4322 Tasting Notes
A fantastic Pouchong. Sweet and light and crisp. I am now on my third and final cup, which is the combination of infusions five and six.
The first cup (infusions 1 and 2) was very creamy and succulent, reminding me a bit of a milky Oolong but not quite as thick… this is what I enjoy so much about Pouchong, is that it has the lightness of a green tea, with some of the delicious creamy notes of an Oolong. It brings the best of both worlds into one cup.
The second cup (infusions 3 and 4) was a bit more vegetative, offering a flavor that is somewhere between sweet grass and mild steamed vegetables that are lightly seasoned with butter. Sweet and delicious. Not quite as creamy as the first cup, a little more on the savory side this time – a bit like broth. Somewhat sharp floral tones have emerged, but they are subtle. Subtle and yet sharp. Very nice contrast.
The third cup (this cup! Infusions five and six) is slightly more floral than the first two cups were, but the floral tones are not quite as sharp as they were in the second cup. The flavors in this cup seem to be melding together, uniting, becoming smoother. Not nearly as creamy as cup number 1, but, still very enjoyable. In fact, this one might be my favorite of the three cups.
An excellent Pou Chong!
Wow! This is really refreshing! The mint is strong, and that’s behind that wow impact, but, even though it is strong, it doesn’t overpower the lime notes or the hint of cucumber. And amid all these other flavors, the green tea is there, sweet and fresh and slightly buttery. A really tasty flavor combination. The one thing I wish this tea did not have is the stevia, because I personally prefer to decide whether or not to have sweetener added to my tea. I don’t want that decision made for me.
I’m sipping this hot right now, and it’s great. But if I can control myself, I think I might like to let this cool off a bit, because I think that this would be even better as an iced tea.
I’ve had this as a traditional thai iced tea using sweetened condensed milk (AMAZING) as well as coconut milk (tasty). Then I got a little experimental and tried it with some ginger ale instead of milk or coconut milk (quite good!)
I brewed it at double strength so it wouldn’t be weak tasting with the addition of the milk. This is key, I think, because the flavor of the tea is really well pronounced without tasting bitter or overpowering, it marries perfectly with the sweetened condensed milk in particular … this addition makes it taste EXACTLY like a Thai Iced Tea that I’d buy in a restaurant. Better even. I like that I can taste the subtle notes of vanilla and the cardamom and anise. It doesn’t taste overpowered by any of these spices, instead, they accent the flavor of a good, strong black tea.
This is easily the best Thai Iced Tea product that I can make at home. And based upon my experiences with it as an iced tea, I decided to up the rating a bit… I do love Thai Iced tea!
I’ve enjoyed this a couple of times now. I’m really glad that I broke down and ordered this one, as it is OUTSTANDING. Stellar! Amazing!
Here is my full-length review of it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/06/15/golden-fleece-from-verdant-tea/
I came down with a nasty bout of the flu and was out of it for a few days which is why you didn’t see me on here much. I didn’t really even have the strength to make myself a pot of tea, much less sit in front of the computer. And one thing I learned is that I know I’m REALLY sick if I don’t even have the strength to make a pot of tea! Last night, I brewed a pot and it tasted perfect, so I suspect that my taste buds are working fine now though. I’ll have to backlog a few different tea experiences in a bit, but for now, I thought I’d enjoy a cup of Garden Bancha and write about it as I sip it.
This is really quite nice. It starts out really mellow. Almost too mellow, because it got me to question my taste buds ability again. But after a few sips, the tea became more focused, although it is still quite mild.
It has a strong vegetal quality to it in both its flavor and its scent. Earthy. It is light to medium bodied, with a bit of dry astringency toward the tail of the sip. It is a little sweet and a little savory. Very enjoyable.
This is lovely. I brewed it in my gaiwan, using a less-than-boiling temperature (to avoid burning my fingers) and steeping for 1 minute for the first infusion. The result is perfection. The cup is rich and robust and full-flavored, surprisingly so after such a short brew time. There are deliciously sweet caramel-y undertones, as well as a delicious bake-y kind of taste. Would be a good first-thing-in-the-morning tea as well as a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon.
Townshend’s Tea appears to be remodeling their website, because when I went there I could not find this tea … and the website looked quite different from what I remember. I hope that the missing few teas is only a temporary thing, because I don’t see my favorite Pear and Pomegranate tea on there yet.
But this tea is quite nice too. The vanilla is strong. A good tea to represent Mt. Hood which is usually covered in snow, one of our most picturesque views in this area is looking toward Mt. Hood. Some days it appears to be floating.
A nice, pleasant tea. I might like the black tea base to be a little more rounded, perhaps a blend instead of one tea type (I suspect this is a Ceylon because it’s not particularly bold. It’s delicious, but just not as sturdy as some other teas that could have been selected for a base). But it is still quite a nice afternoon tea, and I suspect it also makes a heck of a latte.
I am in the process of brewing some of this (double strength) to drink tomorrow as traditional Thai Iced Tea, but, I decided to try a cup of it hot first (not double strength) to see how I like it hot.
It’s really quite fabulous served hot, too. The black tea is good and strong, which makes me hopeful for the iced tea to come, but I can also taste the spices. The vanilla is soft and creamy. YUM! Can’t wait to try this iced tomorrow!