1220 Tasting Notes
This is your celebration
Celebrate good times, come on!
Celebrate good times, come on!
Yes that was Kool & The Gang and we are celebrating my 1000th Steeping note! Boy this has come around very quickly, 1000 notes of me mumbling about tea and life stories. Thank you to those who have made it possible. Damn the Oscar music has come on so I am being shown off stage.
And now we are back into the land of tea and Earl Grey. This was surprisingly strong when I opened the tin, the bergamot is absolutely gorgeous. Then I realised it was still sealed in the foil packet, this is one of if not the strongest Earl Grey teas I have had the pleasure of sniffing. What do we want? Strong Earl Grey. When do we want it? Now!
Not only was the scent divine but looking at the leaves and seeing the beautiful autumn tones of a Darjeeling pushed this tea over the edge. So far I am astonished I have not tried this before.
Sampling without sugar but with a splash of milk for my first taste. Plus I have some left over wedding cake on the side that my cousin was kind enough to drop off for my aunty to distribute. Earl grey and wedding cake…sounds like bliss already.
Fragrant, perfumed, strong, clean, waxy, sweet. Some of the words that came to mind as I took my first sip. It is a very strong Earl Grey but it’s not heavy, and the bergamot is somewhat perfumed amongst the floral-esque Darjeeling but at the same time it is waxy, sweet and pure. ie non chemical or artificial. The balance is nice, though both elements are strong you can taste them both, though the bergamot lingers longer in the after taste.
I love Earl Grey and have tried many over the years, including especially imported and expensive blends. Compared to my Earl Grey index this particular one has to be my favourite. I’m not sure if I will be disappointed in the next month or two as the tea is now out of it’s foil packet and though tinned may loose it’s strength (as has happened many times over with various teas) but honestly this Earl Grey is so good I would offer it to Captain Picard.
I’ve been after some more Sobacha after Sil sent me a roasted buckwheat tea sachet last year and it charmed my mouth. I remember it was like drinking liquid peanut butter only light and tasty (since I’m not much of a PB fan). Then on Wednesday I won £5 off Whittington’s Tea Emporium thanks to a contest I had entered, however the voucher code gave me £5 off each tea and free shipping so I made off like a bandit. I got three Postcard Tea tins, one for Sobacha, one for Earl Grey and another for Green Mulberry tea. The total was only £6.75 and they arrived this morning. First call of action – drink Sobacha.
One teaspoon of mix into boiling water. Simple.
Now I have the buckwheat at the bottom of the cup which give it a pebble fish tank look and the liquid is light yellow. Yep there is is in scent, peanuts, roasted peanuts. It tastes gentle yet the after taste is strongly roasted with high wheat and nut flavours. It’s naturally sweet and somewhat buttery. Caffeine free, low fat, peanut butter on toast in a mug. Perfect.
By the way (non tea related) – I got into the swing of writing again so I wrote a poem, though it’s safe to say that I never got the hang of happy endings.
Ps – If you are easily upset then it’s best you don’t read it.
I thought I would have these teabags for a while but they were so great for the morning that I’ve just finished the last of them. For that I’ve put the score up for them a little. Milk and two sugars style with this tea bag works wonders in the morning.
I’m staying at my parents house and it’s just me and two dogs here, I lived here for 8 years while I was younger and even to this day I have a confession…this house scares the s**t out of me. There are constant clicks and bangs around the house which are always worse at night, doors open by themselves upstairs, you hear footsteps on the landing, things move around….seriously! I used to believe in ghosts when I lived here because of everything that happened but when I moved it all stopped, yet when I come back it all starts up again. The dogs stare at the wall with nothing and no one there, creepy as hell! I can’t wait to go home on Monday. Only reason I made it through last night was thanks to my discovery of NyQuil. That stuff is wonderful! You can’t buy it over here but my mum imports gallons of the stuff each year. Never have I had such a peaceful night sleep. Three cheers for NyQuil.
ps. Don’t watch the video if you are easily offended.
I have a 2g sample of this Matcha, it’s in a small, thin envelope which fell to the bottom of one of my tea drawers which is why I have been so late in trying it. I’ve just lost my train of thought, my parents dog Jasper (old gal) is going into the hallway for some biscuits but instead of eating them out there she is bring them into the living room and eating them here, she has been back and forth several times doing this! That makes no sense, yet she seems happy doing it that way.
Once the Matcha has been made it’s a beautiful green colour, not super dark and not light. I checked a colour chart and the name for it is ‘yellow green’. I was hoping for a fancy name. Ok colour aside it blended very well and has a beautiful light, sweet and creamy flavour with only a little astringency. Very delicious…I’m taking large gulps…can’t stop myself. I’m loving Matcha at the moment, got 200g of basic kitchen grade on it’s way from Yunomi.us. Part of my new diet (that I keep trying to get on), instead of taking vitamin pills I’m going to have a cup of Matcha a day and my husband is going to join me. Such a shame I can’t buy more of this one, I would have stock piled like crazy. After the Matcha I already have I’m thinking of trying the starter Matcha from Red Leaf Tea, it’s only $20.99 at the moment and $9.99 for international shipping for 1lb of the stuff (to any Brits that is 453g ish and a total of £18.50 delivered). An unbelievable price, has anyone tried it? Not drinking as much for the flavour as the benefits :)
I tried the crushed Baihao Yinzhen around an hour ago and I’m still thirsty so jumping into this Supreme version so I can note the comparison. So far the leaf itself is highly different, the crushed version was dark yet fluffy where as this Supreme version is nothing pure, perfect silver tips. So by appearance alone it’s easy to see the quality when shown side by side. Scent wise it is pretty much the same ie floral and sweet.
Steeping this in my kyusu (again it’s all I have with me at the moment)
Leaf – 7g
Water – 75C
Steeps – 45 seconds, 30 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 60 seconds (taken from the packaging)
First Steep – 45 seconds
Golden in colour with a sweet floral scent. Flavour is sweet and floral but purer and smoother than that of the crushed version. Also in the after taste is a citrus crispness and a mild peach note.
Second Steep – 30 Seconds
The flower flavour is now more defined and it’s very jasmine like. Sweetness has increased to resemble a mild honey.
Third Steep – 30 seconds
Strange how jasmine like this tea really is, it’s the strongest flavour by far. This steep has a little dryness in the after taste but not nearly has much as the crushed version. Also rather creamy.
Fourth Steep – 45 seconds
Weakening in strength now and the jasmine is also toning down into a more generic flower flavour. It is still sweet though and the dryness still subtle. I can also taste light wood.
Fifth Steep – 60 seconds
Similar to the first steep but with the added woody note carrying on.
I would say that the crushed and supreme versions tasted like different teas, they had similarities (as do most white teas) but on the whole they had completely different flavours. This grade is hands down my favourite, never before have I had something taste so strongly of jasmine that had no actual jasmine in it! Very nice, I may look into getting more of this from somewhere.
I’ve been watching Attack on Titan anime and stuffing my face with fried tofu which has peaked my tea thirst. As I’m at my parents house for the long weekend I’ve brought with me a lot of samples that need using up, this crushed Baihao Yinzhen is one of them. It’s a shame that this company closed down, I found their Dragon Well rather pleasant considering it was cheap.
The leaves are very fluffy and silver with some brown/green leaves and stem pieces mixed in. They are mostly small in size but some of the silver tips are whole. The fluff is a light cream colour and there is so much of it on the side of the packaging. They have a dry mixed floral scent that has little sweetness. Stronger actually than I was expecting.
Steeping this in my Kyusu (as that is all I have with me).
Leaf – 7g
Water – 75C
Steeps – 30 seconds, 45 seconds and 120 seconds (which are stated on the packet)
First steep – 30 seconds
As expected very mild colour, just a slight yellow tinge to the water. It has little flavour but is similar to Bai Mu Dan, it’s sweet and floral but also a little dry. A little stronger than your average silver tips however.
Second Steep – 45 seconds
Much more flavour, it’s even on the verge of being a little astringent at this point. Similar to that of a green tea. It’s very floral at this point yet tastes of no specific flower (at least none that come to my mind) and the dryness has increased. Also on top of the sweet flowers is a light wooden element.
Third Steep – 120 seconds
Tea liquid at this stage is light orange brown. Still very high floral but that touch of astringency has remained, though it is no worse than the previous steep. The dryness however is a little stronger and my mouth is starting to feel like cotton. Still it carried the flavour on well and it has a lot of life left for a white tea.
The dryness I’m going to put down to this being crushed Baihao Yinzhen which is a cheaper form, though it wasn’t terrible I did have to circulate my mouth by the third steep to stop my tongue from drying up. It was stronger than I expected and this resembled a cross between the floralness of a white tea yet with the thickness and astringency of a light green tea. According to Wikipedia Baihao Yinzhen is the most expensive white tea on the market from China. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baihao_Yinzhen
This was a nice white tea and I would certainly try it again in the future, albeit by a different company. Though I do have a Supreme Baihao Yinzhen sample to try from infussion, will try that one in a bit so my comparison is recent.
Why did I not review this sooner? I was sure I did, then when it came to removing it from my cupboard I noticed it had no rating. Well I can write a review now, I’ve had this one a bunch of times and it was absolutely delicious. The watermelon is distinct in flavour and pure, there is no way about it…this is watermelon. I love watermelon. If I could I would marry watermelon and have it’s babies. The Matcha itself works well with the flavour, adding a silky element to it. I used this Matcha as a latte, traditional with water, as an ice cream topping and as a lip gloss scent. It was perfect throughout whatever I tried and I am sad to see this one go, I have maybe three cups worth left which will be finished this weekend I imagine. I need to get some more flavoured Matcha as soon as I get some money.
Thank you Nattie for this tea. I do love a cup of Indian Chai from time to time and this is my after dinner selection. It’s a tea bag so I’m trying it with half boiling water and half steamed milk with a spoon of sweetener. That is how I usually have my Chai.
Whilst steeping the tea smells strongly cinnamon and cardamom. Flavour wise the first sip reveals a nice strong black tea base with thick cinnamon and cardamom flavours which match the scent. Also a little after taste of clove or something similar, it’s almost refreshing/cooling. It’s basic in terms of flavours but not bad at all for a bagged tea.
I could drink this with no problems, as long as it has milk and sugar to my taste then it’s a nice convenient chai.
My second bowl of this Matcha today and I have a feeling it will be all gone over the coming weekend. I’m house/dog sitting for my parents for the long weekend, something I do a few times each year though I’m not complaining as it gives me time to write more reviews.
This Izu Matcha is nice quality, it tastes very silky and mild with only a hint of astringency. Also rather sweet and fresh tasting. A nice light green that steeps into a khaki colour.
I would buy more of this very happily. My husband likes it too, then I told him how good it is for his post workout sessions and he said he’s impressed. Matcha will rule the world one day.
Another tea bag sip down though I have many more to do, I intended to sample them all day but I have an urge to break out my cat kyusu and have some Sencha. For now at least I can have green tea, little compromise.
The tea soup is dark red brown in colour with a sweet fruit scent, berry like but not specific. It is sweet and rather artificial but not too bad.
Flavour is mild yet sweet with a rich berry zing. A little sour but the sweetness counteracts that for the most part and though I can’t taste passionfruit per say it’s at least generically fruity non the less. I can’t taste any green tea at all yet I like that this contains some. It sort of tastes like warm summer berry cordial but not quite as sweet.
It’s an alright tea for a pre bag, I would have it again but wouldn’t buy it in.