860 Tasting Notes
I usually give points for consistency of flavor in a tea. There’s something comforting about being able to rely upon a tea delivering a particular flavor when you’re looking for that flavor.
Some teas, though, are inconsistent in a good way. I don’t perceive them as tasting the same each time, but the differences are always enjoyable.
This is one of those teas. It’s not as fresh-baked-bready today as it was the last time I had it. It’s quite sweet today with a dark honey note heading toward molasses. The aftertaste is very nice and tea-y. This might not sound great to most people, but it’s a flavor that reminds me of the smell of those freeze dried tea crystals from Nestea or the like, which is a smell I associate with summer as a kid, when I could make my own iced tea from those crystals and feel so grown up.
In this tea, not tasting the same each time is definitely a strong point.
Sipdown no. 116 of the year 2014. Just enough left for me and the BF this morning.
An enjoyable sipdown. I hope for more like this, where I’m not dreading having to make the tea go away (and arranging it so the BF’s cup is much bigger than mine each time I steep it).
I should find/drink more orange flavored tea that I like. I’m sure I have some in the stash somewhere. I really do like orange flavor. I have an orange from our tree in my refrigerator at the moment. I didn’t even know we had an orange tree until the BF and kids came in with three huge oranges. I think what happened was: we had a crazy neighbor who we couldn’t work with on a fence repair so the deer had been eating the little trees and the fruit. The crazy neighbor died, and a couple with kids bought her house and completely gutted it and made it look very nice. They also, of course, worked with us to put in a new fence. I think the tree has recovered! I’m pretty sure we have a tiny lemon tree out there somewhere too.
Lest you think it is weird that I don’t even know what sort of trees I have in the backyard, our house is on a hill, and it’s a pretty steep slope. The backyard is terraced but not very easy to get to and not overly usable, so we don’t go down there a lot. I’d like to change that—would really like to completely redo it and make it kid play friendly but landscaping is so incredibly expensive.
Time to buy a megabucks ticket.
I haven’t had an oolong on the greener side of the spectrum in a long time and I’d forgotten how much I like them.
The leaves are jade green in the tin and they expand and unfurl and turn olive green after steeping. I steeped this in the gaiwan at 30, 45 and 1 minute, 2 steeps each.
The liquor is a yellow with no gold in it, that leans toward a green tone without actually getting to green, and it’s clear. The aroma is creamy, buttery, and floral. I wish I could identify the flowers. I want to say lily of the valley? Maybe lilac? But I’m not sure. There are various degrees of cream, butter and sweetness in each steep, including some downright sugary finishes. There’s something else too but for the life of me I can’t put my finger on the smell or taste. It’s really nice, though.
I quite liked this one. Yes, it’s been a long time and yes, I have very little memory of the last green oolong I had and how it stacks up, but as it stands now, I’ll definitely enjoy drinking this again.
It’s a lot more mate than kuki today, and that makes me want to bump it down (so I dropped it a few points). Also a lot of dusty residue in the bottom of the cup, which I’d had more with the plain mate and less with the kuki until today. Maybe I just hit a few scoops that had more mate in them. Who knows.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, though, as I’ve passed the halfway point on this tin.
Another long ago 52teas purchase that was never opened. I’m breaking this one out in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day. I’m only just the tiniest bit Irish, but hey it’s an excuse. I can see the St. Patrick’s Day menu now. This, Irish Breakfast, some green tea later in the day. Maybe some corned beefy lapsang, or something with a potato note. Who knows what else I might have in my stash that’s appropriate. Heh.
The packet has a creamy vanilla fragrance with a darker undertone, and this also comes through in the aroma of the steeped tea. It has a reddish-maple colored liquor.
There’s something dark-ish about the cream flavor in the tea that’s almost got a chocolate tone to it. Not so much a whisky flavor, but I “get it.” It’s a nice approximation of an Irish Cream like Bailey’s in tea form. The BF said he “got it” right away, too.
It gets high marks for flavor replication and pretty high marks so far for drinking pleasure. I don’t think I’ll have a “food tea” problem with this, but the flavor is a bit heavier than some of the other 52teas blacks I’ve had recently so it may not be something I can drink easily every day. We’ll see.
Wow, this one is already close to sipdown. Like maybe as early as tomorrow. Did I mention I was a heaper?
I love it when I’m enjoying a tea such that a sipdown sneaks up on me rather than looms over me. This one is definitely in the former category. It’s a definite, but not overpowering orange flavor without a citrus tang (which keeps it from being mimosa-like), and instead with a suggestion of effervescence like an orange soda but of course, without the bubbles, which seems fitting for the “champagne of teas.”
Still not a favorite, but so much better than the Tulsi Dosha Chai. And easier to drink for me than Sleep Tight from TeaGschwed…whatever because not savory.
I smelled orange again and I even sort of taste orange, which is fascinating given that there isn’t any orange in this, but I’ll take it.
Time to go lie down with a mug next to me and zone out to whatever’s been Tivo’d and I haven’t yet watched.
BTW, you guys who went to the David’s Tea spring sale are really making my fingers itch in a big way. Mason jar! Whale mug! Tentacles! (And I’d even get the whale and the tentacles despite being hand wash only just because they’re so adorable…) I have to get offline before I find myself whipping out the credit card…. bye!
Sipdown no. 114 of the year 2014. And I’m so glad….
I considered saving this for a night when I found myself at the end of the day with nothing sipped down, and then I thought…. Nah. Time for it to go now.
It’s still too lotion-y to be redeemed by its spice bouquet, which is so unfortunate because the spices work together in a way that could be quite tasty.
Now I must apply myself to sipping down Sleep Tight, though after I finish this I think I might have something like Rooibos Lemon Chiffon or perhaps Peppermint. I don’t think I can do both of these in one night two nights running…
Steeped this one longer this time, and it did come out with a color closer to honey. It also came out tasting an awful lot like the Eagle Nest Ever Drop. The same bready flavor, which I’m now recognizing also has a sort of a sweetness to it, like a touch of honey.
I’m vacillating on this and on the Eagle Nest, because they really do have a distinctive flavor, but it’s more of a black flavor than a green tea flavor, and when seek out a green tea it’s not really what I’m looking to drink.
I’m going to knock both of them to the same rating and call it a day.