357 Tasting Notes
Well the Bean took another short nap today, but it was long enough for me to brew up a cup of this one. All I can say is, THANK GOODNESS FOR STEEPSTER! I never would have discovered Verdant, or if I did, it would be in the future and not right now and that’s too far away. This is another really good cup of tea that can be enjoyed absolutely unaltered. To me it tastes like an extra roast toasty laoshan black. I’m diggin it. Big time. On steep #2 and about to take it outside to watch the kids ride bigwheels and tricycles on the driveway and wait for the big kid to get home from school. I can’t wait to try the rest of my Verdant order. If the others are even half as good, I’m in for a treat! Tomorrow I’ll try the chai. That has to be good.
I tried to wait till the kids went down for a nap till I made this again. But the burnt chocolate barley flavor was calling out to me and I made it right after breakfast. I used the western method per many suggestions. Dude, I totally get the hype over this. I almost wish I didn’t so that I could be sole contrarian, but not a chance. This is truly one of a kind. I love the barley flavor. Makes me think of a good Ale. I love that I’m not even tempted to add anything to this. And I add something to nearly all black tea. There’s absolutely nothing that could make this any better. I’m definitely with the crowd on this one.
I got this tea in my very first tea swap from EmilyM. I’m not a huge white tea fan, but the champagne part sounded interesting. I enjoyed this tea enough, but it was a little too perfumey for me. The champagne aftertaste was pretty cool though! Now I need someone to make me a Northwest Pale Ale tea. That would be the ultimate!
At long last I get to try the well loved, almost worshipped, Laoshan Black. My experience with the fancier straight black teas is that I totally miss whatever people say they tasted. Maybe I’ve burnt my tongue too many times on hot tea or more likely pizza, but I don’t have the sophisticated “taster” tongue that many appear to have. Regardless, I was hopeful that I would still enjoy this, even if I couldn’t taste all the chocolate or other flavors so often mentioned.
Well, that was not a problem at all. Holy chocolate! And it’s like a slightly burnt chocolate, in a good way. Yum! I’m not going to rate this yet or even comment much on the flavor as I had a less than ideal first go round with the brewing. My rinse went according to plan. My first steep half spilled all over my hand (ouch). I didn’t want to burn my hand again, so for the second steep, I moved the tea leaves into a strainer that had previously brewed a chai so that flavor still permeated. Finally, I moved the leaves to a simple clear brewer that you drain out the bottom. At that moment, the little Bean woke up from her nap so any kind of short steeps were out of the question. So from then on I just poured some hot water into the brewer, watched it for a minute or two and then drained it into my mug and continue to chase the little creature. No real rhyme or reason to it. All the steeps (even the one that I forgot) were really yummy except for the one that still had the chai flavor. Tomorrow I hope to try again. And I hope the Bean stays asleep a little longer this time. Nap time is sacred. She’s been skimping on me lately.
Another one of my teas that I tried early on and didn’t much care for. I thought I didn’t like oolong, but this is the 2nd oolong that I’ve had in the last couple days and I think I’ve definitely developed a taste for it. This one has a great vanilla flavor in the first steep, a buttery cream flavor in the second, the last one has lost the buttery-ness, but it’s still pretty good. I’m glad I’m trying out the oolongs again. I’m really enjoying them!
After my good experience trying the Milk Oolong again after many months I thought I’d try another tea that I had tasted early on in my teaventure that I hadn’t enjoyed much, but was highly reviewed. I didn’t enjoy this one much then and I’m disappointed to say I didn’t enjoy it much now either, so I guess I haven’t evolved that much. ;-)
I had this back when I was sick last week and had lost my ability to taste anything. It was ok, but not great. I wanted to give this fair shot so I tried it again this afternoon. It was pretty good. Nice smooth caramel flavor. But I didn’t taste the burnt sugar I want from creme brulee. Its definitely good caramel tea. But I won’t be re-ordering as I prefer the salted caramel from david’s.
I love cinnamon. And good cinnamon teas. This tea has a strange cinnamon smell. Doesn’t do it for me, in fact, really turns me off. I tried to drink a few sips, but it wasn’t worth it with all the other yummy teas I have to choose from. I didn’t dump it though. My mom was coming over to watch the kids so I can get some stuff done and I saved it for her. Her first comment, “This smells great.” So as always, to each their own!
After my good experience with the potato pancake and applesauce earlier this evening, I was in the mood to try another fun, one of kind, tea. I got this as a free sample with my order and I wish I hadn’t. I wish I’d ordered a larger bag! I was born with the cilantro gene, so it’s not too surprising that I like this, but I don’t particularly like pineapple so I was a little apprehensive. I don’t really taste the pineapple, just a hint of something sweet or fruity, and then it finishes with the creamy cilantro flavor. Yum! I wish I had a bigger bag, this cup is disappearing quickly!
This is a fun tea. In the description she suggests adding salt to bring out the potato flavor or sugar to bring out the apple. So I made a pot and poured it into 3 smaller cups. Added a slight bit of rock sugar to one, slight bit of fleur de sel to one, and left one alone. I tasted the plain one and was really intrigued, but wanted it either saltier or sweeter. So I tried the salted one, loved the potato flavor but wanted to still taste the apple, which kind of went away. Tried the sweetened one. Good, but was missing the potato. So… I took all 3 cups mixed them all together. Both sugar and salt in the mix. I like it the best. I’m not sure how often I’ll have this, but I can see craving this every so often.