New Tasting Notes
A bunch of at the office ordered bubble tea as an end of the week treat and I decided to use it as a chance to try another of Boba Boba’s new summer menu items.
Honeydew isn’t really a weird “bubble tea” flavour – most places will offer one as part of their milk tea menu, generally prepared from a sweet candy-like honeydew powder. This is really different from that style of honeydew though – it has the same almost watery sweet note of somewhat over ripe honeydew with enough of that sort of sharp and vegetal green note of the rind coming through. It’s very, very clearly actual honeydew juice that’s been used in the beverage prep and not an instant powder/syrup.
It does taste good, but it also tastes kind of weird!? Like, it’s sort of too authentic. I find it not really meshing very cohesively with the milky base of the bubble tea, and while it’s certainly more realistic/better quality than a honeydew bubble tea powder I find myself conditioned to be more used to and expecting the artificial candy honeydew taste.
I’ll finish it, and appreciate how beautifully natural the honeydew flavour is, but it’s just a bit too “uncanny valley” for me to want to order it again.
Sipped on this one as my morning cuppa – I’m actually getting much closer to a sipdown than I thought I was! It was nice and brisk with a strong malty tannic black tea note coupled with a more “candy style” strawberry flavour. I actually liked the balance; I felt like it could have easily comes off as cloying were it not for the body and faint astringency of the black tea to keep everything in check.
An Ode to Tea challenge #2– T
Time for this last lingering teaspoon to go! I really enjoyed this one fresh. I’m sad that oolongs lose their distinctness so quickly when they get this old. But this IS old. Not much to say as a unique oolong profile becomes Generic Oolong Flavored as it gets older. It tastes like oolong! But not how it once tasted. A tough lesson to learn, but I won’t be amassing a ton of tea like this anymore. But also, I only used one teaspoon this time and the past note says 2 1/2 teaspoons did NOT seem overleafed, so that could be the problem too. It’s hard to tell which of the oolongs are my favorite from Teavivre. They were all so good back when I was trying most of them around the same time.
2021 sipdowns: 103
First time having liu bao. Phenomenal taste and energy. Sometimes teas taste chocolatey. This one goes beyond that and has such a deep, dark, musty, chocolatey energy that quickly engulfs the body and extremities. It invigorates. Not complex but certainly unique and powerful.
This one is so fresh and delicious. They use a high quality chamomile base, and there’s a good amount of lavender included so you can really taste it. They got the balance just right – nothing negative or weird. It tastes so lovely it’s hard to believe that only two ingredients can make such a satisfying flavor! I’ve enjoyed it both hot and cold.
I got a couple of blind cakes from BLT this year, their yearly plantation Yi Wu being one of them. The tea is on the green side with a bit of a jade oolong profile.
The aroma is savoury with notes of fried greens and nettle. It has a astringent, light to medium bodied, liquor with floral bitterness and flavours of green vegetables and dry grass. Really, the tea is quite bitter and drying, reminiscent of unripe fruit.
The aftertaste, however, is long-lasting and fragrant with a nice tartness and a fruity sweetness that emerges after a while.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Drying, Floral, Fruity, Green, Herbs, Mineral, Sweet, Tart