157 Tasting Notes
Hmmm, green tea with apricot flavouring and buits of dried honeydew melon. Served quite presumpively with no sugar on the side, so I drank it sugarless, it could have used a touch.
The apricot flavour was great before the water was added but disappeared in the brew. The underlying green was a little bitter, the melon covered it up. Not a bad effort for a silk baggy thing
OK, so this tea is my current obsession – I’m on my way to drop some change off to my son who is minding a small store today.
I’ve packed two japanese tea cups and a cute purple pot, plus my ever-dwindling Pai Mu Tan
We’ll be taking the water at 97% from the espresso machine, but I think the tea is unsuited to an infuser.
I’ll be commented as this Odyssey unfolds!
As foreshadowed in my last post, it’s now 6:31 and I’ve just added 250ml of boiling water to the 2grams of Pai Mu Tan that I brewed at 9 last night, and then re-steeped around 6:10.
6:33 – Leaves are sooo unfurled, just floating around. Swish the pot and they look like sea creatures drifting.
6:35 – Wisps of ginger coloured liquor are spiralling from the buds
6:37 – just went out to my veggie garden and inhaled the scent of growing tomatoes, capsicum and zucchini. Comparing the scent to the tea, but it’s not really the same.
6:49 – Has the scent of a rainforest. And it’s time.
It sparkled like a mountain stream as I poured it. And taste is delicate – like teak and oak and blueberries.
Might be my tea experience of the day!
I had a lovely cup of this exquisite white at 9pm. Drained the leaves, left them overnight and added boiling water at 6am when I arose.
Delightful. Smooth and soft, still has that characteristic gentle woody, fruity palate.
As soon as I finish, I’ll have another go. Think of the antioxidants!
Hmmm, it’s a blend and it’s a bit ordinary. Nevertheless, I have sourced a quality EB and am giving it a go.
So, a quickish steep as it’s getting dark quickly. Turns out there’s PLENTY of flavour.
Firstly, tastes to me like there’s some Kenyan in this. Now, I don’t mind Kenyan Tea per se, I just have a strong opinion that it has no place in an EB.
Additional flavours include some Keemun and some Yunnan, something like a Ceylon OP and a dark Indian tea, perhaps Nighiri.
The fact that they are easy to identify is an indication of what’s wrong with this tea – it has no cohesion. It’s not a blend, it’s a bunch of different teas in a cup.
Whatever cheap tea is the underlying taste, it’s awful. I once heard a tea described as “like chewing tobacco” and I think i’ll break that phrase out here.
Not a great tea. Not even a good tea. But nevertheless, a cut above a teabag!
Even better, second one of the day
Time to take a break, so broke out the gunpowder.
quite a murky liquor, not really that green-looking more an amber.
It’s unusual in that all the pleasant smoky flavour is up front, with a mildly bitter aftertaste. I did make it with boiling water straight from the esperesso machine, might have been a little hot
Fine brew today with honey and via my usual method. I will be filming this method this weekend for the vBlog, along with my layered cherry rooibos latte.
Had six cups of this over the last two days. Rapidly becoming a favourite!
Nice slow steep brings out a mellow flavour. No bitterness.
Frangrant from about 5min steeping. Absolutely recommended to drain the pot as you drink and then resteep about 4 times over the day.
Aftertaste is a gentle lingering sweetness