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(DavidsTea 2022: 110)
2022 Sipdown 128/365!
Back when sales at DavidsTea were rare, I’d bought a large amount of on-sale individually-wrapped teabags of this tea, as I quite enjoyed it. I’ve since gone off milk oolongs to some degree, finding them a bit fake and preferring natural jin xuan and other oolongs. However, was in the mood for this the other day and it delivered. Creamy, delicious oolong, and didn’t taste particularly “flavoured”. A win!
(DavidsTea 2022: 109)
I’d been waiting for this tea to show up on the website for a while so I could use up a free tea reward on it, and I think it was worth it. I overleafed, not considering that the rolled leaves are more compact, so it wasn’t as smooth or flavourful as it could have been, but I did enjoy it. I think the profile went more in the malty hay direction instead of chocolate (I’d hoped for the latter).
(DavidsTea 2022: 108)
Really interested to try this tea – roasted rice and maple? Yes! So I had to brew it up as soon as I could when I received it today.
Interestingly, the packet smells rather strongly alcoholic – almost like… kahlua?? That’s the best I can come up with, maybe it’s the vanilla? I’m not sure. It’s not offputting, just strong and noticeable, though doesn’t translate to the brewed tea.
Unfortunately, children got in the way and I didn’t get around to trying the tea until it was cool. I wasn’t wowed, but I’m also not really sure what I think of it, or whether I like it. It’s somewhat mapley, and pleasant enough, but I think the contribution of the rice was lost on me in that cup. Definitely need to try it again, maybe tomorrow?
(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)
Review for the Dec 2018 version of this tea (my third). I paid less attention to this cup than I did the others; it may have been slightly less tasty but was still recognizable to my tastebuds as Blackberry Custard Tart. Gotta finish off some of these packets, heh.
(52teas (Anne) 2022: 268)
I swear this looked like the same base as Blackberry Custard Tart, but it hits me quite differently – really not a fan of how this one comes out, and maybe it’s just the difference in flavouring? Maybe I have some dislike of the pear, apple, or cherry flavouring used (I can’t distinctly conjure up a memory of any of the three to be able to rule one out or anything). It’s… sharp? That’s not quite the right word, but it’s not creamy, and not sweet. Maybe this is a tea where a touch of sweetener would make a difference?
3rd Trip Through the May Prompts!
A cupboard staple – I chose this because I realized that I always have a rose tea on hand, whether this one or another. I just ran out of Yume by Lupicia and I have three rose teas still on hand – this one, Rose Scented by Harney, and Valentine’s Tea from Czar Nikolas.
Ashman isn’t a fan of rose in teas, but I love it. This one is a Keemun, not a pouchong, and even the company and distributor could not find out how it got its name. It is clearly labeled Keemun in the ingredients, it looks, smells, and tastes like Keemun, so go figure. Maybe someone thought Pouchong sounded fancy.
A former student of mine went to a shop that had tons of Bellocq tea. I offered to send her samples of some of the ones she didn’t buy and in return she was going to send me a sample of Queen’s Guard. Instead, her sister’s showed up today with three full pouches of tea in addition to the sample of Queen’s Guard!
I was torn between trying or the Raspberry Champagne White but I have been enjoying Tropical Vibes from Cuppageek so I wanted coconut, plus it is partially serving as first dessert because to be honest we have been having at least two desserts or treats a night. Awful, I know.
This was YUMMY. It is so creamy and coconut-y. I know I am going to try it as a latte because it would be amazing that way.
Funny thing – I didn’t smell the leaves until after I had enjoyed several small cups of the tea, and I picked up the same very weird smell that I noticed in another tea not long ago.it doesn’t come through in the taste at all. It must have something to do with the flavoring.
I looked in old notes, and I smelled this same odd smell in Lupicia’s plain Strawberry Black Tea, which tasted great to me and everyone I know who tried it, but had a very off-putting aroma in the dry leaves.
Big bonus – Ashman loved it and it is available locally. I am pretty sure this White Coconut Creme by Art of Tea.
From Kawaii433 a couple months ago now. From my wishlist! Thank you so much! The first of the new ones that Kawaii sent over that I’m trying. I hope both you and Pachinko are doing okay, Kawaii…
I love a good banana tea and this is that. However, I was wondering about the fudge part of the name… I can’t really taste any chocolate, so I started to wonder if they meant not a chocolate fudge, but like a fudge that only tastes like banana… you know, how sometimes a fudge isn’t actually chocolate and there are different flavors, for example: maple fudge. The only time I really experienced fudge was during a vacation in the Adirondacks, and tried many odd flavors of fudge, so I know different flavors are a real thing! So maybe this is just straight BANANA fudge… but no. After reading the description, Arthur Dove does mean chocolate. ANYWAY, who needs chocolate flavor when this banana flavor is so so good? Not quite candy banana, but also not quite plain natural banana. But this is one of the great banana teas if I’m not aiming for also chocolate!
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // 29 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2-3 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
I started a pitcher of this cold brewed before I left work last night and I am glad I did. While its in the low 50s outside, its currently 75 here in the office and I’ve been running around moving hardware around and getting stuff setup for today’s tasks. And I am literally sweating and really wishing I had worn shorts this morning.
So a nice fresh pitcher was so lovely to have and I swear I’ve just about guzzled half of it already.
This might actually be improved upon by a cold brew. When I iced it, I felt like it was maybe too weak or didn’t have enough presence. But as cold brew for about 16 hours, that base is there just fine.
Not my favorite, but looks like this is another long neglected tea that I will be sipping down through iced/cold brew this spring/summer.
The rose is the main thing I taste, and it’s a little strong for me. I ended up watering it down a little. I steeped this properly, but it still got a little bitter/astringent for me. I don’t love the tea base they used, and I would have preferred more complexity here. This one isn’t terrible, just really not my preference.
2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 2
So fun to try a tea from a new-to-me tea shop! I love smoky teas so this was a winner in my book. Not only was it smoky but it had an intriguing spiciness to it as well. I wouldn’t say it was complex – just a straightforward, enjoyable smoked black tea.
Flavors: Smoke, Spicy