279 Tasting Notes
I wanted a green tea this morning, since the hot water dispenser at work doesn’t get quite hot enough for black tea. I grabbed my little sample tin of this. I have only one more spoonful of the dry leaves left after this, so I might polish it off this afternoon. Hooray for reducing the stash! Brewed in my Lock & Lock tea bottle.
Nice and light, but not the best pairing with my oatmeal with bananas. The oatmeal is really obscuring my ability to taste a green tea. Black tea with my oatmeal is a better plan, and since I have steel cut oats in jars ready for the rest of this week’s breakfasts, I guess I’d better just heat water in the microwave the next two days.
I digress… Emerald Needle: Light, dare I say airy? Not too astringent, but that might be the oatmeal talking. I like it, and I know it works well iced. This might need to go on my shopping list, though I might try another company’s version to expand my experience a bit.
I made some vanilla ice cubes from almond milk last week to try a recipe from Pinterest. I tried them with my Adagio Masala Chai, and didn’t like it. Today I tried them with this, Kusmi’s Caramel, and it’s quite good! It’s not cold all the way through, but very enjoyable. This is definitely something to play more with. I’ll be writing up more info about it on my blog, and that will probably be up Monday, if I feel like writing tonight.
After exhausting the Mermaid tea, I needed something else to drink after lunch. Decided that something iced was in order, so I poked around in the drawer and pulled out this sample.
I’d swear I’d logged it before, but it didn’t even show as being in my cupboard. Snort
The leaves definitely smell peachy & sweet. Once brewed it’s mild. Doesn’t kick you in the face, or anything. It’s not something that I am really glad to drink with each sip, but it’s inoffensive for a day at the office.
I think that I need to bring this tin into work – it does really well with the temperature that work’s hot water dispenser spits out, and it was quite good as it cooled, even the batches that sat in the leaves. I drank 3 steepings through the day, discarding the last as it was very weak. But the first 2 were great with the 3rd fading.
I felt like doing something different this morning, so I tossed some of these leaves into my Lock & Lock bottle. Too many leaves! After I brewed my first cup, I pulled some of them out.
I like the light floral scent of this tea. It’s soothing. It doesn’t blow me away like the other tea in this set – Captain Assam – does. There is an aftertaste to it that just doesn’t hit me right, but I think it’s a personal taste foible, not a fault of the tea.
The last time I tried to resteep and drink this through the day, it did not deal well with sitting in its own leaves. This morning I poured it out into a cup, but the second steeping will have to sit in the leaves until I drink the first one, so I am not sure how this is going to go.
Tried to log this the other day and steepster was giving me an error.
Used up my last pouch from the sample I had, so I get to remove it from the cupboard.
Drank it iced. Nothing spectacular. Doesn’t really say Earl Grey to me, and doesn’t say Raspberry either. I won’t bother buying another tin of it.
That’s ok though, I have an empty tin from it from a a few years ago that is pretty, and I use it as a pencil cup at work. I think I just get Zhena teas for the tins!
Oh look, it’s Monday morning. That must mean it’s time for Keemun Rhapsody.
I am not feeling particularly ready to be up and at ’em this morning. Hopefully some tea and oatmeal will assist.
I could use a little more weekend.
I think the water dispenser is not heating as much as usual. It took the tea a long time to steep this morning, and it’s fairly mild. The smokey taste isn’t really as prevalent as usual. It’s still good though.
Drinking it straighted – no sweetener or cream.
Woah. I left this to brew a bit long this morning while I caught up on my email. Still pleasing, but unexpectedly jump-up-and-slap-yo’-mama strong. Not bitter though! A good pairing with my breakfast of steel-cut oatmeal and a hard boiled egg.
I think this is my first cup from my new order of this. It could be that the previous tin was just getting old. I guess I will see with the re-brewing, if it still seems strong. I think I mentioned before, but I tend to rebrew this over the day, let it cool and ice it when at work. It is a very nice no-fuss tea.
Edited to add: Oh! For the first time, I’m getting the chocolate note that the description mentions! Interesting!