16 Tasting Notes
I find myself at a crossroads in that I can not review this tea completely.
Upon tasting this very vegeative tea, my mouth & throat decided to swell up. I’ll be adding this tea along with Kukicha from the Tao of Tea to “Don’t Have List.” Then start a search as to why these two teas are causing this to happen and if there is more out there. hmmm….
I found this tea by accident. I went to Chado in Pasadena, CA for some tea. I was looking at another tea to try and asked smell it but I didn’t like it. The person at Chado suggested this. I ended up saying I know this smell – Cardamom. =)
The tea is very lite and flavorful. Just a touch of sugar does bring out the flavors.
I really enjoy this tea. It is a regular in my tea stash.
This one pack a punch. Reminds me of coffee. It is really strong and over steeping will cause bitterness to show up. Started at 5 mins and worked my way down to 3 mins in an 8 oz cup. I think I like it at 3 min best. I added one cube of sugar but I found that if I don’t stir the tea the sugar sits at the bottom. =/ Then I get a punch of sugar tea at the bottom of the cup.
I was talking to a friend about this tea and said the next time I’m adding some milk in this.
Picked up this tea from WTE June 2010. It is listed in Jane’s Old Tea Companion book but not the New Tea Companion Book.
Another find from the World Tea Expo June 2010. I went by Village Tea’s booth at the closing of the show. I grabbed this tea because I had picked up no white teas during my trip at that point.
It was a busy day at the office so I didn’t keep track of the steeping times but I do know it wasn’t in there longer than need be. I had four 8 oz size servings – with & without sugar. The tea smelled like grass – very soft. Like a few hours after cutting the grass. The first steeping was without sugar. The taste was very soft & smooth. 2nd I added just a touch of Maui Brand Cane Sugar the taste picked up a bit but not enough. 3rd I added one cube of white sugar. Didn’t like the tastes more of bland then anything. 4th I added more of the Maui sugar & was very happy with the taste. Soft sweetness very smooth taste with the little extra sugar I added.
A bonus – I can mark this tea off of my Jane’s List (aka Teas listed in Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson’s book The New Tea Companion book pg 104.)
I also had to laugh at myself as that I had forgotten that Village Tea included tea filter bags with the tea. I ended up using my Finum bags instead. So, I guess this is a note to self for the next steeping use their bags. =)
I’ve been looking to try this tea for sometime since I love Pomegranate. I’m not such a fan of Oolong so I held off. I got lucky when I attended the World Tea Expo Harney had a booth and I was able to get a sample to try. I must say it smell wonderful. I think I smelled it more than I drank it. I liked it but not as much as I enjoyed drinking Paris. I don’t know if it has to do with my not liking Oolongs or not. I have a 2nd packet to try the tea again.
It may also because I have changed the way I brew my tea at work. Rather than drinking from my regular mug I’ve added water to an 8 oz cup and steeped the tea. Will have to give it a 2nd try and compare the two tries. =)
I picked this tea up from SST’s booth at the World Tea Expo 2010. I steeped the tea four times in 8 oz of water. The 1st steeping was for 3 mins and turned out to be too short as that I only tasted the green tea flavors and none of the lemon myrtle or spearmint. 2nd steeping was for 6 mins and the lemon myrtle showed up more this time around. 3rd & 4th times were steeped again at 6 min but one cube of sugar was added. The flavors were more rounded by then and seemed nice. The leaves after the steeping smelled wonderful. I picked the tea more for the spearmint flavor but the lemon myrtle overpowered the spearmint flavor. Overall, I was somewhat happy with this tea.