35 Tasting Notes
Just getting out of the dentist i stop at my local David’s tea to buy the glass Gongfu Teapot and some Tie Kwan Yin to try when they ask me if i want to try this one too ( i don’t care for them try to sell more thing if they don’t get pushy and they don’t) it’s was smelling good so i bought 25g to try also.
Perfect tea to try my Gongfu teapot ( and my first try at Gongfu for that matter ) I can’t say if my technique was good or not and how that affect the tea but i did find that one good a little earthy but just enough for me to like it I didn’t get the pine taste they talk about before the third steep when a little hint begin to appear.
I run out of water after 1 rinse and 3 steep and was to lazy to go get more with my mouth hurting i will get more water later and try more steep
Will give that one a Note after trying it also western style in my steeper
I’m gonna love that little teapot :) a yixing one will take is place probably someday lol
Update Western style : Just made a cup western style in my steepster following the instruction they gave on the bag water at 92 for 5 minute i can detect some bitterness but also some sweetness that was not in the Gongfu If i have to choose this one if better Gongfu less bitter but overall it’s good i still prefer Tie Guan Yin
Making that one right now i don’t really like Pumpkin tasting food but since i really like the smell i keep trying thing with pumpkin wrote on it That one is no exception the smell is really good a hint of cinnamon and what i suppose to be the pumpkin pie spice
The taste : I don’t taste the black tea and that a good point for it but i don’t taste anything else gonna try a longer steep next time and maybe a little honey
Another one of my many sample from Della Terra Teas i choose that one as a iced teas try after seeing so many good review but never happen to try it with the cold weather now the taste for iced tea is gone.
So last night I’ve gone out with friends to explore thing that enter the Strictly forbidden to enter old abandoned place category.
The exploring was fun but it was so so cold nearly -5 Celsius ( yeah that not so much for us Canadian but i was not dress for that low temp) after 2 hour of exploring i was cold to the bone and wet from water leak falling from the roof and a heavy headache i got to sleep at the second i enter my room but the damage was already done as i seem when waking up this morning after just 3 hour of sleep and feeling like another cold is on the way.
Searching through my stash for something with Ginger in it i put my hand on that one and said to myself eh why not i feel like drinking lemon. Holding that hot mug with my laptop on me and watching Supernatural while the divine smell getting to my nose is alone comforting i can’t really taste the cream flavor but i don’t really care this morning that one good and may get in my permanent tea stash i try to put in order ( i love sample but still want some everyday tea )
Another cup was in order this one with honey in a vain attempt to help my sore throat ( nothing beat ginger ) the honey do add a good taste and make the other flavor smoother
I love that thing! really really useful for tea that expand a lot but that also is bad side if i use it with a tea that is not full leaf or tea with powder in it The steeper become a pain to clean even more if for some reason i did not remove the leaf from directly after using it some tea get in part we cannot remove or clean but i still really love the steeper just choose carefully what the kind of tea you put in it !
I must say the main reason i choose that tea was because i love the legend that go with it ( the Wei legend ) ans because i always wanted to taste it
The dry leaf: look like uneven small pearl ( seeing that i should have made it in my perfect steeper and not in my perfect cup they quite expend and maybe use less leaf so they could expend more i put that mistake on another cold coming since i get 1398129387 colds by years that normal ) It as the grass smell of green tea and some flower fragrance too i can’t say which im no good with flower smell and flavor yet for my re-steep i will transfer the leaves in my perfect steeper.
Once steeped the water get a pale green color that look wonderful in glass mug the aroma is still grassy but a smooth grassy i can’t detect any other smell in it no bitterness at all in the taste some astringency that one taste better when hot as he cool down i find that the taste become bitter ( mostly i like my tea when they become a little cooler i suppose everything need a exception lol ) for now i really like that one it’s goes on my maybe keep in stock list will taste it more before giving it a note
Updates: For the second steep i transfer the leaves in my perfect steeper and just WOW some much leaves no surprise they did not expend well in the perfect cup half my steeper was made of leaves lol 3:30 steep this time
Already a more strong green color appear it still really taste like a green tea it’s so smooth and buttery
5 minute since i’m back from the store with 25g of that one and one of the new clear glass perfect cup ( the dry branch i just love that model next thing is the dry branch tea pot before they change the model for the holiday and on the counter behind them near the tea was a gongfu glass tea pot and is box did not have time to ask them the price but next time i will for sure since it was no where in the store except there maybe a new product) steeping it right now as i write this
The dry leaf have a smell i can’t identify it’s smell like no ingredient that is in it once steeped the cinnamon aroma take all the place the brownish color is just amazing in a cup with dry branch in front of it make me feel like i’m in a forest :) and with the heavy fog that is outside i don’t know it’s just fit with the smell( ya i know i’m weird sometimes :P but i totally assume it) there is a little oil floating on the tea probably from the coconut but a lot of tea with nut in it do that so it’s ok with me
The taste: now i’ve steeped it 5 minute the bag say 4 to 6 i like to be in the middle of the suggested time when it’s a tea i don’t know i taste a little nuance of cinnamon taste but i do feel the cinnamon on my tongue taht little spicy effect but that all no chocolate no vanilla and no coconut even no black tea bitterness maybe it’s one of those tea i should put some honey in it and all the flavor will get out it’s not bad but i feel like i could just put cinnamon in water and get the same thing so no note till i give it more try
The mug: i love glass mug since i like to see my tea it’s mostly how i know when it ready for me and i just love all the amazing color different tea give us and i love the dry branch model! ( as i already said it ) i know it suppose to be glass but i just can’t get the idea out of my head that the mug feel like plastic the top feel like glass but not the mug itself i was nearly tempted to squeeze it to see if it will bend a little like plastic but i didn’t lol if it’s glass i don’t really want glass in my hand
That one was good taste mostly chocolate a subtle strawberry taste appear as the tea get colder as i began to taste more black tea i start a tradition for myself to add a little honey just enough to cut the possible bitterness without adding a sweet taste that exacly what i did with that one with just one little mistake from my part it’s was a new honey jar ( the bear plastic one that you have to make a hole it it the first time ) i kinda forgot that … so the top and 1/3 of the jar ended up in my tea .
Whatever drink it says my brain to me it’s just gonna be really really sweet but you like honey so that don’t matter (stupid brain ) preparing myself psychologically for a extreme sweet sip what a big surprise when no honey taste at all ! just the normal tea taste where is all the honey ? but all in the bottom of the mug naturally as i have discovered when i drank the last sip :S and nearly die strangle by 1/3 cup of honey don’t know why it didn’t dissolve but NEVER again i will use honey directly from the jar like that .
A week or two ago i ordered a big sample pack from Della Terra teas this one was in it ( 17 teas for that matter ) I don’t have much not flavored tea since that one was not on Steepster i wanted to be the first to make a taste note on it :)
Two days ago a wild green tea taste appear in me perfect time to taste that tiger tea I told myself! After looking on the website to be sure of the process to make that one. What a good smell is coming from that sunny yellow hot cup ( main reason i like glass mug love seeing all those divine colour ! ) perfect to fight the grey and cold weather autumn seem to bring us fast this year .
Sadly what was going to be a good reading time with a wonderful tea as come to a end fast i can’t even say if that tea was good or not 2 sip was all i could drink. After the first sip a heavy astringent effect appear saying myself that okay was my first reaction not the first time that happen green tea do that a lot after all and it one of the thing i like ( even if i don’t know why ) but at the second sip my mouth as become totally numb just like when going to the dentist that was not normal i will have to begin watching myself with green tea some of those seem to give me weird effect.
No choice that cup got toss in the sink ( i know it is nearly a crime :( ) i was so looking out for that one
Of course I’m not going to note that tea i would let that honour to someone else
Received this tea as one of my mane many custom try me sample i don’t know what to say or think of this one the smell is really really good you can smell the chocolate and the cacao but i can’t find any of the taste when drinking it but at the same time i don’t find it bitter like i do with most black tea so there most be some taste other than tea in it.
i see in the description here 5 minute steep while the Website of Della Terra teas write 2-3 minute i will try it at 5 minute ( one or the other have the wrong info ) maybe the taste will get stronger in hope that it don’t get bitter with that kind of smell i hope to be able to have the taste to go with it
Updates: Following Della Terra Teas advice i was going to try this one with some sweetener ( cane sugar ) but i was out of it so Honey it be ! since it the only other sweet i can take .
The smell was still really nice. With honey in it the cacao taste is stronger, taste kinda like dark chocolate ( with chocolate and cacao i assume that was the purpose ) it my favourite kind so I’m good with it. A weird taste in that cup but that come from my honey .. i was probably really sleeping last time i bought honey it’s some weird flower honey i will have to buy some normal honey when i go for the sugar cane . Was way better that time still have enough to make another cup in my sample will try with the cane sugar.
Got that one as the free sample offer from zen tea ( thank for that offer ) i was happy to see green popped rice when i opened the bag the first time i know it’s normal since there is matcha in it but i still find it funny ( sometime it don’t take me much to be amuse lol) i did 3 steep with that tea the flavour goes like this first steep – nearly only matcha taste with a hint of other green taste
Second – still some matcha !(that nice most genmaimatcha are just normal genmaicha at second steep) and a little more stronger toasted taste begin to appear
Third – mostly normal genmaicha at that point ( genmaicha still my favorite tea so that not a bad point)
Definitively a good tea i like the change of taste from the resteep ( diferent cup without having to change the kind of tea )
Will buy that one for sure