2623 Tasting Notes
Tea picked up from Starbucks this afternoon — I guess Starbucks is still carrying Tazo tea despite their recent acquisition of Teavana. There was supposed to be a guest speaker beofre our class today but I just found out that the speaker called in sick, which is annoying because I’M STILL SICK and made it to class an hour early for nothing.
So about this rooibos, it’s not bad. I mean, you either like rooibos or you don’t. But as far as rooibos blends are concerned, it’s a bit un-inspired. I definitely get the vanilla but not so much the other ingredients. I’m accustomed to drinking my rooibos teas with soymilk and I thought this was a lot better with two coffeemate creamers and a sugar packet added. I definitely think this would be nice as a latte.
Not my favorite chai but I still have several ounces of the tin left. I really miss the chai blends I got from Cardamom and Curry in Livermore last year at the Green Fair.
In comparison this seems kind of weak in flavor, even though I made it really strong especially so I could add a lot of soymilk to it for a creamy afternoon drink. I should try making this using the traditional stovetop method, it’s really much better that way.
This is one of those teas I’ve had forever but haven’t been drinking much of, maybe that will change now that winter is upon us. At any rate, I don’t think these roasted oolongs really go “bad” very quickly, I have one that is supposedly good for 15 years.
I didn’t like the first steep so I chucked that one out, 2nd steep has lovely notes of peach and honey with that delicious roasted fruit flavor. Steeped gong fu method in a yixing teapot… it’s good for at least 5 steeps from what I recall.
Song Tea is a new-ish tea shop in San Francisco, in fact it’s right in my neighborhood which is pretty dangerous. They aren’t really set up for e-commerce yet as there’s no pictures or shopping cart on their website. If you want, you can check out the price list though: http://www.songtea.com/songtea_pricelist.pdf
I went in recently to sample some red teas, I believe I tried Eighteen, Twenty One and this Golden Needle. I ended up getting the Golden Needle. This is actually the least expensive tea in the whole shop. I really can’t justify spending $70 for 2 ounces of tea, especially not in my current financial predicament. I think their most expensive is a Long Jing which is $88 for 2 ounces. Wow.
Anyway on to this tea. It’s called Golden Needle and it has small, spike like needles which are more black in color than gold. The flavor is truly lovely, dates and brown sugar are prominent. If you steep this for around 3 minutes it becomes a bit hefty and notes of cocoa emerge. A very smooth tea, devoid of astringency. Absolutely delicious. I haven’t tried this using the gong fu method, but I definitely will soon.
Tea of the evening here…
It’s difficult to believe there was a time I didn’t care for rooibos, because now I really like it!
This is a somewhat neglected blend in my stash, I drank the Coco Chai Rooibos down before I made a dent in this packet. I like it though, it’s a bit chai like and a bit fruity, especially with some nice apple notes. Not my favorite but still quite drinkable. Might need to try this iced someday, I bet it would be tasty. ;)
Tea of the early afternoon here. I am still sick, and have spent most of the day so far sneezing and blowing my nose, to the chagrin of my boyfriend who left early this afternoon.
As far as pumpkin rooibos blends go, I actually prefer this over the David’s Tea version which seems a bit spicy for me. I wouldn’t say this exactly tastes like pumpkin either, but it’s closer than some others I’ve had. It’s definitely got some nice cinnnamon-y notes as well as clove and nutmeg. At least the price is right, I think the tin costs $4.
sipdown of the day…
Steepster is not behaving for me today, don’t know if anyone else is having issues. I might get some more of this the next time I go to David’s, I put some extra ginger in today but no sugar. I’ve been overloading myself with tea and water but I think I will make it to the concert tonight if I don’t float away!!!!
Good morning Steepster…
This is a sipdown for me this morning. Kind of sad since I don’t have a lot of assam teas in my stash right now. I might be re-ordering this one soon. It’s robust with fruity and malty notes, and just a bit of tannin. Definitely good for a morning brew with lots of soymilk and sugar. The price is fairly reasonable as well.