2802 Tasting Notes
I’m really not much of a mate drinker but I ordered some other things from Fusion Tea Room so I got a sample of this to try… I’m hoping it will taste like a frappuccino or something. :)
Steeped in usual mug method at around 190F for 7 minutes. The aroma of this is very coffee like and minty. After having the first sip I am picking up lots of spearmint and mate. There is a mocha flavor here but the mint is quite prominent. I did add some soymilk to this and liked it much better that way than I did plain. As a dessert drink this is pretty yummy but it definitely needed the creamy element for me.
I do worry about mate as they say drinking large amounts of it may cause cancer… but I will have no problems finishing off this yum-a-licious sample. I do miss coffee drinks so this is a great substitute.
Now I wish I had gotten more mate from them but I got some other neat stuff… stay tuned. ;-)
I did start airing this out at home in my cupboard to see if I could get the weird odor to dissipate. From what I have read it isn’t a good idea to store pu-erh in plastic anyway. It does seem better than it did when I first tried it – I am upped the score a teeny bit today. This is not a world class pu-erh but it was very affordable and benefited greatly by a hot water rinse and short steeping times. I will probably finish the cake someday but will not be in a big hurry to do so. I think it needs more time to air out, frankly.
Mediocre pu-erh is just so sad…
Thanks to Scott Tea Man for sending me this lovely sample!
This is yummy, after steeping the wet leaves smell like lemon and pepper, they are still so green and olive…
I don’t have a lot of experience with darjeelings but I thought this was a beautiful cup of tea. Light orangish and yellow in color with a definite intoxicating floral & sandalwood aroma. The flavors are so delicious and light. I am getting a bit of butter pecan nuttiness to start, delicate floral flavors mingled with a pineapple sort of sweetness and then a bit of lingering astringency in the finish but a very moist and refreshing mouthfeel. OMG! When are the 2012 first flush teas coming from Thunderbolt??
I don’t know if it is just my imagination but teas from darjeeling and nepal always seem to have the most profound influence on my mind – expanding but relaxed at the same time. This would be a good tea for meditation and reflection. Sweet! Yum!
I did a resteep also and although lighter, it was still delicious – thanks again Scott!
Still working my way through the Le Palais de Thes gift set…
This smells slightly fruity in the tube and it appears to be a Chinese green tea with a few flower petals. I steeped my sample at 180 F for around 2 minutes. It’s an earthy and mellow tea with a light peach and flower flavor. I do detect a bit of rose in here but it is very mild. This is certainly nice but I don’t think I need to purchase a larger size, which has been my impression with most of their flavored teas thus far. I’m not sure what else to say about it since it didn’t make a big impression on me. I bet this would make a nice iced tea.