256 Tasting Notes
I’ve been having some issues with a bit of bitterness the last couple of times I’ve prepared this matcha, which is really weird because I’ve been doing everything exactly the same. When I figure out the issue, I’ll post an update.
By the way, I got a nice tea thermometer for Christmas, so now I can get more accurate temperatures. I thought I had been steeping this at about 180 F, but it turns out it’s more like 170 or 165. So much for Den’s Tea’s method of cooling in 20-degree increments by pouring the water into a cup before adding it to the tea in the bowl I use for matcha. Maybe I need thinner cups or something.
I was given this tea as part of a gift set from Second Cup. The package claims it’s an estate tea, whole-leaf, and packaged in pyramid tea bags. Well, they got the pyramid tea bags right, at least.
The black tea tastes like your average bagged black, and rather than being whole leaf, it looks like someone took whole leaves and crunched them up awfully vigorously. I had a hard time tasting anything other than the black tea base and the cough syrup cherry flavour, although there’s supposed to be orange flavour and some spices. It really wasn’t what I expected from a holiday blend, although maybe cherry lollipops are some people’s idea of the holidays.
If the packaging hadn’t made this tea sound like it was going to be something special, I likely would have rated it higher. Not impressed. :P