1067 Tasting Notes
6oz Teapot (180ml)
Tea Leaves – 5g
Water Temp – 60˚C and 90˚C
Four Steeps – 45s per steep
The Yunomi club sent me this sample with instructions to taste the first and third steep at 60˚C so I can experience the full (umami) of the tea.
“Umami, or savoriness, is one of the five basic tastes (together with sweet, sour, bitter and salty)”.- On Yunomi website.
Getting my umami on sounds like fun so I shall follow said instructions. The leaves are such a beautiful dark green colour and are very reflective and shiny. They look like tiny needles in various lengths. It has a sweet, floral yet toasty scent. I think it may be the sweetest Sencha I have ever sniffed, but it’s just such a beautiful fragrance. This is one of those times I wish smell-o-vision was invented.
First Steep – 45s – 60˚C
Very subtle in flavour (as expected) but what is present is an amazing sweetness that is floral, grassy and yet tastes candied in a perfume sort of way. I know that may not make much sense but I believe this to be no ordinary Sencha. When I say sweet I mean honey sweet. Perhaps this is considered as a rinse? But why waste good tea when you can drink the rinse.
Second Steep – 45s – 90˚C
The increase in water temperature has clouded the water some. Also the raw leaves are stripped of some colour and are now lighter green. Flavour is still very sweet but much thicker than previously and with a little astringency. Floral, mineral, grassy and perfumed.
Third Steep – 45s – 60˚C
Remains cloudy. Increasing in sweetness once again without any astringency or thick mineral tastes. It is a touch dry in the after taste now which is mostly from the perfumed element.
Fourth Steep – 45s – 90˚C
I can taste that the end of this tea is present, it is now the mellowest of all four steeps and only bares a grassy sweetness.
Yunomi has mentioned eating green tea leaves before so I had a go with this tea since it was so very sweet. My first reaction was to expect it to be bitter but I found it no different than eating a piece of fresh spinach leaf. It would be great in a salad, or perhaps served next to some rice and beancurd.
I dare say that this is the best sencha that I have ever tried. It was amazing from start to finish in each aspect (quality, scent, flavour, experience). This has been added to my must buy list from Yunomi. Simply amazing!
Gongfu Teapot – 8oz
Water Temp – 80ºC
Steeps – 1m,2m,3m
Raw leaves are long, thin and crisp with a sweet, grassy and perfumed scent.
Steep 1 – 1m
Light, sweet, floral, grassy, dry
Delicate and refreshing, sweeter than expected and also left a fresh but dry hay after taste.
Steep 2 – 2m
As the strength has increased the sweetness has decreased though is still present. A touch astringent. It’s much more floral and mineral now but still with minimal dryness. Also picking up fresh spinach.
Steep 3 -3m
Buttery and mild once again but keeping it’s floral sweetness and touch of a dry, perfumed after taste. Very fresh and mellow.
I enjoyed this Long Jing more than I thought I would. While I love green tea Long Jing is usually too dry and perfumed for my taste and has suffered a bed reputation with me for a while. I don’t know if it’s purely down to quality but simply some Long Jing I like and others I hate. This one I like.
This tea is hugely full bodied and robust with hints of smoke, damp soil, malt and wood. It can be astringent without milk but it can also be pleasurable plain, my husband likes it strong and black yet he usually adds milk to his hot drinks.
The loose tea itself is somewhat fine and powdery which I believe helps increase it’s strength but it may take a few steeps before you find your desired strength.
All in all it’s a splendid British brew.
Not only does my stomach need some comforting but so does my head, ever since I woke up this morning I have felt blurry and very groggy. It’s been constant all day probably caused by staying up very late.
I have been craving peppermint since the realisation of how soon Christmas is hit my mind. I always think of gingerbread men, candy canes, chocolate and nuts. I went through a ginger patch and now this is my candy cane phase.
This tea smells delicious, the peppermint is sweet, refreshing, thick and pure. Sometimes teas with only one ingredient are all that you need, it makes a nice change to drink something so simple.
The flavour is not quite as thick as the scent which will make it easy for my stomach to cope with when my IBS flares up. The leaves taste quite fresh and very natural/pure which gives it a nice sweetness and refreshing/cooling tingle. Being Organic makes all the difference.
Today has turned out to be a 52Teas honeybush blend day. It just turned out that I had a few one or two cup samples of their honeybush blends and since I splurged excessively this Black Friday I need to clear a lot of space in my cupboard. Samples are one easy way to shift a few things, realistically I need to keep drinking as much as I can.
Which brings me to an idea I was thinking of for my friends and followers only, since I have so much tea I would like to gift away three packages of random samples to people. All you have to do is message me via this post to claim one package and I will sort things out. It’s first come first serve and I’m happy to ship internationally.
Back on topic of the tea. Once steeped it has a creamy cocoa scent with a soft hint of strawberry. Enough to actually smell like Neapolitan though.
Flavour matches the scent nicely, it’s like creamy cocoa with something sweet and fruity (in this case strawberry) lurking around the after taste. For such a long steep it’s only medium strength and has no honeybush characteristics ie no sour tang or medicinal taste.
It’s nice but I have a feeling if I want the flavours pop just that little bit more it needs some sugar.
Holy Moly that is much better. It’s twice as creamy and the strawberry stands out more now it’s sweeter, but at the same time the cocoa is still very much present. It’s very Neapolitan, I can see why this is such a big hit. I think this is one of my new favourite 52Teas honeybush blends. Certainly the best I have tried today. :) If I get more I will try it iced.
Another sample to clear from my cupboard. I forgot that my husband has poker tonight with his work friends so that leaves me home alone for the night. Decided to treat myself to a take away of a vegetarian fish burger, they have come a long way with the vegetarian and vegan fish alternatives in recent years. I remember 10 years ago trying a vegetarian fish cake was like licking a fishy ash try (seriously). Now they have it down to a fine art and while I prefer to stay away from things that look like meat I must admit I do miss fish and seafood. It’s been roughly 14 years now though since I stopped eating meat and 11 years since I stopped eating fish and seafood. I will allow myself this one naughty but not really treat.
Anyway tea…I do ramble on sometimes ..could be because I’ve been on my own all day minus the 45 minutes my husband came home to change and grab a coffee before leaving.
I love lemon and this promises to be a lemon-stravaganza of a blend. It’s still steeping but it smells so very lemony and medicinal, like lemsip flu drink.
Fully steeped and it still smells like lemsip but also with added lemon rind as it’s sort of waxy.
Flavour is well..lemony. Not as strong as expected but I can note in particular the lemon rind and lemon verbena in particular, they give it a sweet, waxy yet light and buttery sort of effect. After further sipping I can also pick out the lemongrass. The honeybush is very well hidden behind so many different layers of lemon, had I not known I would not have guessed.
It’s nice but I just can’t shake off the medicinal factor and it’s off putting. Perhaps this would be better suited as an iced tea? I will not get to find out as I only had one sample.
Thank you QueenOfTarts for this sample.
I have plucked up the courage to try this tea tonight before my husband gets home. It’s something I have considered trying even before I received a bag of it, I’m more savoury than sweet. But the idea of a cabbage and beetroot tea sounds….well disgusting and criminal.
The teabag smelled like dry cabbage soup mix, it was thick, sour and generally vegetal. It says to place the tea in 10oz (which is roughly 284ml) of boiling water and cover while it steeps for a minimum of 10 minutes. It also states that you can leave the bag in while you drink if you would like it stronger. So far I’m thinking EEEKKK!
The tea soup is now steeped and has turned dark beetroot red in colour. It has a closes eyes smelly sock odour mixed with old stale cabbage.
Well here goes nothing….
Pulls many different faces
Well at least it’s lighter in flavour than it is in scent. The cabbage and beetroot are both firmly present and are of equal strength but there is also a herbal after taste that I am unsure of. It lists mustard seed and coriander and it sort of does taste like dried coriander seeds but I’m not detecting anything mustard like at all.
Alright picture this…
You have steamed some cabbage leaves and have drained the water into a separate container. Then you add dry coriander seeds and shred small pieces of beetroot into this leftover cabbage water and bring to the boil for 10 minutes before serving. If that has you feeling hungry then perhaps this is the tea for you. If you are turning green and feel queezy then you may wish to stay clear of this one.
As for me it’s an experience and I’m thankful to have tried it but this particular flavour is not for me. While I love cabbage (I would eat it everyday if my IBS would let me) I am not overly keen on beetroot of any form. This is a no from me but as an additional note my kitten Sooty is might curious about it’s smell and he keeps charging in for quick sniffs.
Thank you QueenOfTarts for this tea.
In raw form is has a nice fiery ginger scent which for the time being masks over the pumpkin. However there is also a very thick Honeybush scent which I find to be unique in terms of what it actually smells like. Sort of…chicory meets Rooibos and root beer.
In flavour the pumpkin has increased in comparison to it’s missing performance in the scent. The ginger is behind the pumpkin in strength and leaves a gentle burn in the after taste. The Honeybush is very strong in flavour too so I can see this being a hit and miss blend.
I’m having trouble deciding what I make of it…the pumpkin is nice and the ginger is good and I like Honeybush but do they all belong together?
My questioning made me add a spoon of sugar to see if it smooths out the balance in the blend. Well it is better now for the most part. The sugar has brightened the pumpkin and lightened it so it’s not as dominant. As for the ginger it is still noticeable but not half the strength that it was, it no longer has that burn but now a mere warmth. As for the cheesecake I suppose with the sugar you could say it has that sort of sour and smooth cheesecake filling flavour but at the same time I feel I may be reaching. Also the cinnamon is stronger now.
Overall I prefer it with sugar but am still not sure what to think about it on the whole. Perhaps over time I will make my mind up. For now I at least like it and will score it as such but will make sure to adjust it appropriately.
I cannot recall how I received two bags of this tea but I imagine it was through one swap or another. This will be my last cup before retreating for the night to carry on reading Mad Mouse by Chris Grabenstein.
It smells sweet with strong licorice and cinnamon essences.
Flavour wise this is thickly licorice and it leaves that refreshing feeling in my mouth as I sip. The anise is also rather strong mixed with the cinnamon and in the after taste the Rooibos is noticeable. It’s an unusual blend and I don’t think I’m going to be able to finish this cup. My husband is also not a fan.