499 Tasting Notes
It only took a month, but my Wanja order is finally here! Yay for delayed tea!
Something in the dry leaf and liquor aroma makes me want to roll around like a cat on catnip.. except I’m not a cat so I did a lot of hopping and skipping around instead. After taking a sip, I did even more of that. Being caffeine sensitive is usually good for the spirit but bad for gaining a respectable public image.
This bright, vivid orange-brown cup is like floral silk and citrus rind. The finish is brisk but not drying. Second steep is even more floral silk, almost thick enough to be a thin cream.
I’m not sure I’d pick this over my favourite mouth shredder, the Wanja OP, but I’ve an ounce-length span to make that decision if I need to.
Flavors: Flowers, Orange Zest
While I enjoyed the Shan First Flush, this one’s a complete miss for me. It has a delicious fruity note near the finish, but I’m not a fan of the amount of “marine” this tea throws at me. Or the metal taste. I think that last one is the biggest deal breaker for me; I don’t want to feel like I’ve been rolling pennies all day when I’m drinking tea.
I’m going to try some different steeping parameters, water, and palates (lucky roommates) before I move on.. hopefully my assessment as it stands now doesn’t stick!
Thanks, SFTGFOP, for another new green tea to try!
Flavors: Metallic, Ocean Breeze, Stonefruits
Vegetal greens aren’t really my thing, but there’s no denying I really enjoyed the citrus notes in this. The whole flavour profile reminds me of eating lobster (or insert your preferred seafood), with a good squeezing of lemon and a dash of butter.
This isn’t the cup to win me over to Team Green, but I don’t mind drinking up two individual tea bags of it. Thanks, SFTGFOP, for sending this smoky smelling Myanmar tea my way!
Flavors: Lemon Zest
I finally got a HB temperature variable kettle for school. Now it lives in my room with the soul purpose of manufacturing oolong-perfect water at my whim. It’s so satisfying knowing I can do that!
I really should be prepping for bed, but instead I thought I would celebrate the new kettle with a cup of this. It’s crazy floral-sweet today; undeniably like honeysuckles. The salty butter on the back of the tongue wasn’t apparent at first, but it has saturated my mouth with a vengeance now. I’m getting something almost minty too today.
I told myself I’d only do one steep tonight but I lied. I forgot how much I love this one.
Flavors: Butter, Flowers
Main notes for me are Sour Cherry Blasters and roses. There are some muscatel, vegetal, and citrus notes that pop up now and then but they are less defined. The coconut is barely apparent at all, but when it is it’s more akin to an oil or water than coconut shavings.
This isn’t a bad tea, artificial cherry and all, but it has to be steeped with some care. I think I burnt mine the first night and it had a bitter green veggie note midsip (between the rosy cherry and coconut-rose). Luckily the second steep that night came out smoother.
I may have my complaints and I would never add this to the “search and hoard” list, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup either. David’s has me excited about seasons months before their time, so there’s that too (my sense of time is a mess).
I decided to crack open my sample of this today and made one big pot long steep (+3min steep) and one little glass pot steep (15sec).
15sec is light and smooth, but on the bright and sweet side. My roommate tried some and asked if I added a little sugar to it. Big pot has a thicker flavour, and yielded honey nectar syrup. I don’t really pick up any spices from either session but long steep has something musky about it that may be reminiscent of cloves.
For me this is a very sweet tea. Maybe that changes in later steeps, but I won’t find out until later tonight.
This is part of my recent fruit-herbal kick.
This is tart, fruity, with a dab of yogurt. I was surprised to find that I liked this better hot than cold (it’s too much like sour yogurt for me). A shorter steep time (4min?) prevents Hibiscus from manifesting completely in all its sour glory. I often never remember this though, which results in a thoroughly shredded tongue and throat. Whoops.
On a side note: DT and Purdy’s decided to join forces today at Hillside (maybe they’re doing it in other places?). They’re handing out samples together, which included two “tea” chocolates (Passion-fruit, Chai). Interesting stuff!
The thing about not having microwave and trying to reheat Indian food is.. it really makes the aroma sink into everything. I have an easier time heating up rice and veggie dishes on the stove, like eggplant bharta (new favourite thing!), than the meat/potatoes dishes.
Anyways, this tea. I’m not as big a fan as I used to be, but every once in a while I get “cravings” for it (umm..). Today’s cup ended up being in the top percentile of Coco-Lemon Thai cups, which is amazing because I don’t know how long I steeped it or what the temperate of the water was. Somewhere between vindaloo and tandoori chicken tikka.
I want to get over this tea but I can’t- it has that awesome citrus cream thing going for it that I love so much in Della Terra’s Lemon/Lime Chiffon. The whole coconut cream and lemongrass thing gives me a cheery spring vibe. I think this tea was released during the onset of spring last year, so there’s that going into my overall impression too. It’s a tea full of happy (and it goes well with curry).