102 Tasting Notes
2/2/14 Evening tea. 5g/8oz/185F?/4 min. I think my water might have been too hot. This tea had a rich toasted wheat/cinnamon/honey aroma. Very dark oolongy aroma. The taste was more flat though, an upfront tannic astringency that I do associate with Indian teas. An undertone taste of vanilla came out as it cooled. An enjoyable enough cup, a touch on the bitter side. I look forward to trying it again when I’ve had the chance to spend more time with Indian teas and have better context for it.
2/2/14 Groundhogs day! Gongfu brewing in my water chestnut clay teapot. 3.6g/150ml pot/195F Drinking tea with my husband. He wanted something lighter this morning, after lots of western brewed black tea at work. Lighter then I brewed this in my gaiwan – the clay pot is still very young. Floral and fruity.
2/1/14 First tea of the month. 3.6g/100ml gaiwan/185F water. Washed. A nori scent in the dry leaves, a vegetal umami. I’m on the third steep of this now, up to 15 seconds. It’s brewing pleasant and light. Just a nice green tea – nothing extraordinary about it, nothing to be embarrassed by. A good session tea, to a borrow beer term.
Where this tea is made of win is the packaging. This is the most cutely packaged tea I have ever seen. This is tea I would buy just to own the tin. This is tea I probably am going to buy, international shipping and all, just so I can own a tin. I am enslaved by the kawaii.
1/31/14 I took the rest of this and did a cold brew with it over night. Made a nice iced tea. There must have been some hibiscus in it – the iced tea has a pink tint, and a touch of that hibiscus taste. Thus passes the current tin of Random Green tea. And dH took the green tin and filled it with his favorite (Upton’s Turkish blend) and carried it off to work with him, so I don’t know how/if Random Green tea will occur again.
1/30/14 Evening cup. 3g/6oz/212F/as long as it takes to walk to the living room. Currently Random Green Tea has a lot of little popcorn-rice pieces in it from genmaicha, and what looks like three different kinds of green tea leaves. I like it. Mostly Japanese teas I’m guessing – very umami seaweedy.
1/30/14 Afternoon cup to sooth a nervous soul. 1tbs/8oz/212F/3min. Latte style – a splash of steamed milk and 1 tsp sugar. Thanks to MissB for the sample of this!
Smells exactly like mint chocolate chip ice cream. Tastes a bit like mint chocolate chip ice cream. Flavors I look for in hot chocolate or ice cream, not in tea. Not to my taste, I am afraid, but definitely worth trying.