414 Tasting Notes
Drinking the very end of this grandpa style. This is another tea my dog ate. He seems to have preferred aged teas and puerhs. (Damn his good taste!) I’m finding it a challenge to describe teas recently, because it seems so many notes appear again and again, but the proportions are what makes the difference. This still seems like many quality roasted oolongs I’ve had, but what sets it apart is a mild fruit-snackyness. It doesn’t seem like anyone else noted this fruitiness, so maybe I’m delusional or getting sick. Don’t care, still enjoying it.
I first tried the Arya Pearl from Canton Tea Co. I’ve fallen in love with it, and it’s become a cupboard staple, something I never want to be without. Sometimes I think I prefer this tea after it’s aged and mellowed out a bit, but it’s definitely very nice when it’s young too. I don’t really like the way it’s described on the American Tea Room website. This tea tastes to me like flowers after a rain, and fresh, ripe green saturn peaches, and maybe only a touch of pepper. Other years, it has had notes of vanilla ice cream. The best part of this tea, and what many of my favorite teas share in common, is the long-lasting aftertaste (or “finish”, as we’d say in the wine business). My mouth is full of flowers and fruit for a long time after I drink this tea.
I was so pleased that I was able to google-sleuth this and the name of this tea and a picture! I was really intimidated by the smell of the dry leaves. They smelled very nutty, almost chocolatey, and very umami, almost like seaweed praline- a very strange combination. Thankfully, when this tea is brewed, those notes mellow out and come together in a really nice way. The sweet nuttiness becomes more of a roasted grain flavor, and the umami is toned way down. It has a nice sweetness to the aftertaste, but this tea is still pretty foreign to my palate. I’d bet this would be a wonderful tea to have with a meal.
ETA: The tin has a really odd design on it…It’s an open-mouthed frog, chasing a rabbit (who’s wielding a branch over its head), chasing a monkey?
The picture on the tin is this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga Known as the first Manga.
This was recommended to me by a high school friend on Facebook. I don’t have too much to say about it, mostly because I’m too lazy this morning. :-P It has that umami, almost brothiness, that I associate with gyokuro. It is not really vegetal at all, definitely does not have that “steamed spinach” characteristic, which is a huge plus in my book. It is also quite creamy (a descriptor stolen from this note: http://steepster.com/Shadowleaf/posts/58925 which also taught me what the term “netto” means). This is definitely one of my favorite Japanese green teas.
On a side note, I wish I could log more of the Japanese green tea that I drink. My parents and our Japanese business associates are constantly giving me gifts of green tea, but I almost never can tell what the heck it is. :-/
This was part of the Amoda Nepal tasting box. $5 of the price of the box went to benefit the victims of the earthquake this year, so it gave me a “good” excuse to buy more tea. I’m really liking this tea a lot. The flavorings are mild, and you can still appreciate the base tea, which is fresh and vegetal. I’m looking forward to tasting this tea again when I’m not painting my nails (the citrus from the nail polish remover I’m sure is overwhelming some of the aromas and flavors that are there.)
Unrelated: I’m newly obsessed with the Hae Min Lee case since discovering the Undisclosed podcast. I anxiously await the second season of Serial and the results of the testing on the forensic evidence (will it be made public regardless of the results?)
I had another go at this one this morning. This is still a very dark and assertive tea, but it’s much better when you use a small amount of leaf. I’ve been out of the habit of tea drinking recently, so I’m sorry if this note, well, sucks. This tea has malty, dark chocolatey, almost smokey notes which can be a bit sour in too high a dose. I am still mostly impressed by it, though, because it manages to be very strong without being bitter in the least.
I am a zombie this morning. I’ve been messing up the simplest tasks at work. Writing out a single check this morning took me three tries. :-( ! Recently, I’ve been going through and attempting to drink up some of my older teas. I’m going to need much, much tea to get through the harvest season this year at the winery.
I’m not even going to rate this tea yet, as I am such an idiot this morning that I way overleafed it. I plan to make a second pot later today. Maybe I’ll be back to say more about it.