769 Tasting Notes
This has been sitting in my cupboard for ages, a packet with two cups left, that I haven’t tried in so long, I’d completely forgotten what it tasted like. Clearly it couldn’t have been too horrible, since I had 25g and drank most of it, but I really had no recollection. I’ve been avoiding it for a while and the ingredients list made me think I’d probably hate it.
But tonight, I figured I might as well try it out again and see about getting it out of my cupboard.
Opening the packet, I was greeted by the smell of cinnamon soap and dismay. Yup, fairly sure I was going to hate it.
And the the first sip was bizarrely all juicy pineapple. And then subsequent sips have been tart, sweet, papaya and cinnamon. Somehow it works. In spite it hibiscus being at the top of the ingredient list, smelling like soap, having old coconut in it and containing stevia. This is actually really nice.
I’m now a little sad that it’ll be gone forever soon, though not heartbroken or anything. But I’m glad I finally got around to trying this (again).
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pineapple, Soap, Sweet, Tart, Tropical
I went for a float in a sensory deprivation tank today, and was served this tea afterwards. It was quite light, sweet and fruity, with a hint of tartness, and a bit creamy. Quite nice.
The float was really quite neat. You’re in a pod with a few inches of body temp water and 1000lbs of salt dissolved in it. You can have light and music or dark and silent – I opted for dark and silent. The water keeps your body very buoyant and the space is very quiet. All I could hear was my heartbeat, my stomach and the occasional splash when I moved.
I was a bit too distracted with thoughts and noticing my body – I’m a bit hyper-sensitive and aware of things like itches, and my neck has been bothering me, so I noticed this stuff a lot. But a few times I did hit that kind of dreamy, half asleep half awake zone that’s so lovely and meditative. But it was pleasant, and when I got out I actually felt taller and my posture felt so much better.
All in all a really lovely experience – the staff, the spa, the float itself. I’m looking forward to going back and trying it with some soothing spa music to hopefully help quiet my thoughts.
Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Sweet, Tart
Tea of the evening, to go with a delicious dinner of mapo doufu. I made a cup for my partner to try, and I’m not sure why I haven’t offered it to him before, because it’s pretty much a flavour combination that was made for him. Ginger, licorice, sichuan pepper, and a hint smokey and musty. Lovely.
Flavors: Ginger, Licorice, Musty, Smoke
I had a craving for a simple, roasted oolong to go with dinner. My stomach is still a bit off, and making a pot to drink grandpa style just sounded soothing.
I tossed the rest of my Metropolitan Tea Co Formosa Oolong into my pot, but I barely got a teaspoon out of it after shaking out some of the dust, so I topped it up with two teaspoons of Sea Dyke China Fujian Oolong.
This made for a pretty tasty pot – roasty, nutty, simple and soothing. I’m not sure if the Formosa Oolong improved the Sea Dyke oolong, or if I’m just developing more of a taste for roasted oolongs, but I really enjoyed this.
I think this sample is from Lindsay, though I’ve rebagged and labelled just about everything I’ve been sent, so I’m loosing track, since everything is in my handwriting now.
This oolong is very true to its name. There are sugary, syrupy notes, and a buttery quality that really makes this feel like it is sipping up the essence of pancakes.
A very nice dessert tea, though the flavourings are strong and sweet enough that they border on cloying. The syrup note reminds me more of maple-flavoured pancake syrup than real maple.
Flavors: Butter, Pancake Syrup, Sweet
I’ve been trying to stick with a consistent theme for my tea ware – minimalist, plain and in stainless steel, glass or white porcelain. In my unsuccessful hunt for a tea tray that met these criteria, I came across this tea boat, and ordered it.
It’s made from thin, durable porcelain, with a creamy white glaze. The centre portion is attached with glue (there are very small traces visible at the join) which worried me initially, but there as been no weakening of the connection over several months of use.
The platform nicely holds my gaiwan or cha hai, and when not in use, my little 1oz teacups fit perfectly in the bowl part.
I don’t use it as often as I’d like, but it was a solid purchase that I’m very happy with. The packaging when it shipped was also excellent.
I think I’m finally feeling motivated to try new teas and write tasting notes again. It was hard to find the energy or desire in the midst of dealing with moving, but I have all day today to just relax, drink tea and do self care.
As with many Darjeeling black teas, the dry leaf is quite green, with a sprinkling of silver and dark browns. The leaf is various shapes and sizes, including flat leaf pieces, small curls and twists nearly an inch long. The dry leaf has a somewhat dusty “tea” smell to it, with a note of ripe melon in the background.
As soon as the hot water hits the leaf, a pungent, vegetal smell, reminiscent of cannabis fills the air. This carries through to the smell of the clear, amber coloured tea soup, with a brown sugar and pumpkin note to mellow out the pungency.
On the palate, there’s a really nice balance of floral, fruity, spicy and cannabis notes. A slightly soapy quality that is not unpleasant, pops up at the end of the sip. I’m reminded of citrus rind – faintly bitter but better because it is so. I get a slight tingling sensation from this tea, similar to some puers, which makes me glad this is certified organic, or I might be a touch concerned about why.
The finish is long, but the flavours don’t develop or change into the finish.
A really nice, easy to drink FF Darjeeling.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cannabis, Citrus Zest, Floral, Fruity, Melon, Pumpkin, Soap, Spices, Tea