3229 Tasting Notes
Thanks to momo for this sample! I have some from LiberTeas as well, but went with the smaller sample (with a huge banana chunk!) so that I’d be just that little bit closer to a sipdown, haha. One cup left in this baggie though.
So, this is pretty darn tasty. There was a huge banana chip in the infuser, and I would have to assume that some of the yummy banana in here is because of the chip (so I probably won’t taste it quite as much next time). I’m also LOVING the hojicha base, which I totally steeped like a black, hahahahaha, whoops. Let it be known that this tea withstands 2.5 min at boiling without developing any astringency/bitterness! (LOL I did the exact same thing the first time I infused this one too! Why don’t I read my previous tasting notes beforehand…)
Anyhow, while last time I compared this to Monkey Fart, this time I’m definitely getting more of a coconut banana cream pie sort of flavour. As in, there’s definitely creamy coconutty goodness in here. Mmmm. And the base! This is so fantastic, because it’s light and toasty, but full-bodied, and perfectly complementary. Fingers crossed Frank makes another hojicha blend sometime soon? :D Upping my rating a bit because I’d probably buy a pouch of this. I imagine it would be amazing in a travel mug.
ETA: Second infusion = more toasty hojicha goodness but still enough flavour. I think I kept the leaves to try a third infusion sometime later.
Sipdown! Thanks for letting me grab a sample of this one, Sil!
I only took a cup of this one because I figured it would be reasonably similar to most blueberry blacks (but I was curious anyways). Turns out I am pretty much correct. It’s pretty tasty, with a definite blueberry flavour on top of a slightly astringent black base which doesn’t seem to add a great deal to the tea. Nothing overly special, but a perfectly good blueberry tea. I personally prefer the blueberry cream teas of 52teas (I seem to have a thing for cream flavour in teas), and I also think the blueberry flavour may be a touch stronger in those, but if you just want tasty blueberry, this would fit the bill well enough!
Yum, I really do enjoy this blend. Makes me think that I should get going on drinking up my other yabao blends + the straight yabao I still have kicking around from one of my early Verdant orders.
Anyways, I still think that the fruitiness of the pear is a perfect accompaniment to the piney yabao. Delicious!
Wow… I went over 24 hours without tea! Actually, it was probably more like 36-38. It just didn’t end up happening. So now I have a wicked headache, and it’s either dehydration or tea withdrawal… both of which of course could be solved by drinking some tea! (I fail to acknowledge that there are other possibilities. My boyfriend agrees that “there is no other explanation” :P)
Trying to drink a few things down tonight, and so I grabbed some of this. Such an appealing-sounding blend, but it just doesn’t work for me. Sure, it’s chocolatey, but I only get the barest hint of spice (and only sometimes), and there’s nothing whatsoever in here that would lead me to label it a “chai”. At least it’s halfways decent as a chocolate tea, because I still have probably 20g of it left, as I was given a 50g bag last Christmas.
Finishing off the last of my sample of this one. I gave it a 1-minute infusion this time, as I seemed to recall that someone suggested it was best that way, and it is reasonably tasty. It tastes much like banana + nuts to me, not really whisky, although to be fair I haven’t ever drank whisky. Overall, it’s tasty, but falls into the category of being too expensive for what it is (e.g. a white tea blend that doesn’t even taste like white tea!), so this will be the last time I’m likely to drink it. Also, I’m pretty sure it was just discontinued, heh.
ETA: Second infusion was tasty enough. Not super sad that I’m out of this one.
Reading my previous tasting note, it seems that I am definitely enjoying the last of this sample much more than I did the first cup! I used the remaining ~half of the sample in about 8 oz. water, and gave it my standard oolong treatment (3 min in just below boiling water) and the result is creamy (but not milk oolong creamy), sweet vegetal, and absolutely delicious! I’m really not sure what went wrong last time; I would definitely love to drink this again, although I think the price point may be out of my range.
Thank so much to Tea from Taiwan for this sample! Hopefully I will eventually be able to make a delicious oolong order, and pick up some of this and the other oolong I enjoyed.
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.