2463 Tasting Notes
We have some of these Bigelow herbal teas at work and they’re free. I don’t like most of them but this one isn’t too bad. Yeah there’s hibiscus in it but it seems kinda faint. Someone mentioned the apple tastes a little artificial, again that’s true but I really like the cinnamon and citrus in this blend, it also smells like an apple pie baking. Not too bad for a cheap bag o’ tea but I doubt I’d buy any for myself…
M’kay… here’s another tea I got in the Whole foods bulk bin here in San francisco. I was pretty excited to try this! I’ve had a few yunnan teas but I don’t think a golden needle has been one of them. These are very fine dark golden buds…
I decided to steep this in the Tetsubin for 4 minutes with boiling water. That may have been a bit too much however, next time I think I will try for 3 because I ended up with a bit more tannins than I wanted. It is very malty and chocolatey with a nice touch of sweetness/starch at the end, kind of like a banana or a sweet potato. I did end up adding a touch of soymilk but I drink most of my blacks this way. I’d also like to try this out with shorter steeps in the gaiwan but it is really yummy! A great choice for the morning.
I am all out of my beloved Rishi West Cape Chai so I decided to check this out until I have depleted my other Rishi teas and want to place an order for more of them…
I was not happy when I got home and realized this was for the teabag version of this tea (my mistake). I steeped it for 4 minutes with boiling water and added a bit of soymilk in the end. I am not crazy about this. For a bagged non-caffeinated chai I would prefer Yogi tea Indian Spice or even Bengal Spice from Celestial Seasonings.
I’m not really a fan of roobois but since I loved the West Cape Chai, I thought I might appreciate this too. For me the flavor balance seems off. It’s all clove, roobois and orange, I’d prefer a higher concentration of cinnamon and cardamom. It also seems to be drying my mouth right up. I will probably finish it reluctantly. Oh well.
I don’t know that much about white teas but I am trying to further my education. I found this in the bulk section at Whole Foods so the risk of not liking it was relatively low.
These are quite beautiful long silver needles and they smell quite fresh and lovely. I have to admit my water temp has probably been a bit hotter than what they recommend but the tea does not seem to have suffered.
I am looking for the grape they have mentioned here. Grape? I don’t really get that at all. I can definitely get the honeydew melon and maybe some pear. This tea is making my tongue tingle. The only other Bai Mu Dan I’ve had is the one from Teavivre, and I don’t think this is quite as good as that one, not as sweet and flowery. But I do not think I’ll have any problem finishing this off and I might even use it in a blend.
I got this about a year ago to boost my immune system and it still sits here in the office…
Not necessarily a bad thing though. I like herbal tea so I don’t mind it too much although it’s definitely the kind of thing I’d drink for my health and not necessarily for the sheer pleasure of it. It’s pretty heavy on the licorice and ginger so if you don’t like those I would steer clear of this for sure. It is a tiny bit bitter and “medicine-y” & I might try blending with green tea to see how that goes. Hopefully I finish it off this winter!
One last tea for NYD.
I decided to steep this in the gaiwan after rinsing the leaves quickly with boiling water.
Man, oh man, They are not kidding about this tea being fragrant! It is lemony! And a little bit like asparagus. It’s very refreshing but the first steep had a tiny bit of “bite” to it which made me wonder if it was kind of young (it is from 2010). I did this one for 30 seconds with boiling water. I see now they recommended 10 seconds with not hot water for the first steep.
The second steep I did for less time and with not such hot water. Now I am getting more floral notes in addition to the zesty ones.
Third steep is definitely getting softer. Some clover types notes which are very gentle. I can see this would be a good after dinner tea or good for nausea. Somehow it is settling my stomach.
Fourth steep: I decided I would go back to using boiling water and would steep it for 2 minutes an an experiment. The first steep was actually my favorite here but this one is pretty good too. We are back to slighty lemony and flowery with a bit more “bite” again. This really has a kind of fizzy quality in my opinion. a tiny bit drying perhaps due to the age… this would get bitter if steeped too long I think. I really like it though!
Really an interesting sheng from Bana!