627 Tasting Notes
Officially on my four-day weekend! Woohoo! And between my Verdant order and my swap with Stephanie, I have lots of new tea to enjoy!
I had this tea to help wake me up this morning. I didn’t want to waste a new tea on my crappy morning taste buds, if you know what I mean! I’m also having allergies, so I’m hoping they won’t mess with my experience.
What’s interesting is that this tea was my favorite last fall when I started getting really into loose leaf, and I still like it, but it’s not wow-ing me. It’s deliciously nutty and raisin-y, but right now I feel like it’s better suited to the fall season. Maybe it’s just that I’ve been drinking more fruity teas lately.
Well, now to new teas. Which shall I try first? Oh, this is going to be a hard decision!!!
Thank you, Stephanie, for this sample! I really wanted to try this one because I love genmaicha, but I was worried about buying a whole bag, based on people’s not-so-great reviews. I was also a little worried about potential smokiness, because I’m not a fan of that. So, I had some last night, and overall, it was just okay. It had the same flavor as marshmallow treat genmaicha, which I like, and there was something else in there, but that something else was just too subtle to pick out. I have to tell you, though, the dry leaf smelled delicious. I definitely got a chocolate aroma from the dry leaf. I just wish there was more flavor. I wonder if there’s a way to tease it out. I steeped it at 175 degrees for 3 minutes. Any suggestions for achieving more flavor? I still have a cup left.
I forgot to post this! I had a lot of tea today! I made this one iced, since it wasn’t that great hot. I had great expectations that this would be good iced, but alas, it was not better. It still is too perfume-y of a pear tea for me. I was actually first surprised by the taste of the black tea, because I haven’t iced any black teas yet at home, so it threw me off, even though I’ve had iced black tea before. The dry leaf is so cute, with it’s little shiny ball sprinkles and petals. Oh well. You know, I think if it had something to round it out, it would be better. Maybe like vanilla or caramel?
This morning was a blueberry morning! I had this tea after I had the stronger black blueberry cream cheese danish by 52teas. :) I decided to steep this one at 185 degrees too, to see if that made a difference. After all, there is green tea in this blend. I think the temperature difference was a good change, in that it seemed creamier, smoother, maybe because the green tea isn’t oversteeped.
In other news, we are battling ants in our house…no specific trail, but they just keep appearing in different places. It’s irritating, and I’m really worried they might find my tea stash! So today, I put all the most important teas in plastic containers. These two were included. :)
Steeped up some of this tea to see if it was better with a lower temperature, using my new variable temperature kettle (man, that was the best purchase ever!), and it wasn’t. Still super floral. The second steep was more nutty and a little buttery, but it’s just so overpoweringly floral. I didn’t make it to a third steep, but it might have been even better. Only thing is, I don’t want to have to wait until the third steep to get the best cup of tea!
I think the only time I’ve ever had a jasmine tea was when I went out for dim sum. It definitely goes well with dim sum. This tea smells heavenly. I enjoyed two steeps of it, the second of which was more enjoyable, since I didn’t oversteep it. It seems to like about a one minute steep. I think this is a tea I would like to have now and then. Would probably be delicious paired with a rice dish. Thanks for the sample, Nina’s Paris!!