211 Tasting Notes
Exactly 170 F, for 1 minute. Glass cup, metal basket infuser, covered. I found in this tea a sweet green aroma and a buttery artichoke flavor. Second steep was the sweetest. A cool tingle lingers on the tongue, requesting another sip. Quite delightful. I prefer it warm or hot, as the richness of scent and taste is muted in the cooled tea.
Boiling water 3 min, resteeped 4 min. The liquor is red-amber, rosy, almost orange — a beautiful shade — with a chocolate aroma. I am tasting caramel, toasted almond, bittersweet cacao, with a sweet plum finish. A perfect accompaniment to the Walkers shortbread I brought home yesterday!
Revisited this tea after becoming familiar with white tea, and now I find it stunningly delicious — my favorite of TTC’s blends. Often I put a dab of light agave nectar in it, which brings the coco-fruit to the fore. Without sweetening, I enjoy more of the complexity of the white tea. At least one good resteep, too.
180 F, 3 min, Yes, a luscious fruity flowery scent, sort of berry & rose, while the taste is more of a nutty-green tea and tart fruit. It’s a nicely rolled tea, as well, as you can see in the photo. More complex taste than I expected from green-based tea. And FYI, all the tea I’ve received from these folks has been in foil zip-lock bags, the industry standard.
Gaiwan, 195 F, 4 min steep. Not a bit grassy. Aroma and flavor of wood, nut, and a fruitiness like a Darjeeling — could this be the muscatel flavor? Somebody else try this and post your answer. Whatever it is, I love it! Plus a bonus: a colorful, gorgeous dry tea, so the visual aesthetic is there, too. Stalky (lots of stems) though. ’Tis “The Leaf, the Stem and me.”