2196 Tasting Notes
There are too many options for this tea on Steepster, so I picked this one to write a note under.
It’s an EG. It’s not the earliest greyiest of earl greys, but it is one. And I took a sip and made the “yuck” face. But now that I’ve adapted to the thought that I’m drinking an earl grey, it’s not bad. I mean, it’s caffeine. It’s warm. It’s citrusy. Yep, it’s tea.
Thanks to whomever sent this over. MissB? Sil? I am so confused about samples at this point…
Hmm. I think I need to drink my thermoses in the opposite order to what I drank them today. This tea has had all the heat sucked out of it! (I’m gonna blame the terrible stone topped desk…)
But still, at this temp and in a thermos, it’s a really nutty black tea. I’m enjoying it.
Must caffeinate as much as possible, so honestly even if it wasn’t good I’d still drink it. But it is good so I’m happy to caffeinate and will finish this before moving on to coffee. Because I can smell that someone’s brewed a pot.
My last bit of this tea.
Smells so so freaking good. Mapley. Vanilla-y. Yum.
Tastes good too, even though pear isn’t my favourite. But mostly it tastes like maple and cake this evening. It’s absolutely perfect. :)
This tea definitely surprised me, and I’m really glad!
And now that I’ve had this, and am feeling less poorly, I’m gonna feed the cat and run the errands. WHEE.
From Sil. :)
Not bad. Definitely get the cake flavours. And some vanilla. But the strawberry just isn’t quite there. I get a strawberry tea at Blenz (local cafe) that is really strawberry that I really like. And that’s what I hold all strawberry teas up to. Unfortunately, there’s not enough strawberry for me to mark this one as “love” on my spreadsheet. Just a “like”.
These have been airing out for a while now. At one point I opened most of my plastic baggies of shou so they could breathe a little, and I think it’s really paid off.
I know I had this before, because I had a broken crumbly mess in the baggie. This time I took a whole tuo and I’m steeping it in the usual kyusu. ~145ml water fit for the first couple steepings, though I’m sure that will drop as the leaves absorb water and take more space.
This is super tasty! There’s a tiny, almost non-mentionable bit of musty/fermentation flavour. It’s a bit woody, but not like I’m gnawing on a piece of hardwood. A little spice and some dried fruits. Maybe some vanillin, like how old books smell.