2353 Tasting Notes
My teenage years are long behind me, but I’m afraid the stress of my injury is making my face break out – BOO!
I bought this a while ago but only tried it a few times but I figure now is the time to see if it can really do anything. I steeped some up and put it over ice because it’s warm today. Makes a very pleasant iced tea so I decided I will make some more and stick it in the fridge for later. Predominate notes are mint and licorice but I really like it & it also seems to be good for an upset stomach. The licorice isn’t overwhelming like some other teas I’ve tried.
I was super interested to try this after SimplyJenW’s review. I would not really call myself a Chinese tea connoisseur however and keemuns are one I have tended to shy away from in the past.
I know I could have gong fu’d this but I didn’t see any particular instructions on the website so I decided to steep it Western style. The tea liquor brews up to be a clear reddish brown and the aroma is that of roasted chocolate.
As far as flavor is concerned this is a very interesting tea. I’m getting a tiny bit of smoke along with notes of roasted grains. There is a faint bitterness here and something of pipe tobacco with cocoa. hmmm. Don’t know about keemuns, I keep trying to make myself like them but I’ve only had a few that I really love. I liked this better with milk than plain but it still seems a bit “winey” to me. Might need to gong fu the remainder of this sample before making a decision but it’s more something I am forcing myself to drink than it is a pleasant experience. Must be my tastebuds.
1 of 2 teas I ordered online from Nina’s Paris. I have to admit, I love the little red tins the tea came in because they match my red stump teapot… he he!
I am tired this morning, another night of not sleeping well due to stupid arm pain. I was really looking forward to trying this. The dry leaf in this tin definitely smells fruity. Compared to some other strawberry teas I’ve had the flavor is a bit more on the subtle side. The creaminess of the vanilla is nice, especially as I added some soymilk to this. I believe the ceylon is lending a bright, citrusy note. The aftertaste is slightly tart and drying, and overall this would be a better afternoon tea ’though I am enjoying it this morning. Elegant and refreshing are two words that come to mind with this.
Today I decided to buy a milk frother and I was all excited to get home and try it out, only to make a big mess all over the kitchen. Anyway this is another sipdown for me. I seem to be sipping down a lot of stuff lately, but don’t worry, I’m still buying more tea! This is such a nice dessert and makes a good soymilk latte. Not sure if I would get this one again soon, only because there are so many other flavored matchas to try.
Tea of the afternoon here – I love banana and coconut and this is a decent blend but the base tea could use some improving, I think. It’s better with a little soymilk and some rock sugar but I doubt I will be buying this again once the current supply runs out…
Sadly it’s a sipdown for me, I have really enjoyed this blend. Today I added some of my own ginger root to the mix which did a nice job of boosting the flavor a bit. I really liked this tea so perhaps I should look into placing another order with S&V, though BF says I don’t need to buy any more tea for at least a year… he he
I’ve tried this a couple of times now and am still trying to figure out what I make of it. I wonder if I over leafed it this morning by accident because it seems really brisk and wine-y, more so than the first time I tried it. I think a few more experiments are needed…
Tea of the afternoon here and another small sample from Upton.
I wasn’t sure about their suggested steeping parameters since 4-5 minutes seems like a long time for a Chinese tea. I settled on 2 minutes for mine and this seems to have been a good choice. This is a little darker than some Golden Monkeys I’ve had in the past. It has some gentle malt and cocoa notes along with a bit of winey-ness but there’s not bitterness or astringency anywhere, just a nice flavorful cup! My favorite Golden Monkey is Red Blossom’s version but this is good too. I decided to steep the leaves for a 2nd time at 4 minutes and that was good as well. Equally good neat or with a splash of soymilk.
I got a few samples from Upton to try recently. Being alone at home all day with my credit card and the internet is dangerous for tea buying! I’ve been trying to focus mostly on small purchases until I make more progress getting my cabinet decupboarded.
This is a VERY strong blend, the keemun and assam combo are extremely winey and brisk. This is a little too bitter and pungent for me to drink it plain. Adding soymilk did help some, but I’m afraid I’m not a super big fan of this. Even adding sugar didn’t help it out too much. Well at least I only got the sample size :)