3229 Tasting Notes
This tea is definitely better consumed sooner after brewing rather than later (as most green teas are), and my delay in drinking it meant it lost some of its tastiness. Still roasty, but the base tea becomes very muted and it’s tough to catch the brown sugar/green bean notes after it has been sitting. Oops :(
I guess I missed picking some of this one up earlier (or I didn’t see the packet of it in my stash, anyhow), so grabbed a bit to try before it’s gone for good. The smell is so deliciously bang-on – creamy, tangyish mango lassi. So is the initial flavour in the sip… but then it turns into a bit too much chamomile for me, which is too bad. Maybe they’ll come out with a less-chamomiley version at some point? Ah well. Not too disappointed now that it has been discontinued, though I’m not sure if I want a bit more just to have when I want a sleepy time blend (I do still have a decent supply of Dulce & Banana though, hmmmm.)
Yum. Picked up another 24g of this to mix with the 24g of essentially custard-flavoured coriander seed that I previously purchased, and had to brew up a trial cup. Still a win, but I think a bit of the amazingness has worn off… but only a bit, because I still quite enjoyed it. And tbh, eating the raisins/apple pieces out of the infuser is pretty darn delicious too :D
Aroma-wise, this tea is pretty much perfect – in fact, it smells more like eggnog than some eggnog I recently picked up. SO GOOD. Brewed up, it’s a bit weak, and the green rooibos base interferes a bit with the flavour (I think it would be better on a light green base like dragonwell), but it’s so nice to breathe in that delicious aroma from the hot cup. This might be a 25g purchase for me, just to have some around, but because it’s such a season-specific flavour, I don’t think I’d crave it overly often. (Besides, I have plenty of creamy teas, and I also picked up some Spiced Nog from Butiki, which might be more perfect. Also, I believe I got a bit of throat scratchiness from the rooibos and/or flavourings, which is not overly enjoyable.)
Glad I found a few of my other milk oolongs to keep me from buying more. This one’s pretty good, but I seem to more or less like them all equally. Great milkiness/creaminess, and lingering oolong flavour. Perfect in my travel mug en route to a friend’s wedding yesterday!
Sipdown! 986. I hadn’t even remembered that I had some of this left, so it was a lovely surprise when I was tea-organizing the other day to have come across some :D Still a big fan – there’s some flavouring in here that reminds me of Butiki’s Red Queen Cupcake, although of course there’s no strawberry, and the base here is perhaps a bit more forgiving (RQ has gone bitter on me a couple times when I’ve oversteeped). Therefore, I think it’s the espresso-esque flavouring that I’m gauging as similar. Anyhow, this + Divine Temptation are definite rebuys, especially since I never actually mixed the two together! Anyhow, a fond farewell for this amazingly rich, decadent, malty tea.