3217 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! 980. There was probably a bit more than I really needed left in the bag… but I used it all anyhow. The result is potentially a little strong (a little bitter, a bit drying, but nothing a bit of dilution wouldn’t fix), but enjoyable. Chocolatey, a bit minty, creamy, and a bit of chamomile just to add interest (I guess). I do prefer other chocolate mint teas, though, preferably without chamomile, so I’ll probably stick to those in the future :)
Oh man. Just made the BEST mug of this, ever. In addition to the delicious roasty oolong, there’s a wonderfully caramelly flavour tonight. I must have done something correctly, haha. Only downside is that I do have to use a lot of tea to make this taste good – probably 4 tsp for a travel mug (and I’ve been known to use more). I’m getting low on this… it will be a sad day when it runs out :(
7 spears for about 10 oz. of water. The result was pretty light in flavour, but quite sweet. It didn’t taste like any oolong I’ve ever had though, without the lovely aftertaste I usually crave. I’ll have to have it again (and/or resteep it) and make more detailed notes, because unfortunately I don’t remember much beyond a bit of mineral and a lot of sweetness, but it was certainly pleasant. Doubtful, though, that it will be interesting enough to get me to repurchase.
ETA: Resteeped it a couple days later, in 90C water, leaving it for quite a while – it actually ended up being quite flavourful, although also more astringent than I’d like. The flavour was really unlike almost anything I’ve had before, and I was struggling to figure out what it was that it reminded me of. I am thinking purple tea? It still didn’t have an oolong flavour, but wasn’t like a green either. Definitely tasty though (I diluted my too-astringent cup with some additional boiled-cooled water until it was at a bearable level). Next time, I’ll try to give it an even longer first infusion (if I remember).
Sipdown! I believe this is a sample from Raritea, although I believe I also have some from Janelle (this may be confirmed later). Thanks whoever it was :)
Anyhow, it’s pretty delicious. Very vegetal and “chewy”, a bit saline and mariney. Quite enjoyable, actually!
Sipdown! (No change in number though – this appears not to have been on my swap sheet. Sigh.) And thanks again to Sil, courtesy originally of Dexter, I believe.
Not too bad, actually – I can taste the chocolate and what’s coming off as coffee to me, mixed with the characteristic strong roasted mate flavours. No hazelnut, really. I think this would be quite a bit better latte-style, though, because it’s verging slightly on bitter as it is.
Sipdown! 981. Thank you to Sil for this sample (and TerriHarpLady, because it’s her writing on the baggie :D)
Pulled out my unflavoured “drink now” basket to get a few things down before I fill up my 6 Timolinos for some babysitting tonight (and those Timolinos will not be containing single cup samples). This one was at the top of the basket, so here we are! Aroma is lovely, sweet and malty, and the flavour is… unexpected. I was anticipating more of a standard yunnan/hay-y flavour based on the aroma (even though that’s not a profile I’d use for a tea called “red-tailed hawk”!), but although it has those notes, it also has… cherry? Yeah, it took me a bit to identify it, but I’m definitely tasting a cherry fruitiness. There is also some astringency here, but it might be due to slightly overleafing (under-pouring of water, more accurately), and it’s actually not unpleasant, because it’s fairly mild. Overall, pretty tasty and unique. Not a tea I’d have too often because it’s a little on the potent side for me, but it’s still delicious.
Thanks to Max for sending a free sample of this tea! I haven’t previously tried a coffee leaf tea, so have no real expectations (except a hope that it doesn’t taste like coffee, haha.)
Upon opening the packet, I can detect a very herbally sort of aroma… very similar to guayusa, so kind of grassy (not too green, though), and a bit sweet/hay-ish. I opted to brew the tea in a filter basket instead of the provided paper filter, so poured it in (the tea was small fragments and dust, for the most part), and brewed with boiling water for about 4 minutes. The result tastes and smells exactly like guayusa to me. It’s pretty smooth (though there’s a touch of bitterness as it cools), but tastes very herbal. I can’t say that I understand any of the associations to black tea, though I suppose it would be most like the types I’m not fond of (ceylon? yunnan? The ones without the chocolate/raisiny goodness.) Anyhow, I’m not a fan of guayusa, unfortunately, so I’m not really a fan of this tea.
Yep, this one still holds the position of “tasty, but not impressive next to the lesser version”. I made it for a travel mug tonight, and the tea has just cooled to the point of being just above lukewarm (my favourite drinking range, I’ve determined, is the temperatures starting maybe a degree or two above mouth/body temperature, and going about as hot as water you’d comfortably shower in. Yes, it’s a small range.) Anyhow, drinking it at this temperature, I can certainly taste the resemblance to regular PTA, with delicious raisiny tones. The problem is, they’re just not as strong, and they’re masked by a malty, hay-y flavour which isn’t bad by any means. But I want raisins.
Weird… apparently my last experience with this one was rather odd, involving a mixup with the White Chocolate Tea, and an association with spiced cat food. Anyhow! This time it was better, although I greatly prefer Butiki’s Two Friends for the chocolate/orange combo. I could taste citrus (not specifically orange), and some chocolate, but was also getting some cinnamon notes, which I didn’t particularly want. I guess I want my chocolate orange teas to be like Terry’s chocolate oranges. Two flavours. Either way, it was still drinkable, but I must mention that in addition to the overleafing (1 rounded tbsp), I ran out of hot water when pouring this since it was the third tea, and so it infused into maybe 8 oz. So that’s about double my normal ratio, and the flavour still wasn’t overly strong, so I think these teas are a bit on the weak side (age could be a factor here, but the bags are and have been well-sealed the whole time I’ve had them). Overall, a decent cup, but not remarkable.
Was craving something different tonight, and opted for this tea, which means I only have a regular mug’s worth left (another pre-sipdown, yessss). Travel-mugged it since I was headed to handbell practice tonight, and it was COLD outside. And by cold, I mean -3C and I’m lame.
Anyhow, I apparently didn’t much care for this before, but I overleafed tonight (1 rounded tbsp tea for ~12 oz. water), gave it a nice long infusion (4-5 minutes?) and found it to be pretty satisfying. Dark chocolate, roasty base that tasted kind of like there was a touch of pu’erh mixed in there, and fairly smooth. Can’t really complain! Bumping the rating a bit because I did rather enjoy my mug of it tonight.