110 Tasting Notes
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.
1/28/14 Gongfu practice in the evening. 2.5g in my 100ml gaiwan. I’m on about the 8th steep of this, and will probably write a reply to this note when I’ve finished. This tea opened with a strong orchid/apricot aroma, and has gently been adding astringency and spicy notes with each steep. I’m enjoying it a great deal. The leaves are still pretty tight, some more so than others. I think I’ll take this tea to the club tomorrow, and see what it’s like brewed by a more experienced and focused gongfu-cha student. I get the feeling there’s a depth to this tea that I am just not skilled enough to draw out.
These are my tea toys! Filter bags in a bunch of sizes, an awesome little analog thermometer that fits right into the hole on the spout of my kettle, measuring spoon, strainer. The scale has a cupcake wrapper on it because it’s measure pan is too small for tea, so I tare out the cupcake wrapper (they weigh 0.333- 0.423g btw) and scoop the tea into it. Cupcake tea! Of course my timer, and the green silicone thing is a a Primula Tea Bag Buddy – fits right on top of a mug and holds onto your string and then lets you squeeze the teabag without burning your fingers. And my pop-up teacup notepad, for taking tasting notes! It’s from Up With Paper.