322 Tasting Notes
Hmmm, I was hoping I’d like this for an after yoga, non-caffeinated drink. But no, not really. I think I’d rather have a decaf green over this. I’ll keep searching though.
Minty, not tasting the apple or the licorice. I might try it with a sweetener next time, and it might be nice iced for an after run drink.
Backlog from the night before last.
Decent basic green tea. This was a sample bag I got with one of my previous orders from Kusmi. I am pretty low on good green teas in my stockpile, so this might be a candidate for a future order. Goes well with sushi. I think it would go well with some peppermint, so I’d like to try their Moroccan as well.
I got a teabag of this as a sample with the Kusmi order I received in the mail yesterday. I thought at first “Yay, chocolate!” but after brewing and adding in a packet of splenda and some half & half, it seems pretty watered down. The black tea didn’t have enough umph to make a good cup. It’s almost like perhaps I got an old teabag, or someone swapped it out for leaves from a grocery store teabag.
I expect way more quality out of Kusmi, so I am surprised. Definitely won’t order more.
I think this is the tea I have – the label on my sample says "Mt. Banzhang Farmer’s Cooperative ’03 Sheng.
Brewed it in my gaiwan, in my typical clumsy fashion. It seems like I always try to do a gaiwan brewing when I have other stuff going on and I’m constantly interrupted.
This is nicely smokey – not overwhelming like the lapsang souchong I tried a couple weeks ago.
And man… it goes good with the marshmallow filled chocolate easter bunny that I just bit the head off of :D
Been drinking the same ol’ same ol’ for the last few weeks, so I haven’t logged. I will do an order soon since I have almost demolished my Prince Vlad and my decaf Earl Grey.
Time to scout for some new things to try :)
This morning I had a Prince Vlad to start my day off, which is never a bad way to start the day. I really need to get a milk frother for work. Also tempted to bring in some match for an afternoon boost. I always get sleepy after lunch, and maybe that would help combat that. Anyone do match at work? A frother would probably work for the whisk on that, as well as kill two birds with one stone.
Had a cup of this on Friday at a Barnes & Noble cafe. It was pretty good, despite their using screamingly hot water to brew it. I at my entire lunch before it seemed cool enough to sip.
Once it cooled, it seemed pretty nice. I would definitely like to try it again, and they were selling tins of the the sachets, but while H&S tins are cute, I don’t have that much room left in my tea cupboard for a bulky tin! I’d also like to try some plain oolongs. So I might have to shop online for some samples.
Another sample size from my last Adagio order.
Once in awhile, I read “bodice ripper” romances – you know the ones – set in Victorian or earlier times, where the dashing hero is a pirate or a spy. Lapsang Souchong often gets mentioned as a very masculine tea. I can see why.
I opened the packet, and the smokey smell nearly leaped out and assaulted me. I gave hubby a sniff too: “It’s like a campfire, the morning after it burns out. And they used an entire pine tree.”
I brewed it up and made it as a latte with Splenda and half & half. Sippped away. The smoke smell is soooo strong! But it’s good! I would not want to drink this daily, but it’s really interesting drink!
I definitely want to try some other Lapsang Souchongs and compare them.
I received a sample of this with some gaiwans that I ordered last year. I decided to give it a whirl this afternoon.
I opened the packet and gave it a sniff. Initially, it honestly didn’t smell that good – it reminded me of a wet cat. I gave the leaves a quick rinse with hot water in a gaiwan, then moved them to my Adagio ingenuiTea to steep. The wet leaves didn’t smell great to me either, but I continued on.
I whipped some splenda and half & half in a cup and dispensed the tea into my cup.
I took a hesitant sip. Light, smokey… it smelled fine now, and didn’t taste bad either. I added more water to the leaves and will try a second steep plain.
My current cup is pretty good – I think it’s a decent tea, but it’s not something I feel compelled for find more of. I definitely would not refuse a cup of it, if offered one, though.
I ordered a new round of samples and refilled my Black Dragon pearls. They arrived today, and I chose this tea to sample first.
Yum! It’s like desert in a cup! It really does taste like sweet potato pie, without the crust. I generally don’t like the crust that much, so that’s ok!