2587 Tasting Notes
I’m back from the Bi Rite grocery store in SF. I didn’t buy any wine (good for me) but I bought more tea which I probably don’t need (bad for me!!)
Well, I don’t have any green darjeeling teas so somehow felt I was able to justify this. I’m a little bit underwhelmed by this blend. I was hoping for a lot of flavor but it’s fairly light. It has a nice vegetal sweetness with some floral notes and a definite “bite” at the end which seems sort of citrusy and reminds me of lemon. I really think I need to try cold brewing this, some amazing flavors might come out of the cold brew. For a green tea, it’s ok but now I wish I didn’t have a whole box of it. I should have known better since my experiences with Kusmi have been very hit or miss.
p.s. Review is for the muslin sachets and I got a decent 2nd steep out of this
Flavors: Flowers, Lemon
This is a good tulsi blend, in my opinion. You wouldn’t think that caffeine and tulsi go together but somehow it seems to work here. I only wish they sold this in loose leaf form. Of course, it’s easy enough to put your own tulsi in black tea, and sometimes I do that as well.
I haven’t had this in so long and I’ve no idea why. I got it about 1 1/2 years ago and haven’t made too much headway into the tin ever since. I think it might be the floral, the combination of lavender and rose is fairly overwhelming but I think this has actually mellowed out a bit with age so perhaps I’ll enjoy it more now than I did when it was new… it certainly smells glorious but I’m not a big drinker of floral teas.
I detect something spicy in here as well, interesting. Perhaps it’s the black tea?
I’m back at home after spending the weekend with my boyfriend. Somehow it seems sad to come back to an empty house and be by myself again. Anyway I was thinking about tea on my way home and what I wanted to have for the afternoon cuppa. It’s been a really warm day and I was thinking green or maybe oolong but I picked this out for some reason.
I’m not really big on chocolate teas generally, to me they seem disappointing but I thought this might perk me up. When sugar and soymilk is added to this, I like it much better and it has a creamy, nutty flavor. The chocolate seems somehow “chalky” to me however. Overall it isn’t bad, especially for a dessert type of tea. Probably wouldn’t rush to restock this when the current supply is gone.
I still have quite a bit of this sample left that I purchased from PuerhShop.com, but I don’t know how well it is aging in a ziploc bag.
So this tea is 5 years old now and I think it is aging nicely so far. It still has a bit of wildness in the finish of the flavor, but is mostly mellow with nice woodsy flavors and a bit of smoke. I am drinking this out of the xiying teapot this morning, it’s been nice to revisit this one. I would consider buying a cake of this but maybe I should work on drinking more of the teas I have :)
Just sipping on this tea while I tried to break inertia and get a new blog post down today:
I got this puerh from Aroma Tea maybe 2 years ago? It isn’t on their website but they have a 2010 version that looks kind of similar. I was sold a piece of the cake that has long, pressed white tea leaves. It will be interesting to see how this ages. Right now it reminds me of a yao bo, with some hay like qualities and a nice sweetness that is reminiscent of peaches. When steeped for longer periods it also has a nutty quality which is very nice. So far, 3 steeps and counting. Now I really need to go do something productive today.
Ugh… I definitely overdid it on the caffeine yesterday because I couldn’t fall asleep until 2 am and then had a hard time getting out of bed this morning. I had to start the morning off with a coffee and now I’m drinking this brew, which I haven’t had for a long time.
Mark T. Wendell has some very solid teas, especially black teas. I’m surprised they aren’t more popular on Steepster. I was thinking about ordering some of their assam recently, but there’s so many places for me to buy tea in San Francisco it seems a bit ridiculous to have it shipped all the way from Massachusetts unless I’m ordering a bunch of stuff.
Anyway, this is a blend of black teas with formosa oolong, and that gives it a lighter and more fruity taste. This is a good afternoon tea, or a lighter morning tea. I find it very flavorful. This morning I am getting lovely malty notes. I shouldn’t be neglecting this so much, it’s really a delightful cuppa. I’d get this again if I place another order with MTW.