509 Tasting Notes
I had to get this tea to try it. And I can dig it. I don’t regret that I bought a bag rather than requesting a sample. I’m undecided about repurchasing though.
The leaves are black and the brew is a murky prune color as expected of purple tea. The flavor is vegetal, but not like my most favorite greens. It also has a slight bitterness that could likely get out of control with the wrong parameters. Asparagus is the flavor I pick up the most.
My Butiki order came in yesterday and this was one of my free samples (though mine is labeled golden paw, not golden lion. . .?.?). I also got a sample of a new oolong (baked anxi something. . .I forgot and I threw out the baggy already), but its not in steepster yet so I’ll review that one later.
This is a pretty good cozy cup of black tea. Not my favorite assam, but still pleasant. I seem to be out of touch with my taste descriptors today, so I can’t describe it very well. Sorry folks
This tea makes me happy. If I ever can’t get this tea anymore, I would be very very sad. It’s one of my comfort teas. I can’t explain exactly why, it just is. I love the way it looks, with the little twigs mixed in and it tastes so yummy. That is all. Now Im going to go enjoy my tea in a comfortable location. Bye now :)
This new Steepster setup has me feeling all disoriented. lol
As I said before, I don’t have any new teas to review, but sometimes its good to check in, say hello (I still exist!) and to confirm my like of a particular tea. And, yep, I still like this one. :)
I heard that Stacy will be gone for a couple weeks, so I had to get a Butiki order in this weekend. I have two new teas on the way so I’ll have something new to review. yay.
I really am quite set in my preferences now, and this is good for my budget. I’m hoping to spend half as much as I did last year on tea. I’m keeping track in the thread for tea spending here.
My new fun for this year is hanging out at Webkinztown.com because I love Webkinz! (yes Im a grown up, no I don’t have kids, don’t look at me like that! :p)
I received a free sample of this tea after my last tasting note, though I was and am still certain that the problem is me and not the tea. There have been a few teas I loved at first and then the second time around, not so much. Maybe the flavor of this one was affected by something I ate the first time I had it or maybe I brewed it ‘just right.’
There are at least three black teas I can think of that I liked originally, but then all of a sudden I noticed a woody flavor that my palate was previously oblivious to. I recognize this as a flavor profile that many people enjoy, so it’s certainly not a bad quality for the tea.
To be certain and fair I brewed a cup of the new sample. I can say that this tea is definitely affected by time and water temperature. I find it the least woody with a 2 min steep (at 195F), but if you like the stronger woodiness or a bolder flavor in general, 3+ minutes is best.
Mantra Tea offered me a free monthly sample of the Ruby Black because in my last tasting note, I said that I didn’t like it as much as the first time and they thought it might have been that particular batch. Anyway, I also ordered more of this Ti Kuan Yin. If a package was going to be shipped overseas, I’d feel bad if it was only a free sample.
I like this tea. It’s not one I’ll buy often because it is slightly over my budget, but I am happy to have it on hand once in a while.
Sorry for the lack of notes recently. I’m always here reading everyone else’s notes, but I don’t have so many new teas to review myself anymore. Last year was my tea-discovery year. I had to try everything. Now I’ve mostly narrowed down what I like and don’t like. I don’t need to add 20 new teas to every order anymore. I’ll always have to occasional free sample and I might add one or few new teas that look particularly interesting. I guess I’ll just have to start writing random “Hi! Im drinking tea today” notes for all the oldies, like this one. (^.^)
This tea comes and goes from my favorite list. I always like it, but sometimes its not my favorite green and sometimes I can’t get enough of it. Right now I tend to crave kukicha more often, but Im almost out of kukicha again, so I made a cup of the five peaks.
Yay, another yummy oolong to add to my list of favorites. Ive probably said it before, but I can’t believe I ever didn’t like green oolongs. It wasn’t because I had bad ones, I just had a complete change of taste preference a couple months into tea drinking (In February, it’ll be a year since I started loose leaf and steepster, yay!).
I wanted to sample the Anxi Tie juan yin also, but it appears that I got someone else’s samples. Oh well. Ill probably just order it next time anyway, which will be soon since I need a bigger bag of this now than the little 1/2oz that I got :p