3229 Tasting Notes
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.
Guys…. there is corn in this tea! I had to do a double-take and check the ingredient list, but yep it’s there! Of course, as I was just thinking about that, it occurred to me that this tea is not a white, but a white/green blend, and I very well may have used much too hot of water for it :( Hopefully it isn’t ruined.
Anyhow, in addition to the corn, there are sizeable crystallized pineapple chunks, which add to the sweet, fruity aroma from both the dry and steeped tea. The cup actually smells quite pineapple-y fruity, kind of like… Mango ‘n Friends?? Or some DavidsTea with pineapple pieces. I can’t really recall.
The flavour is definitely a bit astringent, which I’ll blame on myself for the time being, and quite fruity/pineappley as expected. Unfortunately, the pineapple seems to be overwhelming any nice “tea” flavour that I might get from this blend, so it’s really coming off as a fruity, astringent herbal to me, which is kind of unfortunate. I can’t taste anything at all from the corn… it’s a bit gimmicky in my opinion, but perhaps something will come of it in the second infusion. I’m also not picking up the jasmine at all, although it could easily be disguised by the pineapple.
For now, I’m fairly unimpressed – there’s nothing wrong with this tea, but it’s nothing special and I’ll admit that I’m happy to be splitting a Try Me pack of it with Sil, because although I once thought I was a big fan of pineapple in blends, I apparently no longer am.
To be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure that this is much different from Lime Chiffon. In fact, I’m wondering if it’s a mixture of lemon and lime chiffon (I was wondering that before purchasing it as well). Either way, that means that it’s gently citrusy and creamy and quite delicious! My second cup will have to be alongside some Lemon/Lime Chiffon so I can see what the differences are, if any.
So apprehensive… yet another tea on the quest to find the perfect pear tea! Honestly, a black is not my base of choice, but Simpson & Vail did well with their pear-flavoured black tea, so I’m hopeful that this might be a contender.
The aroma of the brewed tea is of a bit of a floral pear; not quite what I’m looking for, but not necessarily bad either, as it is just the aroma. The sip, however, is clearly rather floral, but definitely tastes like pear, albeit a floral, fakey sort. There’s a bit of astringency from the base as well, but a drop in infusion time could probably remedy that.
This tea does have a fair bit of flavour, and it is tasty, but it’s too floral for me to really enjoy as a pear tea, and I want more of a realistic pear flavour. The search continues.
Huh. To be honest, I have no idea which Dragonwell-Style Laoshan Green I’m drinking. I had the 2011 Autumn version, and this batch says Spring, and I have to assume Spring 2012, yet I also have logged something under the generic heading…. ah well. They all taste much the same to me, which is fine!
Anyhow, brewed up a delicious, large mug of this this morning, and followed it up with an immediate second infusion in a different mug, because I’ve found that green teas really don’t sit well in an infuser. I’d like to get another infusion or two out of the leaves, but I’m happy that I at least had two! And they were delicious as always, sugary and vegetal, although I wouldn’t recommend chasing Chocolate Phoenix Chai with this tea, as then all it tastes like is the aftertaste of CPC, since the flavour is quite light.
Just found out I have to move at the end of April… stupid landlady. I’m pretty sure the world is conspiring against me sometimes. I’m so dreading moving…
Anyways, yum. Used ~3tsp for about 10 oz. water, steeped for 4 minutes, and this is tasty. Not an in-your-face spiced chai, but what spicing is here is delicious, combined with a bit of sweetness and a lovely lingering “tea” flavour at the end. Mmmmmmm. It’s so savoury/buttery that I’m still reminded of chicken broth every now and then though, which is a little weird!
I’m sad; this is a sip down. I quite liked my couple tastes of this tea – as I drank some while carrying it up the stairs earlier, it definitely tasted like Laoshan Black initially (not the chocolate, just the… black-tea-ness…?), but quickly morphed into a light sweetness. Very tasty.
I did just learn my lesson that this one’s quite delicate though – ate a ketchup-flavoured Crispy Mini and took a sip…. and pretty much tasted nothing. Since I drank a bit earlier, I know that there is definitely flavour in the cup, so I guess pairing such a snack with this tea was a bad idea :P
ETA: Drank 2 tasty re-infusions, at which point I decided it no longer tasted like something special, and I wanted something else. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for an aged white tea again!
Thanks to Laurent at Nina’s Paris for this sample!
I didn’t see any recommended brewing parameters for this tea either, so went with my standard boiling/3 minute infusion… or at least, I planned to, until I sniffed the tea while it was a minute in, and I was already smelling… astringency. Yes, I realize that astringency is a sensation, but I imagine you guys can figure out what I mean… it’s kind of a sharp, pungent aroma that gets my tastebuds going like astringency does (not in a good way). So I took the infuser basket out at 2 minutes instead, because I only have one chance at this tea, and you can always put the basket back in, but you can’t reverse an oversteeped tea!
The aroma is quite nondescript, and smells like a plain black to me. Perhaps a plain flavoured black, as it’s that sort of base that I associate with… cheap flavoured blacks? :/ Although I see that it’s Keemun and not Ceylon, as I probably would have guessed (not that I really would know, though).
Flavourwise, unfortunately, this one isn’t doing it for me. I can tell that it’s a flavoured black (it has a vague plasticky flavour to it), and that’s about it. I’m not even sure that I would be able to say that it’s fruity… the flavouring is quite vague. Luckily there doesn’t actually seem to be quite the astringency that I was worried about (though there is some, and I am drinking this tea cool, which sometimes I find reduces the sensation of astringency).
I’m pretty picky about flavoured blacks, and this one unfortunately wouldn’t be a tea I’d drink again. Perhaps it has lost some flavour during transit or something (I don’t think that my short infusion affected the flavour; usually that only affects strength of flavour), but I can’t say I’m a big fan of this one.
Yeeaaaahhhhhhh…. David you have GOT to bring this one back! It’s so amazingly delicious and savoury and completely unlike any tea I’ve had before. I’m happy that it looks like I have enough of my sample left for one more cup another day, although I think I underleafed this one a tad :(
ETA: Two re-infusions of this one, although the second mostly just tasted spicy. But since I love the spicing, that was ok!