337 Tasting Notes
I had two cups of Tension Tamer this evening while watching the first episode of the first season of Hustler. I noticed that the flavor is rather sweet (from the licorice root), but I am still not sure what the number one ingredient, eleuthero, tastes or smells like!
Maybe it does not matter, so long as it helps me sleep tonight!
Today’s brew of Tealux Tenkaichi sencha was gyokuro-esque, and that’s a very good thing! I must have got the preparation parameters just right , because the liquor was iridescent green, and the flavor luscious, with a buttery texture. It really reminded me of some of the gyokuros I’ve tried of late. I feel compelled to increase my rating!
I’ve been slowly making my way through the Teavana Holiday box, and today’s selection is Fig Rose. Right off the bat, the dried blend smelled rather fermented. I’ve noticed this before with the Teavana dried fruit tisanes: they seem to be veering in the direction of spirits!
Upon infusion, Fig Rose happily proves not to taste very much like Everclear punch (as another one of these did), but more like a fruity hibiscus blend with some nutty texture and flavor as well. I do not taste all that much fig or rose, but the overall combination of several fruits works fairly well to make Fig Rose stand out from the usual hibiscus suspects. This is definitely less tart and acidic than the Zingers, for example, so people who do not like that aspect of hibiscus might enjoy this combination.
To prepare this pot, I followed my usual procedure for the Teavana “chunks of edible stuff” blends: I pulverized it to coarse powder in a spice grinder before infusion.
I made a big pot of Tazo Earl Grey Blanc today to help me to survive the arduous first day of moving. I’ve decided to take a staggered approach, moving stuff in waves. Today was small kitchen appliances such as bread machine, ice cream maker, toaster oven, etc. Plus a bunch of seasonal clothing. Naturally I did not move any of my tea-making supplies yet!!!!
Three Bodum glasses of creamy Earl Grey Blanc (with light cream), brewed strong to produce a caramel-colored liquor, was just what I needed! Now I get to move the other 95% of my possessions accumulated over ten years. Eventually I shall finish!
I usually append my second infusion observations at the bottom of the first infusion tasting note, but I feel compelled in this case to honor Tealux Gyokuro Ureshinocha with a separate second infusion tasting note. Why? Because it is totally delicious and better than most first infusions!
I got the brew right this time: short steep using 73C water. The resultant liquor is an exquisite green—the greener the better, in my view—with a bit of the hazy iridescence characteristic of excellent steamed Japanese teas. The taste is superb: smooth and slightly sweet but also steamed green vegetable. Not a trace of bitterness (as I encountered when I oversteeped the first infusion earlier today). Yum.
With a second infusion this excellent, I’ll have to try a third!
Another Adagio black-oolong blend which I find quite nice (I have oolong issues but in combination with black teas I seem to be okay…), Aquarius tastes good with or without cream. To fully appreciate the oolong facet, it’s probably better to skip the cream. To bring out the cocoa and the hazelnut and vanilla flavors, it’s good to use the cream and enjoy this tea as a comfort beverage.
I drank a cup of Aquarius with cream upon my return from running errands in the intolerably cold weather of this seemingly interminable winter. When will this end?
The glass half full is naturally filled with hot tea!
Flavors: Cocoa, Vanilla