299 Tasting Notes
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
I don’t recall if I’ve ever had a Zabaglione. I grew up in and around NYC, and I’ve been to my share of Italian restaurants, bakeries, and cafés, but I always tended to order things like tiramisu and cannoli, or occasionally tartufo. But this tea was delicious. I’d really like it if the creamy custard flavors were more pronounced, but maybe it wouldn’t be as true to the taste of the dessert this was created to emulate. This would be a tea I’d gladly reorder.
Flavors: Berries, Cream
This is very good. It would be just amazing with some soy milk and sweetener. The lemon zest flavor is pretty strong, which I happen to really like. The chai spices are relatively subtle. I don’t know what else to say about this one.
Flavors: Lemon Zest
I almost love this tea…I’m beginning to think that a flavoring that 52teas uses isn’t working for me. This one and Candy Corn have both left me with a dry feeling in the very back of my nose that is similar to what happens after you get a strong whiff of perfume (that happens to other people, right?) Maybe it’s just a coincidence or maybe I’m coming down with a cold. I’ll have to revisit them in a few weeks to see if this persists. I’m waiting to rate this until then.
Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Nuts
This is delicious. So far I am loving Frank’s maple flavoring in his teas. I don’t know if I like this as much as pancake breakfast, but it’s pretty close. This was amazing with my corn dog breakfast! It wasn’t overly smokey, which I was worried about. Next time I might brew this a bit stronger too.
Smoke isn’t a flavor on Steepster? Seriously?