3217 Tasting Notes
Sipdown, woooo!!! Although this will be extremely short-lived, as I’m making a necessary 2 oz. order of this tonight. Or tomorrow. Very, very soon. Today I mixed a couple batches’ worth together, some from my very first sample of Laoshan Black, when I thought I hated all straight black teas and requested David Duckler to send this one as my sample tea just so I could try it, and the last of my 1 oz. packet from a few tea purchases ago. The tea was delicious as always, even steeped directly in my new travel mug today. :)
I think I have a bit of Zhu Rong (Rhu Zong? I can never remember…) left, along with Teavivre’s Fenqing Black Dragon Pearls, to tide me through this horrible lack of delicious chocolatey black morning teas. Hopefully I don’t have to resort to picking through my Laoshan Village Chai to find enough of this tea for a cup!
ETA: WOW. My second infusion of this one, which I left for about 4 minutes, tastes almost exactly like dark hot chocolate. Holy incredible deliciousness. I am not kidding at ALL. I wish this cup would last forever… it tastes like at least 200 more calories/cup than it is…
Tasty morning tea. Got a piece of ginger in the infuser this morning, and definitely can taste it (though it’s certainly not overpowering!) I guess it may just be a bit hit or miss, as I don’t think there are a lot of ginger pieces in here.
Also, it got an extra minute this morning and is not suffering at all for it, which is great!
I cannot focus at ALL today. I slept badly and am facing a huge decision in probably the next few days… whether or not to stay here and commit to a PhD in an area which will be extremely challenging for me, which also means that I won’t be done school until I’m over 30… Gah. Major decision stress, on top of the fact that I’m supposed to be finishing my Masters project by April….
Anyways… drinking some of this in the hopes of finding some sort of answers?? Or at least, a way to focus and make some progress on work… I’ve been sitting here for nearly an hour and a half and all I’ve managed to do is drag a few calculations down an Excel column, and trim a substantial number of split ends… Well, at least this tea is delicious and reliable. Sigh.
(Yep, sorry, hardly a tasting note at all, just a life rant. Bleh.)
Yum, lemony raspberry. Neither the hibiscus nor stevia cause problems here, it’s just a true raspberry flavour with lemony tanginess. Certainly much better than DT’s previous incarnation of a raspberry rooibos blend.
ETA: Also makes a yummy second infusion. Even infused for like two hours, ahahaha.
Interesting. I first tried this tea 8 months ago, apparently, and wrote that I thought that jasmine was the dominant flavour. Odd! I’m really not picking up on that now, I’m getting a light fruitiness (I can be convinced that it’s pomegranate) on a nice green base, that unfortunately is kind of astringent. I wonder if I thought jasmine because the green base does taste like the jasmine green from a Chinese restaurant? Hrm.
Anyhow, this is rather tasty, but clearly a bit finicky as well, as I thought I was pretty careful with the infusion time. Perhaps 2.5 minutes would give a better result (and also perhaps using a thermometer for water temp, but I was lazy and my thermometer was still packed from my holiday).
Yesssss, a sipdown! Let’s see how many days in a row I can manage to have at least one of these…
Anyhow, in spite of the lack of mulberries in this cup, this tea is delicious. I’m still confused as to how I thought that it was pretty much the same as Glitter & Gold, because it definitely isn’t. It’s all caramel and orange, and very little spice. I often am not a fan of citrus in teas, but it’s absolutely perfect here. This is a tea I would love to pick up as a morning thermos tea, but I really can’t justify that. At all. Sigh! At least, as long as DT doesn’t discontinue it or something…
ETA: Second infusion, less caramel, a lot more cinnamon and orange! Tasty.
Decided to paw through my DavidsTea stash tonight in hopes of sipping down some things. Sadly this is not a sipdown, but I now only have a cup’s worth left (which really, is ok because I like this tea!)
Same as last time, this tastes very, very much like raw chocolate chip cookie dough minus the chocolate chips (although every now and then I do get chocolate hints). Such a bang on flavour! It also tastes much to me like some sort of alcohol I’ve had, but unfortunately as I don’t drink much, I can’t recall what it is. Maybe butterscotch schnapps, or something like that? It’s actually a bit like taking a whiff of vanilla extract, too.
Anyhow, in spite of not paying attention to the infusion time, this is delicious. One seasonal tea that DT definitely got right!
ETA: Second infusion, half the water, delicious.