892 Tasting Notes
In tonight’s steep-off chez sherapop, Stash Lemon Ginger is going sniff to sniff, sip to sip against Yogi Lemon Ginger, both in the filter bag format.
First observation: the Stash Lemon Ginger liquor is much darker, almost orange, than the Yogi Lemon Ginger, which is a cloudy yellow color.
Second observation: it might be the safflower in the Stash (not present in the Yogi), but something is muting the ginger in this blend, making it much less spicy and piquant and quite far from a fresh ginger infusion—my reference for excellence in this category.
Stash Lemon Ginger is potable, but nowhere near as likeable as Yogi Lemon Ginger. Yogi wins this round.
This fruit-scented black tea blend from Tazo, Sultry Strawberry, packs a mighty punch of strawberry parfum in the dried form, but the taste of strawberry in the brew is quite light. The tea base is also rather light. I used a hefty 2 tsp for my single glass and the liquor is definitely on the lighter side of amber. The base is apparently a blend of teas from India, but Assam does not appear to be implicated, or if it is there is a lot more of some milder teas.
This is one of those cases where the dried tea builds up great expectations which may be dashed in the brew. In the end, it’s a decent black tea with only a slight fruitiness on top. I drank mine with cream. The flavor of the tea itself is good, but perhaps this would be better named Subtle Strawberry.
I would not recommend this as a fruit tea per se, but it’s fine as a medium-bodied black.
Today’s pot of Fukujyu was a bit more astringent than I remembered the last one being. Still, it was a nice post-lunch sencha. I noticed that the liquor was more golden than green, which makes me wonder whether I may have steeped longer this time than last. I’ll have to check that.
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.