1538 Tasting Notes
This tea is listed three times at Steepster. The last time I wrote a tasting note, I left it under this profile, though I now see that there are 25 notes here and 68 at another profile. Anyway…
It’s good! The stench of the dried tea had me a bit worried today. I’ve been storing these stinky little gems in a small clamp canning jar, so it must have intensified the scent on this hot and humid 90F+ day. Fortunately, the barnyard pu-erh-esque odor must be volatile, because upon brewing it disappears, leaving behind only a very enjoyable and rich black tea experience.
The liquor is amber, and the flavor more bready than sweet. Very tasty indeed…
I was craving some more hot green tea, but it was so hot that I opted for this Rishi Citron Green iced. Then it dawned on me: why not see how this tastes hot, before cooling it down?
Turns out that the hot brew is very tasty! This may be the most economical way to drink Rishi, since the iced tea bags pack a generous 10 grams, and they produce a beautiful liter of iced tea plus two nice glasses of hot. The first glass was from the first infusion, but then I resubmerged the bag in another glass of hot water, and I must say that it tastes as good as the first. This suggests that I should try a third, and I shall…
I don’t usually go for flavored green teas, but this one has a very good green tea base and some nice jasmine, in addition to the lemon grass (which fortunately is smooth, not strident here) and citrus oils.
I’m definitely increasing my rating of this tea. I do believe that I prefer it hot!
Flavors: Citrus, Jasmine
It’s hard to believe, but only six months ago, I had never even heard of Lu Shan Yun Wu. Thanks to Teavivre, I made the happy acquaintance of this tea, and now we shall be together for an entire 100 gram bag. I was craving this tea yesterday, and again today! My epiphany of yesterday (it was not possible to write tasting notes because of server problems) was that if Long Jing and Mao Feng mated, their progeny would be adorable little Lu Shan Yun Wu coils!
Seriously, this tea offers the best of both worlds: buttery and silken and chestnutty, but also green and fresh. I let today’s two-glass tetsubin oversteep a bit and determined that a longer steep moves the liquor closer to Mao Feng, while a shorter steep yields a very faint and gentle brew. So glad that I gave this tea a second try a while back, when I had understeeped and underleafed.
The more high-quality, loose-leaf tea I drink, the more I become convinced that brewing parameters are key to the outcome! Provided, of course, that the product is good, which this one certainly is. The dried tea is not only fragrant and fresh but also beautiful to behold.
It is rare for me to reach for the Good Earth functional teas, though a few errant filter bags are still fluttering about in my “maybe I’ll drink this some day” chest. Yesterday evening, however, was such an occasion, as I had prepared a shredded raw yellow squash salad, tasting it along the way as I added: EVOO, True Lemon, diced red onion, fresh parsley leaves, cracked black pepper, white wine vinegar, and finally organic aduki beans. Obviously, this is bound to be a challenging salad for all but the “raw food only” crowd, to which I do not belong.
My tummy began rumbling and I began asking myself such questions as: why did no one ever serve raw squash salad when I was growing up? Yes, there’s probably a reason for that. Some percentage of human beings are probably completely and utterly unable to digest such veggies raw. Could I be a member of that class?
No matter, I brewed up a glass of Tea for Digestion, and shortly thereafter, I was feeling much, much better. I still have a large bowl of the salad in my fridge. Perhaps I should let it marinate a bit longer before trying again. Maybe just a couple forkfuls next time…
In conclusion, this is a functional tea comprising primarily anise seed, fennel seed, and licorice root. It works, but you obviously must like (love?) the taste and scent of licorice, else this blend may exacerbate rather than ameliorate your condition!
Flavors: Anise, Fennel Seed, Licorice
This Milk Oolong from Republic of Tea (new harvest, because the expiration is not until 2016) wins the award for most perfumey dried tea in my cupboard.
It’s really a very luscious scent. I’m not sure that I’d have identified pineapple and cream as the primary olfactory notes, but whatever they are, it’s undeniably delicious and entirely enticing!