3160 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Indigobloom for this sample as well! I’m glad I finally started tackling some more of my samples from her because they’re super tasty!
So yes, I’ve already sipped at this one, and although I was concerned about a lack of aroma initially, there’s enough flavour here to make me happy. I did the same thing as with the Chocolate Orange Pu’erh, and used about 2.5 tsp leaf for 10-12oz., and although it could be stronger, I’m getting tasty, light strawberry on a nice black base, with zero bitterness. I can’t really say I’m tasting shortcake here at all, just a nice strawberry black, but that’s fine by me, as I’m not fond of shortcake anyhow. The DavidsTea version of SS was much truer to actual shortcake, if that’s what someone is looking for!
Planning on doing the same thing for the re-steep as well, and call this a sipdown by using up the remaining 1/2-1 tsp.
ETA: Re-steep was a bit bitter. I think I should have just brewed a really tiny cup with the remaining small amount of leaves instead of mixing the two, because I’m pretty sure there was little to no flavour left in the used leaves. Ah well.
Thanks to Indigobloom for this sample!
I had a pretty rough/emotional evening yesterday, which turned into some depressing nightmares, which is what I’ve been left with this morning. :( Nothing like starting off the day with some heartache, and feeling helpless that there’s nothing I can do to change things. Anyhow, I opted to brew up some samples that I’ve had for ages, in a (probably futile) attempt to make myself feel better.
This one made the cut, as I was looking for something a bit heavier this morning. Brewed up, it smells much more reminiscent of ETS’ Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu’erh, or whatever it is called, than the DavidsTea version of a chocolate orange pu’erh. So basically, I’m detecting delicious caramelly flavours, and really no orange whatsoever. On the sip, I’m pretty much getting the same. Caramelly yum, and maybe just the barest hint of orange. Strangely, I’m not really getting chocolate here either. I could probably be convinced that someone swapped my sample for the Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu’erh, actually (except that there were clearly orange pieces in my baggie!)
So in the end, this tea loses major points for not being chocolatey OR orangey…. however I am very much enjoying my cup of it in spite of that. Since a) this tea is unavailable now anyhow, and b) I tend to rate teas more heavily weighted on flavour than how true the flavour is to the name, I’m going to ignore entirely that fact and rate it high, because it’s very yum.
Also, I should note that I used about 2.5 tsp in my mug (~10-12oz.) to compensate for tea age. I suspect this will re-steep decently, so will probably throw the remaining 1/2-1 tsp of tea into the infuser for the re-steep to use it up. Not that I’m anxious to get rid of it, just…. sipdown! :D
ETA: Re-steep, 4 min at boiling, using the extra leaf, actually has some orange flavour! Shocking :P Still caramelly but less so, and still not getting chocolate. I’m getting a bit of the throat-scratchy feeling now that I get with the DavidsTea version… still can’t figure out what the deal with that is, since I’m pretty sure it doesn’t happen to me with other pu’erhs, but it does happen with rooibos, yet not honeybush. Hrrrrrm.
Yum. I think I might have underleafed/understeeped this one a touch today, but it’s still really good. Almost gone, though! But that’s ok, as I have a sample from Upton, and the rest of my DavidsTea pouch to get through as well. Yum, earl grey creams are the best…. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the non-cream version.
Ahhh, this one’s so good! I think it reminds me a bit of DavidsTea’s Checkmate, although the two teas really aren’t super similar. Either way, I travel mugged this one today and drank it cool after my post-surgery nap (yeah, getting a mole removed totally counts as surgery!! It hurts and I got stitches and everything.)
At some point, I’m definitely getting 2 oz. of this one. Yummers. But for now, I just have a sample pack left (because oh yeah, this was a sipdown of the sample pack I got a few months back!)
I think that technically, there was a sipdown in here, as I’m pretty sure I’ve started on my new bag without finishing the old… haha. Gotta put em together like I did with the Eggnog tea!
Drank this one while watching the Superbowl/playing board games with my boy and his friends. Delicious delicious.
sigh Sad to say that I’m sipping this sample from Missy and Dylan down… this was a pretty tasty tea! I think it may have lost a bit of flavour during “storage”, but it’s still quite good, with light citrus and a hint of ginger.
Sipped down six teas “tonight” – feels like a bit of progress!
Another sipdown of a tea from Alphakitty! Entertainingly, I had pretty much the same impression of this one on my second go-round as my first, in spite of absolutely no recollection of the previous time I drank this! (I knew I had, just was misremembering it as being more of a straight TGY oolong).
It’s not bad, but a jasmine-flavoured oolong is not something I’d reach for…. ever, likely. Too much floral, and I’m not really one for floral. I’d much prefer a straight TGY or a milk oolong. So, it was neat to try a magnolia-scented tea, but not an experience I will likely feel the need to repeat!
Whoops, guess this is another one I’ve had for a while. Anyhow, my feelings on it don’t seem to have changed… in fact, I’m probably finding it even less interesting now. A fruity-ish green pretty much lacking in tea flavour. And I don’t think it’s age, or understeeping, or anything here, this is just not a very interesting tea.
Sadly this wasn’t a sipdown… I still have a cup or two left of this. Sil? Indigobloom? Raritea?