1696 Tasting Notes
LOL. Janet’s Special Orange.
Creamy orange julius/creamsicle tea in my mug. I added a lot of cream, and it’s so good. Vanilla, jasmine, orange. :D
Sadly the curry dip I had for my veg has drowned some of my taste buds so I can’t appreciate the tea as much as I usually do.
From Dexter, so I can decide if I want to buy a cake or not. :) Thank you!
I have an online meeting this morning, and a tea setup on my desk. So of course I had to take advantage and try to gongfu a tea while taking minutes. :D
1 quick rinse, because it was pretty compact. Then it rested FOREVER while my fancy kettle boiled.
1 steep, IDK about 5 seconds. Maybe I’ll drink this. Hmm. Oh hey that’s pretty good. I have coffee lingering still, but the tea is pretty sweet. There’s a bit of that musty-fishy smell in this rinse/steep still, but it’s super mild.
2 steep, whoops I got distracted. BLACK TEA. Smells yummy though. Kinda fruity. There’s a bright bitterness at the end of the sip.
3 steep, distracted again. I accidentally mixed 2 and 3 in my milk jug.
4 steep, … I got busy with typing. But I’m drinking all the tea! Yum yum yum.
? ? ? How many steeps did I get? I honestly have no idea. But so far, so good.
(CRACKLES! http://instagram.com/p/yXXRHbR5A9/ )
It’s late enough that I don’t want caffeine, so I’m christening my new eensy easy gaiwan with this tea! 1 tsp tea, ~70ml water (ha!), shorter brews.
It’s delicious. Buttery. Light. Delicate. I’m actually getting a lot of the ginger today, which is showing as a warmth on the tongue.
Perhaps noshing on a gingerbread star while trying this tea wasn’t the best idea. :)
Thank you for the sample, MissB!
It smells fruity. Intensely candy fruity. Mmm. I didn’t look up the steeping instructions, and chose to steep this low and short due to the sencha base – I don’t want seaweed, thank you.
Brewed this way, it’s pretty much FRUIT. There’s a hint of fresh grass and some marine breeze in the background, but mostly fruit. It’s quite lovely.
And (bonus!) it was in a tea bag which made it super easy.
It’s pretty good, but for someone who doesn’t love green teas, it’s a touch lost on me. I guess… really lovely to try, but I wouldn’t purchase it.
I received this sample from Kittenna. Thank you!
First I noticed that the leaves have that “chocolate dirt” scent to them. Uh oh. Thankfully that’s not too apparently once steeped. It’s more sweet potato or roasted squash in flavour. A little malty.
Not bad (actually pretty good) but not flavours that I think I’d find myself craving.
I’ll probably steep this a couple more times today, just to get the most out of the leaves.
Ooo. Lots of honey. LOTS of honey. Some fruitiness, stone fruits mostly I think. Apricots and golden plums. Very rich, as well. Hints of pie crust. :)
I haven’t steeped this tea quite this way before, and I think I like it more now that I’ve used more leaf.
And yes, ANOTHER assam. I’ll probably pack up a resteep of this and some Tiger Assam to bring with me for this afternoon. Now to go finish getting ready!
This assam is a lot more sweet-honey-malt than the last. Practically no bitterness, although I put milk in it again. What can I say, but that I like my teas with milk!
I agree with Sil that it’s juicy. Perhaps a bit of spice lingering at the end of a sniff as well.
I really like this one. In fact, I think my mom would really like it as well so I’m going to save most of the rest of the package for her!
Mmm, this is pretty good. I swear I’ve had it before, but there’s no note from me.
I added some milk, as usual. It’s a little fruity, and bitter. Really strong, even though I only steeped for 2:30.
Still – yay tea! I didn’t have any tea yesterday and that was sad. And now I’m lazing about in my PJs instead of heading to my volunteer gig for the weekend, because my neck is borked and I have a migraine from the muscle spasms. I’ll probably head out for a bit after I’ve been tea’d and fooded. Wearing my, uhh, retro tshirt I won at one of the clubs.