401 Tasting Notes
I have never had Irish breakfast tea before. I’ve heard that a lot of people hate it and a lot love it. I assumed that this was because of its supposed robustness. Well, no stranger to a good dark roast coffee (and I like my coffee as I like my holes, black ;) ) I figured I’d just have to see about this bold tea.
I so wanted to try it first thing this morning, but I couldn’t get myself to break away from last-minute final exam cramming to boil water. So I left without any tea. :( I took an exam and I skipped lunch to study for the second exam and then I took the next exam and then I can home. I was hungry, so I put a bowl of organic canned spaghetti rings in the microwave and boiled water for my tea. Not really sure spaghetti rings are well paired with this, but it works for me. . .
So, about the tea: It’s a good cuppa. smooth, flavorful, but (I don’t know if I should dare to say), I could have done with even stronger. I think I’ll double my leaf next time.
About the descriptors everyone likes to use: “kick in the butt” etc. well I dunno. after a lifetime of dark roast coffee drinking (I only like dark roast), bold is just a default assumed quality of a good brew to me. This tea is not going to make me hustle in a jig out the door every morning. Even coffee couldn’t do that. I should add here that I have never felt the effects of caffeine. A strong tea to me is nothing more than good flavor. Sure it’s a bold flavor, but I don’t associate it with acquisition of butt-kicking super powers (I have those naturally).
I am sitting here waiting impatiently for this tea to cool off enough to drink (frequently tempted to risk burned tastebuds). It smells so lovely! Like strawberries mostly. Like real fresh yummy strawberries. Not like a been-sittin-in-a-teabag-for-a-year strawberry that I’ve had before, but fresh from the garden.
And finally, a taste. Flavor is not as strong as it smells, but just as fresh. I can barely detect the base tea. I’m not sure what hibiscus tastes like so I can’t comment on that. And, honestly, I can’t remember the last time I had rhubarb. So the only thing that really stands out for me is the strawberry. But thats ok! And it doesn’t have a nasty aftertaste like many other fruity flavored blacks that I’ve tried. I might just have to stock up on this one. So sad when limited editions turn out to be good!
And one more thing: This goes really good with Biscoff cookies. Yummy!
Had this tea yesterday. Not much to say, it’s still a favorite. I did brew it cooler this time, though. 165deg seemed to give it a richer flavor than 175deg.
This is a pretty good black tea. Not a necessity for my cupboard, but a likely visitor. It’s a sort of black I might seek out on occasion, depending on my mood.
I’m having trouble assessing this particular cup tonight as I am still recovering from the funky aftertaste of the almond black tea that I sampled. But I have brewed this one before, so I know it well enough.
Finally got around to brewing this sample from my swap with ToiToi
I made it a cup for my husband, planning to brew something else for myself, but I had to make sure to try it at least. All the green hill black teas that I have either tried or smelled have a musky perfume aroma and a strange aftertaste (hence why I have put off sampling more). My husband seems to like this one though. He says it just tastes like black tea to him and that he doesn’t detect the almond.
I’m sure there are some good teas for my from Green Hill, but after the four samples that I have experienced, I now think of it as the “manly tea shop” because of the heavy/musky aromas. :p
I haven’t had pu-erh in a while. This pu-erh is one of the first loose teas I ever purchased (I have since had to refill).
I really like this shu pu-erh. It’s earthy and sweet. A very comforting tea. I just brewed it in my Gaiwan and brought the leaves and a thermos of hot water to my study as I will need lots of comfort as I continue studying for finals.
oh yummy, savory, vegetal green, I would be lost without you <3
And what this? Do I finally detect some of that woody and earthy flavor that others have described. Why yes, I think so. How many more secrets do you hold mysterious green tea?
I think that you have been so aptly named.
yep, I’m having all this caffeine at 11pm. 16oz of it no less.
honestly, caffeine has never kept me from sleeping when I go to bed and I’m really not quite sure that it keeps me up when I want to stay up. It’s more a psychosomatic thing for me. Caffeine should keep me awake so I drink it because it seems like the right thing to do when I have so much more to study before falling asleep.
A good cup of tea to have on a Saturday night, watching an episode of Merlin when I should have been studying.
Something really awesome just happened. My husband loves this oolong! Imagine that, one who likes a select few flavored teas and drinks mostly coffee really loves a simple delicious unflavored oolong. He will be converted soon >)
As for me, I like it quite well enough. It smells both floral and vegetal (exactly how I like my greener oolongs). The flavor is smooth, vegetal, slightly floral and I think I pick up a little lemon too.
Thanks again moraiwe for helping me to find some fantastic oolongs :)
I just tried a second steeping (I figured I’d try to get the most out of my sample). I steeped it 4min30sec (first time was 3min).
I liked the first cup better. It lost a lot of flavor the second time around, but maybe only because I steeped so long the first time. Although, a longer time was recommended for this tea, so I dunno. It’s still a pleasant cup though. Not much floral, but a bit mineral-ly. Not sure if thats the right word. I’ve hear it used to describe other teas. It’s the same flavor I’ve often associated with second and third steepings of mostly japanese greens. I always call it a flat muddy flavor, like dirt almost (but Ive yet to hear anyone else describe it as mineral…) However, in this tea it’s not an entirely unpleasant effect. There is still just a hint of the original flavor left too.