3071 Tasting Notes
Another sample from the Here’s Hoping TTB.
I’m probably using the wrong heading for this, as the label says “White Matcha Sample 3”. But I don’t care. There is no entry to match the label, & since this is from Red Leaf, this will be good enough.
I don’t know if this is stale, or what. When I opened it, it smelled like a jar of lipton instant ice tea. I treated it like I treat regular Matcha, whipping it into a foamy cup in my Matcha bowl, & it was terrible, LOL. At least, I didn’t care for it at all. Now I know. ;p
Another darjeeling from the Grab Bag. This one is a 2nd flush, with a richer muskier taste, thicker mouth, less astringency, & it’s rather fruity as well. I now have the hang of Darjeelings, at least as far as the brewing is concerned. I’ve been giving them 190 for about 3 – 4 minutes, & that seems to result in a pretty decent cup of tea.
As this one cools, I’m getting a very bright almost lemony sensation towards the back center of my tongue that lingers after the sip.
I’m starting the day with samplings from the grab bag Tasty Brew added to our BBB Box, so that I can get this box in the mail! This one has a definite apple peel taste, with a bright grapiness around the sides of the tongue. It’s a little on the astringent side, & I’d probably better eat breakfast before I sample any more, LOL, as my stomach doesn’t take well to astringency when empty.
Last night I ate a bunch of Blue Diamond almond & rice crackers. That turns out to be a mistake, as I woke up with a headache & my guts have been hurting all day. I gave up grains (among other things) nearly 2 years ago, & every health issue I had has gone away since then, every ache & pain, etc. So every now I then I think, “I haven’t eaten THAT for awhile. How bad can it really be?”
It’s always a mistake. The worst one was the english muffin I had about 15 months ago. I suffered for that one. Never again.
Oh well…we live, we learn, right?
As soon as Stacy said she was working on this blend, I wanted it. The Irish Breakfast came out so good, I knew I’d love this one too. I drank a cup yesterday evening. I drank a cup today after the gig. I didn’t really think about the various tastes, I just needed to chill out & this tea became my chill out tea. The familiar rich sweetness of Taiwanese Assam, the grounding earthiness of Keemun, & a little brightness too. It’s a tasty brew & I’ll probably be more descriptive in some future post, but for now I’d say it is a very nicely balanced & blended tea, because none of the components stand out on their own, they fit together like a puzzle, creating a smooth,malty & sweet cup.
Last tea before I go home, load up my harp, & go play a one hour gig at a nursing home. I forgot to bring tea to Tony’s last night. Luckily I always have something here, though not much. I still like Tazo Chai. I used to drink it with french vanilla soy creamer & stevia. I also used to drink iced chai latte’s with extra pumps & soymilk at Starbucks. I actually had a pretty bad habit with those a few years back. Now I only have one when I’m at the airport, it’s part of my airport protocol to drink a chai while I’m waiting to board the plane.
Today I"m drinking my Chai with a little stevia to bring out the spices. No soy or almond milk, no creamer. I could put coconut milk kefir in it, but last time I tried that it just didn’t work for me.
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