3229 Tasting Notes
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!)
Sipdown! Of the batch from momo, anyhow. I don’t recall if I still have some from Azzrian sitting around too.
Anyhow, I still quite like this one. Sweet and caramelly and pretty delicious. I’m likely to keep some version of this in my cupboard most of the time, but as I have numerous ones right now, definitely no need to get any more of this!
Sipdown! And technically kind of a double sipdown, because I both finished off my sample packet as well as an additional packet I received in my Boxing Day online order.
I accidentally steeped this one for 2 minutes longer than intended, but it doesn’t seem to have caused any problems. The flavour is unmistakably sweet, tasty pineapple. The only problem is that I’m really not tasting the oolong here. That’s one of the things I love about Banana Oolong – the delicious, strong oolong flavour.
Looks like the previous note I made on this tea said much the same, so I won’t be picking up any more of this (but I now have a renewed desire to get another 50-100g of Banana Oolong before it’s unavailable).
Wow, yum. This is a good gingery tea. I didn’t steep it too long, so it may be able to produce a stronger flavour than what I got, but it’s quite gingery enough for me without being overly biting/spicy. It tastes like liquid ginger candies that my mom likes to buy at asian grocery stores.
Although I don’t think it would be necessary for me to keep a stash of this around, I’d definitely recommend this tea to any ginger lover! I just very infrequently crave ginger, so it would just take up space.
ETA: Second infusion, infused for maybe 5-6 mins? is potent! Much more bite here. I think this would be a great blend to mix with others that need a bit more ginger (if dehydrated or fresh ginger is not available, as obviously those would be even more potent).
Hmm. Still lots of tasty strawberry flavour, but I threw this in the travel mug this morning, and I just don’t think that pu’erh + travel mugs is a good combo for me. It’s ok, but for some reason I feel like the earthiness is highlighted, and that’s not really what I want. Finishing it off cold now, after it has sat for 17 hours, haha.
So! I am thrilled to have discovered today that this dragon well takes to the travel mug much better than expected! I brewed it up, poured it in, topped it off with some cold water, and drank it about 45 minutes later at my morning meeting, and it was delicious. So, I think that as long as I a) use an uncontaminated mug and b) drink the tea fairly soon after brewing, I can successfully take green teas to work as well. Exciting!
And of course, this tea was tasty as usual, although it’s getting on in age. I still prefer Verdant’s Dragonwell-Style Laoshan Green to most dragonwells, just because the sweet, caramely notes are more pronounced, but this is a pretty tasty example of a proper dragonwell. It was nice to have something a bit out of the ordinary in one of my mugs this morning!
Yuuuum. I think I prefer this tea lukewarm-ish… aka after it has sat in my travel mug all day. I just finished it up about an hour ago, after brewing it shortly before 8am (so it was in there for about 16 hours). Just deliciously chocolate, spiced goodness. No regrets at all buying a 2oz. bag!
This is definitely up there in terms of tasty pear teas, but I really wish the flavouring was paired with a nice green base like Butiki’s Huangshan Mao Feng, instead of a rooibos. Or at least honeybush. I just don’t like that I can taste the rooibos here, so it decreases my enjoyment of the tea. Although this definitely tastes like bosc pears (not d’anjou, which are my favourites), I also wish that there was a bit more caramel going on here. I should give it a shot with a ½ tsp of a crème caramel rooibos or something.
Thanks again to Azzrian for this one!