2340 Tasting Notes
This is a very nice dragonwell tea which I picked up at Leland Tea Company a few months ago. The leaves smell of spinach and it brews up to be a slightly nutty green tea. I much prefer the mellow taste of this dragonwell over something like Sencha (personal preference). Nothing spectacular but certainly great for every day/anytime drinking. Organic is definitely a bonus. If you’re ever in San Francisco you must stop by the Leland Tea Company which has an unpretentious atmosphere and a very friendly staff.
Another sample I picked up at Whole Foods to try. When I first smelled it I was worried it would be too much like the dreaded darjeeling I don’t really care for. I was pleasantly surprised that it was a very mellow, slightly fruity and slighty chocolate-y tea. We drank this for breakfast and it was delicious. Very non-astringent without a hint of bitterness. I may have discovered a new favorite type of black tea!
My first hairy crab oolong so I don’t really have anything else to compare this one to. I picked this one up at the Bulk section of Whole Foods to try this afternoon. Some other descriptions I’ve read of hairy crab oolongs say they have a floral perfume but I did not pick that up here, thankfully ;)
About 90 seconds of steeping time in near boiling water yielded me a golden-green color of tea. I am pretty fond of this one actually. It is brothy and rich with a touch of honey flavor. Lightly oxidized Chinese and Taiwanese oolongs are fast becoming my favorite tea for the afternoon and I really like drinking them out of a glass mug to admire their delicate colors. There is no need to add milk or sugar since they are really delightful on their own. I will definitely need to do some more experiments with hairy crabs from different companies.
I really need to remember not to buy anymore floral scented teas! Anyway I received this one in a sampler pack I got from the Mighty Leaf. I like the fact that it is organic but I just can’t get over the fact that I feel like I’m drinking shower gel. Compared to a lot of jasmine teas I have had this one is very smooth without a hint of bitterness, But yeah, it’s just not really my thing I’ve decided.
This is a very pleasing, quiet contemplative cup of tea for me. Very light and floral, unlike some of the more recent oolongs I have been trying which are more on the buttery/vegetal side. I am still on the fence about whether I like floral type teas but I think this would be a nice, mellow substitute for something like a jasmine green. Pretty a-ok in my book but not totally riveting.
Really one of the best flavored black teas I have ever tried. I was worried about the bergamot because sometimes Earl Grey hurts my stomach due to the amount of bergamot in it. Instead this is lightly citrusy with a touch of bergamot. It is excessively smooth and rich without a trace of bitterness. Boyfriend bought me a tin at the Harney and Sons in New York but I will be ordering more!
Another sample from Golden Moon – I quite enjoyed the unique experience of trying this tea. Very aromatic woodsy smell upon opening the bag, which opens up with the honey-ish flavor after steeping. This does remind me of a darjeeling but I like it better than darjeeling, i think due to the presence of the “woody” element which made it a bit sturdier of a flavor, if you catch my drift. When it comes to black tea I usually gravitate towards those from China, especially Pu-erhs which are among my favorite. I could see myself enjoying this Nepalese tea on a regular basis.
I got this as a sample from Golden Moon along with my iced tea set, it is not something I would have chosen for myself but here goes.
Very heavy rose aroma, like a lot of other people I get the associations of my grandmother’s soap. The rose scent is still very present in the cup after brewed. A nice ceylon tea which is very aromatic and flowery. I can’t quite make up my mind if I like it or not. It is definitely much better than I thought it would be. And it would be a nice tea for a gift, I think or at a bridal shower. Still, I have to surmise that maybe rose tea is just not my thing. I wonder if it needs some vanilla or chocolate?