3160 Tasting Notes
And it continues… thanks to Indigobloom for yet another sample!
I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this one, but it seems to be a tasty, slightly sweet and malty black. With a hint of smoke, but I’m not sure if that’s contamination from the Gunpowder it sat with for ages, or if that’s part of the tea. Either way, this is pretty delicious and smooth, and I’d definitely drink it again, though likely not buy it (especially as I read that it cost $40 for a tin!!! $40!!!!)
ETA: Second infusion, also for 3 minutes, is still pretty tasty. This is quite a good black for those times when something like Laoshan Black would be a bit too bready and heavy; this tea is lighter and caramelly and I imagine it would go quite nicely with a meal. Mmm.
Another sipdown from my Indigobloom pile!
Ok, this one grew on me. Sure, I think I still prefer more vegetal greens, but I’m enjoying the light smokiness of this one right now, and can actually see myself craving it in the future when I want a bit of a roastier green. Yum. Rating upped a bit :)
ETA: Second infusion for 2 minutes is pretty astringent, but otherwise tasty.
Another sipdown of a sample from Indigobloom! I used the entire ~2.5 tsp in one 10-12oz. mug.
Unfortunately, although this one definitely had an appley aroma to it, I’m getting essentially nothing from the flavour. :( I guess I will chalk it up to age, although assuming this tea isn’t quite a bit older than the others, I don’t understand how it would have lost all flavour so quickly when the others still taste fairly good!
Of course, reading the tasting notes below, I now suspect that this tea was pretty sub-par to begin with (not that I’m complaining about trying it!). Ah well!
Yeaaah, this one’s definitely contaminated. Probably by the Fuzzy Navel tea. There’s a disconcerting green scum in my cup (it’s like the coconut was dyed green or something). The flavour is…. just strange. Kind of bitter/astringent, with creaminess and odd fruitiness. I think this is sadly a dump-out :(
Ah well! Tis a sipdown :)
Boo. Brewed up the last of this from Indigobloom (sipdown!), and although I thought that I had a good water:leaf ratio, this cup is waaaaayyyyy too watery :( I attempted to drink it, but it just tastes like mildly spicy water. I do see that I wasn’t the hugest fan of this chai the first time around either, so I suspect that age and my poor brewing combined to make this an undrinkable cup. Oh well! I’d definitely try this again fresh if given the chance, although I doubt I’ll find a coconut chai that I like better than Zhena’s Gypsy Tea…
So I went to package some of this up for momo the other day, and was curious as to what I thought of it, so I checked on here… and lo and behold, I had not ever actually tried it! Or at least, it appears that it isn’t logged. Given the amount in the bag, my suspicion is that I didn’t actually brew any of it up (in spite of Steepster’s apparent tendency to eat tasting notes). Either way, it had been sitting in my work drawer for a while, and I had no memory of drinking it, so figured I may as well give it a shot!
Turns out that it’s one of the best green mate blends I’ve tasted. Not that I’ve had many, but most seem to churn my stomach a little, but I downed two cups of this one quite happily. It’s probably because it tastes quite fruity, which disguises the flavour of the mate (which is perfect for me!) I actually think it tasted kind of like a less crazy-sweet version of Mango ’n Friends (available from multiple vendors, it appears), which I rather enjoyed when Azzrian sent me a sample of it.
Anyhow, in spite of it being rather tasty for a mate, it would still not likely be my drink of choice if I was given one, unless all the options were green mates. Haha. I imagine it would make a tasty iced beverage in the summer as well, though not sure the remaining cup’s worth of my sample will last that long.
I had been avoiding drinking this one, apparently, as grape isn’t my favourite flavour (I bought this out of curiousity), but I had forgotten that the oolong was quite prominent in here as well. Still a little too candy-ish for me to really love it, but it’s definitely true to the name, and if you like grapes and (green) oolong, this will undoubtedly be a treat for your tastebuds! I drank two tasty infusions last night and probably could have had a third, though I wasn’t in the mood for it.
Backlog from Tuesday (how I missed this one, I’m not entirely sure!) Brewed it up for work, and for some reason it tasted quite salty while I was drinking it. Robotically drank the entire thermos during my morning meeting though, so couldn’t check later to see what was going on. Not sure if it was the tastebuds or the water. I highly doubt it was the tea, since I’ve already had a cup or two from this new bag.
Sipdown! But not of my bag, of the sample that the fabulous momo sent me in our first swap an eon ago (almost a year, yikes!) I’m happy to say, however, that it has plenty of delicious flavour left, although surprisingly there was hardly any genmaicha at all in the blend, and therefore it’s noticeably heavier on the vanilla/marshmallow flavour and there’s very little toastiness. I think, however, that the original blend perhaps had a mix of sencha and genmaicha, so less overall toasted rice than some of the more recently blended genmaicha blends.
Anyways. Yummy! Though better warm than cold… just finished it off, and it had developed a little bit of bitterness.