293 Tasting Notes
I bought this tea mostly for the novelty, but it is a really excellent tea. The dried apples make the apple aroma too sweet to be any applesauce I’ve had, though (not that I’m complaining). I’m really craving something salty to go with this to bring out the latke flavor.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Potato
Well, the lid is definitely picking up smells from flavored teas. My plan is to deodorize it and continue to use it only for unflavored teas. I will buy an infuser made of a non-porous material (still looking to find the right one) for when I brew flavored teas in the future. I still love this teapot, though!
After recently drinking the Jin Jun Mei from The Mandarin’s Tea Room, this one is leaving me feeling just “meh”. The one thing I noticed about The Mandarin’s Tea Room Jin Jun Mei was that the leaves were impossibly small. Now I believe I understand the name, the leaves of the higher grades are as small as eyebrow hairs.
I have just been crazy-impressed by just about everything I’ve ordered from zoomdweebies.com. This one was very tasty, and pretty true-to-flavor. I brewed it yesterday before Casey and I (who are normally hermits/home bodies) went out to San Francisco for the day. I am enjoying this now while trying to catch up on others’ tasting notes!
I went to Samovar Tea Lounge at Yerba Buena Gardens today with Casey. It was really a great place, but I guess I will save my review of this venue for that other part of Steepster.
Casey ordered this tea. It was really nice. I think the redwood forest description was pretty accurate, but Casey said it was a stretch, and he grew up literally in a redwood forest. The earthy/mossy flavors blended nicely with the citrus blood orange, grapefruit, and ginger flavors. The only problem with this tea that was by the end of the pot, the citrus rinds had contributed an overwhelming amount of flavor. Overall, I was really impressed. I’m not usually that fond of the puerh and citrus combination.
Flavors: Earth, Orange Zest, Peat Moss
This is pretty delicious. I’m kinda glad that I don’t love love it, because this sample was very expensive. It’s interesting. The rinse (which of course I drank) was slightly chocolatey, but that note seemed to disappear in subsequent steepings. This tea has strong malty characteristics, some umami flavors, earthy shitake mushroom notes, and mild florals (perhaps due to age?), I also get some baked potato aroma, the finish is creamy and the smell at the bottom of the cup is sweet. This is a very good tea!
Flavors: Malt, Mushrooms, Potato