624 Tasting Notes
Lots of leaf in a little pot, rinsed and short steeps (5, 10, etc).
Has anyone here ever smelled or tasted cream of mushroom ice cream? Because I have, and I’m going to vouch that today’s first steep smells just like it. There is a pleasantly rich and sweet umami vibe going on with this shu. Another way to think about it is rice pudding and raisins with essence of mushroom-hay. Yes, mushroom-hay is a thing I just invented today. The finishing note of sweetness gets more jam-like the longer I sip at it.
Anyways, I really like this one. It always turns out savory, earthy, and with a hint of dessert, making this shu filling and well rounded.
Flavors: Cream, Hay, Mushrooms, Nuts, Raisins, Rice Pudding, Spices
I know I haven’t had this tea but it feels like I have. Probably something to do with that sour-sweet fruit flavouring Lupicia seems fond of using. Think fuzzy peaches.
It’s a nice tea, but I just don’t find it particularly distinctive.
Flavors: Candy, Floral, Peach
I finished this sample off last night, along with The Everything Box, by Richard Kadrey. The book wishes it were Good Omens, and a few other humorous things, but it’s not. I may now be resistant to the blockbuster and pulpy trends of urban fantasy though, if the Dresden Files run-through earlier this year didn’t set that in stone already. There’s been too much urban fantasy in 2016 and not nearly enough green tea.
The mellow, sweet, and almost creamy notes in this smooth green tea probably deserves better. I’ll have to order more of this and green tea in general when the cupboard is running lower and Canada Post isn’t nearing a strike.
Flavors: Green Beans, Mineral, Peas, Powdered sugar
Steeped, it smells like banana split but it’s more pear to taste. Despite the convincing flavour, the broth is on the watery, weak side- it’s a tactile thing which adding milk and sugar did not help at all. To sum it up, it’s a surprising yet typical flat Lipton. And the snobbishness takes over.
Thanks OMGsrsly and Anna for passing this along! It’s definitely a fun novelty.
Flavors: Chocolate, Pear
Pleine Lune is probably one of the tea’s I was most excited to try from OMGsrsly. Vibrant almonds, marzipan, spices- what’s not to like? Mom agrees and even went so far as saying this is best tea she’s had; up there with her favourite various Pumpkin Chais brands and Red Leaf Matcha Lattes.
It was a tea bag, there was milk and life was good. I’d possibly look into getting more of this, if only for the Happy Mother vibe.
Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Marzipan, Nutmeg, Vanilla
Possibly the most divine thing I’ve smelled in the last few months (mother even called it ambrosia), sniffing the dry leaves in the heated pot made me do a double take on the “raw Puerh” sticker. I don’t know to describe that pre-steep, post-ziplock aroma but it was good. Very good.
The aroma of the 15 second steep isn’t quite as fantastic, but it is pleasantly reminiscent of the grapefruit and cinnamon-like qualities of petunias (that’s what the ones in our garden smell like). The taste is floral, sour, somewhat vegetal, and slightly sweet. My brain is also stuck on cinnamon so I’m getting that too. NOTE later steeps didn’t come out as dynamic, which was disappointing after that amazing first impression.
Now I’m off to steep this to death for the rest of the day (and evening, and potentially tomorrow). It looks like me a Puerh are best friends now, thanks to OMGsrsly.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Flowers, Grapefruit
An OMGsrsly sample.
This one is a pleasure to drink, with a decent second steep. It’s a nice accompaniment to my nothing day. I also lately discovered that Radiohead released a new album. It pairs well too. All I have to do is open this Haruki Murakami book (After Dark) sitting here and the day is set for disconnectedness. Wow.
This tea is nutty, vegetal, and then tangy-sweet, kind of like an unripe apricot or some lemon juice. I’m now going to move onto something more lively.
Flavors: Chestnut, Spinach, Tangy
Part of a joint order with OMGsrsly, which I forgot about for months until I found my portioned ziplock hidden in my closet.
Mango flavour paired with toasted rice is very tasty and satisfying as long as I don’t remember Marshmallow Treat and start craving that instead.
… And I ran out of both my flavoured genmaicha blends within a week of getting back home from Japan. I’m struggling oh so much.
Flavors: Mango, Toasted Rice