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865 Tasting Notes
I’m a little surprised at how fast the aroma and liquor lighten w/ only the 2nd infusion. The liquor is more of a dirty leather color now and the aroma is a very light make up of mostly ceylon w/a a hint of sweetness.
Starchyness is gone. This is now a black tea w/ a hint of sweetness. Even though I don’t personally care for blacks, I like to at least get 3-4 infusions I try no matter if I like them or not because to me it’s a sign of a quality tea. We’ll see what happens w/ this one…
2.25 grams of leaf steeped in 6 ounces purified boiling water for 5 min.
This is a hard tea for me to log because I typically do not prefer black teas unless there’s a flavor that I can’t find in a green, white, yellow, or oolong. So please take that into consideration when reading this although I will do my very best to be biased.
This tea (both raw leaves and steeped) definitely smells sweet, but the ceylon tea is also very present as it does not smell like a cream or even vanilla flavored tea. When I taste it, the 1st thing that hits my tongue is the ceylon. I hate when I drink a flavored tea and all I get is the flavor. Then the hint of sweetness. The potato doesn’t come thru in the flavor as much as it does the mouth feel and texture. It may seem weird that I say this because tea is a liquid, but this tea definitely has a dry, starchy texture and mouth feel. But then again wine, which is also a liquid, can be dry so I’ve decided tea can be as well. I’m going to resteep this, but I probably won’t get as many infusions I consider satisfactory as a person who really enjoys black teas as I find that for me they get watery tasting very quickly.
Conclusions: While I didn’t give this a very high score, I think a person who really enjoys black tea and/or dry wine would give this a very high score. I also think this is a great “safe” place to start if you want to get someone a savory or weird tea.
infusion 7, 9min. I’m really surprised at how much of a nose dive this has taken between infusions 6 and 7… Some greens I get up to 10 infusions out of…
infusions 3 and 4, 5 and 6 min respectively.
2 infusions, 2.25g of leaf steeped in 6oz water for 3 and 4 min respectively. Don’t let my rating fool you, this is a WONDERFUL tea… but I it wasn’t what I was expecting. While the liquor looks like the left over water from cooked spinach or artichokes, both the raw and steeped leaves smell fruity (kinda like their mango green) and it tastes fruity as well. Based on the flavor I’d give it a 100, but as far as it supposed to being an artichoke tea… it misses the mark.
infusion 7, 9min
Infusion 6, still good!
Infusion 5- much lighter than infusion 4, but still good.
Infusion 4, surprisingly strong.
2nd infusion, light and sweet, but yet the typical “green tea” taste.
I gave the 1st infusion to my mom.
3rd infusion. no creamer. no milk.
2nd infusion, 1 TB Spiced Rum creamer, no milk.
1/2 water and 1/2 milk. 1 TB each spiced rum and caramel creamers.
Infusions 2 and 3.
1st infusion w/ 1 TB Irish Cream creamer
infusion 6, 10 min.
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Infusion 5, very simillar to infusion 4.
WAY too much chamomile. I had one cup and didn’t even bother resteeping before I gave it away.
infusion 4- lighter and still sweet.