3229 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! 987. Finished off the last of my older bag of this tonight. So good. This is how a flavoured green should be – full of spot-on flavour (ok, it’s not eggnog, it’s creamy deliciousness, close enough for me), no astringency, and a delicious base tea that complements the flavourings. Perfection.
Sipdown! 989. Honestly had forgotten that I drank this a few weeks ago, but enjoyed it just as much today as previously. Nice creamy lime with a reasonably gentle black base. Not getting the bitterness that people have described, but that’s likely because it’s a bit on the old side. Anyhow, a solid tea if this is the flavour you want. If I wasn’t so tea overloaded, it might be a nice change to have in my cupboard when I want a flavoured black, but something brighter and less caramel/chocolate.
Sipdown! 993. (I added in my not-yet-here Butiki teas). Anyways, I have declared today to be Sipdown day! I can only drink a tea if it results in a sipdown. So! First up is this tiny bit of Buttercream (my original sample, I believe?) from Awkward Soul! I think I might like Apple Custard a touch more, but they’re definitely along the same lines of sweet, creamy, and chamomile. Yum.
Well, I enjoyed the second cup I’ve ever had of this… but it was travel-mugged, so I couldn’t say much more than that I enjoyed it. Not sure if at the time, I realized it was an oolong…. so might have steeped it weirdly, possibly like a green (because it looks kind of like houjicha or something). Oh well!
Dry, this smells lovely, all nutty and rosy… but steeped, there’s something poking out that I’m not liking. It smells a bit like cinnamon hearts… which is fine, but NOT anything like baklava to me. In fact… does baklava even typically contain cinnamon? If so, not very much. Anyhow, the flavour very sadly is pretty much as VariaTea described. Cinnamon water with a lingering sweetness that I don’t overly care for. The aftertaste is a touch nutty, but cinnamon is incredibly overwhelming here, to the point that I can’t taste oolong, rose, or really anything else. How unfortunate.
ETA: Second infusion I’m drinking cold… there’s more nuttiness, but it still tastes like cinnamon hearts. What a disappointing blend.
Second cup decidedly not as good as the first. BUT. I also got the “bottom of the barrel”, as in, the tea guide called for another bag of tea to put in after he took out my 24g. So, I mostly got coriander seeds. The aroma is still there, though, and a bit of the flavour, although the chamomile is a touch more overwhelming. I’m pretty sure that if I go back and get a bagful that’s not from the bottom, it will be tastier, so I will probably do that and just mix the two. Annoying, but not the end of the world. 95% sure I’ll get at least 100g of this one…