2623 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Krystalen for this awesome sample!
I’ve been curious about this for a long time, I like spicy things and for whatever weird reason cayenne pepper does not seem to hurt my stomach. And this just sounded so good. I’ve been known to add ginger and a touch of cayenne pepper to my rooibos.
I steeped it in an infuser mug for 5 minutes – definitely knew I would need soymilk so I went ahead and added some.
Wow – this is good! Yummy, even. It really reminds me of a spicy hot chocolate. The cayenne is very prominent, so if you can’t take the heat I would not even try going here! I’m also getting a fair amount of ginger in this cup. What a yummy tea for the cold and foggy weather (which is just about every day, here). The cardamom and the pepper are a little more faint but they are definitely in here. I can see how this is either a “I love it” or “I hate it” kinda thing but I’m loving it so far. And – these spices are good for your health.
I think I will need some the next time I place an order with 52 teas!
Thanks to Scott Tea Man for this one, the last of my pre-chingming samples!
I steeped this in a glass teapot for 3 minutes at around 175F. The color of the tea is a very light yellow and I agree it looks kinda like a white tea due to the large furry leaves on this!
This is a very light and delicate tea, I am definitely picking up notes of honeydew melon and perhaps… cucumber? There is a slight sweetness to it as well, a corn husk aroma.
I’m trying to appreciate the subtle flavor of some of these lighter green and yellow teas, it is a bit challenging for me at times, but I am coming to appreciate them for what they are and enjoy them at different moments when the mood might strike. It’s great to have some teas that are devoid of astringency and I would place this in that category as well.
As always I am grateful for the sample and have enjoyed trying something new. This is fairly tasty but not something I’d go out of my way to purchase.
Happy Memorial Day everyone!
Definitely a nice treat for this morning. I usually just drink gyokuro on the weekends which is a good thing, since it’s kind of costly.
Lovely and sweet, vegetal and seaweedy kind of cup. I got two excellent steeps out of it, which was great. See my previous notes for more info.
I’ve had so many lapsangs lately but I thought I would give this one a whirl too, to see how it stands up to the competition!
The aroma is very smoky – woo! This tea certainly packs a wallop. The aroma is definitely that of a campfire I would say. The aftertaste is definitely not as sweet as some I’ve had so I’m missing that a bit, this is more like liquid smoke all the way!
I thought I would try adding some soymilk to this but I accidentally got vanilla soymilk at the store instead of my normal plain. Could not resist the urge to try it with this tea, it actually isn’t too bad… ha ha
There’s something about a lapsang that seems strong and fortifying. I thought this was pretty good but there’s a few I like better right now.
This morning’s cuppa. I really like the lapsang element in this and I don’t know why I can handle that and not keemuns as much. Yes I am weird!
Anyway I was working on a new blog post all morning and here it is. I wanted to add my new dragonwell tea to the database but Steepster is acting up once again so you’ll have to read about it over on Tea Trade. :)
I got a sample of this and decided to break out the gaiwan to have a couple of steeps that way.
This is a very unique and lovely white tea, I definitely like all the white teas I’ve had so far from RtR. The leaves are BIG and slender!
This is definitely sweet, especially in the aftertaste. I definitely agree with the custard sort of description and it also reminds me of sweet buttered corn, nice! The one thing that disturbs me a teeny little bit is I have gotten a slight chlorine smell but maybe I am imagining things. My gaiwan steeping is probably not the most optimal for this, me thinks…
So I tried steeping it again in my Finium tea filter around 190F for 5 minutes. I thought perhaps that was too much but that’s what the instructions called for and these leaves were already steeped twice. Now the curious aroma is definitely gone and the light sweetness is still there, hmm. yummy! I don’t think I like it quite as much as the Sandapku or the Himalyan white but it is still rather yummy. A sweet pudding indeed. :)
I got this at the Middle Eastern market where I go to buy all my cheap teas. I just got it a month ago and the expiration label already says Feb 2012 so that was clearly my mistake.
It is strange that the leaves in this loose leaf pack are ground up so fine, it’s like they just used the same tea that they would use for teabags. Is it necessary to be THAT cheap?
Anyway I digress. I steeped this for 4 minutes with boiling water and it is generically average, mundane is definitely the word that comes to mind (see my rating scale on the right). I wouldn’t choose to bring this with me on a desert island but if it was there I would most likely drink it. :)
I think it might be a Ceylon, there is a bit of briskness in the cup, a slight bitterness. I did run off to get some soymilk to throw in this, but oddly enough I liked it better plain. I don’t know if this is my tastebuds adapting or what.
I’ve been thinking about doing an art project with tea and this would be a likely culprit. Though I reckon the tannins in tea would eat away at paper and such over the years.