999 Tasting Notes
Today’s batch of Harney & Sons Pan Asia tasted a bit more floral than I recalled this tea having been. I also noticed that the floral aroma was much stronger at the beginning of the glass than about half way through, so the floral essences must be volatile and wafting off the surface of the hotter but not the cooler tea. Looking forward to the second infusion of my two spent sachets after dinner….
Knowing that this was a sip-down, I was very careful in my preparation of the final small pot of Tealux Gyokuro Ureshinocha. Cooler water, short steep. It’s perfect: smooth and satisfying with no bitterness whatsoever!
Now out of my cupboard but on my wishlist.
Well, I still don’t find this to be a true sencha specimen, but it did taste better today than last time. My thinking now is that this may be a Chinese bancha blend or perhaps a bancha-sencha blend. It’s definitely potable, and I’ll continue to fiddle with the parameters in an effort to find the optimum preparation method for this particular tea.
Perhaps white tea is best brewed from big billowy leaves covered with white fuzz? Somehow filter bag whites, including this flavored blend from Tea Forte, always start tasting indistinguishable from grocery store greens. This is okay, but the ginger is quite light and polite. My preference is for a bolder ginger bite.
Scrounging around the tea which has yet to be packed, I found a cache of Tazo filter bags. I don’t know why these white envelope filter bags are so disappointing to me. Maybe because in most cases they changed the ingredients, so naturally I’m expecting the same tea as the whole leaf, but usually it’s not. It’s not just that the tea inside the filter bag is not whole leaf—the proportions and even the ingredients are different, too.
I don’t recall what the ingredients of the whole leaf Thrive are, but I do know that I prefer it to this blend. It’s not bad, mind you, but it’s just not that good. The green tea and the green yerba mate and the green rooibos are combined with mint and pepper, as in the whole leaf, but somehow the end result is not that flavorful.
I am attempting to finish off my box of Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer tonight. I was unable to finish everything I needed to do for my move this morning at 7am, so now I really need to relax and unwind so that I can cope with the consequences. Que sera, sera.
I am going to stop working for today and go watch an episode of the BBC series Hustle. Anyone who is interested in the wheelings and dealings of con artists would enjoy this show. The grifters are portrayed as totally likeable people—it’s just that they live off other people’s gullibility and greed. In reality, when we encounter such people in the real world, we tend to regard them as low lifes, so the show offers an interesting, almost amoral perspective on the creatures who prey on people naive enough to trust their fellow human beings. Kind of nihilistic, actually.
So, more Tension Tamer is in order.