2627 Tasting Notes
Just a short note…
I am glad to have this one back in stock after finding it at the Berkeley Bowl yesterday, they have a few H&S blends in tins. This morning I am drinking it with soymilk creamer and coconut sugar, it is truly delicious this way. A nice smooth assam. I think assams and yunnans are definitely my favorite black teas, sorry ceylons and keemuns, most of you are yucky to me. ;)
I haven’t had this blend for a long time. I think I am “over” flavored pu’erhs, but I still have quite a few of them in my stash to get through. This is actually better than I remember it being. I also had 1/2 of a TCHO chocolate bar before drinking this, so maybe my tastebuds are already chocolate’d up. I steeped for 2 minutes, with a hefty teaspoon of tea in an 8 oz. mug. Nice combination of earthy shu and cocoa. I only hope this doesn’t keep me awake too long tonight. Might need to up the rating after trying this a 3rd time….
I wish I had realized there was bergamot in this when I bought it… I am not a big fan of bergamot, I do drink it occasionally when I’m in the mood but prefer a subtle dose.
There is a lot going on in this blend already with fruitiness, it has lemon peel and lemongrass which I both like. But the bergamot overwhelms this and makes it more bitter and drying in my opinion… and soapy. I tried adding a teaspoon of coconut sugar but that didn’t really improve things. I think this is going in my pile of stuff to give away or compost. Wah… Yuk. This is undrinkable in my opinion.
Tea of the morning. As I was sorting through my stash today I realized how few straight black teas I have on hand, which is really goofy because I drink those more often than any other kind. I guess there’s a reason why I need to restock them fairly regularly.
This tea is a blend of black tea and formosa oolong, I am enjoying it this morning especially since the formosa gives it a nice, peachy note. I find if you steep this with boiling water it can get kind of overly bitter/tannic so it’s best to use water below the boil.
Here’s a pic of my new teapot, I swear I am already in love with this thing. I am definitely going to use it in a painting someday. It holds about 10 oz. of tea. I am running out of excuses to get more yixing since I already have four! But this is definitely the largest one I own…
I’ve never really been a fan of “tea ball” type infusers, they either fall apart or they don’t allow enough surface area with the water to allow a proper brewing. I got a free teaball with a recent tea order (can’t remember which one, sorry). It’s already making a big mess in my cup. :(
This isn’t my favorite rooibos chai because it needs more spices. But it is good as a bedtime tea, especially with a shot of Fireball thrown in (the cinnamon flavored whisky). TGIF!
In other tea geekey news, I am seasoning a yixing teapot that I got for black teas. I will probably do a blog about it soon but I did drink a pot of tea that came out of the yixing this morning and it wasn’t bad. I think I noticed a slight clay taste so I am doing a couple more throw away steepings with cheap tea in order to break it in a bit more.
I was at the grocery store today and saw the big display of Celestial Seasoning’s holiday tea. I decided to get this because I don’t have too many herbals that aren’t medicinal or rooibos blends. I was a bit dismayed to see so many crappy reviews when I got home on Steepster. Boy, you folks are a tough crowd!
Anyway I steeped this up in a smaller mug for 4 minutes. I am definitely getting ginger and yes, cinnamon, but not really “bread” or gingerbread anyway. This was better after some soymilk was added, made it a bit creamy. I have to wonder how this would taste with some rooibos thrown in, or some black tea. More experiments may be needed. Anyway, this is okay, I think I will drink it this winter but probably won’t be a repurchase for me.
I could have sworn I reviewed this tea before but according to Steepster I haven’t. Anyway this is a sample I got from Den’s Tea which is a few months old at least, but it was very well sealed so I’d think it’s fresh.
I’m still sick and am going to the Dr. today because I suspect I have a sinus infection. I don’t know how much this is affecting my tastebuds, but I still feel like they are okay.
I definitely have enjoyed these type of fukamuhi senchas in the past. After steeping for 90 seconds, the tea liquor is light green and is very fresh and mostly sweet. I get a lot of spinach notes here and not a lot of noticeable astringency. Hopefully this will perk me up a bit…
I had a 2 hour break yesterday from classes in the afternoon so I went to Chinatown to poke around. I really wanted to go to RedBlossom Tea even though I am broke and of course I couldn’t leave without buying something. Honestly I only go to their store probably twice a year and I just refuse to buy the top shelf teas because they are too expensive for me.
Quite a few other vendors carry this type of tea so I wouldn’t say it’s rare, it’s one of their every day kind of teas. The Golden Monkey by RB is one of my favorite morning teas so I thought I’d get this to compare.
I steeped the tea for two minutes and this may have been overkill because the resulting brew is quite strong. The tea liquor is very smooth and sweet, however. I am definitely getting sweet potato notes, raisin, malt and cocoa but at the longer steep it almost seems roasted.
I tried a second steep for one minute and it’s a lot nicer, very smooth and lighter. I can’t say I am getting maple syrup but I do see how you get orange out of this, especially at the shorter steep. I love Chinese black teas because they’re so easy to drink straight, although sometimes an assam with milk and sugar hits the spot too…
Happy with this brew, I don’t have a lot of other teas like this in my stash at the moment. If you don’t live near Red Blossom I don’t see any reason to purchase this tea especially from them, but it is a nice yunnan, in my opinion.
I’ve been slowly working my way through a box of this one. I swear this tea smells exactly like soap when you put your nose in the cup. The flavor is odd because there’s lots of things going on in here that seem to be competing, chamomile, mint, lemongrass, valerian, hops, anise, ginger, kind of overkill but the overall effect is relaxing for sure. I just don’t think this tastes particularly good. I’ve been having problems sleeping lately & I’m hoping this sends me off into slumberland, I might even have 2 cups.