431 Tasting Notes
I got a sample from Liquid Proust and it was hard to read what was written on the sample . I think it’s Fukuyu Sencha from ESP Emporium. I couldn’t find that tea listed here so I didn’t bother setting it up.
Had this one at work and just brewed up western style. Oh, wow, was it ever good. It tasted fruity. Really fruity and sweet. I really want more of this green tea. Soooo good!
Flavors: Fruity, Sweet
I found this one at Loblaws tonight. There were some Dragonwell teas too but just grabbed this one for now. It’s a loose tea (no teabags! Yay!) but they include some teabags with the box that you can fill (made from unbleached paper).
I’m really enjoying this tea. It’s hard to find a rooibos that doesn’t have a bunch of artificial flavouring added to it. This one does have a bit of that vanilla madacasgar taste to it. Now they called the cocoa nibs Madagascar which doesn’t make sense to me. I really don’t get much cocoa from this tea . I do pick up a faint mint and there’s something about it that has probably come from the aging in the barrel. I can’t quite describe it . Maybe it has absorbed some of the oak .
Overall a great tea!
Flavors: Mint, Vanilla
This was one of those teas on my wish list. Thanks Liquid Proust for adding it in.
I had this one yesterday and should have kept notes. I know I enjoyed it but wasn’t wowed by it. I found the bergamot was done nicely, not overpowering. It was quite mild as was the jasmine. I think I might need to have this tea again to really get a feel of it. I’m glad there was enough for two cups so I’ve still got enough left.
Wow! What an amazing Jasmine tea. Thanks Liquid Proust for adding a sample in our swap.
I brewed this gongfu. Currently am on steep 3 – or is it 4? I lost track. It’s soooo good. I have always loved a good jasmine green with a fairly strong floral taste and aroma. The one I used to enjoy years ago (way before I got into fine teas) had an artificial flavor to make it that strong. Trying many different jasmine teas over the years I came to the conclusion that infusing the tea naturally with the flowers could just not give such a strong jasmine scent and flavor to it. Well I was wrong.
This tea is jasmine and a bit buttery. Very delicate but at the same time very strong. I’m surprised this is listed as a green tea. When I checked it out on Capital Teas website it is made with first flush peony silver needles. Sounds like a white tea to me. It is tied in such delicate bows. I can imagine that definitely adds to it’s high price because of the labour to make those little bows.
I just can’t help it but would love more of this tea. It would be nice to stock a tiny tiny amount of the bows but to find this tea without the bows to have more often. I wonder if Capital Teas has it without the bows?
Flavors: Butter, Jasmine
I took a sample of this from the GCTTB and was saving it for when I got a day that was a bit more relaxed. Life has been so hectic lately.
I think this sample was put in by Sil. Thanks Sil. I was pretty excited to try this tea.
I brewed for 10 min at 205F. Added just a little almond milk and a tiny bit of sweetner. It’s like having a cup of hot chocolate. Very nice! I can also pick up a bit of vanilla in there. Really enjoy this tea and might consider ordering if they have a good sale on in the future.
Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla
I had a sample of this The Finest Brew sent me some time ago. I couldn’t find brewing instructions on their website and I couldn’t remember exactly how I brewed the last moonlight tea I have. So I started at 190F and brewed a few seconds.
It was good. Smooth and sweet. No bitterness. Had a bit of that hay taste that I get off of white but was strong and full bodied with a bit of malty flavour. There’s a bit of fruitiness in there too.I messed up the brewing infustions after the first one and left it a minute or so. It was even better. Sweeter and more flavor.
This one kind of reminded me of the one I got from the Ebay seller Goshopstreet. Both are great moonlight teas.
Flavors: Fruity, Hay, Malt
Picked this up at the local Asian supermarket. I am having tea buying withdrawal symptoms since it’s taking since April for my Yunnan Sourcing order to come! lol
I love buckwheat tea so I thought why not give barley tea a try? It came in this HUGE 2 lb bag for $3.99. If I didn’t like it I wasn’t out a lot of money.
On the bag it said to add 2 tbsps. to 2 litres of water and boil for 20 min. I checked out some other reviews and other people had used more tea and about the same amount of water. I just put what looked like 2 litres in a pot, not really measuring. Then added 3 tbsps. and boiled for 20 min.
Mmmm, it was nice and comforting toasty . It doesn’t taste like buckwheat. Definitely has it’s own flavor but it’s toasty with that grain flavor. Hot, this makes a soothing, warming herbal drink in the colder days. I still enjoyed it now and took the rest to put in the fridge to have as iced. It’s supposed to be pretty good cold too.
Flavors: Roasted, Roasted Barley, Toast
Enjoying this tea this morning. I find a lot of Japanese teas are so over the top that they make nice occasional teas but not everyday teas. At least that’s my experience on tasting some. I realize there are plenty of everyday senchas out there.
This one has a delicious green bean, mossy green & sweet flavor without being over the top. It still borders on decadent because it’s soooo good but I could it enjoy it more often.
I would definitely consider adding this one to my next Yunomi order.
Flavors: Green Beans, Moss, Sweet
I had this tea today at work. Just brewed Western style. The smell of the dry leaves smelled so much like chocolate!
I wasn’t even sure of the temperature I was using but I know it wasn’t boiling.
This tea didn’t taste quite as chocolatey as it smelled at first. The chocolate notes were still there along with a roast flavor. As it cooled down the chocolate notes became stronger .
So this tea makes me think of chocolate genmaicha! There this roasted flavor coupled with chocolate. That’s all I could think of was chocolate genmaicha even though there wasn’t any rice in it. I really enjoyed this tea but the one downside to it was the major caffeine kick. After I had it , I was done for the day with caffeine. This seemed to pack as much caffeine as coffee.
It was really good though!!
Flavors: Chocolate, Roasted