New Tasting Notes
Swap Sample Sipdown! (33)
I was thrilled to find a great selection of unflavored oolong samples in my swap package from Kawaii433! I’ve been digging straight oolong lately for some reason, so it’s amazing to have so many to try. Thank you Kawaii, you’re the best! ❤
Of course, I have to try this one first. I absolutely love the sticky rice oolong from David’s Tea, and that’s saying something, as I don’t generally find David’s blends to be all that good. So I’m very excited to try another sticky rice oolong from a source that specializes more in straight teas!
As expected, this is friggin’ fantastic! It has a splendid sweet and sticky rice flavor that makes my heart go pitter-patter. But there’s also more complexity than just that. There’s lashings of butter and cream and even sweet corn and popcorn notes. Of course it’s deliciously silky smooth, which when combined with the sweet and creamy notes makes it almost custard-like in flavor. I would even go so far as to say I taste a hint a vanilla in here, though that’s probably just the sweet cream flavor tricking me!
And, of course, that’s not the end either. There’s a satisfying nuttiness that goes beyond rice, perhaps suggesting cashew or macadamia nut. And underneath all of the luxurious, almost dessert-like flavors, soft floral and gentle stonefruit notes that linger on the tongue long after the end of the sip.
So rice! Much wow!
Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Cream, Custard, Floral, Honeysuckle, Nuts, Popcorn, Rice, Rice Pudding, Roasted nuts, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet, Thick, Toasted, Vanilla
Swap Sample Sipdown! (32)
This one is a bonus sample given to me by tea-sipper!
I had no idea Easter egg nests are also a thing in the UK! In the States I often see them made with chow mein noodles. Now that I’m thinking about it, I really want to eat some! XD
This is mostly just a chocolate black tea with a bit of added toastiness from the rice. I don’t really get marshmallow, though there were three mini marshmallows in my infuser, and they all melted fairly well.
Chocolate teas often taste somewhat thin to me, almost watery. This one does suffer from that a bit, and the base tea is not flavorful enough to make up for it. But that’s okay, this was a limited tea so I’m somewhat relieved to not be in love with it!
I think I would have enjoyed this more if it had a larger proportion of genmaicha to it, as the black tea doesn’t seem to be adding much here.
Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate, Cocoa, Smooth, Toasted Rice
I sipped on this while making a lazy version of tomato egg stir fry. The food was good. This stir fry was not what was expected. It never is. I always expect caramel apple which this tea is not. This tea is more baked cinnamon apples than anything. It is good and dessert-like but whereas caramel apples are more dessert with fruit, baked apples are more fruit with some dessert quality. Subtle difference but it hits you in the cravings…
Sample Sipdown! (31)
Luckily, I looked this one up and saw that it’s a Darjeeling base before I steeped it!
I’m not sure how fond I am of the lemon flavoring in these AQ2T blends… It’s almost floor cleaner-ish. Not quite, but almost.
The Darjeeling base is interesting here, but the blueberry tastes very candy-like to me. Combined with the almost-cleaner lemon note, it comes off as very artificial-tasting. And I’m not really tasting anything cake-like here.
It’s a shame, as I really love blueberry-lemon muffins. The ones I make also have a cardamom crumble on top.
Here’s the recipe, it’s amazeballs:
(P.S. – I put less cardamom in the topping – about half of what the recipe calls for)
Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Blueberry, Candy, Floral, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Muscatel, Sweet
Sad to see this one go – today’s cup was just what i needed it to be. Had this earlier today while waiting for our new mattress to arrive. So excited to sleep on it tonight – super major purchase but in theory it means we don’t need a new one for 25 yrs! wheee! Also go our stroller frame replacement, so it was a good day. This was strawberry, creamy goodness and apparently just worked with the temperature today.
Final Count: 72
- straight, leftover tea -
Using the leftovers from my previous cup I made a smaller glass with no milk. The flavor of this chai is very relaxing and not too overpowering. I tend to dislike chai when it has too much cinnamon, but this one is perfect.
I added a little to much sugar so my score will be a little lower- I’ll update it once I try it again. Even with this tea being sweetened too much I can still tell that I really like it. Its got some tartness which really hints towards the rhubarb, and the strawberry is very nice as well. It really does taste like a strawberry rhubarb pie, but since it’s a “parfait” I do taste the creaminess as well.
UPDATE- as the tea cooled the tartness really came through, the sweetness vanished and even more of a strawberry rhubarb taste popped out. I increased my rating from 70 to 82.
Flavors: Creamy, Rhubarb, Strawberry, Tart
Swap Sample Sipdown! (30)
This sample came my way from Kawaii433. In fact, she sent me a lovely selection of 52teas blends! ❤
I do like the oolong base here – it’s a rolled oolong but it’s partially oxidized. It has a nice slightly roasty flavor with notes of dried fruit. In fact, it’s difficult to tell which fruit notes are coming from the oolong and which are coming from the fig. Either way, it’s a lovely combination.
I really love the light touch of cinnamon and honey here. They combine beautifully and add just a kiss of warming spice and nectar-like sweetness to the blend.
This is a good one. I’m not sure it’s quite great, I think I would prefer just a bit more figgy flavor. But definitely tasty!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fig, Honey, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet
Well, this wee pouch is from the beginning of Anne’s reign at 52Teas. However, it has kept very well indeed, especially for leaf containing coconut. This last cup was just stellar. All the chocolate had settled and added to the wondrous thing that this tea was: vanilla, strawberry, cream, and cacao. Beeeeea—-uuuuuuu—ti—-ful!
I would most definitely like to see this one come my way again.
And it’s a sip down!
(6 of 2019)
365 Days of Tea Challenge – Day 18
This is the second of three teas from my Nina’s Paris order via Amazon! I chose this tea after seeing Nattie’s note, so thank you Nattie! I mean, who doesn’t love caramel and vanilla?
Wow, the aroma is all of my French dessert dreams come to life… It smells like a creamy vanilla custard smothered in buttery caramel sauce.
Nom, this is super delicious! It tastes very much like the smell, which is fantastic. There’s smooth, thick, and creamy vanilla custard here, and it’s definitely vanilla custard made with vanilla bean. It’s accompanied by a rich, buttery caramel sauce. In fact, there’s so much buttery goodness that it almost goes to a butterscotch place, which I love because I adore butterscotch.
To me, this tastes exactly like crème caramel, which is basically a set vanilla custard with a caramel sauce over the top. It’s actually baked in a ramekin with the caramel in the bottom (under the custard), and then when it’s turned out onto a plate the sauce runs down the sides.
Okay, now I’m officially hungry…
(P.S. – I just put up a discussion thread for a Nina’s Paris group order if anyone is interested! https://steepster.com/discuss/30194-ninas-paris-group-order)
Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Creamy, Custard, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla
nice! another sipdown from VariaTEA. I didn’t realise when i took this one out that it was a black tea + spices. A little surprising to see, but honestly, when this was brewed, i was a fan. There’s just the right balance in this one of cardamom and other spices to not feel like it’s overpowering the tea, but also bringing something a little different to the table. i think this one might be interesting as a latte as well.
I have a sentiment for ailao, since it was my first positive experience with young Sheng.
Nowdays I find the ailao taste rather un-exciting, but not necessarily in bad way, since there is some calming quality in the ailao experiance as a whole.. It’s hard to explain, but a good ailao just feels right, like it’s balanced..
So I was happy to hear about Scott releasing his “highest grade” ailao to date, especially since I’ve had a previous offering from him and it was a very pleasant.
I was even more happy to drink it since it was the best ailao I’ve had.
It was also not too expensive, which led to it selling out quite fast.
Regardless of that I’d still recommend trying it out, especially to people who want to check out the ailao taste. There is an autumn version up now, too.
To criticize this tea, it didn’t last as long as I’ve would’ve wanted.. but that’s a common problem at this price range.
This is a wild tea, so has that purple tea taste. In a whole the taste felt to me like a really fancy Taiwanese Dark-Oolong/Black-Tea, only with a much fuller body. That’s great, because since I’ve started drinking old tree Sheng mouthfeel is something I’m aware of and looking for.
Expensive, but at least delivers.
This is definitely going to be a staple in my cupboard. Loved everything about this tea! I love black teas, especially the chocolate ones. After I tried hot chocolate I saw this one David’s website and had to scoop it up! This is now a morning go to for me! Love the caffeine in it, the chocolate, the toasted coconut flavor, and the pecans add an extra touch! I added in a touch of milk just for added creaminess (but it still works well without).
Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut, Creamy, Pecan
I bought a rainbow tin of this on sale… a pretty big risk as I bought it online and did not even get a chance to smell it first. It’s actually quite delicious and refreshing. It’s also not too overly sweet or artificial tasting. The guava is quite nice without being too overpowering, and it’s got a hint of an underlying floral note. The smell is amazing! Looking forward to trying it iced.
Flavors: Berry, Guava, Hibiscus, Mango
I absolutely love this one! I don’t know how David’s Tea gets the flavor of ice cream right into the mix! I taste the strong pistachio and the creamy ice cream… I thought I would need milk in this one to get the creaminess but it’s fine just steeping it black!
Flavors: Creamy, Nutty