495 Tasting Notes
I forgot to log this last time when I added the extra marshmallows and milk that I said i would try. As much as I loved the gooey marshmallows themselves, the additions did little to help the flavor of this tea. I wanted so much to love it because it smells so good, but the taste is too blah. Oh well.
I really really love using my new glass tea pot and I want to brew everything in it! It could be my imagination or pure coincidence, but this tea has consistently tasted better when brewed in my (glazed) kyusu than when brewed in my glass pot. I suppose it makes sense, after all, a Japanese tea in a Japanese pot :D
This tea bloomed much quicker than the Falling Water one. Also, the jasmine flavor is much stronger. I didn’t recognize the jasmine in the other (though it is also supposed to have it), but there’s no mistaking it in this one. I like this one less for that reason, but that’s just personal preference. These flowering teas are a lot better than I expected them to be and they are so much fun to brew!
I had this tea a few days ago. My husband got me a Daydream glass pot from tea posy and got the flower teas too, even though I don’t usually like florals. I was curious to see a blooming tea in action anyway, so I brewed one. It really is quite neat. It smells strong like a bouquet of flowers (I didn’t recognize jasmine alone, just a general floral shop smell). However, the taste wasn’t bad at all. I actually enjoyed it. I want to say that I’ve completely changed my mind about floral flavors, having begun my tea journey with a strong dislike even for green oolongs (which I now love), but sometimes I get a flower in a cup that really is too much or just the wrong flower, I don’t know.
I really should get a mug warmer. I like my tea hot! and this tea is especially good while its hot. But alas, my current cup is tepid. I do all the after dinner chores and I think its safe to make tea. But then one of my seven pets gets into trouble, makes a mess, vomits, it’s always something. If its not the pets then its my husband, asking me to make him tea after I already made mine. Then I have to go to the bathroom. And of course, there will always be some chore that I forgot that I can’t leave undone. Same thing every night. About the only time I get hot tea is in the morning before school when I’m in such a hurry that I sip it carefully while too hot and end up not having time to finish the cup before I have to go.
I’m with BrewTEAlly Sweet about the “no kidding theres tobacco in this!!” thought. Amazing the variation possible even within the same type of tea. I’ve always thought of Yunnans as a delicate, sometimes sweet black. This one is far from delicate, but don’t mistake with for being Assam-like. Its not bold and brisk. It’s a serious flavor profile with a manly vibe to it. I totally respect this tea for what it is, but it’s not my cuppa. I intend to send my second sample to my father, who will likely appreciate it better than I.
Green Oolongs have become my favorite teas recently. I remember the very first time I had one (an Iron Goddess, I think) I didn’t like it at all!. Strange how preference changes. My perfect oolong is a balanced blend of creamy and floral. This Nantou Four seasons is perfectly creamy, but I wish it was more floral. It hints at wanting to be more, but didn’t quite make it. Still a lovely cup of tea and one that I would drink often if I had more.