1184 Tasting Notes
Sipdown no. 70 of 2016 (no. 281 total).
Is there a word for the reverse of when something grows on you?
After drinking this as a daily go to work tea for a while now, I got to the point where I wasn’t finishing the Timolino-full during the day. That never happens.
Bumping it down a bit.
P.S. I’m almost level 10 on team Mystic. How about you?
Sipdown no. 67 of 2016 (no. 278 total).
This grew on me over time. It made an awesome cold tea. The lack of sweet pastry-ness that I thought made it not really marzipan-like worked well cold. The almond flavor was very noticeable but not overpowering.
Having the last bit of this hot and I appreciate it a lot more now than I did when I first tasted it. Bumping the rating.
I haven’t had kukicha before and it was a pretty interesting experience. I steeped according to info found on the internet, but I think next time I’ll go a bit hotter and a bit longer. There’s an interesting flavor there, but I’m not sure I’m getting the best of it in this cup.
The leaves aren’t so much leaves as little sticks. Sort of reminds me of very fine mulch or tambark, but more uniform in size, shape and color. I do get a bit of a chocolately aroma from sticking my nose into the tin. And it’s there in the steeped tea, too, a sort of toasty chocolate, like a very subtle ’smores aroma. The tea is almost copper in color, pink/brown/yellow.
I say I’m not sure I’m getting the most flavor out of this because it comes across as subtle, a sort of houjicha-ish flavor but a darker note. It’s classified as a green tea, and it does have that character in a houjicha-ish way, but I think I expect more flavor because of how it looks.
Which has no basis in anything other than some weird association in my brain.
I like it. I think I would prefer houjicha if I was going for a roasty green tea, but perhaps this will grow on me. It leaves and interesting coolness in them mouth. It has a barky, bamboo like aftertaste.
It’s fun to try something new and different for a change.
Flavors: Bamboo, Bark, Chocolate, Green Wood
Sipdown no. 66 of 2016 (no. 277 total).
I forgot how much I like houjicha. When I did the big stash organization project, I found a number of opened or not optimally stored samples, all of which tasted pretty much like dust. But this was a full sized, never opened, hermetically sealed package. What a difference! And I’m sure that something less elderly than my package would be even better.
I steeped this one hot and short. Boiling for 1:30 according to package directions. It’s obviously green tea, but of a completely different tone than sencha or sincha. Less like vegetables or fresh cut grass and more of a slightly sweet tree taste.
Awesome. I’ll miss it.
Sipdown no. 65 of 2016 (no. 276 total).
It really seems like I’ve had more sipdowns than I’ve recorded this year, but I’ve been pretty religious about it so it must just be one of those things that seems different than it is.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not as juicy as the Maeda-en, but still, in the words of George Harrison, sweet and lovely.
Sipdown no. 62 of 2016 (no. 273 total). A sample.
I’ve been extremely busy at work, so much so that I am feeling it physically. My body feels beat up.
Meanwhile, both kids have playoff games today (two different teams).
Drinking the last bit of this one as first tea of the morning, without any fish accompaniment despite my discovery that darjeeling and fish work well together. I also forgot to use a lower temp which had worked well. But it is hitting the spot anyway. The muscatel notes aren’t as sharp as some others, but still give a grape-flavor that I’m enjoying this a.m.