2627 Tasting Notes
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.
Okay, I’ve never had a silvery jun mee before so trying this one out from Upton today. The leaves are dark with some silvery bits so perhaps that’s where the name came from.
It’s very intriguing but I can’t quite place the flavor. I am definitely getting the cocoa with a bit of sweetness. There is a bit of smoke in the finish but it seems quite subtle. It also isn’t quite as hefty as a keemun. This is an easy one to drink plain but could also accommodate a splash of soymilk, or regular milk… but it really has no bitterness or astringency that I am picking up. That is a definite plus for the folks like me with sensitive tummies. I liked this but am not necessarily sure I need more. Will have to think on that one!
I’ve come to realize that flavored teas (and really most any tea, actually) is not at it’s best after about 12 months. I’ve heard that plain black tea and dark oolongs and pu-erhs can keep pretty well though. So I ended up purging some ancient flavored tea I got from TeaGschwendner which is not that great anymore. I could have tried swapping it but that doesn’t seem far to the Steepster community at large. And I’m drinking this tonight as a dessert of sorts, I still like it!
Thanks to Krystalen for sending me this lovely tea!
So it’s the afternoon here, and I’m about to embark on a 3 day weekend. I should be feeling a bit happier, but instead am kinda glum. Perhaps the clouds outside have something to do with it. And I have definitely not had enough tea for one day. :)
So I am finding this to be an interesting one. When I smelled it in the bag I thought it would be really sweet, but it isn’t… kinda glad! I’m definitely getting a nutty aroma here and the pineapple and coconut was kind of a surprise as well. I do think the flavor is subtle but that isn’t really a bad thing because I’m not a huge fan of sickeningly sweet, for the most part. I wonder how this would be a with teeeeeny bit of sugar, might need to try that with the rest of my sample. It smells a little bit better than it tastes but overall I liked it.
Thanks for the sample Krystalen!
Just a short tasting note, you can see my previous notes for more info.
I was finishing off the last of this one from ashmanra and forgot how good it is. I will need to get some more one of these days. If black teas had personalities, this would be a well-mannered and handsome gentleman. :)
I was not planning on ordering any more teas for a while but after seeing the free shipping code I thought I’d check this out from RtR.
After reading Scott B’s note on the bitterness I decided to steep this at a slightly lower temp and came up with a medium bodied orange color. I thought I would be brave and at least try it plain once before deciding it needed anything.
I am getting some light fruity notes and a bit of sweetness. I definitely think there is some astringency in this cup but so far it is not overwhelming me. Dried plum, maybe. I’m not even sure I know what mace tastes like but it’s got a spicy element of some kind or another. It does remind me a bit of a second flush darjeeling. Just like Scott, as my cup is cooling off I am noticing the bitterness even more. Ick.
I will need to try this with some soymilk to see what happens…
Hmmm. I really haven’t been a huge fan of Keemuns in the past but I felt like I should try this sample again, plus I feel it’s good to broaden one’s horizons. When I look back on my tea tasting journey, I used to hate a lot of things which have recently grown on me.
This tea is very dark and I’m definitely getting the chocolate here. The aroma is a bit… interesting. Getting a bit of tobacco here, reminds me slightly of cigars and I’m also picking up on the smoke in the finish. It isn’t really a sweet kind of smoke like you might get with a lapsang, it’s more sturdy and earthy and as my cup cools I’m picking up on some bitterness so I’m going to try a shorter steep next time.
I know a lot of people love this one but I’m finding it a bit strong for me. I can definitely see why people put keemuns in breakfast blends, I think I might enjoy this more with a little something to help mellow it out. I definitely don’t hate it but I also don’t think it’s destined to become a favorite of mine.