2622 Tasting Notes
I got this yesterday at Samovar with lunch, if you want to read about my experience, I did a blog post about it over here:
This is a truly beautiful green tea, very vivid in color and well balanced in terms of umami. It had a definite seaweedy note, with a bit of grassiness, sweetness and some bitterness in the finish. I already had a lot of tea before I drank it, the bitterness made me a tad bit nauseated, unfortunately but I do have a sensitive stomach. Not sure if that was due to this tea in particular or a tea overdose of sorts…
I’m not sure exactly how this was prepared so I’m leaving the steeping parameters off. It was a delicious tea and a lovely experience.
We had this today at the Samovar tea lounge in San Francisco, where my honey actually got to drink it out of a Samovar, which was how it was served. I am a bit of a smoky tea fan but this was too much for me. When asked, I got the deets on this tea which is a blend of Lapsang, Earl Grey and Lychee black teas. It was ok but I was not wild about it. Will be blogging about the whole experience soon. =)
Finishing off the rest of this sample today – pretty nice and sweet for a 2nd flush darjeeling. See previous notes for more info.
I just noticed RtR has two 2012 FF darjeelings now on their site. They both look good but the Tumsong is incredibly expensive… ouch
So evidently this is the tea that was thrown into the Boston Harbor, it makes me wince a little just thinking about it!
As far as I know, this is my first Bohea but I decided I wanted to make a pot of it this morning to enjoy. I steeped it for 5 minutes and it is a medium bodied tea in color, a dark reddish brown (and this is why I love glass teaware).
The aroma of this is very intriguing. I’m getting a lot of pine which is actually nice and not overwhelming. This has a gentle, rich mouthfeel with no astringency whatsoever. I am definitely picking up lots of cocoa in the aroma. Since this tea is also from Wu Yi province I am picking up some of the flavors that are present in a Wu Yi oolong, only less pronounced. I also wonder if this is ever (or was) used as the base for a Lapsang Souchong. It has a slightly malty, slighty sweet aftertaste. I would definitely not add milk or sugar to this, for it would ruin the delicate flavor. After checking the price again I just wish Upton sold 50g bags instead of just the samples or the 100g size. I have enjoyed this!
This is the last of my first flush darjeeling samples from Upton. sniff
I should have purchased them all!
I’m not sure where my tea thermometer is (again) but this was steeped at well below boiling. Out of the 3 FF darjeelings I’ve had so far from Upton, this has the most classic muscatel or grape notes. The liquor of this tea is light yellow and the aroma is fresh and light. I don’t get the pungency Upton describes in their note, but maybe that has to do with the water temp I used. I am getting a lovely sweetness in the finish which is quite delicious. This is very tempting, especially for the price, which is less than some of their other offerings. I think perhaps I do like the others I reviewed a bit more, flowery and tropical fruit practically transformed me to a different place!
Thanks to Ian for sending me some of this, the last of my mate samples to review.
I did steep this in my regular infuser mug method, it was at least 7 minutes but I lost track of time. After looking at the picture here on Steepster (which looks like a milkshake), I decided to add soymilk to mine which I think ended up being a good decision. It is lightly minty with a touch of vanilla which makes a good balance with the mate. I am not tempted to run out and order more of this but it’s definitely good. Thanks again, Ian!
I do believe this is my first green tea from Nilgiri, I’ve had a few of the blacks which I’ve enjoyed.
Upon opening the package, this tea smells very fresh and vegetal. I steeped this in my regular infuser mug method and got a very light olive colored liquor. There are some interesting things going on with this tea. I am definitely getting the straw/hay type of taste along with some light vegetal notes. The finish is where this tea has all of the fruitiness. It has a bit of a mild astringency but nothing overwhelming.
I’m not sure if I could justify buying this again due to the price – $19.60 for 125 grams is a lot when I’m not terribly impressed with the tea and you can get a nicer Chinese green tea for less money. I haven’t had any green teas so far from India that have totally blown me away, but the Jun Chiyabari Estate green teas from Nepal are definitely worth checking out in my opinion.
I’m glad that I tried this though. It is definitely different from other green teas I’ve had in the past.