412 Tasting Notes
In line with the pairing suggestions, I’m drinking this with bread and butter :) I’ve been off pu-erhs for awhile, so unfortunately I’m getting more of the barnyard taste (that I acclimate to when drinking pu-erh frequently). It’s also not comparing well to some of the plain blacks I’ve had lately, just for strength of flavor. But, it is exactly what I wanted after my bike ride – something smooth, sweet, and mild, but also energizing (and for a bonus, re-steepable and forgiving) – so points for that.
We’ll see if it grows on me after a couple of cups.
1 tsp leaf, 4oz water, dumped first rinse with boiling water
My water temp must have been too cool this time, or something, because this is looking and tasting a lot more like white tea than the bright buttery green I remember. Still nice flavors, but rather mild :( will try to fix on the second steep.
ETA: 2nd steep, checked the water temp this time: 175˚F. That’s a little cool, but should have been fine. I’m wondering now if this is just getting old – it’s been… about a year? since I bought it. Ah well, I’ll just have to drink more soon :)
1.1g tea, 3.5oz water
Thanks to Lisbet for this one!
I’m actually liking this more than I expected, after being unimpressed with Adagio’s Decaf Vanilla. It’s mild for an Earl Grey (though that makes sense, with two parts creamy things to one part EG), but the blend comes together well. If you’ve seen my review of Adagio’s Cream, you’ll know I actually think it tastes more like maple than dairy, but that works ok here. I’d agree with Lisbet that this certainly doesn’t taste natural, and the decaffeination kinda destroys the best of the “tea” flavor, but… neither of those things surprised me, so I like it well enough for what it is ;) With 1/3 the caffeine of a normal cup (the Cream part isn’t Decaf), this is something I can have in the evening – a sweet and creamy bedtime Earl Grey.
Rating relative to other decaf and herbal teas only