1352 Tasting Notes
My morning tea, chosen to go with my replacement adagio teapot which I didn’t think I would miss but ended up being devastated by it’s destruction.
The raw blend smells thickly of honey but it’s so sweet and thick it also reminds me of manure. Not the nicest smell I’ve had in my kitchen…
Once steeped the blend is a lot less like manure and more like pure honey, though also the rooibos is thickly behind it. In fact the rooibos may be the manure type smell.
Flavour is fairly mild with some sweetness though it doesn’t taste as much like honey as it smells. It does however, taste of rooibos rather strongly. The rooibos dies down to leave the honey flavour on the tongue in the after taste, though over time it becomes dry.
Overall I don’t think this tea is balanced particularly well, the rooibos dominates the honey in flavour and the honey that does remain becomes dry and unpleasant. This from a woman that adores honey and dislikes rooibos. At least I can drink it which says something.
Flavors: Drying, Honey, Rooibos
Oh Wild Bohea tea;
How I adore thee,
Whether tis hot or cold;
You taste like gold,
Pure and sweet;
You’re a real treat.
A short poem for this gem of a tea, for alas I have one serving left to admire. I think I shall keep it for after dinner so that my husband may admire it once more also.
My first review in the new house :) I have a lot to do so this teabag comes in handy for a quick sip down. The bag smelled rather dry and spicy with prominent clove and pepper tones.
It says to leave in boiling water for 5-10 minutes so while I wait I will read the little quote on the teabags tag. ‘Have wisdom in your actions and faith in your merits’. Also gives me time to quickly check the Cyber Monday deals on a few cross stitch websites. Already bought myself a Marilyn Monroe kit and teapot kit.
Once cooled slightly (enough to sip) the flavour is very thick and herbal with a linger spice aftertaste. It tastes almost chemical, there is something in it that is unpleasant, it could be the licorice root as I am not a fan of it at all. Besides the licorice root I can also taste: clove, pepper and cinnamon. They blend together and the licorice taste takes over, very thick and refreshing though plastic like.
Unfortunately it is not pleasant to drink BUT I have a wave of tiredness come over me. My eyes are heavy and I’m yawning all of a sudden. It’s either the tea, my rush around this morning had latent effect or the result of listening to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (which is my favourite album). Or perhaps a combination of all three. So not a great tea but drinkable, though huge warning label if you don’t like licorice.
I’m officially in my new house with this being the first full day here. I’m surrounded by boxes and general clutter while things are being sorted and put away but at least I have my tv box and internet sorted. I did purchase some expensive Pu Erh to have as my ‘New Home Welcome Tea’ but with the mess I just don’t think I could fully appreciate it. So In a few days when I have a proper living room sorted I will get it out. For now I finish off my Strawberry Ooolong, a large 1.5 litre pot is tonight’s tea while I cross stitch a book mark….which is also tea related!
Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and sales weekend. :)
Sorry for the lack of updates, only a few days before I move house so I’m rushing around a-lot at the moment. This was my second cup of tea today and it was just not as pleasant as it sounds. The apricot was mildly sweet and could be mistaken for peach as it was not as sharp/tangy as you would expect with apricot in particular, pair that with a strangely herbal and dry elderflower after taste and you have the basic idea of how this tea tastes.
I poured the last few mouthfuls away, it just felt old and stale though I hadn’t had the bags long. Luckily I only had a sample of them and I can give the others to my husband to leave at work for his friends.
Thank you Angel for this sample.
The blend smells extremely sweet and thickly floral. The sheer fullness of it makes a herbal scent, so sweet that it becomes rather sickly.
Flavour matches the scent rather well, it’s sweet and herbal with thick general floral after taste. It lingers in the mouth and perfumes it sweetly. It is natural tasting but the sweetness and thickness reminds me of straw/hay with manure.
Further steeps bring out a crisp fruitness like sour apple. Considering it’s herbal it doesn’t leave any dryness in the mouth.
Honestly this blend is too sweet for me, I adore rose, don’t mind chamomile nor silver needle but together it’s just too much. I can’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. Not one on my order list.
I know I’ve tried this tea a few times before yet there is no tasting note nor rating. Odd! I can write something for it now while I add a few bits and pieces to my AliExpress cart for the sale tomorrow. I meant to have this tea on Bonfire night though opted for red wine instead, being my husbands and mothers birthday and all.
The leaves smell thickly smoky, wooden and cigar like.
They are thin, fairly long and curly with some having a golden shine.
Flavour is smoky though in a smooth, smoggy way with mature tobacco and leather tones. They are rather clean tasting and leave little to no after taste. Slightly sweet and clay like.
For a Lapsang it’s rather light, sure it’s smoky but not too much. I really like this tea, as a non smoker it has a nice balance, even the re steeps are pleasant.
I’m in the mood for some Sencha, and this one has a beautiful name. It says that it’s ‘Grown on northwest facing slopes near the Wazuka River’. That sounds magical!
The raw leaf has a gentle toasted grass scent with a dry finish.
They are dark green in colour with quite a few light green stem pieces. For the most part they are long and thin with reasonable shine.
Leaf – 4g
Water : Volume – 100ml
Temperature – 80 C
Steep time – 30 seconds
Flavour is sweet and grassy with light floral tones. Subtle strength overall with a minimal dry after taste. Slightly bitter and crisp.
Further steeps bring out a toasted grass quality which matches it’s raw scent. As the sweetness thickens with the astringency it becomes hay like.
I like this one though it doesn’t compare well against my favourite Sencha’s.
It’s Monday afternoon and I have not had a drop of tea, that must be amended. So to match the anime that I have on (which is called Another/アナザー/ Anazā – a horror anime) I chose this Kukicha sample.
The raw tea has a thick sweet grass scent with a dry, perfumed finish.
In appearance this is a mixture of dark green and yellow green long, thin stem pieces that have a high gloss shine.
Tea Leaves 3 grams
Water Amount 100 ml
Water Temperature 82˚C degrees
Steeping Time 45 seconds
Flavour starts off rather mild with buttery grass and spinach tones. It has some sweetness though is more mineral. The after taste becomes perfumed and dry with some umami and astringency that is rather crisp.
Further steeps increase in dryness though lower in all flavour aspects. For me it does not have much re-steep ability left past three. That makes this tea perfect for quick sessions or as an all day style tea.
Flavors: Butter, Drying, Spinach, Sweet, warm grass, Umami
Tea Palace, I have such fond memories of their shop in Covent Garden. I am always reminded of them when I come face to face with one of their teas. To give people a quick low down – I visited London with my husband for our anniversary one year and it was a very nice day trip.
So this Mao Feng, it has some silver tips present though it’s mostly dark green and brown curly leaves with some sticks/stem present. It has a sweet, floral scent.
Once steeped this tea is sweet and thick with dry nut, grass and floral tones. Also is slightly bitter. It’s somewhat perfumed too which comes through stronger on my second bowl.
I like Mao Feng though it’s far from my favourite green tea. I always found it to be dry and perfumed, too much for my personal taste. This is easily drinkable and enjoyable but it will not be a tea that I will purchase. In terms of quality this met average expectations, the leaves post steep have brown/red discolouration with some holes.
Flavors: Drying, Flowers, Grass, Perfume