594 Tasting Notes
So this is the third Yunnan black tea that I’ve had today and the only one that has tasted even remotely right. Smooth and slightly peppery with slight malty notes but not a lot. After experiencing more black teas (this was one of the first from Adagio I had, one of the first plain black loose leaf teas that I’d ever had), I’m finding it lighter than I previously thought it was. There’s still something not quite right with my tastebuds because something is coming across as sour, especially in the aftertaste, of everything I’ve consumed today, including the croissant I had earlier. Something’s wrong with my sense of smell too, the van I rode home in smelled of urine and if that had been at all correct, I think someone else would have mentioned it, so I think it was just me. Hopefully this will reset after I brush my teeth and go to bed tonight because I’ll be very unhappy if it lingers. And yay, my ‘y’ key is working again!
This one has that flavour again, like the Yunnan Imperial from LIT that I had this morning. That…muscatel? flavour I think it’s called, like with Darjeelings that I really don’t like. I can’t say I’m enjoying this tea much at all. I don’t know what’s up with these because they don’t taste like Yunnan teas at all to me.
Drinking this frequently to get rid of it….so I can order more in the robust flavouring! Devious I know, trying to free up the tin before the end of April so I don’t have to buy too too many new tins. I still have..I dunno, like 8 unopened matcha foil packets in the freezer from Red Leaf Tea, including a caramel one and a chocolate one (both in green tea, I’ve got them opened in black matcha). So much matcha! So tasty! And I have to thank the people of Steepster and RLT for bringing about this new obsession.
Well, I’m actually surprised this is a Yunnan because it almost tastes like a Darjeeling to me, it has that faint sour grapey-ness to it that I really don’t like in Darjeelings. It’s very malty as well. Not much cocoa at all or pepper notes that I usually expect from a Yunnan black.
Decided to wile away my evening with some matcha, black matcha because that’s what I have on tap at home, all my unpacked green matchas are at work.
Put in about twice as much matcha in this as usual, as an experiment. A bit more sugar than usual too, though it’s hard to tell when I’m just using a normal spoon to scoop it. It’s not bad, but I think I like it better with the usual amount of matcha in it, about 2/3 tsp, or since I have a little ‘perfect matcha spoon’ here a rounded one of those. It’s not bad though, just not perfect.
Made a milk latte out of this. Totally forgot to put sugar in it this time. I’m not sure if the cinnamon is less strong today or if it’s just overwhelmed by the slight burny sensation my tongue has after I ate dinner. Freezer pizza was a bit too spicy, despite not having any spicy ingredients. I don’t really want to drink through the rest of this. Swap?
Craving a soda so badly but there is none in the house and I’m not going to the grocery store to get one so made a pot of this instead. First cup I put a bit too much sugar in and it overwhelmed some of the flavours with sweetness. Second cup with less sugar and it tastes much like my previous tasting note indicates.
Now to go try to figure out what I lost when all my browser tabs closed without my permission.
Have you ever had a situation where you like something so you order a lot of it and then because you have a lot of it, the thought of drinking so much of it makes you not want to drink any? Or maybe it’s just me. My brain isn’t making any sense right now.
Anyway, made a champagne matcha latte, have enough of this to get through that I really should be making one on a more regular basis, at least on par with how often I have the creme brulee matcha. We’ll see.