2163 Tasting Notes
I have had this sample approximately forever. So with wanting to try my new tea cup, but not wanting a puerh, I decided to try this tea. Finally.
Dry, it smells sweet. Honey-sweet-potato, almost. I did a quick pour-through rinse of the leaves. They’re still carby, but there’s a bit of a spice, or pepper note.
Steeped ~ 20 seconds, it smells really floral. But it’s bitter as heck.
Ok, let’s try 5 seconds. (My new cup is the perfect size, BTW. Loving it!) That’s a bit better. Still, it smells quite sweet and floral, with lots of carby notes, but it isn’t really. It’s still bitter, but not undrinkably so. I am using hot water on this, as I’m doing shorter steeps. I would have expected the tea to hold up better for this (my options are 208F or 140F…).
This tea is a miss for me. There is some potential in the carby floral sweet notes, but it doesn’t come through. Oh well.
This is my second try of this tea (6g in 1/2 cup or so of water). And it’s really a “wet wood” type of puerh.
I’m enjoying it more than last time, but again, it’s not my favourite.
Sorry Dex, this one was a miss for me. I’ll need to try the other peacock tea you sent, and see how different it is.
Om nom nom.
So delicious, lemony vanilla today, and with a Russian tea cake! (So not a family recipe, but delicious and highly recommended. If you’re not gluten free, just use buckwheat and regular flour. If you are gluten free, use buckwheat and your favourite premix. Make it easy. Also, weigh the ingredients. That’s very important. http://food52.com/recipes/32290-buckwheat-thumbprint-cookies-with-cherry-preserves I just sprinkled them with loads of icing sugar. YUM.)
Since I’ve been rummaging through my stash in order to give tea away to tea frens, I thought I’d try this one in comparison to the similarly shaped 100g tuo cha I tried yesterday. Was it yesterday?
This one is definitely stronger in flavour. It’s woody. A little spicy I think. Definitely shows a different type of storage, since it’s wet wood.
Not bad. Not super sweet though. I’m still preferring my nuggets!
Yup, this again! I forgot my ~ fancy teas at home this morning, so I am having Work Tea.
This is less strong than the stuff I had last night, I think. Maybe. At the very least, it’s less of a squeaky-teeth tea. I wonder if the differences are legitimate differences of Twinings Canada and UK blending? Or if the differences are all in my head?
Anyways, it’s almost time for lunch, and it’s gloriously sunny outside. I hope I get some fun mossy pictures for Instagram. :)
(2 tea bags for 2 cups or so)
I don’t get any smoke from this. It’s a pretty mild shou, much like one of the other descriptions. A little nutty, a little creamy, a little sweet, a little woody. Definitely no icky wet taste, which I’m really appreciating.
Still prefer the nuggets I have to most shou’s I’ve tried lately. IDK what’s up with that.
Edit: Also salty. That’s very true. Thanks to Morgana for mentioning that in her tasting note. (Her note wasn’t about this tea tho. It’s just a note I feel goes with shou in general.)
This brings me back to my childhood – we always had Red Rose, Twinings Earl Grey, and Peppermint teas in the house. I loved to horrify my father (still do!) by putting milk in this one. :D
So while this is a very furniture-polishy, tooth-squeaky type of tea, it’s also something I love because I used to drink it all the time.
I have a feeling this came from MissB, when she was in London. Thanks so much!