984 Tasting Notes
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.
This has orange in which I am craving today and pineapple has it’s charm from time to time so it would be the perfect time to try this blend. I made a pot of it for when my husband got home so hopefully it will please him.
It smells soapy, pineapple teas always smell soapy for some reason. It also tastes rather soapy and…strange…really. Despite it’s strangeness I can at least taste some orange amidst the soapy pineapple. The more I sip the better it tastes but honestly it’s still soapy and strange. Not sure if I can finish the rest of this one but I don’t have much left, may end up putting it into my next trade.
I’m in a mega citrus mood, particularly orange or lime. It could be a result of the bright sunshine we’ve had for the last few days which have the start of summer written all over them (despite the smog).
I can smell lemongrass once it’s steeped but it’s a little thicker than just lemongrass. Still it’s lemony above all else.
In terms of flavour the lemongrass and lemon verbana are also the strongest citrus in this tea. It’s not very strong which is what I was expecting with a name like piledriver, but I’m thankful that the yerba mate is at minimal flavour. The after taste is pleasant and creamy yet also herbal and with a touch of orange.
It’s nice but just not what I was hoping, not strong enough for my current citrus needs, though this would be very nice to have outside in the sun later in the year.
I’ve been drinking green tea all morning and afternoon but evening time is now for Oolong. Like changing from beer to spirits in a way. This one did not disappoint yet again, very rich and full bodied Oolong with spice, wood and mild leather notes. Paired beautifully with a few ginger nut biscuits (I love ginger nuts). The strength of the ginger is matched with the wood and spice elements of the Oolong and they meld into one. :)
Note to self – need more ginger nuts.
Thank you ashleyelizabeth for trading this tea with me. I love pumpkin :D I’m in an orange colour theme mood, I had my hair cut short today and I toned it myself to an orange colour with the hopes of eventually going super bright orange. And well pumpkin is very orange and this tea was my craving as a before dinner tea. I’m just loving orange right now. _
I made this as a late with no additional sweetener but it does have a sprinkle of chocolate on the top. It smells a little like pumpkin but softly, oh I should mention my strength is ‘robust’.
In flavour I can taste lots of cinnamon and spice but also subtle pumpkin with a touch of natural sweetness. Each sip is full of flavour and it truly does have a pumpkin pie feel about it.
I’m gulping this down with delight so I think I’ll have another one in a moment too :)
This was a free sample received from my last Yunomi order.
My cat kyusu arrived today and I’ve been looking forward to using it.
Instructions from Yunomi via website:
Leaf – 5g
Water – 80ml
Temperature – 60c
Steeping time – 2 minutes
The leaves are very shiny and a mixture of both medium green and light green colours.
Also some are finely chopped while others are roughly 4mm in length.
They smell like sweet grass and butter. A lovely and pure scent.
Once steeped the tea is cloudy yellow and has a sweet grass and mineral scent. Like brocolli grilled with butter.
Taste is sweet and buttery to match the scent but in a more mild manner. Getting a nice low level broth flavour too which adds some savoury to the sweet.
Overall it’s medium strength and with just a touch of astringency in the aftertaste along with some dryness.
A further re steep of 2 minutes 30 seconds reveals an increase in umami and astringency. Preferable to it’s first steep.
This is nice Midori but I have had nicer, from Naturalitea too. But for the price I would consider stocking this in when I place another order.
Tonight I decided to have Indian curry for dinner (which is a speciality of mine) and my post dinner tea pairing is this beautiful Darjeeling. After this pot I have one more left leaf quantity wise which I will try to drink shortly to make way for another. Darjeeling is usually a late spring/early summer craving of mine and it’s been very warm here in Leicester, the last few days have given highs of 17 C.
I’m using a new teapot too that my mother got me, it says ARABIA and underneath MADE IN FINLAND. A Finnish teapot is the first in my collection. It’s black and round with a large flat lid and a straw handle, giving it a Chinese/Japanese look. Not sure how much it holds but it looks like roughly 800ml.
Re-visiting a tea that I had previously rated 100/100 is always an interesting experience. Would I give it top marks now? Yes, if not top then very near to it. My memories of this tea were exact and I will be very sorry to see this one go. Goodbye my beloved Himalayan Mystic.
EDIT – I just found out that my new teapot is worth around $100! It’s from mid-late 1960’s and was designed by Ulla Procope. My mum saw it for £2 (not even $5) and got it me as a gift when we went out a few weeks ago. Obviously they had no idea what it was, well neither did I but thank you internet.
Black tea craving and super gaiwan usage recently which pairs this and my new dragon gaiwan up very nicely. I found this tea at the back of my cupboard from my last Infussion tea order not long before it closed down.
The raw leaves are a beautiful mixture of brown shades with golden tips being roughly 3/4 of what is present, those being very shiny and reflective. I do love shiny leaves. They are quite long with a rough average of 6mm, though some are straight while others are curly so it’s hard to tell specifically. Sniff-spection reveals a strong wooden scent with a hint of smoke. Very thick scent, was surprising. Perhaps one of the ‘darkest’ golden tips that I have tried, it smells more like full leaf Dian Hong ie not sweet or creamy like the golden tips I know and love.
First Steep – 15 seconds
It also tastes as strongly wooden and smoky as it smells. Despite a short 15 second steep It’s already very strong, just like a main steep. It does have some sweetness in the after taste but very mild against the smoke.
Second Steep – 25 seconds
Still heavily smoky but now increasing in flavour, adding a dry nutty flavour present in the after taste. Like roast chestnut.
Third Steep – 45 seconds
A little astringency has now appeared behind the smoke. Still getting strong roast chestnuts. The sweetness has vanished.
Fourth Steep – 70 seconds
Lighter in thickness and a little less smoky than previous steeps but I would still say it’s the main flavour. Pure smoke and smoky chestnuts…nice but not what I expected at all.
Fifth Steep – 90 seconds
Similar to the first steep, all that remains is burnt wood.
Overall – This was like no other golden tips I have tried before. I expected malt, sweetness, raisins and cream…instead I got smoke, burnt wood and roast chestnuts. Definiately more like Dian Hong full leaf than the golden tip in flavour. What I saw looked like golden tips (mostly) but it tasted like Lapsang Souchong and Dian Hong. It was nice but not what was expected. Not sure if this got contaminated on their end? It was unopened and still sealed my end and was not near anything open. Very strange.