448 Tasting Notes
1/12 teas of Christmas, 2013.
This was a neat surprise! I’ve wanted to try this one for some time but have convinced myself out of it each time an opportunity has arisen to pick some up. I’m glad that I lucked out anyways with the the twelve day box.
Buttery cinnamon hearts with some vegetal, smoky peppers- that sums it up. :)
This has a sweetness, like cinnamon, gooey sugar, and ripe canteloupe, that sticks to the back of the throat after taking a big gulp. It’s such a vivid and shocking note after gliding along the grassy, cedar aroma.
Edit: The cantaloupe sweetness receded in the third steep, becoming more like apple juice, while the cedar note took it up a notch. Something reminds me of juniper berries.
I guess it was the right decision to dump the whole sample bag in my tiny glass gongfu. I did two rinses, and hope to get as many short steeps out of this one as I can tonight while I study for my last final. Almost done!
This is another one from the limited selection of teas that I’ll drink a pot of. Floral notes, and coconut flakes are touching upon milky today. This is why this tea gets “permanent” status in my stash. It goes along perfectly with the lengthy “A Beautiful Mind” and some episodes of Downton Abbey (thanks, Cavo).
You know what’s a really big fish? The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.
I don’t remember how I ended up with a bag of this as opposed to a small sample (maybe from my one time tea of the month trail?), but I’m glad for the larger amount. I usually don’t go for the browner looking oolong types, and it took me by surprise how much I like this one.
There are notes of cream and orchids, which remind me of my greener oolongs, but there’s also a sharper note of sweet orange in the finish and aftertaste that add an extra dimension to this. My empty cup after the first steep has an aroma like orange chocolate liqueur with a dab of honey, chocolate cherries, or something dark like that. This tea is smooth and easy, but not an everyday thing.
I wasn’t aware that oolong Saturday was a thing, but I’ve spent the last +10 hours drinking up this sample, so I sort of participated unknowingly?
This oolong isn’t bad- it’s characteristically floral, with a good dose of sweetness and a peppery aftertaste. The first empty cup had a distinct brown sugar aroma. There’s something kind of malty about it too, with some notes you’d find in a barely or wheat tea. Eating oat bran while drinking this magnified that note. The second steep tasted like oil had been mixed in. Bouts of creaminess come through in some of the steeps.
The third and forth steeps were enjoyed (I use that term loosely)cold in a juice-flavored travel mug my mom insisted I take with me to the movies today. She even poured the the tea using the glass gongfu herself- the first time she’s ever used it. She was extremely excited to do it too, which was sweet. That’s one good memory I’ll have with this tea.
Edit: I’m still drinking this and every once in a while I get banana peel. Is that strange? I guess it’s the tea’s way of telling me I should stop drinking it.
Second Edit: Things are starting to get interesting. The floral and wheat notes have receded somewhat, allowing for more sweetness. It’s mainly brown sugar but there’s something fruity too.
My sister brought me back this herbal from Slovenia. I had a lot of fun trying to translate the ingredients with the help of Google (shudder). Roughly, this herbal blend consists of a bunch of berries, berry leaves, and tiny pink flowers. The easiest flavours for me to pick out are the blackcurrants, and the pomegranate. It’s a very juicy tea with a subdued floral note. I think this would make a nice iced tea.
My sister brought me back some strange, but fun, stuff from her travels this time, including some chocolate with tea leaves on top. It gives me a good case of wanderlust. I want to go places too!
Backlog: after making some of this without really having time for it the other day, I opted to pour it in my timolino travel mug and hope for the best.
Turns out this fairs amazingly well in the timolino (at least, it was a lot better than I expected it to be). The plastic didn’t drown out any of the subtleties- The rose is the dominant note, with some amaranth and cream. This made a comical archaeology lab awesome. Looking forward to having many more amazing timolino adventures with this tea.