357 Tasting Notes
I’m not sure if I scooped an odd mix, or maybe my taste buds are just off today, but for some reason I keep getting whiffs and a light taste of apple cider vinegar with this tea. It’s not overpowering, but definitely noticeable to me. I don’t dislike it, but in my opinion, I do feel that “perfect” pear is a bit of a misnomer.
I’m enjoying this tea a little more than I did last time I tried it. Perhaps because the weather is feeling more Autumn-like? It’s sweet, spicy, and dessert like, and the bright little pumpkin candies in the dry mix are just so darn cute. It’s probably a little unneccessary for me to say “aargh! I’m melting” when I pour the hot water over them, but what can I say, I’m easily entertained. Happy Fall Y’all
The coconut taste is definitely there, but it is struggling to fight past the tartness of the apple and hibiscus. I was also hoping for the sweet juicy taste of pineapple to shine along with the coconut in the forefront of this tisane, but much to my chagrin, both flavors are much too hidden behind the tart ingredients. This tisane is not bad, but tart fruit teas seem quite common in my collection, so I don’t feel it offers anything unique enough for me to want to repurchase it.
We were visiting with good friends all day today, so I didn’t have a chance to dig into my tea stash. Instead, I drank a few cups of Lipton Green Tea. It’s what I’ve come to expect of Lipton teabags. They’re convenient, they do the trick, but they’re essentially a one brew teabag. I much prefer loose tea varieties that tend to give multiple brewings. But I wouldn’t say no to a cup of this in the future, if it were offered to me again.
I gave myself a pat on the back for not picking out one of those little candied looking pieces of pineapple from the dry tea and eating it. Have you tried it? Is it as good as it looks? I enjoyed this oolong and felt I was able to taste both the tea and the pineapple which I thought was nice. I drank it both as a hot tea and a cold tea, and I prefer it much better hot. Overall, pretty darn good. Maybe not one that I must constantly have stocked in my cupboard, but certainly one that I’d occasionally buy a small bag of again.
As expected with a tea named Cranberry Apple, this is quite tart. As I was drinking it, I felt the cranberry flavor didn’t ring through quite as true as I would have liked – it had the tartness, but lacked the berryness (yay! for made up words). And then, when I read the ingredients I noticed that there is no mention of actual cranberries – well, that explains things perfectly. Overall, it’s not a bad tea, it’s just disappointing that it lacks the berry taste I was hoping for.
I’ve always been a little indifferent to oolong teas, neither loving nor disliking them, but seldom choosing them above other options. I’m not really sure why? After seeing the fairly strong steepster ratings this tea had, I thought I’d give it a whirl. Of course, it was purchased along with a pile of other Davids Teas. So when I brought my selections home I chose what I felt was the most exciting option first, and so on…and so on. This eventually left my “untried” stock of Davids Tea with two lonely sample bags, both of which were oolongs. Really, what is it with me and my indifference to oolongs? I cracked open the sample bag and sniffed it, meh…the peach scent is kind of nice I guess, but it didn’t smell like something I’d immediately love. I waited for the tea to brew, with a definite lack of excitement that I usually experience with trying a new tea. By time I poured it I was so distracted I completely forgot I was trying something new.
First sip – whoa, o.k. well that got my attention. Hmmm…keep going sip, sip, this isn’t bad. In fact it definitely boosts my thoughts on oolongs from indifference, to “hey I kind of like this”.
But wait, oolongs are known to sometimes get better with multiple brewing. Alright well let’s see how that works for me…
O.k. so now the peach is taking more of a backseat, and is riding in as more of an aftertaste. Or maybe that’s just what I taste because my palette is already primed. – huh! Pretty good
I wouldn’t say that this tea is the holy grail of oolongs for me, but it was enlightening to discover that I am no longer justified in approaching oolongs with such indifference. In fact, now I’m actually looking forward to trying that last oolong in my untried stock. Well done DT!