110 Tasting Notes

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drank Gounnoshiro by Kanbayashi
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Matcha. I can’t rate or taste it the way I do leaf teas because I don’t drink it as I do leaf teas. I had three bowls of tea this evening. The first was bitter and full of tears, the second the sum of all my fears, and third was thin and cool and clear. And all is left well with the world.

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89
reviewed Matcha Sifter by Teaware
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Sil

woohoo teaware!

AnnaEA

And I get to review it, not drink it!

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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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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66

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.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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67
drank Jasmine Oolong by Teavana
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1/31/14 Cuppa after WW meeting. Tea brewed by Teavana. Just a nice cup of a jasmine oolong. Nothing extraordinary, nothing hideous.

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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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Velours Nacré by Dammann Freres
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1/30/14 Afternoon cup. 1tsp/6oz/212F/5min. Maybe this was over leafed? Very dark in the cup, with a scent of chocolate and marzipan. It doesn’t really taste of anything but bitter, though. Or it could just be me today.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
AnnaEA

It was too hot. After a nice cool down the bitter has cleared up, and there’s a gentle black tea/marzipan flavor going on.

yyz

That seems to be true of a lot of Dammann Teas. You have to wait for them to cool down a little to get the full impact of their flavours.

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Mmm – sounds scrumptious! Sorry it isn’t to your taste. :(

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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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
AnnaEA

I took this to tea club today, for the oolong cupboard. I sort of miss having at home, but one of the gongfu cha students brewed it for me there, and I was so right about it responding better to an experienced brewer.

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100
drank Tea Toys by Me, myself, and I.
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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.

Christopher F.

Keeping a separate notepad with your tea is genius! Thanks for the idea… no more running to the study to grab paper for me.

Terri HarpLady

Nice! I love the cupcake paper idea! I always use one of my small teacups.

AnnaEA

My scale tops out at 20g, so cupcake wrappers are the win. I want to add a large scale to my setup, just because my wee one is so fiddly.

Terri HarpLady

Understood! The one I have now is still fairly small, but I can adjust zero, which is a nice feature, & use either oz or grams.

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