1118 Tasting Notes
This tea made me read the old nursery rhyme of Hickory Dickory Dock which I had not done for many years, as I age I like to learn about the history around such childhood rhymes. This one doesn’t seem to have a definitive answer as to it’s origin but it was nice to read it non the less. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hickory_Dickory_Dock (For any one interested).
Sharing a pot of this tea with my husband tonight, it’s our 11 year anniversary tomorrow and I’m going to the UK’s largest vintage fair tomorrow with my mother for a spot of shopping. Then on Sunday I’m going to London with hubby for some shopping. Going to Camden Market in the morning and we booked a table at Teanamu Chana Teahouse which is an authentic Chinese tea house that serves vegetarian food too. There are only a few tables (around 7 or 8) so I feel very lucky to have managed to book a table.
The tea mix looked large and dry, different to the picture. It has a slight cocoa scent but was very dry and made me sneeze as I inhaled deeply.
Flavour wise we are comparing this tea to very cheap coffee as it has a strange chemical taste, which we are putting down to the chicory. It sounds nice on paper (chicory, almonds and vanilla) but I don’t think the execution has worked, at least not for our pallets. Extremely sour.
I’m sorry but I can’t drink it…tipping this away. I don’t know if I steeped it too strongly or if it’s actually just the blend (which I noticed has a low overall rating). So I wont be rating this but to make me throw it away is bad, and for my husband to say he can’t drink it (and he drinks loads of cheap coffee) then I know something is wrong.
Thank you Courtney for this sample.
I’m not used to steeping white tea with boiling water but I always steep at the recommended instructions for first time samples.
The leaves are curly and very shiny and silver, they taste nice and floral (yes I have a bad habit of eating white tea raw).
Once steeped this tea reminds me of autumn, it’s orange/brown colour like autumn leaves and it smells a little musky yet sweet and somewhat floral and fruity. Taste wise it’s a little dry and nutty with a floral freshness and sweetness. It’s a nice medium strength white tea. Further sips reveal an almost spicy undertone. Also a little toasty.
It’s very nice, a medium strength white tea edging on being strong, which is something I personally look for in a white tea. This one is wonderful, and while white teas may not be my favourite I know I could drink this one often. Thank you for the sample Courtney.
Thank you Courtney for this sample.
I received a lovely tea swap package this morning from the wonderful Courtney and this tea was the first that I could smell. It is absolutely amazing! Super sweet and strong strawberry with a creamy vanilla undertone. It smells like the centre of one of those strawberry chocolates you get from a box (like Roses). I could sniff this tea all day. If it was rated by a pure sniff factor then this would be a ten. Seriously, I want to eat it! Funny really as the blend itself looks a little dull and dry, but then again looks can be deceiving.
The steeped scent is much more chocolatey and resembles Neapolitan. It’s also lost the sweet strawberry and had instead turned rather sour. It also tastes very Neapolitan, at first sip the chocolate comes through with a little sourness before being sweetened by a strawberry and finishing with a creamy vanilla like after taste. I’ve had a few Neapolitan teas before so I have some means for comparison. This one offers all three flavours nicely at the start but after half a cup or so the chocolate becomes dominant and the sour overpowers the sweet. So in the end it’s somewhat..savoury…but also still rather tasty.
I like this tea, it’s not quite as it smells but it is nice and I would happily try this again. Would consider buying it from time to time if I could for when I’m in a sweet tea mood. :)
I decided to take another trip to Japan this afternoon by sampling this Ureshino Kamairicha. I believe this was part of a Monthly Club package tea but it is possible it was a gift for placing an order. Either way I have a sample and intend to sample it’s delights.
The tea is small and rather finely chopped and the leaves are dark green with some stem. It has a sweet yet mineral, green scent, the more I sniff the sweeter it becomes and also more floral, similar to honey suckle and sweet grass.
Following Yunomi steeping instructions:
Serves: One person
Water amount: 1 tea cup / 6 oz / 180 ml
Water temperature: 80C
Tea leaves amount: 5 grams
First Steep (Issen Me – as I am learning Japanese)
30 second infusion
The tea ‘soup’ is yellow green (resembling yellow Jade) and has a sweet yet buttery grass scent. Flavour is very buttery and grassy with some sweetness and a floral after taste. Has a little astringency but at a nice level. Very sweet grass still and with a dry after taste.
Second Steep (Nisen Me)
10 second infusion
Very flavourful for only ten seconds, in fact I think it would have been too astringent if it were any longer. Still buttery and like sweet grass but the dryness has increased though it’s still at a satisfactory level. Also has elements of hay.
Third Steep (Sansen Me)
30 second infusion
An increase in the astringency though it still remains sweet, enough to be pleasant still. Again the dryness has increased also.
It was a nice green tea but if I’m honest it was not unique and I’m afraid I would forget it easily. I am happy to have tried it but it’s not a tea that I would re-stock.
My first order from Yuuki-Cha arrived today :) Plus it’s my Cassie cats 8th birthday today, she is not officially a cat elder (bless her).
This Tencha is mild with elements of butter, flowers and grass. I used roughly 3g or 4g of leaf in my new Futanashi Tokoname teapot (which arrived today also from Yuuki-Cha). It’s so mild yet it has a lovely soothing element, and the after taste is wonderfully green and grassy. Also a little broth like and savoury. A little dry in the after taste but something I can get past.
Very nice so far, will have to keep experimenting in terms of strength. Loving it so far.
This was a Christmas present from my husband which was initially chosen for it’s name as my middle name is Jade. It finally has a beautiful flower caddy now so I can open and try this Oolong after two months of waiting.
I will be following these instructions for my tea:
Water : 3oz / 85ml – 194℉ / 90℃
Use 7 Grams Tea
8 steeps : rinse,25s,25s,30s,40s,60s,90s,120s,180s
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds
The Oolong balls are a mixture of medium and dark greens which have an average size of roughly 4mm.
Closer sniff-spection reveals a sweet (like honey), mineral, grass/straw like scent.
A picture of the balls:
First steep – 25 seconds
Subtle, honeyed, flowers and perfumed. Makes me think of rain pouring onto the leaves of a honeysuckle flower.
Second Steep – 25 seconds
Not as sweet as the previous steep but it is just as gentle. Also getting a creaminess coming through.
Third Steep – 30 seconds
Increasing in flavour but still remaining soft in thickness. The peach is really coming through nicely, sweet yet crisp. Also still very creamy.
Fourth Steep – 40 seconds
Very floral, sweet and creamy. Like honey suckle and peach but mild versions of each. Some dryness and perfume in the after taste.
Fifth Steep – 60 seconds
Much stronger now, peach is still shining through as is the honey suckle. A very nice strength now.
Sixth Steep – 90 Seconds
Remains creamy and silken. Peach is toned down but sweet flowers still very much present.
Seventh Steep – 120 seconds
Still a lot of flavour and no harshness though some mineral vegetal flavours coming through like sweetcorn mixed with fresh spinach.
Eigth Steep – 180 seconds
Lighter now and the sweetcorn has taken over the peach. Still floral and sweet with high creamy notes.
It’s a nice Oolong that is sweet and floral whilst being light yet creamy (for the most part). Nice elements of peach and sweetcorn are found throughout and a hint of perfume in the after taste.
I prefer stronger Oolongs that are more mineral and green but this was very nice, the balance was superb and I think it would be great iced. So while it may not be one of my usual favourites I’m still thankful I bought 2oz of this.
Flavors: Corn Husk, Flowers, Honeydew, Peach
Yesterday morning I awoke to find that there was no hot water, thinking it was the pilot light on the boiler (which is ancient and has instructions which may as well be in a foreign language) so I left it for my husband to do when he got home. He arrived home (late due to overtime) and had a fiddle around for half hour before enlightening me that it’s not the pilot light. On top of the hot water there is also no central heating. So I phoned up the gas company this morning and they sent someone over to have a look (he too was late). The man said his name was Wayne and after ten minutes of reading the instructions and starring intently he had to phone a Mr Gotham. My face lit up, Wayne…Mr Gotham…I knew where this was leading. When he got off the phone I as casually as I could asked what time Batman would be over (not being able to hide the smirk on my face for long). The only response I got was a blank expression and a quiet ‘What?’. I thought it was Batman comedy gold but gas engineers apparently are oblivious to it. Oh well, made myself chuckle anyway! Long story short – Boiler still doesn’t work so I have tomorrow morning off work while Mr Gotham comes over to inspect it himself.
So here I sit with my Genmaicha, a smile on my face and the start of a Civilization V game. Oh well, it could be worse.
While sorting through my teas after placing a hefty order for some more Japanese greens (my new passion) I found this teabag that was sent as part of the Yunomi club package. It’s a large see-through bag with 10g of beautiful bright green leaves that resemble the smell of grass and seaweed. Very sweet and green but also wonderful and vibrant.
The instructions say to leave the bag in one litre of water at room temperature for roughly 4 hours so I prepared everything ready this early evening time and it has been waiting in my kitchen. Well It has roughly 10 minutes left until it’s time to taste. It says it can either be warmed up after the steep or drank as an iced tea. I will be warming it through a little via microwave (going to try 30 seconds, I just want it luke warm).
Ok it’s finished and I had to double the steeping time to 1 minute to make the tea luke warm. The result is a yellow/green looking colour (very similar to Yellow Jade) and has virtually no scent. Also some froth on the top of the water.
It tastes very gentle and weak but does has some sweetness and hints of flowers. Also a little sour and dry, perfumed if you will, but not astringent. It said in the steeping instructions that 2 bags may be required to get it at the desired/personal strength. Another bag would bring out more of the flavours but this is still nice by itself, refreshing really to have such a light green tea.
My husband pulled a face when he touched the side of his cup and asked if it was cold (knowing full well that it was) but after his first sip his expressions changed completely, an enthusiastic ‘Mmmmmm’ parted from his lips.
Overall It’s nice and would be perfectly suited for a hot summers day but for me it’s too soft and I would prefer just a normal method green.
The blend that I loved so much that I purchased and produced 550g worth. Am I crazy? Perhaps, but aren’t we all? My husband says this tea tastes like shredded wheat and well it does bare that resemblance. It’s a nice full on Genmaicha because of the Hojicha so it does have that lovely toasted charm. Through the toast I can taste the sweetness of the Bancha and the blend lightens and becomes almost grassy and green.
Plus I also love that each pot is good for two steeps :D
Just as a side note – I will not be rating or recommending this tea as it seems unfair of me to do so.
I got a sample teabag of this from an order I placed last year for their Earl Grey. I hadn’t heard of the company before but browsing their website I see they have a large variety of flavoured tea bags and offer them all over the world so that gives me some hope for this tea.
This is my lunch time tea (or brunch since I didn’t have one for breakfast) and will be served with some milk. Ok it turns out I have no milk left so I will add a bit of sweetener. (Note to self – buy milk)
It’s milder than I was expecting, in fact it’s smooth for a Ceylon and of medium strength. I can taste malt and fruit, like raisins or fig, rather clean tasting too ie no dry or astringent after taste. I do remember their Earl Grey being rather mild/medium in strength, perhaps their range is the same way? I can’t really say without trying.
I would say this was average, good for those that drink black teas without milk or sugar but not great for those that love strong/bold black teas (such as myself). Not terrible just not for me.