4675 Tasting Notes
Sipdown 2020! 23/365
I’ll kind of miss this one. It was a bit of a mashup of oolongs not usually put together, and the end result was actually quite complex and tasty, as opposed to just being a jumble. You could taste the creaminess of dong ding, the roastiness of the charcoal roasted oolong, some florals… it was good. Maybe I’ll try a similar concoction myself someday.
Sipdown 2020! 21/365
Thanks to Roswell Strange for this sample! I randomly grabbed a teabag a couple nights ago; it turned out to be Christmas fruits, but I figured I’d try it anyhow. My first impression was fantastic – the vanilla/cinnamon aroma upon opening the packet was quite delicious! It smelled a bit Christmassy (orange? cloves?), but with those two flavours featuring more prominently than usual. However… apparently they also chose to “feature” hibiscus, which was obvious the moment the water hit the teabag and a dark red/purple started pouring out. I didn’t let it steep too long, but I don’t think the overwhelming amount of hibiscus could have been avoided. It may as well have just been called a hibiscus spice tea, although I think even that sounds tastier than it actually was.
Sadly, this was a flop, made all the more sad because it smelled so good at first, and I was actually excited! I did drink it, however.
Bonus tea from a previous order due to something I ordered being out of stock. Wasn’t overly thrilled about this one, because I’m a little over the standard Christmassy mulled cider blends. However, this one actually tasted quite authentic, and without some of the lingering sweetness that I’ve found in other blends. Can’t recall the specifics, but it was enjoyable enough.
Sipdown 2020! 20/365
Finally – a time where I actually manage to review a tea after writing a first note promising to do so. This was pretty delicious; very much along the lines of another oolong I had recently from Verdant – deliciously umami, creamy, fresh – but also with that roasted flavour. Really delicious, kind of addictive. I’m a fan. I couldn’t tell you which one I preferred – both were good.