1161 Tasting Notes
I re-visited this one tonight to go with dinner, I made a sweet chilli vegetablenstir fry with rice and thought this light black would match it wonderfully. I was not wrong. Last night it was too subtle for me so I used a little more leaf this time and it was spot on. Adding that extra 2g gives it sooo much more caramel and chocolate flavours with a sweet malt background. The rating for this tea just went up and this is now one of my top black teas (at this moment in time).
Been a while since I had this Oolong but I thought I would start using it up by making some iced tea. Admittedly I made it a tad too strong as I found out this morning but after adding some calorie free sweetener it now tastes like strawberry syrup rain. Very hard to detect the Oolong with the sweetener in it, you would think it was just one of those strawberry flavoured syrup drinks that a lot of cafe’s sell as ‘iced tea’.
Story time –
First time I got a peach iced tea from Costa Coffee I saw them use two squirts of syrup over ice and add tap water, then you have sickly sugar water..oops sorry I mean ‘iced tea’. :/ I remember going into one before and asking what selection of teas they carried and they said “Summat foreign named, like a green tea but not one” and that had me intrigued, I asked to see this magical tea and she brought over a glass jar that said ‘Long Jing’ on the side. Then again she said “Yeah it’s green inside the bag but it aint a green tea, though it’s like one”, at that point I said “Well actually it is a green tea, Long Jing stands for Dragon Well and it’s a Chinese green”. Then straight away “Ooohh and how do you know that then hey? Know everything do ya?” and she starts calling the staff to tell them in a mocking sort of way. So I left after saying “I’m an amateur tea taster with my own blog and over 500 teas at home, if you bothered to look it up yourself you would see that I’m correct. Selling people a green tea and saying it’s not is just ridiculous”. Possibly one of the best storm off’s I have ever done. My parents were standing by my side think blank expressions on their face like ‘wtf just happened?’.
Yesterday my wisdom tooth broke in half and fell out while I was eating soup, so I went to the dentist today and it turns out my tooth is much worse than I thought and I need an operation. Part of my gum needs to be cut out as well as the jaw bone sanded down before they can extract the tooth. Ten month wait minimum if I want to be gassed and knocked out or three months if I have it done awake and under heavy sedation. Two weeks to decide while I’m on anti biotics. I’m thinking of just going ahead and having it done without being put under, the quicker the better.
So as a treat I’m using my Chinese gaiwan set and trying this black tea. It smells beautiful in raw form, like chocolate and soft burnt wood. The leaves are large and curly but match it’s wonderful scent. I like a full leaf black.
First Steep – 1 minute –
Light in colour, scent and flavour. Very sweet, like raw sugar cane and caramel. A little malty in the after taste.
Second Steep – 2 minutes –
Still mild but still getting a pure sugar cane flavour. The after taste has increased however and now tastes like malt, wood and caramel mixed with chocolate.
Third Steep – 3 minutes –
Very similar to the first steep again, as sweet and pure in flavour too.
Next time I may try adding 7g instead of 5g to see how it comes out but I enjoyed the gentle caramel and sugar that this tea offers. It doesn’t taste black but it did stand out in a positive way. A good start so far but will experiment to get it perfect though honestly it’s not far off.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt, Wood
I woke up with an awful case of acid reflux and it’s stuck with me so far, unable to move much for fear of vomiting I’m relaxing on the sofa and playing a game of Civilization V. I chose completely random terms (maps, leader, etc) and it came out with continents and I’m Indonesia. Good game so far, takes my mind of my stomach. Mint tea may help settle it and this was the first one I could find in my kitchen which is fine, I haven’t had this tea in a while so it was perhaps time to revisit anyway. Smoother and a little sweeter than I remember but still very much the same. May end up sipping this one all afternoon.
I tried this earlier and found it a little too sharp/sour so I decided to make the rest of the pot into iced tea. Just spent half hour preparing tonight’s dinner (mushroom potato bake) and the weather is very muggy which is making me sweat, though this has only been fridged for a few hours I decided to have it anyway. Anything moderately cold right now will be a saviour. Plus I’m a little P"ssed at my husband, he showed no appreciation towards me preparing dinner at all, conversation was “What’s for dinner?” “I made mushroom potato bake, took half an hour of prep time but uses up some potatoes at least”. He looks at the bake before I put it into the oven with a very blank expression and says “ok”, then he turns around and goes to his laptop. :/ Plus I did several lots of clothes washing and drying today which was another “ok” reply, no thanks or anything. sigh.
Anyway the tartness is softer now it’s cold making it preferable. Also the fruit seems stronger.
Not citrus but it is fruit and ‘Japanese’ themed so this should do nicely for my next pot. The packaging says to steep this tea with boiling water, that I did not, I imagine it would have been much too astringent.
It did smell like cherry and flowers but the green tea was much stronger which gave it a medicinal scent. Like cherry throat sweets. Not bad but acquired.
Once steeped this tastes very similar to it’s scent. The green tea is the most dominant with a dry grass appeal while the cherry is light and sweet which increases in the after taste. It’s not as medicinal tasting as it smells but it tastes more floral than fruity and rather perfumed. Or like some sort of cherry syrup. It’s a nice combination but not perfect, or at least not for my taste.
More citrus and fruit tea. I enjoyed a few of Pure Aroma Teas fruit blends so this one has hope of being delicious. I forgot to sniff this one as I was in a rush at the time, had to swap the clothes over from washer to dryer. The tea did contain large pieces of mixed fruit which were soft and gummy like for the most part. Well when I say tea I suppose I mean tissane.
Once steeped the tissane is hibiscus red and smells of dusky orange. Not as fresh as I was hoping. Getting past the smell this tastes pleasant, the orange and passionfruit are both present in flavour but so is the hibiscus. It’s sweet yet tart but overall very subtle. I want to love it but I’m going to stick with liking it. I think I still have some of their Strawberry and Kiwi somewhere which was delicious, will have some of that in a bit cold steeped to make up for this tea.
More citrus today please! Also in a Japanese mood which could be because I’m watching anime.
This tea has a super strong scent, specifically orange, lemongrass and eucalyptus. Very refreshing and I certainly agree with the ‘cooler’ side of the name. Unusual scent but wonderful. Lost my train of thought now, I have a blackbird nest in my guttering which I’m happy to keep since it’s not doing any harm, well my cats look out the window and start chattering their teeth. How to explain chattering to those that aren’t sure, it’s like meowing but without sound and their mouth moves up and down a lot like they are trying to speak. I can’t help but laugh when they do it. This warrants a Youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Crfm0gbSNZg
Once steeped the tea is red/orange in colour with a toned down but still potent orange and eucalyptus scent.
Flavour wise It’s sweet, slightly tart/sour, herbal and citrussy. Also has a creamy after taste. The first instance is hibiscus and orange peel which quickly fade into a sweet and strong citrus with refreshing tones and a creamy lemon grass after taste. Though I’m not a huge fan of eucalyptus I find this blend covers it’s thickness very well, it’s present but not overpowering. Also the orange though present is not thick or stodgy in any way which works well to tone the lighter ingredients in together.
Not all ingredients are noticeable so don’t let the likes of beetroot or carrot flake scare you away.
I really like this one, could drink more of this. My sample gave me two large pots worth of tea so I have one remaining which I may have after dinner, I’m sure my husband will like this one too.
I will be ordering more of this next time.
The morning sun has just begun
Shining in the sky like fire
Birds sing their beautiful song
That fills my heart with desire
My first pot of tea this morning and I remember how delicious this one is. Oh Watermelon Xylophone I adore thee. You have made my early morning complete with your beauty and perfection.
My last tea of the night and it’s spicy orange, not sure why I wanted spice but I suppose I see it as more of a night time tea. I’m very nervous as it’s my first driving lesson on Friday, booked and paid for so it’s happening…frightening thought though.
I smell cinnamon and orange at equal levels of medium strength. The long steep was due to me eating an Oreo ice cream cone and forgetting about the tea, though by smell it has not stewed.
Flavour wise I can taste the warm yet sweet and spicy cinnamon infront of sour yet also sweet orange that meld in the after taste. Very cinnamon heavy but I love that in a tea, as long as it’s not too powdery and dry (which this one isn’t). Again despite the long steeping time it tastes very good, not astringent or foul in any way. Nice to know this tea is forgiving. Honestly this tastes pretty much as you can imagine, it’s nice but not original or special. Still I do like this one a lot.