892 Tasting Notes
I don’t have a huge amount of experience with oolong, and I recall having encountered some in the past which did not agree with me. Out of curiosity, I decided to gamble on the Touch Organic Oolong at TJMAXX because I was pleasantly surprised by their generic China green filter bags.
This light golden brown brew smells remarkably like genmaicha to me. There is a seriously cereal-esque flavor here—popped brown rice, to be more precise! The brew wafts vaguely also of barley tea, which I never really understood and have never been able to drink. But this taste is a lot closer to genmaicha than to barley. Does it taste like oolong? That is the question.
I finished the cup, so clearly this is potable. I’ll probably drink this now and then—whenever I am craving genmaicha but have none on hand. Perhaps I’ll use some of these highly economic bags (five cents each) to take an oolong bath…
update: okay, now I’m getting the weird headache-y feeling which I recall having experienced in the past with some oolong and jasmine teas. Having second thoughts. Not quite to the point of gag reflex, but something has gone wrong here… Probably won’t drink this tea after all.
Is it possible to be allergic to some treatments of oolong????
Another bizarre case where I have found the cup prepared using a filter bag better than the previous pots using loose tea! Probably this is because the filter bags are carefully constructed so that even the most inept tea brewer on the planet cannot mess up.
Delicious and smooth today—with light cream as before. Glad that I have a box of 50 of these filter bags—now 49 and soon to descend…
Another lovely pot of this white tea blend. The fruity flavors really came through today—especially the peach.
The second infusion was very good. The third was a bit weak. I’ll probably stick to two in the future… I’m using a cast iron testubin-type pot and allowing the leaves to fully blossom (not using the mesh basket). I might try the basket next time to see whether my belief (that tea is better infused in a larger volume) has any basis in reality.
The minute I took a sip of Tazo Organic Spicy Ginger, the first words out of my mouth were: “Tastes like Settle.” This was a pleasant surprise, because I’ve been finding pretty vast differences between the newer white-envelope filter bags and the loose leaf teas.
In this case, the filter bag does a pretty good job of offering a quick and easy version of the excellent ginger infusion. The bags smell like piquant ginger and orange oil, with faint wafts of licorice and a mélange of other stuff.
Looking at the box, I found that the current batch of Tazo Organic Spicy Ginger lists exactly the same ingredients as those of Settle (the loose leaf version), and in exactly the same order:
ginger, orange peel, green rooibos, lemon verbena, chamomile, fennel, licorice root, natural flavors, orange essential oil
Clearly Tazo has changed their recipe from the colored-envelope Ginger tea pictured above. A positive change in this case, unlike some of the others (especially Calm and Thrive). This is a good ginger tea, not as good as fresh, and not as good as Settle allowed to infuse for a lengthy period of time (such as overnight!), but it’s one of the better filter bag ginger teas out there.
If you like Settle, you’ll like this. If you like this, you’ll like Settle.
If you dislike Settle, you’ll dislike this. If you dislike this, you’ll dislike Settle.