2582 Tasting Notes
I cold brewed this for 12 hours, although the sun went away and it is now cold and foggy in San Francisco again…
this one makes a delightful cold beverage, I think I like it even better this way than hot. At least I know what I can do now to make myself drink all this flavored green tea!
see previous notes!
It’s been a while since I have had this tea. For a keemun I think it is fairly mild and I would consider getting this one again, it’s very smooth and dark without any bitterness (see previous notes). I might be getting a bit of smoke in the finish but to me it is kinda chocolate-y. A good one if you like to drink your teas plain and don’t mind a very robust flavor.
I am hoping I like this tea because I bought a 4 oz. tin without trying a sample first. :)
The leaves of this tea look very dark and slender in the tin. I am surprised at the lightness of the color but I am fairly certain I used enough leaf here.
I steeped this for 5 minutes with boiling water per the instructions on the tin. I color and heft it reminds me of a second flush darjeeling. This tea has malty and cocoa aromas, the bf says he is reminded of almonds. The liquor is a bit flowery, mellow, exceptionally smooth and sweet honey-like notes that just seem to melt away in my mouth. There is virtually no bitterness or astringency. This is very reminiscent of a golden monkey with some sweeter, fruity type notes. Harney says baked apples, but I am thinking more like a caramel apple (without all the sticky, sickeningly sweet parts)
Overall a very enjoyable tea. I think for the morning time I generally prefer something with a bit more heft, but this is a more gentle way to wake up, which is nice for a Sunday. I would happily drink this an afternoon tea.
I would also like to gong fu this tea sometime in the future, might get even better results.
I’ve had this over the last two nights as my evening tea (I have a whole bag to finish up!)
This is one rooibos which seems better when it is steeped for only 5 minutes and you need to be prudent with the leaf due to all the stevia and spices. I did increase my rating by a few points, if you drink it with soymilk it’s a bit better. see previous notes for more info.
Mark T. Wendell claims this is a good after dinner tea but I’m trying it now anyway because I’m a rebel! No really!
This is a blend of Formosa, Ceylon and India tea (most likely Assam). I steeped my tea in a glass mug for 5 minutes. I still like glass for tea tasting and would have a glass teapot if I wasn’t so absolutely sure I would break it (I’m also a klutz)
I’m taking this tea sans additions today. The wet leaf smells slightly floral and earthy. I think perhaps the floral note is coming from the Ceylon. I’m not sure what kind of black tea comes from Formosa (now Taiwan) aside from the Sun Moon Lake Tea type variety. The Assam I think is lending a slightly malty and pungent flavor here. I do think this is a very enjoyable blend, although I’m not thinking there is anything overly unique or exceptional about it. May not repurchase this one but I will certainly finish off what I have. It’s also enjoyable with a splash of soymilk (or regular milk, if you prefer. :))
After Narwhalclub turned me on to this I had to get my own individual tin from Mark T. Wendell.
San Francisco weather was beautiful today and we went for a 3 mile hike in the Presidio. I haven’t been walking much since my plantar fasciitis diagnosis but I’m hoping I am on the mend now.
We are going to the theater and dinner later tonight but I needed a mid-afternoon pick me up. This tea smells so strong in the tin but after you brew it up it’s delightfully sweet, clear and less smoky than you’d think it would be, and yes it still reminds me of barbeque sauce. I can’t believe I am turning into a lapsang fan. I had to raise my rating today – Too bad they are not all this good!
I decided to cold brew this last night and it made for a delightful iced beverage this morning. Like I mentioned before my tea label says this is a blend of white and green tea with apricot and not the plum flavor mentioned above. If you like flavored green teas Lupicia is worth checking out…
see previous notes if interested.