1703 Tasting Notes
I think that next time I need to have this as a latte. It would make SUCH a good latte.
In other news, my travel tea set has shipped! WOO! Now to wait impatiently for its arrival. (I ordered F.)
I set up a kettle on my desk, so maybe I’ll drink more of the oolongs and puerhs I have that require short steeps and multiple steepings.
This is one of those mandarin oranges, with (I’m pretty sure) ripe puerh in it. I’ve used about 1/4 of the orange and loosely packed tea for a 60ml cup.
1 rinse, steeps for 10-30 seconds.
I much much prefer the ripe stuff to the raw stuff I’ve tried recently. Much prefer.
This is OK. I don’t think it’s fabulous quality now that it’s been sitting in its tissue paper wrapper in my cabinet for (mumbledy) years. It’s not as scary as I thought it was at first, so this is cool.
I haven’t had many “raw” puerh teas, but I think that I don’t care for them.
I’ve done 2 steeps and a rinse, and even though I’m keeping the times shorter (10-30 seconds), there’s a bite to the end of the sip and a weird smokiness to the taste.
TBH, it smells REALLY good. Like wood and a green forest. The dry leaves smell amazing as well. But the bitterness is just not something I ever want in the teas I drink. This is why I prefer lower temperatures for steeping my black teas. Astringency? Fine. Bitterness? Milk, please. But milk would really not go with the foresty cedar mineral flavour of this.
I’ll do a couple more steeps, but I don’t think it will (by my tastebuds) improve.
Yum! My last wee bit of this from CrowKettle.
It’s so good today. Lots of powder in the bottom of the bag, and so the tea is extremely flavourful. I also added a little soy nog to make it even creamier.
I’ll have to do another steep when I get home.
Christmas tea! Loose, in the MOST ADORABLE TIN.
Yes, I admit.
I bought it for the tin.
The tea is OK. A strong Assam, not mellow. Clove and cinnamon flavouring.
Good with milky stuff. (I had to go behind THREE cartons of eggnog to reach it!) Will be picking up my card photos today and packaging up this tea (and another two options for those who don’t looooove cloves or flavoured teas) for the people whose addresses I actually have. I’m sorry swap friends, I didn’t keep everyone’s address.
Happy holidays! (There are a couple people who probably won’t get their cards until January, lol!)
Another tea with… EGGNOG! This evening it’s regular eggnog. But I might have 2 packages of soynog in the fridge as well. Still no almond at the local stores!
Anyways, this is delicious. The plum rooibos is so good anyways, and the added spices from the eggnog just make it so amazing.
It really is plum, too. Baked plum, I think. Reminds me of my mom’s plum cake with the Italian prunes from the tree in the back yard. We’d use plain yeast dough, lay the plums out on the dough, then sprinkle with a small amount of sugar when it came out of the oven. So good. I wish I could do a decent gluten free yeast dough, but I haven’t mastered that yet.