445 Tasting Notes
Drank one of these with lunch today, in my eco-mug. I didn’t leave the bag in long, as I’m not over fond of strongly floral tea, but I can still appreciate the delicate scent of jasmine and the light, refreshing green tea base. I’d probably find most things relaxing after a fraught morning on the dreaded reception desk, but this is definetly one of them. Delicate and pleasing — just the thing!
Drank more of this at work today, and worked out in the quiet hour between 5 and 6 that I’ve probably only got about 12 cups worth left to go. I’ll be sad, because I’ve really enjoyed this tea. It’s everything I ever wanted a darjeeling to be, and none of the things I’ve disliked about them in the past. I rsteeped the leaves a couple of times today to try and prolong the amount of time I’ve got left with this tea, and was pleased to find the flavour pretty much unchanged until after the 4th use. Even then, it was eminently drinkable, just lacking a little of the depth of flavour it had previously. A favourite, for sure.
Finished off my packet of these at work today. I enjoyed them enough, given that they’re green tea and not as I remember, but I probably won’t be purchasing again. I’ve actually ordered some Mao Feng from Tea Palace, just to try another variety and to see if my recollection of this tea is at all correct.
At one point during the afternoon, I managed to brew a cup that had a really nice nutty flavour. It’s not something I’ve ever noticed in this tea before, and it was actually really pleasant. Maybe I’m just hopeless at brewing consistently, but it was a nice note to end the packet on.
I bought a large bag of this after trying a sample back in the summer, but it’s languished in my cupboard every since. Finally dug it out yesterday, and tried a couple of cups again. I’d forgotten how much I used to enjoy this as an everyday black tea. It’s not too strong, although it’s strong enough to add milk to if I want to, and it has a citrus note to it that I really enjoy. Almost grapefruit-like. One to take to work this week, I think!
I’m cultivating a cold at the moment, so now isn’t the best time for me to be trying new teas. There’s plenty of this to go around, though, and I know it’ll cheer me up, so I’m going to do it anyway.
I actually ordered this just before christmas, but have only just got around to trying it. On opening the caddy, I can immediately smell a warm, clementine-scented, slightly spicy aroma. I know it’s March now, but it does make me feel surprisingly christmassy. At the same time, it’s very fresh and clean smelling, probably thanks to the orange, so I’m not too sad to have missed the christmas boat and be drinking this in early spring. It’s actually snowing right now, so I guess I’m just splitting hairs really.
Dry, this tea is actually quite pretty. I don’t usually think that about rooibos, but it’s true here. There’s the reddy-brown rooibos, the pieces of orange, and the fine red strands of safflower. It looks really appealing. Brewed, it develops a deep red-brown liquor, and a scent that is earthy and orangey in equal measure. I added milk on this occasion, because I’m hoping it’ll add a slight creaminess. I often find rooibos quite harsh in flavour, so I’m hoping this will soften that aspect and let the orange and cinnamon shine.
The predominant taste here is orange, along with an earthy robustness from the rooibos. I can’t really detect any cinnamon or spice, except perhaps as a very slight warmth in the aftertaste. It seems a little flat, but the orange is very juicy and pleasant. The scent is actually almost like kia-ora, although the taste is, thankfully, closer to fresh clementine.
For a rooibos blend, this isn’t half bad. I was expecting to only really be able to taste the base tea, but the orange here is surprisingly strong. This is one I’m definietly going to enjoy having around for a while yet!
We’ve had a nice, verging on spring-like, couple of days this week, so I decided yesterday morning was as good a time as any for my first iced tea of the year. I say iced, but since I was at work, I didn’t have access to any actual ice. Instead, I did the best I could with our chilled water tap (which really is very cold), and pleanty of patience.
I tried this hot a few days ago, and wasn’t really struck on the flavours. It was a lot sweeter than I was expecting, and not as fruity as the scent led me to imagine. Cold, we get along much better. The darker fruit flavours come through more clearly — hello blackcurrant and elderberry! — and the sweetness, while still there, is complementary rather than overpowering. Yumchaa say this is for icing, and they’re right. I can only imagine this’ll be even better when I have some actual ice, but I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.
My dad loves this tea, so there’s been a box in the house almost constantly for a good few years now. Surprisingly, I have never tried one, or never that I recall. High time to put that right.
The dry leaves smell predominantly of root ginger, with the soft, hay-like sweetness of the lemongrass emerging in the background. There’s quite a kick of ginger — the kind that tickles your nose if you inhale too deeply. The lemongrass pieces look to be chopped — they’re a lot shorter than the leaves in Teapigs’ Pure Lemongrass — but they’re by no means dust. The ginger pieces are also indetifiable, with the overall proportion looking to be about 50:50. Probably just right, then!
I’ve been missing out. Brewed, the lemongrass comes through a lot more in the scent. To taste, it’s a lot sweeter than I was expecting, and quite complex. The lemongrass is the first thing I can detectl sweet, slightly citrusy. Then comes the tingling spiciness of the ginger, which develops into a lingering warmth in the the aftertaste.
This tea claims to be the perfect British summer drink. From what I’ve tasted, I guess it probably could be. It reminds me of lemonade and ginger beer, things I associate with summer, and that are also making me desperate to try this iced. It’s nice hot, but I can just imagine it working even better cold. Definetly one to revisit!
I’ve been drinking this tea at work pretty steadily, but I brought one home so I could give it enough consideration to write a tasting note. I first tried this tea back in 2009, and I think something about it has definetly changed since then. The tea I remember was very vegetal in smell, and produced a pale, distinctly green liquor. It tasted sweet, and very much like fresh cut grass. It was love at first sip, and I’ve judged every green tea against that one since then. It’s been a while, though, since I last tried it, so I was excited to open a fresh 2013 purchased packet. Unfortunately, this isn’t the tea I remember any more.
Although the packet still makes the claim that the liquor will be green, it isn’t. It’s yellow. Definetly. If you over-brew it even slightly, it turns brown. The dry leaves still smell like I remember — very sweet and almost hay-like, but this doesn’t carry through as well to the brewed tea as I feel it used to. The taste is light and vegetal, but it’s not the summer-grass taste I remember so well. It seems to have lost some of its character. It’s still a very fresh, delicate green tea, though, and one I can enjoy drinking almost any time of the day. I’m just disappointed that it’s not as amazing as I remember it used to be. There’s no bitterness or astringency if you’re careful how you brew it, but one false move and it develops a very dry mouthfeel and aftertaste.
It’s palatable, but no longer fabulous. I guess I’ll have to look elsewhere for the Mao Feng of my memory.
This is one of my favourite chamomile teas, and, also, a SIPDOWN! The first thing I notice about it on opening the packet is the strong honeyed scent. It’s almost like opening a jar of fresh honey. Sweet, slightly floral. The chamomile is whole flower, another of my favourite qualities in a chamomile tea. They rehydrate when wet, fill the bag like little golden-yellow beads, and turn the water a bright, sunny yellow.
It may be nice to smell and pretty to look at, but it’s also equally pleasing to taste. Naturally sweet, slightly floral, with an overriding hat-like flavour and a slight green-apple like sharpness to the aftertaste. I tend to leave the bag in all the while I’m drinking this tea, which is maybe slightly heretical, but I find that as it steeps the apple note becomes more predominant and defined, and this is something I can appreciate in such a naturally sweet tea. It adds a pleasing edge, and is a perfect counterpoint, to the otherwise strongly honey-like flavour.
This is a tea I always find genuinely soothing. It’s my post-interview drink of choice, which is why this post is also a sipdown. I’ve had six interviews in the last four weeks, and I’ve been drinking this almost compulsively both before and afterwards. I finally got offered a job on Thursday, so I can leave off this particular tea for a while, but it certainly helped to calm my interview fear which always seems to strike particularly badly.
Calming, uplifting, sunny. Perfect!
I’m drinking this as I type. Thankfully, it’s one I’ve tried before, because I know I’m getting a cold at the moment and my sense of taste is starting to diminish. Anyway, it’s safe to say that I’m not the biggest fan of jasmine tea. I haven’t tried all that many as yet, but something about the perfumeyness of it just doesn’t seem to agree with me. I got a box of this for christmas, though, and it’s not so terrible that I’m not willing to drink it at all. It’ll just never be my favourite.
I may not like the taste of jasmine, but these kind of teas always fascinate me. I love the pearl shape, the colours of the leaves, and the way they unfurl and end up looking like seaweed. This tea is no exception on that front. The pearls are quite dark, brownish-black on the whole, with paler white and green leaves running through them. They’re also slightly fuzzy-looking. I’m feeling patient today, so I let the water cool before adding the bag, and leave it for just about three minutes. As the pearls unfurl, it’s easier to see the leaves are actually predominantly green. The liquor is a light yellow-green, and the scent at this point is strongly floral, very much like fresh jasmine flowers.
To taste, I’m pleased to find that the floral aspect has faded into the background a little. It’s still there, but it’s more a flavour that you taste at the back of your mouth after swallowing than one that hits you in the tastebuds as soon as you take a sip. The green tea itself is very subtle and delicate. There are no strong green flavours here, just a refreshing lightness and then the slight floral. I can imagine this being a really wonderful tea for drinking on a hot summer afternoon, simply because it’s so delicately sweet and light in flavour.
It’s actually more pleasant than I remember finding it initially, but my tastes are changing as time passes and I try more and better teas. I don’t think I’ll ever completely warm up to jasmine, but this was definetly a very pleasant surprise!