2743 Tasting Notes
I am not liking this blend too much this afternoon. Most rooibos teas can be steeped for a long time but when this is steeped for a while it tastes artificial and ashy. I really need to stop buying things from David’s tea, I have no idea how they are so popular. I would say 50% or more of their teas are so bad I just end up throwing them away after I buy them. I am just ditching the remainder of this bag. Snickerdoodle was worse.
I’ve had this for a while and finally drank the last of it today. Even though it’s a green tea and I was worried it might be stale, it still seemed fresh and sweet. I don’t normally go in for flowery teas but this is an exquisite orchid scented tea. Would probably get more if I placed another order with Seven Cups.
I have been seriously struggling with anxiety these past few weeks. Not that this is anything new, but it seems to have gotten worse now that I am back from vacation. One nice thing is that my Dad got me a $40 gift certificate to Dragon Tea House which I have already spent, mostly on pu-erh samples and one batch of yellow tea.
Anyway I thought I’d drink some of this today and get a nice theanine boost. It is such a sweet and luscious green tea. I steeped it for 90 seconds and it seems very soothing at the moment. I’m so glad I have some of it around.
I’ve been enjoying this tea this morning while cleaning my apartment. Lately I watched a few episodes of Hoarders and that show is really scary! I wonder how many of us are tea hoarders? At least I have no problem getting rid of things I don’t like but 2015 seems like a good year to focus on paring down the collection. I’d like to 1/2 the teas I have now and stop buying so many more.
So… on to this sample. It’s a little rolled ball of sheng puer. For such a young tea it is fairly mellow when you keep the steeping times short. When the steeping times are a bit longer (like 45 sec to 1 min) it gets very assertive and somewhat bitter. I guess it depends on how you like your tea. Around 15 seconds it is nice and earthy, mostly sweet with a bit of lemon. If I was in the market for another sheng to drink immediately, I would definitely consider a beeng. I did get a package of their mao cha which will suffice for now.
My boyfriend brought me back some teas from Tanzania to try! Does he know me or what? Anyway I was pretty excited to try this. The other two I got are spiced with ginger and lemongrass. They don’t have maker’s labels on them so I’m not sure what company is responsible for them. I may not add those to the database.
So the label says this was grown in the Usambara mountains without any pesticides. It is very fine and small leaf of the CTC variety. The cardamom is fine and powdery. It took a while for all the water to drain out of my Adagio tea maker.
Anyway I was worried about this one, since I find CTC’s can be very strong and harsh. The tea isn’t though, yay! It definitely has the flavor of a Kenya tea (the countries are right next to each other). Though some Kenya teas I’ve tried seem overly brisk and astringent, this one isn’t. It is strong and malty. There is a bit of briskness in the cup but it isn’t overwhelming. I’d say it has a citrusy kind of quality and is smooth. The cardamom is definitely strong and almost overpowers the finish but I really like cardamom, so this is good for me.
I liked it a lot with soymilk, it’s a bracing morning cuppa and very energizing. Hurray for Tanzania tea!
I decided to just go straight for the plain nettles when I went to Lhasa Karnak at Berkeley this weekend. They were only $1 an ounce so I got 4 ounces and that is a LOT of nettles. I filled up one 7 oz old Harney tea tin and probably have enough to fill up another tin. They are quite fluffy leaves.
So the plain nettle tea is not that tasty, quite honestly. It has a very vegetal flavor that reminds me a bit of seaweed and kale. Maybe there’s a reason you see this herb more often in blends. It might be nice mixed in with mint. It isn’t terrible though, as I sit down to drink a mug of it… also it is high in minerals which is probably a good thing for my health.
I am going to try this nettle infusion thing soon. You use 1 oz. of tea for each infusion so if I do that, it will probably go quickly.
I’m back from seeing my sweetie who was in Africa and quite the jet lagged traveler. On the trip home via BART I was thinking of what tea I wanted to have when I got home. I was thinking green tea but ended up with this green oolong instead.
I’ve had this in my stash for a few months now but somehow haven’t gotten around to doing a review. Tie guan yins always remind me of spring and I was thinking I should drink this one soon while its still fresh.
I did 3 steeps but wanted to stop there because I’m a bit worried about caffeine so late in the afternoon. It’s a lovely tea which reminds me of vanilla and cream in the first steep, the later steeps brought out an essence of lilac and butter. I’m not getting the bittersweet notes for some reason, it seems just sweet and buttery to me! Somehow it feels relaxing and uplifting at the same time. I will need to try cold brewing it as well.
My malaise with allergies has been continuing today. I was hoping they would have gone away after I left the East Coast but they are still lingering! Even after I took an antihistamine I continue to have problems.
I remembered that nettle is supposed to be good for allergies so I decided to brew up a large mug of this. Lo and behold I experienced some relief within 15 minutes of drinking the stuff. This is great because my Mom uses a steroid nasal spray and I don’t really want to go down that road if I can help it. I think I’ll go have another cup of this right now. Tastes pretty good too.