366 Tasting Notes
I received this sample from Stacy when we met last week and I finally tried it tonight! Which might come back to bite me later tonight when it comes time for bed. But you know what? It was SO worth it!
I made up this cup in my tasting set. I don’t use them enough and really should. Sometimes it is the best tool for the job. So I set the timer for three minutes and let the tea steep. While I waited I sniffed the dry leaf. It smelled a little of maple and I worried that I had left it too close to the Maple Pecan…but then I also picked up some earthy scent to the tea and relaxed a bit.
When the timer went off I was ready for my first sip! But first a sniff of the wet leaf. Now THAT smelled of mushrooms. I was getting excited. I also noted a malty smell to the leaf too. Ok we were getting somewhere. The taste? A mix of malt, earth, and of mushrooms. Yes, mushrooms…amazing! There are a lot of things going on with this tea and they all work together really well.
This tea really came alive with the dark chocolate cocoa roasted almonds I was snacking on. The chocolate from the almonds added a new and interesting dimension to the tea, bringing out a fruity flavor to the tea I hadn’t noticed with my first few sips (before eating the almonds)! Like I said there is a lot going on here.
For the whole review visit: http://thepurrfectcup.com/2012/10/11/review-congou-keemun/
Eh the sun is apparently out here in Albany….but from my office cave your wouldn’t know it (lots of vines + huge garage blocking view = gloom) from where I am sitting. Right now I’m trying to stay awake at work. I REALLY need a nap. So I plucked this out of my World Tea East samples I brought to work. I picked it because I wanted something familiar and comforting this afternoon as I plug through very boring things at work.
This cup brewed up a nice autumn orange/brown color. This time I’m really getting a nice mix of the sweet/spicy and I am loving it. I had forgotten about this tea all summer. But now it’s time to dig it out of the back of the tea cabinet. :)
Enjoyed this one at lunch today. This time it smelled and tasted pretty piney which is a new one for me with this tea. But I liked it! Nice and strong…just what I needed to help mw stay awake this afternoon.
I’ve learned I do like Earl Grey. This is not my usual go to EG in the morning. But we were running late. Plus I forgot what a pain it was to try and get even sneakers on around an aircast! So I stopped on the way into work for this and a gluten free breakfast sammich. This EG has a hint of bergamot to it and not the usual slap in the face I’m used to and have come to love.
I added a little half and half, sweetener, and honey to my cup this morning. It really brought out the flavors and is currently making my morning on this dreary day.
Needed this uplift of lapsang, darjeeling, and keemun after my appointment. The verdict a level/grade 2 sprain of the knee and ankle. So an air cast it is for at least three weeks. Could have been much worse. Anyway I wanted something comforting and familiar when I got home this afternoon and reached for this. I love the smokey lapsang and how it plays so well with the other two teas. Now off to elevate the leg and relax with this cup.
I forgot my tea this morning on the way into work. I know what was I thinking? Honestly I was probably thinking about my orthopedic appt. this afternoon. Where hopefully I will hear I only have a level three sprain in ankle/knee and not a fracture or worse in my ankle! “sigh”
So thankfully my favorite cafe has a nice selection of teas on tap. I chose this one and it has a nice flavor like most EB’s. My guess would be that this is a blend of Assam and Ceylon. It has some malty notes in it and it pretty smooth. I added milk and sweetener to this one (like always). It is just a nice start to my day. :)
Thank you Geoffrey Norman for the sample! This is so smokey! I love it. Dare I call it a hearty tea? It is. Who would have thought Assam and Ooolong would go so well together? Not me. But this cup is so complex (to me). One minute I’m getting the malt of the Assam, the next the easy going Oolong. This might be one to add to the list of “want” down the line. Thanks again for sending it my way!
Many thanks to Sonia at Revolution Tea for this sample. As you all know I do try green teas, but we never seem to hit it off. Which is why I was putting off trying this tea from Revolution Tea. But I have to admit I’m surprised! Maybe the Italian Bergamot? Maybe my palate is expanding? Whatever it is…I like it!
For some reason with the bergamot mixed with the green tea the citrus flavor is somewhat toned down. More than I have found in those EG’s made with black tea. Both the tea and flavoring go hand in hand with this tea. Which leaves me with a clean fresh finish. It also leaves me happy to have another sample to try iced!
Tea of the early (ok its 9am) morning. This is another from World Tea East and Rishi. I was interested in this one because I love pu-erh and ginger. But mixing ginger into anything is a tricky business. At least I’ve always found it to be. So I was a little unsure of how this was going to work out.
The dry leaf smells very much of ginger and earthy pu-erh…a good sign. But will it steep up the same way? The smell is more of the ginger and earthy pu-erh I smelled with the dry leaf, my hopes are up. I must say I was not let down the flavor is very earthy and rich, but with the nice bite of the ginger at the finish. This one is a winner in my book!
Tea from last night.
I picked up this sample from the folks at Rishi while at World Tea East and I figured why not try it before bed last night. Well, I hardly got the package open before the smell of blueberries filled my senses! I enjoy blueberries and trust me the scent was there in a big way. So much that I wondered if I would get any of the rooibos in my tea.
The tea smelled a bit like the old Boo Berry cereal from way back. Which had my hopes up for a great cup as I used to love that cereal. But I was a bit disappointed in the taste. It tasted a little tart, but the blueberry flavor still seemed to get lost or not mix well with the rooibos. My husband tried it and he liked it…another first for him. But this one is not for me.