278 Tasting Notes
Just received this in an Upton Ceylon Sampler.
The feel is dark and heavy but watery, too. Odd mix.
The taste is heavy. There’s a trace of malty sweetness at the very tip of my tongue but an acrid dark brown flavor hits the middle-back of my tongue and slides to the undersides of it, too. It has almost a coffee edge to it, really. That same sort of acidity/burnt/chocolate/brown flavor.
I’m on my third mouthful and I’m not too sure I like this at all.
The tea is puzzling. My very first reaction on tasting was “blugh!!”, but then turned into a “ew, I don’t know”, then “it certainly has its merits but I’m not a fan”, then “this is awfully strong/harsh but I could stand another mouthful”, then “maybe this one just really needs sugar” (I am not one to put milk or sugar in teas unless sick… I’m a straight-tea drinker), then “I think it may be good but I don’t like it”, then “I’ve no clue, totally mixed feelings”.
Oh, and there’s a little fishiness in there in the back of the throat I noticed on this taste.
I don’t think I like it, but I do think it’s a quality tea that certainly has its merits, as said. I could see others loving it.
I’m gonna throw in some of the rock sugar a family member gave me a while back. If updating is appropriate after doctoring, will do so lol.
This is really, really strong in flavor… A yellow taste mid-back tongue, very floral rose and pink through the middle of the mouth both tongue and roof of mouth and rolling forward to the tip of the tongue.
Sweet on the very, very tip, too, and just on the inside edges of the lips. There is some blue, like a baby blue, taste inside the mouth against the front bottom teeth.
It pushes a little too far to a perfumey edge in the scent and flavor, so that makes me a bit ambivalent on the tea… But I think the larger list of positives means I like it. But not for an everyday tea… Just once in a while.
Full, round, rolling flavor and texture.
Long, long finish that stays intense.
I’d come over hoping to see others having rated this. To me, it tastes basically nothing like Upton’s description and I wanted to compare to other people’s tasting notes.
Ooop, just took a moment to do some googling and it turns out I’m not alone after all! :)
To me, this tea is quite green, a mix of dark and bright grass colors in flavor… tart almost… the lighter green is along the sides and underneath the tongue, the dark is on the top and back of the tongue with that bitter edge dark greens so often have.
It has a long finish, still of that vegetal taste and feeling along the upper back of the throat and down in it a little. An almost dusky tone comes to the green taste.
It’s satisfying, something I can (and am) drinking a couple big pots of over the past couple of days.
A very good throughout-the-day hot tea but this really doesn’t taste like a white to me as the vegetal flavor is so complete and overwhelming. I actually had to go out and double-check the bag to make sure I hadn’t made the wrong tea!
But pretty yummy, yes.
I got a refurbished one with an extended warranty on Amazon.
It is amazing. I love that it can just heat water or do the brewing, too, depending on which I want. I also chose this model over the presets-only one because I absolutely must have the ability to pick my own temps. This heats the water very quickly and the warming option keeps the temp quite steady.
The steeping function works excellently.
I love the fact that I can set it to make my tea for when I get up. Just awesome.
The brew basket is a very nice size. I make a full pot 1-2 times a day and it gives lots of space for my teas to unfurl.
And it’s pretty.
I was concerned about value vs cost, but this has been so worth it. I love to brew my tea myself in my various pots and cup, so the heat-only functions are the basics I need. And for those many times I want to wake up to my tea already made or just want it made conveniently this is just awesome.
Worth every penny so far and with my 3 year warranty I feel comfortable with its cost.
IMO this tea in no way can be called “gentle” or “delicate”. It is very strong to me for a white, very green.
I mean, to where I wondered if I’d put the wrong tea in and double-checked the bag. I was sure I’d accidentally used a green tea.
Vegetal, a fair amount of bitterness around mid and back tongue. Long finish.
Not particularly “nuanced”, either. It’s a pretty straight-forward and simple tasting tea.
Nope, not at all what I’d hoped for or expected from the description. I won’t be buying again and will likely trade this off.
Back of the throat and tongue green flavor… not quite grassy but light green, not something dark or bitter like asparagus or such. And a sweet tone..
…just thought of it: it taste’s sort of like wood sorrel without it’s acidic bite. Just that sweet green.
It also has that tiny bit of a musty taste that some whites have. In this it is a nice balancing richness.
I don’t think I’d call this a favorite at this point and am not even sure if I’ll buy more after the bag is gone, but I would recommend it and will enjoy having it.
First try of this and I’m not really getting much out of it. It’s rather a bland white, to me.
It does have a faint sweetness in the back of the throat as its finish, but I’m getting no citrus, no floral… It takes like a bland sort of musty white. Not one I’m impressed with. Perhaps future sweepings will bring out more in the flavor or another day of tasting it again. But so far this isn’t a white I’d buy again.
Just got this from a trip to the SoHo Harney & Sons the other day. I asked about getting a green but was really not sure what I wanted at the time… just wanted to try something new of theirs for the sake of something new.
This is a very low-green sort of flavor, to me. As in, a darker taste. The liquor is light, but the taste is heavier, IMO. Spinach or asparagus or such… I can’t pin just what veggie it brings to mind. But yes, a dark, low, slightly (but pleasantly!) almost-bitter green.
Also a lighter color on the tip of the tongue… shading towards yellow in taste. I’d not say it was sweet, but… well, it has a lighter less intense feel. Perhaps as another described it as buttery would work here, but that’s not quite what it gives to me.
Round and medium weighted in the mouth. Feels smooth and slightly rich without pushing all the way into “heavy” territory.
I’m sure I’m not describing this clearly here, but this is a hard one for me to pin down. It’s a good quality green that I can’t assign specifics to, just impressions.
I will say that I really do like it. It’s not a top-favortiest-green for me, but one that I’m very happy to have gotten. I’d definitely recommend it to others! If you are a green lover, grab some of this; even if you don’t love it you’ll be glad you tried it!
Glad to have this one in my pantry. :)
Wait! After-thought! If you tend to like sencha this might be for you. The flavor, to me, is similar to some of the senchas I’ve had from Kyoto Obubu.