2802 Tasting Notes
Evening tea. I was at a workshop today on How to Start Your Own Consulting Business and I am exhausted. I have noticed that I can be very high strung and then I get tired easily. Tulsi is one herb I have found that really seems to help me cope with stress. I decided to try mixing it with this rooibos/lemongrass blend and it isn’t a bad combination, perhaps not something I would repeat however. I have a big tin of tulsi and I should make it a goal to have at least one tea with tulsi every day….
Tea of the afternoon, I was looking for another rooibos option and figured I would try this. Of course it would be nice to have a tea that tasted liked cookies but I’m not sure this really fits the bill.
I wonder if I added too much leaf to this but for now, this seems VERY high on the cinnamon, has lots of sweetness and fruity from the apple. I liked this a bit better when soymilk was added but I can’t figure out why this is so sweet — is it the brittle? Kind of overwhelming in the flavor department and reminds me more of cinnamon gummy bears than a snickerdoodle. For now this gets a “meh”, I wish I liked David’s Tea more but so many blends seem to fall into the “meh” category… I will try this with black tea or maybe some plain rooibos to see if it can be toned down.
Tea for after lunch, I haven’t had this in a while and thought a flavored puerh might be nice. Personally I don’t love this, it doesn’t really taste like toffee at all, a little bit of caramel but kind of disappointing. This was better with a bit of soy creamer added but overall it just has a weird artificial taste that seems to compete with the pu instead of complimenting it.
Still working my way throguh the Obubu sampler pack…
I don’t believe I’ve ever had a hojicha made from roasted sencha before. I saw that this should have been steeped for less time than a regular hoji after I started steeping it…. so I steeped mine for 3.5 minutes. I hope that wasn’t too long. :-/
This has a definite roasty smell and seems lighter in flavor than your normal hoji. I am getting notes of caramel, coffee and a bit floral. Unfortunately I think I might have overbrewed this because I also get a bitterness in the finish that I am not really enjoying. I wish I had more of this to play around with but won’t rate it for now. FAIL!
This is not my favorite rooibos but it is enjoyable. I am sipping down a lot of my rooibos blends and seriously coveting a good rooibos chai. I just wish there was one I could find in loose leaf form and locally. This has some pleasant coconut, ginger and apple notes, it’s just that I don’t really love the combination of those things together somehow.
This kabusecha is seriously delicious. I had another one by this same company but ran out of it a while ago, decided it was time to go for it because I remember how good it was. I think that was just called Kabusecha and this is Kabusecha Takamodo. I’m not sure what the difference is between the two.
I steeped this in my Japanese teapot (Kyusu) for 2 minutes. It yields a light green infusion that is slightly thick, sweet and tastes of spinach and nuts with a slight marine flavor. There is not a lot of astringency that you can sometimes find in regular senchas. Kabusecha is shade grown but not to the same degree as gyokuro. One thing I really love about this is the sense of relaxed alertness that it brings, earlier Indigobloom mentioned the “theanine” buzz and this definitely has it. I feel there is something sublime and almost transcendental about this lovely brew. Definitely hard to go wrong with this grower, in my opinion. It also resteeps fairly well.
It looks like Camellia Sinensis also carries this tea if you want to buy it on-line:
Herbal tea of the morning. I think I will try to drink a bit less caffeine than I did yesterday, but I feel like I need to drink a lot of fluids. I guess it’s herbal tea & decafs this morning, especially since it’s cold in my apartment.
This is just a basic herbal concoction that is supposed to be good for your liver with different plants like burdock, dandelion, cleavers and stinging nettle. The lemon myrtle is the only thing that gives it much flavor. this is better with a little sweetener, but does that cancel out the effects of the detox? I guess that’s a personal decision. I don’t know if this really works but it certainly can’t hurt anything (unless you have a pre-existing liver or gastro ailment) … Flavor is not wonderful but bearable. I used two teabags in a 10 oz. mug and steeped for 15 minutes per the directions.
Tea of the morning for me. The Steepster dashboard seemed to be frozen all day yesterday but appears to be working again (but for how long?). Annoying but I’m glad it’s fixed.
I’m going to be more in the mood for this now that the weather is colder. This is a solid black tea with some definite smoky notes, but also essence of cherry and plums. I did one steep for 3 minutes and a second steep for 4 minutes. The smoky note has faded quite a bit in the second cup. This is recommended if you like lapsangs and wuyi oolongs as it seems like a combination of both. Compared to a lapsang this has a more mild smoke flavor and is quite good.