5193 Tasting Notes
2021 Sipdown 94/365!
Another sample sipdown. I grabbed this not fully reading the package, so was expecting regular dragonwell, oops. Clearly not. However, it was a nice evening cup the other day – a light but flavourful black. Not overly rich or chocolatey, more of a hay-y flavour? I can’t really recall.
Enjoyed this tea, and particularly the flavour from the base. I really like flavoured teas where the base actually shines through – this is a rarity with a lot of companies, so I definitely appreciate when I can taste it! I’m not entirely sure that I would have labelled this “best of Summer” oolong, it’s kind of more like a stewed fruits flavour – which is still pretty tasty, and really complements the base. A yummy cup.
Hmm, this wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. There was something a bit off about the flavour – almost a bit of sourness? I’m not really sure. It mostly smelled and tasted pretty good, a variant of creamy vanilla black, except for that weird note. I’d most likely blame the base tea, but we’ll see how a subsequent cup goes before I give this a rating.
ETA: Also to note, I didn’t carefully pay attention to infusion time, so it’s possible that overleafing/oversteeping is a culprit here.
Bought extra of this tea as I was anticipating liking it – and I certainly do. There’s something more here than just a citrus/EG black – I can’t tell you what, maybe it’s the base tea? Maybe it’s some flavouring ingredient? But either way, the brewed aroma of my first cup was intoxicating with some decadent richness, and the tea was completely delicious. It wasn’t quite as good the second time (I think I may have hit that magical time-temp-leaf:water ratio sweet spot that first time), but I still very much enjoyed it.
All I have to say is, another earl grey win from 52teas and certainly worth trying if you enjoy earl grey variations. The bergamot is also not particularly potent, so those who enjoy citrussy blacks (citrus juice, not bitter/pithy peel!) would probably also enjoy the blend.
I admit – it’s the black, oolong, and white teas that I tend to get excited for from 52teas. I’ve never really been big on flavoured greens, and they are often disappointing from any company (and, well, herbal/honeybush/rooibos typically don’t taste great to me regardless of flavour). However, I was in the mood for something different, and this is what I grabbed.
Immediately, my interest was piqued when I opened up the packet, as the aroma was a delicious, tropical, banana-heavy fragrance. A great sign, and somewhat unexpected how tasty it smelled. To my delight – it also ended up being pretty darn tasty once brewed up! The flavours were a bit more muted than the initial aromas, but the banana gave the tea a nice sweetness/creaminess. Bonus, I could taste the flavour of the base tea, which I’ve now forgotten how to describe, but it was very much not metallic, or with any off-flavours that often end up being detractors in a flavoured green. Overall a really pleasant green, and it made me kind of excited to try some of the others in my box!