3160 Tasting Notes
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 5! (Drank Dec. 6… technically 7)
Missed drinking this yesterday as I ended up being busy at my boyfriend’s work Christmas party! Fun times. Anyways, this blend looks to be a black, with marshmallow root and piece of some sort of fruit… a quick sniff leads me to think it’s Strawberry Rhubarb, as it smells similar to Lupicia’s version, which I coincidentally drank this evening.
Brewed up, it still smells pretty delicious. Malty and sweet-fruity. Flavourwise it’s not much, since it’s still pretty hot, so I’ll wait a bit longer… Ok, the flavour unfortunately doesn’t match up to the aroma. It’s kind of malty, with some fruitiness, but also some cardboard black base flavour, which I’m not fond of. Bleh. SO much promise! I still think it’s probably Strawberry Rhubarb Black or something along those lines, but if so, the Lupicia version puts it to shame.
Frankenberry? Really? Weird. I enjoyed my sample of Frankenberry more than I enjoyed this cup, but I suppose I can see that they’re the same. Just wasn’t immediately obvious to me. Ah well, sad to have another repeat when I thought it wouldn’t be (but I knew it was inevitable).
Thanks to KittyLovesTea for a sample of this far too long ago!
Although the leaves look dark, this oolong brews up lighter than expected, and it appears that the leaves are actually kind of a dark green. I think it may have been a poor choice to sip this after Verdant’s Mi Lan Dancong Black, because this tea is lighter and greener, and I’m having difficulty tasting the nuances. There’s definitely a green-oolong-esque aftertaste, and lots of mineral notes to start off… but things get a bit murky in between. I didn’t look, but I assume ‘almond’ refers to notes in the tea as opposed to flavouring; I’m not picking it up, but again, palate contamination. I’ll leave it for a bit and try again.
I’m banking that this is the one they bring back, haha, so I am finishing it off since I was craving more pear (spoilers, lol), and it was just sitting in the Tea Infusion Zone. Dry, the aroma was a bit lacking today, but all was fixed when steeped. So much heavenly baked pear goodness.
Good job, self. You made a Good Decision in purchasing an extra half ounce of this one, because it’s pretty yummy (first time not in a travel mug). Creamy plummy aroma, creamy plummy flavour. I’m really quite pleased with this one and regretting that I wasted some in a travel mug. Oh well! Still on bag #1, so there’s a fair bit left to savour.
Had an eggnog tea latte of this tonight… and boy was it delicious :D It’s a good thing I’m not always near a DT, or I’d have trouble resisting the lure of eggnog lattes every day. Not sure I could taste a ton of cranberry or pear, but it may just be that it blended in really well… IDK. Just yum. I think I’ll try Chocolate Macaroon next, if I let myself get another. Haha.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 4! (Drank Dec. 4)
Thought this was a green before I opened it, but have reconsidered, and now think it’s a white. A very fluffy white. And I’m not at all sure what it is based on the smell – both my roommate and I agree that it smells like white wine, plus a mishmash of fruity aromas, including banana and possibly orange (but orange juice was being consumed at that time, so we’re not 100% on that one).
I accidentally oversteeped it, so the base is a bit strong, but there’s also not really much flavour. Not really a fan. I’d guess that this was maybe a champagne white or something, but I don’t know if anything like that was released this year.
Uh, Apple Jack’s Apple Harvest Shou Mei? Never would have guessed. I guess the apple is what’s coming off as winey? Either way, not fond of this blend at all.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 3! (Drank Dec. 3)
Decided to “catch up” today – since I got my parcel on the 2nd, and have both the hot and iced teas to go through, I figured that catching up one day would allow me to get through everything without having to pack any of them home. Unless, of course, Roswell Strange is interested in trying some. Because between her and my mom, I’m bringing back quite enough teas already! :D
Anyhow, first impressions of this one: it’s a black, and has little green leaf flecks. Therefore, I guess it’s a minty black of some variety. Scent confirms this. I don’t know which one(s) were released this year, though, so again I won’t be able to come up with the actual tea.
Brewed up, I’m getting a lovely malty aroma combined with much less mint than I expected. I’m ok with that – I don’t need in-your-face mint. I actually am thinking this might be the Peppermint Patty Black, or whatever the name was of that tea. it’s creamy, minty, and malty – hinting on chocolatey. Quite pleasant. Actually, on another large sip, I am getting chocolate. Delish. I’m pretty happy with this one too.
Peppermint Bark! Yep, I am right, just wasn’t 100% on the name. Anyways, I’m impressed. It’s a great level of mint, and a lovely winter tea.