3217 Tasting Notes
Definitely enjoying this one quite a bit more than the first time I tried it – this time the sickly sweet smell has transferred to the flavour, and it’s quite tasty! As momo mentioned, however, it’s kind of a maple-y flavour, which doesn’t really scream “red velvet cake”. Either way, this is a tasty cup, and I’ll happily drink up the last of my package another day, but yeah, no need to pick up more.
ETA: I’m somewhat shocked – actually got 2 decent additional infusions out of these leaves! Half the water, as I typically do for subsequent infusions. It was mostly the mapley flavour that was lingering around, but it was quite pleasant.
Used 2 teabags for an underfilled Timolino, and it was definitely nearly if not as good as the loose version. I have no idea why I adore this chai so much… I love it plain, with no milk and sugar, but there’s just something about it that really makes it stand out from other chais I’ve had.
Also, it stands up well to being oversteeped, and just gets more peppery. Mmmmmm.
Hmm. I wonder if this is a bit too old now… there’s really not much flavour beyond “flavoured black tea”. As in, it’s kind of malty in a flavoured sort of way. And I can tell it’s a black tea. Not particularly bad or good… but I certainly am not getting anything remotely like milk OR cookies here. Ah well. I have a bit more to try again, but I’ll withhold a rating here as I suspect age is a factor. Sigh!
Thanks for sharing some of this with me, momo!
Thanks to momo for this sample!
I initially got a whiff of a grapey aroma from the dried leaves (which made sense as it has “vineyard” in the name, but it doesn’t much taste like grapes… and I see they aren’t even an ingredient, haha. Once I get past the lack-of-grapes bit, though, I can taste quite a nice fruity tea! The primary flavour I’m getting is peach, I think, not really strawberry, but it’s fairly good. Very little black tea flavour, other than some astringency, but that may be because I used a pretty short infusion time.
While this tea is pretty tasty, unfortunately it’s reminding me too much of some sort of alcohol (no idea what, though), and I’m finding that offputting enough that I wouldn’t pick this up myself. Not so offputting as to not finish the cup and later, the rest of the sample, though!
Thanks to Azzrian for a sample of this one, which I’ve neglected for quite a while!
I drank it this morning, so can’t recall details, but I enjoyed it well enough for a non-chocolatey black. No astringency, a nice sweetness. I have some more left to try again, and will hopefully do a re-steep tomorrow morning as well!
Wow, it took me forever to get around to trying these! I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not hugely fond of jasmine, or if it got lost somewhere… Anyways, trying it now!
To be honest, this tea is pretty much what I expected. Although I’d like to say that 5 pearls is too much for 8oz, haha. I’m getting reasonably good jasmine flavour atop a nice malty black base, but as I mentioned, it’s a tad strong. I can’t recall how long I steeped it…. somewhere between 3-5 minutes, but I steeped it this morning and really can’t remember. It’s a little bit astringent, but I think that’s from too much leaf (and sitting out for a while).
I’m glad I got to try this, but I think I’d prefer to stick to jasmine greens/whites. However, for the floral/perfumey black tea lover, this is probably amazing!
Sadly not quuuiiiittee a sipdown today, but oh man do I love the flavour of this tea. In spite of the bit of astringency, there’s just such a malty, caramelly flavour that I’m just loving. Bumping the rating; I will definitely be getting more of this when I eventually make a Lupicia order. I wish I could figure out what this tea reminded me of, though.
Sipdown! It’s about time – this is from my very first Verdant order, about a year ago. I think the tea has probably lost a bit of flavour, but I’ve had 3 very enjoyable infusions today (well ok, I oversteeped the second but ended up drinking it anyways!) Very green-vegetal (not chewy/green beany like the Laoshan Greens), but lots of creaminess and oolong flavour. Love it. I think I have another, newer bag of this as well, and I left one with my mom as well (though if she hasn’t been drinking it, I’m totally stealing it back in April!) Eventually, assuming it remains available, I will pick up more of this :) (Well, the freshest incarnation, of course!)