3217 Tasting Notes
Gross gross gross. Why hibiscus in a black tea?! Not a good combo at all. To top it off, this tea is kind of old and I think hibiscus gets really woody-tasting as it ages, which makes it extra-unpleasant. So yes. Woody, tart ickiness. I should probably toss the remainder of this baggie, because it’s just gross.
Started off this morning badly by waking up to a parking ticket because my city is ridiculous and disallows street parking for 4 hours during the night for 6 months of the year. For “snow-clearing” purposes, presumably. There was no snow to clear last night. At all. I was exhausted yesterday and forgot to move my car into the driveway (had to wait for roommates to pull in first), so was given the gift of a lovely fine. Goodbye, completely wasted multiple hours of work.
Teawise, I feel like this was underleafed/understeeped today… or perhaps the flavour is just quite light. Either way, there’s that delicious leafhopper-bitten sweetness, with a strong minerally base, and lingering honeyed notes/oolong flavour. Delicious, but I do wish it was stronger.
Sipdown! And thanks to MissB(?) for a sample of this tea! I’m not sure exactly what it’s flavoured with, but my first impression was that it was kind of like a gingerbread green? A bit spicy, basically. It was certainly an interesting tea to try, though probably not one I need to try again.
A pretty tasty strawberry black, with loads more flavour than some that I’ve had, but the tea isn’t unique enough to keep me interested. It is certainly good, though, albeit a bit fakely-flavoured. Lasted for only one good infusion – the second is rather bland (despite smelling quite tasty) – except it suddenly has a bit of an amaretto flavour… which I don’t recall from the first infusion, and don’t think is from contamination (I haven’t had anything amaretto-flavoured lately). Might have to investigate. (Further research has led me to believe that the proximity of my ‘Cappuccino Black’ infuser may have imparted this flavour.)
Another victim of fruity contamination. The lovely pouchong/oolong aftertaste is still there, but it’s oddly fruity. I need to give some of my travel mugs a deep clean/soak, I think… (I also think this tea may have been a bit fruity/perfumey to begin with, so the contamination really isn’t helping).
Sipdown! I really did end up enjoying this tea as a flavoured black. Sweetness, some vague fruitiness, and just a general good flavour overall. I’d actually buy this again myself (my portions are from Sil) just as a change from straight blacks, and from more heavily-flavoured teas. Really delicious.
Dug through my Verdant teas to find something interesting that would work well in a travel mug – and this is what I located. Delicious! So chocolatey and good. I’m starting to not really care which black tea I have, as long as it’s in the roasty and/or chocolatey profile, with lovely smoothness and no astringency. So this one fit very well, and was incredibly enjoyable. Apparently I haven’t drank much of it yet, despite it being reasonably old, but it hasn’t lost any flavour!
Ok, the orzo teas are definitely way, way better than the barley teas. This one is seriously delicious. It’s like a thick, rich, roasty strawberry milkshake. Naturally sweet, no bitterness, no fishiness, just roasty+strawberry (I was going to write roasty strawberry, but that makes me think of hot strawberries, and that actually doesn’t sound overly appetizing). As with Caramel+Honey (or whatever the other orzo tea was that I tried), I think it would be amazing with milk and a touch of additional sweetener. Probably will try it that way eventually. (Also, I can’t believe how dark/inky it brews up! Makes me nervous that it will be bitter, but it’s not at all!)