2661 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! I am done with this tea for now…
It’s definitely a really good black tea, probably one of my favorites in the current stash.
I really need to focus on drinking what i have, however. Hoping I can get through winter without buying much more and maybe I’ll have more money in the spring :)
Purchased a tin of this at the Berkeley Bowl last night. I’ve been looking for a good rooibos chai but sadly, this isn’t it. I should have read the list of ingredients on the tin. It has cinnamon, clove, cardamom and spearmint. Why would you put spearmint in a chai?
The flavor of this is… interesting I guess. I definitely taste the cinnamon and the spearmint but the clove and cardamom aren’t too prominent. I added soymilk and about a teaspoon of coconut sugar but I’m not too impressed with it. I will need to tinker around with it and see if adding fennel or a bit of ginger improves it somewhat.
I will probably finish it off eventually but definitely don’t love it. I think I just need to go to Rishi’s website and order their West Cape Chai.
p.s. it also leaves an aftertaste in your mouth like toothpaste… ick
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spearmint
I am back in San Francisco after a punishing hike in the East Bay hills that was pretty steep. Glad to be sitting on my bum now drinking tea!
So this was a sample I got from Dragon Tea House. My tea spending is definitely slowing down and it will probably slow down even further soon as my unemployment is set to expire next month… :(
This tea has a good reputation and I have really been enjoying my small sample. The full cake size of this is $56 on the Dragon Tea House website, which isn’t a bad price for an entire cake.
This tea doesn’t have much fermentation flavor, which is nice for a ripe puerh this young. After a quick rinse, my first steep was very light. After that I did several subsequent steeps around the 30 second mark. They were velvety and creamy. This has some nice chocolate notes and coffee notes but without any bitterness. It leaves you with a refreshing mouth feel that lingers after you’ve consumed the tea.
It might be a bit overpriced/overhyped but I found it very tasty. Really good as an after dinner experience and soothing.
I revisited this tea twice in the last few weeks and very disappointed that it seems to have lost a lot of its flavor. Either that or I have a terrible memory. It’s been in a tin and it’s only a year old, I would have thought it would keep for a while longer. So anyway, it’s a sipdown and just be warned, if you have some of this you might want to drink it soon!
Thanks to a friend for sending a sample of this my way… we are having a crazy rain storm here and I’m glad I can stay inside with my teas and keep dry; hopefully I don’t lose power!!!
I’ve been doing slightly longer steeps of this one and I like it a lot. It’s earthy but also very smooth and thicker than some shus I’ve had recently. When steeped for around 1 minute it becomes very dark with a coffee-like appearance. A mellow tea but also very soothing. NIce for the terrible weather!
sorry I can’t write more about it but I have a massive amount of homework for a class.
This sample tea came from The Cookie Lady and I am enjoying it this afternoon.
To me the cup smells something like coconut and the flavor is mellow with notes of chocolate and caramel. My only gripe is I’m picking up some slight artificial aftertaste in this that I’m not totally enjoying. But there’s a slight fruitiness in it as well. I’m not looking for any more flavored teas in my cupboard, but if I was, this wouldn’t be a bad addition as a nice afternoon/dessert tea. Especially with sugar!
This is a tea I got from Angelina’s quite recently, it was fairly inexpensive but it is still kind of a young sheng. This is a very aggressive tea, smoky and bitter in the first few steeps. I found it helped to lower the water temp. to about 180 and do very short steeps with this one.
It definitely started mellowing out around steep #4 and then became more woodsy with some interesting plummy flavors, definitely sour but with a bit of sweetness too. I am picking up some tobacco notes. I would say this is fairly typical of a traditional young sheng. Sorry I don’t have time to write more about it today.
I’ve tended to like Xiaguan products in the past and this is definitely an energizing tea but it seems like it needs a few more years of aging before most people would really like it (including myself!) I know this isn’t exactly a connoisseur’s tea but since it was cheap it will be interesting to see how it ages in the my closet, lol
Tea of the afternoon. I’ll have to take it easy on the caffeine after this because I had two cups of coffee while I was out at a workshop today…
I’ve had this in my cupboard for a while. It happens to be one of the only bergamot teas that I care for and I think that’s because of the quality of the bergamot in this blend. Smelling it reminds me of an essential aromatherapy oil. The black tea base isn’t bad either but I like this with a bit of sweetener.
I remember how Mandala tea did a sale recently and the online code was “NOPUMPKINSPICE” – hee hee
Anyway, I bought another box of this, I had some last year and it isn’t as good as I remember. The tea base is just weird and artificial tasting which is always a danger with decafs, but I thought it was better previously. Bummer, I think I am lowering the rating today.