490 Tasting Notes
Yunnan teas aren’t my favorite blacks, but sometimes I am in the mood for one. I’ve had this one for a while, but I hadn’t logged it and couldn’t remember whether or not I liked it. It’s not bad, but I like Arbor Teas’ Golden Yunnan quite a bit better than this one. This tea has a bit of the mushroom thing going on; not as fruity as some.
I do love me a cup of vegetal tea. ♡
I went to the grocery store and got my dogs from the groomer. I came home to see some dude with a clipboard at the door. I expected it to be some door-to-door spammer of sorts (as they often are) and hoped he’d just go away. But no, it was the utilities man. He needed to do something with my water meter and also go under the crawl-space. Well, in an effort to keep our escape-artist dogs contained in the back yard, my husband bolted a board across the back gate which meant that letting the utility guy come and go was a matter of constant attention through a little finished room in the garage. Gee, and all I wanted to do was get something to eat and make some tea (and go to the bathroom) when I got home. At least he’s gone now. And I have my tea. I’m still hungry though. . .
greenteafairy sent this to me in a swap. I haven’t had much luck with peach teas so far, but I hadn’t tried one with a black tea base before, so that was new.
The first impression I got was a generic poorly flavored black tea. I now read that it is blended with authentic peaches and I see that reviewers are commenting on the pleasant natural peach flavor. It just doesn’t taste natural to me and the back base isn’t all that exciting either. Oh well, it was worth trying anyway!
I got a sample of this with my last Butiki Order. It’s pretty much exactly as described. smooth and sweet with fruity dessert notes. I’m enjoying my cup as an afternoon thunderstorm passes over. I sure do wish my cocker would stop running around like crazy and barking at random. . .she completely ruins the ambiance. lol. She runs around, checks all the windows, barks a whole lot, checks the windows again, jumps at me, then waits excited at the back sliding door (as if I would ever think of letting her out, I’ve made that mistake before and what a MESS it was!) My three Cavaliers are just lying about setting such a good example.
I haven’t yet restocked Thin Mint from the Tea Spot, so I made my own. I had a little bit of Hojicha left from Dens Tea and a bag of Peppermint from Arbor teas. It came out pretty good. The peppermint is a bit brighter than in the Thin Mint blend since I obviously don’t know the exact proportions, but it doesn’t matter. Mint+Hojicha = yum no matter what.
I have found amazing green and white teas from Verdant, but I haven’t much enjoyed the black tea selection so far. This one is the best I have come across yet, but it’s far from stellar for me. There’s no nasty mushroom and no musky manliness going on in this one. It’s very smooth, almost oolong-like. I can recognize it’s quality and how it would appeal to others, but it’s not the tea for me.
I finally found a white tea to take the place as my second favorite. Tea Spot’s Monkey Picked is still my number one, but this one is a close second. It leans more to the hay/barley side than Monkey-picked, but it does so in a more elegant way than other whites teas.
I used a rounded tablespoon in a 12oz mug and steeped for 2 minutes. The flavor is mild and comforting. It’s slightly creamy and sweet unlike any other white that I have tried.
I am still in love with the aroma of this tea, but the flavor was a let down today. In the past, I’ve had it with biscuits, whose crumbs likely sweetened it some, or I’ve had it directly after unpleasant teas after which anything will taste better given the contrast. But today, I had it alone, no biscuits and no bad-tea recovery. It smells scrumptious as usual, but the flavor just isn’t all that I wish it was. This is definitely a biscuit or added-sweetener tea more than an on-its-own cuppa for me.