I am so confused, because I thought I had figured out my mistake from last time, but perhaps I screwed it up even more. Bleh. I think I’ll leave it until the morning and see what happens, then possibly try another even stronger attempt tomorrow, because this is ridiculous.