2582 Tasting Notes
Thanks so much to Scott for sending a sample of this my way along with the hand written brewing instructions! :)
I really enjoyed trying this one. I did notice how the dried leaves even smelled so aromatic in the bag. I was trying to not too be too stingy with the leaf so I used about 3 tsp in the gaiwan with around 180 F water. I’ve been keeping my steeps short, around 30 – 60 seconds.
I am getting delicious peachy-plum notes with some charcoal essence. This tea is a lot sweeter than I thought it would be (although not cloyingly so). The sweetness reminds me a bit of blackstrap molasses in the finish, kind of dark and tangy. Or perhaps a bit of caramelized sugar.
Around the third steep it is turning into more honey like notes and has the loveliest fragrance wafting in the air. This is really much better than I thought it would be. Really a treat!
I’m getting around to slowly finishing off and logging all of my Naivetea samples – I believe this is the last one?
My first steep I think I accidentally steeped this in water that was too hot. I got a very vegetal buttery cup but not quite what I was expecting…
For the second steep I tried to use water that was around 170 or 180 F. Now I am getting some of the more subtle notes I would be expecting from this tea. It is indeed very floral and delicate but I wish it had a bit more… oomph? It’s very relaxing and sweet however.
Third steep, I did let this one go on for about 2 minutes. I was hoping to get a bit more flavor out of this tea although that probably just killed it… lol
This is lovely but I’m not finding a way to make it work for me today. I wish I had more at home to play around with, but alas…
This came as a green tea in my green tea gift set I got for Christmas. I know that green tea has a short shelf life so I figure I’d better start drinking some of this. I used about 2 tsp for 12 oz of water. The instructions said to steep at 175 F for 90 seconds and I believe my temp was around that amount, although I do need to find my thermometer.
This does not seem like the best fukamushi I’ve ever had. It is very grassy with a touch of bitterness at the end. I would expect this more with a lower quality sencha. I may try decreasing the steeping time even further. I may also start cold brewing some of this green tea so I can drink it all before it goes stale. I definitely enjoyed the other 3 in the gift set more than this one.
Note: I did try a resteep at 60 seconds with around the same temp and it is a lot sweeter, perhaps less is more with this one, need to treat it gently.
Thanks to QueenofTarts for a sample of this!
I am enjoying this as my after lunch tea. I like the fact that it’s decaf so I can enjoy it anytime. The vanilla is good in this blend, subtle but not artificial tasting. I steeped mine in an infuser mug for about 3 minutes and then added some plain soymilk. It’s dark and rich, and not bitter, it definitely did not need sugar. I quite liked this as a dessert tea and I think it WILL go on my list of things to order from Harney and Sons.
This is only the 2nd black tea I’ve tries from Vietnam (the other was from TeaGschwender)
I really like this one, it’s malty and smooth with a hint of chocolate. A little bit brisk but not too much. I’m enjoying it this morning with some soymilk. If you like assams it is a good one to try. See my previous tasting note.