3217 Tasting Notes
Brewed this up for a travel mug, and so it’s been sitting in there for about 2 days (yeah, I have bad tea hygiene… but I haven’t been sick yet, so whatevs). Anyhow, I think this one only improved with sitting! I’m actually enjoying it now. Still way prefer the non-upgraded version though.
Sipdown! And I didn’t have enough, so added in some of the DavidsTea stuff as well.
Unfortunately, even with a 3-minute infusion, I either overleafed or one of these teas tastes kinda funky… there was definitely astringency, and I’m trying to finish my mug now, but it tastes a little like something’s rotting in my mug :/ Not pleasant. This is unusual, so probably user error of some variety!
I have so much of this one (a bit of an overbuy, I’ll admit, if only for freshness reasons), that I was curious to see if it would work in a travel mug. And? Success! It’s certainly better in a regular mug, but it was pretty good this way. Just have to ensure I use a contamination-free mug!
Quick tealogging… gotta keep working.
Thermosed this one on Saturday along with 4 others to take to the boy’s house. This one went down quick…mmmmm. Chocolatey and marshmallowy. And I even got a re-steep that tastes like marshmallows! I’m not sure if there’s a ton of theoretical difference between this one and Eight Candles, but I adore this tea! If I need to add a 1 or 2 oz. packet to a future order, this will probably be it (if I still have a good stock of Lime Chiffon and Chocolate Pumpkin Pie!)
Hmm, getting an interesting mix of flavours in this one today. A much better mix of flavours than I recall having the last time I drank it – the oolong is really making itself known here! Quite a nice fruity oolong. And I am oh-so-thankful I can’t taste the kombucha – I bought a kombucha tea a few months ago out of curiousity and tried to drink it, and it was even more disgusting than beer! My roommate even thought it was gross, so I threw it out. Sad times.
(This is a 1.5 day backlog… apparently I left this note sitting open pretty much the entire weekend while I was at my boyfriend’s place).
Seriously, I can’t even begin to describe how incredibly berrylicious this tea is! AMAZING! Pure real blueberry/cranberry flavour is what I’m getting, and it’s way better than I would have imagined. I’m very picky about flavoured greens, and honestly wouldn’t have picked this one myself, I just jumped on it when Sil wanted to try it, and that was such a good decision :) This is pretty much the perfect hibiscus-free berry tea. I don’t frankly care if it’s artificially flavoured, because it is so good!
So, I was at a PhD defense earlier this week, and picking up a titbit to munch on when the teas caught my eye. There were the usual Higgins & Burke teabags, and mixed in amongst them were some “Four O’Clock” teas! Not a company I was familiar with at all. And to top it off, they had a bagged straight white tea! So of course, I nabbed a bag and took it home with me (I of course had three partial thermoses of tea on the go then, so wasn’t planning to brew anything else up to watch the seminar).
Decided tonight/this morning was the time to brew this up before I forgot about it, so I did. Went with usual-ish white tea parameters as I really had no idea…. of course, it only just occurred to me to look on the packet for instructions, and there we go, I was good on time but a little high on temp (they recommend 85C). Ah well.
Now, I haven’t had many straight white teas, so that will make this a bit difficult (i.e. I won’t be able to tell what’s different between this bagged tea and a loose version of the same). Except… I just realized that bai mu dan is actually one white I have had straight! Hmm.
Anyhow, the flavour of this tea is rather familiar. I don’t know if it’s the same as the BMD I had previously, but that’s certainly a possibility. It’s vegetal, but not in that juicy/beany/chewy sort of way. More… grassy, almost, except that’s not accurate either. It’s a bit astringent, but I must say… it’s actually not bad at all! It certainly doesn’t taste “high quality”, but to me, it doesn’t taste bagged either – I’m getting a nice lingering “tea flavour” at the end of the sip which is not something that I’d expect with a bagged tea, though that said, I think I’ve really only drank bagged blacks before, and I don’t get “tea flavour” from blacks whether loose or bagged.
Anyhow, I’d probably pick this out again if that basket of teas reappears at the next thesis defence (which sadly, won’t be mine, although… sooooonnnnnn…….)
Apologies for this rather confusing log – my sleep schedule is impossibly out of whack, and I’m a little crazy right now…
Yep… in the world of pu’erh, I am still so much a newbie. Perhaps with enough consumption, I’ll be able to distinguish beyond sheng/shu (like I can now distinguish a bit between different straight black teas), but until then, my palate remains terribly unrefined.
I still find that sheng is much more to my liking; it doesn’t brew up nearly as dark and inky as many shus I’ve tried, and the flavour tends to be more sharp and spicy than a mellow shu (and also, I don’t tend to notice things like earthiness and fishiness, which I still have trouble with).
Anyhow, I attempted to use about 2 tsp of this cake for my ~8-10oz. cup, and gave the pu’erh a 15 second rinse prior to a 30 second infusion. I’m quite pleased with the results – pleasant, light flavour (but lots of it), and that characteristic “sheng” flavour. It’s also quite smooth, which is very enjoyable. Unfortunately… that’s about all I can tell you. I’m enjoying it while reading/writing about antioxidant activity assays, and it’s a welcome distraction, heh. Hopefully I’ll have the chance for another few infusions later this morning, or tomorrow.
Ok, I confess… this tea has grown on me and now I really like it, hahahahaha. I thought it would be a great candidate for a sipdown while thesis-writing… yum, I was right. The sickly sweet mapley goodness is just working perfectly for me right now. Considering brewing up the last(?) of my Birthday Cake sample soon as well.
I can feel my willpower slipping… I may end up going into my local DT very soon and picking up 50g of this, Salted Caramel, Banana Oolong… and possibly anything else that strikes my fancy… because I deserve a treat, right? Nevermind the 10 years worth of tea I already have in my room…
Thanks to Laurent at Nina’s Paris for this sample!
Dry and brewed up, this tea smells deliciously fruity. No strong “astringent” aroma as I noted with Mon Secret, so I gave it a bit longer of an infusion, although I was still pretty cautious. Flavourwise it’s pretty fruity and full-bodied, with a lovely malty-tasting black base with is just the slightest bit astringent. I can’t specifically identify the fruits in here aside from peach (although it’s not overly peachy, I can just catch hints of it), but it’s tasty, and I’m pretty sure that the vanilla is contributing to the smooth flavour. Not bad! If you’re picking up samples from Nina’s, I’d definitely recommend this one for a fruity black.